Many Brits dream of visiting or even emigrating down under. Some of you may have family who have successfully made the move and are now living the dream in Australia. Or perhaps you have friends who are backpacking through this beautiful country. Whatever the case, with a growing number of Brits in Oz, you may need to send parcels to Australia.
Discover these tips to make sure your items touch down safe and sound.
Check Prohibited Items
While you may be familiar with items that can’t be mailed in the UK, this list varies from country to country. In Australia, this includes live animals, food products and plants or seeds. Although these are prohibited in many countries, Australia’s list also features some more unusual items, such as leather and popcorn. As such, before sending, speak to your courier. Offering specialist services to Australia, a shipping company like Parcel2Go can provide advice with your parcel’s contents.
There are more than 9000 miles between the UK and Australia, which means your parcel has to survive a long journey. It will be handled at various points, moved to different vehicles and containers and be flown thousands of miles. To avoid damage, wrap your parcel carefully. Use bubble wrap or a protective layer around items, fill void space with additional packaging, and make sure the box is strong and sturdy.
Choose the Right Service
Obviously, shipping to Australia will take longer than posting an item within the UK. However, different services offer different delivery windows. If you need your parcel to arrive pronto, express services are available, but they may be expensive. While economy options can take a week (or in some cases, longer), but they are more budget friendly. No matter which you choose, make sure the service protects the value of your parcel.
Customs and Paperwork
When shipping to Australia, each parcel must have a customs form attached. On this, you must detail its contents as well as the value of each individual item. If the total value is below 1,000 Australian dollars, you won’t have to pay any customs duties. As such, make sure you declare everything accurately as this will help to avoid any delays and ensure your parcel arrives on time.
Weight and Dimensions
Just like shipping in the UK, when posting to Australia, the price is also dependent on the weight and size of a parcel. As such, always weigh after you have finished packing and double check the dimensions. This is important because if your parcel is larger or heavier than stated, the courier could refuse the order, or there may be charges upon delivery.
Follow these simple tips to make sure your parcels arrive undamaged and on time with your loved ones in Australia.