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For personal or business shipping requirements, you may be interested in sending container shipments to Samoa from Australia. Sea freight is the best option when you have a lot of cargo to be shipped overseas. The cost of sending container shipments to Samoa via ocean cargo will be much less compared to that of air cargo and is the logical choice in terms of sticking to a budget.

Wherever you are in Australia, if you are looking for shipping to Samoa, you are able to coordinate with the Samoa shipments team to ensure that your cargo gets from its current location to its destination in a timely way. Often, several personal container shipments to Samoa are chosen when moving overseas or sending a variety of household goods. With concerns to business shipping, you can send anything from heavy machinery, office furniture or other business cargo, using container shipping over sea is the most viable option.

If you are looking for help with packing your cargo, assistance will be offered to you. Not only will our Australia to Samoa shipping team offer you recommendations and shipping advice. Also as a value added service, we can offer packing assistance too along with the necessary shipping boxes/crates and packing material. You are offered everything from packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper,

Furthermore, the necessary shipping documentation will be conveyed to you ahead of time. Advice and recommendations to getting everything in order is something that one who is established in the logistics industry takes pride in. Having all information ahead of time makes planning something as important as shipping large cargo easier and less complex for all parties involved. Thus, we highly recommend that getting one of the best freight forwarders from Australia to Samoa for your container shipments.

First things first, you should get yourself a good shipping quote for sea cargo, from the likes of container shipments to Apia from Melbourne or anywhere else in Australia. Start with the dimensions of your cargo and the approximated weight based on the type of goods you are planning on shipping. The description is important in terms of customs clearance requirements and so forth. By offering comprehensive information during the obligation free shipping quote, you are able to receive the best shipping advice for your requirement. Take care to add any special requests or comments so that your requirement is well noted and documented for extra care and diligence.

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Finding it difficult to fit the contents of all your belongings from your trip to Australia before heading out to your next destination? Whether you’ve visited the land down under for business or pleasure, you may often find yourself with excess personal baggage prior to your flight back. More often than not, the realisation of being over the baggage allowance limit may occur at the airport when checking in your baggage. That is when the high excess baggage fees hit you. To avoid this, we recommend your consider the service of excess baggage shipping from Australia to the country you are travelling to.

We recommend a few things to avoid high excess baggage fees at the airport, including how to opt for excess baggage shipping from Australia ahead of time.

Purchasing a Travel Baggage Scale

As a pre-emptive action, we recommend that you invest in a travel baggage scale that lets you weigh the luggage in hand. These are portable ad are a great way to find out how much your packed baggage weighs so that you have the choice of dividing contents of your baggage between the various options allowed by the airline of choice.

Knowing your Baggage Allowances

Visiting the airline’s website is the easiest way to find out how much checked luggage is allowed on your flight against the seating option that you have purchased. This information is also usually included when you purchase a ticket, but checking the website also offers you more information, including the excess baggage fees associated with the airline too. With all the information in hand, you can then make an informed decision, that is whether to sending your excess baggage from Australia ahead of time or to pay the excess baggage fees.

Excess Baggage Shipping from Australia

If you have chosen to use courier services for excess baggage shipping from Australia, then you should be aware that the process is a simple one. Contact Transco Cargo to get a quick quote from them either via the website or calling the hotline at +61 3 9357 7228. You can either then choose to drop the excess baggage at our offices in Melbourne or at our Australia-wide agents, or even organise a pick-up from your location. We also offer a variety of shipping box options as well as packing materials, which can be requested in advance.

Excess Baggage Fees

If you do opt to chance the high excess baggage fees whether it’s lack of time or otherwise, you can either pay the fees at the airport or you can opt to visit your airline’s website and purchase extra baggage allowance.

International-Shipping for Relocation

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Relocating to another country, whether for business or for personal reasons, the process requires a certain level of premeditation. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be a stressful process. With a strategic approach, shipping for relocation of your office or home can actually be quite simple. With the proper infrastructural support offered by your trusted shipping company, you’re able to relocate your household or office items safely and efficiently.

