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Pet and Vehicle Transport

Pet and Vehicle Transport

Pet transport

Pet Removals

The issue of bringing your precious pet into Australia can be quite involved and requires serious consideration. The regulations pertaining to pet importation to Australia vary, depending on the country of origin.

Allow WridgWays to carefully plan and transport your precious pet anywhere worldwide. WridgWays relocation consultants can provide advice and reassurance every step of the way: Email us

Information on importing dogs and cats into Australia, including information sheets, quarantine fees, application process, approved countries, and quarantine accommodation is available from the  Department of Agriculture.

Vehicle Transport

Vehicle and Transport Removalists

When importing a vehicle into Australia, you are required to obtain an import permit from the Department of Transport & Regional Services in Canberra, Australia.

You must apply for and be granted the permit before shipping the vehicle to Australia. Under no circumstances should you make arrangements to ship your vehicle until you are absolutely sure you have been granted this import permit. It is now an offence to ship a vehicle to Australia without the required permit.

Please note that 15% duty will be payable on the vehicle plus 10% GST calculated on the Australian Customs value of the vehicle, transport and insurance costs. Also 25% luxury tax may be applicable for vehicles. These duties/taxes will be required to be paid to Australian Customs before they will release the vehicle.

Further information is available from the following websites:
» Dept of Infrastructure and Transport
» Information on Importing Vehicles into Australia

6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend

6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend

moving with cats

Moving house can be a stressful time at the best of times, so much to do and often the challenge of a new home, job, school, etc can be a little daunting. So for your smaller family members, particularly cats, the stress can have a greater impact. Of course stress levels can be minimised when you choose a professional moving and pet transport company such as WridgWays, after-all we’ve been safely moving people, their belongings and their pets for over 120 years!

So how do you minimise stress levels and make the move a pleasant experience for your feline friend? Here’s a few tips to assist you:

1. Prior to introducing your cat to its new home, take time to clean the room where your cat will be staying in the initial ‘settling-in period’

Cats are territorial by-nature, they mark their home territory by rubbing their scent over furniture and objects in their home. ‘Scenting’ alerts other cats that this territory is already ‘owned’, and defines your cat’s boundaries. When a cat is relocated to a new home, the experience can be quite stressful, particularly if the new home has scents from a previous cat occupier

2. A few days prior to packing and moving day, have your cat collected or arrange for cat boarding for a few days.

Remember cats don’t like dramatic changes in their environment and the noise and activity of packing boxes, arrival of your removalists and moving furniture can confuse and frighten your cat. Its natural instinct is to run or hide, so be aware that your cat is safely secure or on a mini vacation until the removal is completed.

3. It’s worth the peace-of-mind to enrol the services of a professional pet transport company!

Professional pet carriers, such as those used by WridgWays, are the experts in pet transport and they perform this day after day and they love it! It’s worth the extra security and peace-of-mind to engage such a service when transporting your feline friend. You may be surprised at how affordable such a helpful service can be. They also provide expert veterinary advice and support during every stage of the moving process. Find out more here.

If you are moving locally and choose to take your car in the car, be sure to securely lock her in a suitable cat carrier, include a familiar toy or blanket and don’t forget the seatbelt. If you are unsure, always refer to your vet.

4. Getting your cat ready for arrival to her new home

It is important to confine your cat to just one room until unpacking is completed and your cat starts to become accustomed to their new environment.

There are a number of products on the market such as Feliway, a synthetic pheromone, that can be sprayed or ‘plugged-in’ in her new environment to add reassurance and reduce stress for your cat. Of course ensure your cat has fresh food, water, a litter tray and their favourite toy, or cat bed in the room. Be very aware that your feline friend may be a little stressed and looking for escape hatches, so do not place her in a room with a chimney, open windows or large cracks.

Also remember to leave their cat carrier in the room for reassurance and give her a place to hide. We recommend your cat should remain in the one designated room until the removal delivery is complete and a further 1-2 days following. During this adjustment time, be sure to regularly sit with and talk to your cat, reassure her that everything is fine and will soon return to normal.

5. Update her ID – don’t lose track!

Your cat may already have detailed identification on her collar, or registered via her microchip, if not be sure to look into this, and if you already have this covered, remember to update all address and contact details on existing ID.

So after a few days post-move, settling-in your feline friend is ready to explore her new environment. It’s suggested the best approach is to simply allow her to do this in her own time. If your cat is used to being outdoors during the day, check first to make sure there are no dogs nearby and probably best to keep her indoors for at least the first few weeks. Allow her to fully adjust to the new home, all the rooms, smells and noises before letting her venture outdoors. Check with your local council as to their local laws too as often there are ‘cat curfews’ in most parts of Australia and European countries.

