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Shipping to Australia

As we plan to move to Australia, we are wondering what's the best, safest, easiest, fastest and cheapest way to send over the imporant stuff we will need immediately after our arrival, which will be about 40 - 50 Kg. (Things, we cant put in our cases - and we don't want to ship by Container). Many thanks for your help.
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Re: Shipping to Australia

Hello there,

You could use DHL out of any german Post Office. They ship parcels worldwide of up to 30 kgs and will have a tracking feature inbuilt...for you to follow the whereabouts of your sendings at any time online.
I have done this mamy times and all and sundry parcels have arrived well at the ither end.
What YOU need, is a safe postal address of where your parcel has to be delivered to and also somebody physically receiving it.
Make sure you declare all goods contained seperatly and that they comply with customs requirements (no drugs, alcohol, fresh food items like dairy or meat etc) and in your case they'd be personal belongings! Per "delivery" you are allowed up to A$ 1000.- without any import duties.
You may want to split your goods to be shipped into 2 x20 kg lots. DHL has the best pricing across Europe by a country mile...the swiss postal service is comparable to highway robbery in my humble opinion. I have had only positive dealings so far...to capital cities in Australia, you can expect your parcels after about 10-12 days after dispatch....to remote areas add at least another week...as Australia Post still seems to employ camels on certain
routes...at least to Alice Springs, delivery can well and truely take up to 4 weeks

You seem to be planning ahead, so timely dispatch gets you re-united with your things just when you need them down-under.
Ooroo Zwergli
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Thank you ZwergliofOZ. This helps a lot ;-)
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Re: Shipping to Australia

Gidday there,
I found pricing for DHL parcels Zone 4 -- Australia / Pacific:
Up to 2 kg = € 15.90
Up to 5 kg = € 42, 99
5 -10 kg = € 59.99
10 - 20 kg = € 92.99
20 - 30 kg = €124.99
That's definitly less then paying surcharges on excess luggage

Ooroo Zwergli
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Thanks for that info - great to have - would 'thank' but can't find the button ...
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Gidday there,
I found pricing for DHL parcels Zone 4 -- Australia / Pacific:
Up to 2 kg = € 15.90
Up to 5 kg = € 42, 99
5 -10 kg = € 59.99
10 - 20 kg = € 92.99
20 - 30 kg = €124.99
That's definitly less then paying surcharges on excess luggage

Ooroo Zwergli
OK these prices (97.-) are around half of Swiss Post's 185.- for a 20kg box, but when I call DHL Express they tell me they only do air, which is about a grand!

DHL Freight will do surface, but apparently only company to company (they want you to have a VAT number according to a guy I called just now). They referred me to CargoBay on 0438167313, where Rudolph has been very helpful in coming up with a schedule of collection/storage/shipping/etc. so I may end up using them. That or driving to Germany, per your second post (though I do wonder about Swiss/German customs!).
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Re: Shipping to Australia

Hello Samj,
I do not know where you inquired...I based my post on the "Deutsche Post" pamphlet...they own DHL by the way. The parcels I sent are going by a combination of ways I suppose...sea-land and air, but all got to the destinations within approx. 12 days for major cities and about 18-20 days to more remote locations (delay caused by bulk mail deliveries by Australia Post who seem to dispatch a load when they're full rather then upon need!!)
Customs: yes there are german customs guys cruising around post offices near the swiss borders and actively approaching swiss plated cars, when they are about to take parcels to the post office. I argued my point, that I am sending goods/personal belongings or presents outside of the EU countries...they were happy with this explanation as parcels were addressed to australian destinations, plus I had my Oz passport to back up my claim.
This is NOT ILLEGAL!!!! Just be prepared...they persue people who do (e-bay) deliveries into other european countries withous declaring goods or paying their dues...
Happy posting...Zwergli of Oz
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Re: Shipping to Australia

Interesting..

While it may be cheaper to use the likes of a regular courier or national postal service compared to excess luggage for an airline, I still find these prices expensive!!

I am considering sending something like 60-80kg's of personnels back to Australia.

Earlier this year, I used worldbaggage.com.au to send goods via air from Sydney to Geneva. The service offered courier pickup from both ends but I elected to have the goods delivered to the airport and collection from the airport on other end. 3x suitcases, totalling 63kg took 7 business days and cost $515AUD.

I'm now looking to do the same in reverse come January, but the costs are higher. Perhaps this is because of the additional quarantine requirements inbound to Australia, taxes etc?

I'm surfing the forums here (and everywhere else) trying to find another alternative, but reluctant to use a global courier based on the prices quoted.

Any suggestions welcome
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As we plan to move to Australia, we are wondering what's the best, safest, easiest, fastest and cheapest way to send over the imporant stuff we will need immediately after our arrival, which will be about 40 - 50 Kg. (Things, we cant put in our cases - and we don't want to ship by Container). Many thanks for your help.
Fly Emirates - you get 30 kgs of checked luggage allowance per person plus your carry on.
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Re: Shipping to Australia

already am.

EK90 to Dubai has us covered for 60kg, (2 pax) but we have approx 140kg in total!!.

Having read thru the forums today, someone wrote about BA having pretty good rates, worked out to some 6CHF per kilo. I looked at Emirates and they're charging only up to an additional 20kg for some 1800CHF, and additional kg's at 80CHF per kilo, so yeh...

I think excess baggage works in this order (most expensive to least).

1 Do it through your airline
2 Use a courier (DHL, Fedex)
3 Go Postal
4 use an Excess Baggage Service (sendmybag or luggagefree.com)
4 use a freight forwarder/agent (the trouble is finding one!)
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already am.

EK90 to Dubai has us covered for 60kg, (2 pax) but we have approx 140kg in total!!.

Having read thru the forums today, someone wrote about BA having pretty good rates, worked out to some 6CHF per kilo. I looked at Emirates and they're charging only up to an additional 20kg for some 1800CHF, and additional kg's at 80CHF per kilo, so yeh...

I think excess baggage works in this order (most expensive to least).

1 Do it through your airline
2 Use a courier (DHL, Fedex)
3 Go Postal
4 use an Excess Baggage Service (sendmybag or luggagefree.com)
4 use a freight forwarder/agent (the trouble is finding one!)
Maybe see if you can find someone else on your flight or someone who will take stuff for you. We are taking for a friend who is moving to Oz. We have a 120 kgs and are taking around 20 kgs of light summer clothes and 1 set of pjs each to go shopping there.
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Re: Shipping to Australia

all valid points. I'm afraid we're solo travellers.

It's a bit painful when your over your airline baggage allowance but not quite substantial enough to justify sea shipping LCL. arghh..
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Re: Shipping to Australia

Hi - very interesting to read. It would be great to hear more about the customs situation when going into Germany (where it was in your case @ZwergliofOz for example). Has anyone declared the goods / personal belonging upon entry? We are planning to ship quite a bit of stuff (not just a single parcel) from Germany and I haven't yet figured out how to deal with customs.

PS: I started a thread about this here: Customs requirements when transferring goods through Germany

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Customs: yes there are german customs guys cruising around post offices near the swiss borders and actively approaching swiss plated cars, when they are about to take parcels to the post office. I argued my point, that I am sending goods/personal belongings or presents outside of the EU countries...they were happy with this explanation as parcels were addressed to australian destinations, plus I had my Oz passport to back up my claim.
This is NOT ILLEGAL!!!! Just be prepared...they persue people who do (e-bay) deliveries into other european countries withous declaring goods or paying their dues...
Happy posting...Zwergli of Oz
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