International Movers Melbourne

International Moving Companies Melbourne

International Movers Melbourne

International Movers Melbourne


Melbourne is home to Australia’s largest container port, the aptly named Port of Melbourne. Handling over 3,000 ships per year, this port will make your move fairly simple. Customers who live inland have to also deal with the hassle of over land transport, but residents of Melbourne have a great advantage.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about moving overseas from Melbourne, Australia:

What paperwork do I need?

We would be lying if we said there isn’t a lot of paperwork involved with an international move. The truth about the paperwork, though, is that it will depend on where you are moving. Every country in the world has the right to establish their own rules and regulations for imports and exports. Some countries are very permissive, while others have complicated and onerous requirements.

Here is a partial list of documents that are often required for an international move:

  • Visa
  • Residence permit
  • Work permit
  • Letter from employer
  • Proof of home purchase or long-term lease agreement
  • Proof of income or bank records
  • Vaccination records for any pets

Every country that you move to will require you to present a passport, so make sure that your passport is carried with you and is up to date. If your passport has less than a year left before expiration, it may be best to renew before leaving Malaysia. Otherwise, you may have to return to Malaysia sooner than you hoped, in order to renew it.

How should I pack for an international move?

When you pack for an international move, you must also create a detailed inventory that describes the contents of every single box in your shipment. This inventory will be checked against your shipment when it is processed through customs, so be as accurate and complete as you can.

Remember that overseas container shipping usually takes several weeks and conditions can be unpredictable. Use high-quality packing materials to make sure your valuables are ready for anything.

What are my shipping options?

Shipping overseas is most often done by shipping container. Air freight is always an option, but you will be charged by weight and volume, and the costs add up very quickly. If you go with a shipping container, your shipment will take longer but you will save a considerable amount of money.

For most household shipments, you will choose between a full container load (FCL) or a less than container load (LCL). An LCL is shared with other customers, whereas an FCL gives you the whole 12 meters of space to work with. It may not sound like much, but a full container will usually fit the contents of a 2-bdrm house with room to spare.

How much will it cost to move abroad?

The costs to move abroad differ depending on where you are moving. Moving from Melbourne, you have the advantage of a convenient shipping port nearby, which will help you keep your costs low. Estimates for overseas shipping are available online, but these estimates are so wide-ranging that they won’t really help you plan your budget. For example, one online quote for shipping from Melbourne to New York City suggests that the cost could be anywhere between $11,900 – $15,900 – that’s a pretty wide range!

Working with an international moving company like Three Men and a Truck gives you several key advantages: a customized shipping quote so you can manage your budget, world-class service throughout your move, and experienced support from a team that understands the world of international shipping. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation shipping 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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