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Fiji and Australia have not only been neighbours in the Pacific region but also been trade partners with Australia being Fiji’s key trading and commercial partner as well as being the largest foreign investor in the country. Whether you’re importing to Australia or exporting to Fiji, with a reliable freight forwarding company, you yourself will be able to reap the benefits of being part of a Two-way trade with each country being one of the top sources and destinations for import and export as per Australia Trade Commission.

Transco Cargo Australia Exporting to Fiji Cargo Shipping Services Pacific

The Fijian domestic population is approximately 870,000 strong, with food and beverages taking up the majority slice of the Fiji Imports pie, where retail and food service brings in more volume over the concentrated food processing industry. The grocery retail sub-sector is the largest being   three times the size of the food service industry with the greater Suva region excelling in retail sales as half of the Fijian population resides there.

Australian Exports to Fiji include the likes of the following;

  • Frozen Meat & Seafood
  • Confectionery Items
  • Cereal
  • Spices
  • Dairy
  • Wine,  Beer and Beverages
  • Fresh produce
  • Fruits (Canned)
  • Condiments (Sauces and spreads)
  • Health bars/Snack products


As of the 2014 budget, duty on food supplements was reduced to 0%, however diary, meat products and fresh produce still face import duties. It should also be noted that Australia is also the largest wine supplier to Fiji. With proper procedures taken for packing and shipping from Australia to Fiji, you will be able to tap into this market if you have a successful wine making business or planning on entering into the game.

When it comes to exporting to Fiji from Australia, there are many opportunities that an Australian business can enter into the Fijian market. Australian Businesses dealing in the following products are ideal choice when exporting to Fiji;

  • Australian Lamb and Beef (Hospitality/Food service sector)
  • Fresh Fruit/Vegetables
  • Retail UHT Dairy items
  • Consolidated Shipments Food items
  • Beverages
  • Food Processing Accessories
  • Food Packaging

According to Australian Trade Commission (2014), “all imports attract a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15 per cent. Excise taxes on alcoholic beverages range from FJ$1.24 to FJ$38.07 per litre whilst excise on tobacco products also varies according to content“.

Furthermore, it’s been noted by Australian Trade Commission that with regards to market entry when exporting to Fiji, Australian exporters will find that the following key points will be adventurous to penetrate the Fijian  food and beverage market.

  • Exporters who are able to export in small volumes at regular intervals find it easier to penetrate the market as orders can be relatively small
  • Competitively priced and innovatively packed products can usually find a niche in Fiji
  • It is important to identify the appropriate distribution channels to sell, service and promote products in Fiji
  • Visit the market regularly and develop relationships with customers
  • Have the drive to remain focused and be patient
  • Buyers want to see the product, its colour, feel and taste before they can commit to buying. So when making contact with potential distributors, it is advisable to send them samples to help them make informed decisions.

It’s also been said that a trial export shipment would be advisable when attempting to gauge the projected success of a product.

Penetrate the Fijian market with by using Transco Cargo shipping services when exporting to Fiji from Australia.

Reference: Australian Trade Commission (2015)

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When it comes to commercial cargo and shipping of personal effects whether you’re moving overseas or simply want to send excess baggage or to send household goods to relatives abroad, there may be many reasons why you will need to go through customs clearance and be met with various customs regulation processes involving AQIS, which stands for Australia Quarantine Inspection Service. Transco Cargo has written up the generic process of customs clearance that usually happens.

Transco Cargo Customs Clearance and Customs Brokerage Services

Commercial Cargo/Personal Effect shipments coming into Australia are subjected to physical inspections from AQIS that will be conducted at AQIS facilities and usually takes up to 2 weeks for clearing.  In terms of duties to be paid, if the cargo in question is pre-owned household goods and personal effects, where they have been owned and used for up to a period of 1 year, you will be relieved from duty charges. If you choose Transco Cargo for Customs Clearance, we are able to clear your personal effects through customs ahead of arrival in Australia. It’s important that you have communicated all the necessary information in the required documents which will be in hand with Transco Cargo at least 10 days prior to the shipment vessels arriving in country.  It’s also important for all items to be listed correctly in the Inventory/Packing list.

