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Looking for a means of shipping cars from Australia to another country? Need some insights and advice on how best to ship a vehicle overseas from Australia? Transco Cargo can help you decide which shipping option may be best for you as well as take care of the documentation, loading, and customs brokerage on both ends! Shipping cars from Australia (or any country, for that matter) is pricey especially with the investment, therefore it’s always a good option to keep car-shipping costs down, and here’s how! Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know!

Shipping Cars from Australia Transco Cargo FCL RORO Shipping

Firstly, you should be aware that there are two popular shipping methods when it comes to shipping vehicles overseas. You have the option of either going with FCL (Full Container Load) or RORO (Roll-On/Roll-Off). The choice of shipping method also pertains to the vehicle you are attempting to ship and which option is feasible based on circumstances. One of the things to note is that RORO is the cheapest shipping method when shipping cars overseas.

Shipping a Car with RORO

If you are looking to ship a vehicle overseas the RORO method is best because a) it is the cheapest option and b) it’s the best option when shipping this one vehicle and not anything else. Shipping vessels are fitted to accommodate vehicles that can be rolled on and rolled off, that means to say, that the vehicle will be driven into the shipping vessel and then secured for transport. There are some requirements expected from you when you choose RORO shipping which includes the following.

  1. The vehicle should be empty in terms of anything that is not part of the interior of the vehicle. Items include personal effects, electronics (including GPS/Navigational systems, chargers, music systems etc), and other accessories that have been fitted in.
  2. Making sure that there are no leaking fluids is crucial. Therefore, make sure to check whether your vehicle is not leaking oil, water or anything else. It should be noted that if there is leakage, your vehicle will not be loaded and you will have to repair it at your own cost before it can be loaded for shipping.
  3. Since your vehicle will be driven in and driven out, you should check that the fuel tank is no more than ¼ tank full.
  4. The overall condition of the vehicle should be in good working condition.
  5. In order for most customs clearance and quarantine inspections, its always best to clean your vehicle before shipping. This includes vacuuming the interior, cleaning the exterior, and also the engine bay and under body.

Shipping a Car with FCL

When you’ve chosen FCL, it means that your car will be stored inside a container.  Basically, you opt to send a car and you do not want to share the container with anybody else. By strict policy, if you are to send a vehicle via container, at Transco Cargo, we recommend FCL shipping. Also, if you choose this option, you are also able to send more cargo along with the vehicle, which is great when moving overseas and wanting to send your household goods and personal effects along with your vehicle. In the event you’re looking to do the latter, consider a 40ft container shipment on FCL basis. To find out what you can include inside a container, make sure to check out our previous week’s blog post – Container Shipping Overseas with Transco Cargo.

Find out how Transco Cargo can help you with shipping cars from Australia to the likes of Sri Lanka or Dubai by contacting us through our quick quote option on our website!

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If you’re looking to send cargo overseas with Transco Cargo you should be aware that there are two types of containers that are usually used when using sea freight as your mode of shipping your goods overseas. They are either a 40ft container or a 20ft container and the basis of your requirement will reflect the shipping rate that you will be quoted. Transco Cargo has been known to offer affordable shipping rates in Melbourne and with our global network; we are able to give you the best shipping rate possible. Now, let’s get to business and look at the various terms that relates to container shipping overseas.

Container Shipping Overseas with Transco Cargo Australia

FCL (Full Container Load)

A Full Container Load or FCL is used when a shipper will require an entire container for their cargo. That is all the goods being shipped in that container is owned by one shipper. Even if the container is half loaded or even less, it is still referred to as a FCL as one shipper has reserved the right to have their cargo shipped separated from others. This mode of shipping costs slightly higher than LCL.

