I shipped my stuff from Canada to Australia in 2010.
Put your bicycles in boxes. Put all your stuff in boxes ... preferably very strong, uniformly sized boxes, or as uniform as you can get them.
And wrap everything very well and securely.
And don't even think about packing any of the banned items.
Here's how the process went for me. A moving truck went to the place where my stuff was stored (my parents' place), and they loaded everything into the truck. That was fine because my father was able to watch the process.
Then the truck took everything about 1500 km away to a warehouse in BC, where it sat waiting for a container for several weeks. I only had 300 cubic feet of stuff and that only takes up a portion of a container, so they had to wait for a spot for it.
Finally it got loaded into a container and onto a ship.
Weeks later, the ship docked in Sydney and everything was unloaded into a quarantine area, where again, it sat for a while. Sometime later they got around to looking at it, and somehow discovered that I had a tiny Christmas ornament with a trace of bark on it. Not good! A few of my boxes were torn apart, and re-boxed in the process. By "re-boxed", I mean that everything was tossed loosely into a box. I was also told that a couple of my boxes fell apart, and they were "re-boxed" as well.
Then my stuff sat in the warehouse in Sydney for over a month waiting for a truck to get it down to our area, north of Melbourne.
When it finally arrived at our place, it hadn't been particularly well packed in that truck, and I discovered that the word "Fragile" doesn't mean a whole lot.
Fortunately, despite the rough handling, I only lost about a box worth's of stuff due to breakage. I wish I had boxed all that a little bit better. But I was very glad I'd boxed my bicycles.
Last edited by Machka; 11-13-13 at 03:16 AM.