Whether it’s commercial cargo shipping or sending personal effects, some of the requirement documents for customs clearance through AQIS includes the following;

  • Copy of Passport with Photo Page and Australian port of entry. The first page needs to be attested.
  • Completed Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration (Customs Form B534)
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
  • Certified Australian Commercial Invoice
  • Comprehensive Inventory/Packing List
  • Itemised list of personal effects shipping items that have not been in shipper’s possession in last 1 year
  • Invoices/Receipts of all Electronic Items and Items that have been bought less than 1 year before shipping

There have been a few changes occurring in the international end to end cargo environment with the turn of the year, which has made rifts in the industry with enhanced trade solutions being a necessity, with the release of the Customs Strategic Outlook 2015 and how it will affect commercial cargo and personal effects shipping, as well as how customs clearance and AQIS will move towards paperless trading and clearance improvement mechanisms. Nevertheless, with the aid of Transco Cargo, that offers customs brokerage services and being industry specialists, you and your commercial cargo/personal effects are in good hands.

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Making a life change by moving to Singapore? We can help with your move as you pack all your belongings for shipping to Singapore.

If you have household goods such as furniture or appliances, make sure that they are packed properly. It’s important to ensure items that can be opened should be secured properly and if there are fragile items such as plastic or glass, they should be reinforced with padding above/below/around the surface and then you should use filler such as bubble wrap and/or Styrofoam beans to hold it in place inside your box or crate of choice which you can also purchase from Transco Cargo too. But that’s not all, your other personal effects need to be packed for shipping too, and you must take extra care to note down all the items in your packing list per box/crate and also include a list of items within the box for your reference in case the outer labeling is damaged during transport.

Transco Cargo Singapore  Customs regulations Shipping to Singapore Quotation

In terms of shipping to Singapore, as it’s a free port, you will not be subjected to any customs duties when it comes to used household goods and personal effects which can include the likes of personal belongings, TVs, furniture, etc). However, you should be informed that you will be charged customs duty if and when you decide to include dutiable items such as motor vehicles, alcoholic beverages and tobacco items, and the likes.

When you import to Singapore, you will be subjected to a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5%. However, if you’re a foreigner moving to Singapore, a returning Singaporean or Permanent Residence holder, you can be issued GST relief. In order to be eligible for GST relief, you are required to satisfy certain criteria. These includes the likes of the person who wants shipping to Singapore for household goods and personal effects, they must have made a decision to change his/her place of residence to Singapore, he/she has been the owner of said household goods/personal effects for more than 3 months, that the personal goods/household goods are being imported within 6 months of first arrival in Singapore, and that he/she has an agreement not to dispose of said items within 3 months of arrival. If he/she is a returning Singaporean, they must provide proof that they have been out of the country for no less than 6 months in order to qualify for GST relief.

In order to apply for GST relief, you will be required  to submit the following documents  such as a copy of your passport showing personal particulars and photo page and/employment pass, as well as a “Declaration of Facts” form that is completed and signed.

Transco Cargo is able to carry out these shipping to Singapore processes on your behalf as part of customs brokerage services. Don’t forget to visit the Shipping to Singapore Quick Quote page for a few inquiries on the same.

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Moving to Fiji and looking for a reliable freight forwarding company to ship personal effects from Australia to Fiji? Maybe you’re looking to export cargo to Fiji from Australia, or even looking to import goods into Fiji. There are many reasons why you would need to be informed on news of Fijian customs regulations and trends in the Fiji shipping industry.

Transco Cargo Fiji Customs regulations Personal Effects Shipping to Fiji


Whether you’re an individual or a business looking for freight forwarding solutions to Fiji, then you need not only a reliable but also affordable shipping company. If you’re looking towards personal effects shipping to Fiji, then choose a shipping service that also provides auxiliary service such as packing and crating, not to mention customs brokerage and/or delivery. These value added services makes all the difference.


Make an informed decision when choosing your shipping/freight provider, not to mention what is allowed through Fiji customs to avoid circumstances that your cargo may be detained due to restricted items included in your shipment. Whether you’re planning on shipping to Lautoka, Suva or any other Fiji destination, with a network of international logistics providers affiliated to your choice of freight forwarder, you will be able to get the best possible rates for personal effects shipping to Fiji. Though your freight shipping costs will depend on the size/weight of your shipment and the destination, by talking to a shipping agent, you will be able to find the best shipping option for you.


