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With frequent ocean cargo shipments scheduled every month, Transco Cargo is one of the best freight forwarders to India from Australia. We make it a point to be informed of the changes in the logistics industry as well as the changes in government policies in the countries we operate. One of the most recent changes would be the 2016/2017 Indian Budget. In this edition of the Transco Cargo Blog, we look at the changes and how it affects couriers to India!

There are substantial changes to be expected in the 2017 Financial Year, with the Indian Union Budget citing increased budgets for Infrastructure Development related with Ports and Terminals. In terms of Infrastructure Development, the following developments have been budgeted for and foreseen.

  • Ports and Waterways Development: The eastern and western coasts of Indian will see the development of more Greenfield ports. The infrastructure of national waterways will also be improved for cost-effective transport of shipments.
  • Aviation Sector Development: Underserved airports will be revived and put into use, which will be carried out via a partnership between the Indian Union and the State Government.  Also,  service taxes have been set to zero on MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) to name a few of the changes.
  • Refrigerated containers, also known as reefer cargo has had its basic customs and excise duty reduced to 5% and 6% respectively.
  • 14% Service tax has been imposed on domestic shipping companies who import cargo from outside India. This move is said to be a means to discourage imports into India, and there is an expected increase in shipping costs for importing goods via couriers to India to be expected in the 2016/2017 Financial Year.
  • Though imports have been discouraged, the exports of Indian made goods, with the “Make in India” initiative foresees an increase in exports, with zero rating of such services.
  • Changes in Import Duty on various products have noted. These changes in the “Goods under HS Code” can be found on the India Union website at

Therefore, it is safe to say our Indian customers should expect some changes in the shipping rates and processes, with foreseen improvements for the country’s infrastructure and economic development.

Transco Cargo has always been dedicated to offering our customers the best shipping rates to India, and we will continue to do so. Get in touch with us to get an obligation-free shipping quotation for your couriers to India today!

Our Shipments to India Calendar is as follows;

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Packing your bags following your short or extended stay in Australia, you may find your baggage exceeding your airline baggage allowance. Airlines flying from Australia to Sri Lanka allow an average of 23kg (on a per piece basis) or 30kg (on a weight basis) per passenger and carry excess baggage fees average on around A$35 per kilogram of excess baggage. We offer you a more budget-friendly option! Simply, send your excess baggage to Sri Lanka from Australia ahead of your flight.

A little bit of planning goes a long way and you will be spared the hassle of having to deal with excess baggage fees at the airport, thus saving time and money. You’ll be able to fly to Sri Lanka without worrying about high fees, or having to leave personal effects behind due to your airline baggage allowance.

The circumstances for needing excess baggage shipping to Sri Lanka may be many. You may be an international university student, international backpackers and tourists on holiday in Australia, or travelling business people. When looking to send your excess baggage to Sri Lanka, we can assist you from start to finish. When you realise you may be over your baggage allowance, simply contact us for an obligation free quote whilst specifying the excess kilograms or the dimension of your excess baggage piece(s).

We have a few options when you need to send your excess baggage to Sri Lanka as mentioned below.

  • Air Cargo for Unaccompanied Baggage
  • Onboard Courier for Excess Baggage
  • Excess Personal Baggage via Sea Cargo

When you send your excess baggage to Sri Lanka with us via any of the above means, we also offer value added services such as our door-to-door service, where we will pick up our excess baggage from your location in Australia all way through to delivering it to the destination address in Sri Lanka.

Based on what your requirements are, we will be more than happy to assist you through all your queries concerning sending excess personal baggage to Sri Lanka. We also offer a variety of shipping boxes for your needs including packaging material should you require them. In the event, you are unsure on how to pack certain material, we can either advise you or you can choose to have us pack t for you. Your convenience is our priority as we stick to our slogan “We Love to Deliver.” With affordable rates for shipping excess baggage, you will find that Transco Cargo Australia is your best choice in excess baggage shipping to Sri Lanka.

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If you are a Fiji national looking to send personal goods back home to Fiji from Australia, or  you have business in Fiji, you may have a need for a courier. If you are looking for a reliable courier to Fiji, being aware of the process can make a difference when you choose the best courier company for your cargo from Australia to Fiji.

