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If you are moving house and you need help shipping household goods and other personal effects from your current location to your new one (even if it’s overseas), Transco Cargo can help you.  When it comes to personal effects shipping, you acquire the boxes or crates to pack your household goods and other personal effect items. This is usually the case when you opt for LCL shipping overseas or when you are moving to another house in the same country. However, as there are various situations that may come up when packing heavy or bulky items, Transco Cargo can make life easier by offering various services. If the customer in the case of LCL shipping does the inventory, a final volume measurement is carried out before loading.Transco Cargo Staff Shipping Household Goods Personal Effect Shipping FAQ

Evaluating the Volume of Household Goods and Personal Effects for Shipping Quotes

When it comes to shipping personal effects/household goods, Transco Cargo will visit your residence to assess the cargo before providing a quote only when the goods in question is large in volume and packing will be complicated when it comes to FCL or LCL basis of shipping cargo overseas.  In all other cases, you are able to get in contact Transco Cargo by visiting the website and filling out the contact form, emailing them or even calling the hotline!

Packing Your Household Goods and Personal Effects

If you also require help with packing, Transco Cargo will send a team to ensure that your household goods and personal effects are packed correctly so that no goods will be harmed during transit. The packing service is offered at a fee. However, in the event that you wish to pack household goods/personal effects for shipment yourself, you can also purchase the likes of bubble wrap or packing fillers from the Transco Cargo warehouse. The packaging can also be delivered to your location as a value added service.  In the event that you wish to pack and load your goods without the assistance of Transco Cargo and if you have requested a FCL shipment, then Transco Cargo will  drop off the container at an agreed upon location. This is done often so that the costs to the customer is minimised.

Shipping your Vehicles

In the event you are looking to ship your car overseas in a container, along with your household goods and personal effects, in order to maximise on space and utilise the container to its fullest, Transco Cargo can setup Lashing which will allow you to load items into the same container space. However, it should be noted that most countries will require the household goods/personal effects to be loaded separately (where the vehicle and other goods are separated). In the event you need it to be sent together, the container can be separated using a wood wall loading the household goods/personal effects in the other section separating it from the vehicle.

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Decisions need to be made when it comes to your business, as it is often the case when it comes down to day-to-day choices even if it’s a simple as tea or coffee. However, when you require international shipping services, whether it’s for business or personal uses, there are many factors to consider. One decision is which method of international freight you should choose (the choices being air freight or ocean freight). Whether you need to ship a load of cargo overseas or need to send personal effects when moving overseas, then you should consider these factors, such as availability of goods in hand (speed) as well as reliability too. Let’s look at each more closely.

International Shipping Ocean Freight Air Freight


One of the first things that you look into when you request an international shipping quote would be how much it will cost you to get your goods from Point A to Point B! Whilst businesses may look at the bottom line (the company’s income once expenses have been deducted from the revenue) or if you’re looking at personal effects shipping overseas then budget would be your biggest concern.  Some say that ocean freight is a cheaper option against air freight, and this may be the case in certain situations, however, that doesn’t mean it’s a rule of thumbs. You may find situations where it’s reversed.

Air freight carriers bill by chargeable weight with a calculation based on the weight and the size of the shipment, whereas sea freight carriers charge by container rates where the most commons are 20’ & 40’.  In the event that you are shipping less than a Full Container Load (FCL), your quote will be calculated depending on the size of your shipment by cubic meter. If you are looking at large or heavy shipments of goods, then you are right to choose ocean freight and decide between LCL (Less than Container Load) and FCL. However if the shipment is smaller, the air freight rates may be more desirable as it could be cheaper to ship via air freight when the shipment is smaller.

Another cost factor that plays a hand here would also be customs clearance charges and other destination fees (including warehousing rates at seaports). All these factors should be considered when assessing the budget between air freight and ocean freight.


If you look at speed, then air freight is the sure-fire winner. If you have an urgent need where time saved is money saved then paying extra for air freight to make up for lead time is justified. In the event you needed a time advantage and considered transit time between air freight and sea/ocean freight, air freight will take 3-7 days for delivery whilst it could be 12-14 days on the shorter scale for shipping by sea.


In terms of reliability, despite air freight being newer to the centuries old sea freight, you will find that shipping by air is more reliable as companies are on top of schedules despite the natural setbacks and unforeseen circumstances. Also you need to look at the goods you are planning on shipping. If you have perishable or fragile goods that require specific care such as moisture control, then choose air as not all shipping containers are air tight or look at moisture control.

