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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.

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 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.

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Already into the 2nd week of the New Year, changes are happening in the shipping world with trends making waves. This time around, we want to share with you trends that could help further freight management in the future.

The international shipping industry should always stay ahead of the times, where shipping and logistics service providers are pushing the envelope so that customers are able to better reap the rewards from advancements, for quicker and safer deliveries of cargo.  The following freight management trends have been noted and players in the international shipping industry should take note;

Cargo Handling Automation

For means of bridging the gap between the ever-growing customer demands and business processes to meet those demands, shipping companies should take note on dealing with heavy or long tasks, such as picking up and storing goods in the warehouses. This can be done using robotic loading systems so that cargo can be loaded into tow trucks or container ships, and later unloaded into distribution centres or delivery points.

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Enforcing Green Practices

Many measures are looking to reduce the carbon footprints and combat global warming, with many a shipping company coming under fire due to their former negative contributions to the earths’ rising temperatures. Newer sustainability practices are enforcing energy efficient carriers, as well as implementing truck scales to measure the truckload capacity to prevent overloading and to minimise shipment numbers. By doing so and planning better, you are able to prevent almost empty trucks sent out on deliveries and wasting energy resources.


One of the most popular freight management trends that we are seeing involves outsourcing vital logistics and business operations. Things like handling freight administrations, transport management, payment handling data analysis and automation adoption is handed over to companies who specialise in them, to ensure operational efficiency.

IOT Technology

IOT Technology, or Internet of Things Technology, is making head waves in freight management, where the use of sensors and RFID tagging are used for automated operations in warehouses and distribution centres to streamline operations better. Further advances to be expected include using drones or autonomous vehicles for cargo deliveries.


With these freight management trends in mind, what are your thoughts and concerns for the future? We’d love to hear from our Transco clients about these changes to the freight industry.

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Many of us use these two terms, logistics and supply chain management, interchangeably. However, it should be noted that these two are actually different but used in common practices.  The definitions of logistics against supply chain management replies on the scope. Logistics includes activities that occurs within the scope of a single organizations or company, whereas Supply Chains refer to a network of companies that work cohesively and includes coordination for product delivery.


Traditional logistics includes procurement, distributions, maintenance and inventory management, whereas supply chain management takes on traditional logistic activities as well as takes on other organizational activities. These include financing, marketing, product development and even customer services.

If you were to look into what logistics means even further, it constitutes the Seven Rs of Logistics that is, “getting the right product, to the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right place, and at the right time.” It involves integrating various departments in an organization for cohesive functioning, and they include a link-up of customer service, purchasing, production planning, warehouse and transport departments together for efficiency and efficacy. Logistics management involves how effectively and efficiently the day-to-day activities are carried out.

It can also be broken down into inbound and outbound, where the former refers to raw materials and goods coming into the coming from suppliers and the latter involves the finished goods sent out to customers.  The customer service and transport activities are often referred to as “customer facing functions.” The transport and logistics can be broken down into two activities. The transportation factors include air, sea, & land transportation, warehousing and customs clearance, and logistics includes the likes of value added service functions from IT to consultations.

Supply chain on the other hand relates to the network  of organization that facilitate linking different processes and activities, both upwards and downwards, to achieve the final goal. That is to offer a valuable product or service and hand it to the customers. Supply chain management on the other hand refers to coordination of various activities such as production, inventory, and transportation within the supply chain in order to achieve the best outcomes in terms of efficiency and efficacy. This integrates the supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler and customer all together, where management will cover everything from planning, implementation and control.

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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.

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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.