What You Need to Know About Shipping from Canada to Australia

Overseas Shipping - Canada to Australia

Relocating is hectic, more so when you are going abroad. Shipping or moving internationally may sound exciting, but it can be a complex process. When it comes to international shipping from Canada or anywhere else, many factors are involved, including an international moving company, customs and warehouses. This post is written focusing on people shipping from Canada to Australia, although the general rules apply to anyone shipping goods for commercial or personal use to a foreign country.

Factors Regarding Canada to Australia International Shipping

Once you have decided to relocate to Australia, other than knowing how to do your packing, you also need to understand how the entire process works.
There are many persons and companies involved in shipping your valuables internationally, with whom you may not get in touch at every step of the process, but all of them must work together in order for your belongings to reach the destination safely.

1.    The International Moving Company
Wondering what an international moving company can do for you? They are your “move managers”.

They are the ones whom you hire, the ones who will oversee that your shipment reaches its given destination and the ones to send you the bill. In case of emergencies, they are the ones you will go to for any damage claims, shipment updates, or any questions regarding the process. All the other factors are associated with this one major factor since they are the ones with whom you have the agreement.

You should only trust a renowned company when your possessions are travelling halfway across the globe. Pay attention to the credibility of your ‘movers’ (as they are termed in Australia), and ask recommendations from people you know who have shifted to the same destination. Asking the local consulate of the country you are moving to, works for choosing the right shipping company.

2.    The Origin Agent
The origin agent is the local company that will visit your location to see what you want to ship before they give you a quote. They also help in the packing and loading of your shipment and can function as a freight forwarder, consolidating warehouse, and/or the move manager themselves.

3.    The Freight Forwarder
A freight forwarder or non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) is the company you go to when you need someone to arrange the ocean freight and export documentation. Although the U.S Federal Maritime Commission or FMC considers the Freight Forwarder (FF) and the NVOCC to be distinct, to the common person it will not make much of a difference.

You can pick a freight forwarder from the destination country as well if they have unusual rules for import. Again, they too can work as the origin agent or the move manager.

4.    Consolidating Warehouse
Unless you have an exclusive container to hold your shipment, chances are that your packages will be loaded with other cargo. The size of your cargo and the distance between the origin and point of embarkment play an important role in determining whether it will be allotted an exclusive container.

A consolidating warehouse is used to keep your package until there is enough to fill a container. However, you will not be able to see most of this process yourself.

5.    Destination Agent
The company working as the destination agent handles all the documentation and customs clearing after your cargo reaches the destination country. You can use a destination agent as your international shipping company or vice versa. Finding out who your agent will be is a good idea since you will get a quote based on real figures, and you can ask them about any queries you may have regarding import duties and restrictions.

Pro Tip 1: Choose an expert in international shipping who will also perform the tasks done by these other companies, such as the Origin agent, or freight forwarder, to reduce the overhead costs.

6.    Customs Bonded Warehouse

This is the place where your valuables are kept till they clear customs. The procedure varies for each country. For example, in Canada, you need to be present during the arrival of your goods. So, it is better to learn a bit about the customs of your destination country.

7.    Australian Quarantine and Customs

Talk it out with your moving company to know what you can ship. After all, moving internationally is expensive, and you do not want to spend so much money and effort only to find out that you cannot use them. It is better to sell some of your possessions, that you no longer need before moving.

Pro Tip 2: North American homes are comparatively larger than those of other countries, so it’s better to find out the standards for door size, electricity, and room size in your destination (Australia in this case) to figure out what not to ship.

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has a very strict standard for incoming personal and household goods as the country is protective of its unique environment and agricultural industries.

When you are shipping to Australia, just remember the following:

  • Avoid having food in your container.
  • Wipe and clean any soil traces or other foreign objects from items like vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, golf clubs, garden tools and so on.
  • If you still need to move these items, then they will be taken for inspection upon reaching Australia and treated if seen fit.
  • Any objects posing a pest and disease threat will immediately be ceased and destroyed.

These are a few of the factors involved when you are shipping from Canada to Australia. You can see how hiring a trusted international moving company is so important. Not only will they be able to provide proper insurance on your cargo, but you will get freight quotes prior to the process. Just make sure you research well to make your relocation smoother.