At Transco Cargo, we offer air and sea freight solutions to Fiji. With reliable and affordable freight shipping to Fiji, that is coupled with personalised logistics services especially with tailor made shipping solutions offered through Transco Cargo, your personal effects shipping to Fiji or even commercial cargo is in safe hands. If you’re looking to get a free shipping quote to Fiji, please take a moment to visit Quick Quote – Fiji.


Visit the following authority website to find out more about Customs Regulations and Fiji Imports – Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.


The following includes shipment dates for freight shipping to Fiji with Transco Cargo.

Month Final Cut Off Date Estimated Arrival
January 2015-01-31 2015-02-26
February 2015-02-28 2015-03-26
March 2015-03-28 2015-04-24
April 2015-04-25 2015-05-21
May 2015-05-23 2015-06-19
June 2015-06-27 2015-07-24
July 2015-07-25 2015-08-21
August 2015-08-22 2015-09-18
September 2015-09-26 2015-10-23
October 2015-10-24 2015-11-20
November 2015-11-14 2015-12-11
December 2015-12-12 2015-01-08
January 2016-01-30 2016-02-25



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Packing can either be done by you, or you can assign it to Transco Cargo who will ensure that your personal items with concern to personal effects shipping items such as household good and furniture are competently packed into the boxes or crates. However if you are planning on packing the personal effects yourself before handing it off to your freight forwarders, then it’s best to know the ideal packing instructions we’ve compiled a few for you!

Transco Cargo Boxes and Crates Shipping Personal Effects

  • Choose the right box, making sure that the box can hold its weight and is made out of heavy corrugated cardboard. You may use crates if the items are heavier and you require more space.
  • Protect and Pack making sure that you have cushioning/padding with packing chips, bubble wrap or newspaper.
  • Seal carefully, making sure you cover all seams, preferably in an H-seam and not to leave any open areas.
  • Label your boxes with your name and destination address, as well as add a label with the same information on the inside incase the outside is torn/defaced.

Once your personal belongings, household items, furniture or other items you are planning on shipping overseas are correctly packed into boxes or crates, they will be protected using industrial wrapping and then secured to pallets for easier transport and safety in the case of sea freight route.

There are three modes of transporting your goods; road freight would be the choice when moving inland whilst sea/ocean freight and air freight are your choices when moving overseas.

The likes of road and sea freight in and from Australia are considerably cheaper whilst shipping by air is quicker but more expensive as the shipment time usually ranges between 4 to 5 businesses days when you have chosen to send items to countries that have high air traffic. However when you have a large number of items or they are heavy in nature, then it will be considerably cheaper to select shipping by sea, especially if you have the equivalent of one trunk worth of personal effects or more.

When choosing sea freight & cargo you will be charged a rate by cubic meter, therefore  you will be getting a cheaper shipping rate if you compare sea and air cargo services. However often, people in Europe choose road freight due to the need of crossing boarders as opposed to seas and oceans, this being the cheapest option of all three.

Once you’ve decided on the choice of transport to ship personal effects from your current location to another country, you will need the required documentation that should be filled correctly for effective personal effects shipping. Transco Cargo can be of assistance if any doubts come to mind.

After the goods have been shipped, a “Bill Of Lading” will be sent to the shipping destination which will be needed to collect the personal effects. This is a form of proof of ownership with regards to the shipment as well as to show that the necessary the docking charges have been paid. Once the local agent receives your bill of lading,  you be will be asked to settle customs clearance and handling charges and once they have been settled, you will be able to collect your goods.

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Here at Transco Cargo, Personal Effects Shipping is one of our prime services. Whether you’re in need of sending personal belongings, household goods, furniture or even overloaded/excess baggage, as a trusted freight forwarder in Australia with shipments all across the globe, you and your personal effects are in safe hands.

Transco Cargo Personal Effects Shipping Overseas Worldwide Deliverty

It’s a well known fact that often people flying overseas crossing and the issue of excess baggage, but rather than paying the high rates charged by airlines for the extra baggage weight, they simply choose the option of sending their overload baggage with a freight forwarder before they fly out.

The general economic trend has influenced many foreigners and international students to move to more profitable economies/countries or return to the homeland where they may find a lesser cost of living and better opportunities. With this situation, they will require their personal belongings, household appliances and even furniture to be shipped to their destination.

