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The Benefits of High Quality Storage

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The Benefits of High Quality Storage

Moving can be a stressful experience. You feel under pressure to pack up all of your belongings in a short period of time, and you have to be careful not to forget anything, as well as to stay organized. When you reach your new home, you’re faced with the chaos of unpacking. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the anxiety of moving. One of these steps is putting your belongings into warehouse storage at your new destination.

Storage: Benefits for Your Belongings and For You

One of the hassles of moving is unpacking. Can you remember which box the kitchenware was in? Or the kids’ toys? And once you figure out which box contains the pots and pans and where Junior’s chemistry set is, you must decide where the contents of the rest of the boxes will go.

Storage relieves some of that stress. Putting your belongings in storage means that they will be in a safe place, but they will not be underfoot. You gain peace of mind knowing that your precious items are secure as you focus on settling into your new home.

Deciding to put your belongings in a warehouse also gives you flexibility. Instead of being forced to accept your shipment the moment you arrive, your goods can go into storage. If the warehouse is bonded, you do not need to clear your shipment through customs right away. The flexibility warehousing offers is especially useful if you have not found a permanent residence yet. Rather than worrying about finding a new home and your impending shipment at the same time, placing your goods in storage until you can take possession of your new home can save a great deal of hassle.

Finding the Right Storage

Your peace of mind will be greater if you select a high quality storage facility. High quality storage refers to facilities that are climate-controlled, pest-controlled, possess a security system and offer the option of purchasing insurance to keep your valuables safe.

Climate-Controlled Units

Some of your valuable items might be very sensitive to temperature. These include antiques, family heirlooms, electronics, photographs and leather goods. They need to be stored at a constant temperature to protect them from damage. Climate-controlled storage units are kept between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius.

What are the factors you should consider when making the choice to put your belongings in climate-controlled storage? There are several questions you should ask yourself:

  • Does the climate where you’ll be storing your goods have severe weather? Does the temperature fluctuate wildly between seasons?
  • Is your storage facility located in a very humid place?
  • Are you storing items with a high sentimental or monetary value?
  • Do you know how long you’ll be storing your belongings?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should choose a climate-controlled warehouse.

Pest Control

Did you know that many insects can slip through an opening no wider than a credit card? And were you also aware that small rodents such as mice can slip through a hole that’s as big as a nickel? Bugs and animals can do irreparable damage to your valuable possessions. Choose a storage facility that takes measures to prevent pests from entering the building and individual containers. In addition, a storage facility that takes pest control seriously will employ a licensed exterminator that routinely inspects the property, sets traps and sprays.

Security

A high quality bonded storage facility will possess an equally high quality security system. This security system should include video monitoring and an alarm system. The video monitoring system will record who comes in and out of the warehouse, and lets the staff know whether someone is authorized to be there or not. An alarm system alerts the police whenever an intruder attempts to enter the premises. Knowing your belongings are secure will provide you with peace of mind.

Insurance

When you put your belongings into storage, the facility isn’t responsible for any harm that might befall them. Some storage facilities offer optional insurance. Purchasing insurance means that if your goods are damaged on the premises, you receive compensation. Depending on the policy, your items will be covered in the event of many natural or man made disasters.

Finding the right warehouse and opting to store your shipment rather than receiving it right away will simplify your move, especially if you are going abroad. Take some of the hassle and stress out of your next move and be confident that your belongings are safe and secure with high quality warehouse storage.

Moving to Qatar

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION FOR IMPORTS

HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS

Personal cargo considered as used item and any new items may enforce duty under the direction of the custom officer who examines the cargo and any commercial quantity will be taxes.  The customer could claim his cargo under duty free facility within six months of his/her initial arrival, thereafter duty may be enforce under the direction of the customs officials.

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport Data Page.
  • Copy of Visa / Residence Permit on Passport
  • Copy of ID card.
  • Copy of First  Entry Stamp
  • Packing List (In English)
  • Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release or Telex release / Air Waybill (AWB) – a copy is acceptable
  • Letter of Employment from employer / Sponsor
  • Authorization letter.
  • Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for clearance of Diplomatic shipments)

 

Specific Information

  • Used household goods are subject to Customs inspection.
  • Customs will inspect all packages.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 3-4 business days from the date of receipt of the original documents required for clearance. Storage or demurrage charges will be billed back to the shipper or agent per the receipt.
  • The shipper must be in Qatar during Customs clearance.
  • The Residence Visa must be obtained prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • All prohibited articles detained by customs may be destroyed without consignee’s consent
  • All printed matter, records, films, books, pictures, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, computer software, etc. are subject to censorship and confiscation (must be packed separately for easy access) if caught with any of these items, customer will be subject to severe penalties and a possible jail term.
  • Travel bags and packages must remain unlocked.
  • Used personal goods are dutiable in Qatar if the value is more than QAR 3000.00 or USD 800.00.
  • The Customs duty is 5% of the estimated value of goods determined by the Customs Valuation Committee plus the legalization charges of approximately USD 175.00.
  • Documents must be received by agent at least 5 days prior to arrival of the shipment.

 

MOTOR VEHICLES

Documents Required

  • Proof of ownership at origin
  • Original Import Manifest
  • Vehicle Export certificate / De-Registration Certificate
  • Insurance Policy
  • Copy of owners Passport Data Page.
  • Copy of owners  Visa / Residence Permit on Passport
  • Copy of ID card.
  • Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release or Telex release – a copy is acceptable
  • Letter of Employment from employer / Sponsor
  • Authorization letter.
  • Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for clearance of Diplomatic shipments)
  • Purchase or Sales Invoice
  • Makasa Bayan – from GCC countries for duty waiver
  • Vehicle details list.
  • Export number plate.

 

Specific Information

  • Vehicles must be Gulf Standard and left-hand drive.
  • Automobiles should not be more than 5 years old.
  • The owner of the vehicle must be a resident in Qatar prior to registration of the vehicle.
  • A 5% customs duty is charged on the value of the vehicle identified on the price on the Purchase or Sales Invoice value or its depreciated value and is determined at the discretion of the Customs Officer in charge.

 

PETS

Pets – birds (the maximum size of a falcon), domestic cats, domestic dogs and other similar sized domestic animals if having required documentation may enter the country. The following procedure must take place:

Documents Required

  • Owners Passport & Qatar ID
  • Authorisation Letter
  • Pets Microchip documents
  • Pets vaccination record documents
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued by a government approved veterinarian clinic in the origin country and must confirm that the animal is in good health with current vaccinations.
  • The certificate must be dated within 2 weeks prior to the animal’s arrival in Qatar.
  • Pre clearance arrangement to done.
  • The animals must be carried in a cage (proper size, lockable and clean) that is appropriate for travel.
  • cleared for air travel
  •  Larger birds, large dogs and other large animals must be processed through the Cargo Terminal.

 

RESTRICTED / DUTIABLE ITEMS

  • Cigarettes (free import up to 400)
  • Personal items and gifts (free import up to QAR 3,000.-.)
  • Firearms (special permission from the Ministry of Defense in Qatar is required)

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Alcohol
  • Explosives and explosive items, including fireworks and other flammable items
  • Idols
  • Pornographic materials
  • Politically subversive materials
  • Religious books and material
  • Ivory
  • Israeli currency
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Pork Products

Info provided by ZUHAL PACK INTERNATIONAL W.L.L.

International relocation

Important steps:

 

The movers will give you a relocation checklist.

Relocation package examples are given our through our
relocation center.

We also work with head hunters that assist with relocation
jobs. They have a  relocation salary calculator.

The Relocation policy is always given by the relocation
specialist at the time of the moving survey or the move out day.

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Australia – Restricted imports

Prohibited and restricted imports

The Australian Government controls the import of certain goods into Australia. The controls either take the form of:

  • an absolute prohibition, which means that you are not allowed to import the goods in any circumstances, or
  • a restriction, where you need to have written permission in order to import the goods.

The following information broadly outlines what goods are prohibited or restricted, where you can obtain more information about the control and, in the case of restricted goods, the mailing address or e-mail address to use to apply for permission to import.

The Customs Information and Support Centre (CISC) can provide general information about Customs procedures in relation to prohibited and restricted goods. You can contact the CISC by telephone on 1300 363 263 or by e-mail at information@customs.gov.au.

The information about prohibited and restricted goods provided on this website is a guide only. Customs recommends that you exercise care with its use. Customs further recommends that you seek more detailed information to ensure that you will comply with legislative requirements before attempting to import restricted goods.

Anabolic or androgenic substances and KetamineFirearms and ammunition
AntibioticsFish and toothfish
ANZACFly swatters/mosquito bats – electronic
AsbestosGrowth hormones and substances of human or animal origin
Australian flag and coats of armsHazardous waste
Cat and dog fur productsHydroflurocarbons (HFCs)
Ceramic ware – glazedIncandescent lamps
Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)Kava
Chemical weaponsKnives and daggers
Chewing tobacco and oral snuffLaser pointers
Cigarette lightersMoney boxes, novelty – toxic materials
Cosmetics – toxic materialsOzone depleting substances
Credit cards – counterfeitPencils and paintbrushes – toxic materials
Crowd control equipmentPesticides
Cultural and heritage goods – generalPolychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenyls
Cultural and heritage goods from Papua New GuineaPornography and other objectionable material
Diamonds – from Cote d’IvoireRadioactive substances
Diamonds – Kimberley ProcessSuicide devices
Dog collars – protrusionTablet presses
Dogs – dangerous breedsTherapeutic drugs and substances
Drugs and narcoticsTobacco – unmanufactured leaf
Embargoed Countries (UN Sanctions)Toys – toxic materials
Embryo clones – viable materialsTrade Practices Act goods
Endangered animal and plant species – CITESWeapons
Erasers – noveltyWoolpacks
Explosives, plastic

 


 

Anabolic or androgenic substances and Ketamine (restricted import)

Description:

Anabolic and androgenic substances to enhance muscle and bone growth. Health supplements and formulas may contain these substances.No passenger exemptions apply to the importation of anabolic or androgenic substances and ketamine.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

More information about substances controlled under Customs legislation and licensing and permit requirements is available from The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6289 2686
Fax: +61 2 6289 2500
E-mail: tmu@health.gov.au

 


 

Antibiotics (restricted import)

Description:

Traditional antibiotics such as penicillin and tetracyclines as well as other substances including the sulpha drugs, nitrofurazones, dapsone and rifampicin. Anti-viral medicaments are not antibiotics.Exemption:You do not need a permit to import antibiotics where:

  • you are a passenger on a ship or aircraft with no more than three months supply (at maximum recommended dosage) for your personal use, or that of a relative, and you have the antibiotics on your person or in your accompanied baggage; or
  • you are a passenger on a ship or aircraft with no more than three months supply (at maximum recommended dosage) for an animal under your care travelling on the same ship or aircraft.
  • you are a member of group visiting Australia to participate in a national or international sporting event and the antibiotics are to be used for the treatment of a member of the group or an animal imported and in the care of the group.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

More information about substances controlled under Customs legislation and licensing and permit requirements is available from The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6289 2686
Fax: +61 2 6289 2500
E-mail: tmu@health.gov.au

 


 

ANZAC (restricted import)

Description:

All goods bearing the word ‘ANZAC’ (or a similar word) and advertising material relating to such goods.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Veteran’s Affairs

More information:

More information about protection of the word ‘ANZAC’ is available at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600Telephone enquiries should be directed to:Commemorations Branch
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Telephone: (02) 6289 6067

 


 

Australian flag and coats of arms (restricted import)

Description:

Items or merchandise (such as souvenirs) that contain or to which is applied a representation of the Arms, a flag or a seal of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth. This includes a representation so nearly resembling the Arms, a flag or a seal of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory of the Commonwealth as to be likely to be taken as a true ‘national symbol’.Additionally a similar control applies to the Royal Coat of Arms, that is the coat of arms of the British Sovereign. This does not include any coat of arms of any member of the Sovereign’s family or any other royal person.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Persons seeking to import goods bearing a representation of the Arms, etc, must first obtain approval for the design and layout from the Awards and Culture Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If approved, permission can then be sought from the Minister for Home Affairs to import the goods.More information about the use of the Arms is available at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’swebsite.Fact sheet – importing goods bearing an image of the Australian flag

Address:

Requests to approve the design and layout of imported goods should be addressed to:Commonwealth Flag Officer
Awards and Culture Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6271 5601
E-mail: nationalsymbols@pmc.gov.auIf the design and layout is approved then requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Asbestos (restricted import)

Description:

Asbestos, or goods containing asbestos, is prohibited unless:

  1. The asbestos or goods are hazardous waste as defined in Section 4 of the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (HW Act). Goods of this type must be imported in accordance with the provisions of the HW Act;
  2. The goods are raw materials containing naturally occurring traces of asbestos; or
  3. Permission has been granted by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to import asbestos for research, analysis or display (chrysotile only), or to import amphibole asbestos; or
  4. The asbestos or goods are imported from the Australian Antarctic Territory (chrysotile only); or
  5. An exemption has been granted by a relevant authority under Commonwealth, State or Territory law to import the asbestos or goods for a specific use and by the date mentioned in Schedule 3B of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 for that use (chrysotile only)

Permits/ Exemptions issued by:

An exemption/permit can be issued in certain circumstancesby the following authorities:

  1. The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (chrysotile only);
  2. The Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (chrysotile only);
  3. A State/Territory Workcover authority (chrysotile only); or
  4. The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

More information:

For further information on the conditions for the issuing of exemptions/permissions, please contact the relevant OH&S authority in your State/Territory:

  • ACT – 02 6207 3000
  • NSW – 13 10 50
  • VIC – 1800 136089 or (03) 9641 1444
  • QLD – 1300 369 915
  • WA – (08) 9327 8600
  • SA – (08) 8303 0207
  • NT – Freecall 1800 019 115
  • TAS – Freecall 1300 366 322

More information about the domestic controls underpinning this regulation is available at the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission website.

