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Transco Cargo is happy to support yet another initiative in supporting the  flood victims in Sri Lanka  organised by Bendigo Bank in conjunction with some School Alumni Associations.

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Together with the Bendigo Bank and the Alumni Associations of St. Thomas College, Royal College and Trinity College, will assist the Foundation of Goodness to help 100 affected families.


You can also drop off non-perishable goods of your choosing at the two Transco Cargo warehouses mentioned below.

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Need to send a parcel to Sri Lanka in a hurry? You have come to the right place. We understand your urgency and we guarantee that your goods will be delivered quickly and on time. Prior to sending your parcel via courier to Sri Lanka, it is important to ensure that your goods are packed safely and efficiently so that we may deliver your valued goods without damage. One of the common issues that we encounter is damaged goods due to poor packaging. We want our customers to be satisfied and ensure that your goods will reach Sri Lanka in perfect condition.

Transco Cargo Courier to Sri Lanka Packing Advice

We have compiled some quick tips to help ensure that your items reach Sri Lanka in perfect condition. If followed correctly, we can minimise the hassle and ensure the safety of your parcels.

General Tips

Keep the following general tips in mind when sending packing your goods to be shipped via courier.

  • When packing in a shipping box, make sure to choose the right size. Under filled and overfilled boxes will result in your goods falling off due to lack of pressure or getting damaged due to too much pressure.
  • If you are packing liquids in shipping boxes, make sure to seal the lids.
  • Use quality cushioning such as polystyrene when packing fragile or plastic goods.
  • Use arrow up labels for boxes containing fragile goods such as glass and porcelain.
  • Wrap solid items in plastic separately to prevent smashing against other goods.
  • Use heavy tape around edges of the boxes to prevent goods from falling off if the boxes get wet.
  • When sending gifts, make sure they are packed in secure boxes/containers as consumer-ready gift packaging may not be suitable for international transport.
  • Go easy on excess packing and tape as Customs Officers have full authority to examine packages if they deem necessary.

Golden Rules of Packing

  1. Check to see if addresses are written correctly. Make sure the details of the consignee is 100% accurate. Mistakes in the addresses could lead to miss-delivery of your parcels. Telephone numbers are optional but providing it could minimise any hassle if addresses are mentioned incorrectly.
  1. Safety! As we mentioned before, make sure to wrap all goods in plastic and bubble wrap- especially materials with sharp edges as they could damage the packing. Pack all fragile goods in polystyrene and Styrofoam. Make sure fragile goods don’t touch the sides of the boxes. Better be safe than sorry.

Our service agents can assist you with packing if you need it.

  1. Labelling your boxes is very important – especially if they contain fragile goods. This will make sure workers and porters will handle your parcels with care.

We can label your boxes for you, as long as you declare your contents to our service agents.

  1. Lastly, consult our service agents for any information you may require such as time periods, regulations and freight availability. Declare your contents accurately and inform us on any specific requirements.

After your goods are dispatched, we will provide you with a unique tracking number. You will be able to track the whereabouts of your goods on our website until they are delivered.

The Transco Cargo agents are at your disposal for any additional information you may require.

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Airfreight involves the shipment of packages and goods via an air carrier. An air carrier could be commercial or charter. Transportation via air carriers allows shipments an easier gateway to anywhere that airlines fly and land.

The process of airfreight is used in conjunction with other shipping methods such as rail, marine and has since become widely used as one of the most efficient delivery options in exporting and importing in the 21st century. The airfreight industry has grown steadily over the past decades and considered an efficient and quicker way of transporting goods.

The process of air cargo requires many vital steps taken by the freight forwarder and the air carrier. Here is a guideline on how the process of air cargo is carried out on a daily basis.

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There are 3 vital steps that are followed under the process of shipping.

1. Assembling the Shipment

Collecting goods for consignee and preparing the packing materials and the packing list is important. Once the shipment is assembled we move onto the next step.

2. Making RFT (Read for Transport)

It is also important to ensure you pack your goods and label packages clearly. Following the packaging, your freight forwarding agent will prepare any required security documents and other relevant transportation documentation and prepare for shipment. Transco Cargo can help you any step of the way.

3. Ordering Transport

Once the package has arrived, it will be sent to the freight forwarder warehouse and left at storage ready for pick up.


