Personal Cargo Moving to Australia

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport (photo and signature page)
  • Completed Australian Customs form B534
  • Copy of visa or e-visa approval (non-citizens)
  • Detailed inventory / packing list (in English)
  • Alcohol inventory, if applicable
  • Original bill of lading if no telex release / waybill issued (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)

 

Specific Information

  • The OBL must be received 7 days prior to arrival at first entry port into Australia.
  • The AWB must be received 48 hours prior to arrival at first entry airport into Australia.
  • Sea freight clearance times vary from 12-15 working days depending on mode of sea freight and the destination location.
  • Airfreight clearance takes approximately 5-7 working days depending on documentation received and destination location.
  • An inventory of alcohol is required for Australian Customs to assess the duty and taxes payable, which are generally 50% of the alcohol's purchase value for wine and 150% for spirits.
  • The signature on the Australian Customs form B534 must match the passport page.

 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Vehicle import approval (VIA)
  • Import declaration (prepared by Customs broker)
  • Registration papers from country of origin
  • Proof of ownership and purchase receipt

 

Specific Information

  • A VIA must be obtained prior to the importation of motor vehicles.
    • VIA will take 3-6 weeks to approve.
    • Application for VIA may be found at:https:infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/how_to_apply.aspx
  • The restrictions for documents and Customs regulations must be met for the importation for privately owned motor vehicles.
  • Customs clearance is required at the port of entry.
  • Customs duties and goods and services taxes (GST) must be paid at the time of vehicle import with the exception of returning Australian vehicles when GST only applies.
    • GST only is payable on motorcycle imports
  • Contact the Australian Taxation Office to determine if and when luxury car taxes (LCT) must be paid.

 

Pets

Documents Required

  • Import application
  • Import permit 

 

Specific Information

  • All animals imported to Australia must meet the requirements of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and will be quarantined upon arrival.
  • Import permits take approximately 10 business days from the date receipt by Department of Agriculture to be approved; however, incomplete or incorrect applications may take longer.
  • Owners of the goods must select a quarantine station for the animal prior to import.
  • Animals may be visited by only the person identified as the importer during the quarantine period

 

Note:  It is critical to contact Department of Agriculture and Water Resources prior to the import of pets as requirements and restrictions are dependent upon the country of origin and vary dramatically per type of animal.

 

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol:
    • Customs duties plus goods and services tax (GST) will apply to alcohol imported into Australia.
    • Duty is calculated on the type of alcohol, the volume contained per bottle, the alcohol % per bottle and the value per bottle.
    • Ten percent (10%) GST is then added to the duty calculated.
  • Anabolic and androgenic substances (those that enhance muscle and bone growth and may include health supplements)
  • Antibiotics
  • ANZAC and any related advertising material
  • Items bearing an image of the Australian national flag and coat of arms
  • Items bearing an image of the Australian state or territory flags and coat of arms
  • Asbestos
  • Cat and dog fur products
  • Glazed ceramic ware (specific to lead content)
  • Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises)
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chewing tobacco and snuff in quantities greater than 1.5 kg
  • Cigarette lighters (up to five lighters acceptable if over 18 years or older on a ship or aircraft)
  • Cosmetics and toxic materials (cannot contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead but may contain more than 250 mg/kg of lead acetate designed for use in hair products)
  • Counterfeit credit cards
  • Crowd control equipment (antipersonnel sprays, body armor, extendable batons, electric shock devices, etc.)
  • Cultural heritage goods from Papua New Guinea (permission from the Trustees of the Papua New Guinea Public Museum and Art Gallery is required)
  • Diamonds (only rough diamonds in tamper proof container from a country participating in the Kimberley Process may be imported and require a Kimberley Process Certificate)
  • Dog collars designed to puncture or bruise an animal’s skin
  • Passengers arriving on board a ship or aircraft do not need a permit for the import of drugs and narcotics required for personal use if: 
    • The drugs and narcotics are prescribed by a medical practitioner or veterinarian, and quantity does not exceed a 3 month’s supply at the maximum prescribed dosage,
    • The drugs / narcotics are carried as accompanied baggage;
    • Prescription must be in English or translated to English.
  • Kava may be imported in root or dried form in amounts not to exceed 2 kg and is carried as accompanied baggage by a passenger 18 years or older.
  • Firearms and accessories, parts, magazine, ammunition, components of ammunition, and replica
  • The following items are embargoed goods and are restricted and require permission to import.  Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for additional information:
    • Eritrea – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
    • Iran – weapons, ammunition, military vehicle and equipment and spare parts
    • North Korea – weapons ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
    • Libya – weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment and spare parts
  • Endangered animal and plant listed in the appendices to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
  • Novelty erasers (resembling food in scent or appearance)
  • Plastic explosives formulated as a mixture, malleable or flexible at room temperature or with:
    • One or more high explosives which in pure form have a vapor pressure less than 10.4 PA at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius
    • A binder material
    • Fish and tooth fish
    • Electronic flyswatters and mosquito bats
    • Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin
    • Hazardous wastes (explosive flammable, poisonous, toxic, exotoxic or infectious, clinical wastes, waste oils, waste residue from manufacture or household waste as defined by the Basel Convention)
    • Hydroflurocarbons
    • Incandescent lamps
    • Knives and daggers
    • Laser pointers
    • Novelty money boxes coated with material containing more than 90 mg/kg of lead
    • Ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases
    • Pencils and paintbrushes with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium
    • Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
    • Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenyls
    • Pornography and other objectionable materials
    • Radioactive substances
    • Therapeutic drugs and substances (abortifacients, aphrodisiacs, etc.)
    • Unmanufactured tobacco (not stemmed or stripped or in whole form)
    • Toys containing excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium
    • Woolpacks
    • Weapons (military goods and other weapons including blow pipes, crossbows, martial arts equipment, knuckle dusters, slingshots, maces and flails)
    • Trade Practices Act goods

