Moving to the

United Kingdom

Moving to the UK

The United Kingdom is one of the largest destinations for our clients. This consists of UK National’s moving back home after a period away or expats moving to all parts of the United Kingdom for a variety of reasons.

This can be anything from families relocating for work, students heading over to study or backpackers heading over to travel the vast continent that they can access from the United Kingdom.

We offer all types of shipping to the United Kingdom. Our shared services depart on average every 4 weeks, whilst our sole use container and LCL services depart weekly. Air freight services are generally a daily service.

Overseas Movers

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We will forward you all the necessary documentation for completion prior to your relocation so that we can pass this information on to our destination agents prior to the arrival of your effects. This will then ensure a stress-free customs process and onward delivery to your new home.

Whilst the customs clearance process in the United Kingdom tends to be documentation only, there are a number of different customs forms that need to be completed depending on circumstances. We have provided these below for your information and reference.

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Certain goods are banned or restricted from entering the UK. Therefore, it is important that all of your goods in your shipment are declared in an inventory.

Some common items which are restricted by the UK government that you may be thinking about shipping to the UK include:

Human or pet food

Overseas Packers & Shippers advise against including food in shipment because it can cause problems with UK customs authorities. If an inspection is ordered you will have to pay additional charges, so it is better to be on the safe side.

Alcohol and Tobacco

Importing these items within a shipment of household effects are subject to excess duty and tax. If you wish to ship alcohol or tobacco you will need to explicitly declare these goods within your inventory. You must ensure that your deceleration includes the brand name, alcohol content, size and type of each bottle.

Being aware of these restrictions when you are shipping to the United Kingdom can save you time and money. We want to make your move as straightforward as possible. If you need further information you can find it from the helpful resources provided by the UK Government, or the in our Useful Forms section below.


If you are importing goods into the UK from outside the EU, your shipment may be subject to tax and duty.

However, you may be able to claim relief on tax and duty if you’re moving residencies from outside the EU. When your things arrive in the UK, you will be required to complete either a ToR01 Form if you are moving to the UK permanently, or C88 Form if you’re moving temporarily. Copies of these forms are listed in our Useful Form section below.

Customs officials will then work out if you are eligible for tax relief on your goods, and how much (if any) tax and duty you owe. Tax must be paid before your goods can be delivered.

Please read the UK Government resources to learn more about how imported goods are taxed.

Shipping from Australia To The UK

Once your shipment has departed Australia we will provide you with sailing details for your shipment including the vessel name, container number and our agent’s contact details. Once your shipment has arrived in the UK port the following times are a rough guide as to when you can expect delivery of your personal effects:

Sole Use Container Services 4-6 working days
Less than Container (LCL) services 6-10 working days
Shared Container Servivces 8-15 working days
Air Freight Services 2-4 working days

These timeframes are subject to customs process and port congestion.

Useful Forms

Customs Declarations - Household Effects

Form Description
ToR01 For shipments of household effects under permanent transfer of residence after at least 12 months residence in country of departure
C88 For shipment of household effects if you are temporarily moving to the UK, or moving to a secondary home in the UK.

Customs Declarations – Motor Vehicles

Form Description
C179b For vehicle being re-imported to the UK by the same owner within 3 years of export from the UK.
C384 To declare the import of a motor vehicle from outside the European Community for private use, subject to payment of duty / tax.
C110 To declare a foreign registered vehicle being temporarily imported to the UK for up to 6 months.

Inheritance Goods

Form Description
C1421 For shipments of imported goods inherited from a deceased person’s estate whose natural place of residence was outside the EU.
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