Once the decision to move has been made you need to make a choice to ship all or some of the personal effects via a freight forwarding company in Australia that can accommodate your requirements and is an affordable shipping option that is dependable and offers the best delivery time for shipping personal effects.

Items for Personal Effects or Excess Baggage Shipping include the likes of the following;

1. CDs

2. Books

3. Clothes

4. Household Goods

5. Household Kitchen Utensils

6. Furniture

7. Bikes

8. Beds

9. Garden and other household items are all shippable

10. Home and Office Equipment

Shipping personal effects (PE) and household goods (HHG) overseas requires you to make sure your goods are packed properly and listed in the Packing List document and a personal effect form if required.  Make sure to not include any prohibited items such as the following if you’re moving to Australia and importing personal effects/household goods where AQIS states that the likes of the following

“Outdoor furniture could harbour timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals”

They are prohibited to ensure the Australian environment and agriculture industries are safe from pests and diseases”

Quarantine items may include the likes of the following;

“wooden items; food; soil on garden tools; vacuum cleaners with un-emptied dust bags; carpets; Christmas decorations; dried flowers; seeds; straws; skins; feathers; equipment used with horses or other animals; toys containing cotton waste, sand, straw or water”

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With this day and age, the whole globe is at your fingertips and new developments and progress in various industries have made it so that you can easily connect and network with one another. With worldwide shipping from Australia and various ports around the globe, your business can go from local to global with the right shipping partner at your fingertips.

If you’re residing in Australia and you’re planning on moving or need to ship personal effects to another country, you need to look for a worldwide shipping partner to assist you the ins and outs of worldwide shipping from Australia. A leading freight forwarding company will not only undertake shipping solutions by sea, air or road, but also aid in the likes of shipping consultancy, customs brokerage services, warehousing and much more. With worldwide personal effects shipping you are also offered the option of door-to-door delivery as an end-to-end freight forwarding solution.

With concern to commercial worldwide shipping from Australia, there are many ways about it depending on the size and processes of the business and company. For most small businesses, you will often find it is quite similar to personal effects shipping with shipment pick-ups and deliveries once an agreement has been set up with the freight forwarding company. For slightly larger companies, you will need advice on various freight solutions and how best to address them including the likes of the following.

Sea & Air Cargo Forwarding



Personal Effects

Other Shipping Services

International & Domestics Logistics

Documents & Samples

Customs Clearance & Delivery

Packing & Crating

Domestic Freight

LCL Consolidation & Deconsolidation


Tariff Advice

Unpacking & Delivery

Warehousing & Storage

Destination Services

Next Flight Out

DAFF & Customs Advice

Customs & Quarantine Handling

Air, Sea & Land Haulage

Dangerous & Reefer Cargo

Next Day AM Priority

Own Bonded Warehouse

Weekly Shipments Worldwide

Next Day AM Priority

Over Size Cargo Handling

Economy 3-7 Days

Documentation Advice

Own Regular Consolidation to India, Sri Lanka & Fiji

Economy Express

Worldwide Network

On-board Courier

 From selecting the correct choice of cargo loads (FCL/LCL) to customs brokerage services, warehousing, choice of freight solutions depending on timelines, capacity, urgency and more, these are some points that will need to be discussed with a representative or agent from your trusted worldwide shipping partner or service provider.

With worldwide shipments scheduled every week, you can easily plan your global logistics or personal schedules accordingly. The below includes the 2015 Schedule for Worldwide Shipping from Australia to India, Sri Lanka and Fiji. Please contact Transco Cargo for information on sending shipments to your country of choice.

Transco Cargo 2015 Calendar for Shipments Worldwide Shipping from Australia

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When moving to another country, or if you have family overseas, or even if your business requires you to send goods to foreign establishments or customers, you’ll be in need of a cargo shipping or freight option.  If you are choosing freight or cargo shipping from Australia to the world, then you are in good hands. With Transco Cargo, you are looking at a freight forwarding end-to-end service provider. If you choose the option of door-to-door delivery in terms of personal effects shipping to customs brokerage and tailor-made cargo/freight solutions, Transco Cargo is the freight forwarding leader in Australia with weekly shipments to the world.