Deciding What to Pack when Shipping for Relocation

One of the important things to think about just before packing would be what to pack and what not to pack. It’s important to look at this strategically whether it’s a residential or office relocation. You need to decide this early on and it’s always a good idea to have it written down. That is, what you decide to take on your relocation and what you are choosing to leave behind. Based on this, start packing what you will be packing for your relocation.

One advice we give our customers is to separate and label what you are not shipping for relocation by either moving them into a different room and/or label it with “Do Not Ship/Pack.” These items may be items that you plan to leave behind or will be selling or donating. You should also have items that are critical items such as passports, confidential documents, and other valuables that may be necessary for use leading up the day of relocation. Those items should be separated from the “Do Not Ship” pile.

Transco Cargo Shipping for Relocation Home Shipping Boxes

The packing list, which acts as an inventory of what you are packing into your shipping for relocation boxes, can definitely make your life easier especially if you have a labelling system in place that correlates to the shipping boxes/crates.

Choosing which Mode of Shipping

When shipping for relocation, you need to consider the mode of shipping, whether you should be opting for air or ocean cargo. Each option has its advantages. Sending furniture, appliances and even vehicles via ocean cargo is the best, whereas, air cargo may be the best option for critical items that you may need as soon as you get to your destination.

The Shipping Documentation

While a packing list is essential, there are other shipping for relocation documentation that you will require which will be communicated to you by your shipping company.

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Download the Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar complete with shipment dates to send cargo to Sri Lanka, India and Fiji. Get the PDF version by clicking on the below image or following this link -> Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar with Shipment Dates

Transco Cargo 2017 Calendar Download

We offer a great range of shipping services for our clientele, including value added services such as pick-up of packages, door-to-door delivery, warehousing and more! Contact us by dropping us a message through our contact form or our Quick Quote form for an obligation-free quotation!

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Bangladesh is one of South Asia’s largest textile export countries, second only to China in the global textile exports arena. Specialising in the likes of knitwear and ready-made garments, Bangladesh has established itself as a key player in the global apparel industry. Shipping to Bangladesh  in terms of imports coming into this SAARC country includes the likes of cotton, machinery and equipment, chemicals and so forth, which in turn helps with their export markets for shipping Bangladesh export products to Australia, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and France to name a few. Imports from Bangladesh into Australia are usually dependent on the finished product or often for samples.

Garment Exports to Australia from Bangladesh | Source: The Daily Star


The duty and quota free access to Australia based on the Rules of Origin, and the increasing imports from Bangladesh into Australia achieving over $500mn in 2015, we foresee a steady increase in Bangladesh imports to Australia. However, the early 2016 ban of air cargo from Bangladesh, Syria, Egypt and Yemen has had impact on the supply chain management within the apparel industry due to sample lead times taking longer due to ocean cargo transport. This embargo essentially bans items heavier than 500g being transported over air cargo (whether it’s onboard or air freight).

With 88% of last year’s imports from Bangladesh accounting for the Australian apparel use, sample lead times had to be dealt with the ban in mind. The ban that came into effect in January of 2016 was then relaxed in May with air freight being screened in another country before entering Australia for security reasons. That is, imports from Bangladesh via air cargo were streamlined through hub airports such as Singapore or even Hong Kong. Australia is amongst other countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany that have established this embargo with concerns direct air cargo flights and security.

For this reason, tail-to-tail transfers would not be possible however, the cargo in itself will have to be cleared through a hub airport before reaching Australia (as the approved last port of call), where in official terms, it would show that the air cargo is shown coming through that specific airport as opposed to import from Bangladesh. Therefore, no transhipment can occur through Bangladesh as the original Airway Bill (AWB) will be used.

The Approved Last Ports of Call prior to reaching Australia with concern to imports from Bangladesh include the likes of Dubai,  Abu Dhabi, Doha, Singapore,  Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou. Items that are exempt from the air cargo ban include the likes of the following;

  • Mail items under 500g
  • Cargo under 250 grams and shorter than 5 mm
  • Live animals
  • Human remains
  • Biological tissues
  • Legitimately prepared dangerous goods
  • Commonwealth government articles
  • Diplomatic bags

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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!