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Shipping Container to the USA | Moving to the USA from Australia

Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to the USA

Shipping your goods from Australia to the USA can be done stress/hassle free with our qualified team of professionals. We offer extremely competitive prices, will answer all your shipping related questions you might have, take care of the packing/loading should you require professional packing and loading services, on time pre-alerts to US customs avoiding the newly in place hefty US Customs penalty rates for late submissions.

Shipping Container to the USA | Moving to the USA from Australia

Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to the USA

Shipping your goods from Australia to the USA can be done stress/hassle free with our qualified team of professionals. We offer extremely competitive prices, will answer all your shipping related questions you might have, take care of the packing/loading should you require professional packing and loading services, on time pre-alerts to US customs avoiding the newly in place hefty US Customs penalty rates for late submissions.

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 can provide the services you need: affordable international shipping, professional packing, loading, marine transit insurance, with Door to Port and Door to Door options available for both 20ft and 40ft containers.

We also provide Less than a Container Load (LCL) services to the USA with very competitive sea-freight shipping rates to:

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Atlanta, Georgia – Austin, Texas – Baltimore, Maryland – Birmingham, Alabama – Boston, Massachusetts – Brownsville, Texas – Buffalo, New York – Charleston, South Carolina – Charlotte, North Carolina – Chattanooga, Tennessee – Chicago, Illinois – Cincinnati, Ohio – Cleveland, Ohio – Columbus, Ohio – Dallas, Texas – Dayton, Ohio – Denver, Colorado – Des Moines, Iowa – Detroit, Michigan – El Paso, Texas – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Greensboro, North Carolina – Greenville, South Carolina – Hidalgo, Texas – Houston, Texas – Huntsville, Alabama – Indianapolis, Indiana – Jacksonville, Florida – Kansas City, Missouri – Knoxville, Tennessee – Laredo, Texas – Las Vegas, Nevada – Little Rock, Arkansas – Long Beach, California – Los Angeles, California – Louisville, Kentucky – Memphis, Tennessee – Miami, Florida – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Mobile, Alabama – Nashville, Tennessee – Newark, New Jersey – New Orleans, Louisiana – New York, New York – Nogales, Arizona – Norfolk, Virginia – Oakland, California – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Omaha, Nebraska – Orlando, Florida – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Phoenix, Arizona – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Portland, Oregon – Providence, Rhode Island – Raleigh, North Carolina – Richmond, Virginia – Rochester, New York – Salt Lake City, Utah – San Antonio, Texas – San Diego, California – San Francisco, California – Savannah, Georgia – Seattle, Washington – Shreveport, Louisiana – Springfield, Missouri – St. Louis, Missouri – Tampa, Florida – Toledo, Ohio – Tucson, Arizona – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Washington, D.C. – Wichita, Kansas City – Wilmington, North Carolina.

What documents will I need when Moving Overseas To the USA from Australia?

In general there are five (5) main documents for the import customs clearance process.

– Comprehensive packing/inventory list

– Shipping document (Bill of Lading or Sea-Way bill)

– CBP 3299 form

– ISF-10 form

– Supplemental Declaration form

The above CBP 3299, ISF-10, Supplemental Declaration forms are available to download from the bottom of this page.

In most cases a Power of Attorney is required so that a Customs Agent has authority from you to clear your goods through US Customs.

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:

Environmental Protection 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 bottom of this page or from the U.S CBP and EPA pages linked above.

Vehicles may be subject to duties/taxes.

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 state.

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 include:

  • 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 the Restricted Goods Permit for Export (RGP) form available on the bottom 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

Importing alcohol 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.

Moving to the USA can be hassle free with the right planning, the right advice and the right people to move your world.

Planning your move:

Plan what you want to ship, and how much space you will need for your move.

Capacities for common container sizes

Length 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)
40 hc (12.2m)
8 ft (2.44 m)
8 ft (2.44 m)
8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
2,372 cu ft (67.2 m3)
2,679 cu ft (75.9 m3)

If you require slightly more space than a typical 40 ft container we can organise a High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in height vs a standard 8 ft 6 inches high shipping container.

Make a comprehensive list of items that you are moving overseas.

You can use our packing list template here.

Plan in advance when you want your goods to arrive into the states. Standard transit times to destinations within the USA are around 40-60 days with vessel sailings weekly.

Make a booking with us at least 3 weeks in advance of vessel departure, this can book space on the container vessel which arrives in the US according to your requirements.

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.

If 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.

Check 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.

Unfortunately there is always the possibility of damage to cargo or a mishap on the vessel during transit and being adequately covered by marine transit insurance will put any shipping worries aside.

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.

Shipping to the USA is easy with Moving Your World, contact us today for a free non-obligatory and hassle free quote.

Forms Downloads

CBP 3299 Form Download ( Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles into the USA )

ISF-10 Form Download ( Importer Security Filing USA )

Supplemental Declaration Form ( Unaccompanied Personal and Household Goods into the USA )

RGP Form ( Firearms/Restricted Goods Permit Export from Australia )

EPA Form 3520-1 ( to Import Passenger Vehicles, Highway Motorcycles, and Corresponding Engines into the U.S. )

DOT Form HS-7 (  Department of Transportation Car Importation Declaration Form )

CBP Form 7501 ( serves as evidence of the import processing by Customs Border Protection )

Short Overview of EPA Import Requirements for Vehicles and Engines into the U.S.

Detailed Procedures for Importing Vehicles and Engines into the U.S.