Fact Sheet – Importing Asbestos into Australia

Asbestos advisory:

Imported Decorative Stone Products

 


 

Cat and dog fur products (restricted import)

Description:

The goods covered by this control include raw, tanned or processed furs or pelts, including goods that may contain such fur, that are derived from the cat and dog species listed below. These species are more commonly referred to as domestic cat and dog breeds.

  • Cat fur – means the pelt or hair of an animal of the species Felis catus.
  • Dog fur -means the pelt or hair of an animal of the species Canis familiaris.
  • Cat or dog fur product – means a product or other thing that consists, wholly or partly, of cat fur or dog fur

Permits Issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

Enquiries:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests for permission to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Ceramic ware – glazed (restricted import)

Description:

Glazed ceramic ware with heavy metals such as lead or cadmium that exceeds acceptable release levels used for, or in connection with, the storage or consumption of food. It includes all types of glazed pottery/ceramics used for tableware and cooking, but does not include decorative items manufactured solely for display on walls or stands.

No permit needed:

You do not need a permit to import these goods.However you do need to obtain a testing certificate from the Australian Government Analytical Laboratory or a testing agency approved by the National Association of Testing Authorities Australia to certify that the goods comply with the regulation.

Enquiries:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

 


 

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Description:

Importing/Exporting a cetacean, a part of a cetacean or a product derived from a cetacean.

Permits issued by:

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

More information:

Available at Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website

Address:

Requests to import/export cetaceans should be addressed to:Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Wildlife Conservation Branch
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1111
Facsimile: 02 6274 1666
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au

 


 

Chemical weapons (restricted import)

Description:

Chemicals controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Permits issued by:

The Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

More information:

More information about the Chemical Weapons Convention is available at the Chemical Weapons Convention Office website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:
Head
Chemical Weapons Convention Office
Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221
Telephone: 02 6266 1920Telephone: +61 02 6261 1914 +61 02 6261 1920
Facsimile: +61 02 6261 1908
email: asno@dfat.gov.au

 

 

Description:

Chewing tobacco and oral snuff if imported in quantities greater than 1.5 kg.

Permits issued by:

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:
Director
Product Safety Hazard Response Branch
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
PO Box 3131
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6243 1232
Facsimile: (02) 6243 1073

Chewing tobacco and oral snuff (restricted import)

 


 

Cigarette lighters (restricted import)

Description:

Refillable lighters with a customs value of AUD$5 or less, disposable lighters and novelty lighters that have been designed to light cigarettes, cigars and pipes.Exemption:You do not need a permit to import up to five lighters where you are a passenger 18 years or older on a ship or aircraft.

Permits issued by:

Parliamentary Secretary to the TreasurerImporters need to produce to Customs either:

  • A statutory declaration stating that a certificate of compliance, within the meaning of the American Standard 16 CFR 1210, has been issued. Importers must obtain a certificate of compliance from the supplier, or from an appropriate recognised overseas testing laboratory as no such suitable testing facilities are currently available in Australia; or
  • A written permission from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer.

Exemption:

You do not need a permit to import up to five lighters where you are a passenger 18 years or older on a ship or aircraft.

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:
Director
Product Safety Hazard Response Branch
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
PO Box 3131
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6243 1232
Facsimile: (02) 6243 1073

 


 

Cosmetics – toxic materials (restricted import)

Description:

Cosmetic products containing more than 250mg/kg of lead except for products containing more than 250mg/kg of lead acetate designed for use in hair treatments.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Credit cards – counterfeit (restricted import)

Description:

Non-genuine credit, debit or charge cards that are made to imitate and pass for genuine cards.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: mailto:community.protection@customs.gov.au.

 


 

Crowd control equipment (restricted import)

Description:

Anti-personnel sprays, body armour, extendable batons, electric shock devices, acoustic shock devices.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs, or an authorised person, prior to the arrival of the goods in Australia.

More information:

Customs information centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auImport and export controls on anti-personnel sprays, chemicals, grenades and canisters – fact sheet (691 kb)Import and export controls on law enforcement and military goods – fact sheet (699 kb)Form B710 – Application for permission to import schedule 2 and schedule 3 weaponsForm B711 – End User/Owner Verification for Schedule 2 and 3 Weapons

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
C/- Firearms and Weapons Section
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA ACT 2601

 


 

Cultural heritage goods – general

Description:

Objects created or collected on religious or secular grounds because of their importance with regard to archaeology, prehistory, history, literature, art or science.

Export permission may be required::

You do not need the permission of the Australian Government to import cultural heritage goods into Australia. HOWEVER it may be illegal to export the goods from the country of origin without permission from the overseas government. If you export goods from the country of origin illegally then they could be seized on import and returned to the country of origin. As an importer you must ensure that all requirements to export the goods from in the country of origin have been met. .IMPORTANT NOTE: It is illegal to export dinosaur eggs or other fossils from the People’s Republic of China without a permit from the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources. Such goods when imported into Australia without a permit will be seized by Customs and the importer may be prosecuted.

More information:

More information about importing cultural heritage is available at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet webiste or from the:Cultural Property Section
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6274 1810
Facsimile: 02 6274 2731

 


 

Cultural heritage goods from Papua New Guinea (restricted import)

Description:

Goods that are the national cultural property of Papua New Guinea such as objects connected with traditional cultural life or mineral specimens or fossil/animal remains of historic interest.

Permits issued by:

The permission of the Trustees of the Papua New Guinea Public Museum and Art Gallery is needed to export or remove the goods from Papua New Guinea.

More information:

Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6275 6114
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Diamonds – from Cote d’Ivoire(prohibited import)

Description:

Rough diamonds from Cote d’Ivoire whether or not the diamonds originate from Cote d’Ivoire.Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

More information:

More information about United Nations Security Council Resolutions is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

 


 

Diamonds – Kimberley Process (restricted import)

Description:

Rough diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds, under the terms of the Kimberley Process agreement. Rough diamonds can only be imported in a tamper proof container from a country participating in the process and must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process Certificate verifying the goods.

Certificates issued by:

The relevant authority in the country exporting the goods to Australia.

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au
More information about the Kimberley Process for trade in rough diamonds and a list of contacts in exporting countries is available at the Kimberley Process website.

 


 

Dog collars – protrusion (restricted import)

Description:

Dog collars designed to puncture or bruise an animal’s skin.

Administered by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Inquiries should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Dogs – dangerous breeds (prohibited import)

Description:

Dogs of the following breeds – dogo Argentino; fila Brasileiro; Japanese tosa; American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier; Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.The prohibition also covers advertising matter relating to the breeds.Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

 


 

Drugs and narcotics (restricted import)

Description:

Drugs being chemicals and compounds as listed in Schedule 4 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations. This includes

  • isomers or mixture of isomers of a controlled chemicals or compounds;
  • a derivative of a controlled chemical or compound, including isomers and mixtures of isomers;
  • substances or things that contain controlled chemical/s or compound/s, including isomers and mixtures of isomers, and derivatives; or
  • other chemicals and compounds that are an immediate precursor to a controlled chemical or compound.

Exemption

Passengers arriving on board a ship or aircraft do not need a permit if:

  • the drug is required for their own medical treatment or the treatment of another passenger or animal under their care; AND
  • has been prescribed by a medical practitioner or veterinarian and the original prescription is presented upon arrival; AND
  • the amount of drug/s does not exceed three (3) months supply at the maximum prescribed dosage.

If the prescription is not in English, then a version translated into English must also be presented. The exemption only applies to drugs carried in the passenger’s accompanied baggage.

Passengers aged 18 years or more do not need a permit to import kava if:

  • the kava is in either root or dried form;
  • the amount of kava does not exceed 2 kilograms; and
  • the kava is carried in the passenger’s accompanied baggage.

These exemptions apply only to passengers. Any amount of controlled drugs imported by other means such as post or air cargo require a permit.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

Healthwebsite.Fact Sheet – Importing Barbiturates Pentobarbital /Nembutal

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6289 2686
Fax: +61 2 6289 2500
E-mail: tmu@health.gov.au

 


 

Embargoed Goods (UN Sanctions)

The descriptions listed below are not exhaustive so consider contacting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) if you have any concerns
about goods that may be subject to United Nations Security Council sanctions.

Eritrea (ER)

Description:

Restricted – permission to import requiredArms or related matériel including: weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, and spare parts for such goods where they are imported from Eritrea.
Iran (IR)

Description:

Restricted – permission to import requiredSanctioned goods include: Arms or related matériel including: weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, and spare parts for such goods where they are imported from Iran.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) (KP)

Description:

Restricted – permission to import requiredArms or related matériel including: weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, and spare parts for such goods where they are imported from North Korea.
 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) (LY)

Description:

Restricted – permission to import requiredArms or related matériel including: weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, and spare parts for such goods where they are imported from Libya.

More
information:

More information regarding UN sanctioned countries is also available at: http://www.dfat.gov.au/un/unsc_sanctions/index.htmlEnquiries can be made on telephone 02 6261 1111 or by e-mail to: STC@dfat.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import restricted goods should be addressed to:Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sanctions and Trans-national Crime sectionGPO Box 401
CANBERRA ACT 2601

 


 

Embryo clones – viable materials (prohibited import)

Description:

Living tissues and cells (viable material) derived from human embryo clones.The prohibition also covers advertising matter relating to viable material.Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

 


 

Endangered animal and plant species – CITES (restricted import)

Description:

Animal and plant species and all products manufactured from species listed in the appendices to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Permits issued by:

The movement of species subject to CITES requires an export permit from the country of origin and an import permit from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

More information:

More information about CITES and the species covered by the Convention is available at the Department of Sustability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:International Wildlife Trade
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1900
Facsimile: 02 6274 1921
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au

 


 

Erasers – novelty (restricted import)

Description:

Erasers resembling food in scent or appearance.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFact Sheet – Restriction on importing certain novelty erasers into Australia

Permit enquiries:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Explosives, plastic (restricted import)

Description:

 

Plastic explosives.A plastic explosive is taken to mean an explosive product (including an explosive product in flexible or elastic sheet form) that is:

  1. formulated with:
    1. one or more high explosives which in their pure form have a vapour pressure less than 10¯4 Pa at a temperature of 25°C
    2. a binder material
  2. as a mixture, malleable or flexible at normal room temperature.

The term ‘plastic explosive’ would have the same meaning as in new Subdivision B of Division 72 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Permits issued by:

 

The Attorney-General or an authorised person.

More information:

 

From 25 August 2007 it will be an offence to import unmarked plastic explosives, unless a person or corporation has a valid written authorisation from the Attorney-General.To import unmarked plastic explosives you will need to complete the following documents:

It is recommended you complete and submit them at least 6 weeks before the goods’ expected arrival in Australia.

