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If you are an early planner, looking for great deals for your Christmas gifting, and especially when you send gifts overseas, we have some great Christmas gift ideas in store for you! If you have your family’s wish list in hand, that would make your Christmas shopping an easier task. Here are some ideal stocking stuffers and ideas to put under the Christmas tree for when you send gifts overseas.

Sleek Charging Cases

A great choice for tech-savvy teens, young and not-so-young adults too, sleek charging docks/cases/stands are quite the fad when you want to b organised and trendy too.

Fidget Spinners

Taking the world by storms, fidget spinners are on everyone’s wish lists. Their compact sizes makes for a great stocking stuffer for the entire family when you send gifts overseas.

Herb Mincers and Vegetable Choppers

Small and convenient mini food processors that can cut down food prep can definitely make life easier.  An ideal gift for the whole family!

Mini Humifidiers/Dehumidifiers

For those who are all about health-consciousness, these mini desk or bedside companions are perfect!

Fancy Playing Cards

With numerous and elaborate card games being created, the likes of “Cards against Humanity”, and celebrity designed charity focused playing cards are all the rage.

Premium Stationery Sets

There is something special about receiving thank you notes that are pretty, and even more special if they are monogrammed. Add these to your Christmas gifts for your family this year!

Gadgets

Adding a gadget for a Christmas tree gift definitely says “thinking of you”. What about a tablet, a new phone or laptop, or even a trendy camera? You can send gifts overseas to your family with the right shipping partner!

Health Conscious Gifts

What about gym equipment or even a spin or mountain bicycle sets for the entire family signed from yours truly. You can ship these to their doorstep before Christmas comes knocking, making for a wonderful holiday!

Homeware and Tools

Send a vacuuming robot to make tidying up a breeze! The pets will love it too! What about a handheld mini vacuum for a vehicle, or a steam mop! Splurge even into sending a custom Kitchen Aid to make your mom over-the-moon-happy!

 

Check out more ideas from Good Housekeeping too!

Let us at Transco Cargo help you with making your family’s Christmas a splash when you send gifts overseas! With our Christmas shipping scheduling give below, you  can plan to make sure they arrive ahead of Christmas Day!

 

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The packing symbols that is applied on a cardboard box or shipping crates function as safety and handling guides so that during shipping the contents within are safeguarded. These packing symbols are used universally and are international shipping standards. Let’s look at a few of them!

Let’s take the above six packing symbols first.

  1. Keep in a Cool Place & Dry Place: Store the boxes and crates in a dry and well ventilated are
  2. Fragile: Contents may easily break, and could contain glassware, china, etc and should be handled carefully
  3. Handle with Care: Ensure that Boxes/Crates are not dropped as it may include fragile goods
  4. Avoid Heat and Moisture: Avoid storage in direct sunlight or exposure to water/wet conditions
  5. Keep Away from Water: Keep away from water/wet conditions
  6. Avoid Direct Contact with Floor: Avoid storing the items on the floor, instead use pallets

The following are six more packing symbols.

  1. This Side Up: Package needs to stored with that direction in mind
  2. Do Not Step On It: Avoid stepping/standing on box/crate
  3. Stack is 8 Identical Boxes: advisable stacking recommendations
  4. Stack Weight is 8kg: recommended stacking weight
  5. Do Not Stack: Avoid stacking for box/crate structural integrity
  6. Do Not Roll: Do not roll the box/crate when transporting

Our last six packing symbols are as follows.

  1. First In First Out: Package received first should be removed first and in that order
  2. Avoid Heat and Sunlight: Avoid keeping it in direct sunlight and heat exposure
  3. Avoid Strong Smell: Keep away from strong smelling fumes, such as petrol,etc
  4. Store at 25° C or Below: Store box/crate in recommended temperature parameters to ensure integrity of contents
  5. Do Not Use Hand Hook: Avoid using hand hook during opening of crates
  6. Do Not Use Blade: Avoid using blades when opening cardboard boxes

 

Keeping these packing symbols in mind when shipping & transporting, handling, and opening the respective packages will ensure safe passage for door-to-door delivery of goods.

At Transco Cargo, we are committed to ensuring that you are well informed and that we value your property just as our own. Please utilise these shipping and packing symbols when packing your own cardboard boxes and shipping crates in the future in order to safeguard the contents especially when shipping them overseas and when passing various agencies and hands.