These are just factors to consider in terms of ensuring safe passage from Point A to Point B. What is your preferred choice of freight when shipping internationally?


We’ve also recently updated the Transco Cargo Mobile website after a loyal customer gave us some good feedback.

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Are you planning of exporting goods from Australia? If you are a trader or businessperson, the following will be useful to know.

Transco Cargo Exporting from Australia Export Trade Tips FAQ

What Steps Do  I Need To Take To Start Exporting From Australia?

Two of the most important steps that you need to take before you embark on the export trade is to know which country you want to export to as well as carry thorough research into the chosen country. When carrying out your detailed research into the country you have chosen to export goods to, make sure you highlight the following;

  • Import statistics of the product you intend on exporting from Australia. Also, check on the quantities and the origin of import of said product into that country.
  • Import duties attached to the products you intend on exporting.
  • Barriers to imports, items such as import licensing
  • Local taxes on the product
  • Frequency/Cost of Sea/Air freight from Australia to the export country
  • Regulations and/or product standards that will affect ROI; these include quarantine, consumer protection, etc.
  • Carry out PESTLE Research – Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental Factors
  • Make sure your export trade will comply with government sanctions & regulations

Once you’ve carried out the necessary research in detail, put together an Export Marketing Plan in which you can define your objectives and activities that will lead up to its success. This plan will be crucial if you plan to obtain financing from the banks/financial institutions.

What Goods Can I Export from Australia?

Whether you’re trading company or an individual, you are able to export almost any product from Australia. However, do keep in mind that certain products are subject to export restrictions and necessary procedures must be carried out. It is said that all exports need to be reported to the customs authority by the exporter/agent/shipping or Airline Company.

Where Can I Find an Export Freight Forwarder?

Transco Cargo is a freight forwarding company with three decades worth of experience, that is well-versed in the Australia export trade procedures and would be the best export freight forwarding provider for your export/trading business.

Will I Need an Export License?

You will only require an export license if you choose to export goods that have certain restrictions. These include the likes of the following (as stated by Australian Trade Commission);

  • Orderly marketing of primary products and commitments under marketing agreements, eg meat, wheat and wine
  • International agreements, eg. atomic materials and drugs of dependence
  • Control of quality
  • Conservation of Australian fauna and items of historical or cultural significance such as Aboriginal artefacts
  • Utilisation of Australian resources such as mineral ores and merino sheep

References: Australian Trade Commission (2015)

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First, let’s get down to the definitions of what entails international shipping and the likes of courier delivery services. Couriers are set apart from ordinary mail due to the speed, security and specialisation of express courier services, with offers of door-to-door national and international shipping delivery. International shipping essentially means the shipment of goods from one country to another, whereby with concern to courier services, international courier shipments are usually done so use air freight.

Transco Cargo Interional Shipping Courier to Sri Lanka Delivery Services

Helping businesses and individuals alike receive important items, be it documents, packages, anything with an urgent need from the source location to its destination, courier services though once purely a local shipping service has grown exponentially to service the ever-growing need for (almost) instant satisfaction globally.

Local Courier Delivery: Local deliveries are usually either within a city (such as couriers in Melbourne), within a state (delivery via courier in Victoria), or within a country (express couriers in Australia). Whether you are sending the likes of documents, packages or personal effects boxes, you can utilise this form of shipping, as it will be less expensive due to the use of rail/road freight services.

Express Couriers:  This type of courier shipping service is ideal for speedy delivery whether locally or internationally, often with an added cost for the advantage of speed and timely delivery.

Door-to-Door Courier Services: The essence of this shipping option includes your courier service provider picking up the shipment in question, taking it to the depot for shipment, following through with the documentation and processes to arrive at its shipping destination into the hands of the recipient.

International Courier Services: When it comes to international couriers, you are offered the same services as listed above, whoever via airfreight as it is the speediest option for delivery urgent goods.

Transco Cargo is a renowned shipping services provider in Melbourne that offers courier delivery services from anywhere in Australia with various offices and collections locations nationwide to be delivered to anywhere in the world. With a strengthened global network, Transco Cargo facilitates convenient international shipping to SAARC countries with frequent scheduled shipment where you can courier to Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. Whether you are looking for door-to-door delivery via courier to Sri Lanka or India, Transco Cargo with its fleet, vast network and reach are able to assist you in your express shipping needs. Find out how they can help your requirement by dropping a quick quote inquiry.