 

Prohibited Items

  • Rough diamonds
  • Dogs (dangerous breeds including Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario and advertisements referencing these breeds)
  • Embryo clones and viable materials, and any related advertising matter advertising these items
  • Suicide devices

SOUTH AFRICA


CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION FOR IMPORTS


Documents Required


 Customs Form DA 302 and P.1.160
 Original Passport (including page with Entry Stamp)
 Detailed inventory for attestation
 Permanent residence documents / Temporary Residence Permit and Work Permit
 Affidavit (stating reason for arrival in to South Africa)
 Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)  Diplomatic Clearance (Diplomats)  Certificate from Embassy, signed by South African Department of Foreign Affairs (Diplomats)


Specific Information


 The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.
 The shipper must possess required documents and forward a copy to agent prior to import.
 The shipment of household items, new furniture, and precious metal objects are treated as a commercial import and subject to the payment of full duties.
 The following household goods may be imported duty free if meeting the following requirements:
o Works of art forming a part of a bona fide household shipment or are over 100 years old.
o The articles have been in the use and possession for more than 12 months and are not for sale or other disposal.
 Returning residents must have been abroad for a period of at least 6 consecutive months.
 Diplomats may import items duty free.

 

Motor Vehicles Import to South Africa


Documents Required
Automobiles / Motorcycles
 Customs Form DA 304/A
 Vehicle Registration
 Document showing that vehicle has been in the owner’s use and possessions abroad for more than 1 year before the importation of the vehicle (e.g., original Purchase Invoice, Insurance Certificate, etc.).
 Import Permit
 OBL / AWB
 Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Pretoria (must be submitted at the time of clearance)

Mopeds / Power-Driven Boats with Inboard Engines


 Document showing that vehicle has been in owner’s use and possession abroad for more than 1 year prior to importation of the vehicle (original Purchase Invoice, Insurance Certificate, etc.)
 Import Permit
 LOA / SABS in Pretoria


Caravans / Trailers


 Import Permit
 LOA / SABS in Pretoria


B. Specific Information


 Only left-hand drive motor vehicles purchased after January 1, 2000, can be imported.
 The transferee must be in possession of the Import Permit and LOA prior to the arrival of any
motor vehicles, motorbikes, motor scooters, or motorcycles (anything motorized); delays
related to the permit may result in demurrage charges.
 The shipper must be in the country at least 10 business days prior to arrival of an ocean
vessel.
 A faxed copy of the LOA and the Import Permit must be received by the agent to avoid a
delay of Customs clearance.
 Motorized vehicles should not be shipped until transferee has proven possession of all
required documents to Customs and has received written permission for import.
 Temporary residents must pay in cash.
 Vehicles cannot be sold for at least 2 years after the date of importation.
 The rate of value added tax (VAT) is assessed on the import value of the vehicle.
 A fee of R1800.00 per vehicle, payable to the SABS is required.
 Incomplete or missing documents may result in the detainment or destruction of the shipment.
 Returning residents must pay full duties and taxes.
 Temporary residents must provide a Customs bond to cover full duties and taxes and do not
need an Import Permit. A refund may be possible at the time of export; contact agent for
details.
 Foreign Diplomats pay no duties or taxes, subject to provisions of the Diplomatic Clearance
Certificate, and proof of value.



