Hey @PreePhoenix . I recently moved from New Zealand back to Australia and went through the same thing. I also work in the International Container Freight industry which helps. Seeing as you are talking about big things like your PC, consoles, etc, I’m assuming that you are going to get it shipped by sea in a freight container?
First, if you are shipping your gear by sea make sure you tack on some insurance to your consignment as its not uncommon for containers to disappear at sea if they go through rough weather and yours is the unfortunate box on the outer top deck stowage position.There are different types so read the fine print when you decide which is more suitable for electronic goods, etc.
Also, assuming you are going through a removal / freight company then you can actually ask them which carriers they use for sea freight. Some have got better reputations than others (I shipped mine with Maersk) but they also have different freight rates, so no harm in checking with your freight company. You can Google the Top Ten Largest Shipping Lines to get an idea if you need to. We had another Line’s container ship run aground a few years back, and the condition of their boxes is not great in New Zealand either, so when I found out my freight company was going to go with them I had them change it.
No matter who you go with though, containers being moved around are big and heavy, and are carried around by machines that are even bigger and heavier. If you’re doing a big move then get your removalists to do a full Export pack, which takes the liability off you if anything breaks. I also took out all my internal Hard Drives and brought them with me on the plane along with my external drives and Ipad, rather than leave them in my tower while it was being shipped. That was a personal choice but they came over just fine. X-ray scanners didn’t bother them at all and my data was fine.
One last thing, generally what happens is that the Exporter (you) will have to pay certain fees to get it to the Terminal and on board ship, which will be covered by your payment to the freight company. In this case you are also the Importer as well, which means that there will probably be fees on the other end too for clearing customs and delivery to an address / storage. Make sure you ask and find out what these fees are in advance so you don’t get a surprise later on.
Any other questions, feel free to ask!