Forwarding Out

When your goods are being exported, the below steps apply during transportation.

  • Goods are picked up following the order received and given a POA (Proof of Acceptance)
  • An incoming check is performed and sorted according to flight dates for goods to be transported
  • Recheck for labelling errors and re-label if required and make necessary security declarations
  • Prepare all relevant customs documents and clear for customs
  • Consolidate all goods according to all regulations of necessity and prepare a master AWB (Air Waybill)
  • Arrange transport to airline and inform receiving end of the incoming package



Air Transport

During air transportation, there are many vital steps that are carried out during the transference of the package.

  • Prepare and plan for handling and storage shipments based on confirmed bookings.
  • Perform incoming and administration checks
  • Sort good and documents
  • Perform outgoing and administration checks
  • Prepare ULDs (Unit Load Devices) according to specific instructions
  • Prepare ramp transport and security checks
  • Load onto aircraft and prepare for flight
  • Once landed prepare for ramp transport of cargo
  • Receive ULDs and breakdown ULD according to instructions
  • Check incoming shipments against documents
  • Prepare for warehouse storage and clear flight manifest
  • Load goods onto truck and dispatch

Forwarding In

Importing goods via air transportation is considered a convenient method to transfer packages. Here are the steps taken to ensure goods are delivered on time;

  • Picking up documents once notified by the airline and arranging local pickup of the documents
  • Preparing customs documents, aiding with clearance and printing the customs release note
  • Arrange local pick up of the package from the airline
  • Arrange delivery to consignee with all relevant documentation and receive POD (Proof of Delivery)


  • Receiving shipment – once the shipment is received the check for all number of goods and if any visible damage can be identified. Once cleared, provide a POD.
  • Unpacking goods– unpack goods and thoroughly check for any damages that have occurred during transportation.
  • Check goods with administration – count present goods with the packing list or procurement order to verify any missing items. Arrange for any warranty claims along with payments for transport supplier where necessary. Make arrangements for customs declarations when required.

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Relocating overseas requires a lot of organizing, planning, time, patience, and perhaps even determination may be required at some point. Relocation to India, however, could mean you need specific assistance with packaging, shipping, and other documentation. Moving overseas could also be personal or even relocating a business. Here are some tips on how to manage your international relocation smoothly.

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Checklist for the Relocation of Household Goods and Personal Effects

Make a checklist of things that needs to be done and can access from your mobile phone. With the use of modern technology, you can use smart phone apps to plan out your checklist which will sync each time you add something new. This way you don’t have to carry a notebook around and worry about it getting misplaced. You can also easily use the list to search for items you need in India, on your phone.

Sort Out All the Required Documentation

Get in touch with everyone who send you important correspondence and inform them that you are relocating. This could include banks, insurance firms, and the Australian tax office. Since the Australia post’s notification service is free, you can easily fill in the relocation details online.

Shipping your Personal Belongings

If you are permanently relocating overseas, it is important to find a very good shipping company to transport all your belongings. Professional shipping companies such as Transco Cargo do Shipping to India. It is always best to get a quotation along with all the customs requirements prior to finalizing the packing list. For details on shipping dates to India via Transco cargo, visit here.

Relocating your Business

Relocating a business is far more complex than relocating a home. There will be a lot of legal documentation and operational transfers that require adequate planning.

Not every business is easily transferable to another country. If you have an online business in operation, it would be an easier setup. But in any case, if it’s a bigger operation, it will require careful planning to ensure your business fits in comfortably with the Indian culture and its country’s business norms.

Other details you may need to look into would be;

  • If your industry is well established in India
  • If you are still able to maintain relationships with existing customers from India
  • If your business has a good market presence and connects well with the people and culture in India

Shipping your Business Goods

There may be certain machinery, equipment, files that require to be transferred to India. With a reliable and professional shipping company like Transco Cargo, you should be able to send your business materials across to India with minimum hassle.

Always ensure you label your business goods under categories and numbers along with your packing list to make sure you have less to deal with, once you arrive to India.  Your shipping company will also ensure all goods pass through customs and are received well on time to set up your business.