LCL (Less than Container Load)

If you are choosing LCL, that means to say that Transco Cargo, as your freight forwarder will be giving you the best rate possible. Less than Container Load (LCL) shipping is also known as Groupage for the reason that a container will be shared between different sets of shipments. That is, person A, B and C who have all chosen LCL shipping will be able to get the best shipping rate as they will be sharing a container to send their cargo overseas. That is, as one shipper is unable to fill his cargo into one container, to maximise and save on shipping costs and reduce wastage, the freight forwarder will offer other shippers the available space in the same container and then consolidate the entire shipment in the form of FCL. When the shipment reaches the  shipping destination, the freight forwarder at that end will then de-consolidate and separate the cargo based on who the shipper was.

40-foot Container Shipment

A 40-foot container measures at 67 cubic metres with dimensions of 12.0m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39m (H).

If you were to opt for FCL with a 40ft container for shipping your personal goods, you are able to include the likes of the following;

  • 28 shipping boxes
  • kitchen appliances (such as a fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, kitchen cupboards)
  • bedroom sets (such as beds, cupboards, lighting fixtures)
  • living and lounge sets (such as sofa set, dining set, TV and recliner)
  • miscellaneous items such as a car, motorcycle, and bicycles.

20 foot Container Shipment

A 20-foot container measures at 33 cubic metres with dimensions of 6.04m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39m (H).

If you were to opt for FCL with a 20ft container for shipping your personal goods, you are able to include the likes of the following;

  • 16 shipping boxes
  • kitchen appliances (such as a fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, kitchen cupboards)
  • bedroom sets (such as beds, cupboards, lighting fixtures)
  • living and lounge sets (such as sofa set, dining set, TV and recliner)
  • miscellaneous items such as a motorcycle, and bicycles.

Find out how you can send cargo overseas with Transco Cargo by getting a quick quote! Click on the following image to get start on your quick shipping quotation!

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When it comes to sending your personal effects, most of us opt to send it via courier. Transco Cargo is ever ready to help you with your shipping requirements when sending goods to Dubai from Melbourne. First and foremost, you should be aware that there are certain limitations that pertains the mode of shipping that you choose to send your cargo based on the size of the shipment and often also the urgency. For example, if you’re looking at shipping a set of urgent confidential documents, then air freight would be the best option. The same applies to a limited amount of shipping boxes. However, if you’re planning on moving from Australia to Dubai, then it may be best if you choose sea shipping to save on shipping costs though you may have to give up on timing. We’ll get into all of that below!

Send Cargo to Dubai from Melbourne | Transco Cargo Australia

Firstly, there are may be various reasons why you have decided to send cargo to Dubai from Melbourne. One of the most common reasons for personal shipments overseas would be due moving. Others would be for sending personal effects or household goods, or even sending vehicles from Australia to Dubai. Based on your need, Transco Cargo will recommend the type of shipping method you should choose (whether it should be by air or by sea). However, we will also look at urgency of the goods versus feasibility, and not to mention affordability.

If you were to send cargo to Dubai from Melbourne by air, it would reach the destination between 1 to 3 business days time, whereas, if you were to send sea cargo to Dubai from Melbourne it would be more likely 20 to 25 days time. Transco Cargo sends shipments to the Gulf every Thursday.

In the event you were to choose shipping by air over sea cargo, you should also be aware that the costs would be exponentially higher. Air freight for excess luggage or personal effects is often not chosen unless there is an urgent need. For instance, if you were to choose perhaps 10 shipping boxes (such as tea chests) or even the contents of a single bedroom apartment,  you are looking at possibly paying approximately between AU$2000- AU$2500 or more based on the contents and duties. However, it would be more than double that rate if you chose to air shipping. If you were to choose to ship a car to Dubai from Australia, a similar or slightly higher rate would apply. These estimates are based on specific criteria and you should speak to Transco Cargo for a quote for the same based on your requirements.

