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Sri Lanka is home to a variety of ports along the island’s coast. With the island strategically placed, it’s an integral part of the trade routes, especially when concerning refuelling, crew changes and so forth. The major commercial ports of Sri Lanka include the likes of the Colombo Port, the Hambantota MRMR Port, and the Trincomalee Port to name a few. However, with the changes in the Sri Lankan container shipping market, keeping an eye on the news and the horizons is always recommended as good business practices.

The existing business models utilised within the global container shipping market and the mega-ships that operate within the industry have been missing their mark in terms of fulfilling the requirements of the carriers or the customers in question. With the ever-increasing distance between the carriers’s provision of quality services and the expectations of the customers requiring such services, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has addressed the need for change. The changes will also affect the Sri Lankan container shipping market, as the new market structure will potentially change the norms as we now know.

The GSF Report, “The Implications of Mega-Ships and Alliances for Competition and Total Supply Chain Efficiency: An Economic Perspective” factors in the global container shipping industry, and analyses the competition policy between major shipping carriers as well as how consolidation (through mergers/acquisitions vertically) impacts the industry, including the Sri Lankan container shipping market. With these changes, it is also important that the competition policies and regulations also be updated to ensure a fair yet improved market structure to operate in. Whilst previous assessments have rendered that agreements for sharing vessels and alliances being formed in vertical integration is good for competition, the new market structure will remove parameters previously used for competition such as sail frequency, ship capacity, and ports of call. Many have questioned whether working with independent shippers would be better than dealing with allied shipping corporations.

Mr. Welsh, the Secretary General of the GSF, has stated the following in relation to the GSF report;

“Certain shippers believe that a degree of vertical integration between shippers and shipping companies is a potential method to increase the alignment of incentives between shippers and shipping lines. The nature of such integration, and the extent to which it might alleviate the problems felt by shippers, would of course need to be explored. Given the complexity of the issue, and the need for balanced consideration across the container shipping supply chain, there is strong merit in there being an active ongoing debate on the implications of mega-ships and alliances which GSF is keen to foster with the container shipping industry and other stakeholders.”

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India spans over 3 million square kilometres, with a population of over 1 billion people. When you take the size of the subcontinent and the lack of proper infrastructure, there has been much talk about logistical issues in India. These include issues concerning complicate taxation laws, congested airports, and not to mention road networks that need much development. Despite these issues, Transco Cargo with our parent company Transco International strive to offer the best shipping services to India from Australia. If you are keen on understanding the process of sending freight to India, you will find the article quite useful. Furthermore, the Indian government has taken notice of the infrastructure issues concerning the Indian logistics industry.

The National Highways Development Program is keen on revitalising the expressways, railways, airports, and seaports to further connectivity from the various regional hubs. As India holds memberships with various regional and bilateral trade agreements, these infrastructure improvements to the logistics industry will help further strengthen global ties and sending freight to India. They include the likes of the following.

  • WTO (World Trade Organisation)
  • WCO (World Customs Organisation)
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Montreal Protocols
  • Wassanaar Agreement (Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies)
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

There are two types of clearances when exporting or importing to India, which are Courier (OBC) or Express Mode of Entry, and Cargo or Formal Entry. Thus, when you are sending freight to India, you need to keep them in mind for classification purposes. Courier (OBC)/Express Mode of Entry essentially refers to non-commercial cargo or packages. These usually include the likes of small gifts, documents and samples, but can be restrictive in terms of the regulations associated with it. However, it’s considerably faster to utilise this type f clearance when sending freight to India than the Cargo/Formal Entry option. The latter refers to freight cargo shipments that are commercial. India has several clearance locations (16) throughout its subcontinent. These clearing locations through India in alphabetical order include Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Pune, Cochin, Indore, Moradabad, and Varanasi.

When sending freight to India (that is exporting from Australia), you will require to have the following shipping documents sorted; Commercial Invoice, Certificate of Origin, Packing List, Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED), Bill of Entry.  Similarly, when importing to Australia from India, you would require similar shipping documentations with the exception that the Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED)and Bill of Entry are not required. Instead, you will need the likes of Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI), Seller’s Declaration Form (SDF), Guaranteed Remittance Form (GR) or Exchange Control Declaration (ECD).

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We are already nearing the end of the first quarter of 2017. With it in mind, we look at the projects that the government is involved with, as well as how these affect the Sri Lankan maritime industry. It is safe to say that key players in the global logistics arena will also affect the way Sri Lanka and its neighbouring India and other countries in maritime cargo routes will interact.

The Colombo Port City has been a much debated and discussed project with politics and concerning changing government. The project is funded by China who had offered Sri Lanka capital during the war efforts, and thereafter heavily invested in post-war infrastructure projects such as the Hambantota Port, and now the Colombo Port City.

