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How to create the perfect packing list for customs when moving overseas. Every household goods shipment being shipped overseas needs to have a packing list to accompany it so that customs can see what is being shipped. Its very important to get this right so as not to cause delays while clearing customs and avoid extra charges or possible fines if you get it wrong.
The Packing List
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The packing list is a very important document and has to be completed
correctly in order to avoid delays, possible fines and additional inspections.
This is quick guide to show you how to complete the perfect packing list.
If you stick to these suggestions then you should minimize any delays or
further questioning by customs.
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Pack the box well making sure anything fragile and breakable is
wrapped multiple times in bubble wrap and paper. (See our pack like
a pro presentation!)
Tape up the box using 2 inch packing tape or duct tape where the
flaps meet and also along the side of the box so it is totally sealed.
Write the contents on the box to remind you what is in it and give the
box a number starting of course at number 1
Furniture items will also need to be numbered. If you are bundling
things together like 4 pieces of bed parts all packed and taped
together then that can be given one number and be called bed parts.
The Packing List
The packing list has to be done for customs so that they can
easily see what you are shipping and as the description
correlates to the box / item number, its easy for customs to
say, we would like to look at “item 8” rather than looking
through all the items in your shipment..
We have our own packing list creator that you should use to
create your list and it will be available in your customer
account portal after you have made a booking with us. Once
you have created your packing list it will be saved in your
electronic file so that we can send it to customs as well as a
copy will automatically be emailed to you for safe keeping.
Descriptions, very important!
In todays world of common security checks, Customs need a good
description of the contents and the following will NOT get passed.
BAG, BOX, BACKPACKS,
TOTE, TRUNK, KIST,
CAMPING GEAR, SPORTS GEAR,
NICK NACKS, HOUSEHOLD GOODS,
PERSONAL ITEMS, MISC ORNAMENTS,
MEMORABILIA, COLLECTABLES, KEEPSAKES,
TOOLS, TOOL BOX, DECORATIVE ITEMS,
CHEST, PBO, MISC, EQUIPMENT,
WORK STUFF, SUITCASE.
You get the picture?
Be more specific! Customs need to know more information in order
to let it though. So what’s in the bag? What tools do you have?
What’s in the trunk or suitcase? What sports gear is it? Your semi
automatic hunting weapon or your running shoes? Are personal
items drugs or your after shave? Is the memorabilia baseball cards or
Japanese ancient fighting weapons? If the handbag, purse, sports
bag or whatever has nothing in it list it as Empty e.g. Empty Bag. Got
A very common item is your kids soft toys being listed as
But Customs might be thinking……
So be descriptive!
If you have a bit of a mixture in your box then list the
main item so if Customs do decide to look, they can
match things up.
EG: Books even though there might be some dvd’s as
Anything that you might consider being a problem to
Customs do not ship it. That includes, ornamental
swords, daggers, knives etc., old rifles or guns of any
sorts, food items, ivory, tobacco items, alcohol,
ammunition, any type of drug, pornography and
anything that used to be living, is a good start!
Things that might have a double meaning or alert a Customs
official who’s English might not be his native language.
Gun for a kids toy!
Stuffed Animals, already mentioned that one.
Knives, for kitchen cutlery
Drugs Cabinet for Bathroom Cabinet
Water Pistol might be better described as water toy
Scooter would be better described as kids toy
Darts might be better described as Dart game
Bow & Arrow should say little kids Bow if that’s what it is.
Get the idea?
Don’t List or Pack
Open Liquids as they might leak.
Alcohol as duties will normally make it more expensive
than if you purchased locally. Same with tobacco
Food stuff including herbs & pet food.
Endangered items like Ivory, stuffed birds, pressed
flowers, snake skins etc.
No hazardous or flammable materials.
No Chemicals, paint, cleaning products.
Any type of weapon
We have even had umbrellas inspected for poisonous
or sharp bladed ends!
Do not pack anything that used to be living or made
from a living thing.
Untreated Wood items like a home made bird table or
wooden bench made from your local tree.
Anything that might have bugs in it.
Make sure everything is spotless, no mud or dirt on
bike wheels, garden tools, shoes, back packs or
For those lucky enough to be going
to Australia or New Zealand
The majority of Middle Eastern Countries do not like anything that
you could worship so leave the Greek Goddess statue behind.
Most videos, DVD’s and possibly books might be further inspected by
a Ministry of Information or similar for suitability in Asia as well as
Middle Eastern Counties, so check the regulations before you pack.
No Pictures of semi naked people or worse and don’t forget to check
photo albums as well.
Saudi Arabia and some other Countries will not allow products from
Jewish companies so avoid Marks and Spencer labels and also
anything Christian or non Muslim related religious material which
includes everything from a child's bible to a Christmas Tree.
Indonesia or Middle East
So are you ready to produce a
great packing list?
You can now make your own packing list in our portal
once you have an account with us. You will be able to
save this as you go so you can add to it each time you
pack some more. You can do this using your phone,
tablet or laptop so its great if you are going around
room to room adding everything you have packed.
Our packing list creator has been designed to be
“user” friendly for customs. Once completed you will
be emailed a typed copy of the list for your reference.
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