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Many of us who have family and friends living overseas look for reliable and affordable shipping packages to send goods, be it personal effects, household goods or more. The same applies to commercial cargo too, as establishing a good working relationship between a shipper and your business is a crucial element in supply chain management. By choosing a reliable shipping partner such as Transco Cargo who has made a name for themselves in the arena of shipping to SAARC countries such as Bangladesh, means that your goods are in safe hands. If you are looking for a partner for shipping goods to Bangladesh, then the following shipping rules and information may be of importance to you.

Transco Cargo Shipping to Bangladesh from Australia

Bangladesh has two main means of receiving shipments from overseas; at Chittagong for sea cargo and Dhaka for air cargo. The process of receiving imports into Bangladesh is similar to that of any country and will require going through the Bangladesh imports clearance process. Whenever a shipment arrives in a country over international borders, it must be first cleared through customs before it can be handed over to the recipient of the goods being shipped. Transco Cargo is able to handle customs brokerage services on your behalf and when accepting your shipment to Bangladesh (and other SAARC countries too), you will be required to submit various documents concerning the shipment to avoid delays.

Customs clearance when shipping to Bangladesh depends on a few factors such as whether you are shipping goods with documents saying they are not of commercial value, and/or whether they are dutiable goods. When it comes to paying duty and/or tax on dutiable goods, any of the parties (the shipper, recipient, or third party) can do so. You are not able to clear goods partially and must be done so as a whole. Once the shipment has been cleared, it must be claimed within 30 days time or be at risk of having it declared abandoned.

With air cargo shipments to Bangladesh, when received at the Dhaka Airport, they should be first cleared through customs there before it can be transferred to another domestic airport. Documentation that will be required with your shipment to Bangladesh (if by air) in general would be an Air Waybill and Master Air Waybill. However, if you are shipping gifts, then an Air Waybill, Commercial Invoice (of the gift item), and authorisation of the consignee will be required. In the event, the shipment includes samples, then an Air Waybill, Master Air Waybill, Commercial Invoice and  copy of VAT registration is needed.  If you are choosing air cargo as a means of shipping high value goods, then an Air Waybill, Master Air Waybill, VAT registration certificate, Important Registration certificate, an import permit, and authorisation from the consignee will be needed. Transco Cargo will make sure that these documents are collected from you when undertaking your shipment to Bangladesh.

When it comes down to sea cargo to Bangladesh, the sea port of Chittagong is where the goods will be received. It’s best to ensure that basic shipping documents such as the Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, Consular Invoice, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit/Sale, and other such documents are available and in hand. Transco Cargo, with the 30 years of experience, is more than experienced to undertake your need to ship your goods to Bangladesh with care.

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Following the extensive experience of imports and exports to Samoa, Transco Cargo has put together a quick guide on shipping into Samoa. Along with its booming tourism, and demand for imports, Samoa operates one of the busiest airports in the region – offering well-planned shipping connections to destinations such as New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and the United States of America. The shipping connections also extend to Asian destinations such as China, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. The region’s flourishing business sector has demanded great shipping requirements over the past few decades, and Transco Cargo has supplied to many of these needs successfully.

Shipping to Samoa with Transco Cargo

The Samoa State is a cluster of islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. Until 1962, the state was under the governance of New Zealand, which was then declared independence with the new Independent State of Samoa strengthening a steady political relationship. The growing tourism sector in the state accounts for 25% of the country’s’ total GDP, which has also escalated the demand for imports into the state.

Items that are prohibited

Apart from the regular list of prohibited items, the Independent State of Samoa has an extensive list of items, which are not allowed to pass territory.

Food and Beverages

The list includes various types of food such as meat, dried and canned food, uncooked fish and fish eggs, and certain types of fruits and vegetables.  Agricultural basics such as plants seeds, soil, plants, and animal pesticides are also prohibited. Types of alcohol such as absinthe are also prohibited from entry, and it is always safest to check the entire list of items with Transco Cargo prior to shipping.

Clothing, Furniture, Souvenirs

Items created from endangered species such as fur coats, leather clothing made of animal leather and certain souvenirs imported from Hawaii are also prohibited from entry. Cultural artefacts and certain antiques have been banned although specific sculptures many require validation and permission prior to entry.

