Moving to Australia

Australia is the largest island in the world and is home to more than 24 million people. From gorgeous sandy beaches to long stretches of coastal road and diverse landmarks across the nation. From Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in far north Queensland, to the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia attracts millions of tourists and migrants each year.

While the two countries are only 2,158 kilometres apart (Auckland to Sydney), there are a lot of differences, moving to Australia from NZ, that require careful planning, consideration and organisation. Knowing when to go, what to move, and how to transport your furniture items can be difficult without professional moving advice.

There will be a lot to organise for your international relocation, so it will be worth your while to get the professionals at Allied Pickfords involved. We are the experts in International moving in New Zealand and across the Tasman.

Allied Pickfords New Zealand is part of the world’s largest international moving network, with over 600 locations around the world, including 10 locations across New Zealand, and 40 Allied Pickfords offices across Australia.  Ensuring you a door to door service across the Tasman.

Moving to Australia with the experts

Moving to Australia can be the adventure of a lifetime, and a stressful experience at the same time! The moving team at Allied Pickfords are the international experts to ensure we make the process run like clockwork.

With almost 400 years of moving experience, an extensive Global Service Charter and numerous international industry accreditations, you can relax in knowing that your furniture is in safe hands when relocating them to Oz.  Allied Pickfords have been voted the International Moving Company of the year for the past four years running, which is a testament to our award winning service across New Zealand and Australia.

Allied Pickfords has 40 locations within Australia to ensure that you are dealing with the same company the entire way through your move process. No messy third parties or agents! We have a global tracking system to make sure you are well across the key milestones of your relocation and are only an email or phone call away to answering any of your questions you may have. That’s the Allied Advantage!

Furniture Storage

We understand that when moving to Australia you may require some short or longer term storage. With storage facilities in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and right across the country our purpose-built facilities ensure your furniture and homewares are stored safely and securely. We offer a range of storage plans at competitive prices, enabling you to deal with just one company throughout the entire moving process.

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Packing Services

When you are looking to move your furniture items to Australia they will require some attention prior to shipping. Our international wrapping material offers the ultimate protection for your furniture when moving overseas. The wax-free material is ideal for highly polished items and leather products as it highly resistant to not leaving any marks, indentations or scratches like other products sometimes used with the moving industry. Our international wrapping material has been specially designed in a three-layer construction to provide your personal effects with the ultimate protection whilst in transit.

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Removals Insurance

Despite being renowned as The Careful Movers, there are certain risks involved in any household move when moving your furniture across the Tasman. In the unlikely event your furniture or home contents are affected, Allied Pickfords offers a comprehensive transit and storage insurance solution for household moves from New Zealand to Australia. Your possessions are important to you and our international movers do everything we can to ensure your precious cargo is packed, wrapped and transported safely and securely with your furniture removal to Australia.

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Vehicle Transport

Allied Pickfords are not just a furniture moving company! We can also assist with shipping your car to Australia and provide you with information pertaining to the government regulations and laws that you need to be aware of so you can be well informed about the pros and cons of bringing your vehicle with you. It is important to speak with one of our move consultants about the process as rules and regulations are subject to change and will vary at times depending on the individual circumstance.

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Award winning international movers

As the leading provider of International moving services around the world Allied Pickfords are the international removalists team you can trust to deliver your effects safely. With a network of over 600 global locations, we have helped over 160,000 customers move overseas over the past 10 years alone!

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Moving to Australia made easy

Allied Pickfords ISO Quality systems ensure you are moving with the industry leaders when moving from New Zealand to Australia. All our locations have quality systems and processes in place when it comes to how we wrap and handle your furniture items. Our removal training program also ensures that you receive the same moving service standards across both New Zealand and Australia.

Our international moving service has been designed with your needs in mind as we offer part packing and full move packing services to best suit your budget. We can even provide unpacking services, relocate cars and pets!

Our international wrapping materials are of the highest quality. We have moving boxes in all different shapes and sizes to ensure we protect your furniture items whilst moving to Australia. For those higher value items which may need some added protection we also offer customised crating and packaging to ensure their ultimate protection whilst moving to their new home.

We have many shipping services available. These range from “Shared Containers” where you have a small amount of furniture to be moved so you only pay for the space you use in the container. The transit period will be slightly longer and if you are not in a hurry for your furniture items this option can be a very cost effective way in moving to Australia. For those customers with full households to be moved our “Sole-Use” transit method may be more convenient and cost effective where we can then plan around specific dates and time frames when moving across the Ditch to Australia. The timeframe will depend on the specific locations and customers regulations. Speak to one our move consultants for more information.

We can arrange air freight services where goods are required in a very short space of time to get you up and running in your new home in Australia. Speak to one of our move consultants for more information and what type of transit method will best suit your needs and budget.

When moving to Australia it is very important to consider the protection of your goods during transit as there are always risks involved. Even with all the careful packing and loading by Allied Pickfords your goods will be then loaded onto a container ship at the shipping port for its journey across the Tasman.

Not only are there logistical factors in this process but furniture is not designed to be moved! This is why Allied Pickfords have developed our comprehensive Transit and Storage policy to give you total peace of mind whilst. In the rare instance of a claim, Allied Pickfords has an internal insurance centre so you can rest assured there won’t be any external communications or issues.

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Importing items into Australia

Moving to Australia may not seem all that difficult as many people relocate to much further destinations each year right? Same language (with some twists) and short distance (Sydney to Auckland) being just over 2000 kilometres away!!

In fact, moving to Australia can be one of the more complicated moving destinations due to the strict bio-security measures they have in place! Like New Zealand the Aussies are rightly proud of their countries unique and diverse environment, and have some very stringent regulations in place to protect it for future generations.

When moving to Australia, there are important considerations that you need to make sure of when relocating. It is important that all of your belongings are packed and labelled in the right way, and that they’re all acceptable for the customs officers on the other side.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) oversees the environmental protection, and carries out inspections on all arriving individual shipments and orders treatment where required. Within each shipment items of risk will be inspected, along with a random selection. Inspection charges are payable on all shipments to Australia. For example, you won’t be allowed to bring any items into the country that are covered in mud or dirt. This is because of the potential to contaminate the environment in Australia with foreign materials – so make sure all of your shoes and sports clothes are cleaned before you pack them up!

The same goes for items such as cricket gear and golf clubs – really anything that might have been used outside that has had dirt or grass on the surfaces. Your Move Consultant will be on hand to help you recognise which of your belongings need to be cleaned more thoroughly than others for customs clearance. This person will also be able to organise the entire move so you don’t have to stress about things like filling out the correct paperwork.

Since the 1980s, Allied Pickfords has been moving people from New Zealand to Australia, so we know the ins and outs of international relocations. No matter where you’re moving in Australia there’s a lot to organize and a lot can go wrong if you try to go it alone. Get in touch with the Allied Pickfords team today to make your move across the ditch as smooth as possible.

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“Nothing was too much trouble”

We just thought that we would like to acknowledge how fantastic the service from Allied Pickfords has been so far.
Right from the moment Carla and Jimmy walked in the door yesterday we knew were in good hands. Nothing was too much trouble as they quickly and efficiently went about packing up our family home of 36 years. All of our belongings of all shapes & sizes were loaded into the container with the ease of professionals.

Kathy & Chris

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