Many environmentalists have also raised concerns due to the dredging of sea sand from the bottom of the ocean, and how it affect0073 marine life. However, upon conducting several environment investigations (namely these reports included the likes of EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) and SEIA (Supplementary EIA). Once investigations have been carried out, there are presented to an expert committee at the Coast Conservation Department, which has in fact given the all clear to proceed with the project. However, the Port City is being rebranded as the Colombo International Financial City (CIFC). The CIFC project (formerly Colombo Port City) holds one of the biggest portions of the pie that makes up the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry as well as the growth of the economy. The basis that the project will succeed has been based on case studies of other countries that have carried out reclaimed land projects such as Dubai and Doha.

With China looking to export its excess capital,   one of the most notable projects in the global maritime industry would be “One Belt One Road,” the 21st century maritime silk route strategy. Aligning the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry with the Maritime Silk Road (MSR) is may be increasingly profitable to the Sri Lankan economy with Chinese investments.

In addition, with the Trump administration looking to Indian interests, this could prove favourable to Sri Lanka in the long run. Furthermore, the Sri Lankan government has made necessary adjustments to the 2017 Budget, with reductions of expenditure however, high taxes may cause a dip in consumption, as well as high interests and corporate tax too may cause ripples in the investments arena. With these in mind, we recommend keeping a keen eye on the horizon for the future of the Sri Lankan maritime industry.

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With the help of the internet and online transactions, the trends of online small businesses have skyrocketed. From the likes of ebay and etsy sellers, instagram and facebook shops, to the likes of t-shirt designers, beauty and lifestyle bloggers and more, shipping may be part of their marketing and communications strategy. That is why we have put together these shipping tips for small businesses.

First and foremost, you need shipping boxes or envelopes that will be your choice of transport medium. These can be purchased from Transco Cargo, where you are given the pick of the shipping materials whether you are looking to ship small packages, documents and the likes. Apart from this you will also be allowed the option of choosing packing materials such as bubble wrap, cling film and also packing peanuts.

Usually, what someone who conducts an online small business would be to have for themselves branded packaging materials. That will then be inserted to the shipping box purchased from the likes of a reliable shipping company in Melbourne, such as Transco Cargo. Now, this is done so that when the shipping box is open, the inner box containing your goods is perfectly intact. We have seen the likes of online wedding invitations companies use our services such as with using padded enveloped for samples and thereafter, using shipping boxes that are packed with packing peanuts when sending across their entire wedding invitations and stationery suites.

Another such example would be with small businesses that operate subscription boxes, one of the many shipping tips for small businesses such as these would be to load up on the shipping boxes ahead of time. Transco Cargo will deliver the needed number of shipping boxes to your location, along with the necessary packing materials so that you need not trouble yourself. So, when you team up with a reliable shipping partner such as Transco Cargo in Melbourne for your small business needs, you know that it will make your life easier and cut down on overheads. The best part is that they will also pick up your shipments so that you need not worry about transporting your shipment to our offices. We take the hassle out of the whole process.

With these shipping tips for small businesses, Transco Cargo has helped many small and upcoming businesses reach their goals and achieve greater heights!

Sending a Shipment to India from Australia through Transco Cargo

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In need of shipping forwarding company that can help you with sending a shipment to India from Australia. Look no further! With frequent sailings from Australia to wherever in India, Transco Cargo (part of the Transco International group) can be of great assistance to you. With a large network of agents throughout Australia, you are so much closer to getting the best shipping rate for sending a cargo shipment to India.

Working with Transco Cargo when sending a shipment to India is extremely easy; the following steps are all you really need.

  1. Visit the Indian Shipment Schedule
  2. Inquire via the Quick Quote for Shipping to India
  3. Hear back from our Shipping Representative Promptly via email or phone

Another way to go about it would be via the Mobile App we have launched, available both on iPhone and Android devices, where you can access the likes of the following;

  1. Shipment dates
  2. Pick/Drop Locations
  3. Quick Quote
  4. Box Delivery
  5. Blog & Newsletters

You can get all the info you are after at your fingertips, making it easier when you are sending a shipment to India.  The best place to get an idea on what shipping boxes or shipping chests/crates are ideal for your cargo, would be at the Personal Effects Boxes and Crates page. The dimension of each box is given in the page, and will help you decide which would be suitable to fit the cargo you are planning to send to India. The dimensions will be especially important when you are planning on sending your shipment to India on LCL basis, as the shipping rate is calculated based on volume.

We advise you should back small yet heavy items in the smaller cardboard boxes or smaller chests/crates (like the tea chest), and lighter but larger items in various quantities in the larger boxes or crates. This will help ensure the sturdiness and stability of the box or chest during LCL deconsolidation and consolidation.