Further information can be accessed via the internet link for plastic explosives, or by contacting:

Security Law Branch, Attorney-General’s Department on telephone +61 2 6250 6666 or by e-mail to http://www.ag.gov.au/.

and

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Existing State and Territory legislation on explosives

Each State or Territory has its own legislation governing the regulation of explosives including plastic explosives. You must comply with each State or Territory law and obtain a Licence or Permit to use explosives in that State or Territory. You will need to obtain a State or Territory Licence or Permit before you are granted approval to import plastic explosives.

For further information on State and Territory explosive Licence or Permit requirements please refer to the following links:

NSW – http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/
Victoria – http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/
Queensland – http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/
Western Australia – www.docep.wa.gov.au/resourcessafety
South Australia – http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/
Tasmania – http://www.wst.tas.gov.au/
Northern Territory – http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/
Australian Capital Territory – http://www.workcover.act.gov.au/

Address:

 

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Security Law Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
National Circuit
BARTON   ACT   2603Applications may be sent by fax to: +61 2 6250 5985
Telephone enquiries to:  +61 2 6250 6666Further information may be obtained at http://www.ag.gov.au/

Firearms and ammunition (restricted import)

Description:

Firearms, firearm accessories, firearm parts, firearm magazines, ammunition, components of ammunition and replicas are controlled on importation.

More information:

Customs information centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auImporting ammunition and firearm magazines(862 kb)Importing Category A and B firearms(864 kb)Importing Category C firearms(865 kb)Importing firearm replicas(742 kb)Importing handguns(882 kb)Importing self-loading, pump action and automatic firearms (698 kb)Importing military-style firearms (884 kb) June 2008Importing paintball markers (748 kb)

Importing soft air (BB) firearms (789 kb)

Importing firearm parts and accessories (860 kb)

Importing antique and muzzle-loading firearms (835 kb)

Australian Customs Notice 2003/08

Contacts:

Contact details of the police firearms and weapons registries and the Attorney-General’s Department can be found on the following fact sheet.Firearms and weapons information contacts (763 kb)

 


 

Fish and toothfish (restricted import)

Description:

Fish: all species of bony fish, sharks, rays, crustaceans, molluscs and other marine organisms that have been caught outside of the Australian fishing zone. Applies to all fish products, whether fresh, smoked, preserved in airtight containers or frozen.Toothfish: Antarctic Toothfish and Patagonian Toothfish found in sub-Antarctic waters, including waters around Australia’s external territory of Heard and McDonald Islands. Applies to all fish and fish parts of this species whether fresh, frozen, smoked, preserved in airtight containers or in any other form.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

More information:

More information about restrictions on the import of fish and toothfish is available at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Australian Fisheries Management Authority
PO Box 7051
Canberra Business Centre
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6272 5698
Facsimile: 02 6272 5784

 


 

Fly swatters/mosquito bats- electronic (restricted import)

Description:

Hand-held electric insect zappers that have no protection against accidental contact with the electrified grid.

Administered by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auSee also: Australian Customs Notice 2008/56

Address:

Inquiries should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin (restricted import)

Description:

Drugs including the following substances:

  • Natural and manufactured gonadotrophins (including menotrophins, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Luteinising Hormone and Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin);
  • Natural and manufactured growth hormones, including somatropin, somatrem, somatomedins and insulin-like growth factors (not insulins) and growth hormone releasing hormone (somatorelin and synthetic analogues);
  • Erythropoietin (EPO); or
  • Darbepoetin alfa.

Exemption (see also note for sports competitors)

Passengers do not need a permit if the substance:

  • is required as part of their medical treatment; AND
  • is carried with the passenger upon arrival;
  • has been prescribed by a medical practitioner and the original prescription is presented upon arrival; AND
  • the amount does not exceed the amount prescribed.

Important note for sports competitors

The exemption does not apply if the substance is for the treatment of:

  • a sports competitor; or
  • a person associated with a competitor such as a coach, manager or someone providing medical treatment.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

More information about substances controlled under Customs legislation and licensing and permit requirements is available from the Therapeutic Goods Administration
website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Therapeutic Goods Administration
GPO Box 100
WODEN ACT 2606
Telephone: 1800 020 653
E-mail: info@tga.gov.au

 


 

Hazardous waste (restricted import)

Description:

Waste that is explosive, flammable, poisonous, toxic, exotoxic or infectious substances, clinical wastes, waste oils, waste residue from manufacture or household waste as defined by the Basel Convention.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

More information:

An Australian Guide to Exporting and Importing Hazardous Wastes: Applying for a Permit is available at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Hazardous Waste Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1411
Facsimile: 02 6274 1164
Email: hwa@environment.gov.au

 


 

Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) (restricted import)

Description:

Non-refillable containers containing hydrofluorocarbons designed for use in maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning units.

Permits issued by:

The Minister of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

More information:

More information about the import of HFCs in non-refillable containers is available at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Ozone and Synthetic Gas Team
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1603
Facsimile: 02 6274 1610
E-mail: ozone@environment.gov.au

 


 

Incandescent lamps (restricted import)

Description:

Incandescent lamps for general lighting services that have the following attributes as specified in the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4934.2(Int):2008 (‘Incandescent lamps for general lighting services Part 2: Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) requirements’):(a) a shape described as any of:(i) A50 to A65; or
(ii) PS50 to PS65; or
(iii) M50 to M65; or
(iv) T50 to T65; or
(v) E50 to E65;(b) a cap described as E14, E26, E27, B15 or B22d;
(c) a nominal voltage of greater than or equal to 220 V;
(d) a nominal wattage of <150 W;
but not including primary coloured lamps

Permits issued by:

The Minister for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency or an authorised officer

More information:

More information about this control can be found on the Australian Customs Notice No. 2009/04

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:
Lighting and Equipment Energy Efficiency Team
Energy Efficiency Branch
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
GPO Box 854 Canberra ACT 2601
Phone 1800 057 590Email: energyrating@climatechange.gov.au
Web: energyrating.gov.au

 


 

Kava (restricted import)

Description:

A plant that is traditionally used for therapeutic and recreational purposes by certain cultures.Importers must obtain the following from the Therapeutic Goods Administration before importing kava:

  • Licence to Import Controlled Substances, and
  • Import permit for each consignment of kava.

The original copy of the import permit for each consignment must be presented to Customs and Border Protection when the goods arrive in Australia.

Exemption:

A passenger, on a ship or aircraft, aged 18 years or more, may import up to two (2) kilograms of kava in either root or dried powder form in their accompanied baggage without a permit.

This exemption does not apply to kava being imported via post, courier services or unaccompanied baggage. In these cases an import permit is required to be presented to Customs.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

Further information on licences and permits including copies of the Kava Importation Kit can be obtained from The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health website.

Address:

Requests to import kava should be addressed to:The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: +61 2 6289 2686
Fax: +61 2 6289 2500
E-mail: tmu@health.gov.au

 


 

Knives and daggers (restricted import)

Description:

Daggers, flick knives, butterfly knives, trench knives, ballistic knives, concealed knives/blades, throwing knives/blades/axes, star knives, push knives, sheath knives, non-metallic knives.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs, or an authorised person, prior to the arrival of the goods in Australia.

More information:

Customs information centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFirearms and weapons information contacts – fact sheetImport controls on bladed weapons, martial arts and sporting goods – fact sheetForm B710 – Application for permission to import schedule 2 and schedule 3 weapons

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
C/- Firearms and Weapons Section
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA ACT 2601

 


 

Laser pointers (restricted import)

Description:

Hand-held devices commonly known as laser pointers with an accessible emission level of greater than 1mW.

Permits issued by:

The Minister for Home Affairs, or an authorised person, prior to the arrival of the goods in Australia.

More information:

Customs information centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auImport controls on laser pointersForm B710 – Application for permission to import schedule 2 and schedule 3 weapons

Contacts:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
C/- Firearms and Weapons Section
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600

 


 

Money boxes, novelty – toxic materials (restricted import)

Description:

Novelty money boxes, designed or marketed for children, coated with material containing more than 90mg/kg of lead.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFact Sheet – Restrictions on importing money boxes into Australia

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Ozone depleting substances (restricted import)

Description:

Chemicals including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs); halons carbon tetrachloride; methyl chloroform; hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), bromochloromethane (BCMs), hydrbromfluorocarbons (HBFCs) and methyl bromide.Precharged equipment, being air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment that contains HFCs and HCFCs, including such equipment fitted to motor vehicles.

Permits issued by:

Licences to import are issued by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.

More information:

More information about Australia’s ozone protection requirements is available at the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Popluation and Communities website.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Ozone and Synthetic Gas Team
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1373
Facsimile: 02 6274 1610
E-mail: ozone@environment.gov.au

 


 

Pencils and paintbrushes – toxic materials (restricted import)

Description:

Pencils and paintbrushes with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFact Sheet – Restrictions on importing pencils or paint brushes into Australia

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Pesticides and other hazardous chemicals (restricted import)

Description:

Chemicals restricted under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and/or domestic regulations.

Permits issued by:

The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

More information:

More information about the controlled chemicals permit requirements is available from the Australian government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.Information about Consent to import unapproved active constituents or unregistered agricultural or veterinary chemical products can be found at the Australian Pesticides & Medicines Authority website at http://www.apvma.gov.au.

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Technical and International Policy Section
Food and Product Safety and Integrity Branch
Agriculture and Veterinary Chemicals
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6272 3933

 


 

Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Terphenyls and Polyphenyls (restricted import)

Description:

Polychlorinated and Biphenyls (PCBs) and Polychlorinated Terphenyls (PCTs). PCBs have been used in electrical appliances (such as transformers and capacitors), as coolants (often in light fittings), hydraulic fluids, plasticisers and dye carriers.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support CentreTelephone: 1300 363 263E-mail: information@customs.gov.auNote: For information relating to controls on industrial chemicals in general, visit the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme website or email info@nicnas.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import PCBs and PCTs should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Pornography and other objectionable material (restricted import)

Description:

Includes publications, films and any other goods that describe, depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime cruelty, violence, terrorist acts or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults.Includes computer games which are unsuitable for a person under 18 to see or play.

Permits issued by:

Director Classification Board

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auAustralian Customs Notice – ACN 2009/55

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to the Classification Boardat the following address:The Director
Classification Board
Locked Bag 3
HAYMARKET NSW 1240Telephone: 02 9289 7100
Facsimile: 02 9289 7101
Email: enquiries@classification.gov.auPlease note that the Classification Board is unable to answer questions about permission to import by telephone. Importers are required to submit their request in writing either by mail or email.Importers are required to submit their request in writing either by mail or email. In order to apply for permission to import objectionable material goods, including computer games, the importer will need to make a case according to the regulations. Import permits may not be granted simply on the grounds the goods are for personal use.

 


 

Radioactive substances (restricted import)

Description:

Radioactive substances including any radioactive material or substance including radium, any radioactive isotope or any article containing radioactive material or substance.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

More information about substances controlled under Customs legislation and licensing and permit requirements is available at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency website.

Permit enquiries:

Inquiries about import permissions should be addressed to:Imports Permits Officer
PO Box 655
MIRANDA NSW 1490
Telephone: 02 9541 8333
Facsimile: 02 9541 8314
E-mail: info@arpansa.gov.au

 


 

Suicide devices (prohibited import)

Description:

Devices designed or customised to be used by a person to commit suicide, or to be used by a person to assist another person to commit suicide.Imports are not allowed under any circumstances.

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

 


 

Tablet Presses (restricted import)

DescriptionTablet presses are defined as manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic equipment that can be used for the compaction or moulding of powdered or granular solids, or semi-solid material, to produce coherent solid tablets.  The control does not include encapsulators or tablet press parts such as punches or dies.
Permits issued by: Customs and Border Protection
More Information:Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auAustralian Customs Notice – 2010/07Australian Customs Notice – 2010/30Fact Sheet
Address:Requests to import these goods should be forwarded to the following address:Community Protection
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
5 Constitution Ave
Canberra ACT 2601Phone: (02) 6275 5963
Fax: (02) 6229 3840Email: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 

Therapeutic drugs and substances (restricted import)

Description:

Drugs and substances including abortifacients, aphrodisiacs and others controlled for health reasons. This also includes laetrile and thalidomide.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Health and Ageing

More information:

More information about substances controlled under Customs legislation and licensing and permit requirements is available from the Therapeutic Goods Administrationwebsite(follow the link to Personal Import/Export).Fact Sheet – Importing Abortion Inducing Substances

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Therapeutic Goods Administration
GPO Box 100
WODEN ACT 2606
Telephone: 1800 020 653
E-mail: info@tga.gov.au

 


 

Tobacco – unmanufactured leaf (restricted import)

Description:

Unmanufactured tobacco that is not stemmed or stripped. This includes tobacco in the form of whole tobacco plants or leaves in the natural state or as cured or fermented leaves.

Permits issued by:

The Commissioner of Taxation

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Tobacco industry Group
Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box A288
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235
Telephone: 1300 137 295
Facsimile: 02 9374 8585
E-mail: ATO-EXC-Tobacco@ato.gov.au

 


 

Toys – toxic material (restricted import)

Description:

Children’s toys or playthings with a coating that contains excess amounts of toxic compounds such as lead, arsenic and barium.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFact Sheet – Restrictions on importing toys into Australia

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
E-mail: community.protection@customs.gov.au

 


 

Trade Practices Act goods (restricted import)

Description:

Goods subject to a permanent ban under the Trade Practices Act 1974 including: glucomannan, certain seat accessories and sun visors, certain toys, oral snuff and chewing tobacco (if imported in quantities greater than 1.5 kg), certain water ski releases, gas masks containing asbestos, and candles/candlewicks containing leads.

Permits issued by:

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

More information:

Customs Information and Support Centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:
Director
Product Safety Hazard Response Branch
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
PO Box 3131
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6243 1232
Facsimile: (02) 6243 1073

 


 

Weapons (restricted import)

Description:

Military goods and other weapons including: blow pipes, crossbows, martial arts equipment, knuckle dusters, slingshots, maces, flails.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Home Affairs, or an authorised person, prior to the arrival of the goods in Australia.

More information:

Customs information centre
Telephone: 1300 363 263
E-mail: information@customs.gov.auFirearms and weapons information contacts – fact sheetImport controls on bladed weapons, martial arts and sporting goods – fact sheet(684 kb)Import and export controls on law enforcement and military goods – fact sheetImport and export controls on laser pointers – fact sheet Import and export controls on anti-personnel goodsForm B710 – Application for permission to import schedule 2 and schedule 3 weaponsForm B711 – End User/Owner Verification for Schedule 2 and 3 Weapons

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:National Manager
Trade Policy and Regulation Branch
C/- Firearms and Weapons Section
Australian Customs Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

Woolpacks (restricted import)

Description:

Woolpacks used for the storage and transporting of greasy wool or scoured wool. Woolpack caps (the cover) used to seal older style woolpacks.

Permits issued by:

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

More information:

Meat, Wool and Dairy Branch
Agricultural Industries Division
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6272 5680
Fax: 02 6272 4246
Email: woolanddairy@daff.gov.au

Address:

Requests to import these goods should be addressed to:Meat, Wool and Dairy Branch
Agricultural Industries Division
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6272 5680

 


 

 

Moving to Panama

PANAMA

 

PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED GOODS

Straw or hay packing in lift-vans, narcotics, drugs, food, beverage, live plants, ammunition, weapons, or firearms.

 

 

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS – HOUSEHOLD GOODS

 

PANAMANIANS:

Returning Panamanian Citizens can import free of tax all their USED household goods and personal effects after having lived abroad for a least two Years.

New household goods are subject to import duties. The tax rate is approximate 20% of the CIF (Cost of the Goods, Insurance and Freight to Panama) value.

 

FOREIGNERS:

Every foreigner coming to live in Panama has the same prerogative as Panamanian citizens. Nevertheless the law states that the head of the family has to have a residential visa before the arrival of his household effects.

No foreigner with a migratory or tourist visa can enjoy these benefits.

New articles are subject to import tax, and it is the Executive Power who determines the amount and kind of articles that in each case can be imported free of duty.

 

DIPLOMATS:

All Diplomats and Public Officials entering the country with a diplomatic or official passport or those who come with a contract from the Panamanian Government have franchise privilege, and will not be subject to the usual inspection or examination of the household goods.

 

SPECIAL PROVISIONAL VISA: (Visa de Visitante Temporal Especial)

Businessmen with a source of income other than the Republic of Panama, and who earn $1000/month or more in US funds.

These people can apply for this visa, and they, along with their family are entitled to following:

 

1. Exemption from tax on one shipment of household goods and personal effects up to the sum of US $3,000

2. Exoneration in the payment of taxes or migratory rights once visa has been granted.

 

The personal effects of business coming to reside in Panama should arrive in Panama no later than six month after the date of the arrival, and cannot exceed two shipments.

Panamanian laws state that all shipments must be inspected at the port of entry, but due to cargo congestion and to avoid mishandling, this inspection is done at the shipper’s residence at the time of delivery.

This is a special service and is payable by shipper directly to the government (it is compulsory).

Contact CANAL MOVERS & LOGISTICS CORP. for a quotation for this service.

 

 

AUTOMOBILE REQUIREMENTS / RESTRICTIONS:

Panamanian customs laws state that all automobiles coming to Panama are subject to import tax except for those belonging to accredited diplomats, members of international organisations, or U.S. contractor.

Nevertheless, diplomats, members of international organizations or U.S. contractor can import free of duties ONLY ONE automobile. The other auto will have to pay import duties.

 

The documents that are needed to clear the auto are the following:

1. Original OBL (not legalized). The OBL must specify the ocean freight charge for the auto.

2. Original certificate of ownership.

3. Original commercial invoice or purchase invoice.

4. Pollution certificate.

 

PANAMA NEW FUMIGATION POLICY

 

Please note that the Panamanian Authorities are enforcing a new fumigation control procedure on all household goods shipments.

This fumigation is a pest control treatment.

This means that all steam ship containers, land shipment and air freights coming into Panama are fumigated in the port of entry or terminal bond.

This new fumigation procedure is incurring in additional charges and may delay the delivery of your shipments by one or two days.

Therefore, the steam ship line or carrier seal is removed by the local authorities for fumigation.

 

 

QUARANTINE IMPORT PERMIT

 

All household goods shipment having wood furniture or any wooden article is subject to a Quarantine Import Permit that must be requested before the shipment arrives to Panama.

In order to comply with this regulation, a copy of the Bill of Lading and Packing List is requested a week before the shipment date of arrival.

 

 

WOOD PACKING MATERIALS ADVISORY

 

Please note that Panama will begin enforcing restriction on the import of wood packing materials (WPM), such as barrels, crates, lift vans, pallets and skids EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 16, 2005.

 

This regulation requires that wood packing materials coming into Panama be treated and marked according to ISPM Nº 15.

The approved treatments are either heat treatment to a minimum wood core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 30 minutes, or fumigation with methyl bromide (MB).

Any WPM not treated and appropriately marked may be subject to immediate export or local fumigation incurring in additional charges.

 

Effective September 16, 2005, paper certificates of treatment will no longer be acceptable.

 

Embassy of Panama in Ottawa, Canada
130 Albert Street., Suite 300
K1P 5G4
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 236 7177
Fax: (613) 236 5775
Email: embassyofpanama@gmail.com
Embassy of Paraguay in Ottawa, Canada
151 Slater Street, bureau 501
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 567-1283 & (613) 567-1005
Fax: (613) 567-1679

 

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD.  cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Panamanian customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

Moving to Uruguay

 When moving from Canada to Uruguay it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to Uruguay, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Uruguay and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Uruguay. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call (416) 661-4228.

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best moving tip is to receive a recommendation from a friend who had a good moving experience.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Verify that they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison (Apples to Apples) between the quotes of the moving companies you have chosen. Make sure to compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to what is “EXCLUDES” from the quotes to ensure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. See if they have a bonded and secure warehouse.. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  5. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas destination agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the moving company in Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Uruguay and choosing the right overseas moving services.

 

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Moving to Malaysia

 

MALAYSIA

 

PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED GOODS

It is prohibited to import narcotics (death penalty for drug trafficking), non-branded drugs, pornographic publications, weapons, firearms & ammunition and gold bullion, short wave radios, telephones.

 

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS 

USEFUL INFORMATION

1. Port and Airport storage charges will be charged to the origin agent at cost if OBL and relevant clearance documents are not received our Agent prior to arrival of goods.
2.  Liquor & wine attract very high Malaysian Custom Duties.  We advise against importation to avoid complication in clearance.
3. All personal effects consignments are subject to 100% customs examination.

Personal Effects

Definition – Personal Effects is defined as own household and personal items proven and identifiable as being purchased at least 3 months or having being used six months prior to date of import.  Any items in the shipment which look new must be accompanied with purchase receipts as proof for customs upon arrival.  Any personal effects identified as new (less than 6 months old) will attract import duties.  The shipper must be in country prior to arrival of shipment to sign necessary documents such as approved permits for cars, National Electricity Board Permit for electrical appliances & other clearance documents required.
Used Personal & Household Effects brought into Malaysia, exempted from duties exempted by (a) foreigners who have valid Malaysian work permit / employment letter by Malaysian employer  (b) Returning Malaysians who have been out of country for a continuous period in excess of 3 months.

Import Declaration Requirements

  • The shipper must be in the country to sign the letter of Authorisation and to provide Approved Permits for cars, a copy of passport with entry stamp into Malaysia before arrival of goods.
  • Goods packed must tally with the packing list.
  • Any personal effects identified as new (less than 3 months old) will attract import duties.
  • Documents required are:  Ocean Bill of Lading, Malaysian Customs Form 1 (signed by shipper), Letter of Authorisation, Packing List, list of items requiring permits / licenses and copy of Insurance Policy (if any)
  • Consignee must arrive in Malaysia before shipment arrives at port of entry as a copy of passport and entry stamp into Malaysia are required before clearance can take place.
  • Returning Malaysians, having stayed abroad for more than 12 months continuously, may ship one of each used (for at least six months) household and personal item duty free. Items which look new require purchase receipts as proof to Customs upon clearance.
  • Foreign personnel may import shipments duty free as long as their items are owned and used for at least six months prior to arrival. Any items which looks new require receipts as proof to customs upon arrival. Copy of work permit or letter of employment from the local company, passport and latest entry stamp are required before clearance can take place.
  • A list of electrical items must be made together with brand, model, serial number, year purchased, and origin, to be submitted to us before shipment arrives at port of entry as an electrical permit is required before clearance.
  • Video tapes and CD’s require censorship approval at a charge of US$3.00/tape. If material is deemed not suitable for viewing in Malaysia, Customs are entitled to destroy such items.
  • Liquor and cigarettes are subject to heavy import duty.
  • For automobiles and motorcycles, shipper must obtain “approval permit” from the Ministry of Trade before shipping from origin.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Customs clearance is always completed at the port of entry and subject to 100% customs examination.
  • OBL, packing lists and owner contact in Malaysia at least five days before vessel arrival at port of entry in order to expedite normal customs clearance. Clearance will take about seven working days for full container loads or ten working days for NVOCC or LCL shipments.
  • Consolidation is not recommended; please contact us for instructions before container loading at origin.
  • Packing lists must have proper description of all contents and must be written in English.

Importation of car

  • Documents required for clearance are: Malaysian Approved Permit (AP) from the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Bill of Lading, letter of Authorisation, Malaysian Custom Form 1, Registration Card, Purchase Invoice.
  • Import duties are based on CIF value and/or second hand value as determined by Customs examination and valuation.
  • Partial exemption duties are subject to Treasury approval for Malaysian diplomats and government officers.  Full exemption may be offered for certified foreign diplomats, subject to application for exemption by respective Embassy.
  • General indication of import duties – where CIF value is less than RM 20,000 the Import Duty is 170% – 200% and sales vehicle is subject to tax 10%.  For more specific value please fax OUR Agent the make, model, year of manufacture and CIF value.  Assessment on the vehicle is subject to the discretion of Customs & Excise Department Officer at the time of clearance.
  • Under the new 2001 Budget, returning Malaysians will be exempted from duties and sales tax provided vehicle must be registered in the country of origin for at least 6 months in the name of either husband or wife.
  • Car in excess of 5 years old please fax details of vehicle for verification and approval by Ministry of International Trade & Industry.

 

PETS

The Vaccination / Health Certificate and Malaysian Import Permit is required.  Details of the pet (flight details, name, age, sex, colour & breed) and copy of vaccination and Health Certificate must be provided to us to apply for Malaysian Import Permit before pet can be imported into Malaysia.  No quarantine required for birds.  1 weeks advance notice is required before arrival to book kennel / quarantine accommodation.  The application of permit will be taken care of by OUR Agent and will fax the same to client.  Once consignment is booked, shipper will be assisted in clearing the pet at airport and for quarantine.
Quarantine period at 7 days (max) will be required before release to consignee.

The following breeds are prohibited to enter/import into the country:

Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull.

The following breeds can enter/import into Malaysia under special permit approve from government veterinary prior to arrival in KLIA.  German Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiller, Belgian Shepherd, East European Shepherd, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier and Canary Dog.

*Documents required for application for this special permit is as follows:

  • Must not be less than six month at the time of importing.
  • Require micro chipped proof
  • Owner local address (The residence here must be available for veterinary inspection)
  • Letter from the owner confirming the following:
    • Dog is family Pet
    • Dog is not for breeding or for sale
    • Dog will be kept in compound at all times
    • Dog will be muzzled and leashed when not in the compound
    • Two copies of the latest picture of pet

Please allow at least three to four working days for the government veterinary doctor to process the approval of the permit.

 

Plants

Clearance documents required are: Phytosanitory Certificate issued by origin country, Letter of Authorisation, Invoice, Malaysian Custom Form 1 & Import Permit.
Mandatory quarantine period of 3 days

 

Films & Video Tapes

Censorship required (time taken 1 month) & screening fee of RM 15 per tape.

 

Antiques

Clearance documents required are: Malaysian Customs Form 1, Letter of Authorisation, Origin Invoice, Certificate of Antiquity from Origin Country to indicate if antique is over 100 years and to be approved by Museum Authority prior to importation.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD.  cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Malaysian customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

 

Moving to Malaysia

When moving from Canada to Malaysia it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to Malaysia, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Malaysia and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Malaysia. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call  (416) 661-4228.

 

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Malaysia and choosing the right overseas moving services.

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List of Malaysia consulates:
Consulate General of Malaysia in Vancouver, Canada
Suite 1805-1111
West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4M3
City: Vancouver
Phone: 1-604-685 9550
Fax: 1-604-685 9520
Email: malvncver@kln.gov.my
Office Hours: Work day: Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm Holiday : Saturdays and Sundays
Consulate General of Malaysia in Vancouver, Canada
Suite 1805-1111
West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4M3
City: Vancouver
Phone: 1-604-685 9550
Fax: 1-604-685 9520
Email: malvncver@kln.gov.my
Office Hours: Work day: Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm Holiday : Saturdays and Sundays
High Commission of Malaysia in Ottawa, Canada
60 Boteler Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8Y7
Canada
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 241 5182
Fax: (613) 241 5214
Email: malottawa@kln.gov.my
Office Hours: Work day : Monday through Friday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Holiday : Saturdays and Sundays

60 Boteler Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8Y7
Canada
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 241 5182
Fax: (613) 241 5214
Email: malottawa@kln.gov.my
Office Hours: Work day : Monday through Friday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Holiday : Saturdays and Sundays

 

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Moving to Korea

 

KOREA

 

PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED GOODS

Pornographic materials, firearms, swords and long knives, ammunition, narcotics, non-branded drugs.   Any item which is considered to be detrimental to the public interest and national security.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

Personal effects cannot be customs cleared prior to a shipper’s arrival in Korea. All shipments are subject to inspection, excluding diplomatic shipments. Arrival must be within 6 months of entry into Korea, by the owner(s).  Non-Korean clients must have a work visa or long-term visa in order to do clearance without Duty/Tax.  If clients pay Duty/Tax, Korean customs do not refund in any case.

Used household goods and personal effects are normally qualified for duty/tax free admittance into the Republic of Korea if they are considered to be necessary and an appropriate quantity.

DUTY/TAXABLE ARTICLES

New items, tobacco products, used and new automobiles, boats, aircrafts, motorcycles, jewels, grand pianos (free if over 6 months old one of piano major Diploma holder), over 50″ TV’s, over two TV sets (29″-49″)/one free & others dutiable, plasma TV’s are dutiable. Only 1 golf club and 1 ski per adult duty free.

Alcohol – Duty free for 1 bottle of wine, cognac, whiskey, vodka etc. per 1 adult.

For exceeding portion, the duty/tax rates are as follows ;

– Wine : 68.2% of customs duty, based on customs assessed value.
– Cognac : 144.9% of customs duty, based on customs assessed value
– Whiskey/Vodka : 155.5% of customs duty, based on customs assessed value

Honey – Duty free for 3 kgs per person (new)

AUTOMOBILES

All automobiles being imported into the Republic of Korea are subject to pay high duty/tax unless they belong to diplomatic or military personnel/ U.S. Governmental Contractor (SOFA: Status of Forces Agreement). An automobile must have been registered under shipper’s name at least three months before shipping to Korea. Proof of ownership / age (Registration, Title, Insurance policy and/or Purchasing receipts necessary. Korean made cars, which have been used more than 6 months are free of import duty/tax, however a Korean vehicle, which has been assembled in a foreign country is NOT eligible for import without duty/tax. Please contact your T.I.M.N. agent, for additional information.

DIPLOMATIC SHIPMENTS

Household goods and personal effects of foreign diplomats are exempt from examination. Korean diplomats are not subject to the same regulations as those of any returning Korean resident, their shipments are inspected as they aren’t diplomats in Korea. Please specify DIPLOMATIC HOUSEHOLD GOODS on ocean/air bill of lading.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR IMPORT INTO KOREA

1) Original B/L or Air Way Bill
2) Legible inventory list
3) Original Passport of each member of the family
4) Original Residence Certificate (shipper and family)

CONSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Please show in the consignee & notify of OBL/AWB for every location in Korea as:
Owner’s full name as printed in the passport
C/O T.I.M.N. Agent’s name and address

PETS

Cats and dogs will be released through customs only after passing through medical inspection at the National Quarantine Station. A Certificate of Health and Rabies Vaccination Certificate from the country of origin are also required.

RECOMMENDED PORTS OF ENTRY

Korean shipper must be present for inspection at any Customs House, foreigners do not need to be present for inspection at Customs House.

Surface shipment

1) Busan :
We strongly recommend you to send shipment to Busan if you need it to be delivered to Seoul or to the southern part of Korea. Customs regulations allow bonded transit from port Busan to Seoul Customs House for inspection. Transit / clearance time 10-15 days.
2) Incheon:
Bonded transit from Incheon port to the Seoul Customs House is not permitted. Shipments imported via Incheon will be customs inspected within the Incheon port (only).

Air cargo shipments

Kimhae Airport (Busan)
For Busan and southern area.
Incheon Airport (Seoul)
Port of entry for any shipment.

LOOSE LOADED CONTAINER SHIPMENTS

Korean customs regulations do not allow port to door delivery of containers except diplomatic shipments. Containers must be unloaded at the customs bonded warehouse for inspection. After customs clearance, shipments will be transported to the destination residence by truck / van.

Plants Quarantine

–          Korean customs do not allow to import pine pallet from USA, Japan, China, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico and Portugal.  If it is imported from those areas, Customs incinerate the pallet and bill the charge, about $50 USD/pallet.

–          Korean customs quarantine cereal (rice, sesame etc.), seed.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD.  cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Korean customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

 

Moving to Korea 

When moving from Canada to Korea it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to Korea, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Korea and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Korea. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call  (416) 661-4228.

 

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Korea and choosing the right overseas moving services.

 

 

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SHIPPING TO ISRAEL

 

 

Shipping to Israel

  1. Explaining the shipping process.
  2. The various options to ship your personal effects.
  3. How long does it take?
  4. Documents required to clear your shipment.
  5. Moving preparations / moving guide.
  6. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. The shipping process

A word of advice…

The shipping to Israel from Canada process normally starts with EXTENSIVE research about the company you choose to hire. You are giving this company the task of moving your priceless personal effects around the world to Israel.

We strongly recommend you get recommendations from other people who made Aliyah. Ask them about their experience with their shipper. Remember that in this day and age, any company can advertise their services. However, their credibility and reliability is an UNKNOWN factor.

We also recommend you visit websites like the www.bbb.org (the Better Business Bureau) or www.movingscam.com. These websites try to warn you away from moving companies that may cause you serious trouble with your shipment.

Once you have narrowed down your choice of companies, they MUST send a representative to your home in order to conduct a visual pre-move survey. The home survey is a no cost, no obligation service that allows the moving company to obtain an accurate estimate of the volume / weight of the items you want to move.

This survey will allow the moving company to price their services as accurately as possible. There are companies that may say “don’t worry”, there is no need for the pre-move survey, our price is LOW… the problem with this is that you never know the real story until your goods are in their hands. And then it is too late.

Once you have chosen your company, you will be assigned a moving coordinator who will follow your moving process from start to end. All communications should be with him or her.

The next step is to set the moving date and start the journey. The moving company will carefully pack and remove the personal effects that are being shipped and will start the logistical process.

 

Steps:

  • Origin service
  • Freight
  • Destination service
  • Insurance
  • Storage.

Origin Serviceinternational moving companies Toronto

Origin service is usually the most influential part of your move. It includes:

  1. The pre-move survey. During the survey, you should advise the representative about what items you want to move. At this time you should advise your preferred packing dates, if you need storage, what is going to get shipped, what you want to pack yourself, what special delicate items with high value need special attention like custom crates, etc. Always ask for a copy of the survey.
  2. Good packing is critical for a successful move with no breakage. The advantage – better protection and less space used => lower on cost.
  3. Preparing an inventory list. It is best to have a computerized list. The packing crew must prepare a detailed numbered packing list including description and condition of articles shipped. This is important in the event of an insurance claim. If damage is noticed upon delivery, please note this on the damage report which is supplied by the delivery crew and make sure the crew saw and noted the damages. If you pack goods yourself (PBO=Packed By Owner) we recommend you make your own detailed, numbered list including the content and the destination room where the movers will place the items.
  4. Preparing instructions for the ocean carrier and export documents.
  5. Export Customs clearance.

Then, your goods will be on their way to the holy land – Israel J

Freight:

By Air or Ocean

There are many carriers for air and ocean shipments. It is the moving coordinator’s job to choose the best carrier that best suits your needs.

Destination service

  1. Clearing the shipment upon arrival to Israel
  2. Delivery into new residence in Israel.
  3. Complete all supporting service documents including the “Delivery report” and the “Damage report” when necessary.

*** If, for any reason, the shipping container seal is broken, a box or crate is open when you first see them, or there is any sign of damage, notify your moving coordinator and specify the problem on the delivery report. The delivery crew will give you the damage report. It will be impossible to claim an insurance loss if the shipment arrives intact and there is no note on the delivery report mentioning shortage. Check off all articles on the packing list as they are removed from the truck and record the results. We recommend using a bingo sheet. You may obtain this from the mover.

Please note – on occasion, shipments go through inspection. Extra charges will apply. We strongly recommend you insist on receiving a copy of all customs inspection reports to ensure that your goods were inspected.

Storage

If you need storage, consult with your international moving specialist as you will need to get a storage rider for your insurance to ensure your insurance coverage continues during the period of storage.

Storage cost:

At Origin: Normally $10-$15 per cubic meter per month with a min of $75 per month. Always in a warehouse – not in your shipping container.

In Israel: If you have a full container, the rates are posted below under FCL (Full Container Load) Storage. If you need storage for more than 2 weeks, it will usually be cheaper to unload (De-van) the container into a warehouse. The rate in this case would include a handling fee to truck the container from the port, unload the container and then reload your good for the delivery.

Note: If you choose to keep goods in a private storage, not associated with the moving company, your marine insurance will be null and void.

Private storage is not always cheaper. When the moving company delivers to a private storage facility, their job ends and you will then need to pay again for a moving company to deliver from the storage to your home. If the storage is by the moving company, they will include delivery to your home.

Insurance

Insurance is optional but recommended for your shipment. There are several insurance options with different coverages. Ask your moving consultant what is best for you.

There are 2 types of insurance:

  1. 1. Total Loss: Relatively low cost and only insures against total loss of your shipment.
  2. 2. All Risk: Higher cost and only available when the mover packs for you. This is a more comprehensive insurance that also includes coverage of damage to your goods. We always recommend this type of insurance.
  • Note that there is usually a deductible in the insurance policy. Ask you mover what it is.

Note. If you choose not to insure your shipment, your shipment will not be covered for any loss or damage. In addition, you may be subject to charges under marine law, in the event that damage accrued to the shipping vessel. This is called “General Average”.

Valued Inventory: You should prepare a list of your goods with their value.

The insured value is something to consider seriously. On one hand, the higher the insurance value, the higher the cost to you. On the other, you want to have enough insurance to save you from catastrophes. Some insure their cost of the good at current value. However, it is recommended to use the “replacement value” when insuring. This means that in the event that you do not get your container, you will have adequate funds to purchase and replace what you have lost. Also, keep in mind, replacement value of your goods in Israel is higher than in other countries. We normally recommend to factor in a value of 20%-50% more.

Please note, insured art over a certain value will need to be accommodated by a receipt or a professional appraisal.

In the event of a claim, you will have a limited amount of time to register your claim.
You will need to provide the insurance company with all supporting documents including photos. Upon the insurance company’s discretion, they may send an appraiser to assess the damage.

PBO (Packed By Owner) boxes will not be insured for damages as the insurance company has no reference to the condition of the items packed prior to packing. They will only be covered on a Total Loss basis as described above. We recommend you leave these boxes open and make sure the packers inspect and repack as necessary. Depending on your contract, there may be extra charges associated with this.

If you require storage, you will need a storage rider to your insurance policy Storage rider insurance should cost about $3 per $1,000 insured value per month.

2. Options for shipping

  1. In general shipping a container to Israel is very complex and involves much logistical planning.

There are several options for moving a container to Israel your personal effects.

 

 

By Air

Air shipments are very fast and very expensive. You may want to consider air freight for a small portion of your goods to Israel. You should choose items you will need when you arrive in Israel.

 

By Ocean

Shipping to Israel by ocean takes longer and therefore, pre planning is extremely important.

We will review available options and provide tips on how to choose what is best for you. Normally we can estimate the arrival time. However, keep in mind when dealing with logistics of this magnitude, delays happen at no one’s fault such as port strikes or wars.

LCL – Less than full Container Loads, also referred to Consolidation or Groupage shipments.

LCL shipments are NOT an exclusive use of a container. Imagine a large container that contains your goods as well as the goods of other families and individuals. LCL shipments are normally shipped in Crates or pallets.

Advantage

  • You can ship any size shipment even if you only have a few items
  • Relatively non expensive for small to medium size shipments
  • You have free storage for 28 days in Israel. If you are arrive in Israel before finding your home, this may be a good option for you.
  • Normally takes longer. This might be an advantage or a disadvantage according to your needs.

Disadvantage

  • Relatively expensive for large shipments.
  • The shipment is handled more times.
  • Slower to arrive since the moving company needs to consolidate your small shipment with other small shipments until a container is filled. The faster they can accumulate shipments, the faster they will ship.

FCL – Full Container Loads:

This type is normally for larger shipments and shipment that need to arrive faster than LCL shipments.

FCL means Full container Load – meaning that you are renting the exclusive use of a full container for the purpose of moving your personal effects.

3 types of containers are available:

TypeInternal LengthInternal WidthInternal HeightVolume
20’ Container19′ 4
5.9 Meter
7′ 8
2.35 Meter
7′ 10
2.39 Meter
1172 Cubic feet Gross
950-1050 Net33.2CBM Gross
28-30 CBM Net
40’ Container39′ 5
12 Meter
7′ 82.35 Meter7′ 102.39 Meter2387 Cubic feet Gross
1900-2200 Net67.6 CBM Gross
58-62 CBM Net
40’HC Container (High Cube)39′ 5
12 Meter
7′ 82.35 Meter8′ 52.58 Meter2690 Cubic feet Gross
2300-2500 Net76.4 CBM Gross
68-72 CBM Net
  • Gross volume: The actual volume of the container – if filled up with water
  • Net volume: The actual usable space when fitting personal effects into the container. The difference between the net and the gross volume is the lost space due to the fact that not all items fit perfectly. It is the moving company’s job to try and utilize the space as best as possible. There is normally a 15-20% difference more than the Net Volume. Make sure you understand this.

Advantage

  • Normally we will load and seal the container at your house (if access permits). The next time the doors of the container doors are open will be in your new residence in Israel. If access does not permit loading the container directly from the residence, we will use a “shuttle” and deliver your goods to our warehouse and then into a container.
  • It is easier to time the arrival of the container.
  • The container doors are sealed with a high security numbered lock. It is easier for customs to verify the seal is intact and to report any irregularity. The seal should not be broken until the container arrives at your residence unless there is a customs exam. In this event, we recommend that you insist on receiving a customs exam report.

Disadvantage

  • Once the container arrives in Israel, you have only 4 free days to take possession of your goods. If you need storage afterwards, additional storage at the port is very expensive. The port will charge a progressively higher storage rate. In addition to port storage, the steamship line will charge rental for the container after one week from arriving to Israel.
  • * A table with a rough idea of the rates is posted below.
  • If you need storage, it is best to know this in advance and to plan with the moving company in order to minimize the cost. There are other alternatives.

FCL Storage (In the port) charges:
20:      4 Days free, Next 7 Days ₪ 100, Next 7 Days ₪ 120, Next 7 Days ₪ 150 Next 7 Days ₪ 170
40:      4 Days free, Next 7 Days ₪ 150, Next 7 Days ₪ 180, Next 7 Days ₪ 220 Next 7 Days ₪ 260
40HC: 4 Days free, Next 7 Days ₪ 150, Next 7 Days ₪ 180, Next 7 Days ₪ 220 Next 7 Days ₪ 260
*Applicable taxes (VAT) will be added to your bill.

FCL Demurrage (rental of the container) Charges:
20:      6 Days free, Next 7 Days $8, Next 7 Days $16, Additional $22
40:      6 Days free, Next 7 Days $16, Next 7 Days $32, Additional $45
40HC: 6 Days free, Next 7 Days $32, Next 7 Days $64, Additional $Ask
*Applicable taxes (VAT) will be added to your bill.
* Above rates change from time to time.

3. How long does it take?

Delivery time: Ask your moving consultant as shipping times will vary depending on your location and time of the year. We have outlined below a probability schedule based on past experience to give you a basic Idea of how long it takes.

The average probabilities of Door to Door service to Israel

USA – South, West and Midwest70% – 8 weeks, 20% – 10 weeks
USA – North East80% – 4 weeks, 20% – 5-6 weeks
Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa Halifax, :90% – 3-4 weeks, 10% – 5 weeks
Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina70% – 4-5 weeks, 20% – 10-12 weeks
Canada:, Vancouver80% – 8-9 weeks, 20% – 10-12 weeks
Europe:80% – 3 weeks, 20% – 4 weeks
Africa:80% – 5  weeks, 20% – 7 weeks
  • For LCL shipments allow additional 1-3 weeks during the summer and 3-6 weeks during the winter.

Delay factors:

  • High traffic of containers arriving to Israel
  • Port Congestion or Port strike
  • War or other security issues that may affect the port
  • Lack of labour, trucks or containers (especially in the summer).
  • Lack of space on the shipping vessel.
  • Overbooking of the vessel.

Once the shipment arrives in Israel, allow 2-6 days for delivering full containers and about 2 weeks for less than full containers. It is best to communicate your preferred delivery date with your moving consultant. However, during the summer, it may be difficult to get the exact desired delivery date.

It is better to be flexible. Work with the coordinator. If you cannot accept your shipment at the offered delivery time after clearing customs, this may result in additional storage and demurrage charges.

4. Documents required

Bring the following documents for yourself and your spouse to the clearing agent assigned by your moving representative.

Oleh Hadash (New Immigrant) and “Ezrach Olah”:

DocumentObtained by
1. ORIGINAL “Teudat Oleh”Misrad Haklita Ben Gurion Airport
2. ORIGINAL Passports including Oleh VisaIsraeli consulate after getting approval the JAFI
3. COPY of “Teudat Zehut” (Israeli ID Card)Misrad Hapnim, (Ministry of interior), will issue this for you and you will receive it about 3 days after arival with NBN flight. If you are not on a NBN flight you will need to obtain it from them ASAP.
4. COPY of Apartment rent / ownership agreement.
5. Invoices of New items purchased – (if applicable)The seller – only of new items, especially major appliances.
6. Inventory List – We will give you.The moving company

Returning Minor (“Katin Hozer”)

DocumentObtained by
1. ORIGINAL  – Israeli passportIsraeli consulate.
2. Copy of “Teudat Zehut”  – Israeli ID card.Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of interior).
3. “Teudat Zakaut” (Boolet of rights)Misrad Klitah according to residence This may take some time as you will need your Teudat Zehut” (Israeli ID Card) first.
3. Valedation of customs rightsOne of the Customs and VAT Offices listed below
4. COPY of Apartment rent / ownership agreement.
5. Invoices of New items purchased – (if applicable)The seller – only of new items, especially major appliances.
6. Inventory List – We will give you.The moving company
City Office address Telephone,
Personal Import
AshdodCustoms House, 2 Ha’orgim St.
(Forum Building), POB 241, 77102
972 8 8510501
Beer-ShevaCustoms and VAT Office,
31 Sderot Shazar, 84212
972 8 6293348
EilatCustoms and VAT House, Eilat Port,
POB 131, 88101
972 8 6383834
HaifaCustoms House, 3 Sha’ar Ha’namal,POB 245, 31002972 4 8354861
TelAviv-YaffoCenter Customs House,3A Israel Galili St. P.O. Box 4242
Rishon Letzion 75142
972 3 5120773972 3 9421666
JerusalemCustoms and VAT House, 66 Kanfe Nesharim St., POB 34014, 91340972 2 6545607
LodCustoms House, Mamaan Bldg.,
Ben Gurion Airport, POB 9, 70100
972 3 9751220/1

If your spouse is Israeli or once had a Tax‑ Exempt status, you need to have a photocopy of their “Teudat Zehut’ and a letter from them declaring when or if they used Tax Free privileges. If your spouse is absent from Israel, you may need a notarized statement of their status from the consulate or a lawyer. If divorced or widowed after you acquired Tax Free status, you’ll need a copy of the appropriate documentation.

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Documents for pets:

· Health certificate.

· Vaccination records (last vaccination has to be at least 10 days old to avoid quarantine).

 

5. Moving Preparations

6-8 Weeks before move

  • Organization and good planning are the keys for a smooth move and this is the time to start working on the details of your move.
  • Make sure you have booked a moving date.
  • At the time of booking the move, you should know what items you wish to transport to your new home, what items you want to purchase and what you may want to dispose of. If you decide to dispose of items that you don’t need, you might want to consider to donate them to a charity.
  • Ask about what you might have to pay in Israel. Even if you are exempt from duties, some items might still be taxable.
  • Ask for financial assistance from various non-profit organizations that can help covering the cost of shipping.
  • Ask the movers to supply moving and packing supplies if you plan to do some packing on your own. All boxes that you receive from your mover should be specially designed for the moving industry. In any case, DO NOT pack furniture or any fragile items on your own. Leave breakables for professional movers. Only professionally packed goods will be insured for All risk.
  • Think about your new home layout and start planning where you will place the furniture – this will help the movers work efficiently. Create a floor plan of your new home and this will help reduce the stress of making decisions when your furniture arrives at your new home.
  • Become familiar with your new community. Request information from the local “Chamber of Commerce” on schools, community programs, parks and recreation facilities.
  • All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time. Try to keep your plan as flexible as possible to accommodate any schedule changes or delays.
  • In the US, keep all receipts for moving related expenses in a designated moving folder. Many moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040 or visiting the IRS website at www.irs.gov. You will be able to download and print form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.
  • Finalize all real estate and/or rental needs.
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer or cancel medical, property, fire, auto and other insurances.
  • All medical and dental records should be placed in a safe and accessible place. Be sure to include prescription and vaccination records.
  • Plan on taking all important documents, such as wills, stock certificates, and other one of a kind items (jewelry, coin collection, photos etc.) with you. Place the items in one easily identifiable and easy to locate folder.
  • Return all things you have borrowed.
  • Notify schools in the old and new locations, arrange for the transfer of school records and begin the process of registering in new schools.

4-5 Weeks before move

  • Contact or visit your local Post Office to obtain a Change of Address form. You can also obtain this form online at the postal service website by visiting http://www.canadapost.ca/ in Canada or http://www.usps.com/ in the USA. You can make copies of this change of address form or make up your own change of address notice to give to the following people and businesses.
Friends and family
Banks
Insurance companies
Credit card companies
Doctors, dentists and any other service  providers
Clubs or Associations
Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
  • Get your kids involved in the moving process. Allow your kids to do some supervised packing and let them suggest a layout for their new room. Make it fun and exciting for them to move.
  • Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for connection and disconnection.
  • Complete banking arrangements in old and new location and transfer any funds to your new bank if necessary.
  • Check requirements for new drivers license and auto registration in your destination country.