Hazardous Materials

Items such as fireworks, uncategorized toys, and items that pose the threat to health, cannot be imported to Samoa. This includes medications that contain prohibited substances.

Customs Documentation

Transco Cargo will ensure all your required documentation for your shipment is completed prior to shipping to Samoa. As with all regions outside of the EU, the rightful customs documentation should be completed and sent along with the shipment. Always remember that these documents are the sender’s responsibility and should be completed by an experienced logistics provider for accuracy.

Packaging your items

Packaging your items are just as important as pre-checks and documentation. Your package will be travelling across the seas to its final destination, so it is essential that the items are bound securely. Wrap all fragile items in bubble wrap or paper tissue ensure they are secure, also make sure that all edges of the boxes are taped down with a strong masking tape. Always use a non-erasable marker to write the address clearly do the details are not removed during transportation, and that it will be easier to locate amongst other items for shipping to Samoa.

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Transco Cargo is happy to support yet another initiative in supporting the  flood victims in Sri Lanka  organised by Bendigo Bank in conjunction with some School Alumni Associations.

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Together with the Bendigo Bank and the Alumni Associations of St. Thomas College, Royal College and Trinity College, will assist the Foundation of Goodness to help 100 affected families.


You can also drop off non-perishable goods of your choosing at the two Transco Cargo warehouses mentioned below.

Transco Cargo 40 foot Free Container Shipment for Relief Aid Cargo

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Need to send a parcel to Sri Lanka in a hurry? You have come to the right place. We understand your urgency and we guarantee that your goods will be delivered quickly and on time. Prior to sending your parcel via courier to Sri Lanka, it is important to ensure that your goods are packed safely and efficiently so that we may deliver your valued goods without damage. One of the common issues that we encounter is damaged goods due to poor packaging. We want our customers to be satisfied and ensure that your goods will reach Sri Lanka in perfect condition.

Transco Cargo Courier to Sri Lanka Packing Advice

We have compiled some quick tips to help ensure that your items reach Sri Lanka in perfect condition. If followed correctly, we can minimise the hassle and ensure the safety of your parcels.

General Tips

Keep the following general tips in mind when sending packing your goods to be shipped via courier.

  • When packing in a shipping box, make sure to choose the right size. Under filled and overfilled boxes will result in your goods falling off due to lack of pressure or getting damaged due to too much pressure.
  • If you are packing liquids in shipping boxes, make sure to seal the lids.
  • Use quality cushioning such as polystyrene when packing fragile or plastic goods.
  • Use arrow up labels for boxes containing fragile goods such as glass and porcelain.
  • Wrap solid items in plastic separately to prevent smashing against other goods.
  • Use heavy tape around edges of the boxes to prevent goods from falling off if the boxes get wet.
  • When sending gifts, make sure they are packed in secure boxes/containers as consumer-ready gift packaging may not be suitable for international transport.
  • Go easy on excess packing and tape as Customs Officers have full authority to examine packages if they deem necessary.

Golden Rules of Packing

  1. Check to see if addresses are written correctly. Make sure the details of the consignee is 100% accurate. Mistakes in the addresses could lead to miss-delivery of your parcels. Telephone numbers are optional but providing it could minimise any hassle if addresses are mentioned incorrectly.
  1. Safety! As we mentioned before, make sure to wrap all goods in plastic and bubble wrap- especially materials with sharp edges as they could damage the packing. Pack all fragile goods in polystyrene and Styrofoam. Make sure fragile goods don’t touch the sides of the boxes. Better be safe than sorry.

Our service agents can assist you with packing if you need it.

  1. Labelling your boxes is very important – especially if they contain fragile goods. This will make sure workers and porters will handle your parcels with care.

We can label your boxes for you, as long as you declare your contents to our service agents.

