Brian, when I was getting ready to return to the UK from Australia
(G’day W.A.) a few years ago I looked into the possibility of
shipping my 4WD. Contacted a bunch of freight firms plucked out of
yellow pages. The results of a few phone calls surprised me.
The actual shipping cost in every case was very reasonable, all were
close to A$1000. This was on the basis of “it goes on a ship as and
when space is available and you get about two days notice of arrival
at the other end”. The real downer was with all the extras. Like
having a crate made. Getting it to the shipping Co warehouse inside
the docks. Customs clearance. Some of this you can do yourself if
you don’t mind a lot of waiting around, else you pay an agent to
More recently, just two years ago in fact, I worked for a bulk
pigment company, where the rough and ready shipping rule was that you
could send a cubic metre pretty much anywhere, by sea, for US$70, but
there’s still all the other expenses to figure in.
Hop this provides some encouragement, at least.
Kevin (NW England, UK)