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As we look back upon 2016, we are also looking forward to changes and new beginning in the New Year. As the dawn of 2017 looms in the horizon, we look at global shipping news to start the year informed and aware of the status of the shipping industry. Let us look into some noteworthy global shipping news that could affect the logistics industry.

Indian Shipping News

In 2016, the new budget called for the increase revenue in all major ports if the Indian subcontinents, as well as plans that have been in motion for a few years to expand major ports. The project for deepening of Port of Chennai has succeeded with welcoming one of the largest cargo vessels into the docks carrying a tonnage of 5,782 TEU (which stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Units and used to measure a cargo carrying capacity).

Chennai Port

The Chennai Container Terminal Port, abbreviated to CCTP, allows for a berth of 14.5m (as part of the phased deepening plans of the port), allowing larger vessels being able to dock there, which in turn means greater tonnage and higher revenues being brought to Indian shores.  With more improvements under way, the Shipping Ministry has plans to deepen all major ports throughout India, with a berth of at least 16m.

Nigerian Shipping News

With the year 2016 drawing to a close, all Nigerian stakeholders in the shipping industry were unanimous in their decelerations that it was not a good year for the country and their shipping operations. This was due to government policies that were not advantageous to the shipping industry and thus causing roadblocks for prospects and ultimately hurting incoming revenues.


With 2017, dawning, Nigerian shipping stakeholders are calling for reduction in tariffs to boost operations in the New Year. If Nigeria is looking to becoming a maritime hub in the West African region, developments and improvements should be put into effect in the year 2017 to accommodate the likes of VLCCs and ULCCs.

Cyprus Unification

With talks to unify Cyprus, many believe that this would benefit the shipping industry as it did with the Vietnamese political situation post-unification. Experts believe the lifting of Turkish embargo on Cyrus-flagged vessels would reflect similarly as it did Vietnam. With the 2nd day of talks proving to be positive, many are looking to a positive change throughout the country.



With the new year arriving in a couple of hours, we wish our customers and followers a Happy New Year!

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With the New Year around the corner, Transco Cargo with its parent company Transco International has been working tirelessly to improve our customer experience. With the need for all your year-round shipping needs in mind, we have made some improvements and offerings to make your life easier.

Frequent Sailings

Transco Cargo has frequent sailings which are viewable on our online shipping calendar. With frequent sailings to India, Sri Lanka and Fiji (January to March 2017 are as follows), finding out when the next shipment is a breeze.

Transco Cargo to 2017 Shipment Dates Calendar - Jan Feb Mar

Frequent shipment cut off date to other countries are as follows  for your year-round shipping needs.

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Shipments to Sri Lanka

In the new year, starting February to November  of 2017, Transco Cargo has scheduled weekly cargo shipments to Colombo, with cut-offs every Saturday. Transco Cargo is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm, but closed on Sundays and public holidays. Find our pickup and drop off locations on our website at Our Locations.

Domestic Shipping & Express Shipping

There are various choices of Australian domestic shipping options to choose from. Our recent blog post “Domestic Shipping across Australia” looked at the type of freight transport services are on offer for small to medium sized businesses.

There are various means of express shipping, for domestic or international freight, as follows;

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Door-to-Door Delivery

We are able to pick up your goods for shipping from your home or office, handle packaging, shipping and customs clearance and end at delivering them to the intended destination without a hassle.

Car Shipping via Container and RORO Shipping

Transco Cargo offers vehicle-shipping options via FCL or on RORO basis to ship vehicles from Australia to Dubai or Sri Lanka. Our customer agents are happy to answer any of your questions!

Stay Tuned to Transco Cargo

Look out for limited time/special offers during holidays such as third box at free or at discounted rate to name a few. You can tune in by signing up for our newsletter and hear all the news and special offers. You can sign up for our newsletter on the homepage of our website by taking caution to sign up for the interested countries and Australian states as our newsletter cater to them specifically. You can also download our Transco Cargo app on the Apple store or Google Play store to keep yourself updated on the calendar, offers and other all year-round shipping needs.

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The search trusted and experienced courier partner for your domestic shipping across Australia is no joke. If you are a business owner looking to expand and grow your company in the New Year, there may be requirements that you have yet to link up with proper solutions. One possibly could be finding a domestic courier and freight services provider in Australia.

With support offered through interstate couriers over rail, road, and air based on your domestic shipping requirements, we’re here to help. If you are looking for special service levels or customised shipping solutions that are unique to your small to medium scale company then knowing your pick of services is always a good starting point.

Domestic Shipping via Road

To courier goods through either standard or customised domestic shipping across Australia or even a short distance, there are varieties of delivery options to choose from, including express domestic delivery.