  1. Lastly, consult our service agents for any information you may require such as time periods, regulations and freight availability. Declare your contents accurately and inform us on any specific requirements.

After your goods are dispatched, we will provide you with a unique tracking number. You will be able to track the whereabouts of your goods on our website until they are delivered.

The Transco Cargo agents are at your disposal for any additional information you may require.

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Airfreight involves the shipment of packages and goods via an air carrier. An air carrier could be commercial or charter. Transportation via air carriers allows shipments an easier gateway to anywhere that airlines fly and land.

The process of airfreight is used in conjunction with other shipping methods such as rail, marine and has since become widely used as one of the most efficient delivery options in exporting and importing in the 21st century. The airfreight industry has grown steadily over the past decades and considered an efficient and quicker way of transporting goods.

The process of air cargo requires many vital steps taken by the freight forwarder and the air carrier. Here is a guideline on how the process of air cargo is carried out on a daily basis.

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There are 3 vital steps that are followed under the process of shipping.

1. Assembling the Shipment

Collecting goods for consignee and preparing the packing materials and the packing list is important. Once the shipment is assembled we move onto the next step.

2. Making RFT (Read for Transport)

It is also important to ensure you pack your goods and label packages clearly. Following the packaging, your freight forwarding agent will prepare any required security documents and other relevant transportation documentation and prepare for shipment. Transco Cargo can help you any step of the way.

3. Ordering Transport

Once the package has arrived, it will be sent to the freight forwarder warehouse and left at storage ready for pick up.


Forwarding Out

When your goods are being exported, the below steps apply during transportation.

  • Goods are picked up following the order received and given a POA (Proof of Acceptance)
  • An incoming check is performed and sorted according to flight dates for goods to be transported
  • Recheck for labelling errors and re-label if required and make necessary security declarations
  • Prepare all relevant customs documents and clear for customs
  • Consolidate all goods according to all regulations of necessity and prepare a master AWB (Air Waybill)
  • Arrange transport to airline and inform receiving end of the incoming package



Air Transport

During air transportation, there are many vital steps that are carried out during the transference of the package.

  • Prepare and plan for handling and storage shipments based on confirmed bookings.
  • Perform incoming and administration checks
  • Sort good and documents
  • Perform outgoing and administration checks
  • Prepare ULDs (Unit Load Devices) according to specific instructions
  • Prepare ramp transport and security checks
  • Load onto aircraft and prepare for flight
  • Once landed prepare for ramp transport of cargo
  • Receive ULDs and breakdown ULD according to instructions
  • Check incoming shipments against documents
  • Prepare for warehouse storage and clear flight manifest
  • Load goods onto truck and dispatch

Forwarding In

Importing goods via air transportation is considered a convenient method to transfer packages. Here are the steps taken to ensure goods are delivered on time;

  • Picking up documents once notified by the airline and arranging local pickup of the documents
  • Preparing customs documents, aiding with clearance and printing the customs release note
  • Arrange local pick up of the package from the airline
  • Arrange delivery to consignee with all relevant documentation and receive POD (Proof of Delivery)


  • Receiving shipment – once the shipment is received the check for all number of goods and if any visible damage can be identified. Once cleared, provide a POD.
  • Unpacking goods– unpack goods and thoroughly check for any damages that have occurred during transportation.
  • Check goods with administration – count present goods with the packing list or procurement order to verify any missing items. Arrange for any warranty claims along with payments for transport supplier where necessary. Make arrangements for customs declarations when required.

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Relocating overseas requires a lot of organizing, planning, time, patience, and perhaps even determination may be required at some point. Relocation to India, however, could mean you need specific assistance with packaging, shipping, and other documentation. Moving overseas could also be personal or even relocating a business. Here are some tips on how to manage your international relocation smoothly.

