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Shipping Household Goods to Australia

Shipping Costs, Options and Tips

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Hey mate! If you are planning on moving to Australia from South Africa and are looking for precise information regarding prices and modes of shipment you are in the right place. Here is a list of the things you need to consider before kangaroo jumping to Australia.

Options for Shipping to Australia from South Africa

Depending on your budget, time restrictions and the volume of your belongings your two options for shipping your household goods to Australia are air freight or sea. They both have their pros and cons, which we compiled in handy tables for you 😉.

✈️Air Freight

Are you in a hurry and maybe the volume of your goods is not that high? Air freight shipping may be what you are looking for. Shipping to Australia from South Africa by plane has its pros and cons, obviously it is faster, but it is going to be pricier, and you will not have the chance to move larger items. Let’s have a look together:


 Good for fragile belongings
 Quicker to arrange
 Get your belongings faster


 Limited space available
 Not eco-friendly

🚢Sea Freight

Moving to Australia from South Africa and want to bring with you all your items? Opt for Sea freight shipping and you won’t have to leave anything behind!

Your items will be shipped to Australia from South Africa using a container. This is usually the most common way to carry out international removals.


 Bulky items fit easily
 An eco-friendly choice


 Takes more time
 Take delays into account
 Organization process is more complex

Shipping Cost to Australia from South Africa

Alright, now that we have observed what the methods are, we are sure you are going to be wondering “how much does it cost to ship furniture to Australia?”. We are here to help you figure it out!

If you are thinking about shipping your household belongings to Australia via plane, consider that heavier items will be more expensive to transport. Specifically, the prices can go between 15AUD and 30AUD per kilo.

In terms of shipping furniture to Australia via sea the prices vary based on your volume as well. Standard containers come in 2 measures, 20 feet and 40 feet, the prices for which are respectively between 12.500 and 24.000 AUD, and 23.700 and 26.400AUD.

Remember! These are only estimates, the best way to get more concrete information on the shipping cost to Australia from South Africa is to request quotes from companies directly.

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Shipping Your Car to Australia

If you want to bring your trusted vehicle with you, not only you will have to worry about shipping furniture to Australia, but also about how to transport your car. In this situation there are a couple of factors to consider in terms of shipping options, costs, and organization.

To ship your car, you can either opt for using a container or you could pick a RORO service.

Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) Service

The RORO service is a popular and affordable way to transfer vehicles overseas. Using RORO, you drive your car from the departure port to the ship’s deck and back again.

Cost Estimate for RORO Shipping

On average, shipping a car from South Africa to Australia using RORO service can cost approximately 1,500 to 4,500 AUD. This estimate includes the basic shipping fee, documentation, and port handling charges.

❗Additional costs may apply for services such as vehicle inspection, cleaning, or terminal fees.

Container Shipping Service

Container shipping offers more protection and security for your car, as it is placed inside a container along with other household goods. We recommend this option if you already have other belongings to ship to Australia alongside your car.

Cost Estimate for Container Shipping

Shipping a car in a 20-ft container from South Africa to Australia can cost between 3,000 and 7,500 AUD, depending on various factors such as container size, departure and arrival ports, shipping company, and additional services like insurance or customs clearance. If you opt for a 40-ft container, the cost may range from 6,000 to 12,000 AUD.

Remember! Check out what the import duties and taxes imposed by the Australian government are, we wouldn’t want you to be underprepared😉

Shipping costs from to
20ft Container
40ft Container

Get everything ready, we are moving to Australia!

Here we are! Finally ready to start shipping your household goods to Australia? Make sure to organize everything in advance. Here at Sirelo, we are experts in removals, and we know how moving can be stressful if not well planned.

Check all documents. You are moving to a different country! As much as it is exciting, you have to be very careful to organize and request all the necessary documents for you, your travel companions and don’t forget to look into import taxes for your household goods and your car.

Time to pack! After making a list of what you are going to bring with you, declutter, and get to packing. This can be a long process, but with our tips it will be as easy as pie.

Keep an eye on your shipment. Companies will provide you with a tracking number so that you can always see where your belongings are and have an estimate on when they will get to you.

We hope we answered all your questions and resolved all your concerns. Happy shipping! 😊