Moving to Australia
Customs Documents Required for Moving to Australia: Scan of passport with copy of visa or e-visa approval (non-citizens), Detailed inventory / commercial invoice in English, Completed Australian Customs form B534, AWB (Shipping label). NOTE: Clearance is provided through the carrier, agricultural clearance exam is separate and requires payment by receiver locally. Estimated cost additional 99.00AUD
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These documents are mandatory and you will be required to upload these documents during the Onboarding process (see Onboarding). Additional documents and/or materials may be required for a duty & tax free entry of your personal goods.
Nowship offers micro moving services to Australia for shipping essential personal effects to begin your new life in your new home. Our services include customs clearance in Australia but excludes examination for agricultural clearance. This examination is paid separately to the carrier in local currency. Typically, the fee is $99AUD.
If you are only moving a small amount of your valued goods in boxes or crates, our very small move solution is a perfect add on to get what's needed there fast.
Below are document requirements and information regarding Australian Customs for your move.
Used Household Goods and Personal Effects for Australia
Required Documents When Moving to Australia
- Scanned copy of passport with clear photo
- Air waybill (AWB) (Nowship provides this document for clearance)
- Completed Australian Customs form B534 (Download Australian Customs Form B534 here)
- Copy of visa or e-visa approval (non-citizens)
- Detailed inventory / packing list (in English)
- Alcohol inventory, if applicable
- The AWB must be received 48 hours prior to arrival at first entry airport into Australia. Nowship provides this through the carrier.
- An inventory of alcohol is required for Australian Customs to assess the duty and taxes payable, which are generally 50% of the alcohol's purchase value for wine and 150% for spirits.
- The signature on the Australian Customs form B534 must match the passport page.
Restricted and or Dutiable Items when moving to Australia
- Customs duties plus goods and services tax (GST) will apply to alcohol imported into Australia.
- Duty is calculated on the type of alcohol, the volume contained per bottle, the alcohol % per bottle and the value per bottle.
- Ten percent (10%) GST is then added to the duty calculated.
- Anabolic and androgenic substances (those that enhance muscle and bone growth and may include health supplements)
- ANZAC and any related advertising material
- Items bearing an image of the Australian national flag and coat of arms
- Items bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
- Cat and dog fur products
- Glazed ceramic ware (specific to lead content)
- Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises)
- Chemical weapons
- Chewing tobacco and snuff in quantities greater than 1.5 kg
- Cigarette lighters (up to five lighters acceptable if over 18 years or older on a ship or aircraft)
- Cosmetics and toxic materials (cannot contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead but may contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead acetate designed for use in hair products)
- Counterfeit credit cards
- Crowd control equipment (antipersonnel sprays, body armor, extendable batons, electric shock devices, etc.)
- Cultural heritage goods from Papua New Guinea (permission from the Trustees of the Papua New Guinea Public Museum and Art Gallery is required)
- Diamonds (only rough diamonds in tamper proof container from a country participating in the Kimberley Process may be imported and require a Kimberley Process Certificate)
- Dog collars designed to puncture or bruise an animal’s skin
- Passengers arriving on board a ship or aircraft do not need a permit for the import of drugs and narcotics required for personal use if:
- The drugs and narcotics are prescribed by a medical practitioner or veterinarian, and quantity does not exceed a 3 month’s supply at the maximum prescribed dosage,
- The drugs / narcotics are carried as accompanied baggage;
- Prescription must be in English or translated to English.
- Kava may be imported in root or dried form in amounts not to exceed 2 kg and is carried as accompanied baggage by a passenger 18 years or older.
- Firearms and accessories, parts, magazine, ammunition, components of ammunition, and replica
- The following items are embargoed goods and are restricted and require permission to import. Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for additional information:
- Eritrea – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
- Iran – weapons, ammunition, military vehicle and equipment and spare parts
- North Korea – weapons ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
- Libya – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
- Endangered animal and plant listed in the appendices to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
- A search tool for CITES endangered species is available at https://checklist.cites.org/#/en
- Novelty erasers (resembling food in scent or appearance)
- Plastic explosives formulated as a mixture, malleable or flexible at room temperature or with:
- One or more high explosives which in pure form have a vapor pressure less than 10.4 PA at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius
- A binder material
- Fish and tooth fish
- Electronic flyswatters and mosquito bats
- Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin
- Hazardous wastes (explosive flammable, poisonous, toxic, exotoxic or infectious, clinical wastes, waste oils, waste residue from manufacture or household waste as defined by the Basel Convention)
- Incandescent lamps
- Knives and daggers
- Laser pointers
- Novelty money boxes coated with material containing more than 90 mg/kg of lead
- Ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases
- Pencils and paintbrushes with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium
- Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenols
- Pornography and other objectionable materials
- Radioactive substances
- Therapeutic drugs and substances (abortifacients, aphrodisiacs, etc.)
- Unmanufactured tobacco (not stemmed or stripped or in whole form)
- Toys containing excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium
- Weapons (military goods and other weapons including blow pipes, crossbows, martial arts equipment, knuckle dusters, slingshots, maces and flails)
- Trade Practices Act goods
Prohibited Items You Cannot Include in Your Move to Australia
- Rough diamonds
- Embryo clones and viable materials, and any related advertising matter advertising these items
- Suicide devices
Cultural and Other InformationCIA World Factbook Entry for Australia
Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide and for information only. We make no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability for moves to Australia.