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When you are traveling abroad and you end up with more baggage than you planned, you may find yourself with a need for excess baggage shipping. This is due to your airline being unable cannot accommodate due to weight restrictions or because you may have to pay hefty excess baggage fees.  You may be someone travelling on vacation and bought way too much stuff to bring back on the plane. You may also be an importer who wants to bring back a lot of goods with you. There may even be a chance you may be migrating to another country for a new job with all your belongings to start a new life. No matter what it is, we at Transco Cargo can assist you to sort out your excess baggage shipping and make things easy for you.

Transco Cargo Excess Baggage Shipping Services

On Business

If you are a businessperson and you travelled overseas to procure items for your business unavailable in your country, you would want to bring back as many of those items as possible. If you want to ship back all the extra things you bought on your buying trip, we are the perfect company to hire. We can help in numerous ways, such as helping with the excess baggage packing of boxes and to wrap your cargo with appropriate packaging. Transco Cargo can also help you fill out all the paperwork and arrange freight at our earliest.

On Holiday

Airlines only allow passengers to allow a certain weight of baggage on a single flight (depending on the flight and country) but on average it is about 11kg. This may be adequate for your first flight to the destination but no one comes back from a holiday empty handed. All your gifts, souvenirs, and clothes will need to be shipped back separately and we can offer you an outstanding service for you. Simply dial our number and speak to us, and we will arrange everything and let you know a date when you can expect your baggage.

Moving for a job

The global job market is becoming more and more competitive. Many people are faced with a decision to move abroad for employment if they want to succeed as many people are offered great employment opportunities overseas. It is an exciting but strenuous process and your life will be completely uprooted. You can free yourself from some of that burden. Let us handle your logistical requirements. We will ensure all your belongings are packed safely and sent to the destination by the time you reach there.

At Transco Cargo, we offer fair and competitive rates for our excess baggage services. We usually charge by weight per item but for items with unconventional shapes, (such as surfboards, chairs, and more), we will charge by volume. You do not need to worry about extra baggage when you travel overseas again. We will ensure the safe delivery of your baggage. We will pick up your baggage from your door and make sure it is waiting for you on the other side. Get in contact with us and we will offer you a world class, professional service no matter what your budget is!

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Most airlines allow passengers to carry 15 lbs to 40 lbs of luggage on a single flight (depending on the flight and country). This may not be enough for passengers who simply have more belongings to take with them.  The same applies to when passengers cannot bring back gifts and personal items they have purchased overseas because their goods exceed the luggage limit defined by airlines. Different airlines have different specifications and limits when it comes to excess passenger luggage.

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Obviously, it is not advisable to include items like knives, lighters, fireworks or even live animals, as they might be hazardous and dangerous. Assuming your personal effects are legal and accepted by the airline, you can start considering the best way to transport your excess personal luggage before flying since it is always best to try and reduce the weight of your luggage in order to avoid extra luggage fees.


It is always better to keep your bags backed at least 2 days prior to your flight – packing your stuff in a hurry at the last moment means you will have a messy and a heavy bag.


Pack only the basic things you need; all your toiletries in one case which can be tucked in to the side cover of the luggage, all your business suits and casual wear neatly folded and packed, your personal effects and electronics can be carried in your hand luggage. Don’t take too many business suits with you – a couple of blazers and matching pants. Take a couple of pairs of jeans that you are willing to leave behind at the hotel. The same applies to underwear and casual wear. Pack your luggage proportionately, reducing the weight as much as possible. When you return from your trip, you can always discard the extra clothes that you do not want in order to make up more space for all your souvenirs and gift items.


Packing efficiently may save a lot of money for you. However, what if your luggage still exceeds the weight limit of your flight? Airlines do allow passengers to carry extra weight as long as you pay for it. Most airlines would charge something between $10 – $30 per lbs and you may end up paying $100 – $150 for a single extra luggage. This service is quick, but expensive. If you exceed the weight limit, you can pay the extra luggage fees at the airport and proceed to boarding.


Airfreight charges are generally cheaper than paying extra luggage fees to a passenger airline – especially if you have a lot of luggage. Even with ex-works and transport charges, this method will cost you less than the alternative and it is advisable to plan and early if you hope to bring back a lot of stuff from abroad! Getting down your extra luggage via airfreight will take a couple of days to reach your doorstep, but it’s guaranteed to save you more money.


If you want to save money and like to plan ahead, get in contact with a local forwarding agent who offers air freight services for excess personal luggage. Transco Cargo offers quick and efficient services for excess personal luggage from Australia to anywhere in the world. Visit us at for more information.

