Victoria’s economy is highly diversified by service industries including financial and property services, health, education, wholesale, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. Whilst these industries take up the majority of the employment market, with the state’s natural geographic advantages being taken into consideration, it’s clear that Victoria plays a great role in Australia’s freight and logistics plan for the future.
The state of Victoria is known as the Freight and Logistics Capital of Australia. Its home to the largest container and general cargo port, as well as two curfew-free international airports and further supported by an extensive rail and transport network that clearly puts Victoria as the preferred location when it comes to the nation’s distributional, warehousing and logistics businesses. Transco Cargo, being one of the leading freight and logistics players in the market, in operation for over two decades, we have made a mark on the how commercial cargo and to personal effects shipping has evolved, whether it’s shipping to or from Australia.
According to the State Government of Victoria, it was said that in the year 2011, “the Freight and Logistics sector contributed between $19 billion and $23 billion to Victoria’s Gross State Product (GSP) … representing up to eight per cent of the Victorian economy”. As this sector plays a crucial role in the operations and support of other industries, it’s efficiency is a a key driver in the state’s economy. Efficiencies in the freight and logistics sector drives direct costs of freight forwarding operators, as well as plays an influencing factor on the end-results of creating higher-value services and products in the business arena, driving down costs of inventory, consolidating warehousing facilities and more.
With the State of Victoria growing steadily, it’s expected that the economy’s Freight Tasks will triple in strengths by 2050. The State Government of Victoria states that “Containerised imports and exports are expected to more than quadruple over the next 40 years. The challenge facing Victoria is to sustainably accommodate this dramatic growth”.
With expansion of capacity investments and development projects under way at the Port of Melbourne, and Port of Hastings capacity development in planning, there is a steady rise in growth expected from the industry. With more strategies and plans in effect with the Coalition Government, Victoria will continue to be the forerunner as the nation’s Freight & Logistics Capital.
At Transco Cargo, we will continue to give emphasis to providing cost effective services with the utmost reliability, maintaining our position as one of the most competent and reliable freight forwarding and logistics service providers.
When you deal with shipping commercial cargo as well as personal effects & goods over various forms of freight, be it air, sea and land, there are many factors that come into play. When it involves shipping container(s) via sea freight, there are things that need to be factored in to ensure that the good within are safe.
It is very important that the loading process be done diligently with various key factors up for consideration when loading a container. If a container has been improperly loaded, the cargo could be damaged, or if customs were to inspect your cargo, if an x-ray were to show cargo loaded unprofessionally (it could be a concern for concealed items), and thus cause unnecessary delays and expenses.
Factors which are important when carrying out shipping container loading comes down to the following;
Weight Distribution: As the name itself suggests, it’s all about how the weight of your cargo is distributed inside the shipping container. It is recommended that the cargo weight should be evenly distributed over the entire floor area of the shipping container. If the weight of the cargo to be loaded is of a denser concentration, take care to distribute it with bedding. It is crucial that you do not exceed the maximum allowed mass/weight capacity of a container, also known as Payload with the cargo you load into it. The Payload is calculated by subtracting the Tare (the mass or weight of an empty container) from the Rating (the maximum gross mass or weight of a container inclusive of its contents), i.e., Payload = Rating – Tare.
Space Utilisation: As the name itself suggests, this factor is to ensure that the whole space of the shipping container has been utilised, from wall to wall, whilst filling empty spaces with dunnage (such as loose wood, matting or any similar material that can be used to keep cargo in position in a ship’s load). With a shipping container that is packed tightly, even with the use of straps to secure the cargo, you can ensure that the cargo within will not move around during shipment or get damaged.
Cargo Variation & Compatibility: This is especially important as it pertains to the stowing of varying items in the shipping container. Whether it’s the weight, size, density and other properties such as whether the cargo within is solid or made of liquid, these are all factors to be considered when loading a shipping container. If the cargo is made of dense and hard to damage materials, they can at times be damaged due to improper loading. The following should be heeded when loading cargo into the shipping container.
- Heavy Cargo Items should never be loaded above items of lesser weight due to the risk of being crushed under the weight of cargo above.
- High Density Cargo Items placed or stowed close or next to Low Density Cargo items can also face the risk of being crushed/damaged.
- Bedding/Cushioning Items placed between items along with Dunnage for any voids inside the shipping container is recommended. This is also to prevent damage, as well as chafing of the cargo during shipment.
- Shipping Containers of Wet Cargo should not be placed over Dry Cargo. If they are placed alongside, dunnage should be used to lift the dry cargo off the ground to prevent damage in the case of leakage from the wet cargo.
Are you moving to another city or maybe even moving overseas, and you are packing your personal effects and items. If you are planning on sending them off to their new destination via a road freight moving company or a shipping company that deals with personal effects shipping such as Transco Cargo Australia, then you’ll need to know how to pack your personal effects and we’re here to help! Let’s get started!
