Platinum Freight Podcast

Immigrating To Australia

Platinum Freight® Podcast | S1 Episode 5

Welcome to Season 1 Episode 5

In this episode of the Platinum Freight® podcast, Peter McRae discusses immigrating to Australia and its various associated scenarios.

The conversation covers common visas used for immigration, the import duties and GST on personal belongings, and the role of a customs broker in processing shipments.

The episode provides insights into individuals’ challenges and pitfalls when shipping their goods to Australia and offers tips for efficiently managing the shipment process.

Show Notes


  • Common visas for immigrating to Australia include student visas, working holiday visas, and sponsored visas.

  • People immigrating to Australia on temporary visas may have to pay import duties and GST on their personal belongings.

  • Engaging a customs broker is necessary when shipping goods through express carriers like DHL or FedEx to ensure proper customs clearance.

  • For larger shipments, such as air cargo or sea freight, a customs broker plays a crucial role in processing the shipment through the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

  • Import duties and GST on personal belongings vary depending on factors such as the value of the goods and the individual’s visa status.

  • Efficiently managing the shipment of personal belongings to Australia requires early planning, connecting with a customs broker, and timely submission of required documents.

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