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Moving to Australia

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Australia is a distant and beautiful country. Numerous movies and TV series show how easygoing and marvellous life in Australia is. The proximity of the ocean, palm trees and a pleasant climate only encourages individuals seeking change to leave everything and move to Australia permanently.

Moving to Australia would require thorough planning and preparation months in advance. We know how stressful and overwhelming it can get and therefore have prepared for you the following moving to Australia guide.

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Moving to Australia by Sea Freight

One of the most affordable ways to move to Australia is by transporting your household goods via sea freight. You can choose one of the following shipment types.

Moving to Australia by Air Freight

If you need your items to arrive ASAP you may want to go ahead with Air Freight Shipping to Australia. It is much faster than sea freight, however keep in mind it is slightly costly as well.

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Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Sole Use Containers are a perfect solution for those transporting a large cargo of personal goods. Also referred to as FCL ( Full Container Load) is preferred by those, who wish to have an individual container with luxury or antique valuables. Here are the 3 FCL container size shipments available when moving to Australia:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

If moving to Australia with household goods that are not antique or simply do not require as much space, you can always choose to ship to Australia taking over only part of the shipping container. Chose one of the following methods when moving to Australia:

Groupage Shipping

Groupage Shipping allows senders to split the costs between each other making overall shipment more accessible. Your valuables will be collected by the moving company and held in storage until additional cargo going to the same location would be received.

LCL shipping

Less than Container Load is somewhat similar to groupage shipping. However, in this case, your moving company will create a custom wooden crate for your household goods moving to Australia and pass it on to a freight forwarder who would ship it further.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Australia if you need your items at . Your cargo will arrive in Australia in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Australia:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

Hercules Moving Company offers 2 ways we can support you during your relocation to Australia:

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Door to Port

This method includes disassembling, packing and transporting your items to the port to be shipped to Australia. It is recommended for those, who wish to have more control over the cargo in Australia and require to be present at the port for customs regulations.

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Door to Door

When choosing a Door-to-Door shipping method, Hercules Moving Company will supervise and manage your move from the beginning to the end. We will not only pack and transport your valuables but also deliver them to your new house, unpack and assemble everything for you.

Moving household goods to Australia

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Australia
Moving a Boat to Australia
Moving Pets to Australia
Electronics in Australia

Customs Regulations

When moving to Australia consider the following customer regulations:

  1. All goods imported into Australia are subject to duties and taxes unless exemptions apply. See Current tariff classification.
  2. Used personal and household goods are allowed to be imported without payment of taxes and duties if they were owned by the importer and used by him abroad for 12 months or more. All goods must be in quantities appropriate to a normal household.
  3. Curtain goods can be temporarily imported into Australia for up to 12 months without payment of duties and taxes under certain conditions.

See Australia Border Force website for more details.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  1. You do not have to pay duties, taxes or levies on most goods costing A$1,000 or less. For some goods (such as tobacco, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages), you have to pay duties and taxes regardless of their value.
  2. For goods over AUD1,000, you must pay all applicable duties, taxes and other charges, including an import handling fee.
  3. Food brought into Australia must be declared on your Arrivals Passenger Card if you arrive by air, or on packages, you send in the mail. Biosecurity officers may need to inspect some of the food you bring with you.
  4. Some electromechanical devices are imported from Turkey by air freight.
  5. Animals that fall under the CITES category.
  6. Plastic explosives formulated as a mixture.
  7. Firearms and accessories
  8. Medications and antibiotics(must carry a prescription)
  9. Food products
  10. Counterfeit Goods

For a detailed list, follow this link.

Prohibited Items

  1. Drugs and Narcotics
  2. Certain Weapons
  3. Fresh Fruits and Homemade Food
  4. Pepper Spray
  5. Suicide Devices
  6. Prohibited Dog Breeds
  7. Plants, Soil and Seeds
  8. Certain Aminal Products
  9. Rough Diamonds

Shipping a Car to Australia

  1. You should contact the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts before importing any motor vehicle, including a dismantled or partially assembled road vehicle.
  2. Do not make arrangements to transport your road vehicle to Australia until you have obtained ONE of the following types of approvals:
    • Vehicle type approval
    • A concessionary import permit for the Registry of Approved Vehicles (RAV)
    • Non-RAV import permit or
    • Re-importation permit

Each of these permits includes a vehicle import permit. It is a crime to import a road vehicle without obtaining one of the above permits.

