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There are many customs regulations that have to be followed when shipping or freighting possessions to Australia. The Australian customs authorities will usually require extensive documentation, including a detailed inventory listing the value of the goods.
Air-freight and sea-freight to Perth
The two main options for sending one's goods to Perth are air-freight and sea-freight. The latter is the preferred option as it is considerably cheaper, although may take up to four weeks longer than air freight when sending from Europe or North America. Many expats who wish to bring goods from another country generally opt to ship their essentials by air, with items that aren't needed as urgently being shipped by sea.
Shipping pets and household goods to Perth
Expats must be aware that all household goods and personal effects will be subject to customs inspection and clearance. Household goods can generally be imported duty-free provided that they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to the owner's departure for Australia.
Shipping pets to Perth may require quarantine and necessitates careful planning. It is recommended that expats enlist the help of a pet relocation specialist.