Following is a recent post on the EM forum relating my positive experience in importing a machine from the US to Australia:
I took delivery of quite a beautiful Sure Shot last week from an ebay seller in San Jose CA and had it shipped to port in Sydney ,Australia. That's one heck of a trip on the deck of the HS Bizet.
I wanted to mention that Craters & Freighters coordinated the door to port shipping and did an absolutely superb job. The crating & packing simply left nothing to chance and as result the machine arrived on the other side of the globe in the same pristine condition it left San Jose.
Incidentally I had sought a quote NAVL but despite two reminders I got no response other than the words 'international shipping quotes take longer'. That was last January and if I had persisted with NAVL I would still be waiting. On the other hand Craters & Freighters responded immediately. Likewise Import Downunder Services coordinated the machine release in Sydney and they did a great job also.
I have included some pics of the machine and the crating. The cost of crating and shipping was approx. $US1500 and landing charges were approx. $A980. That is not insignificant but for me I got the pristine machine I wanted with a no hassle import experience.