Moving to Australia During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Our team have committed to continue providing the best overseas removals services during these rough times and strive to offer our help and advice for anyone wishing to move to Australia. We have taken measures to ensure the safety of both our staff and customers and we remain open and operating as per government and BAR guidelines, offering the only fully COVID-safe international removals services.

Why Choose 1st Move International?

Unique COVID Safe Packing

We are the only UK international removals company that offers COVID-safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK to Australia.

Our shrink-wrap packing prevents handling of individual items, ensuring a zero touch delivery and providing the best protection for your goods during your move.

Guaranteed Weekly Shipping

Unlike most movers, we guarantee regular weekly shipments direct from the UK to all main ports in Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Fremantle - with door to door services available throughout all of Australia.

Once it’s packed we will immediately give you the next available weekly sailing and you can track the container and vessel here.

Fully Insured

Thanks to our unique packing procedures, we enjoy the lowest claims record of any removals company. No compromises. We palletise all of your goods together to guarantee that, once packed, items are never handled individually.

Reduced handling means less risks and maximum safety for your move. Moving insurance services are provided by insurance giants Royal Sun Alliance.

Over 20 Years of Experience

We've been in the removals business for over 23 years and we've helped ship countless individuals from the UK to Australia and elsewhere.

Our dedicated team of move managers will guide you through every step of the process and will be on hand to provide advice should you have any questions.


We are established members of:

  • the British Association of Removers (BAR)
  • the British International Freight Association (BIFA)
  • the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA)

Packing For Your International Move to Australia

We are the only international removals company to employ this system of packing and we have been doing so for the last 20 years. Our palletised shrink-wrap packing is proven to:

  • Give your belongings unparalled protection in transit to Australia
  • Drastically reduce handling of individual items
  • Speed up customs clearance
  • Provide a COVID-safe method of shipping your goods overseas

See how it's done in this short video:

Looking for a quote? Use our quote form to receive an estimate for your move.

UK to Australia Shipping Options

Dedicated Container

We offer a Full Container Load (FCL) shipping service in which you have sole use of 1 or more 20ft or 40ft shipping containers. This is ideal for when you are moving a large amount of items like the entire contents of your home to Australia.

This service is offered either direct from your door or we can collect your goods and professionally pack them at our own 20,000 sqft packing facility.

Shared Container

Perfect for smaller moves. We will pick up your stuff, expertly pack it using our COVID Safe packing, then load it within the week on the next UK to Australia shipping vessel.

Our LCL service does not sacrifice speed. We are able to load your hand crafted pallets alongside commercial shipments from large exporters. That means no waiting around for additional customers - your stuff leaves as soon as we've packed it!

Collection & Delivery (door to door)

Full door to door options are available. We offer collection serivces throughout the whole of the UK and onward delivery at your destination can be arranged with our network of overseas agents.

Get a free quote for your move to Australia today.

International Removals Costs from the UK to Australia

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Australia?

Are you moving to Australia and want to find out how much it will cost to ship your stuff? We've put together a very simple price guide for international removals and personal effects shipping to Australia.

Short Answer: The cost of international removals from the UK to Australia is between £1,000 and £2,000 depending on the size of your move and your destination. For a detailed cost breakdown please see our table below.

Shipping and Moving Costs from the UK to Australia

Destination Port 3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP) 4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)
Melbourne £1,137 £1,984
Sydney £1,139 £1,986
Adelaide £1,139 £1,986
Brisbane £1,139 £1,986

Important information about these moving costs

Our costs table should be used as a simple guide only. We do not know where you live, where you are going, or how much stuff you have so the costs guide does not include the following charges: UK collection, onward delivery from the port in Australia to your new home, professional packing and loading costs.

Get in touch by completing the simple quote form on this page and we'll be happy to provide a tailored quote with these costs included. Just as a rough estimate, for a 3 bed house from Oxford to Sydney you should budget another £1800.00 to £2000.00 for the transport, packing and unpacking costs.

Shipping Dates and Transit Times to Australia

There is a shipping vessel bound for Australia leaving the UK at least once every 7 days and the port to port transit time is around 40 days depending on your specific destination

Visit our sailing schedules page for more detailed information.

