Relocating to Another Country?

1st Contact shares some shipping secrets to help you on your way! According to 1st Contact, it is crucial to understand the small print governing the shipping process of all your goods and possessions, so as to safeguard against disappointment and unexpected occurrences.

The following pointers are set to assist you with planning your shipping journey smoothly:

  • When shipping excess baggage to Australia or New Zealand most consignments will be selected for physical quarantine inspection on arrival, which can delay delivery by up to 14 days.
  • Inspection is more likely if your consignment contains items that may have come into contact with soil or vegetation such as sports or camping equipment, bicycles, golf clubs or footwear. It is therefore essential that any such items are thoroughly cleaned prior to shipment (although this will not necessarily avoid inspection entirely).
  • Quarantine inspection fees are payable at destination and vary from port to port. As one of the largest baggage shippers in the UK we have negotiated favourable rates with our destination agents on behalf of our clients. As a guide you can expect to pay around NZ$75 or AU$100 for a baggage consignment consisting of up to 20 cubic feet e.g. 4 tea cartons.
  • Other shipping companies may charge considerably more than 1st Contact, so we recommend you read the small print before selecting your shipper. 1st Contact believes in complete transparency – what you see is what you get! For further information on sending your baggage to another international destination visit

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