RESTRICTED / DUTIABLE ITEMS



 Items are subject to the payment of duties.
 Local currency of over $10,000; gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold
must be declared.
 Endangered species of plants or wildlife, alive or dead, including parts and articles made from
them (require CITES Permit)
 Animal and animal byproducts
 Medicines for personal use (note from physician and prescription required)
 Cigarettes (200), cigars (20), tobacco (250 g)
 Perfume (50 ml)
 Eau de toilette (250 ml)

 Wine / Liquor / Alcohol
o Import Permit and Liquor Removal Certificate required.
o Items subject to payment of duties.
o Documentation requirements must be met prior to the arrival of the shipment.
 Dangerous Goods / Firearms
o Import Permit and South African Police Firearm Registrar Certificate SAP 312 are
required.


Note: Travelers may be asked to pay deposit on expensive items like laptops, which is refunded at
re-exported. Returning residents are advised to register personal items (jewelry, watches, cameras,
laptops, etc.) before leaving the country to avoid paying duty on these items upon re-importation.

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS


 Narcotics
 Illegal drugs
 Plants and vegetable products
 Pornographic books and magazines
 Walkie-talkies and radios (may include other prohibited communication devices)
 Animal products (certain feathers, furs, skins, tusks, or animals identified under protected
specifies regulations)

 




UK Transfer of Residence

The procedure for clearing personal belongings in to the UK has been reviewed and amended by HMRC for duty/ tax free

importation, and the following will apply as of 01 April 2017. Please note that the C3 form will no longer be valid beyond 31 Mar 17.

In order to import personal belongings duty and tax free, an online application for Transfer of Residence (ToR) relief (ToR01) needs

to be made to and approved by HMRC prior to a customs clearance application being made. Once approved, an applicant will be emailed

a unique authorization code which they are required to provide the moving company.

If an importer does not have their code prior to their customs clearance entry being made they will be liable to pay any taxes and

duties before Customs will release their goods. If subsequently an application for ToR Relief is successful they can claim a refund on

any Taxes and Duties they have paid against items where Relief applies (within 6 months).

 

PROCEDURES FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN THE UK

The Consignee is required to complete an online application form. Click here -> https://goo.gl/tdxqPN

Below scanned documents must be emailed to NCH (National Clearance Hub) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

E-Mail size must not exceed 10 MB. If the e-mail exceeds 10 MB, you can split the attachments into few e-mails with

subject line 1 of 3, 2 of 3 etc for example. You must apply without delay as soon as possible before the moving date.

  • Online Form ToRO1 – must be printed and signed
  • Self Prepared Valued Inventory List
  • Passport copy + UAE Residence Visa Copy (Valid/ Cancelled) for yourself and all members of your family moving with you from UAE to UK
  • Proof of Employment in UAE – employment contract/ letter of employment for the time period you were in UAE or minimum the last 12 consecutive months before your departure from UAE
  • Proof of Address in UAE – house purchase details/ rental agreement for the time period you were in UAE orminimum the last 12 consecutive months before departure from UAE. Other supporting documents can be added such as utility bills, local government documents, bank statements etc
  • Proof If you are coming to UK for employment – employment contract/ letter of employment as proof of relocation from UAE to UK
  • Proof of Address in UK – house purchase details/ rental agreement as proof of relocation from UAE to UK. If you do not have details of your permanent residence, you must provide an explanation why a permanent address is not yet established.
  • Plus any other supporting documents to prove that the consignee qualifies for relief from duties and taxes

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR IMPORTATION INTO TURKEY

 

 

 

For foreign citizens, for House hold goods

 

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Client’s copy of residence/working permit
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Copy of rental contract, must be for min 1 year and certified by notary
  • Entrence-exit report for min last 3 years from the passport department of police headquarter

 

For foreign citizens, for vehicle;

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Client’s original residence and work  permit
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Copy of vehicle’s title
  • Entrence-exit report for min last 3 years from the passport department of police headquarter
  • A letter from the company that he/she will work with them for .....years
  • Turkish Traffic insurance policy
  • According to value of vehicle, there will be cash deposit payment or bank guarantee letter to the Turkish Turing Club, once the client’s exported the car, he/she will receive back cash deposit or letter

 

For returning Turkish citizens, for House hold goods

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Residence transfer letter from the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy at origin or Copy of rental contract, must be for min 1 years and certified by notary or original title deed of the house in Turkiye
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Entrence-exit report for min last 3 years from the passport department of police headquarter
  • Certificate of idendity register copy from civil registry in Turkiye

 

 

For returning Turkish citizens, for vehicle;

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Residence transfer letter from the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy at origin or Copy of rental contract, must be for min 1 years and certified by notary or original title deed of the house in Turkiye
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Certificate of idendity register copy from civil registry in Turkiye
  • Entrence-exit report for min last 3 years from the passport department of police headquarter
  • Copy of vehicle’s title (Turkish translation should be certified by notary)
  • Insurance policy  (Turkish translation should be certified by notary)
  • Guarantee letter from the spouse that he/she will not import any other vehicle
  • According to value of the car, there will be tax payment to the customs.