If you are located in Victoria, Transco Cargo has three stuffing locations at the Campbellfield, Noble Park, and Hoppers Crossing warehouses. You can bring your cargo for you Indian shipment, and get help with loading the items. Another option would be to call us ahead of time, and then have us drop off the container off at the selected address when choosing FCL basis of shipping.

When it comes to personal baggage shipping, you can simply contact us and we will recommend the best option to take when it comes to either choosing air cargo or sea cargo for sending your accompanied personal baggage to India.

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In the event that you are planning a life changing move, such as a moving from Australia to India for work, or returning to India are your university stay in Australia, you may seek our professional help to get all the personal goods, accumulated over the years, across the sea. After all, you can’t possibly fit everything into your suitcases. Therefore, we recommend you think about packing your personal goods and using shipping containers to India.

The choice of what mode of container shipment will be based on the number of boxes and crates of goods. You can choose between LCL or FCL basis of shipping container to India, based on your requirement.

Usually, when moving household and personal goods, most opt for FCL shipping. The FCL basis of shipping containers to India essentially means using a full container to send your goods. After all, FCL stands for “Full Container Load”. Many choose this option for moving their personal goods and household items when using shipping container to India. The reason is that it offers advantages such a better lead time as well as the risk of damage caused due to deconsolidation/reconsolidation is removed as the entire container will only container your own cargo, and will not be shared with other shippers such as with LCL.

LCL container shipments, which stands for “Less than Container” load is usually chosen when you are sending a few shipping boxes or crates, that is when you do not have enough cargo to fill up your own 20ft or 40ft container. The container will be shared with other shipper’s cargo, and may require deconsolidation and reconsolidation at any port the ship may stop at.

Nevertheless, there are advantages to both modes of shipping containers to India. Where FCL offers you a flat shipping rate per choice of container (that is either a 20ft or 40ft container), the shipping rate for LCL cargo is based on volume, specifically in cubic metres. Like we mentioned before, if you are thinking of sending a small volume of goods via container shipping to India, then opting for LCL would be more advantageous as you are only paying based on the volume you are taking up. Considering your other option, which would be air freight, ocean freight via LCL is considerably cheaper though time-wise, air cargo would be faster.

Considering these choices of shipping containers to India, let us know what your chosen mode of transport would be and why! For our shipping schedule and calendar to India; visit our website or have a look at the following image!

 Transco Cargo to India Shipment Dates Calendar

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If you are considering moving your home overseas or even to another state, then you will be in need of efficient packing tips. When it comes to moving overseas or domestically, knowing these helpful packing and moving tips can mean a lot towards saving time, money and also a less-stressful move.

WIkihow Packing Tips

Packing Responsibility

Who will be packing your household goods and personal effects for your move? To many, packing up your home yourself may seem like the best course of action towards saving money on when moving your home and this case may be true in the case of an interstate move. However, if you are moving overseas and looking for efficient packing tips for boxing up your home for the move, then opting for professional packing help would be best. Professional packing services are offered by reputed freight forwarding and shipping companies such as Transco Cargo Australia and can guarantee speed and safety when packing your household goods and personal effects

Golden Tip of Packing Quickly

The one of the best efficient packing tips you can receive from anyone when moving your home overseas or domestically, is to decide what you really want to take with you. You can opt to discard the rest, whether you opt to recycle them or even sell them off. By doing so, you are optimising on space and opting to pay less for your shipping.

Packing Timeline

The best time to start planning moving your home is as soon as the decision has been made, that is when you have confirmed that you will be moving overseas or to another location in Australia. At this point, you should start prepping for the move, from deciding on how you want to handle the packing with the help of a packing strategy, or even with purchasing your packing materials and supplies including boxes, crates, bubble wrap, packing foam or peanuts and more. Setting up a packing calendar is also ideal, where you plan on packing and boxing away, items room by room, and planning the last items to be boxed as you get closer to you final date for the move.

Enlisting Help

When you know when you want to move, and have a packing strategy and calendar ready, enlisting help is ideal. Whilst,  professional packers may be enlisted, if you need help with figuring out what you really want to pack away, enlisting the help of your family and friends is recommended to discarding items you hope to leave behind (recycle, donate or sell). Organising what you want to pack is also helpful at this stage. By letting your family and friends know in advance, getting this done as early as on as possible will help in staying on top of your packing strategy and calendar.

With these efficient packing tips in mind, let Transco Cargo help you with your packing needs with our professional packers at your service when moving overseas or to another state in Australia.