1. Choose the Right Moving Box or Shipping Crate: When selecting your moving boxes and shipping crates, make sure to choose the right size and strength to comply with the contents within. At times, when the boxes/crates are not filled to utilise the space given, or filled to the brim with no room, there can be chances of either your boxes collapsing or bursting respectively. Make sure you choose the right boxes or crates to send your personal effects safely without hassle by reading up on the type, size and sturdiness required for your shipment of goods.
2. Assess the Goods You Are Going to Include in the Boxes/Crates: Each item you are packing requires special attention, depending on its build, sizing, and requirements for reinforcement to ensure against breakage during shipment. Therefore, keep in mind that you will require crates when shipping heavy items whereas you may use boxes for other items (and reinforce the seams with tape to ensure they don’t come loose). Include reinforcement and cushioning materials such as newspaper & bubble wrap, whether it’s to make sure your goods don’t move around during shipping as well as to safeguard it from breaking in transit.
3. Shipping Advice for Fragile and Spillable Items: You may pack all your items yourself, or you can elect Transco Cargo Austalia to pack the fragile personal effects with due care. In the case of liquid to semi-liquid items, it is recommended not to ship them in moving boxes or shipping crates due to their spillable nature. However, if it’s a must, take actions for due care and pack them inside leak-free containers packed with Styrofoam like material and sealed with a plastic bag/enclosure.
In the case of fragile items, make sure you pack the fragile goods in the centre of the moving box or shipping crate ensuring they don’t touch the sides of the box/crate, and with cushioning and fillers to ensure there are no voids to avoid movement.
These are some shipping tips brought to you courtesy of Transco Cargo Australia. Stay tuned to our Blog for more insight and tips for moving and shipping personal effects in Australia and to the world.
Freight forwarding is an important factor in your supply chain especially if you deal with international suppliers and a fundamental link in your business model. Freight forwarding essentially is a service offered to businesses and companies that deal with imports and exports on an international, multi-national, global or transnational basis. What it actually involves is that the freight forwarding company, such as Transco Cargo Australia, will act as an intermediary between the client and various players in the transportation service industry to cater and fulfil your need for safe delivery of your cargo, as well as undertake the responsibility and duty of ensuring your requirement is met.
One such example of using a freight forwarding service in Australia to ship your cargo from your current location to your destination of choice internationally (or otherwise) will involve a whole host of logistics and transport service providers, as well as being knowledgeable on the requirements and legalities involve in the import and export laws of each country’s ports.
A freight forwarding can either have and own their own carriers, or else utilise their partnerships and established business connections, from ocean freight service providers to shipping lines and more, to deliver the best service, the best price and the best course of action to ensure not only safe passage for your commercial freight, but also timely delivery within budget, with minimal burden to you. The pricing in fact, will depend on various factors from type of goods (hazardous, perishable, etcetera), origin and destination, special requirements, size & weight being some of the key factors.
One of the great things about utilising a reliable freight forwarding services company is that it will also take care of the ancillary services that are part and parcel of an international shipping industry. These will include liaising with insurance & customs documentation to clearance and more. Some of these documents include the likes of a Shippers Letter of Instruction, Shipping Declaration Form, Door Delivery Service Agreement, and a Packing List to name a few. Some freight forwarders also provide warehousing and storage facilities, air, sea & post clearances, tariff valuations & consultations, tariff concession applications, and tariff classification advice too.
For your freight forwarding requirements, contact Transco Cargo on 1300 1 TRANSCO (or +61 3 9357 7228) for a Free Quote.
What does it mean in terms of Import/Export Companies & Transactions?
- International: Importers Exporters without investments outside of their home countries.
- Multi-national: Importers and Exporters invested in other countries but adapted to offering products/services to individual local markets opposed to coordinated offerings for each country.
- Global: Importers and Exporters with investments in many countries with coordinated image and brand in each country across all markets.
- Transnational: Importers and Exporters with investments in foreign operations, with a central corporate facility however each local market office is involved in marketing, R&D and other operations.
If you are planning on moving or sending items of large or bulky nature to a location that is somewhat a great distance be it by road, sea or air, then you will require a freight forwarding service in Australia. You may need them to either carry out a singular service or act as a one-stop-shop for your freighting needs, where they will handle everything from sorting out the paperwork, to customs and more. This service is also known as customs brokerage. No matter the requirement you are looking for in terms of your logistics needs, with its reputation of reliability, as well as its global reach and service levels, you know you are in good hands.
For anyone who is planning on using an import/export freight forwarding service in Australia, they should be made aware of the various documents that do need their attention as well as what the law states in terms what goods are safe to be transported and much more. This is why Transco Cargo is dedicated to not only providing a reliable service but also making sure that their loyal customers are well informed to avoid any issues down the road.
