How to import your personal effects

Are you moving to Australia? 

Do you have household goods that you simply can’t fit on the plane with you? 

LLS is perfectly placed to help.  We can organise to have your Personal Effects or household goods shipped to Australia.

There are some general rules that apply to importing Personal Effects.  Make sure you read and understand them as detailed below.

What are Personal Effects?

Personal Effects are the personal property of a person that is moving to Australia to take up or to resume permanent residence.

What are the laws and duties around importing my personal effects? Do I have to pay GST?

Customs and Tax Law provides Import Duty and GST free concession for certain items imported as Unaccompanied Personal Effects provided the following requirements are met:

  • You must have recently travelled or intend to travel to Australia;
  • The goods must be your own personal property; and
  • You must have owned and used the items for 12 months or more.

Goods that have been owned for less than 12 months will be subject to Import Duty and Import GST.

Do my goods need to be cleared through Customs and Quarantine?

When importing your Personal Effects and household goods into Australia they must be cleared through Customs and Quarantine. You may choose to do this yourself or Lifestyle Logistics Services would be more than happy to arrange this for you.

The owner of the Unaccompanied Personal Effects must complete an Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement (Form B534) to have the goods cleared through Customs.  The B534 must be completed by the owner of the goods.

What documentation do I need?

The following documentation is required for clearing Personal Effects:

  • Fully completed Australian Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement (B534);
  • Copy of the house bill of lading;
  • A detailed inventory list of your cargo; and
  • Copies of your passport including clear photo page

I have enough goods to have a container all to myself.  Is this possible?

Should your Unaccompanied Personal Effects arrive in a full container (FCL), the container will have to be unpacked at an approved Customs and Quarantine Depot as your goods will be subject to an inspection by Customs and Quarantine.

Containers cannot be delivered to residential addresses. Once Customs & Quarantine have inspected and released your goods Lifestyle Logistics Services can then arrange delivery to your residential address.

My Personal Effects won’t fill a container.  Does that matter?

Should your Unaccompanied Personal Effects arrive in a less than container load your goods will be unpacked at an approved Customs and Quarantine depot. Once the container has been unpacked your goods will be made available and Customs and Quarantine can then inspect your goods.

Generally speaking you have 3 free days to collect or have your goods delivered from the 1st day your goods where available.

Should your cargo not be collected or delivered within this time storage charges will apply.

Once Customs & Quarantine have inspected and released your goods you are then free to arrange collection or Lifestyle Logistics Services can arrange delivery to your residential address.

What goods would be classified as Prohibited?

AQIS will not permit the importation of the following items are personal effects:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • Live plants and bulbs;
  • Prohibited and restricted seeds;
  • Unidentified seeds;
  • Live animals;
  • Biological products;
  • Unprocessed goods;
  • Soiled items; and
  • Items knowingly infested with pests of a disease.

Where can I find out more information?

Australian Quarantine Website

Australian Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement