Shipping times and costs from Australia to United States of America

Shipping from
Australia
Shipping to
United States of America
Shipping times
1 - 3 Days by air
27 - 32 Days by sea

1 Bedroom flat

Shipping costs by air £11,983 - £13,244
Shipping costs by sea £2,996 - £3,311

3 Bedroom house

Shipping costs by air N/A
Shipping costs by sea £4,609 - £5,094

5 Bedroom house

Shipping costs by air N/A
Shipping costs by sea £6,914 - £7,641

The cost of shipping is all dependent upon how much you need to ship, and how far. Read up on all you need to know about international shipping to your chosen country.

Shipping Container Costs to United States of America

The United States of America is one of the most varied countries in the world. With over 327 million people living across 50 states, there’s no shortage of places to go and things to do. The choice of world-class cities here is unbeatable, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Meanwhile, you’ll find almost every imaginable landscape, so you’ll always find something to suit your fancy. Here’s all you need to know about moving your stuff over there.

Different shipping options

Shipping your belongings to the US is easy; you just need to decide how you are going to do it. The two main options are air freight and sea freight.

Air freight is the choice for people who are moving in a rush. A cargo plane will get your things to the US from anywhere in the world in just two to three days. However, it’s also very expensive, so you’re paying a proper premium for the speedy service. Unless you’re having to move abroad last minute, air freight is best avoided.

On the other hand, sea freight is significantly less expensive, typically costing around five times less than air freight. This makes it very handy for people who are relocating on a budget. A container ship travels much slower than a cargo plane and will usually take several weeks, so be sure to plan your move well in advance. In terms of value for money, sea freight is a much better option.

If you do choose sea freight, your items will be shipped in either a 20ft container or a 40ft container. You don’t have to fill the whole container with stuff; if you’re bringing no more than about 15 cubic metres of cargo, you will share the use of a container with other people. This is a process called Less Than Container Load, or LCL. The majority of our shipping suppliers will ship your things door-to-door, which means they’ll take care of the whole process from your old front door to your new one.

Major shipping routes

There are loads of major ports along both coastlines of the US. The largest container terminal in the country is the Port of Los Angeles on the west coast, followed by the Port of New York on the east coast. Once your shipment reaches a US port, it will pass through customs and travel by truck and/or train to your new American residence.

Clearing customs in the US

The US customs process can seem fairly complicated, but our shipping suppliers will assist you all the way. You are required to create an inventory (i.e. a detailed list) of everything you are bringing into the US, being as clear and accurate as possible. Customs officials may physically open and inspect your container, so it’s very important that everything matches up with what’s listed in your inventory.

You are allowed to import your personal effects and household goods duty-free into the US, providing you have used them for at least a year prior to your move and you intend to use them again in your new American home. See below for an idea of the items that are restricted or prohibited by US customs. You should also check out their official website for more information.

Shipping Container Options

20Ft Shipping Container

Dimensions:
33 Cubic Meters
5.9m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)

Price: £4,609 - £5,094

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  • Boxes
    16 x medium boxes
  • Kitchen
    1 x american fridge, 1 x small fridge, 3 x kitchen appliances
  • Bedrooms
    1 x wardrobe, 1 x double bed, 1 x single bed, 2 x lamps
  • Lounge
    1 x sofa, 4 x chairs, 1 x table, 1 x armchair, 1 x television
  • Various
    1 x motorbike, 4 x bicycles

Please note that this is an estimate and is intended for rough guidance only.

40Ft Shipping Container

Dimensions:
67 Cubic Meters
12.03m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)

Price: £8,757 - £9,679

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  • Boxes
    28 x medium boxes
  • Kitchen
    1 x american fridge, 1 x small fridge, 3 x kitchen appliances
  • Bedroom
    1 x wardrobe, 1 x double bed, 1 x single bed, 2 x lamps
  • Lounge
    1 x sofa, 4 x chairs, 1 x table, 1 x armchair, 1 x television
  • Various
    1 x car, 1 x motorbike, 4 x bicycles

Please note that this is an estimate and is intended for rough guidance only.

Car shipped by sea freight

Max Dimensions: 5.75m x 2.2m x 2.2m (l x w x h)

Base Price: £2,996 - £3,311

Quarantine & Taxes: £1,000 - £2,500

Price: £5,609 - £7,594

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Unusual Restricted Items

Narcotics
Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances
Absinthe
Absinthe which is not thujone free is prohibited.
Trademarked Goods
Any articles suspected of being counterfeit goods.
Soil, Livestock or Animal Pests
Soil, Livestock or Animal Pests are prohibited.
Weapons
Fully automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.
Pornographic materials
Pornographic materials are banned.