Sending a package to Australia takes 4-10 business days transit time depending on the courier service chosen and the time taken to clear through customs. Forward2me uses all the main couriers including DHL, DPD, UPS, TNT & P2P.
To get estimates on packages delivered to Australia, visit our pricing page where you can save quotes and lock the price for 30 days.
Forward2me also offers a Protect+ guarantee, where goods up to the value of GBP 5,000 can be protected during transit. Before you choose your courier service read more on the forward2me Protect+ guarantee here.
Australian customs will aim to process all parcels as fast as possible, but because Australian customs checks all parcels entering into the country, sometimes it can take a little longer to process your parcel.
As long as your goods have been declared or assessed to be AUD1000 or less, there are no duties or tax charges at the border, so your parcel should not be held up further unless it contains alcoholic drinks.
Forward2me collects and handles the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for you for all LVG (Low Value Goods) parcels that are AUD1000 or less. If you want to find out more about this, please refer to our GST page.
Goods over AUD1000 require an Import Declaration form. This assesses the amount of duty and taxes that need to be paid, so could hold up your parcel further.
Purchasing through our UK Tax-Free Warehouse you can also take advantage of purchasing your UK items online without VAT, Simply sign up to Forward2me for free and we’ll supply you with a UK shipping address to use when placing your online order.
Generally speaking, food can be delivered to Australia, and British expats in Australia love their home comforts, so it’s no surprise that Australia is the number one destination for Brits to send food to.
However, as Australia is an isolated island nation, a lot of effort goes into ensuring that they do not get exposed to any diseases or vermin that are not native to Australia. So it is important to understand what can and cannot be sent, as some foods are prohibited from being brought into Australia.
Store-bought foods in the manufacturers’ original unopened packaging, with an expiry date of more than six months, is fine to send to Australia as long as there is no alcohol, dairy, meat, poultry, fish or seafood ingredients included. Temperature controlled food & homemade food is also prohibited.
Looking to buy your favourite British home comforts? Forward2me is currently only accepting packages from Amazon Pantry. Simply sign up to forward2me for free and we’ll supply you with a UK shipping address to use when placing your order with Amazon Pantry UK.
As well as food, some other goods are prohibited into Australia, to protect against disease and vermin that is not native to Australia.
It’s important that before you make any online purchase decisions, you check with the Australian Border Force as to what is prohibited from being shipped into Australia.
A list of everyday items that are prohibited into Australia are:
- Prescription medicines
- Therapeutic drugs, substance and goods
To view an extensive list, the Australian Border Force’s list of prohibited items can be found here.
If you are still unsure about any other items you can send to Australia, check our ‘Prohibited Items Policy’ before placing an order to our UK Warehouse.