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Shipping terminology can be a bit complicated, often with the use of various abbreviations or acronyms. Transco Cargo has put together a handy list of incoterms to better understand international shipping procedures.  Did you know that it’s the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris that governs IncoTerms that are followed by the world with concern to trading? To be specific there are thirteen IncoTerms currently in use, essentially the use of IncoTerms in international sales facilitate risk management to avoid misunderstandings or disputes between the supplier and customer when trading between countries (especially when there are various national trading practices in place). As these terms are acknowledged by various authorities, international shipping and sales has become easier.

Transco Cargo International Shipping Corporate Profile Services

This blog post will feature a few Groups of IncoTerms, namely Departure, and Main Carriage not Paid by Seller.


EXW – Ex-Works: This is used during the initial quote for the sale of goods without the inclusion of any costs, whereby the buyer will incur any risk for shipping goods to their final destination. It should be noted that the buyer will responsible, where the supplier usually delivers the goods to the buyer’s place of business for handover.

Main Carriage not Paid by Seller

FAS: Free Alongside Ship: This is a term used when the seller of the goods has fulfilled their duty by handing over the goods to the buyer by placing them “alongside the vessel” at the specified port of the shipment. This also means that from that moment on, the costs and risks of the goods will be the buyer’s responsibility.

FCA: Free Carrier: This trade term refers to when the seller is required to deliver the goods to a specified port of shipment (an airport, terminal, etc) where the carrier operates. From the moment of delivery to the carrier location, , the costs and risks of the goods will be the buyer’s responsibility.

FOB: Free On Board: This term is used when the seller undertakes the costs and risk of transporting the goods to the port of shipment, usually along with loading costs. After which, the costs and risks of the goods will be the buyer’s responsibility.

We’ll be back with the rest of the IncoTerms for Main Carriage Paid by Seller and Arrival in the second instalment of the IncoTerms guide by Transco Cargo for international shipping.  Being aware of these terms when carrying out trading can be invaluable for supply chain management when it concerns international shipping quotes for cargo.

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Offering door delivery to anywhere in India, Transco Cargo ​ is reputed for delivering packages to even the most rural villages when sending cargo to India. With direct cargo consolidation to India, shipping personal effects, gift items, and excess luggage to India is as easy as contacting us for an affordable shipping quote.

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With regular shipments to India sailing every month, by keeping an eye on the Transco cargo shipment scheduled dates, you are able to plan ahead of time. When sending goods overseas, you are given the option of selecting various shipping boxes and crates that have been designed to meet Australian freight forwarding standards. From a gift box to a tea chest, or larger (such as half CMB- cubic meter), there is no minimum size or charge. It should be noted that when sending cargo from Australia to India, it’s mandatory to provide a Packing List with each shipment for customs clearance.

Be aware that customs clearance charges will be present if you are exporting cargo to India. The duty and tax for cargo shipping to India depends on the items being shipped. Indian residents and foreign nationals are allowed to ship personal effects and household goods duty free on certain conditions that needs proof.  When shipping cargo to India for relocation/moving, you need to be able to present the following documentation too:

  • Passports are required for all family members
  • If you are a foreign national, you will need a visa that allows you to live in India for at least one year
  • Cargo shipment inventory, written in English, indicating date purchased and itemized with brand, model, and serial numbers of all major appliances
  • Indian Customs Declaration Form
  • Insurance coverage

If you are a business owner and require frequent shipments to India, you can rely on Transco Cargo, as your trusted shipping partner. Entering into its third decade of shipping operation to send cargo to and from Australia to anywhere in the world, you can rely on Transco Cargo for clearance and delivery of goods safe and sound. With competitive shipping prices, and stuffing locations in Melbourne (warehouses located in Campellfield & Noble Park), and frequent shipments scheduled to India, you can be assured that as a shipping industry stakeholder, we can partner up to offer tailor-made shipping solutions for your business.

​No matter the size of your shipment, whether you are looking for FCL or LCL consolidated cargo services to India, we are able to provide a custom solution to serve your business requirements.

