Emigrating to a New Life
Australia continues to rank highly on the list of choices for expatriates who make the bold decision to emigrate to a new life – whether for career, family or retirement reasons. Part of Oceania, Australia is the world’s sixth largest country: affluent, developed and multicultural.
Our links with Australia go back a long way. First settled by the Dutch and later the British, this fascinating nation continues to be a member of the Commonwealth. British expatriates are likely to feel almost at home down under; English is a native language and traffic drives on the left. That said, there are unusual, diverse and captivating differences that clearly distinguish Australia, Tasmania and neighbouring New Zealand from northern climes.
Nearly nine out of ten Australians live in cities on the coast. As the capital, Sydney is an obvious expatriate destination. In the west, the relatively young and promising city of Perth is home to a significant expat community, as is Melbourne in the south-east. Nearby, in Victoria, Adelaide has grown in popularity – not least for its relaxed pace of life, open spaces and larger houses.
Making Your Move to Australia Easier
Without a doubt, a successful relocation to the other side of the world entails thorough preparation, planning and support. At Brycelands, we provide a professional removals service to destinations throughout Australia, working in conjunction with our partner network of accredited Australian removals companies.
If you plan to move to Australia, your options include a complete container load for your individual use, or groupage, i.e. shared container services. Additionally, some customers opt for short or long-term storage to simplify the logistics.
Taking Care of Your Transition
When moving to Australia, your belongings will be shipped in secure metal containers, fully tracked while in transit. Whether you select an individual container or groupage, both options are subject to the standard quarantine process on arrival. The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) inspects all goods received via air and seaports to ensure that nothing will endanger national fauna and flora, or present risks to the country’s agriculture. Any items deemed unsuitable may be fumigated, treated or destroyed – and the cost passed on.
Subsequently, we arrange for you to receive the appropriate customs forms to ease clearance and expedite delivery of your possessions to your new home in Australia. Typically, the customs and quarantine process takes ten to twenty working days. In total, the approximate door-to-door transit times are:
Destination Full Container Load Groupage
Adelaide 8 to 10 weeks 9 to 14 weeks
Brisbane 8 to 11 weeks 9 to 14 weeks
Perth 7 to 9 weeks 8 to 13 weeks
Melbourne 8 to 10 weeks 9 to 14 weeks
Sydney 8 to 10 weeks 9 to 14 weeks
Hobart 9 to 11 weeks 10 to 16 weeks
Notably, should you decide to import a motor vehicle into Australia, the authorities will want to confirm that it does not contain any asbestos. Most cars sold through UK main dealers from 1999 should be asbestos-free, though you may wish to check with an official ILAQ asbestos testing facility to avoid fines for non-compliance.
At Brycelands, we work with members of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA), a regulatory organisation that ensures high standards. With us, you can count on the right equipment, well-trained staff, appropriate vehicles and suitable premises as well as full insurance.
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