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Great idea! I should have taken an extra bag with me when we went over at Xmas but it was such a rushed trip. Just didn't think of it at the time.

It won't work for us tho. We are going to be taking a couple pieces of furniture, quite a few framed pictures, and lots of car stuff as we are bring 2 sports cars over with us.....and a trailer for them!
I wanted to send a new stingray Vette over but by the time I worked out shipping, and import tax, then found out that it would have to be converted... I just is not worth it.

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I wanted to send a new stingray Vette over but by the time I worked out shipping, and import tax, then found out that it would have to be converted... I just is not worth it.
LMAO we are bringing over a 73 and an 08 Z06. If you wait until 2017, I think they will be making the C7s in RHD.
We've owned these cars for a few years so the import fees won't be so bad. We don't plan on converting the newer one as it won't be a daily driver and who knows, with the car industry going downhill there the rules just might change.

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Hi all,

Some people have asked me which company we used to ship our stuff. Most of our furniture is less than 2 years old, I love it, so we decided to ship it to Australia. That saved us the hassle to sell it for a third or less of the original price and have to buy everything back in Australia, knowing that everything is about twice as expensive than in the US. Plus we got a door to door deal so we didn't have to pack - which would have been a nightmare with our 2 little kids (3 years old and 5 months old).
After requesting many quotes, we went with a company affiliated with Allied Van Lines, based in LA: Jensen Relocation. We lived in LA so it made sense. So far the experience has been really good. Pam - our main contact- is very knowledgable, super nice and very patient. She's answered my hundreds of questions. We went with them because we wanted the experience and support of a big company. Their rates are not the best but not the most expensive either. They are competitive, when I emailed Pam with some cheaper quotes from other companies, she tried her best to match them.
They came to pack the whole house on a Saturday and as we were leaving on the Monday, left our beds, table and bathroom stuff unpacked so we could sleep in our house until the Monday, when we flew to Australia. They came with a 40 ft container on the Monday, finished packing the house and loaded all of our belongings in the container. The movers were awesome, super friendly and looked like they were cateful and packed everything extremely well!

As it's been mentionned here, yes our container is stuck in LA. Not the fault of Jensen Relocation, but the whole port is super congested. It should ship on February 23rd, we moved on Feb 2nd 2015. We are not in a hurry anyway as we're staying with my inlaws and won't have a place to live in for quite a while.

As someone said, we paid for extra luggage for the things we wanted to have with us immediately (kids toys mostly). With Qantas, it's $123 per additional luggage. Much much cheaper than shipping via air freight. Also, keep in mind that with Qantas, we are allowed two 23kg suitcases/person, except the infants (in economy class).

Feel free to ask any questions, I'll be happy to share more if you want!

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Just received an email to say that they have received all our documents besides FBI clearance (I think we're at around 10 weeks) and once they receive that we will be on track for finalisation!
We weren't expecting till June at earliest but it seems like it's going to be way sooner! Yay!!!
So good to see so much happening with everyone's applications- seems like that wait time is going down

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Just got my visa granted today! 5 months and 5 days. Woohoo! Must enter by September 16th, one year from my med check being submitted. So happy that 12-15 months was a gross overestimate - here's to much more news in the coming weeks!

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Just got my visa granted today! 5 months and 5 days. Woohoo! Must enter by September 16th, one year from my med check being submitted. So happy that 12-15 months was a gross overestimate - here's to much more news in the coming weeks!
This is awesome! CONGRATS!!!!!!


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Just got my visa granted today! 5 months and 5 days. Woohoo! Must enter by September 16th, one year from my med check being submitted. So happy that 12-15 months was a gross overestimate - here's to much more news in the coming weeks!
Yay!!!!! Great news, congratulations!

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Just got my visa granted today! 5 months and 5 days. Woohoo! Must enter by September 16th, one year from my med check being submitted. So happy that 12-15 months was a gross overestimate - here's to much more news in the coming weeks!
That's amazing. Well done!

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Big congrats, NYC2SYD! I don't know HOW in the heck DC is churning 'em out this fast, but I'm really happy to see it!

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