Sailing and Transit Times for UK to Australia

Destination Next Sailing Transit Time
Adelaide Under 1 Week 38 Days
Brisbane Under 1 Week 41 Days
Fremantle Under 1 Week 37 Days
Melbourne Under 1 Week 39 Days
Sydney Under 1 Week 40 Days

Customs and Quarantine Requirements in Australia

Australia’s Department of Agriculture have strict quarantine regulations to prevent pests and diseases from entering the country and potentially harming their natural environment. There are strict guidelines on the importation of plant and animal materials and any items which have been in contact with soil or dirt including outdoor items such as garden tools, golf shoes, outdoor play equipment etc.

The Australia government publishes further import and quarantine guidelines and advice here. And you can download the Australia Customs form B534 here.

What Can't I Take to Australia?

For further information on our customs clearance services and details of prohibited goods into Australia please click here.

UPE: Government Concessions on Used Personal Effects.

Used personal effects are not subject normally to import duties, GST or taxes and we are often asked exactly what constitutes 'Used Personal Effects' from an Australia customs standpoint. The Australia government uses the following criteria when considering what are UPE’s.

UPEs are a special category of imported goods. If certain conditions are met, your UPEs may be customs cleared without requiring you to lodge import declarations or pay duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or other taxes and charges. For any used personal effects or household goods to be available for the special concessions you must.

  • Be the owner of the goods and have personally owned and used the goods for at least 12 months before departing from the UK for Australia
  • Have arrived or intend to arrive in Australia, and be an arriving person who is a permanent resident returning to Australia or a first time migrant from a place outside Australia taking up permanent residency.

Please note however that Duty, GST/Taxes and/or Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) will be payable if your Used Personal Effects include alcoholic drinks such as wine, beer, spirits or other alcoholic beverages, and/or cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco related products.

Further information on UPE can be found in this PDF document provided by the Australian Customs and Border Protection service.

If you're moving to Australia and looking for safe and fast shipping service simply fill in our quick quote form and find out more about our weekly shipping, great moving rates and unbeatable packing that ensures a stress free, safe and reliable international move to Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We ship to the ports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney, however, onward delivery to anywhere in Australia can be arranged.
Our shrink-wrap COVID-safe packing offers some of the best protection for your goods, making it one of the safest ways of shipping furniture and personal belongings from the UK to Australia.
We have the lowest claims record of any removals company shipping to Australia in our sector and we take great care when handling your belongings, however, we always recommend that you take out marine shipping insurance to cover any occasional mishaps.
Yes, we provide nationwide collection in the UK and we can arrange for onward delivery in Australia direct to your door.
For lists of prohibited and restricted imports into Australia, please see our customs clearance information page.
We calculate the cost of your move on the total volume of your shipment. Our expert packers arrange your belongings in the most volume-efficient way possible and, once packed, we can measure your shipment exactly, ensuring that you only pay for what you ship.

Shipping Your Car to Australia

Our sister company Autoshippers offer weekly container car shipping services from the UK to all main Australian ports. Find info on the rules and regulations and how much it costs to ship a car from the UK to Australia here.

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Real customer reviews

Simply the best! Highly recommend 1st Move International, outstanding service. I had a large shipment of all my worldly goods to SA of which many items were very fragile. The packaging was so amazing not a single item was broken. And the communication was excellent all the way. Thank you to all at the company.

We have used 1st Move International over the past five years and never had a concern. The service we have received has encouraged us to give 1st Move International's details to all our friends

Everything about 1st Move itself was excellent - they were efficient, courteous, very responsive to all my concerns and very straightforward to deal with.

These guys are the best, superb service and amazing packing skills, everything arrived safely and not a scratch or broken glass in sight.

Your Pallets Packed - Live on Facebook

COVID Safe Packing and Zero Touch Delivery Label

We are the only UK international removals company who offer COVID safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK.

Once packed, your pallets are photographed and pictures of your shipment will be posted immediately to our Facebook page.

You can see a gallery of our latest customer shipments here.