Australia and the UK are situated on opposite sides of the world (there are over 10,000 miles separating London and Canberra) but more British people live in Australia than in any other country outside the UK. The two countries share a similar culture and a long history, making them extremely close allies.
Despite the enormous distance between Australia and the UK, sending a parcel between the two countries is easier than you might think. Because of the big demand, postal links are very strong and average delivery time is under a week. ParcelBroker’s low shipping costs make sending a parcel from Australia to the UK even more convenient - we ensure we pass on the best rates from all the major couriers to our customers.
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Due to excellent postal links, parcels can be sent from Australia to the UK quickly and easily. Most shipping companies will deliver from Australia to the UK in around 5 days, with delivery unlikely to take longer than 9 days with any courier.
When sending a parcel from Australia to the UK, you will have to be aware of customs checks. Any items sent from outside the EU to the UK must be posted with documents disclosing what is being sent and its value.
The good news is you do not have to pay customs duty on any item under £135 sent to the UK. However, importing gifts between the value of £135 and £630 will incur a 2.5% charge, while the duty on anything else over the value of £135 and gifts worth more than £630 will vary depending on the item. The amount charged will depend on the estimation of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
You must also be aware of VAT which will be charged on most imports to the UK from non-EU nations as well as excise duty which must be paid on alcohol and tobacco coming from outside the EU.
When you come to send your parcel from Australia to the UK, you’re going to need to know how to address it. Thankfully, the standard address format in the UK is easy to follow. Parcels should be addressed to the UK as follows:
It is advisable to include a return address on the rear of the parcel and, if you are writing the address by hand, to ensure all lines are written in capital letters for clarity.
There are certain restrictions on a number of types of goods being imported to the UK from outside the EU, notably including the amount of alcohol and tobacco goods that can be brought in before customs duty or tax must be paid. It is permitted to import:
As well as one of either:
You can also import one or a split combination of:
It is likely, however, that excise duty will have to be paid on your alcohol and tobacco imports to the UK.
There are a number of items banned from import into the UK. Most of these are consistent with the EU’s own banned list. Items banned for import include:
Remember to check what you are planning to ship to the UK will definitely be allowed into the country before you send. The UK government’s page on banned items may be useful for this.
You should also be aware of ParcelBroker’s prohibited items, to ensure that you’re not sending any materials that aren’t permitted by our shipping policy.
When shipping a parcel to the UK, you must be sure you can find a courier which can actually carry out the delivery. The tool at the top of this page will tell you which companies can deliver your item and gives you a quote for postage with each.
When providing the weight and dimensions of your parcel, it is vital you measure correctly. Inaccurate values could lead to hefty extra costs being incurred!
Ensure your parcel is packaged as safely as possible. As goods can travel between Australia and the UK so quickly, it can be easy to forget how many people handle them and how many vehicles they are moved between. You must keep all items tightly wrapped and secured, or there is a chance the item you are sending could become damaged.