Domestic Shipping via Air

If you are in need of an urgent domestic courier, shipping via air services is the best way to do it.  Based on your time requirement as well as your budget, we are able to tailor an air shipping solution accordingly.

Intermodal Transport and Shipping

Through improved road, rail, and port connections throughout the country, domestic shipping across Australia is now faster and more efficient. By handing over your freight requirements to us and dealing with only one transport company, you are able to save time and money. With our own shipping network, aligning your supply chain management needs is a breeze.

Time Definite Freight Shipping

If you are shipping cargo that are time-sensitive and require frequent delivery, we are able to customise your domestic shipping needs accordingly to match your schedule and ensure punctual deliveries.

Bulky and Palletised Freight

If you have bulky cargo that does not fit into conventional shipping boxes or crates, that is perfectly okay. We’ve got you covered. Speak to us about how we can manage your complex cargo with ease!

Full Container and Truckloads

If you need containers or a truckload worth of cargo shipped domestically, we can have them shopped throughout Australia with ease. Organise the shipments to and from depots or warehouses, and synchronize your supply chain management needs and with our specialised domestic shipping solutions!

Regardless of your cargo size and weight, which we can meet your requirements for domestic shipping across Australia whether it’s one-off or frequent with our tailor-made shipping solutions.

If you are looking for affordable rates for your domestic shipping across Australia with quality services, you are in the right place as Transco Cargo offers cheap domestic shipping Australia-wide with a comprehensive range of services as mentioned above.

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Annually, much research is done to understand the trends and growths/declines of various industries, and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (also known as BITRE) is responsible for carrying out research on the logistics industry in Australia. The latest research data (which can be found in the Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2016) on the logistics industry in Australia foresees further grow in the New Year. With productivity and investments in the Australian freight and logistics industry at an all time high, the sector foresees to continue the upward trend in 2017!

By comparing statistics from the previous financial year (2014-2015) to the current (2015-2016), freight over road and rail with bulk and non-bulk domestic freight in tonne kilometres (tkm), i.e. total load carried x total distance covered. The statistics of the past years have shown the following figures;

  2013-2014 2014-2015
Road 205.7 bn tkm 212 bn tkm
Rail 367.7 bn tkm 401.6 bn tkm

*bn – billion  |  tkm – tonne kilometres

Movement of freight through the five principles ports of Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle, and Adelaide) in Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs),  has seen increasing volumes over the years with 7.1mn TEU in these ports alone for 2014-2015 (up from 6.2mn TEU in the 2013-2014). Coastal shipping volumes have picked up following a slump in the years of 2009 to 2013 as follows too, showing an increasing trend.

  2006-2007 2009-2010 2013-2014 2014-2015
TEU 127.6bn TEU 116.2bn TEU 104.5bn TEU 105.4bn TEU

*mn – million | TEA – twenty-foot equivalent units

The progressive increase over the years has given those with shipping clout, reason to believe the increasing trends and patterns in the logistics industry in Australia will continue to further grow in the financial years of 2016-2017.

With many improvements facilitated in the logistics industry of Australia, with much work being done to improve road and rail networks and interconnecting them with the ports and linkages means that efficacy has since increased too. The Port of Melbourne, the largest and general cargo port in Australia, and is also the natural transport hub for south-eastern Australia. It should be noted that not only does it connect to South Australia, but also with the east coast of the Australian mainland, New South Wales and the mainland port to transfer cargo to Tasmania. With road and rail connections being improved to and from the Port of Melbourne, great efficacy is expected. Improvements to the ports in terms of capacity and operations, such as channel deepening is also testament to improving facilities against growing the needs of the logistics industry in Australia. Employees in the industry too are optimistic of the growth in the coming year despite the economic and political insecurity.

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The holidays are upon us! It’s already December 1st! The countdown to Christmas officially begins! When it comes down to the holiday season, we often have the tendency to leave even a little bit of Christmas shopping to the last minute. However, when shipping is involved, we like to take pre-emptive action to ensure that your family and loved ones near and far can enjoy merriment and spirit of the holiday season. Therefore, this time around, we will be looking into the dynamics of holiday shipping. We’ll be sharing what you need to know to avoid the last minute rush and how to make a saving this Christmas.

First off, plan ahead of time! If you have family and friends who live further away from you or even overseas, then you need to make sure that they get their holiday gifts on time. The best way to do this is by consulting a shipping calendar of a trusted and reputed shipping company such as Transco Cargo. When you look at the Shipping Calendar and Schedule, you will find the shipment deadlines as well as the estimated arrival in the country in question.