 

***** For all above options client’s should be stayed at abroad for min 2 years, and he/she shouldn’t be stayed in Turkiye more than 6 months in per 1 year period.*****

 

Foreign diplomat or admin personals, for House hold goods

 

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of diplomatic ID Card
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by the diplomatic mission
  • Diplomatic import permit from the MFA. Once the shipment arrived to our bonded w/h Ankara, we will forward customs declaration form to the Diplomatic mission, and they will apply to MFA with owner’s diplomatic ID card and customs declaration form to have the diplomatic import permit.

 

Foreign diplomat or admin personals, for vehicles;

 

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of diplomatic ID Card
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by the diplomatic mission
  • Copy of car title
  • Diplomatic import permit from the MFA. Once the vehicle arrived to our bonded w/h Ankara, we will forward customs declaration form to the Diplomatic mission, and they will apply to MFA with owner’s diplomatic ID card and customs declaration form to have the diplomatic import permit.

 

Turkish diplomats for House hold goods

 

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Appoinment letter from the MFA
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Certificate of idendity register copy from civil registry in Turkiye

 

Turkish diplomats for vehicles;

 

  • Client’s and spouse’s original passports
  • Appoinment letter from the MFA
  • Power of attorney, should be signed by client and certified by notary public in Turkiye
  • Certificate of idendity register copy from civil registry in Turkiye
  • Copy of vehicle’s title (Turkish translation should be certified by notary)
  • Insurance policy  (Turkish translation should be certified by notary)
  • Guarantee letter from the spouse that he/she will not import any other vehicle
  • According to value of the car, there will tax payment to the customs.

 

****Foreign Diplomats can import alcholic beverages with diplomatic import permit without any problem, but the others can only import max 2 lts, over 2 lts are forbidden.

****Excluding Foreign diplomats, for all others, there will be broadcast capture fee for the electronical items. (attachec please find fee list)

****Excluding foreign diplomats, for all others, it’s forbidden to import new brand furniture.

 


TRANSFER OF RESIDENCE REGULATION FOR CONCESSIONS OF DUTY FOR RETURNING PAKISTANIS

All returning Pakistani Nationals who have lived abroad for 2 years or more are eligible for claiming Transfer of Residence Concessions, under T/R Concessions. All “Used Household Goods” like Furniture, Crockery, Kitchenware, Clothing etc are released Duty Free by Local Customs, however Duty/Taxes are applicable on all Electrical Appliances whether used or new.


120 Days Short Visits to Pakistan: Consignees claiming Transfer of Residence must be fully aware that T/R facility is only offered to Pakistanis who have stayed abroad for 2 years or more and during their last 2 years their total visits/stays in Pakistan do not exceed 120 Days. If their total duration of stay exceeds 120 days, they would not be eligible for claiming T/R on their HHG. Subsequently, all HHG would be subject to Customs Duty.

Passport must show Travel Records of the last TWO years To/From Pakistan.

In case of New/Fresh Passport, Old Passport Must also be attached.

15 Days Shipment Deadline: all HHG shipments must be shipped from Origin Port/Airport within 15 Days of arrival of Passenger/Consignee in Pakistan. For e.g. if the Consignee returns back to Pakistan on 1st January, their shipment should be shipped from Origin Port/Airport prior to 15th January & this must reflect in their Bill of Lading /AWB.

FOR PAKISTANI CITIZENS HOLDING DUAL NATIONALITY:

If a person possesses any other country’s nationality/Passport but also has a Pakistani ID Card or a NICOP, he/she can also claim Transfer of Residence Allowances provided he/she fulfills all above Transfer of Residence / TR requirements. Further he/she must also present his/her Original Passport (Any Country/ Not necessarily a Pakistani Passport) & that Passport should contain his/her travel record of the past two years To/Fm Pakistan. If the client has a Fresh Passport, he/she must also attach his/her Old Passport. Further if the Customer also has a Pakistani Passport on which he/she has Pakistan Airport Arrival or Departure Stamps of Last Two Years, he/she will also be required to Attach that Original Pakistani Passport along with other Passport.
Pakistani Passport will NOT be required if No Pakistan Arrival or Departure Stamp is fixed. Customer can also call us for Further Clarifications prior to shipment & we will advise him/her with the complete procedure at this end. Required Documents are listed below.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  1. Original Passport (Consignee must be in Pakistan at the time of arrival of shipment)
  2. Packing List
  3. Original OR Express Bill of Lading
  4. Authority Letter from Consignee

 

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