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The door-to-door delivery of cargo represents the processes of which the lifecycle of a shipment of cargo occurs. This usually initiates at the shipper’s warehouse and ends with at the consignee’s warehouse. There are various steps involved in the process of a door-to-door delivery of cargo. It may also requires various forms of transportation to get it from land across the seas and once again to the doorstep of the intended destination.

Shipments sent over door-to-door delivery of cargo is widely used the world over for its convenience and the ability to infiltrate a supply chain process of a company with ease. The various types of transportation used for sending the shipments of cargo from its location to its destination could be anything from road, rail, sea, or air.  As we said before, the door-to-door delivery processes simplify what occurs between the cargo leaving the shipper’s warehouse until it reaches the consignee’s warehouse, thus foregoing the hassle of having to handle the processes in-between. Transco Cargo takes care of those processes and the factors of bureaucracy that occurs when sending a cargo shipment overseas or even through domestic couriers.

If you take the transportation of cargo within Australia, which falls under the purview of domestic or national cargo, then the processes are much simpler and economical in terms of logistics costs. The cargo is usually transported over road and rail over the fastest routes to reach the destination in lead-time, and if it is a top-urgent requirement, then over air.

One of the many reasons that door-to-door delivery is popular due to the simplified logistics management that occurs when partnering up with a reputed logistics partner such as Transco Cargo Australia that is present in almost all the corners of the world. Furthermore, by choosing door-to-door deliveries, not only are you minimising costs of shipping, but also reduce the possibility of damage of goods  or even their loss. Apart from the above mentioned advantages, you are also able to streamline your business processes by forgoing on issues that occurs with multiple carriers.

However, in the case of customers who already have their own domestic networks in the countries that they operate in, we are also able to offer port-to-port logistics services with ease and affordability. Get in touch with us by filling out the “Quick Quote” on our website!

Parcel Delivery Courier Services to India

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As the world becomes more and more reliant on quick acquisitions and instant gratification concerning business operations and e-commerce centric businesses, the need for fast logistics is a crucial component that must be interrelated when dealing with a worldwide network of potential customers. That is one of the reasons why Transco Cargo Courier Services to India is one of the integral sub-division of our company, where we put our focus on ensuring that courier deliveries to India from Australia are done with ease and comfort.

Parcel Delivery

We often assume that a parcel delivery means the shipment of one singular small box. However in the logistics world, in reality, a “parcel delivery” can include the shipping and delivery of a shipping container,  various parcels, or high-value mail included as a single shipment.  However, if you were to take a parcel, it is normally defined as a box that is 84 inches lengthwise and girth wise. Whist Parcel is the name used in British English; package is normally used in American English speaking countries.

Choosing Your Courier Services

Two options are made available to you for international shipping and courier services to India, that is, by air and by sea. Whilst, air couriers to India are super fast and efficient, it isn’t the most affordable option. That is where sea couriers to India come into play. With frequent shipments to Indian ports from Australia, you can rely on sea cargo couriers to offer you a reliable courier service to India from Australia.

How to Send Shipments through Transco Cargo Courier Services to India

At Transco Cargo, we offer a myriad of services to help you with sending your cargo from Australia to India (and other countries). It is easy to partner up with us as we offer a range of convenient shipping services, such as Transco Cargo shipment pick-ups, or organising drop offs at our numerous drop-off locations across Australia.  The way the pick-ups work is by booking a time to have our Transco Cargo executives pick up your shipment at your convenience at an agreed upon location. When it comes to the drop-offs, there are a number of drop-off locations, which you can choose which one is closest to you and the most convenient by looking up “Our Locations” page on our website.

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For those who are looking to enter a foreign market, for instance opting to export to India, or setting up a business that involves frequently sending business products to India, choosing the right export strategy and planning your business around its dynamics is crucial. For instance, setting up the right marketing strategy to finding the right courier to India, would be vital components of your business if you were to export goods from Australia to India, in this instance.

A rule with any good international business plan, is to set up the likes of a good export strategy that considers the need for financial assistance and following the necessary governing bodies of entering into a foreign market. By putting such an export strategy into place, you are setting yourself up for success, enabling you to grow within your capabilities and resources.

If you already have a domestic business in place, then you are able to use a similar strategy with your international business with minor changes to adapt to the demographics in question. By aligning the domestic and international markets together, you are able to run a cohesive export business that takes cues from its national operations.

