moving home to or from australia

Telephone: 0808 1000 998
Overseas Telephone: +44 1242 536796

Wherever in Australia you are planning to move to, whether it’s Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney, GB Liners are here to help.

We are able to help with single items, groupage consignments, full container loads, cars and pets. Naturally a full door to door service is available.

living in australia

Moving and living overseas can be a daunting proposition but with our experienced International Team here to assist, we are on hand to provide all the help and assistance you need for moving to Australia. GB Liners have been moving customers overseas for over 60 years and in that time have accrued a wealth of knowledge and contacts that can aid and advise you on every aspect of your Australian relocation. Guidance for living in Australia can be obtained from the link below however if you have any queries about Australian life, please do not hesitate to contact our International Team who will share their vast knowledge or put you in touch with one of our many international partners who can!


Documents Required (submitted/signed by customer)

  • Unaccompanied Personal Effects form Completed.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of Australian visa stamp in passport (or visa approval letter).
  • Full name and residential address of owner (a PO box/Business address is not acceptable).
  • If importer has been outside of Australia longer than 12 months, an e-mail of explanation to Australian Border Force will be required to explain why personal effects are being imported as owner has not travelled within the last 12 months.

Documents Required (to be completed/arranged by GB Liners)

  • Inventory of the goods in English.
    (do not use the terms “Miscellaneous” or “Contents unknown”).
  • Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (AWB).


Duty free if removal goods consist of used household effects which have been in the owner’s use and possession abroad for at least one year, and which will keep on being used by the owner in the new residence.

All household and personal effects entering Australia are subject to a physical examination by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DoAWE). This examination is conducted at DoAWE approved premises and will cause delays of up to 14 working days after the arrival of the consignment into Australia. The Quarantine examination also means that full containers cannot be delivered direct to the importer’s residence in Australia.

For further details on inherited goods, diplomatic status, motor vehicles, pets and other exceptional items, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at

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