International Moving to Australia

Do you need professional help making an international move to Australia? Don’t let the stress and anxiety of making an international move get the best of you. Sea & Air International can help you make this process as simple as possible for you. 

How We Can Help You Move Internationally

Our team of talented and skilled professionals will walk you through every step of moving to Australia. Anytime you make a big move like this, there are a lot of guidelines and rules that you have to follow. While you can look these up, you may still have questions about what it all means. That is what we are here for, to help you understand everything, get it all done, pack up your home, and move you to your new destination. 

Some of the many different areas that we can help you with are:

  • Documents Needed For Household Goods and Personal Effects
  • Motor Vehicle and Pet Required Information
  • Restricted and Dutiable Items
  • Prohibited Items

We Have Moved Many People To Australia

Whether you are making this move for personal reasons or for work-related ones, it is exciting to experience somewhere new. Australia is a gorgeous country that you can have a lot of fun in. It is accumulated with many smaller islands and has a population of roughly 25 million people. Australia is ranked to be the sixth largest county that there is. 

Sea & Air International is happy to be the company that many people choose to use for their international moving needs.

Getting Everything In Order Before Your Big Move

Expats have a lot to plan for when moving, transporting, and storing their personal items in Australia. This is crucial for those traveling from countries like the US to Australia. For instance, the things you can bring into the country duty-free are subject to strict limitations. Your personal belongings must have been owned and used for at least a year and cannot exceed a total worth of 900 AUD (650 USD). 

Only 25 cigarettes or 25 grams of tobacco can be brought into the nation per person 18 years of age or older, and no more than 2.25 liters of alcohol can be entered into the country per traveler. You should also ensure all the required and relevant papers are ready and available before relocation. For your convenience, we have posted the necessary paperwork below. 

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

  • Copy of passport (photo and signature page)
  • Copy of visa or e-visa approval (non-citizens)
  • Completed Australian Customs form B534
  • Alcohol inventory, if applicable

Motor Vehicles

  • Proof of ownership and purchase receipt
  • Registration papers from the country of origin
  • Vehicle import approval (VIA)
  • Import declaration (prepared by Customs broker)


  • Import permit
  • Import application

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Antibiotics
  • Alcohol:
    • Customs duties plus goods and services tax (GST) will apply to alcohol imported into Australia.
    • Duty is calculated on the type of alcohol, the volume contained per bottle, the alcohol % per bottle, and the value per bottle.
    • Ten percent (10%) GST is then added to the duty calculated.
  • Asbestos
  • ANZAC and any related advertising material
  • Items bearing an image of the Australian national flag and coat of arms
  • Items bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
  • Anabolic and androgenic substances
  • Glazed ceramic ware (specific to lead content)
  • Crowd control equipment (antipersonnel sprays, body armor, extendable batons, electric shock devices, etc.)
  • Cultural heritage goods from Papua New Guinea (permission from the Trustees of the Papua New Guinea Public Museum and Art Gallery is required)
  • Diamonds (only rough diamonds in tamper-proof containers from a country participating in the Kimberley Process may be imported and require a Kimberley Process Certificate)
  • Cosmetics and toxic materials (cannot contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead but may contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead acetate designed for use in hair products)
  • Kava may be imported in a root or dried form in amounts not to exceed 2 kg and is carried as accompanied baggage by a passenger 18 years or older.
  • Firearms and accessories, parts, magazine, ammunition, components of ammunition, and replica
  • Dog collars that are designed to puncture or bruise an animal’s skin
  • Cat and dog fur products
  • Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises)
  • Endangered animals and plants listed in the appendices to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
  • Novelty erasers (resembling food in scent or appearance)
  • Plastic explosives formulated as a mixture, malleable or flexible at room temperature 
  • The following items are embargoed goods, are restricted, and require permission to import. Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for additional information:
    • Eritrea – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles, equipment, and spare parts
    • Iran – weapons, ammunition, military vehicle, equipment, and spare parts
    • North Korea – weapons ammunition, military vehicles, equipment, and spare parts
    • Libya – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles, equipment, and spare parts

Prohibited Items

  • Dogs (dangerous breeds including Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario and advertisements referencing these breeds)
  • Embryo clones and viable materials, and any related advertising matter advertising these items
  • Rough diamonds
  • Suicide devices

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people have questions and concerns about how it all works when you decide to make an international move. Here are some examples of the questions that people ask us most often. If you have additional ones, feel free to call and ask us. 

What Do I Do With Items I Am Leaving Behind?

When you make an international move, sometimes it is not a permanent move. That means that you may not want to bring everything with you. The good news is that we offer climate control storage options that you can utilize to protect your belongings you are leaving behind. 

How Much Does an International Move Cost?

The costs that are incorporated into an international move will depend on a few specifics about your move. For more information about our prices, please call Sea & Air International for more information. 

Let Sea & Air Help You

Call Sea & Air International for more information about the services that they can offer to you for an international move. We would love to be the company that you trust to move your personal items to Australia. Our company is located in New York and can help you with many different international moves.

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