Welcome to the Australian International Movers Association

Governing Australia's international removal industry

Since 1975, the Australian International Movers Association has been governing the Australian international removal industry to improve the industry's standards and services.

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Your link to helpful resources about Customs, Quarantine & more.

What we do


Protect Consumers

Create transparency, ensure effective competition and provide a consumer disputes tribunal relating to the international carriage of personal effects and related services.

Create Better Outcomes

Communicate with regulatory bodies such as customs and quarantine agencies to facilitate better outcomes for international shippers.

Training & Support

Partner with training providers to support members in achieving best practices relating to packing standards, risk mitigation and continuing professional development.

Represent Members

Represent AIMA members, Australian international moving companies, in overseas jurisdictions.

Ensure Service Continuity

As a designated peak shipper body, we engage with international shipping lines to ensure continuity of services.

Support Border Regulation

Support improved border compliance and risk management strategies of international personal effects moving supply chain.

Recent Articles

Port Infrastructure Surcharges

Traditionally in Australia port terminal operators have been engaged and paid by global steamship lines for the cost of the terminal handling of containers coming into and out of the port. The steamship lines in turn passed on to cargo […]

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Port Fee Increases Trigger Government Inquiries

The latest round of port fees announced by Australia’s major stevedoring companies have resulted in Victorian and Federal Senate inquiries. The latest fee increases by DP World Australia which have been termed ‘Infrastructure charges’ by the stevedoring companies come into […]

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100% piece-level examination of all export air cargo

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced a range of measures to further strengthen Australia's domestic and international aviation security. The current rules requiring piece level examination of all air cargo bound for or transiting through the United States […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are all personal effects shipments into Australia subject to mandatory quarantine inspection?

Yes – Australia is in the fortunate situation of being one of the few countries relatively free of common pests and diseases found in other countries. For this reason, the Australian Government has mandated that all unaccompanied shipments of used personal effects, motor vehicles and vessels be screened and physically inspected at approved and licenced unpacking depots by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources inspection officers.

Why is there a fee for the mandatory quarantine inspection?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will only permit the unpacking of imported personal effects to occur within the confines of specially licenced and approved warehouses with adequate contamination containment measures, trained and accredited warehouse staff and the required electronic interface reporting systems. The fees for quarantine inspection, clearance and attendance charged by AIMA members cover the cost of annual depot licencing, use of bonded warehouse space, attendance and inspection fees for DAWR inspection officers and required interface software licencing.