Choice of Courier Delivery Times

Couriers are one of the most sought after options for freight forwarding for businesses due to the urgency of cargo. This is also important for achieving the optimal lead-time based on the shipping method used. While an express courier to Fiji is almost always chosen for the convenience of a speedy delivery almost overnight, when budget comes into play, the standard courier option is still a favourable choice to get your cargo across faster than via ocean cargo. The choices of courier to Fiji includes the likes of Next Day AM Priority Courier, Next Flight Out, On-Board Courier, or Express 3-7 Days Courier!

Transco Cargo to Fiji Shipments Dates 2016 OCtober to December

Courier Services

Apart from getting your cargo from Australia to Fiji faster, added services you may be able to use could ultimately also make life or your business processes simpler. These include the like customs clearance at the destination port, pickup of the cargo, delivery of cargo, door-to-door courier services in Fiji, as well as even assisting with cargo insurance too. These are all part of the added courier services privy to you should you require a courier to Fiji!

Type of Couriers to Fiji

When it comes to business, you may find yourself using a courier for sending across confidential documents, samples, urgent goods, replacement parts, and more. When it’s a residential courier delivery, it may most probably be personal effects, gifts, parcels, and so forth, but often, it’s excess baggage that utilise couriers to ensure the senders received their goods as and when they land in Fiji when travelling out of Australia!

Couriers to Fiji

As a world-class courier to Fiji, Transco Cargo operates frequent ocean cargo shipments every month, with the Australia to Fiji shipment calendar for the rest of the year of 2016 mentioned below.

However, when it comes to couriers, you will find that airfreight to Fiji is the fastest option, and most express cargo reach two airports in Fiji; Nadi and Suva. With an excellent international network of shipping connections, Transco Cargo is the best choice of courier to Fiji from Australia.  When offering a door-to-door service, it includes everything from handling customs, any applicable taxes when clearing the express courier cargo at the destination, to quarantine or warehousing charges, before delivering to the recipient.

Choose a reliable courier to Fiji for your express cargo needs, one with excellent shipping services such as Transco Cargo!

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Why would you need courier services? It could be for a number of reasons. When you use couriers for business, it usually is part of your supply chain management process. Such as getting samples through quickly, or for sending urgent documents efficiently without delays. For personal reasons, you may use a courier service provider to send excess personal baggage, personal effects, urgent confidential documents and more. For instance, if you needed to send a gift to your family back home in Sri Lanka, you may opt for a courier to Sri Lanka to get the job done.

When looking for a reliable courier to Sri Lanka, you should look at a few things that make them the ideal service provider for you.

 Geographic Coverage

Ensuring that the courier service provider operates in the country to which you want to send your goods is crucial. A quick way of finding out the shipping destination countries that the freight forwarder company operates in would be to go to their Quotation Inquiry webpage, for sea/air freight or express delivery, and looking at the dropdown of countries mentioned. Within the shipping details section, you will be able to find the country you are after. When you require a courier to Sri Lanka, then simply select “Sri Lanka” from the dropdown for a courier quotation.

Business Continuity and Reliability

When the company in question is a registered company or subsidiary with many years of operation with a presence in the market and logistics arena, you are in safe hands. Transco Cargo, a company of Transco International, offers shipping solutions from Australia to the world and have been doing so for the last 25 years. Information like this is usually found in the Company Profile or the About Company page of the website.

Products and Services

Once you know your Australia freight forwarding company operates globally, is reputable and can fulfil your requirement, then you can look at the last thing. When it comes to sending a courier to Sri Lanka (for instance), you will need boxes/crates to pack your things and not to mention the choice of shipping option (sea/air/express). Therefore, your freight forwarder should be able to provide you with shipping products and services too!

Transco Cargo Services International Freight Domestic Courier to Sri Lanka

In the instance of needing a courier to Sri Lanka, you would require shipping boxes or crates, a pick up or drop off service for your shipping needs, the choice of choosing LCL or FCL shipping based on the cargo at hand, and the timeliness of having the goods arrive in Sri Lanka after being shipped from Australia!

When you need to courier to Sri Lanka, contact Transco Cargo for an obligation-free shipping quotation from Australia to Sri Lanka!

Transco Cargo Import Maritime Cargo

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In last week’s blog post, “The Export Procedures of International Maritime Cargo”, we talked about the process of exporting cargo from Australia and the various process you would have to go through based on the shipping options you choose when it’s via global maritime cargo means. This week, we look at the importing procedures of international maritime cargo and what you need to know.