When putting together your export strategy, you should be well aware of your business’s strengths and weakness, and putting your competitive strengths into focus whilst also ensuring that you are aware of the areas of your business that requires attention. By creating an export strategy  and planning for its success, you also need to set quantifiable objectives, were key performance indicators need to be set in place. Furthermore, you are able to utilise online tools for setting up your export strategy, such as with doing research on your overseas market, figuring out which governing authorities needs interaction, how the local market conducts business, and so forth. You can also reach out to players in the market, that can help you with your overseas business operations, such as for instance, courier to India.

It’s also important to know how you can adapt to change, and setting up basic scenarios on the best responses for various reactions will set you up for success. Whilst you keep your export strategy brief, also ask some industry experts to review your export strategy to finesse it before you set up shop overseas.

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“International Business” involves carrying out commercial activities, be it in investments, logistics & transport, or even private or government sales that occurs between two or more nations, countries, or regions. If you are looking to breach out into international business, whether it is your starting point or you are looking to spread your wings from your national reach, it is important that you know that your business is actually ready and able to expand outside of your country’s borders.  This can partake on both imports and exports, however, there is a much larger need to strategise and plan when you enter the exports market overseas, than that of the imports.

It should be understood that engaging in international business would require certain amount of investment in both time and money. Furthermore, commitment to management is crucial, as there are various particulars that need to be tended to. If already have a national business, and then in the initial stages of your international business, you are able to divert some of your managerial force to the international side of things, however, for long term prosperity, it is always best to have a dedicated managerial team for the international business.

One of the mantras of international business is to have a plan and remain in control of every aspect, once again reinstating how management is important. In order to succeed in your arena of international business, you should have a good product or service, which is demand in the overseas market you are targeting. For instance, currently, there is demand in India for investments in their railway infrastructure and this poses as a great opportunity in Australia, as the two countries’ freight volumes are in par, and thus technologies and investments can be channelled into this international business arrangement.

With the right product or service in hand, and also the necessary resources and information needed to operate your international business, you are able to succeed in the overseas market(s) of your choosing. However, we would like to stress that any successful international business will need the following to reach its desired goals and missions.

  1. Management Commitment and Time
  2. Strength in Domestic Market
  3. Necessary Resources
  4. International Business and Exports Planning
  5. Export Knowledge and Skills

Keep tuned for more insight on how to carry out international business on the Transco Cargo Blog, and don’t forget to drop us a line to find out how we can partner up with you on your commercial logistics and freight requirements.

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With the times changing, and economies demanding more industry and infrastructural development, modernising railway transport in India with Australian standards in mind, is one of the best strategic directions that the Indian subcontinent has made.

The reason for looking to Australia as a case study for the movement of cargo over Indian railways is due to the same type of volume movement in both countries. By using Australian railways and their infrastructure, the government of India has partnered with TTG Transportation to aid Indian Railways in expanding their rail volume capacity and its infrastructure to meet the rising demands of this developing economy.

The inception of DFCCIL, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India, has plans to transform and look at modernising railway transport in India with its US$13b project, which will be utilised to build 3000kms of double-track rail tracks for freight specific through the subcontinent.

With the upcoming infrastructural developments, there has been an added demand and opportunities in rail, especially fo Australian companies that are well-versed in their own railway technologies to assist in the growth of avenues of railway transport in India. Through investments, improved transport links and not to mention technologies that are already existing in Australia that can be deployed within the Indian subcontinent.

 

The full article available through AusTrade can be viewed at Modernising Rail in India: The Australian Way.

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As a business owner with successful products and services already progressing well in the national market, the next platform for progression would be to attain success on the global arena. If you are looking to invest overseas, there are a number of means and business opportunities for investments in Fiji. The Fijian island are made up of approximately 333 islands set in the Pacific Ocean and a near-enough neighbour to Australia.

There are many traditional industries and those that are fast-growing in Fiji, from the likes of tourism, fisheries, agriculture, and manufacturing to the likes of ICT, food processing, resource-based services and more. A detailed list of industry sectors are as follows;

  • Agriculture
  • Audio Visual
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Mining & Groundwater Profile
  • Tourism

When it comes to doing business in Fiji, one must be well versed in the industries that are currently existing and find out which gaps one might be able to fill. Thus, when looking to carry out investments in Fiji, market research is key. Not to mention competitor research in the event your product or service already exists in the market. You can also view opportunities for investments in Fiji by visiting the “Investment Fiji Current Opportunities” web page for new listings such as investment ready projects, joint venture business opportunities, business and/or land sales, and also available office space for operations in Fiji.

However, as a foreign investor, you are required to follow certain rules and guidelines, and these include applying for and receiving approvals from various governing agencies in Fiji. These include the following.

