OSS commenced operations as Overseas Shipping Services in 1970 servicing post-war European migrants to Australia who would frequently travel back to their homeland taking whitegoods, televisions and other spoils earned from their hard work in their new country. Invariably these items would be left with the family in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Turkey etc., then after a short holiday they would return back to Australia and commence working seven days a week so they could repeat the same cycle in two or three years time. This market remained extremely strong up until the mid-1980s and then by that time OSS had branched out into full-service international moving servicing traditional links between Australia and the UK and New Zealand as well as the emerging association with South East Asia and particularly migration from Hong Kong in the lead up to the handover of Hong Kong by the British back to the Chinese Government in 1997.