Importing goods from other countries is done for various reasons across all sorts of industries as well as for business operations to run smoothly. When importing goods into Australia through maritime cargo, lead-time is an important factor as well as overhead costs too. By being aware of the ocean/sea cargo processes, you will be better for it and your business too!

Importing International Maritime Cargo via Full Container Loading (FCL) Shipping

The following includes the steps taken when international cargo is imported on FCL shipping basis:

  1. Arrival of Cargo: Once the cargo ship arrives at an Australia port, it will then be unloaded.
  2. Relocation of Cargo: After the containers are unloaded from the ship, they are relocated to the Container Yard (CY).
  3. Customs Clearance: The Imports Declaration will be processed by the Australian customs.
  4. Customs Approval: If no issues are found with the Imports Declaration, approval for customs clearance will be given. If not, either sampling or full inspections will be carried out.
  5. Delivery of Cargo: Once the cargo has been customs approved and cleared, delivery can occur.

Importing International Maritime Cargo via Less than Container Loading (LCL) Shipping

The following includes the steps taken when international cargo is imported on LCL shipping basis:

  1. Arrival of Cargo: Once the container cargo arrive at the port, they are unloaded at the CY.
  2. Relocation and Devanning of Cargo: Thereafter, the containers are moved to the container freight station where they will be unloaded from each container and then sorted as per the shipper information (which is also called devanning).
  3. Customs Clearance: Import declarations and customs processing occurs by Australia custom authorities.
  4. Customs Approval: if no issues are found in the imports declaration, cargo will be granted customs approval. However, if there is a discrepancy, a complete inspection or sampling will have to be carried out.
  5. Delivery of Cargo: Once the customs approval is received, the cargo is delivered to the customer’s warehouse/factory/offices.

Speak to our Transco Cargo agents to for all your imports requirements! Visit our Contact Us page to get in touch!

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International maritime cargo is crucial for the existence of global businesses, especially those in the export business, whether it’s of materials or finished goods! If you are looking at international maritime cargo to help with your business’s P&L figures, then it’s crucial that you know how it works and what the processes are so that you can avoid hassles, unforeseen fees and delays. By knowing these processes as well as knowing the regulations and restrictions of the countries you are planning to export to, you can definitely make great headway in your business when exporting from Australia.


Exporting International Maritime Cargo via Full Container Loading (FCL) Shipping

The process of exporting goods internationally using FCL includes the following;

  1. Pickup of Cargo: We will dispatch a container (20ft or 40ft container) to your warehouse location/factory/offices to pick-up the cargo to ship internationally.
  2. Transportation or Relocation of Cargo: The cargo is then moved from your location to our bonded warehouse until embarkation or to the container yard (CY) of the port of embarkation.
  3. Customs Clearance: Export declaration form needs to be filled for each container, which will then be processed by Australian customs.
  4. Customs Approval: If no issues are found with the Exports Declaration, the cargo will be cleared through customs for export. However, if a discrepancy is found, a customs inspection may be requested, where either a sampling or a complete inspection will be carried out.
  5. Loading and Departure of Cargo: For the containers that have been approved and cleared through customs, they will be loaded on the respective cargo ships at the CY and depart for their destination port.


Exporting International Maritime Cargo via Less than Container Loading (LCL) Shipping

The process of exporting goods internationally using LCL shipping basis include the following;

  1. Drop off or Pickup of Cargo: You can either opt to drop off your cargo or have it picked up, depending on your convenience/preference. Once they reach our warehouse or the container freight station, it is unloaded upon confirmation of the quantity and condition of the goods.
  2. Transportation or Relocation of Cargo: The cargo will first be weighed, measured and the external conditions will be double-checked against information provided. The cargo will then be moved to our bonded warehouse.
  3. Customs Clearance: The export declaration will be processed by the Australian customs
  4. Customs Approval: If the export declaration poses no issues, customs approval for export is granted. If a discrepancy is found, sampling or a full inspection will be carried out.
  5. Vanning: Another term for loading up a container, the cargo will be loaded in the container and then moved to the CY.
  6. Loading and Departure of Cargo: The container will then be loaded onto the main ship at the CY, where it will then depart.

Our shipping schedules are posted up on our website at Transco Cargo Shipping Dates!

