• Shipping containers are expensive

    There are some pieces of furniture I just don’t want to part with. You know how it is, you spend countless of hours searching for that perfect “fill in the blank” and you finally find it for that great price. You buy it and take it home and it looks wonderful as if someone in China or Taiwan made it just for you with your taste of household furnishings in mind. So why would you part with it?

    And since we’re paying out of our rears to send certain keepsakes over to Australia using USPS, we might as well find out how much will it be to use one of those shipping containers that we see in the movies.

    Well I did a search for shipping containers on Google and after viewing Results 110 of about 3,060,000 for shipping containers. I was overwhelmed. So I decided to revisit a forum that I had subscribed to when I was in the process of applying for my permanent residency. I asked them about their experiences with relocating their furnishings and they generously told me about their experiences (most paid about $9,000 to ship their belongings) and gave me some websites to visit. When I told MJ about it, he nearly had a heart attack.

    HUBBY: It’ll be cheaper to just buy everything there again!
    ME: Um, not really considering that for our sofa we paid about $700 and a similar sofa in Australia will be about $2,000.
    HUBBY: That’s just a sofa.
    ME: What about the crib that costs $600 but we got it due to someone’s screw up for $300 and that will cost us $1,000 in Australia for something similar? Or what about the toychest that we got for $50 on sale and for something similar in Australia will be $200? Or for the…
    HUBBY: Fine.
    ME: Besides we don’t want to take everything.  We will just take the things we don’t want to part with.

    So I contact about a dozen different agencies with the thought that since we’re only we really want to take about a room’s worth of things, it shouldn’t cost much – $1,500 max.

    WAKE UP!  Every single company that got back to me had the magic number ranging from $3,000 – $5,000.

    Needless to say, we’ve become stricter about our “Keeping” requirements.

    Categories: Packing

    3 thoughts on “Shipping containers are expensive

    • Y says:

      Thanks, Mark, for the tip! I hadn’t thought about the wait – oh great! So we go through the trouble & the expense, only to have to do without our “needful things” for a couple of months.

      My main concern is the nursery furniture – for sentimental reasons. Our first born child sleeps in the beautiful crib and my grandmother bought it for me even though she couldn’t really afford it herself.

      But we’re not sure at the moment, because we’re strapped for cash & we can’t imagine paying $4,000 for a shipping container.

      As for the screws, I am very OCD so I imagine I would have little Ziploc baggies full of screws and such labeled and kept in my possession at all times.

      Oh man why does this have to be so difficult? Why can’t I just strap my boxes & belongings on top on my car and drive there like I did every year when I moved back to the University? Um, maybe because there are a couple of oceans that might make the car trip a bit difficult…

    • Mark says:


      Good to see that you’re slowly getting there 🙂

      Remember on the basis that you move to Australia at the same time your stuff gets shipped out you’ll be sat waiting in Australia for 6 – 8 weeks before it arrives.

      If you think about it, your might be shipping this stuff out because you ‘need it’ but because you need it you’ll end up buying it again as soon as you arrive out in Aus.

      We found this to be the case when we moved out 🙂

      Everything isn’t too much more expensive down in Australia but if you do bring some furniture (including your cot) remember the screws 😉

      Good job on the blog, this will make entertaining reading once you’ve made the move down under and will prove to be a useful resource for others 🙂



    • Wahoo says:

      Thank you for sharing!

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