Sister Rose was highly delighted to receive all the goods from here. She has asked me to thank you also for the help with customs. The earlier parcels went to the flood victims of Assam. I shall be in touch.- Hillary Manning [Transco Customer | Cargo to India (St Margaret’s Convent, “Peachlands “, Shillong Meghalaya)]

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Looking for commercial cargo to personal effects shipping? Perhaps you’re looking for a specific type of shipping method. You could be looking for express delivery over road freight, or you could international logistics and freight from Australia over air and sea!

Transco Cargo Logistics and Freight from Australia Courier Delivery Services

If you are unaware what freight options are available to you, keep reading!

AIR FREIGHT: Air freight is often used for the convenience of instant gratification, in order to receive the likes of parcels to cargo faster. Essentially, it is the transfer of goods by personal or commercial air carriers/gateways. Though this form of international delivery is faster, it’s much costlier than the other options for logistics and freight from Australia.

SEA FREIGHT: The most commonly used option for international shipping; it’s also referred to as marine or ocean freight, where the mode of cargo transport is done by sea via either a ship or vessel. This option of logistics and freight from Australia for international cargo shipments is ideal when the delivery of the cargo is not time critical and when you are looking for an economical option to send heavyweight shipments or bulky cargo overseas.

EXPRESS DELIVERY: This form of delivery utilises many forms of logistic options to provide a fast and efficient means of delivery of goods be it by road, train or air. This is often referred to as courier services.

EXPORT SHIPPING: Export is the term used for shipping commercial cargo out of the port of a country into another country, where the seller is referred to as the exporter and the overseas buyer is referred to as the importer. The common choice of freight is by sea/ocean due   to the bulk quantity shipments and cost efficiency.

COMMERCIAL CARGO: This type of cargo refers to goods that pertain to a business nature, often hand-in-hand with import/export. When handling commercial cargo freight forwarding, the shipping company in charge will offer the best shipping solution based on mode of transportation depending on the cargo, the budget and delivery time requirements.

PERSONAL EFFECTS: As the name implies, it involves the shipments of personal effects/goods, from household items, clothing, and excess baggage to anything that is not to be used commercially. Often the choice of freight forwarding would be air but with excess baggage air freight is used.

Stay tuned for next week’s IncoTerms blog post when handling logistics and freight from Australia to international destinations.

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Are you an international student currently residing in Australia? You may still be home but looking to move to Australia for studies. In such case, there is a great need for personal effects shipping services. Whether it’s excess luggage that you couldn’t fit into the assigned baggage weight limit,  or you may have decided to ship  excess baggage in advance,  to various other items such as books,  clothes,  household items and more, shipping personal effects ahead of time makes life a whole lot easier.

Transco Cargo International Student Shipping Personal Effects to and from Australia

The country you are looking to ship your personal effects to may be near or far, but with a trusted personal effects shipping partner such as Transco Cargo, you will be in safe hands as they have a global network of partners ready to assist in delivery. However, there are certain destinations in which Transco Cargo are already well known  for shipping to various destinations worldwide including UK, Dubai, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Philippines, Fiji, and Pacific Islands, if you’re looking to send personal effects cargo to the likes of Port  Kelang, Singapore, Bangkok, Japan, Colombo, Chennai, Nhava Sheva and Taiwan to name a few.

Whether you are opting for shipping personal effects from your own country or from Australia to your home, finding the right fit in terms of packing boxes and crates is especially simple with Transco Cargo that also offers total freight end-to-end solutions (that is from pickup to delivery, to even customs clearance too). If you’re shipping to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore or any other country  that Transco shipment hubs are available then it’s easier too. By having a chat with your Transco Cargo shipping professionals you will be able to get a reasonable and affordable shipping personal effects quote.

As Transco Cargo has the ability to undertake customs clearance in Australia  (where personal effects shipments are considered imports) as well as facilitate customs clearance for shipping personal effects needs as and when you need then in the country of your choosing, international student shipping and relocation is a breeze. Contact Transco Cargo with a Quick Quote inquiry and get the ball rolling on international students shipping personal effects to and from Australia!

Here’s a Transco Cargo personal effects shipping testimonial about their shipping experience;

The entire experience from the first call to receiving my boxes was so professional. Was very impressed with the work ethic and overall customer service.  Please be kind enough to pass on my thanks to your team!

Rory-Ann Willis [Transco Cargo Customer from Singapore]

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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.