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Sending cargo to your required destination is not a tricky thing to plan out anymore. With modern transportation and excellent coordination by cargo management companies, your goods will safely reach its destination within days. Transporting goods to India from Australia is now hassle free thanks to Transco Cargo’s scheduling, and the execution done by the logistics team. However, there could be certain rules and regulations that need to be followed when sending cargo to a foreign country. Let’s explore in brief how cargo can be transported to India from Australia.


Finding out the Schedule

This is all based on when you need to send the goods across and finding the right schedule to meet your deadline.  Cargo shipments usually take between 4 weeks – 6 weeks, so it is always best to plan out ahead. To find out the scheduling dates, please have a look at the Transco Cargo freight shipment schedule.

Transco Cargo Sending Cargo to India from Australia Shipment Schedule

Getting to know Important Information Relevant to the Destination of Arrival

It is important to always find out any relevant information on freight forwarding to the destination you plan to send your cargo to. There could be several export regulations that could apply to your cargo. Just like any customs regulatory, the central board of excise and customs in India, have highlighted their export regulations to ensure all goods that arrive are within its specific requirements. For detailed information on tariffs, embargos and customs details please visit

The Importance of Relevant Documentation

Shipping documents are legal forms that are applied in the process of transporting goods from one destination to another. These shipping documents are essential for the legal transport of goods in domestic backgrounds as well as with international shipping of all kinds. The precise documents vital to managing the shipment and delivery of merchandises will differ, based on regulations and principles that apply at both the initial point for the shipment and the destination, in this case, Australia, as well as any points in between where the merchandises must be disclosed and inspected.

Shipping documents are essential to protecting and binding all parties involved in the shipping procedure. By meeting terms  with the shipping regulations that apply, it is possible to make sure that orders are accurate, are transported in time, are packaged in a method that is well within the shipping standards, and that the duties charged for the shipping process itself are attuned with any contracts that exist between the shipper and the transporter. If in any case the shipping documents required by law are not organized properly, there is a possible chance that the cargo will be held back until the errors are modified or replacement documents are organized and forwarded to the site where the  cargo is temporarily stored. For a detailed look at shipping documents, please visit the Transco Cargo Documents page.

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Transco Cargo, Australia’s leading cargo firm will be celebrating 25 years of operation in the industry since its establishment in 1991. The firm is currently a leading logistics and transportation services provider in Australia and worldwide. Throughout the years, Transco Cargo’s team of professionals have dedicated their service to ensure the organization provides the best of service to customers globally.


A free seminar was held in Sydney, Australia recently following the accomplishment of Transco Cargo’s successful year in 2015 of exports and imports. Transco Cargo provided a presentation of its success story, followed by a detailed description of the logistics industry and the services offered by Transco Cargo. Transco Cargo also discussed the importance of Incoterms and the levels of business entries related to exports and imports in Australia.

We had a good response to the personalities who are willing to start up a business related to Exports & Imports in Australia” stated Mr. Mohan Perera, CEO of Transco Cargo. “Many businesses were keen on receiving information about incoterms and its relation to business, so they found our infographics and videos extremely useful.” added Mr. Thushara, Operations Manager of Transco Cargo.

Transco Cargo’s objective was to educate businesses on the industry of logistics, and the importance of incoterms related to exports and imports in Australia. They further discussed the type of freight forwarding and the importance related documentation processes for businesses. The free seminar closed with a Q and A session, followed by light refreshments.

The firm was also featured on Australia’s Channel 31, where they discussed the industry of logistics and defined the business in terms of exports, imports and types of freight services they currently offer. They also discussed the differences between air and sea freight, its benefits to the customer. The complete interview can be viewed below

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It is essential that you get in contact with the vehicle standard if you plan to drive a vehicle in Australia and ensure safety requirements are met when trying to obtain permission to import a vehicle. In order to apply for a “Motor Vehicle Import Approval”. Speak to Transco Cargo on how to apply. After applying for a motor vehicle import, you should value your vehicle for customs purposes. Here are the facts you need to know before Importing Motor Vehicles to Australia.

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Transaction Value Method

Value of imported motor vehicles and motorcycles is assessed the following ways;

Customs will value used or new motor vehicles by calculating the transaction value. Using this method, the Customs value is based on actual payable price or invoice amount for the vehicle. Wherever the importer can show that the automobile or motor cycle was acquired to be transferred to Australia, this method can be used. Some adjustments may be made to the price paid by the importer to import the vehicle to Australia such as freight and insurance costs.

