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Parcel Shipping Australia

Package delivery or parcel shipping is one of the oldest industries in distributorship system. Although the term connotes more to mail deliveries, it also extends to items in package.

The proliferation of e-commerce prompting more business to consumer transactions brings increasing significance of carriers that offer parcel shipping. This also leads to the reduction of costs in parcel services.

Parcel consolidators have been formed to compete with major carriers that offer exorbitant shipping rates. These consolidators work with major parcel shipping service providers such as United States Postal Service in the USA to deliver mails and packages offering low-cost rates. These companies also take advantage of the services and capabilities of private carriers.

It is a challenge for online merchants to keep their prizes down for them to be competitive. With the lowered prizes, to keep it in the level of average pricing, merchants would have to minimize the shipping cost. Although it is possible to charge the buyers with shipping cost as integral component in the total acquisition amount of an online product, merchants fear that their prices may not be competitive enough to be accepted by the online market. Thus, they need to lower the costs in shipping for them to still make a profit.   

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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




The consolidators are seen to be more preferred by online merchants because of the low-cost shipping service. With the combined services and capabilities, the couriers have brought an approach of competitiveness in online retailing and shipping. They also help in putting a hold on the possible acceleration of rates in parcel shipping.

Major parcel carriers such as DHL and FedEx are also called for their services when parcel or box shipping to Australia. Some merchants still do prefer their services because of the position they have in the market. The reputation of these carriers provides value-added options to merchants despite the higher rates they impose compare to consolidators.

Online sellers also integrated FedEx or UPS as a shipping option. This form gives liberty to online buyers who opt for faster delivery than usual in goods shipment. However, buyers should expect to pay higher cost in their purchase especially those wanting for next-day deliveries.

Considerations in parcel shipping: Delivery Time and Cost

The delivery time of shipment arrival may factor in the cost paid in freight. Paying for lower amount begets slower delivery method, thus the delivery time is expected to be longer. 

The preference of time of arrival depends on the choice of the buyer. However, more often than not, because buyers prefer lower cost, they are left with longer delivery time for their purchases.

Parcel shipping rates may also vary in zones and locations. Checking the rates with the service providers helps in getting familiar with the cost and on how these rates will affect the shipment of an item.

Making comparison on the international shipping rates of the major players and the consolidators can bring greater leverage and convenience in arriving decisions for integration in shipping cost. Rates offered by UPS may be higher or lower than FedEx. This variation lies in zones, the size of the package delivery and the mode of shipment. It also differs on delivery period and if the service rate is an economy or priority class.

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