  • Registrar of Companies – You will be required to reserve your company or business name
  • Investment Fiji – You will have to apply for the Investment Approval Tracking System (IATS) on behalf of the government
  • Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority – You will be required to register for tax and VAT purposes
  • Department of Immigration – You will be required to apply for a Fijian work permit
  • Reserve Bank of Fiji – For issues of shares and/or partnership interests
  • Local Town/City Councils – You will be required for a business license to operate in a respective area
  • Fiji National Provident Fund – Registration is required for employer/employee registrations

Detailed instructions for a Foreign Investment Registration Certificate (FIRC) can be viewed in the FIRC Booklet.

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With sea freight, there are various of  cargo  being shipped internationally. When it comes ocean cargo, the types of cargo and ways of shipping your goods in question may be different. This pertains to what your goods are classified as; container cargo, dry bulk, break bulk, liquid bulk, and RO-RO type of ocean cargo.

Container Cargo

The types of cargo that can be classified under container cargo would include goods such as televisions, DVDs, computers, and other such electronic items, kitchen and household appliances, toys, sundry items, clothing, and even commercial electronic items that may come disassembled to fit within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. You may also choose to ship furniture and even a vehicle with your container cargo, provided that it has been loaded appropriately with the right choice of packing and loading options, and been packed and padded accordingly to ensure stability and safety during the journey from origin to destination. Usually packed in boxes or crates, having them fitted to pallets or harness with restraints and separated by wall structures to ensure the integrity of the container safeguards these types of cargo when being shipped.

Dry Bulk

The types of cargo sent through dry bulk cargo include grain, iron ore, cement, coal, sugar ,salt and even sand. These are not packed separately but transported in large quantities in what is known as the hold of the ship. They are not shipped in container, but are transported in special ships meant to carry dry bulk cargo. In our blog post “What is Bulk Cargo”, we highlighted the types of vessels that carry this type of cargo which includes Chinamax, ULOC, VLOC, Capesize, Panamax, and Supramax to name a few.

Liquid Bulk

As the name denotes, liquid bulk include types of cargo that are liquid in nature, and include the likes of oil, fuel oil, and even wine. They are transported in large tanker vessels

Break Bulk

Break bulk cargo on the other hand, is a tad different to that of dry bulk types of cargo, and includes items such as wood, paper, rolls of steel, which can either be transported via a container or loaded directly onto the shipping vessel. They are often packed onto pallets for more convenient transportation, or in racks or crates too.

Ro-Ro

The term refers to “Roll On/ Roll Off” and is often used when referring to types of cargo that can be driven onto the vessel and driven off. This can be anything from a personal vehicle to a commercial automotive. It can include anything from a car to a bus, lorry, crane or agricultural vehicles and more.

 

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When you receive a shipment, you usually see a number of shipping markers on the shipping boxes or crates. If you have ever wondered what they would be, then you are in the right place; we are here to explain them to you.

When you take a shipping box, there are the main marks (the length-wise of a rectangular shipping box) and the side marks. On these sides, numerous amounts of shipping marks that may be used to ensure that the boxes are handled properly and make the transporters life easier during transit. Also, these shipping markers will also ensure that those who handle the cargo, will not only be able to identify the shipment but also let them know the type of cargo.

The following are some of the locations which the shipping markers may be placed.

Shipping Markers

Some of the shipping markers are pictorial whilst some of them are textual. They can be stencilled once loaded in. In many cases, coded marks are included to when describing the content or type of products of the shipping box so it may not be susceptible to theft. In the event of a shipping box requires special handling, not only will it be denoted in the shipping markers but also mentioned in the Bill of Lading.

Any handling information should be legible, and if the cargo is being sent to different countries, then the languages of the origin and destination port will be used on the shipping boxes. Using pictorial shipping markers, it makes life easier when there are many port stop in different countries of different languages. The following includes a guide of the standard pictorial shipping markers that are used for shipping boxes and crates. The most important shipping markers include featuring the orientation label, primary class label, standardised UN certification, shipping name, UN number, and subsidiary class label when shipping hazardous materials that need to confirm to UN shipping regulations.

Apart  from the above, when it comes to certain types of shipping markers, a shipping boxes should also include the net weight and gross weight, description of the goods, and the number of items that are included within. When these shipping boxes are then added to a pallet, the pallets too will include shipping markers such as the ISPM 15 Mark, pallet type, net weight & gross weight, and the number of boxes per pallet. Respectively, there will be container shipping markers will include container dimensions, container number, the container type, the container owner, and the seal number.

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