  1. Apply for one of the above permits at the Department of Transportation
  2. One import permit is required regardless of the value of your road vehicle.
  3. When you begin transporting your road vehicle to Australia, you must submit an Import Declaration to the Australian Border Force
  4. Your vehicle will not clear customs until you have provided a valid import permit for the vehicle and paid customs duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Luxury Car Tax (LCT) and other fees, where applicable.
  5. It is your responsibility to ensure that each vehicle is clean and free of bio-secure contaminants, both inside and outside before moving to Australia. For information on biosecurity requirements for importing vehicles, motorcycles, cars and tires, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment website.
  6. If your road vehicle arrives in Australia before you are permitted to import, you may incur storage and other costs (not ours) until the vehicle has been cleared, or you may be required to export or destroy the vehicle at your own expense.

Moving a Boat to Australia

  1. Yachts are subject to a general duty rate of 5% based on customs value (the price paid) and a 10% goods and services tax (GST) based on customs value plus international shipping and insurance plus duty.
  2. international shipping and insurance plus duty. Privately imported yachts are generally valued using the transaction-based valuation method when purchasing new or used yachts overseas for export to Australia. Circumstances in which the Australian Border Force may use the alternative valuation method include situations such as:
    • The yacht was built by the owner/employee.
    • The yacht has undergone significant alterations since its purchase.
    • The buyer and seller are related parties and this relationship has affected the purchase price.
    • The original purchase price is too distant in time.

In these cases, the yacht must be appraised by a marine surveyor in Australia. This appraisal will be based on market value and, accordingly, will include elements such as customs duty and GST.

Moving Pets to Australia

Goods, including animals, are considered imported into Australia if they are purchased, ordered or otherwise arranged for delivery or shipment to Australia from overseas.

Before importing an animal:

  1. Check with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Agriculture) to make sure the import meets conditions regarding species, country of origin and other biosecurity requirements, including pre-export preparation
  2. Make sure you can comply with all relevant laws to legally keep the animal in your state or territory.

Follow this link for a detailed step-by-step process.

If the imported animal falls under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or Part 2 of the List of Specimens Considered Eligible for Importation in Live Import, you may also need a permit from the Department of Environment.

Prohibited Breeds:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Fila Brasileiro
  3. Japanese Tosa
  4. American Pit Bull terrier or Pit Bull terrier
  5. Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario

Electronics in Australia

If importing large electronic appliances when moving to Australia you must consider wherever the plug and socket type matches your home country’s. Australia uses an I type plug along with 230/240 V voltage power.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into Australia. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border Australia Website

Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Unacompanied Personal Effects Statement - B534e Form Form PDF
Unacompanied Personal Effects Statement - B534e Form
Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Import Declaration - B650 Form Form PDF
Import Declaration - B650 Form

How We Work

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Fine Art Moving
Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

The crew that came to move us were amazing! From their first step in the door they had to I mats down. =M Every thing was wrapped with care for all the corners and the feet. Their care of my baby grand was excellent. Both my husband and I would highly recommend them!

Wow. Hercules exceeded my expectations. Moved from a 2 bedroom condo to 3 bedroom town house this past week (July 7 2017). The 3 young men were on time, polite and respectful of all my belongings. I was nervous about this move as I had never hired a moving company before, usually moved with friends and family. And with the negative press about movers I wasn't sure how well it was going to go. It went better than I expected for less money too! Would recommend this company without reservation.

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

Chose because of availability and prices which were lower than other quotes received. These piano movers Vancouver arrived on time and were quick, friendly and handled the piano with care. Would definitely recommend.

Candice Singlair

These Guelph movers were the nicest movers and so efficient. I highly recommend them to anyone. Even my interior designer complimented them. Thanks Hercules.


I had to move my entire food operation in a day. With Edmonton movers quoted me quickly and showed up on site 2 days later ready to move. I was worried about all my expensive and sensitive machinery but they pulled it off safely and without issue. Very reasonably priced and highly recommended. Great company.

Esther Katz

The Barrie movers arrived on time and impressed me with their friendly and polite demeanour. They completed the move professionally, taking care to pack and protect each of the items to be moved. I was very pleased with the job that was done. I would heartily recommend them for everyone in Ontario.

Me and my husband had to relocate Becker piano, which I inherited from my grandmother, and since the piano was antique and pretty expensive, we couldn’t let just anybody to transport it. It’s so easy to damage a piano without the right equipment and technique. That’s why we took the advice of my friends and had chosen Hercules piano movers, as the company that inspires trust due to their experience. To our delight, a piano was transported on the same day without any problems or damages.

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