Personal Effects Shipping

Moving to another country, perhaps half the world away? Looking to send some goods to a family member in another continent? With developments and procedures of personal effects shipping made easier, you can easily send out and receive goods locally and/or globally to any destination you prefer. Shipping personal effects can mean anything from household items to gifts and more. There are various rules and regulations when you choose a leading shipping company you are also given an end-to-end shipping solution which includes doorstep pick up of your package to door step delivery as part of the door-to-door shipping.

When you’re looking for personal effects shipping, choose a leading freight forwarding service provider that is aware of the regulations and procedures of sending goods to that particular country. Depending on the goods in questions and the laws upon entry, it’s always best to be in the know than out. With shipping advice you will be getting your money’s worth. You can also find out information online – most shipping companies have this information listed for the convenience of their customers.

There are many types of boxes and crates available when you are looking to ship personal effects via freight forwarding companies. They include the likes of the following types:

Tea Chest

Length – 42 CM | Width – 44 CM | Height – 63 CM

Gift Box

Length – 41 CM | Width – 44 CM | Height – 32 CM

Quarter CBM

Length – 83 CM | Width – 50 CM | Height – 52 CM

Half CBM

Length – 121 CM | Width – 81 CM | Height – 60 CM


Length – 121 CM | Width – 81 CM | Height – 105 CM

One & Half CBM

Length – 121 CM | Width – 81 CM | Height – 150 CM

You may be looking to send anything from gifts to household items. It should be noted that there are many items that are listed under various categories of goods and based on this factor, you may need to pay a certain rate or there may be various procedures that pertain to the type of goods that needs to be noted. These are things that are considered “good to know”. The Australian Quarantine & Inspection Services (AQIS) authority governs consignments to protect Australia’s natural and economic assets from risks pertaining to international movement of goods and personnel. Therefore, take caution and be in the know by visiting the AQIS website. Some prohibited items and dangerous goods that you should be aware of include the likes of the following and it would be best to exclude them in your household goods and personal effect shipments.

  • Anabolic or androgenic substances
  • Antibiotics
  • Asbestos
  • Biological agents
  • Cat and dog fur products (restricted import/export)
  • Ceramic ware – glazed
  • Certain chemical compounds
  • Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chewing tobacco and oral snuff
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Cosmetics – toxic materials
  • Credit cards – counterfeit
  • Crowd control equipment
  • Cultural and heritage goods
  • Defence and Strategic Goods
  • Diamonds – from Cote d’Ivoire (prohibited import)
  • Diamonds – Kimberley Process
  • Dog collars – protrusion
  • Dogs – dangerous breeds (prohibited import)
  • Drugs
  • Endangered animal and plant species – CITES
  • Erasers – novelty
  • Explosives, plastic
  • Firearms, parts, accessories and ammunition
  • Fish and toothfish
  • Fly swatters/mosquito bats – electronic
  • Goods bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
  • Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin
  • Hazardous waste
  • Human blood and tissue
  • Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs)
  • Incandescent lamps
  • Kava
  • Knives and daggers
  • Laser pointers
  • Money boxes, novelty – toxic materials
  • Nuclear Material
  • Ozone depleting substances/Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (restricted exports)
  • Pencils and paintbrushes – toxic materials
  • Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenyls
  • Pornography and other objectionable material
  • Precursor substances
  • Prescription medicines
  • Radioactive Sources
  • Radioactive substances
  • Radioactive waste
  • Sanctioned countries/entities
  • Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate (SSAN)
  • Suicide devices
  • Tablet Presses
  • Therapeutic drugs and substances
  • Tobacco – unmanufactured leaf
  • Toothfish
  • Toys – toxic material
  • Trade Practices Act goods
  • Viable materials/stem cells derived from human embryo clones (prohibited import)
  • Wine and brandy
  • Woolpacks

ACBPS, “Prohibited and restricted imports”,

Transco Cargo, “Boxes and Craes”,

Source by Pavithri Attanayake-Meepegama

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