Our international removals service
Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to Australia.
Our moving services include expert international packing, customs clearance, shipping, insurance and storage in the UK or at destination.
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.
Regular removals to Australia
We offer weekly removals services to and from Australia. This includes:
Full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or
Part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and packing of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to Australia you may want to opt for a part load service.
The service is the same but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.
Upon arrival at your local depot, all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container.
The container is booked with the shipping line onto the first available vessel destined to the closest port of entry to your final destination.
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being shipped in special breathable bubble wrap.
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in Australia will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots.
We have 19 secure units dotted throughout the UK. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.
Our partners in Australia can also offer storage facilities.
We are founder members of the British Association of Removers – the voice of the UK removals industry in the UK.
As such we are responsible not only for meeting the highest sets of standards but listening to our customers on how we can continue to improve our performance.
We are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss.
White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
Moving to Australia? Get a removals quote
Preparing for Your Move
Australia has long been the expat destination of choice with thousands making the move each year. Those who make the move reap the benefits of the laidback lifestyle, warmer climate, well-paid job opportunities and excellent healthcare.
Despite this Australia is on the other side of the world and so moving your possessions there poses a big logistical challenge.
The process of moving is stressful at the best of time; throw in the idea of not just moving house but moving to an entire different country altogether and the prospect may seem even more unsettling.
There are also some differences as to how the move is handled domestically which you need to prepare for, including navigating Australian laws and customs.
Shipping can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks. From arrival at port in Australia to the additional time taken for the clearing of customs and quarantine, you will need to account for this as part of you move.
By choosing a reliable removals company like White & Company you are not only getting a first-class removals service but access to the knowledge and skills of an experienced international relocator.
White & Company carry out moves to and from Australia and other destinations all over the world every week and so it’s like whatever difficulty you are facing we have overcome it before.
With that in mind here are some useful pre-planning tips to consider before you take the plunge and move down under:
- Visit the country as many times as you can – get a feel for where you want to live and what you can afford. Check for local school places if moving with children and see if where you are moving to is practical for work in terms of transport options.
- Research jobs BEFORE you leave – we can’t stress that enough. Your ability to obtain a visa will depend on what skills you can provide and what work is available at the time. Contact a recruiter who will be able to discuss visas and different options to you.
- Get multiple quotes from removals companies – create an itemised inventory of everything you need to take with you and discuss with a surveyor. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and give you an estimate of what it will cost. Remember the cheapest quote isn’t necessarily the best one.
- Speak to expats who have trodden the path before you – there are lots of British expats in Australia groups you can talk to online and also meet-up events. These are a great way to ask questions and get a greater feel of what it’s actually like living in Australia.
If you want to live in Australia you will need to obtain a visa.
There are many different types of visas but the most common are work sponsored visas where an employer ‘sponsors’ you to come and work in the country (commonly known as a 457).
There are also work-stream permanent residence visas offered to those who have skills that Australia values or are in short supply of.
The Australian Government provides more information on short- and long-term visa options and the path to permanent residency on its Home Affairs website.
Australia has a very unique ecosystem and so every effort is taken to ensure that pets and other animals introduced to the country do not harm the existing environment.
All pets entering Australia, regardless of length of time, will therefore be subject to at least ten nights in quarantine prior to arrival in Australia.
In addition to planning and preparing for this you will also need to work with your vet to ensure all the necessary paperwork and health checks are carried out for your pet as required by Australian law.
Microchipping – all pets entering Australia must be microchipped.
Inoculations – pets need to be declared fit and health to travel and have received a Rabies vaccine.
Import permit – any special export documentation associated with that type of animal will need to be provided
For more information on importing your dog, cat or other animal into Australia see here.
Australia is a geographically vast country with a rich and diverse climate that ranges from the hot and dry Northern Territory and tropical climate in Queensland to the somewhat erratic rainfall and sunshine of Victoria.
Where you choose to live will very much depend on your preferences and what your circumstances are. Most families and young professionals live close to the coastal cities dotted along the edges of Australia where most workplaces and schools are.
Australia consists of the following states and territories:
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Sydney, located in New South Wales is perhaps Australia’s most notable city, with its famous opera house and harbour. It is renowned for its skyrise apartments close to the city’s many beaches and for its eclectic nightlife and multicultural communities.
South of Sydney is its fierce rival, Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria. The city has long held a reputation as the trendy ‘hipster’ destination, full of artisan coffee bars and a sporting prowess that includes many of Australia’s most treasured cricket and football (the Australian kind that is) teams.
For somewhere more relaxed, Perth on the west side is seen as a clean, friendly and forward -looking alternative to the east coast.
The city has benefited hugely from the mining booms of yesteryear and there is a slower pace of life with more emphasis placed on BBQs on the beach and late night hangouts with friends.
Australia has some very protective quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. All shipments into Australia are subject to inspection by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).
There are lots of restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required, which can take time and are costly.
To be on the safe side it’s important therefore that you do your research ahead of time and check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to Australia.
For more information and a list of items you can and can’t take with you when entering and leaving Australia see this guidance issued by Australia Border Force.
Lots of expats move to Australia by moving with their existing employer who can arrange all the paperwork and sponsor you during your time there.
If you are going to try and find a new job in Australia research what roles and skills are in high demand currently in Australia and think about where your skills and experience might fit.
Contact an establish international recruitment agency which has experience of moving people to Australia and has pre-existing contacts with companies already operating in Australia.
There are also lots of job sites online that can help you with your search, such as SEEK. These sites can give you an idea on the demands of certain jobs, what experience is needed and what wages it can command.
What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.