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Old May 15th 2007, 8:55 am
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Hi has anyone cleared there own personal effects in a 20ft container from australia through customs with out the use of a agent.
can it be done.
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Hi has anyone cleared there own personal effects in a 20ft container from australia through customs with out the use of a agent.
can it be done.
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It used to be very easy, but I'm pretty sure you will need the use of an agent now as its all done electronically using terminals.

The cost of a customs clearance should only be about £35 - £50 and to be honest for the hassle you might as well spend the money.

Make sure you number all the boxes and make out a detailed packing list showing the box numbers with estimated nominal values. Make sure you get a good marine insurance policy

Heres something I wrote for another forum. I'm an ex Customs Officer and spent most of my life in the shipping industry

One of the most difficult experiences in re locating is the actual shipping of your worldly goods and chattels. Not only are there a huge number of companies offering you the opportunity to use their services, but they all tell you that it will be trouble free and that all will arrive at destination in good order. In reality this is often far from the truth. We’ve all read posts from people arriving at destination only to find that their furniture is elsewhere. Whats that old saying? ….. breakfast in London, dinner in New York, luggage in Bombay!

Here are a few hints from someone who spent his life in the ever so stressful shipping industry and is glad to be out of it!

There are so many different destinations worldwide that it’s difficult to be specific so I will generalise as much as possible. If you want specific help then I have contacts in the industry and can point you in the right direction.

Get three quotes from different removal companies. Prices can vary enormously. Many carriers will not honour insurance claims unless they have packed the goods themselves. When you get their quote ask about full marine insurance cover (get a separate quote from them) and check their conditions of carriage carefully. Check to see if they are members of the British Intl Freight Association (http://www.bifa.org/Content/Home.asp )
It doesn’t mean they are perfect but at least they will be an established company.

Gain separate quotes for insurance. Again be careful about the conditions of cover, i.e. do the goods have to be packed by you, do they have to be packed professionally. How extensive is the cover. Check the exclusions and look for clauses about “atmospheric conditions”. If your goods arrive damp (usually deep sea long voyages) you don’t want the insurance company copping out.

If you pack your goods yourself, always make up a detailed packing list in triplicate of what is in each box with a nominal value (I’m assuming the effects are all used and not new). DON’T attach this to the box but number the boxes (and the packing lists) and keep the list separately as it will be required for (a) the shipping line (b) the Revenue & Customs and (c) you. Mark each box with your destination name, destination address and a destination telephone number.

If you are shipping to sea voyage destinations then your effects will probably ship in a steel shipping container. Although these are checked regularly it is not unusual for holes to appear. When you receive your goods you must check them carefully for wet damage as they come off the container. Once you have signed for them it will be more difficult to make a claim.

If you are shipping to Europe then it is more likely that your goods will travel in a box van / truck. The same rules apply when receiving the goods although quite often the effects will have been transhipped at least twice (unless you’ve commissioned a full load) before they get to you. Also remember that if your new home is in a difficult location then the effects may have to be transhipped to a smaller vehicle. Again, count the number of cartons and check for impact / wet damage.

If (in the case of international removals) the cartons have been examined by customs then there will normally be evidence of this. In the UK they are re sealed with security tape. If any cartons look as if they have been tampered with then call it to the attention of the delivery driver and then open to investigate.

Buy decent tri wall boxes to pack your effects in. Most removal specialists will supply them. Try to avoid cardboard boxes that you bought your last supply of baked beans in. They will collapse in transit.

Complaints: http://www.removalsombudsman.org.uk/yourqas.htm

Google: http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...ociation&meta=

Marine insurance: http://www.marine-insurance-uk.net/i...=google&kw=all
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cheers for that i will look into getting an agent to clear the container when we arrive in the uk.
we have 5 weeks till it arrives fingers crossed.
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Excellent post. Thank you very much. Karma on its way!

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cheers for that i will look into getting an agent to clear the container when we arrive in the uk.
we have 5 weeks till it arrives fingers crossed.
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If you let me know where its arriving I'll get an agent recommendation for you .... its likely to be either Southampton or Felixstowe
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the container is going to tilbury in london if that is of any help
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the container is going to tilbury in london if that is of any help
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These people have been around a long time and we used to use them. Ignore the fact they are in Dover .... its immaterial in this www age

http://www.nightingale.co.uk/agent/index.html
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cheers bud lets hope it all gets there
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