Alternate Methods of Valuation

If the transaction value method cannot be used to calculate the customs value, there is an alternative method of valuation prescribed in Section 159 of the Customs Act, which is applicable in sequential order.  Using the alternate method, customs will assess the customs value of the motor vehicle – by a qualified customs officer and may make certain changes to determine the Customs value and the landed cost.

Conversion to Australian Currency

Customs will calculate the value of the vehicle and import costs in Australian dollars. The conversion will be based on the exchange rate for the Australia dollar at the time of import.

Importing Vehicles as Tourists and Temporary Residents

Tourists and temporary residents can bring vehicles to Australia to a period of up to 12 months without paying any duties provided that they are eventually exported out of Australia.

For this concession, you must need the following;

  • A Carnet De Passages en Douanes distributed by an foreign organization which has a joint arrangement with the Australian Automobile Association, or
  • Currency or bank security, equivalent to the amount of duty and GST and, where applicable, LCT otherwise payable.

In case your vehicle is damaged or stolen whilst your stay in Australia, Customs should be notified as soon as possible at the original port of arrival.

Motor Vehicle Standards Act

The Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989, administered by the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch was first initiated in August 1989. Under this act it’s an offence to import any vehicle if it doesn’t meet the safety and emissions standards applying to Australian roads. Prior to importing a vehicle, it is advisable to contact the Vehicle safety standards.

Clearance Formalities

In order to get your vehicle cleared through Customs on time, please have all required documents ready on the day of clearing.

Vehicle Registration

Prior to importing your vehicle, you should check with the motor vehicle registration department of the state or territory where you intend to use it whether it will meet their registration requirements.

Motor vehicles imported into Australia must comply with the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. If you require more information about importing vehicles to Australia, call us at Transco Cargo. We can help you make the process of importing a motor vehicle into Australia easier. We also offer great services for exporting motor vehicles overseas too!

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Importer Security Filing (ISF) is a requirement for freight imported to the United States of America. If in any case it is not done correctly, importers can be charged with liquidated damage fees in $5,000 increments and cargo holds. It is therefore, important to keep the following in mind, prior to importing goods into USA from Australia.

Transco Cargo ISF Filing Documentation Customs Brokerage Importing Goods into USA

Sort Filing Early As Possible To Reduce Inaccuracy

It is best to complete your ISF 3 days ahead, of your planned shipment. This way, if there are missing details and information that you require from an overseas agent or a partners, you will have enough time to collate all requirements and file your ISF accurately with no errors. More often than never, mistakes do happen. Taking a few minutes to re check all the information you have entered for your ISF, could save you time and money.

Always Maintain A Record Of Original ISF Filings

Due to external errors or issues from your end, ISF data could get lost or deleted, and you will need a record of the original filings to prove you filed the ISF originally in an accurate, timely manner.

There are also mitigation rules for ISF liquidated compensations that U.S customs and Border Protection (CBP) have created. Proving that you did file the ISF ontime originally, will help avoid penalty charge.

If you have a history of not filing or even filing late, you will still need to file the ISF despite having missed the due dates. This way, the ports are able to realize that you are trying to sort compliance.

The Importance Of Monitoring ISF

The individuals who files ISF receives movement reports through their Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) portal and you need ensure these reports are monitored, so always make sure you have the reports forwarded to you , if an external party files your ISF.

Another important check is, that to make sure your ISF is in par with your B/L and ensure there are no B/L irregularities in ACE. Ultimately the shipper is responsible for ISF, so you need to ensure you take control of the process.

Hire a Reputed Freight Forwarding Company for Importing Goods into USA

If you require guidance and assistance in your international shipping and customs issues, you could work with a customs broker, such as Transco Cargo and have us handle the ISF filings for you. Since filing ISF accurately is extremely important, failure or filing it incorrectly can lead to severe penalties between $5,000 to $10,000 per shipment.

By choosing shippers with good rapport and experience in such documentations, who are likely to avoid ISF issues altogether. Due to their strong relationships with the ports and CBP, they are often seen more favourable, which assists in easier resolutions, less fines in comparison to other shipper facing liquidated damages compensations.