If you are looking at a small amount of cargo and you are looking for savings, opting for sea cargo on LCL basis is the easiest way to go. However, this requires a certain level of pre-planning. Shipping cut-off dates are usually way ahead of time to factor in shipping, consolidation/de-consolidation of cargo at various ports before at the final arrival point for your shipment. By factoring in the time, which will be included in the shipment schedule, you’ll be able to take note and get your Christmas shopping done for the family and friends in question who live overseas.

Usually, the shipments to arrive in time for Christmas are despatched in October and early November. However, as the saying goes “better late than never.” Thus, we also offer some shipments in late November and early December to ensure that your family and friends are always thought about.

Ideally, if you are sending your holiday shipping by sea and you have various items for a specific group of friends or a family in mind, you can choose the right shipping box or crate size to match. Often, you can task the job of distributing the holiday shipping received in a single box or crate to a responsible friend or family member. If you are choosing to send your holiday shipping overseas, getting them all packed up in a large shipping box or crate is ideal, because you will save based on size and weight.

Often, there are many promotions based on the shipping box in size, where we offer discounted rate for consecutive purchases of shipping boxes. Of course, if sea cargo isn’t on the card in the event you have missed your cut0off dates, then you can opt for express shipping options or even via air cargo if the holiday shipping budget is not a problem. This may be best if there are only a limited amount of holiday shipments going overseas.

When it comes to your holiday shipping, Transco Cargo has you covered. Get it touch with us to make the best time to get your gifts and presents ready for your loved ones and shipped out at the earliest.


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For personal or business shipping requirements, you may be interested in sending container shipments to Samoa from Australia. Sea freight is the best option when you have a lot of cargo to be shipped overseas. The cost of sending container shipments to Samoa via ocean cargo will be much less compared to that of air cargo and is the logical choice in terms of sticking to a budget.

Wherever you are in Australia, if you are looking for shipping to Samoa, you are able to coordinate with the Samoa shipments team to ensure that your cargo gets from its current location to its destination in a timely way. Often, several personal container shipments to Samoa are chosen when moving overseas or sending a variety of household goods. With concerns to business shipping, you can send anything from heavy machinery, office furniture or other business cargo, using container shipping over sea is the most viable option.

If you are looking for help with packing your cargo, assistance will be offered to you. Not only will our Australia to Samoa shipping team offer you recommendations and shipping advice. Also as a value added service, we can offer packing assistance too along with the necessary shipping boxes/crates and packing material. You are offered everything from packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper,

Furthermore, the necessary shipping documentation will be conveyed to you ahead of time. Advice and recommendations to getting everything in order is something that one who is established in the logistics industry takes pride in. Having all information ahead of time makes planning something as important as shipping large cargo easier and less complex for all parties involved. Thus, we highly recommend that getting one of the best freight forwarders from Australia to Samoa for your container shipments.

First things first, you should get yourself a good shipping quote for sea cargo, from the likes of container shipments to Apia from Melbourne or anywhere else in Australia. Start with the dimensions of your cargo and the approximated weight based on the type of goods you are planning on shipping. The description is important in terms of customs clearance requirements and so forth. By offering comprehensive information during the obligation free shipping quote, you are able to receive the best shipping advice for your requirement. Take care to add any special requests or comments so that your requirement is well noted and documented for extra care and diligence.

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Finding it difficult to fit the contents of all your belongings from your trip to Australia before heading out to your next destination? Whether you’ve visited the land down under for business or pleasure, you may often find yourself with excess personal baggage prior to your flight back. More often than not, the realisation of being over the baggage allowance limit may occur at the airport when checking in your baggage. That is when the high excess baggage fees hit you. To avoid this, we recommend your consider the service of excess baggage shipping from Australia to the country you are travelling to.

We recommend a few things to avoid high excess baggage fees at the airport, including how to opt for excess baggage shipping from Australia ahead of time.

Purchasing a Travel Baggage Scale

As a pre-emptive action, we recommend that you invest in a travel baggage scale that lets you weigh the luggage in hand. These are portable ad are a great way to find out how much your packed baggage weighs so that you have the choice of dividing contents of your baggage between the various options allowed by the airline of choice.

Knowing your Baggage Allowances

Visiting the airline’s website is the easiest way to find out how much checked luggage is allowed on your flight against the seating option that you have purchased. This information is also usually included when you purchase a ticket, but checking the website also offers you more information, including the excess baggage fees associated with the airline too. With all the information in hand, you can then make an informed decision, that is whether to sending your excess baggage from Australia ahead of time or to pay the excess baggage fees.

Excess Baggage Shipping from Australia

If you have chosen to use courier services for excess baggage shipping from Australia, then you should be aware that the process is a simple one. Contact Transco Cargo to get a quick quote from them either via the website or calling the hotline at +61 3 9357 7228. You can either then choose to drop the excess baggage at our offices in Melbourne or at our Australia-wide agents, or even organise a pick-up from your location. We also offer a variety of shipping box options as well as packing materials, which can be requested in advance.

