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Shipping items from France to Aus?


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Old 12-06-2014, 01:08 AM
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Shipping items from France to Aus?

Hi all

Does anyone have any recommendations of any reliable (yet cheap) shipping companies to move our boxes from France to Australia?

We live in Nice, France and moving to Brisbane once our Partner Visa gets approved via Madrid office (hopefully by March 15). We won't have any furniture...just boxes with general things (clothes, books, kitchen items, small household things) and happy to ship the items home since we aren't in rush.

I have been looking into it and so far it looks like most shipping companies that get back to me seem to be based in London and therefore the costs are more elevated since they have that extra country step (ie Nice - London - Brisbane).

I'm hoping that someone on this Forum has lived in France and has already gone through this shipping exercise and can give me some helpful recommendations.

Look forward to any help

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Hi lolablue

Just wondering if you were able to find a good solution? My partner and I are hoping to make the move from Paris to Sydney later this year and we're in the same situation. We don't want to take furniture, but would be good to be able send a few boxes of household items.

Any advice appreciated.
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I would recommend Anglo Pacific. My partner and I have used these guys on a few occasions to send boxes from the UK to Australia but they also ship from France - I can't comment on how much it costs from France or the route they use from there.I found them to be very friendly, cheaper than all the other shipping companies at the time, their customs documents were very easy to fill out, they provided free boxes and packing equipment (bubble wrap, tape) and they were very flexible. We used them to send clothes, books, and some more breakable items.

Once company I wouldn't recommend is Seven Seas. I used them once and they were horrible.

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Hi alison213....apparently there is a french company (ADEM) that ships from Marseille which seems to have good prices but I have no idea about the service etc since we haven't booked anything yet. We plan to now leave France a little later, so I will continue my research. Let me know if you find anything as well.

Thanks Engaus for your Anglo Pacific recommendation. I will look into them for sure! Also a quick question Engaus....apparently there are other charges that will need to be paid in Australia once your boxes arrive (part of aus customs).....however no-one here seems to be able to shed any light on how much these Aus charges are. When you shipped your boxes to aus, did you have to pay any charges on the aus side? If so how many boxes did you move and how much were your charges?

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Thanks for the feedback. Great to have some ideas to start planning.

@lolablue - if I find a really good solution. I'll let you know. We'll probably be moving at the end of summer - providing all goes well with the visa approval.


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Yep we just got our partner visa reply and fortunately we put our application in last year in June, hence our wait was only 7mths which was brilliant. Hope all goes well with your application too


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7 months is a great outcome. Congratulations! We applied in August through Madrid. Still waiting. Did you go through Madrid as well?


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yes we went through madrid too....however i think the embassy changed their waiting times for applications submitted post july 2014 ( they were 7-9mths and now are 12-14mthst)


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They can't tell you about the charges because it's something Australian immigration will impose and costs vary. For example, if customs scan your boxes and feel they see something that needs to be investigated or is prohibited they will open your boxes and charge you for it. So just make sure you are detailed on your customs forms and ensure everything is very clean e.g if your sending shoes clean them properly.

We shipped about 5-6 boxes. We didn't get charged anything additional.

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fabulous thanks for this information!

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