 Transco Cargo Shipping Commericla Cargo Personal Effects Shipments

There are many reasons why you should choose Transco Cargo for your international cargo shipping from Australia. Offering a fast, affordable and personal service to both residential and commercial clients, we are more than proficient in handling everything from pick-up to delivery via the depots located across Australia to cargo handling, customs brokerage, cargo storage and warehousing requirements, to handling corporate relocations and consignments in Australia and overseas.

If your need is with regards to personal effects shipping, whether you are opting for road freight to air/sea freight solutions, you are able to choose the right size of packing boxes and crates, with the offer of packing and crating assistance to delivery and unpacking too. With a fleet of vehicles that are equipped with GPS technology, you are able to track and monitor the progress of your shipment from cargo collection to doorstep delivery. With weekly cargo shipping from Australia scheduled with shipment dates available online or by inquiry, you can make a sound decision with your domestic or international shipping needs.

In terms of commercial cargo shipping from Australia, a number of services are provided by Transco Cargo which can be tailored to fit your business requirement with the pricing structure altered to fit your specific need. With a worldwide network to facilitate international & domestic logistics, LCL consolidation & deconsolidation, destination services, DGR & reefer cargo, over size cargo handling, advice in terms of tariffs, AQIS, Customs and documentation, to customs brokerage  & delivery services, express delivery as well as storage in bonded warehouses, you know you are dealing with a reputed leading freight forwarding company in Australia.

When cargo shipping from Australia to the world, a country of your choice, it’s always best to be acquainted with the import laws and discuss with Transco Cargo representatives on best course of action or simply hand over the proceedings to Transco Cargo to undertake on your behalf.   With over two decades of cost-efficient, reliable and world-standard service to commercial and personal cargo clients, you are in safe hands with the Transco Cargo network.

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Continuing from an earlier blog post “Transco Cargo Logistics Glossary”, the following includes some more logistics and shipping terms used by freight forwarding companies such as Transco Cargo.

Transco Cargo Shipping Terms Important Information

Bulk Cargo – This refers to cargo that are not contained within some form of packaging and is stowed loosely in the modes of transportation be it a vehicle, vessel or hold. Cargo such as this includes grain, coal, and petroleum to name a few.

Cross-Dock – This is a transportation terminal where inbound shipments are directly transferred to the outbound shipping dock, where storage/warehousing are only done so temporarily during the unloading/loading transaction. This is similar to a “transit” situation when airline passengers are concerned, and often occurs when shipping vehicles is done.

Drayage – This refers to road freight/trucking movements of containers/trailers to and from rail intermodal yards and to and from port facilities.

FOB – An acronym for Freight on Board is referred to a “point”. An FOB Point is when the ownership of freight moves from the shipper/consignor to the consignee. The “FOB Origin” is an indication of the fact the consignee owns the cargo goods in transit; the “FOB Destination” is an indication that the shipper/consignor is the owner of the cargo goods in transit. The owner of cargo goods in transit is responsible for any losses/damage to the freight and should provide insurance for it.

Freight Bill-of-Lading – Also referred to as a Freight Bill, BL or BoL, it’s a document that provides a binding contract between two parties, the shipper/consignor and the carrier, specifying the obligations of both parties in the transportation of the freight. It acts as a receipt of freight by the carrier for the shipper and is a document that designates the consignee as well as the FOB point.

Freight FOB Terms of Sale – This document specifies a number of things relating to the FOB, such as (1) indicates who is responsible for arranging transportation and carrier, (2) indicates who pays for transportation, (3) mentions at which point and location the transfer of ownership from seller to buyer  (shipper/consignor to consignee) also known as the FOB point occurs, (4) freight charges (whether collect [collect: Buyer pays the freight chargers], prepaid [prepaid: Seller pays freight charges], prepaid and charged back [prepaid and charged back: Seller pays in advance (bears the cost) and then bills the buyer for the charges incurred]). Examples:  FOB-Origin, Freight Collect: Consignee pays for freight and holds ownership of cargo in transit. FOB-Destination, Freight Prepaid: Shipper pays for freight and holds ownership of cargo in transit. FOB-Destination, Freight Prepaid and Charged Back: Shipper holds ownership of cargo in transit and pays for freight but bills the Consignee for freight charges incurred.

Stay tuned to the Transco Cargo blog for the next installment of Shipping Terms in the coming weeks.