Excess Baggage Fees

If you do opt to chance the high excess baggage fees whether it’s lack of time or otherwise, you can either pay the fees at the airport or you can opt to visit your airline’s website and purchase extra baggage allowance.

International-Shipping for Relocation

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Relocating to another country, whether for business or for personal reasons, the process requires a certain level of premeditation. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be a stressful process. With a strategic approach, shipping for relocation of your office or home can actually be quite simple. With the proper infrastructural support offered by your trusted shipping company, you’re able to relocate your household or office items safely and efficiently.

Deciding What to Pack when Shipping for Relocation

One of the important things to think about just before packing would be what to pack and what not to pack. It’s important to look at this strategically whether it’s a residential or office relocation. You need to decide this early on and it’s always a good idea to have it written down. That is, what you decide to take on your relocation and what you are choosing to leave behind. Based on this, start packing what you will be packing for your relocation.

One advice we give our customers is to separate and label what you are not shipping for relocation by either moving them into a different room and/or label it with “Do Not Ship/Pack.” These items may be items that you plan to leave behind or will be selling or donating. You should also have items that are critical items such as passports, confidential documents, and other valuables that may be necessary for use leading up the day of relocation. Those items should be separated from the “Do Not Ship” pile.

Transco Cargo Shipping for Relocation Home Shipping Boxes

The packing list, which acts as an inventory of what you are packing into your shipping for relocation boxes, can definitely make your life easier especially if you have a labelling system in place that correlates to the shipping boxes/crates.

Choosing which Mode of Shipping

When shipping for relocation, you need to consider the mode of shipping, whether you should be opting for air or ocean cargo. Each option has its advantages. Sending furniture, appliances and even vehicles via ocean cargo is the best, whereas, air cargo may be the best option for critical items that you may need as soon as you get to your destination.

The Shipping Documentation

While a packing list is essential, there are other shipping for relocation documentation that you will require which will be communicated to you by your shipping company.

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Download the Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar complete with shipment dates to send cargo to Sri Lanka, India and Fiji. Get the PDF version by clicking on the below image or following this link -> Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar with Shipment Dates

Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar Download

We offer a great range of shipping services for our clientele, including value added services such as pick-up of packages, door-to-door delivery, warehousing and more! Contact us by dropping us a message through our contact form or our Quick Quote form for an obligation-free quotation!

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Bangladesh is one of South Asia’s largest textile export countries, second only to China in the global textile exports arena. Specialising in the likes of knitwear and ready-made garments, Bangladesh has established itself as a key player in the global apparel industry. Shipping to Bangladesh  in terms of imports coming into this SAARC country includes the likes of cotton, machinery and equipment, chemicals and so forth, which in turn helps with their export markets for shipping Bangladesh export products to Australia, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and France to name a few. Imports from Bangladesh into Australia are usually dependent on the finished product or often for samples.

Garment Exports to Australia from Bangladesh | Source: The Daily Star


The duty and quota free access to Australia based on the Rules of Origin, and the increasing imports from Bangladesh into Australia achieving over $500mn in 2015, we foresee a steady increase in Bangladesh imports to Australia. However, the early 2016 ban of air cargo from Bangladesh, Syria, Egypt and Yemen has had impact on the supply chain management within the apparel industry due to sample lead times taking longer due to ocean cargo transport. This embargo essentially bans items heavier than 500g being transported over air cargo (whether it’s onboard or air freight).

With 88% of last year’s imports from Bangladesh accounting for the Australian apparel use, sample lead times had to be dealt with the ban in mind. The ban that came into effect in January of 2016 was then relaxed in May with air freight being screened in another country before entering Australia for security reasons. That is, imports from Bangladesh via air cargo were streamlined through hub airports such as Singapore or even Hong Kong. Australia is amongst other countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany that have established this embargo with concerns direct air cargo flights and security.

For this reason, tail-to-tail transfers would not be possible however, the cargo in itself will have to be cleared through a hub airport before reaching Australia (as the approved last port of call), where in official terms, it would show that the air cargo is shown coming through that specific airport as opposed to import from Bangladesh. Therefore, no transhipment can occur through Bangladesh as the original Airway Bill (AWB) will be used.

The Approved Last Ports of Call prior to reaching Australia with concern to imports from Bangladesh include the likes of Dubai,  Abu Dhabi, Doha, Singapore,  Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou. Items that are exempt from the air cargo ban include the likes of the following;

  • Mail items under 500g
  • Cargo under 250 grams and shorter than 5 mm
  • Live animals
  • Human remains
  • Biological tissues
  • Legitimately prepared dangerous goods
  • Commonwealth government articles
  • Diplomatic bags