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Old 11-01-2011, 07:08 PM
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shipment delay/bad handling.

Originally Posted by YSLB View Post
Hi there

We moved to Melbourne from the UK beginning of August 2011. We decided to ship our belongings to Melbourne, however, as we were unable to fill an entire container we had to agree to a part-load service, meaning our furniture will be shipped once the shipping company can fill the whole container. We have been told, that Melbourne is a prime destination and it should therefore take 10 but no longer than 14 weeks for our belongings to arrive at the designated address in Melbourne. It has now been 8 weeks and 1 day and guess what, our furniture is still sitting in a warehouse in the UK. It is very hard to communicate with the shipping agent and we only receive vague responses and still have not an agreed shipping date. We are now looking at 18 plus weeks and have started to re-buy essential items. So all in all a very expensive and even more stressful exercise.

The company we used is Doree Bonner International - should you still decide to ship your belongings be careful in choosing your moving agent as you pay for the services in full upfront. We unfortunately have made a huge mistake.
Hi, we also booked our removal and shipping with DBI, also on a part load although its been picked up, its been on the road since a week now. Pick up was a week ago and it still has not yet made it to the depot. Its still onboard a truck somewhere.
We were also quoted the same 10-14 weeks for delivery to Perth. It was noted this is the second busiest destination behind Melbourne being the first
The pick up was not made by DBI staff, but rather another company sub contracted out I guess. The stickers they had for all our boxes were not enough and it ended up being marker pen to write the details.
The truck drivers picking up our belongings obviously could not read the word 'top' and could also not understand that the up arrows showing the correct direction of the boxes was also not understood. Neither was the packing tape printed with the words FRAGILE. This didnt seem to register either and many light items and those marked with fragile, as with our TVs and other expensive items, were loaded on bottom of the truck.
As we have packed by owner, there is no insurance for broken items. I am sure we will arrive with more items than we started with. Not all these items will be usable no doubt, but we remain hopefull.
But in reality, it will probably work out to have been cheaper to throw everything away and buy new in Australia. At least I would have saved the cost of transport and insurance, since as we are packed by owner, there is no insurance on breakages and only a pay out on complete loss. Doesn take in account for bad handling or ill treatment.
Good luck with all your belongings arriving to Melbourne within the 10-14 weeks quote timings and good luck that all your belongings arrive in one piece !!

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Old 11-16-2011, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Marriedtheenglish View Post
If we move to Aus at the end of the year, we can't decide whether to ship a container full of our stuff over from the UK, or save the money and buy new... do you think it will be cheaper to ship or buy new??
Any suggestions welcome.
I realise I am joining this thread a bit late, but I cannot recommend 'Anglopacific' enough for shipping AND advice.

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Old 11-19-2011, 03:56 AM
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Buying new

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by millie View Post
And on that note, Iíve motivated myself to start filling in my shipping inventory for the boxes Iíve already packed...
Good Luck and don't hesitate to drop me a line if you want to chat about this more...!!
I found your detailed post very helpful. I am planning on movine by the end of the year, have 2 kids 8 and 10, so i am thinking of shipping my stuff there cos what i looked up on the net was very expensive and the process of slowly filling the house with affortable things you need together with looking up a house can be too much of a strain, the kids would be too unsettled during the time, Plus, being in Pakistan i can get a whole house furnished at a 50-60% lower cost due to the rate of exchange, i have read up much on the shipping and packing process in forums, but i have a few questions about what happens when things land there, so can pls someone answer these:
1 what do the customs charge on getting more furniture, hardly any electric appliances?
2. what do movers charge from port to some place in Sydney, cos i will be moving there.
3. who is the furnture, which will be heavy shifted from the port into a van and from the van into the house.
4. later if i shift to any other place, around Sydney still due to work, does it cost a lot to shift house, in terms of movers?

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:04 PM
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Great responses above so I'll just inject my views having had to make this same decision about one year ago, however, moving from Australia to Europe.

Firstly, storage costs, if the UK is anything like Australia, is horrendous and for me at least provided no financial incentive other than to either sell everything and buy new or ship everything.

Shipping costs are not cheap. Online calculators help you estimate the cost. I only shipped sentimental items, gifts etc to keep costs low and I went with Seven Seas. They had good service, decent costs, however, I did not select the correct insurance and when some things broke they had no sympathy, so just a warning there...but there are many players out there, in no way am I promoting Seven Seas, they are just one of the big ones that I reviewed that was affordable.

It was just not economical to ship everything else. Aside from the inevitable wear and tear that moving across the globe will achieve, the shipping costs can climb rapidly. I lived in Sydney and managed to sell every piece of furniture, using gumtree or poster in my apartment, prior to leaving.

Someone above talked about the benefit of spring cleaning. I agree, it was a good practice in really forcing yourself to minimalise, which I advocate.

Having arrived in Europe, yes you need to buy everything new (or second-hand), that is where Ikea comes in ; ) In Australia you could consider the same option.

Personal decision, but these are my experiences which worked well for me.

Best of luck


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We won't be using doree .. Thanks for that post.

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Old 09-25-2017, 11:35 AM
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If you choose to ship the items, there could be surprises, such as certain items being too large to fit in the new place.

So unless the items are very expensive & new, I would go for selling the items and simply buying at the new location.


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Shipping your goods internationally is never easy in terms of processes, costs, procedures, etc.

The best thing to do is to collaborate with a freight forwarder that is able to ensure a permanent follow up during the process... communication is key !

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