Cost of Movers from Australia to the United States


The distance from Sydney, Australia to New York is an astonishing 8,000 km. You have a really long flight ahead of you, but that’s nothing compared to the journey your belongings must take. Shipping from Australia to the U.S. takes 6-8 weeks.

You can choose to ship a full or half-container via sea freight. A full container will cost you $11,600 – $15,800 and gives you 40 feet of space to pack all of your belongings. A half-container is, you guessed it, 20 feet of space, and will cost you up to a thousand dollars less.

Importing a Vehicle into the US
When importing a vehicle to the US, there are three major elements for you to consider: mechanical requirements, emission standards and vehicle safety.

Mechanical requirements

In Australia, vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road, and in the U.S., it is the opposite. Unfortunately, this change means that your vehicle will require substantial mechanical modifications in order to be safely driven in America. These modifications must be completed by a qualified mechanic and can be expensive and unsightly. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, so make sure you do some research before you decide either way.

Emission standards

Emission standards for vehicles in the U.S. are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. If a car is imported into the country, it must be certified by the EPA to confirm that it complies with their emission standards. Since most vehicles produced outside of the US are not certified by default, you will need to arrange for an inspection.

Safety standards

Your vehicle will also be subject to a safety inspection. This safety inspection looks at basic components of the vehicle, ensuring that seatbelts, wipers, headlights and other necessary safety features are installed and functional. This inspection will determine if the vehicle is ready to be driven in the US, or if additional repairs or upgrades are needed.

To be eligible to import your vehicle to the U.S., it must have a clean title with no liens. You will be charged customs duty of 2.5% of the value of the vehicle, though there are some exceptions. Check with your local U.S. embassy for more information or rely on your shipper for the most current guidance.

Importing Household Goods into the US

When packing for an international move, you have a lot of extra steps. First, you must pack extra carefully. Your goods will travel many thousands of kilometers, so extra padding is a must. You will also need to provide a detailed, box-by-box inventory with your shipment. This documentation will be carefully scrutinized by customs officials, so make sure it is complete and accurate.

Goods valued at less than $800 are not subject to customs duty. Above that amount, you will need to declare your goods and pay customs duty. Regulations are subject to change, and some exemptions are available. Your overseas moving experts can help you anticipate what you may owe.

Three Men and a Truck

Speaking of overseas moving experts, Three Men and a Truck is a moving company with expertise in international relocations. Whether you are moving down the road or around the world, our international shipping experts have the experience and connections to give you a world-class moving experience. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation moving quote.


Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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