 

3 Weeks before move

  • If you move your car with us, you should make your final reservation for a car pick up or drop off at this time.
  • Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity.
  • Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations. Some countries and states will require these documents.
  • Carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
  • Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.).
  • If you are moving to or from a building with an elevator make sure the elevator will be available on the day of your move.

2 Weeks before move

  • Transfer all prescriptions to a drugstore in your new city.
  • Clear all your safety deposits boxes.
  • Disconnect and disassemble your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files and disks with you. Remember, exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.
  • Make final packing decisions. Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attic.
  • Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped. Please refer to the “items not to pack” section for more information on what you cannot or should not ship.
  • It is VERY IMPORTANT that you drain your lawn mower, snow blower and power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe and clean transportation.
  • Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
  • If you need to use outside storage call your shipper. They will help you find the best solution.
  • Have your automobile serviced if you plan to travel by car.
  • Cancel newspapers and other regular deliveries.
  • Clean out gym, school and other lockers.

1 Week before move

  • Organize all items in your house. When the packing crew arrives, they will need space to pack your furniture and personal belongings. Having items scattered around the house may cause a delay for our team and your shipment.
  • Make sure to separate out those items you will take with you from items the crew will pack. Items such as jewelry, cash and important documents.
  • Make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in the house including minor repairs.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any odors. You can also leave a container of baking soda in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delays or schedule changes.
  • Make sure your shipping coordinator knows the address and phone number of your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you get your new home.
  • Arrange all payment for the move.
  • Pick up dry cleaning and laundry.
  • Settle outstanding bills with local merchants.
  • Return videos and library books.
  • Prepare your “first night back” and “ready box”. Your first night box/ luggage should contain clothing and toiletries you will need for the first night in your new home.
  • Disconnect and clean appliances that will be moving with you and those that will remain.
  • Gather keys, alarm codes, garage door openers and be prepared to hand over to the new owner or real estate agent.
  • If your old home will be unoccupied after you move, lower the heating or cooling, close water supplies, notify the city hall and police.

 

Moving Day!

Moving out

  1. Keep all jewelry and cash away from your home on this day. The moving process is relatively fast and you may not be able to keep track of where you place them.
  2. It is recommended to get a baby sitter for your kids during the packing / loading process.
  3. Put your pets in a room where they will not be in the way of the loading and unloading crews.
  4. “Work” with the movers and be on hand when they arrive. If you are not able to be present while the movers are there, designate a friend or family member to help out and make decisions in your absence. Let the movers know to whom you have given the authority. Be sure that your chosen representative knows exactly what to do. This person may be asked to sign documents.
  5. Stay home until the last item is packed. Make a “Final inspection” before the crew leaves. Check the inventory list and make sure you agree with any notations on it. Take pictures if necessary. It is your responsibility to see all of your goods are loaded. Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the movers leave, pack your phone in one of your suitcases for easy access when you arrive to your new home. (ask us about a transformer)
  6. Provide the new phone number and all other phone numbers where you can be reached while shipment is in transit. Make sure to take along the destination agent’s name, address and telephone number.
  7. Clean your house as much as you can before the Container or the moving crew arrives. Search every room, closet and items around the house.
  8. Hand over keys, alarm codes and garage door remote controls to the new owner or real estate agent.

 

Moving in

  • Provide our driver or agent with clear directions to your new home including all your phone numbers.
  • Review all paper work and details from the delivery agent. Accompany the team leader as he or she inspects each piece of furniture with tags of identifying numbers. These numbers along with a detailed description of your goods will appear on the inventory list.
  • Review your floor plan so you can tell the movers where to place your furniture and appliances. Make yourself available for the movers for instructions on where to place your furniture while unloading.
  • If you cannot be at your home while your shipment is being unloaded be sure to authorize a representative to accept delivery. Inform the destination agent of your representative’s name. Your representative will be asked to note any change in the condition of your goods noted on the inventory at the time of loading, and to note any missing items at the time of delivery.
  • By signing the inventory sheet, you acknowledge the receipt of all items listed. Document any loss or damage on the inventory sheet and report this immediately to the crew, the destination agent and your moving coordinator. Make sure you have your reference number when calling the agent for questions or concerns. You will also be asked to sign the bill of lading.
  • It is recommended to get a baby sitter for your kids during the unloading process.
  • Put your pets in a room where they will not be in the way of the unloading process.
  • Do not use your stereos, computers, televisions, other electronic devices and appliances for 24 hours after delivery to prevent possible damage. Allow them to adjust to room temperature.
  • Verify that all utilities have been disconnected in your old home and connected in your new home. Have your phone connected a day before move-in day.

 

After moving !

  • Locate your local post office, police station, fire station and hospitals as well as gas stations near your home.
  • Become familiar with your neighborhood shopping areas. You may need house wares, tools or other items for your new home unexpectedly.
  • Call the department of sanitation in your new home to find out which day the trash is collected and what type of recycling programs are available in your community.
  • Get new service providers such as a bank, pharmacist, cleaner, cable television etc if you have not already done so.
  • Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history.
  • Transfer insurance policies to your new agent.
  • Get information on schools, libraries, community activities and emergency calling services, from your local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Obtain local library cards.
  • Register to vote in your new city.
  • Decide which documents must be kept and determine for how long. File and keep them in a safe place.

Items not to packPlease read carefully!

It is important that you understand which items you can and cannot ship. There are rules and regulations that govern all movers to help ensure safety.

• Flammable, corrosive or explosive items:

AcidPaintsLighter FluidPool ChemicalsFertilizerGasoline Poisons
SternMatchesPaint ThinnerAmmunitionPesticidesNail Polish & remover
AerosolsKeroseneLiquid BleachChemistry SetsFireworks
Motor OilBatteriesCar BatteriesLoaded WeaponsWeed Killer
Lamp OilCharcoalCleaning FluidPropane TanksAmmonia

• Dispose of perishables such as food and plants that may die or spoil in transit.

You should empty your refrigerator and freezers for at least 24 hours before loading. Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.

• Some articles are not accepted for transportation. We will assume no responsibility should these items come into our possession without our knowledge. Although these articles do not create a physical threat, it can create problems if your shipment is delayed or if some items are lost. This can be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you. For example:

Research ProjectsAir Line TicketsTax RecordsCar KeysLettersDeeds
Financial StatementsStamp CollectionAddress BooksJewelryDisksMedicine
Sterling Silver CoinsPhotos and AlbumsCheck BooksFilesBondStocks
Personal Video TapesComputer SoftwareSchool RecordsFurs

*A printable version is available at www.orbitmoving.com

6. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

How soon should I book the moving date?

The sooner the better and especially in the summer when crews get booked up quickly.  In general, it is best to book at least 6 – 8 weeks prior to your packing date and 8 – 16 weeks before a summer packing date.

How much should I tip the movers?

This will depend on the size of the shipment and is someone a personal preference. We see that on average, the crew will get 3-6% of the move cost excluding the insurance cost at the Origin and 3-6%% at the destination.

After the survey is done, Can we change the quantity of what we ship?

Clients change their minds after the survey and sometimes ship significantly more or less than what they indicated on the first survey. You must understand that the quote / Contract is based on what the moving company saw during the survey. If the actual volume is different, the rate will be adjusted accordingly. It is VERY important to know, ahead of time, how these changes will affect the rate. Ask the mover to indicate what the rate for additional volume would be on his contract.

I heard horror stories about surprise cost at the destination. What are these?

Some companies try to attract clients with very low rates. They will always leave a part of their contract ambiguous. For example: “Port fees” or “THC” (Terminal Handling Charges), are excluded. The problem starts when there is no figure associated with these port fees or THC. Make sure when you sign a contract, you understand EVERYTHING about it. Do not leave room for surprises.

Other than that, you should understand that many things can go wrong. Please read the “Rate should exclude” section below.

Will I pay taxes and duties on some items:

Generally, a person who is making Aliyah or returning to Israel after being away from over 2 years, is allowed to bring a shipment of personal effects duty free.
there are some retrictions and yon need to verufy that these rights will be given to you by the local israeli consulate.

Improved Customs Rights for New Immigrants (Olim Hadashim) and Returning residents (Toshavim Hozerim)

 The following items, which were not previously exempt from taxes, are now tax exempt (for Olim and Toshvim Hozrim):

  • Indoor exercise equipment (Treadmills, Exercise Bicycles)
  • Camping Equipment
  • One of each of small household electronics
  • Two Air Conditioners
  • Television
  • Games (x-Box, etc…)
  • One Fax Machine
  • Outdoor (Garden) Furniture / Patio Swings

Please note: the following items are not tax exempt and are still taxable:

  • Outdoor goods, like storage sheds, swimming pools, et.
  • Garbage disposals.

Changes in Toshvim Hozrim Rights and Status

Toshavim Hozerim who arrive in Israel on or after 1 October 2012, will no longer receive a discount for importing or buying a new car.

As of 1 October 2012, there will only be one status for Toshavim Hozerim who return after more than 2 years with rights similar to olim chadashim with the following differences:

  • Two shipments of household goods can be imported within 9 months of arrival in Israel.
  • No discount on taxes for vehicle.
  • DO NOT SHIP BBQ (Gas Grill / Gas Barbecue) . they are not allowed any longer to be imported by individuales due to a restriction by the “Machon Hatekanim” – Israeli standards authority.
  • Importing bycicles is not a target fo customs examination in Israel

What should be included and what should be excluded from my quote?

Rate should include:

  1. Free moving estimate (pre-move survey)
  1. Professionally packing, loading and bracing all items into the container, including all packing materials.
  2. Completion of detailed inventory and preparation of all shipping documents.
  3. Transporting your shipment to the destination country.
  4. Customs clearance and/or attendance to customs clearance formalities were required.
  5. LCL Only – 28 Days of free storage in Israel. This DOES NOT apply to full containers which receive 4 days free storage!
  6. Delivery into residence based on normal access, which is defined as residence on ground floor or on second level. Up to 20 meters, from the back of the truck to your from door, is considered normal access.
  7. Verification of packing inventory, unwrapping large furniture and appliances, placement of all boxes & basic set-up of furniture. Basic set-up includes the reassembly of used beds (headboard to footboards only), kitchen and dining room tables only. The assembly of new furniture and complicated such as bunk beds, beds with many parts and mechanized furniture, armoires and wall units are not included in this service.
  8. Completion of service and damage reports (if needed).
  9. Removal of used packing material on the day of the delivery (Material used to wrap furniture, not boxes).
  10. Full Containers only – Return empty container to port.

Rate should exclude:

  1. Fuel surcharge, (unexpected increase in fuel rates), if applicable.
  2. Customs duties, taxes, inspection fees or charges due to port strikes, port congestion, war or any other reasons. It is the client’s responsibility to check potential duties with the Israeli authorities. Please also note that customs, duties and taxes applicability may vary. This depends on your entry status to Israel.
  3. Full Containers only – Storage fees at port starts 5 days after arrival, including arrival day. It is your sole responsibility to be available in Israel to receive the container once it arrives. Containers may arrive earlier then estimated!
  4. Full Containers only – Demurrage (Use) of container starts 6 days after arrival, including the arrival day.
  5. Transport of shipment using a shuttle service due to difficult access. A shuttle is a smaller truck that would be able to access smaller streets.
  6. Parking permits, if required.
  7. Handling of oversize, heavy items or the use of exterior elevators or hoists.
  8. Delivery to areas outside of Green Line Territory or non Central Israel.

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DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The C3 customs form is required to clear each international shipment through customs. Customs is very strict about this form, and will only accept original forms with original ink signatures, i.e.; fax copies are not accepted.

