Cost of Movers United Kingdom to Australia


Moving to Australia from the UK is a big move. Separated by over 15,000km, these two island nations could not be more different. Australia is a massive country, over 30 times the size of the UK, in fact. With a  population that is smaller than the UK, Australia promises you plenty of room to stretch your legs.

Moving around the globe can be expensive. You can expect to pay between £7,000 – £9,400 to ship a full, 40-foot shipping container, and the trip will take between 6 – 9 Weeks. There are additional fees to pay along the way, and can range from storage, transport, and other fees. Working with an international mover is the best way to avoid unexpected expenses. Your shipping quote will give you numbers you can count on. Customs duty and taxes? For the most part, you won’t owe any customs duty or taxes, but your shipper will know about any special rules or exceptions you should be aware of.

What about customs inspections?

Besides the kangaroos, dingoes, and giant spiders, Australia is also famous for their strict customs inspection protocols. Many animals and plants found in Australia are not found anywhere else in the world. Protecting this unique ecosystem requires rigorous customs inspections to prevent the invasion of foreign animal and plant species.

The customs process for Australia is so stringent, in fact, that most household shipments will have at least a few items that are subject to quarantine. Among the usual suspects, such as plants and animals, wood furniture coming into the country is often quarantined for a time to ensure that they are free of wood-boring insects.

As with any international move, working with professional movers gives you the best chance of success.

Am I allowed to bring my vehicle to Australia?

Australia prohibits most private vehicle imports. The vast majority of cars imported to Australia are by car manufacturers. There is a process for private citizens to apply for an import waiver, but approvals are so rare that this multi-week process is seldom worth it.

If you do choose to apply for an import waiver, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get through the process, as well as time to make alternative arrangements if needed.

Three Men and a Truck

We don’t know about you but putting all of your worldly possessions into the hands of strangers and trusting them to carry them over 15,000 km seems scary. Working with an overseas moving company can help you move with confidence. Three Men and a Truck is an international moving company with foreign relocation experience and a commitment to world-class service. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation flat rate 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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