A little pre-planning and preparation can make a huge difference to the transition of your cat into their new home.

6. Remember to reduce stress for the yourself, your family and your pets use a reputable, professional moving company like WridgWays – after-all it’s what we have perfected in over 120 years – We Make It Easy!

Visit our pet transport page for more information.

Our Handy Infographic – Moving House Checklist

Everything You Need To Know

Moving House Checklist Infographic

Our Handy Infographic – Moving House Checklist

Everything You Need To Know

Moving into a home is both very tiring and thrilling. At whatever time you move home, whether you are moving around the city or across the country, a suitable checklist will make sure that you never miss out on any key documents all through the move.

WridgWays Removalists  is an established localinterstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists  has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.

Our team of localinterstate and international removalists are skilled professionals, who provide understanding and care. Our services include packing, unpacking, cleaning, vehicle transport, insurance, and much more! To discuss you next move find your nearest removalist branch here.

Tips for Moving With Pets

Preparing your pet before your move

Moving is tough enough on humans, but animals don’t have a clue why strangers in uniforms are removing their owner’s furniture. Like the rest of us, pets need a little extra TLC at moving time. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make their move and life a little easier: Prepare Stretch out your packing time over several weeks and even better, employ a professional removalist to manage the packing for you – usually they perform the entire job in one very organised day. Avoid panic in the final days, particularly for cat owners as they are the most temperamental of all animals during the moving transition.

Pet Transport

If your move involves air travel, contact airline carriers one month in advance. Ask about their pet regulations, and make reservations. Choose a direct flight to avoid unnecessary handling and air-pressure changes. Or contact your nearest pet transport company, they will take care of every detail for you.

Visit your Vet

A couple weeks prior to your move, obtain a copy of your pet’s veterinary records and arrange for a rabies vaccination certificate and a health certificate. Be sure your pets are up to date with all their shots. If your pet is older than 10 years old or suffers health problems, ask whether special treatment is required prior to travel

Pets love routine

Like children, pets love their routine. Aim to keep your pets’ routine i.e. walks and meal times as normal as possible in the week before moving. Cats and dogs sometimes become ill or lethargic when stressed, so try and give them a little more attention than usual.

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8 tips to packing for your move

When it comes to packing, being faced with boxing up your entire house with a looming deadline can be a very daunting process! But never fear, we have a few ideas and words of advice to assist keep your stress levels at a minimum:

Hire a Professional if possible – The obvious answer is to hire the carton packing services of a professional removalist company like WridgWays Removalists ! Our skilled packers can pack the entire contents into cartons in one day! But don’t try this at home, these girls and guys have been professionally trained and pack fragile and non-breakable items into boxes every day and it is what they do better than anybody else. If you can’t afford to pay for a full pack, consider having the professionals pack your fragile items only. This consists of glassware, ornaments, electricals, pictures and anything breakable. Keep in mind that anything you self-pack may not be eligible for insurance cover.

Plan – Regardless of whether you are packing part of all of your belongings, be sure to start as soon as possible. Devise a plan and set dates against each room or area. In your plan include set dates to pack each room and work room-by-room. Start with the drawers and cupboard contents you use least. The key is getting organised early and allowing plenty of time to complete the process. This will help keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Clear out unwanted items – Start getting rid of all the things you don’t intend to take with you to your new home. It’s a great opportunity for a fresh start plus will save you time and energy moving it to the new home. Unwanted items can be donated via a cool website called Ziilch.com or of course sold using EBay or the good old-fashioned garage.

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6 Tips to Moving House with your Feline Friend

Moving house can be a stressful time at the best of times, so much to do and often the challenge of a new home, job, school, etc can be a little daunting. So for your smaller family members, particularly cats, the stress can have a greater impact. Of course stress levels can be minimised when you choose a professional moving and pet transport company such as WridgWays, after-all we’ve been safely moving people, their belongings and their pets for over 120 years!

So how do you minimise stress levels and make the move a pleasant experience for your feline friend?

Here’s a few tips to assist you:

1. Prior to introducing your cat to its new home, take time to clean the room where your cat will be staying in the initial ‘settling-in period’

Cats are territorial by-nature, they mark their home territory by rubbing their scent over furniture and objects in their home. ‘Scenting’ alerts other cats that this territory is already ‘ownedâ’, and defines your cat’s boundaries. When a cat is relocated to a new home, the experience can be quite stressful, particularly if the new home has scents from a previous cat occupier (more…)