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Sea Cargo is one of the most sought after options of shipping and has been around for centuries, with various trading routes that have only improved in the modern world. Within the world of sea freight for commercial cargo or personal effects, crates and container shipping is used to safely transport goods on freight ships. When you take aluminium or steel container shipping, FCL and LCL shipping are the choices when sending shipments overseas. But is the difference between FCL and LCL shipping? Let’s look into the FCL and LCL shipments, and how they operate.

FCL Container Shipping

Full Container Load (FCL) is a container shipping option where a container is exclusively used for a single shipment and the container is not shared with other cargo shipments, and the costs are borne by one party. Even if the container isn’t enough completely filled to the brim with cargo, the shipping party can choose to still opt for it. There are many reasons why they would choose to send as FCL shipments, such as;

  • FCL shipping costs less than LCL. The cost of unit per freight is higher with LCL than FCL, and importing fees need to be paid regardless of the size of your shipment or choice of container shipment
  • FCL shipments offer a faster lead time/delivery. As a FCL shipment include cargo that is meant for a single party and not shared, even if it stops at various ports, they do not need to be opened and reworked, and delays can be avoided.
  • The freight forwarder will be able to bring a container to your desired address for you to load the goods onto the container yourself
Transco Cargo FCL Container Shipping

LCL Shipping

Less than Container Load (LCL) is another shipping term when various cargo shipments share the same container as well as the container shipping costs. There are many reasons why LCL container shipping is chosen, such as;

  • LCL Shipping is usually chosen when the there aren’t enough goods to fill up and entire container
  • LCL shipping can allow you to lower your warehousing costs, that is, in the event you are stocking a warehouse until you are able to accommodate a FCL shipment, thus lowering your warehousing/inventory costs
Transco Cargo LCL Container Shipping

However, it should be noted that the costs are higher for LCL, including insurance costs, as well as there may take longer than FCL. Also, you will also have to pay us at Transco Cargo, the freight forwarder to send a truck or to have it dropped off at our locations, which are located through Victoria and other states of Australia. Get the Transco Cargo Pick up and Drop Off Locations by visiting our website.

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Household goods, personal effects such as clothing, books and gifts, or even excess baggage are all grouped into what the logistics industry refers “Personal Cargo” or ‘Personal Effects Shipping’. When you are looking for reliable courier services to India, you’ve come to the right place. We offer you affordable shipping rates to India based on your requirement, whether over sea or air cargo.

Personal Cargo Courier Services to India

If you are searching for the best courier services to India, look no further, Transco Cargo is the best shipping service provider to send cargo from Australia to India! With affordable shipping rates for sending personal cargo via courier services to India, you are well taken care of! Not only will Transco Cargo ship your goods international from Australia to India, but will also offer you the best shipping boxes or crates to suit your shipping needs, as well as be with you every step of the way. From shipping advice, documentation help, personal cargo clearance in India, and more. We’ll take care of it all! But that’s not all, we also offer some great promotions too, such as our 3rd Box Free Promotion concerning our Tea Chest shipping box that measures at 42cm (L) x 44cm (W) x 63cm (H).

Note: The above promotion is only applicable for Victoria-Australia customer.

Our expert team of shipping agents will diligently offer you the best advice from your inquiry to ship personal cargo to India, till the delivery of your goods. To further put your mind at ease, we have partnered with shipping insurance providers to insure your personal cargo too!

Excess Baggage Courier Services to India

Usually, when travelling, airlines have strict weight limitations with concern to your baggage. Your airline baggage allowance is by average 30kgs (such as with Air India, Quantas Airways, Virgin Australia), with high excess baggage fees based on your choice of airline. For example, of the date that this blog was published, Australia-India excess baggage fees included the following;

  • Air India: A$33 per 1kg
  • Quanta Airways: A$122 for each 5kg (i.e. approximately, A$24 per 1kg)
  • Virgin Australia : A$30 per 1kg

Why put yourself through the hassle of paying such high excess baggage fees, when you can ship your excess baggage ahead of time with Transco Cargo at the fraction of the cost. With reliable excess personal baggage shipping services as well as the added bonus of including shipping insurance with our partners, you are with the safest shipping providers in Australia! We can pick up your excess baggage or have you drop it off at any of our Pickup ad Drop Off locations for your convenience!

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Samoa, also known as the Independent State of Samoa, is made of an archipelago of islands in the Pacific. South-east of the Samoa islands, you will find American Samoa which is unincorporated territory of the USA and consists of a few islands. If you are looking to send cargo to Samoa, or even American Samoa, being aware of the Samoa shipping industry is always recommended especially when business is concerned.

