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Cost of Shipping to Australia

Do you want to know the cost of shipping an item to Australia?

Of course, it is something you have to know when you are selling an item in your home country and Australia is one of your target markets. The cost of shipping is part of the ordeal and sometimes, it can cost more than the item you sell.

The factors you need to consider to help you determine the cost for shipping are the following:

  • The bulk and weight of the item

  • The value

  • The location

  • The type of items to ship

  • The mode for shipping the item

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Australia Shipping Services offered:

  • Shipping “Boxes Only” Service
  • Part Load (Not a full shipping container)
  • Dedicated Shipping Container (20ft or 40ft)
  • UK Packing Service
  • Part Pack – (Just fragile items)
  • Export Wrap
  • Crate Building (Artwork, Fragile Items)
  • Shipping Cars, Motorbikes, Boats
  • Pets



Taking into consideration the bulk of the item will help you know the space that will occupy the shipping container. The perimeter of the item should be measured. If the item is bulky enough, then you have to rent a whole van. However, you can have a shared van if the item’s size can’t occupy at least half of a big container van. Obviously if you do rent a whole van, this will effect the shipping to Australia costs.

Weight is also considered in valuating an item especially if the mode for shipment is via air freight (EG: If you are sending a lot of belongings via a shipping belongings to Australia service).

If the value of an item is considerable enough, even if it is just in a 4” by 4” box, it is likely that the shipping cost would be greater than a big box full of fashion accessories. For one, the insurance cost for freight could render the shipping cost for a valuable item to be higher compared to the latter in the example. 

Another example for this is between a luxury Mercedes car versus a typical Hyundai sedan to be imported to Australia. Because Mercedes costs more and is categorized as a luxury car, its shipping cost is far more expensive than what is valued for a Hyundai sedan. Even though the procedures form importation may be the same, but the custom duties for a Mercedes can be hefty compared to Hyundai sedan.

Air Freight and Shipment by Sea

Air freight because of fast air craft tends to be higher in cost compared to sea freight. However, in choosing which mode of shipment to consider, you must know the duration for shipping and if it corresponds to your plan if you value the cost-effective attribute or the urgency factor. If you want cost-effective shipment, then you may go for a shipment by sea. However, air freight can also be cost-effective if you consider time to have a value of its own.

Aside from the factors mentioned, you may also have to consider the tax costs in shipping as well as the custom duties.

Shipping to Australia can be expensive and may even take longer than what you expect. However, this varies from the country of origin.

If you wish to obtain shipping calculation to know the shipping cost, you can do so with shipping calculator software. There are several shipping-related websites that you can use which offer comparisons on the standard tax costs and custom duties per country of destination.

Additionally, obtaining quotes from the shipping contractor or freight service is another way to secure information about your shipping plan to Australia. Obviously the price will be different for shipping a container to Australia and just shipping parcels to Australia,

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