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The Hub, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough, GU14 7JF

GoldFish Removals & Storage - "Providing Solutions"

T: 01252 302341

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Moving Overseas to Australia

GoldFish Moving & Storage – providing a thoroughly professional moving service from the UK to Australia.

Moving to Australia, can seem pretty daunting. But get the right professional moving company in, with the experience and knowledge of dealing with shipments to Australia, leaves you to concentrate on the exciting prospect of a new life in the Australia.


GoldFish Moving does not profess to be the largest mover of shipments to Australia like so many other shipping companies. What we do profess to is providing a professional and flexible shipping service to Australia where the customer is the most important part of the move and not profit! So many companies make wild statements like “handling around 20,000 overseas removals to Australia and worldwide every year” and “we've safely delivered over 500,000 consignments worldwide” – well, from experience, we can advise you that the emphasis there is on profit and turnover and NOT customer focus and satisfaction.

At GoldFish Moving, our removals service to Australia covers all the major sea & air ports; Sydney,Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide. From these ports we can deliver your household and personal effects to almost anywhere in Australia.

For your relocation to Australia, GoldFish offer and recommend a free survey to discuss your moving requirements and concerns on shipping your possessions to Australia. Whether you are only looking to send personal items, or the entire contents of your home, our process and attention to detail is exactly the same. Our priority is always the same – The customer.

After your pre-move survey we will assign you your very own move coordinator. That person will take control of your move from start to finish. Your coordinator will guide you through every aspect and process, drawing on their experience and extensive knowledge of shipping household and personal effects to Australia. please read the Australian Customs Regulation Guide.

The Packing, Preparation and the Removal for moving to Australia

The export packing, preparation and loading of your possessions is definitely the most important part of the whole International removal process. It is vital that your chosen moving company protects your valued possessions using the correct export grade of packing materials. It is also important that they have highly skilled and trained export packers. If you choose to ship the entire contents of your home to Australia, then you will more than likely have a sole use container service. This is without doubt the safest, quickest and efficient way of shipping your effects via sea to Australia. 

If you have selected our 'share a container' service or groupage service, as it is better known, GoldFish we will pack and measure your consignment at your residence and return this to our warehouse for loading in our next groupage container to your Australian destination. With GoldFish Moving, our transparent pricing ensures that you will only be charged for the amount of space your goods use in the container. This service is ideal for smaller shipments where the emphasis is on price rather than speed.

If you would like to send a few items only, or a small shipment ahead of your seafreight shipment, then you may want to consider using our airfreight service. The transit time on this service is 7 – 10 days.

When shipping to Australia by sea freight, the approximate shipping times are based on estimated dates. The estimated time of arrival for full containers is 6-8 weeks and 8-12 weeks for share a container service to Australia. Once your shipping container has been loaded and secured, the container is then sealed using a customs type seal and transported to the UK port ready for loading onto the vessel and the next vessel to Australia.


When you arrive in Australia

GoldFish Moving will contact you before your air or sea shipment arrives at the port in Australia, this is to confirm your requirements regarding delivery, if you are not ready to take delivery we can arrange storage on your behalf at competitive rates. GoldFish Moving will provide you with all the necessary customs paperwork if you had not already completed one prior to leaving the UK.

All customer’s effects that arrive into Australia are subject to Australian Customs clearance & Quarantine examination, GoldFish Moving will arrange for your container / shipment to be collected under customs bond and transport it to a bonded warehouse, where your goods will await customs clearance & Quarantine, this can usually take between 7 and 14 days. 

Australian Customs

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When your shipment arrives in Australia GoldFish will arrange for your household and personal effects to be customs cleared by Australian. To assist with your clearance you will be required to complete an unaccompanied effects statement which is an Australian customs form B534, this can be completed in the UK before your departure which is preferred or in Australia. If your goods are arriving into Australia before you do, you can nominate a member of your family or a friend in Australia to act on your behalf, but in this scenario you must complete the Australian customs from B534 yourself before you depart the UK.

You will also be required to present the following information to Australian Customs;

  • VISA (Photocopy)
  • Passport (Photocopy for Proof of identity),
  • Inventory of Effects shipped 9GoldFish Moving will do this at the time of collection).
  • Australian Customs B534

If you would like assistance please don't hesitate to contact us on 01252 302341 or via email.

Please note that your completed Australian Customs form B534 is a joint declaration to Australian Customs and Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS), any relevant information will be passed onto Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS).

If you ship a firearm, you must contact Australian customs & apply for import permission from the Territory Police Registry, an import permit B709a must be received before exporting. The firearm will be inspected and licensed by the Police upon arrival into Australia.


All goods entering Australia are subject to Duty Tax & GST however, a personal or household effects shipment will qualify for free entry of Duty Tax & GST if your effects have:

  • Been owned and used for 12 months or more by you.
  • Be a first time migrant who is taking up permanent residency for the first time
  • Returning Australian Citizen who has been living outside of Australia for 12 months or more.

If you would like assistance please don't hesitate to contact us on 01252 302341 or via email.

Australian Quarantine (AQIS)


Australia are concerned about their environment and wish to protect their agricultural industries from possible contamination by foreign pests and diseases brought in through the movement of personal and household effects to Australia. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service regulate the importation of personal and household effects and your goods are subject to inspection upon arrival. It is important for you to be given the correct advice before you decide to ship certain items, GoldFish Moving can advise you on this. Please ensure that all Garden Tools, Garden Furniture, Garden Toys and outdoor sports equipment have been thoroughly cleaned before exporting them to Australia.

Any ornaments manufactured from animal skins or ivory being transported to Australia must have a Cites certificate.

  • The AQIS officer will select certain items for examination, all quarantine examination, treatment and associated handling costs are payable by the owner of the goods in Australia. These charges can vary according to the number/nature/condition and cleanliness of the items examined. The Quarantine Inspection charges range between A$ 180 to A$ 700 depending on the size of your shipment and the type of items you are shipping.

Delivery & Unpacking in Australia

Unfortunately due to the regulations set out by Australian Customs and AQIS, your goods will not be delivered inside your original sea freight container. After clearance your goods will be loaded onto a separate vehicle and delivered to your residence. Our delivery crew will place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material from your furniture at the time of delivery.

The information supplied is a guide only, it is subject to change and we recommend that you reconfirm any applicable aspects with the appropriate Australian government departments or GoldFish Moving.

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Telephone UK: 01252 302341 / Outside UK: 00 44 1252 302341