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The trends of the transport and freight industry are based on stakeholders & key players and forums that govern the international freight arena. One such forum is the International Transport Forum (ITF) by the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that has 57 member countries in its roster. The ITF acts as a think-tank for transport policies to foster improved transport against economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusions, whilst also analysing transport trends and knowledge on international freight, and leads the global platform for transport ministers to discuss global freight policies and more. These forums and industry experts have raised concerns about the intentional freight arena.

ITF OECD ORG international freight arena

 With many international freight companies having to operate under the ever-increasing financial challenges, such as spiking fuel prices as well as natural disasters affecting services and operation, it has left them with low-profit margins. This in turn has affected certain industries to profit from the low-profit margins with repeat customers. This could affect the interventional freight arena in the end, with such companies facing losses.

Furthermore, many players in the industry players have taken to acting as transnational companies to offer assistance in the demand against the rising pricing, to offer economies of scale. This in turn, has an effect on the security and lack of proper policies governing such freight. The probability of loss of cargo is higher when opting for such layers that do not have a reputation in the international freight arena. Within Australia, the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 regulate air cargo supply chain security; however, sea cargo will require more governance and laws will need to be setup against organised theft of freight.

However, early 2016 displayed a drop in oil pricing which help mitigate freight costs for oil tanker transport, the likes of dry container and container-shipping market has remained the same with the slow trends of global economics. Whilst the sea cargo freight services market in Australia has been in a slump, air freight services has noted a boost with in domestic and passenger airlines carrying cargo.

Thus, with concern to the international freight arena, relying on reputed shipping companies for your freight forwarding requirements is best suited as well and opting for air cargo for small to impotent cargo over sea can help in savings and reliability in the current industry setting.

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We’ve been working diligently over the last year’s quarter to bring to you some great shipping offers and Transco Cargo news! We’re staying on top on our customer’s need and requirements, and working to meet those needs by offering more shipping services.

We’re Expanding

With the vision for this year to stretch our wings, we are opening a new office this February in Hoppers Crossing of Victoria. The new Hoppers Crossing office can be found at 2/16-17, Hammer Court in  Hoppers Crossing, where you can reach us on hotline number – (03) 97 90 55 88. With the opening of the Hoppers Cross office, Transco Cargo is offering 20% off on ALL shipments during February 2017 from this Transco location.

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Weekly Shipments to Sri Lanka

We are also excited to share our new weekly shipments to Sri Lanka starting in February till November of this year. Should you require any assistance with regards to choosing your shipping box or crate, packing or even require pickup services of your cargo, we’re only a call away.


Avurudu Offer

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka is only two months away, and we’re planning ahead to let you get ahead of the April rush. The Special Transco Cargo Avurudu Offer includes a 3rd Shipping Box Free when 2 Boxes are purchased. With added shipment cut-off dates, you are able to plan ahead and make use of this offer!

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Transco Cargo offers shipments to European countries for personal effects and commercial cargo shipments. The cut-off date for European shipping is the Thursday of every week. We have a global network of shipping partners that enable us to provide streamline services to our clientele, especially for commercial requirements. However, we also feel its out duty to inform our clients of the situations and trends that concern European shipping.

The start of 2017 saw various deals that would affect the European shipping industry, such as the British American Tobacco PLC’s acquisition of Reynolds American Inc, Luxottica Group SpA and Essilor International SA, and the Safran SA and Zodiaz Aerospace deals to name a few. There has also been progress with nine European companies coming together to invest in the Iran port project to further the bond between Europe and the Middle East. More sustainable energy measures are being made with sustainability practices are being put into effect (as those mentioned in the previous week’s blog : Freight Management Trends). At the end of  2016, there was a increase in coal prices and a decrease in that of gas, and thus many shipping companies in Germany and Netherlands have made the change to gas.

Apart from the business deals that were announced, there has been unrest with concern to the shipping crisis, which had German banks under pressure.  The problem was that concerning the flailing container shipping industry in Germany against the far of increasing risk provisions. With mega-shipping companies opening up in Asia with better economies of scale and pricing strategies, European shipping companies such as those in Germany may not be able to cover costs that have posed questions whether they are able to compete with shipping companies from around the world.

The state of affairs in Germany is a repercussion from the global economic crisis of ‘07/’08 and later bad investments which has rendered Germany with an over-capacity of container ships and thus being unable to reduce freight rates to keep up with the rest of the world. A similar situation occurred with South Korean shipping giant Hanjin (one of the world’s top ten largest shipping companies declaring bankruptcy. The same direction can be foreseen if German banks do not attempt to help the matter. The Oetker Group have already sold their Hamburd Stüd shipping company to Maersk to ease with their overcapacity and financial situation.

The 2nd Edition of European Shipping Week is also happening in Brussels starting from 1st of March 2017, where shipping executives, and policy makers will converge to discuss the European shipping industry and its future in terms of the global trends and review the current situation.