Immigration to Australia Helpful Guide

Some Helpful Hints When Moving to Australia

It is Important that our import department receives the following documents from you at least seven working days before the vessel’s ETA. If these documents are late it can significantly delay the process of clearing your consignment through customs and quarantine.

  • Copy of Bill of Lading
  • Copy of passport(photo and visa page only)
  • Copy of Inventory
  • Copy of B534

To assist with the smooth transition of your consignment through the AQIS inspection process it is best to ensure the following items are clean and free of soil when they are initially loaded into the shipping container.

  • All footwear, importantlygolf shoes • Golf clubs and buggy
  • Lawn mowers
  • Garden tools
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Camping equipment
  • Hiking gear • BBQ’s
  • Motor cycles
  • Bicycles

 If traces of soil are detected, then AQIS will issue an instruction that each item is steam cleaned prior to being released for delivery.

During the inspection process AQIS may also issue an instruction for items that require fumigation and gamma treatment etc. These items may include:

  • Pine cones
  • Authentic Christmas decorations
  • Cane products
  • Animal skins
  • Drum skins
  • Straw packaging
  • Wheat (heat) bags
  • PBO cartons eg. Fruit & Vegetable cartons

The additional costs of steam cleaning, fumigation and deep burial will be passed on directly to the client. Making sure you abide by Australia’s strict regulations will assist in minimising such costs.

Another method you can employ to assist with the AQIS inspection process is to:

  • Pack all shoes in one carton
  • Provide on the outside of each carton, a brief description of the contents of each carton and avoid where possible, generic terms such as PBO and miscellaneous

This is particularly important regarding kitchen cartons, as AQIS will want to open and unpack all such cartons if not clearly marked. AQIS will be looking for food, seeds etc. If kitchen cartons only have pots and pans, then they should be identified accordingly to avoid unnecessary unpacking and repacking.