Cost of Moving from Australia to the USA

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.

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Moves From Australia to The USA: Our Top Routes

Relocation from many different cities in Australia to many different cities in the USA can easily be handled by our movers. Here are some popular routes for people relocating from Australia to the USA.


Australia to New York

Sydney to New York
Melbourne to New York
Brisbane to New York
Perth to New York
Adelaide to New York
Gold Coast to New York
Canberra to New York
Newcastle to New York
Central Coast to New York
Sunshine Coast to New York
Wollongong to New York
Hobart to New York
Townsville to New York
Geelong to New York
Cairns to New York
Darwin to New York
Toowoomba to New York
Bendigo to New York
Ballarat to New York

Australia to Los Angeles

Sydney to Los Angeles
Melbourne to Los Angeles
Brisbane to Los Angeles
Perth to Los Angeles
Adelaide to Los Angeles
Gold Coast to Los Angeles
Canberra to Los Angeles
Newcastle to Los Angeles
Central Coast to Los Angeles
Sunshine Coast to Los Angeles
Wollongong to Los Angeles
Hobart to Los Angeles
Townsville to Los Angeles
Geelong to Los Angeles
Cairns to Los Angeles
Darwin to Los Angeles
Toowoomba to Los Angeles
Bendigo to Los Angeles
Ballarat to Los Angeles

Australia to Miami

Sydney to Miami
Melbourne to Miami
Brisbane to Miami
Perth to Miami
Adelaide to Miami
Gold Coast to Miami
Canberra to Miami
Newcastle to Miami
Central Coast to Miami
Sunshine Coast to Miami
Wollongong to Miami
Hobart to Miami
Townsville to Miami
Geelong to Miami
Cairns to Miami
Darwin to Miami
Toowoomba to Miami
Bendigo to Miami
Ballarat to Miami

Australia to Chicago

Sydney to Chicago
Melbourne to Chicago
Brisbane to Chicago
Perth to Chicago
Adelaide to Chicago
Gold Coast to Chicago
Canberra to Chicago
Newcastle to Chicago
Central Coast to Chicago
Sunshine Coast to Chicago
Wollongong to Chicago
Hobart to Chicago
Townsville to Chicago
Geelong to Chicago
Cairns to Chicago
Darwin to Chicago
Toowoomba to Chicago
Bendigo to Chicago
Ballarat to Chicago

Australia to Houston

Sydney to Houston
Melbourne to Houston
Brisbane to Houston
Perth to Houston
Adelaide to Houston
Gold Coast to Houston
Canberra to Houston
Newcastle to Houston
Central Coast to Houston
Sunshine Coast to Houston
Wollongong to Houston
Hobart to Houston
Townsville to Houston
Geelong to Houston
Cairns to Houston
Darwin to Houston
Toowoomba to Houston
Bendigo to Houston
Ballarat to Houston

Australia to San Francisco

Sydney to San Francisco
Melbourne to San Francisco
Brisbane to San Francisco
Perth to San Francisco
Adelaide to San Francisco
Gold Coast to San Francisco
Canberra to San Francisco
Newcastle to San Francisco
Central Coast to San Francisco
Sunshine Coast to San Francisco
Wollongong to San Francisco
Hobart to San Francisco
Townsville to San Francisco
Geelong to San Francisco
Cairns to San Francisco
Darwin to San Francisco
Toowoomba to San Francisco
Bendigo to San Francisco
Ballarat to San Francisco

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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