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In order to aid you in moving to Australia we have gathered customs information. We advise you to carefully review the information relating to moving to Australia. You may find more up to date information at your local consulate or embassy. Please note, customs regulations are subject to change at any time. GEM Relocations cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.


Documentation Required
  1. All shippers (excluding Australian and New Zealand citizens) are required to have a visa to gain entry and to import household goods shipments
  2. A customs form B534 Unaccompanied Effects Form is required for all shipments to be imported. This form can be obtained from the destination agent or downloaded at www.customs.gov.au/travel/unaccomp.htm
  3. The agent can clear the shipment if the shipper is not in the country, provided the form B534 is complete and there are no dutiable items with the shipment
  4. The B534 must be the original as completed by the client. Customs will not accept faxed or photocopied forms. Customs will also ask for a photocopy of each page of the client's passport
  5. An Authority to Act form must be completed by the client to authorize clearance on their behalf
  6. Owner packed goods require a list of contents from the owner
  7. A descriptive inventory (English) is required.
  8. Any receipts for goods not owned and used for at least 12 months
Customs Regulations
  1. Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty free entry, provided that they have been owned and used by the shipper for at least twelve (12) months prior to importation. Goods may be cleared before the client arrives in the country provided that all of the necessary, correctly completed documents are in order
  2. As of July 1, 2002, the Australian Customs Service (ACS) began implementing a new cargo reporting and clearance system. This system now requires forwarders and importers to electronically report all incoming cargo to the ACS at least 24 hours prior to the Vessel or aircraft arrival at an Australian port. This cargo report must contain the name and residential address of the owner/receiver of the cargo. It is acceptable for this address to be shown as a hotel, serviced apartment or the contact address of a friend, relative or place of employment. It is not acceptable to send no address or notations such as TBA, will advise, etc. No shipment will be dispatched from port of departure to an Australian port of entry until an address as such is advised to GEM Relocations.
  3. All costs associated with the delay in advising GEM Relocations with a contact address in Australia will be passed back to the responsible party or are to the owner's account.
Motor Vehicles
  1. Customer must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or a person who has applied to become an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  2. Customer must have owned and used the auto for at least twelve months prior to import
  3. The applicant is of an age that entitles him or her to hold a license or permit to drive a road vehicle
  4. The applicant undertakes to comply with any requirements as to road safety that are imposed in respect of the vehicle by the Administrator of Vehicle Standards
  5. Customer has not imported a road vehicle owned by him or her within the year ending on the day on which the vehicle in respect of which the application is made is landed in Australia
  6. All vehicles intended to be imported, including motor vehicles, motorcycles, caravans, trailers etc. must have an individual "Vehicle Import Approval" prior to their arrival in Australia
  7. An 'Application For Vehicle Import Approval' must be lodged with the Vehicle Safety Standards office in Canberra, prior to the arrival of the vehicle in Australia. This action must be undertaken as early as possible as motor vehicles are unable to be cleared until an approved application has been obtained
  8. Further information on vehicle compliance requirements and access to the "Application for a Vehicle Import Approval" is located at www.dotrs.gov.au/land/imports_certif/vsb10.pdf
  9. The owner or spouse must produce the documents listed below and complete a B357 Form (Statement for Vehicle Imported by a Passenger)
  10. Documents Required:
  11. Bill of Sale
  12. Certificate of Steam Cleaning
  13. Current Passport (previous passport required together with current, if current passport has been issued after purchase of vehicle)
  14. Import Permit (will not be granted to Customers who are on a temporary visa)
  15. Original Purchase and Registration Papers (showing purchase price and purchase date)
  16. Receipts for any modifications to the vehicle which would add value to the purchase price
  17. Insurance Policy
  18. Drivers License
  19. Service records and log books
  20. Car Condition Report
  21. Authorization from Federal Office of Road Safety
  22. Clearance from the Australian Quarantine Service
  23. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) inspects all vehicles on arrival, and requires them to be properly cleaned. This is usually effected by steam cleaning. The customer should remove all soil and any other matter from your vehicle (including and especially the underside) prior to its exportation
  24. Further information on Australian Quarantine Inspection Service can be located on their website at www.affa.gov.au and select the "Quarantine and Inspection" option
  27. Further information relating to the current Customs clearance and valuation process and the applicable Customs Duty, GST and Luxury Car Tax rates can be located on the Australian Customs Service web site at www.customs.gov.au/bizlink/imports/motor/index.htm
Animals and Pets
  1. Strict regulations and quarantine apply (quarantine space very limited)
  2. Length of quarantine will depend upon the type of animal and country of origin
  3. Proof of inoculation
  4. Must obtain an Import Permit from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
  5. Birds prohibited
  6. Further information on the importation of pets to Australia can be found at http://www.affa.gov.au/content/output.cfm?ObjectID=D2C48F86-BA1A-11A1-A2200060A1B01896
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