  • Customs Form (Import Declaration), two fully completed originals need to be provided to Customs
  • C-3 (Household goods and personal effects for primary residence)
  • C-33 (Household goods and personal effects for secondary residence)
  • C426 (for diplomatic entry –  C426 consists of 3 copies and is available from the National Advice Service – 0845 010 9000)
  • C104A /C384 (Motor Vehicles)
  • C-5 (Pets)
  • Valid Passport
  • Visa may be required
  • Work Permit
  • Detailed Inventory in English, two copies, valued, dated and signed by Customer
  • Keys for any locked items

More information available at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • Goods must arrive within twelve months after Customer or up to six months before customers arrival
  • Other regulations vary according to the following:
  • Customer moving principal home or returning to the United Kingdom:
    • Used household goods and personal effects including tools of trade, can be duty-free if:
      • Items have been in Customer’s own use for at least six months before they are imported
      • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
      • Customer declares them on C-3
    • Customer entering from outside the EC must have lived at least twelve months abroad and cannot sell, lend or hire out or otherwise dispose of the items in the United Kingdom within twelve months of importation, unless Customer obtains Customs authority first
    • Customer who is setting up a secondary home in the United Kingdom
  • Customers living in another EC country used household goods
    • Household goods and personal effects can be duty and tax free if:
    • Customer either owns a secondary home in the United Kingdom or is renting one for at least twelve months
    • Items have been for Customer’s own use at least three months prior to importation and will not be sold within twelve months after importation
    • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
    • Customer declares them on C-33
  • Customers living outside the EC
    • Used household goods and personal effects can be duty, but not VAT free if:
    • Customer has lived for at least twelve months outside the EC
    • Customer either owns a secondary home in the United Kingdom or is renting one for at least twenty-four months
    • Customer has owned and used the items for at least six months before they are imported
    • Customer can not sell, lend, hire out or otherwise dispose of the items in the United Kingdom within twelve months of importation, unless Customs authority is obtained first
    • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
    • Customer declares them on C-33
    • Special regulations apply to students, newlyweds, visitors, inheritances, those shortly to marry, to goods originating from EC countries, personal antiques (not for resale), etc. Specific details in these cases must be obtained by Customer directly from Embassy/Consulate.

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items, if less than six months old (invoice required)
  • Alcohol, tobacco and perfume products dutiable and must be declared on Customs Form
  • (C-3 or C-33); PRESENCE OF THESE ITEMS CAN RESULT IN FULL INSPECTION OF ENTIRE SHIPMENT (SHOULD NOT BE SHIPPED WITH HOUSEHOLD GOODS.)
  • Plants will need a Phytosanitary Certificate

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Firearms
  • Valid Firearms Certificate issued by the police authorities
  • All handguns other than certain .22 caliber target pistols, are now illegal in the United Kingdom. Importation is strictly prohibited
  • Ammunition, flick knives, explosives and fireworks
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Pornographic material and horror comics
  • Meat, poultry, fish and other animal products
  • Radio transmitters (CB radios, walkie-talkie, cordless telephones, etc.) not approved for use in the United Kingdom
  • Trees, plants, shrubs, seeds, bulbs, soil, potatoes and certain other vegetables and fruits
  • Most animals and all birds, whether alive or dead (i.e. stuffed) and certain articles derived from protected endangered species including furskins, ivory, reptile leather and goods made from the endangered species

MOTOR VEHICLES

(Including trailers, boats, aircraft, etc.)

  • CUSTOMER’S PRESENCE AT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED
  • Importation for most private vehicles is duty-free if:
    • Owner moving primary residence to the United Kingdom (Customer living outside the EC must have been abroad for more than twelve months) and vehicle has been owned and used abroad by Customer for at least six months
    • Was not purchased under duty/tax-free scheme, is for personal use and is not to be resold within one year of importation
  • Declaration to HM Customs – must specify year of manufacture, make, model name, serial number, chassis number, engine number, cubic engine capacity, number of cylinders, whether petrol or diesel, whether left or right hand drive, description of the body, price, the odometer reading, any extra or special features (e.g. automatic transmission) and any defects in the auto that would bring the price down
  • Documents Required:
    • Customs Form C104A (Importing vehicle in connection with moving main residence to the United Kingdom)
    • Customs Form C104F (Importing vehicle for a 6-12 month period)
    • Customs Form C384 (Importing vehicle when duty is applicable)
    • Community Transit Document (T2) obtained from Customs office in the country of exportation
    • Registration papers/Title
    • Police Certificate or Registration
    • Insurance Policy
    • Original Purchase Invoice
    • Log Book

PETS

  • Very strict restrictions apply
  • Health Certificate and proof of inoculation required
  • Customs Form C-5 required
  • Dogs and cats: six months quarantine required in government approved facility
  • Quarantine kennel space limited, must be booked prior to importation
  • Import License – not granted until other requirements have been met, and quarantine (six months) in licensed facility has been arranged.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD.  cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest United Kingdom customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

 

Moving to Wales

When moving from Canada to Wales it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to Wales, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Wales and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Wales. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call (416) 661-4228.

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Wales and choosing the right overseas moving services.

 

 

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Moving to UK overseas

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE PROCESS THROUGH THE ToR1 (TRANSER OF RESIDENCE) FORM

Customs clearance for the UK (Transfer of Residence (ToR), form ToR01) must now be completed on-line through this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-transfer-of-residence-tor-relief-tor01

Please fill out the on-line form then follow the instructions to scan and send it (with supporting documents) by e-mail to HM Revenue & Customs at nch.tor@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk . This is the preferred method – ensure your name is in the subject line and all attached files are in .PDF format.

Following your submission, you will receive a unique reference number – please be sure to send this to Obit by e-mail.

You must complete the on-line application prior to your shipment leaving Canada.

Contact details of the National Clearance Hub which processes ToR1 applications: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-clearance-hub-for-goods-entering-leaving-or-transiting-the-eu

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Valid Passport
  • Visa may be required
  • Work Permit may be required
  • Detailed Inventory in English, dated and signed by Customer
  • Keys for any locked items

More information available at https://www.gov.uk/moving-to-uk

FORMS FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES

  • C426 (for diplomatic entry –  C426 consists of 3 copies and is available from the National Advice Service – 0845 010 9000)
  • C384 (Private Motor Vehicle – Application for release on payment of Customs Duty and VAT as applicable )
  • C179B (RE-importation of an unaccompanied private motor vehicle into the UK from outside the European community – EC)
  • C1421 for inherited goods – must also provide a passport copy of the beneficiary, copy of the will and copy of the death certificate

 

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • Goods must arrive within twelve months after Customer or up to six months before customers arrival
  • Other regulations vary according to the following:
  • Customer moving principal home or returning to the United Kingdom:
    • Used household goods and personal effects including tools of trade, can be duty-free if:
      • Items have been in Customer’s own use for at least six months before they are imported
      • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
    • Customer entering from outside the EC must have lived at least twelve months abroad and cannot sell, lend or hire out or otherwise dispose of the items in the United Kingdom within twelve months of importation, unless Customer obtains Customs authority first
    • Customer who is setting up a secondary home in the United Kingdom
  • Customers living in another EC country used household goods
    • Household goods and personal effects can be duty and tax free if:
    • Customer either owns a secondary home in the United Kingdom or is renting one for at least twelve months
    • Items have been for Customer’s own use at least three months prior to importation and will not be sold within twelve months after importation
    • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
  • Customers living outside the EC
    • Used household goods and personal effects can be duty, but not VAT free if:
    • Customer has lived for at least twelve months outside the EC
    • Customer either owns a secondary home in the United Kingdom or is renting one for at least twenty-four months
    • Customer has owned and used the items for at least six months before they are imported
    • Customer canot sell, lend, hire out or otherwise dispose of the items in the United Kingdom within twelve months of importation, unless Customs authority is obtained first
    • Customer can prove that duty and tax have been paid on them prior to arrival in the United Kingdom
  • Special regulations apply to students, newlyweds, visitors, inheritances, those shortly to marry, to goods originating from EC countries, personal antiques (not for resale), etc. Specific details in these cases must be obtained by Customer directly from Embassy/Consulate.

 

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items, if less than six months old (invoice required)
  • Alcohol, tobacco and perfume products dutiable and must be declared separately
  • Plants will need a Phytosanitary Certificate

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Firearms
  • Valid Firearms Certificate issued by the police authorities
  • All handguns other than certain .22 caliber target pistols, are now illegal in the United Kingdom. Importation is strictly prohibited
  • Ammunition, flick knives, explosives and fireworks
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Pornographic material and horror comics
  • Meat, poultry, fish and other animal products
  • Radio transmitters (CB radios, walkie-talkie, cordless telephones, etc.) not approved for use in the United Kingdom
  • Trees, plants, shrubs, seeds, bulbs, soil, potatoes and certain other vegetables and fruits
  • Most animals and all birds, whether alive or dead (i.e. stuffed) and certain articles derived from protected endangered species including furskins, ivory, reptile leather and goods made from the endangered species

For more information on prohibited items: https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/banned-and-restricted-goods

MOTOR VEHICLES (Including trailers, boats, aircraft, etc.)

  • CUSTOMER’S PRESENCE AT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED
  • Importation for most private vehicles is duty-free if:
    • Owner moving primary residence to the United Kingdom (Customer living outside the EC must have been abroad for more than twelve months) and vehicle has been owned and used abroad by Customer for at least six months
    • Was not purchased under duty/tax-free scheme, is for personal use and is not to be resold within one year of importation
  • Declaration to HM Customs – must specify year of manufacture, make, model name, serial number, chassis number, engine number, cubic engine capacity, number of cylinders, whether petrol or diesel, whether left or right hand drive, description of the body, price, the odometer reading, any extra or special features (e.g. automatic transmission) and any defects in the auto that would bring the price down
  • Documents Required:
    • Customs Form C384 (Importing vehicle when duty is applicable) may be required
    • Custom Form C179B (RE-importation of an unaccompanied private motor vehicle into the UK from outside the European community – EC) may be required
      • Community Transit Document (T2) obtained from Customs office in the country of exportation
      • Registration papers / Title
      • Police Certificate or Registration
      • Insurance Policy
      • Original Purchase Invoice
      • Log Book

For more information on importing motor vehicles: https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk

PETS

  • Very strict restrictions apply
  • Health Certificate and proof of inoculation required
  • Dogs and cats: six months quarantine required in government approved facility
  • Quarantine kennel space limited, must be booked prior to importation
  • Import License – not granted until other requirements have been met, and quarantine (six months) in licensed facility has been arranged.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD.  cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest United Kingdom customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

More information regarding importing food, animals and plants into the UK: https://www.gov.uk/bringing-food-animals-plants-into-uk

Moving to England

When moving from Canada to London it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to London, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to England and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to London. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call  (416) 661-4228.

 

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipping company. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family. (i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to London and choosing the right overseas moving services.

List of British Consulates in Canada

British High Commission in Ottawa, Canada
80 Elgin Street
Ottawa K1P 5K7
City: Ottawa
Phone: (1) (613) 237 1530/(1) (613) 237 1530
Fax: (1) (613) 237 7980
Email:    generalenquiries@BritaininCanada.org
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1330-2130
8:30am – 5:00pm

British Consulate-General in Montreal, Canada
Suite 4200
1000 De La Gauchetiere West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W5
Canada
City: Montreal
Phone: (1) (514) 866 5863
Fax: (1) (514) 866 0202
Email:  bcgmtl@bellnet.ca
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1400-2200 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900-1700

 

UK Trade & Investment Office in Calgary, Canada
Suite 700, Bow Valley Square II
205-5th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2V7
Canada
City: Calgary
Phone: (1) (403) 705 1755
Fax: (1) (403) 538 0121
Email: Officeinfo@btoalberta.com
Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1500-2315 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0800-1615

 

British Honorary Consul in St John’s, Canada
PO Box 452
Station C
St John’s, Newfoundland A1C 5K4
Canada
City: St. John’s
Phone: (1) (709) 579 2002
Fax: (1) (709) 579 0475
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1230-2030 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900-1700

 

British Consulate-General in Toronto, Canada
British Trade & Investment Office
777 Bay Street
Suite 2800, College Park
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2G2
Canada
City: Toronto
Phone: (1) (416) 593 1290
Fax: (1) 416 593 1229
Email: Britcon.Toronto@fco.gov.uk
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1400 – 2130 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900 – 1630

 

British Consulate-General in Vancouver, Canada
Suite 800
1111 Melville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3V6
Canada
City: Vancouver
Phone: (1) 604 683 4421
Fax: (1) 604 681 0693
Email:  
Office
BritishConsulate.Vancouver@fco.gov.uk Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1630-0030 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0830-1630

 

British Honorary Consul in Halifax/Dartmouth, Canada
1 Canal Street
P O Box 605
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia B2Y 3Y9
Canada
City: Dartmouth
Phone: (1) (902) 461 1381
Fax: (1) (902) 465 2578
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1300-2100 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900-1700

 

British Honorary Consul in Quebec City, Canada
Suite 700
1150 Claire Fontaine
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5G4
Canada
City: Quebec
Phone: (1) (418) 521 3000
Fax: (1) (418) 521 3099
Office Hours: GMT: Mon-Fri: 1400-2200 Local Time: Mon-Fri: 0900-1700

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