Backloading is an inexpensive way to transport your belongings when moving interstate, as several clients will share the load. For all its cost benefits, moving companies will not touch certain goods, especially if they pose a potential hazard to staff, equipment and other clients' belongings. Doing so could not only invalidate insurance, but could result in a criminal prosecution. For your load to abide by standard rules and regulations, check all of your belongings with close scrutiny to ensure they don't contain items or substances within the following categories.

Dangerous Goods

Corrosive, flammable, combustible, explosive or noxious liquids and/or gases, such as fuels, fertilisers and acids, cannot be transported via backloading. This includes lawn mowers, wiper snipers or motorised devices that are filled with blacklisted fuels. Any items containing banned substances should be emptied and cleaned of excess residue prior to transportation. If you want to keep a gas bottle, return it to a national exchange centre and see if you can pick up the exchange bottle at your new destination. Any other dangerous goods should be given away or safely disposed of prior to moving.

Potted Plants

Backloading trucks are often packed from wall to wall, floor to ceiling. Since potted plants cannot be packed on top of other goods, due to water leakage, they can waste a phenomenal amount of space. While most moving companies will allow potted plants, you must cover the costs of the lost space. In addition to the logistics, the Australian government's biosecurity regulations – designed to prevent the spread of pests and diseases – prohibit the transportation of certain soil products outside of declared Fire Ant Zones, unless written approval has been granted. If you have doubts about your plants, seek advice from your local council.

Infectious Material

Goods that could attract vermin or pests may be refused. This includes pest control chemicals, such as rat poison, which could contaminate the surrounding load. Infectious or decaying matter, such as mould or woodworm-infected furniture, must also be treated and "cured" prior to loading in order to prevent spreading. Getting your furniture checked is particularly important if you're planning on transporting antiques.

Always ask your removal company for a list of blacklisted articles and substances in advance. If they discover any prohibited goods after receiving your load, they may dispose of them without warning and bill you for the expenses. Never take any chances. Disclose the presence and nature of any questionable goods in writing prior to pickup or storage. This will not only help you prepare your load, but will ensure you're financially protected if damages occur.