When it comes to Commercial Cargo, there are certain documents that need attention such as the Shippers Letter of Instruction which needs to be filled out by the Shipper and sent with the goods being shipped. With Personal Effects shipping, there are several forms and documents such as the Shipping Declaration Form which is another form that has to be filled and handed over along with your goods, the Door Delivery Service Agreement which should be attached to the Shipping Declaration Form (this form is mandatory for door delivery personal effects sent to Sri Lanka), and the Packing List which is the packing list document is used for customs purposes and is mandatory for personal effects sent to India.
Apart from the above, you should also be aware of the various customs regulations pertaining to freight forwarding in Australia and other countries you are hoping to carry out import/export. Important information that relates to the products that you are freighting, be it about duty rates, relevant information and documents & restrictions such as the Description of Goods (HS Code) or other information relating to the shipping and destination countries may be found on the Transco Cargo Important Information section. You might also find the Restricted Items listing per country useful too.
When it comes to freight, there are many modes of transport, be it air freight, sea freight and road freight, as well as various requirements and situations that call for it, from personal effects shipping to commercial cargo. Depending on your freight requirement and country of origin, there are things you need to know. Of course, in case you want the entire service carried out by a reliable freight solutions company such as Transco Cargo with its offering of Customs Brokering Services, then you are taken care of. However, in case you wanted to be a little informed on the ins and outs of the freight world, here are some things you should be aware of, such as standard freight documents and procedures.
With personal effects shipping from Australia with Transco Cargo, there are many freight solutions and services provided to make life easier for you, especially when you are moving (to another country altogether). From supplying you with the necessary boxes and crates to house your personal effects for safe shipping, as well as offering short to long term warehousing should you require it, to carefully dispatching your goods to their destination and more, you can be assured of Transco Cargo’s commitment to the motto ‘We Love to Deliver’.
You are able to handle the documentation side of using Transco Cargo as your freight solutions provider by merely logging onto the internet and visiting the online freight documents download section to find the documentation you will need for personal effects shipping (along with forms that need to be filled out according to the country your are shipping to). These documents include the likes of the Shipping Declaration Form, Door Delivery Service Agreement (when signing up for this shipping service in Sri Lanka), and Packing List (a mandatory document required for Customs Clearance when shipping goods to India).
Personal Effects Shipping Documents
The Shipping Declaration Form is required when handing over your goods for shipping. It’s important that all information is accurately documented, and the sender and receiver’s names and addresses are clearly stated and labelled on the packages, as well as the boxes/crates are secured, nailed and/or taped down for secure shipping to your destination of choice.
The Door Delivery Service Agreement is required to make sure your personal effects reach their destination in Sri Lanka safely, and require the shipper to specify all the information Transco International may need to deliver it to the consignee.
The Packing List is essential for customs clearance in India, therefore take good care to mention all your items as well as shipper and consignee information too.
We’ve all been there. Where, you ask? Well, trying to figure out how to get your cargo or goods cleared through customs. If you don’t know what to do, we have some insight for you. Clearing your cargo through customs involves procedures that need to be followed whether you are importing merchandise or shipping goods to the world. It’s always a good idea to hire a Cargo Customs Broker to assist you along the way, or frankly, just handle it all together.
There are many instances where a Customs Broker comes in handy. One instance would be if you are shipping cargo out to the world, and another if you are receiving cargo from overseas. There are so many procedures you need to handle, a lot of paperwork to fill, as well as a lot of payments that need to be taken care of which includes taxes and tariffs too. Essentially, through a cargo customs brokerage service you can get help to get all of this done, without a fuss.
At Transco Cargo, you can be assured that assistance will be provided with utmost care and commitment. From all the documentation that you will require for government customs regulations for import and export of goods, materials and merchandise, to payments of taxes, tariffs and excises; it will all be taken care of so that you need not worry. Your time is valuable to us as it is to you, and we make sure that it isn’t wasted by handling all the dealings of clearing your imports/exports through customs, if you choose us at Transco Cargo.
But that’s not all that is offered to you. Transco Cargo is part of Transco International, and with it more value added services can be extended to our clients by offering a hand-in-hand offer, a two-for-one or a ‘twofer’ as some call it. Not only will Transco Cargo act as a Customs Broker but also help you in collecting/delivering your goods and merchandise to the necessary location/destination. How convenient is that? The best part is Transco has the ability to even offer their containers and other services too, from start to finish.
Basically, Transco will have your goods safely reach its destination with the required exports and customs requirements fulfilled and alternatively collect and deliver any imported merchandise, ensure that it is cleared through customs and all import fees have been paid before reaching its final destination. Other services offered under the Transco International umbrella include Air, Sea and Post Clearances, Tariff Valuation & Consulting, Tariff Concession Applications, and Tariff Classification Advice. Transco Cargo is truly the one-stop shop for all your shipping needs. Get a free quote today!