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Transporting Your Pet in Australia with uShip

uShip takes the stress out of transporting your beloved pet by connecting you with delivery services that specialise in pet transportation. Our Trust & Safety team speaks with each pet transporter personally to ensure they follow our best practices guidelines and show proof of a positive pet transportation history.

All you need to do is create a listing and pet transporters will begin contacting you with quotes. You can even view their transportation history and customer feedback to make sure you choose the best service. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns along the way. From beginning to end, uShip is here to make sure your pet arrives at its new destination safely.

How to Transport Your Pet

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1 | Create a Listing on uShip

The more detailed your listing is, the better. You want transportation companies that are best suited for your needs to contact you, so providing as many details as possible will ensure they know exactly what is required of them. Make sure to include your desired budget and time frame. Other details that need to be provided are your pet’s name, breed, age and any special needs they may have (such as medication). If you need your transporter to provide a kennel or crate, be sure to mention this in your listing as well.

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2 | Choose the Best Pet Transportation Service

Now that you’ve created your listing, pet transportation providers will begin contacting you with quotes as they compete for your business. Before choosing the cheapest option, make sure you read the transporter’s profile to ensure they are the best fit for the job. Their profile will include customer feedback, transportation history, safety records and insurance policies. You should also ask them any questions you may have so you can confidently choose the best transporter for your precious cargo.

3 | Transport & Delivery

Once you’ve found the best transporter for your pet, it’s time to organise transport and delivery. Be sure to clearly communicate the details for pick up and delivery, including the time and locations. If there is a third party involved, provide those details before departure to ensure a smooth delivery. It’s crucial to have your payment ready by the agreed upon time as well. We also recommend going through the pet transport checklist (below) before your pet departs on their journey to ensure you haven't forgotten anything.

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How Much Does It Cost to Relocate a Pet?

The cost to transport a pet changes with the needs of the pet and the distance for travel. The average cost for longer distance deliveries is around A$350 to A$600, while the average cost for shorter distance pet transport is around A$100 to A$300.

For more detailed information on the cost to transport your pet, check out our cost to transport index. There, you can see hundreds of pet deliveries completed through the uShip marketplace and get a feel for how we work.

Preparing Your Pet for Transport

Preparing your pet for transport is crucial to ensuring their comfort and a smooth journey overall. To avoid forgetting something on the big day, make sure you have provided the following:

  • Travel kennel or crate (or arranged with the transporter to provide this)
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Your pet's favourite toy (for comfort)
  • Food and water
  • Medications (if applicable)
  • Health records (it's a good idea to visit the vet before departure to update your records)
  • Identification on collar and microchip
  • Collar and lead
  • Emergency contact info

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