Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to the USA
Whether you are moving your goods to any of the popular USA ports: Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Gulfport, Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark and New York, Norfolk, Oakland, Philadelphia, Port Everglades, Savannah, Seattle, Tacoma, Wilmington DE/NC,
or to inland state destinations within: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
we provide the services you need: cheap international shipping, professional packing, loading, insurance, Door to Port and Door to Door options for both 20ft and 40ft containers.
We also provide our Less than a Container Load (LCL) service to the USA with very competitive sea-freight shipping rates to:
(Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile) Arizona
(Phoenix, Tucson) Arkansas
California (Los Angeles, Oakland, San
Diego, San Francisco) Colorado
(Jacskonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa)
Georgia (Atlanta, Savannah)
Illinois (Chicago) Indiana
(Des Moines) Kansas
Louisiana (New Orleans)
Maryland (Baltimore, Washington) Massachusetts
(Detroit, Grand Rapids)
Minnesota (Minneapolis) Missouri
(Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis)
Nebraska (Omaha) Nevada
(Las Vegas) Nevis
York) New Mexico
Carolina (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington)
Ohio (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus,
Dayton, Toledo) Oklahoma
(Oklahoma City, Tulsa)
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburg)
Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis,
(Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Hidalgo, Houston,
Laredo, San Antonio)
Utah (Salt Lake City)
Virginia (Norfolk, Richmond)
Washington (Seattle) Wisconsin
What documents do I need when moving to the USA from Australia?
In general there are five
(5) forms to complete for the US Customs and Border
Authorities when shipping a container to the USA as
a returning citizen.
The authorities will
inspect your valid
passports, the packing/inventory list, shipping
documents (Bill of Lading or Sea-Way bill), the CBP
3299 form, ISF-10 form, Supplemental Declaration
form (these are available to download from the top
right hand side of this page), and in most cases a
Power of Attorney so that a Customs Agent has
authority from you to clear your goods through US
Customs. Power of Attorney is not necessary if the
consignee is able to clear the goods themselves,
however, they must lodge all the correct
documentation and have US Customs systems access to
lodge the necessary documents and information.
Unless you are familiar with this process and have done it yourself in the past, we recommend going through a Customs agent to clear your goods for you. Our network of Custom brokers and forwarding agents across all of the US states will be able to provide you with an efficient, very affordable and prompt service.
How to import a motor vehicle into the USA from Australia?
If you are importing a car into the U.S. you will need to complete the following:
Agency Form 3520-1, Department of Transport Form
HS-7 and Customs and Border Protection Form 7501.
We strongly recommend to
further read on how to import a car into the U.S.
with detailed instructions from the U.S. Customs and
Border Protection page available here
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency page
which is available here.
The EPA form 3520-1, DOT
Form HS-7 and CBP Form 7501 are available for
download from the right hand side of this page or
from the U.S CBP and EPA pages linked above.
All vehicles are subject
What is prohibited and restricted from importing into the USA?
Some items are restricted
or prohibited from importation into the USA, these
restrictions and prohibitions vary from state to
For a detailed list of
import restrictions please refer to the Customs
Border Protection page.
There are special rules
for the products made from endangered wildlife and
are prohibited either by U.S. or foreign laws from
the importation into the U.S. You risk confiscation
and a possible fine if you attempt to bring them
into the U.S.
These prohibited items
All products made from sea turtles
All ivory, both Asian and African elephant, and rhinoceros
Furs from spotted cats
Furs from marine mammals
Feathers and feather products from wild birds
Most crocodile and caiman leather
Most coral, whether in chunks or in jewelry
How to import firearms into the USA
If you wish to export
firearms from Australia contact the Australian
Government Department of Defence and complete
Goods Permit for Export (RGP) form
available on the right hand side of this page. Also
read the detailed guidance on importing personal
firearms from the U.S.
CBP Government firearms import information page.
Alcohol and tobacco allowances entering the USA
tobacco and some other commodities may be subject to
heavy duties to prevent excessive importation.
In general 1 American
liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverage may be
included in your returning resident personal
exemption as long as it is not for re-sale and does
not violate the state laws in which you arrive.
Not more than 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars is permitted if arriving from other than a beneficiary country and insular possession.
Will I be charged taxes and duties on my used personal effects and household goods when returning to the USA?
You may import household
effects you acquired abroad duty-free if:
You have used them abroad for no less than one year and are not for the use by another person or for re-sale.
For Customs purposes, clothing, jewelry, photography equipment, portable radios, and vehicles are considered personal effects and can not be brought in duty-free as household effects. However, duty is usually waived on personal effects which are more than one year old.
You may consider contacting your local embassy in Australia to find out more information regarding tax minimization on used personal effects being imported the USA.
Timing of your Move and Tips
Ensure your U.S. Taxes
while living abroad are up to date to avoid any
penalties when returning.
to the USA can be hassle free with the right
planning, the right advice and the right people to
move your world.
Planing your move:
what you want to ship, and how much space you will
need for your move.
for common container sizes
(more types and detailed internal dimensions here)
Width Height Volume
20 ft (6.1 m) 8 ft (2.44 m) 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) 1,360 cu ft (38.5 m3)
40 ft (12.2 m) 8 ft (2.44 m) 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) 2,720 cu ft (77 m3)
you need a larger 40ft container we can organize a
High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in
***Make a comprehensive list of items that you are moving overseas. You can use our packing list template here.
in advance when you want your goods to arrive into
the states. Standard transit times to destinations
within the USA are between 25 and 35 days with
vessel sailings weekly.
***Avoid weekends and public holidays for any container or shared container drop-off and pick-up service , this will minimize additional costs which can be avoided by correctly planning your move.
you want to do all the packing yourself, make sure
that your goods are packed to international shipping
standards and that it is done prior to the container
arriving at your premise. This way we can organize a
container delivery to your door on the week of
vessel departure and avoid any extra container hire
charges from the carrier. If you would like us to do
the packing and loading for you, not a problem, we
can organize all services on time.
and make sure that your chosen place of residence in
the U.S. can handle all the goods you wish to ship.
Packing your goods yourself in the first place, or
preparing the packing list carefully, makes
unpacking once they arrive a whole lot easier.
***Contact us, we are the professionals who will take care of all your shipping needs.
there is always the possibility of damage to cargo
or a mishap on the vessel during transit and being
adequately covered will put any shipping worries
If you intend to insure your goods, which is something that we always recommend a client to do, insuring on their actual replacement value is essential.
to the USA is easy with Moving Your World, contact
us today for a free non-obligatory and hassle free