Moving is a pain in the butt!
And, I’m sorry to say, moving your household to Australia is probably going to be one of the longest, most stressful, drawn out process you will ever experience in your lifetime of moving. In fact, it’s the main reason most don’t do it.
Even with hiring international movers that had experience with shipping to Australia, our container sat on the docks for what seemed like FOREVER. It was just a week but, after a couple months of waiting, it was a long week. Finally, we were contacted by customs about dirt found on two pairs of shoes.
Yep, they had combed through our entire shipment and found two pairs of dirty shoes.
Australian Quarantine gave us two options: have the shoes cleaned for $363.00 or have the shoes destroyed for $71.50.
So when you start getting quotes from international movers, be sure you ask all the right questions and that they are familiar with Australian quarantine regulations because, as we found out, there is a chance that your belongs could be destroyed.
(Yes, we picked option #2 to have the shoes destroyed. $363 to have our shoes cleaned was just too ridiculous and I wasn’t sure that I would even want to wear shoes that had been “cleaned” by Australian Quarantine.)
If They Want Your Business, Make Them Work For It.
What to look for when you contact shipping companies.
- Look for FIDI and IAM accredited movers in your home country.
- There are over 3,000 global movers out there but they are not all equal. Go with shipping companies that are recommended by other expats. A great resources is MovingScam.com.
Remember, quotes are free. You are under no obligations.
If an international relocation company charges, either for a quote or their time, then that’s a red flag not to go with them.