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when moving to Australia,what can be taken into the country?

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:00 AM
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when moving to Australia,what can be taken into the country?


I don't know if will I make a question for the first time and is it the right place for asking.

I am in process of getting spouse visa and I hope that I will get it.
As I am waiting I am packing my stuff.
I am from Croatia and have more that one bag

I arranged with one of our forwarding agent to organise whole thing.
Now, I must put my stuff into the boxes.
I don't know are there any restriction about what you can take into Australia or are the same as in the booklet for traveling,when you are going with aeroplane?
I have at my home,about 20 litres of all sorts of beverages, I would like to carry it with me to Melborne.Maybe anyone knows about that?
When you are traveling to Australia like tourist you can take with you 2 litres.

My stuff will go by ship,because is the cheapest way.

Maybe anyone have experience with moving of stuff and can help me with some advices?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 05-22-2009, 08:36 AM
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Here are a few links that might help you:

Australian Customs

Australian Quarantine

Otherwise I'm not much help. We're trying to pack all of our stuff too and because of where we live we have a lot of Inuit cultural items (some as art and some things that we actually used - like mukluks/mitts/etc) and I'm trying to find out if we can take the stuff... I'm having a hard time finding out info about some of the items so I'll probably end up calling. That might be your best bet as well.

Best of luck!

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Are the beverages alcoholic?

If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcohol duty-free into Australia with you. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased.
You will need to check with your airline as to how much your luggage can weigh. Airlines are getting real strict with their weights these days. Usually 15kg-30kg depending on the airline.

You have to be real careful with food brought into the country. Also the same with anything made from wood.

Important: Read your arrival card carefully! If in doubt declare it anyway.

It would be a shame to get a fine/mark on your record after going through all of the trouble with your visas.

My experience with moving countries, is that the cost of sending stuff overseas is often more expensive than buying new stuff. Of course, this excludes any personal and sentimental items. But furniture, electrical goods etc are best to try and sell before moving and then buying new or second hand goods when you get to Australia.

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No worry Mike,I want bring anything that I can't

I am only carring clothes,shoes,books,CD-s,some kitchen stuff, souvenirs,but not furniture or electric equipment. I only have one little wooden box, about 22 cm long and 10 tall.

Yes, I have all sorts of alcoholic drinks. I know about that 2 litres that is allowed but I thought that maybe exist a possibility for bring more if I am moving.
I will send stuff with ship.
I already have the approximat price, it will be around 900 AUD.I think that isn't so much. That is price from Zagreb to Melbourne.
My stuff will go to one container which I will be sharing with other people,I will pay only for one part of container.

I think that I can carry wooden stuff but they will must stay in quarantine for some time?
Before my stuff will go to trip if they decide that is necessary they will pass through the process of fumigation. That process needed when you have wooden stuff and there is a possibility that they are "infected" by some insects or worms.

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