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Checklist for the Relocation of Household Goods and Personal Effects

Make a checklist of things that needs to be done and can access from your mobile phone. With the use of modern technology, you can use smart phone apps to plan out your checklist which will sync each time you add something new. This way you don’t have to carry a notebook around and worry about it getting misplaced. You can also easily use the list to search for items you need in India, on your phone.

Sort Out All the Required Documentation

Get in touch with everyone who send you important correspondence and inform them that you are relocating. This could include banks, insurance firms, and the Australian tax office. Since the Australia post’s notification service is free, you can easily fill in the relocation details online.

Shipping your Personal Belongings

If you are permanently relocating overseas, it is important to find a very good shipping company to transport all your belongings. Professional shipping companies such as Transco Cargo do Shipping to India. It is always best to get a quotation along with all the customs requirements prior to finalizing the packing list. For details on shipping dates to India via Transco cargo, visit here.

Relocating your Business

Relocating a business is far more complex than relocating a home. There will be a lot of legal documentation and operational transfers that require adequate planning.

Not every business is easily transferable to another country. If you have an online business in operation, it would be an easier setup. But in any case, if it’s a bigger operation, it will require careful planning to ensure your business fits in comfortably with the Indian culture and its country’s business norms.

Other details you may need to look into would be;

  • If your industry is well established in India
  • If you are still able to maintain relationships with existing customers from India
  • If your business has a good market presence and connects well with the people and culture in India

Shipping your Business Goods

There may be certain machinery, equipment, files that require to be transferred to India. With a reliable and professional shipping company like Transco Cargo, you should be able to send your business materials across to India with minimum hassle.

Always ensure you label your business goods under categories and numbers along with your packing list to make sure you have less to deal with, once you arrive to India.  Your shipping company will also ensure all goods pass through customs and are received well on time to set up your business.

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When you are traveling abroad and you end up with more baggage than you planned, you may find yourself with a need for excess baggage shipping. This is due to your airline being unable cannot accommodate due to weight restrictions or because you may have to pay hefty excess baggage fees.  You may be someone travelling on vacation and bought way too much stuff to bring back on the plane. You may also be an importer who wants to bring back a lot of goods with you. There may even be a chance you may be migrating to another country for a new job with all your belongings to start a new life. No matter what it is, we at Transco Cargo can assist you to sort out your excess baggage shipping and make things easy for you.

Transco Cargo Excess Baggage Shipping Services

On Business

If you are a businessperson and you travelled overseas to procure items for your business unavailable in your country, you would want to bring back as many of those items as possible. If you want to ship back all the extra things you bought on your buying trip, we are the perfect company to hire. We can help in numerous ways, such as helping with the excess baggage packing of boxes and to wrap your cargo with appropriate packaging. Transco Cargo can also help you fill out all the paperwork and arrange freight at our earliest.

On Holiday

Airlines only allow passengers to allow a certain weight of baggage on a single flight (depending on the flight and country) but on average it is about 11kg. This may be adequate for your first flight to the destination but no one comes back from a holiday empty handed. All your gifts, souvenirs, and clothes will need to be shipped back separately and we can offer you an outstanding service for you. Simply dial our number and speak to us, and we will arrange everything and let you know a date when you can expect your baggage.

Moving for a job

The global job market is becoming more and more competitive. Many people are faced with a decision to move abroad for employment if they want to succeed as many people are offered great employment opportunities overseas. It is an exciting but strenuous process and your life will be completely uprooted. You can free yourself from some of that burden. Let us handle your logistical requirements. We will ensure all your belongings are packed safely and sent to the destination by the time you reach there.

At Transco Cargo, we offer fair and competitive rates for our excess baggage services. We usually charge by weight per item but for items with unconventional shapes, (such as surfboards, chairs, and more), we will charge by volume. You do not need to worry about extra baggage when you travel overseas again. We will ensure the safe delivery of your baggage. We will pick up your baggage from your door and make sure it is waiting for you on the other side. Get in contact with us and we will offer you a world class, professional service no matter what your budget is!