Samoa Shipping Container Port

The Samoa Islands include two large island
s (Upolu and Savai’i) and eight islets. Transportation within Samoa is via paved highways and travel between the islands is usually done by ferry between the two main islands. With one international airport in the country, there is one port in the capital (Apia), as well as two ports on both the main islands. Mulifanua is the main ferry terminal on Upolu, which operates a ferry service for passengers, vehicles as well as cargo arriving in the country.

American Samoa is made up of five main islands and with the capital on Tutuila. However, American Samoa has no railways, but operate three airports. However, no merchant marine is possible despite the presence of several harbours.

Samoa Government Raises Shipping Costs

In 2016, the Samoa Government issued a statement in April that the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) will be increasing the tariff across board on shipping related costs by 5%. Back in 2014, the Government of Samoa were set to increase the tariffs by 25% however, due to the steep increase and the how it will affect shipping in the country, it was agreed that the tariffs will increase annually by 5%  in a phased approach with the first done in 2014 and the second which was scheduled for 2016. The increase in shipping costs have been done to aid in the infrastructure developments such as the extension of the Matautu Wharf and more, and will be levied on import/export cargo from Samoa.

Improvements to Samoa Infrastructure

In collaboration with the Japanese government and funding, the Matautu-Tai Wharf, which located on northern bay of the Savai’i Island will see a facelift that will further trading in Samoa and transform it into a transhipment hub. The facelift is done parallel to the improvement to be made at the Apia Port in Upolu and transform it into a secure transhipment port for ships on the Pacific trading lanes as well as to be able to unload and upload cargo containers.

If you are looking to send freight to Samoa, fill out our Quick Quote form to get in touch with us and get an obligation-free shipping quotation from Australia to Samoa!

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In one of our previous blog posts, “A Packing System When Moving Overseas,” we shared some tips to keep in mind when moving internationally! In this blog post, we’re continuing the same theme on packing and international moving tips by focusing on packing fragile goods to make your life easier!

Transco Cargo Shipping Boxes Crates Packing Fragile Goods

Fragile items can be anything from china, glassware, lampshades, ornaments, and even certain computer hardware. While it’s easy to use the likes of newspaper, we advise you against using them due to the print residue left behind which will mean that you will have to hand-wash all these items when unpacking. If your goods are porous in nature, there’s a good chance that traces of print residue will get into the pores and thus ruin them. Therefore, each of these fragile goods will need to be individually covered in the likes of either bubble wrap, bunched up paper, or even foam wrap.

When packing small fragile items like coffee cups, lids, or tiny decorative ornaments made out of crystal or porcelain, you should take extra care that they don’t get lost in the packing materials and end up being thrown out! After using either packing paper or bubble wrap to protect the items, use brightly coloured tape to wrap them so you can spot them in the packing. Also, make a note of it in your packing list items that we mentioned in our previous blog post!

Before closing up your box, make sure that you have used enough filler so that your fragile goods don’t move around. It is also important for remember that you need to line the bottom, sides and top of the box before you seal them. When closing the box, do not interlock the flaps. Interlocked flaps can come undone and your goods may fall out during shipping!

When it comes to packing your plates, we advise using either paper/plastic/Styrofoam plates or cut up squares of bubble wrap between each plate. Then you should secure all the plates (preferably a stack of 5) with bubble wrap and tape it together so it doesn’t shift. Alternatively, you can opt to wrap each plate individually and then tape them together too. However, when moving them into a shipping box, you should line the bottom first with cardboard, and then cushion with foam wrap or several layers of bubble wrap before you stand the plates upright (never lay them flat)!

You should make sure that the shipping box does not exceed the weight of 20kg. Remember that heavy items such as plates should be packed in smaller boxes so the boxes don’t break and are easier to carry!

Once you have finished packing your fragile goods, these shipping boxes should be set aside from the rest and should be the last items that should be packed! Labelling your boxes with the words “FRAGILE” and how the box should stand with an arrow is always recommended! Don’t forget to include all fragile goods in your Packing Lists and system so you have a record for yourself as well as your shipper!

Contact Transco Cargo to get your packing materials including bubble wrap, foam wrap, packing peanuts and of course, shipping boxes and crates for packing fragile goods with care! You can choose to pick them up or have us drop them off at the address of your choice!