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 free with our qualified team of professionals. We will ship your goods at the best prices, answer any shipping related questions you may have, take care of your packing and loading requirements if you require professional packing and loading, on time, avoiding the newly in place hefty US Customs penalty rates for late document 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 provide the services you need: affordable 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:

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

What documents do I need when Moving Overseas 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:

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 right hand side of this page or from the U.S CBP and EPA pages linked above.

All vehicles are subject to duties.

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 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 Shipping Containers to the USA

Importing alcohol, 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.

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

Shipping Containers
LengthWidthHeightVolume
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)

If you need a larger 40 ft container we can organise a High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in height.

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 between 25 and 35 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.
Moving Overseas To the USAContact us, we are the professionals who will take care of all your shipping needs.

Moving Overseas To the USAUnfortunately 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 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.