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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.

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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.

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As an Australian freight forwarding service provider for over 20 years, Transco Cargo has garnered its title of being the best and most affordable choice for personal effects and cargo shipping to and from Australia. Based in Melbourne, with offices and agencies across the land down under, as well as many offices worldwide as part of the core business network, Transco Cargo keeps an eye out for changes and trends in the Australian freight forwarding industry in order to proactively adapt and advise our clients and customers on the best means of shipping their cargo and goods to their choice of destination.

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When it comes to Australian freight forwarding as well as international logistics, Transco Cargo holds expertise in various shipping fields from the likes of exporting and importing, customs brokering, logistics management, global procurement, warehousing, transport and of course freight forwarding in Australia and internationally. There are many facets to freight forwarding and international logistics that work hand in hand with business where commercial cargo & couriers to transport & warehousing are concerned. For a corporate to run like a well-oiled ship, there are many ways a freight forwarder such as the Australia-based Transco Cargo is best suited for your shipping requirements. With expert knowledge in international business management & communication, transport and shipping (covering air, sea & road freight), trade & border controls, multi-modal transport systems, supply chain management, as well as maritime law, you are in safe hands.

Market cycles play a great part in the shipping industry and the direction it takes. With the current situation of “reduced level of world economic growth coinciding with overcapacity in the global fleet”, the shipping market will face considerably tough conditions in the future, with regards to the balance between supply and demand. Adapting to changes in the global freight arena due to influences from North America, Europe and Asia, the Australia freight forwarding industry will need to be diligent. Transco Cargo is ready and prepared to handle changing tides and adapt to these foreseeable changes by closely monitoring the market whilst providing expert advice to our clients and customers with our decades of experience in Australian freight forwarding. In terms of the General Cargo and Refrigerated Cargo as part of seaborne transport (sea freight), an increase is foreseen by trade/commodity with trade patterns leaning towards long-term trends.

Stay tuned to the Transco Cargo blog for more insight and updates of the Freight Industry and the changes affecting cargo to and from Australia.

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Whether you’re planning on moving to the island or sending personal effects to family and friends, or sending out crates of goods, cargo shipping to Mauritius via Transco Cargo is reliable and convenient.  Before sending cargo to Mauritius, you should be aware of the rules and regulations that concerns cargo shipments entering the country. Being aware of practices, methods and prerequisites necessary for cargo shipping to Mauritius to avoid a less than favourable shipping experience is a good rule of thumb and it’s also good to be aware of general knowledge concerning South Africa, Madagascar and island in the Indian Ocean.

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Transco Cargo will take care of personal effects to commercial cargo shipping to Mauritius, as well as go the distance and undertake tasks that free you from the hassle of documentation that pertains to shipping freight across the world. When using our customs brokerage services, we will take care of customs clearance and quarantine advice for any import and export freight forwarding to Mauritius. Our team of experts in the shipping industry will guide you with the needful and undertake the processes that are necessary to ship your cargo to this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. From air to sea freight, the choice of container loads – LCL or FCL, Transco Cargo with its parent company Transco International will offer services in transporting & warehousing goods, distribution as well as break bulk or project cargo shipping to Mauritius.  But that is not all; you can also send personal goods inclusive of gifts, household items, furniture and electrical items to loved ones in the island by way of courier to Mauritius via Transco Cargo.

Under warehousing services provided, all facilities are monitored 24/7 offering around the clock security, whereas with the transportation services all fleets have GPS tracking to ensure safe delivery of goods. With utmost care taken to achieve customer satisfaction and offer our customer peace of mind, Transco Cargo takes pride in the twenty years of continued growth has made us the best choice for couriers and cargo shipping to Mauritius and the world with our head offices situated in Melbourne, Australia.

With an intimate understanding of Mauritian and Australia  culture and business requirements, Transco Cargo takes care to fulfil the requirements of the booming cargo market in the island, making Transco Cargo being based in Australia the preferred partner of choice in freight forwarding for many Mauritian based personal and commercial cargo service providers. Being an integral part of supply chain management to many businesses in Mauritius, we can assist with various business segments or vertical amalgamations of a corporate umbrella.

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When it comes to logistics and shipping industry, there are many terms that stand out from your every day vocabulary. The Transco Cargo Logistics Glossary is an aid for understanding the intricacies of the logistics arena. The following is the first part of the instalment.

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Break-Bulk Cargo – This includes non-containerised shipping of goods on either conventional ships or Roll On/Roll Off (Ro/Ro) ships (where the goods are wheeled using ramps as opposed to cranes for loading/unloading).

Carrier – A term referring to a firm that offers transportation/logistics services such as a trucking company, parcel delivery company, etcetera.

Consignee – Also known as the recipient or freight receiver, it is the individual or company that the freight is shipped to.

Consignor – Also known as a Shipper, it is the individual or company that the freight is shipped from.

Consolidation – The accumulation of various small shipments (often different consignors/shippers) into large shipment quantities in order to achieve transportation costs economies of scale.

Detention/Demurrage – The penalty charges for holding transportation equipment longer than expected during loading/unloading by the carrier to a consignor or consignee.

Door-to-Door– Where freight is moved from the consignor’s location of origin to the destination being the consignee for a given rate.

Dunnage – This includes wood (such as pallets) and packaging materials used inside of containers (and transportation vehicles) to keep cargo in place.

FCL (Full Container-Load) – When a consignor/shipper signs up for an entire container full of shipments and relates to ocean shipping.

Interline Shipment – Involves when a shipment moves from the origin to its destination passing through several carriers, often two or more.

LCL (Less-than-Container-Load) – When a consignor/shipper signs up for ocean shipping via containers but will not require an entire container full of shipments.

NVOCC – An abbreviation for Non-Vessel Operation Common Carrier, it refers to a logistics service provider that does not own vessels but offers freight forwarding services  via ocean shipping.

Reefer – This includes a refrigerated container often for shipping perishable items.

DGR – Dangerous Goods Regulations relates to the regulations and restrictions associated with the variety of classifications of Dangerous Goods and it’s safe transportation guidelines.

AQIS – Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, is the authority that manages quarantine controls at the borders to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country. It’s part of the for is part of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

Keep tuned into our blog for the next instalments of the Transco Cargo Logistics Glossary.

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Transportation of products that forms up an integral part of your business is a crucial component of your operations plan. At times it can be challenging to get your business products from Point A to Point B, whether they are a few kilometres apart or situated on the other side of the globe. That is why you’re in need of freight management services, of which Transco Cargo is well-versed in.

With a full range of freight management services under our belt, Transco Cargo is a trusted freight forwarding service provider in Australia and Sri Lanka with over 20 years experience. From offering logistics services for your operations to customs clearance, as a service provider offering tailor-made freight management services to our customers and clients, we aim to enhance your supply chain’s performance.

Transco provides trucking services for commercial and residential customers, as well as freight services to and from any point within Australia. Get a quick quote now

Transco Cargo understands the importance of streamlined processes and procedures in order to meet the promise of quality service. Our policy on processes maps out of a well-integrated flow of activities, both internally and externally. These processes are stringently monitored and improved upon to provide a seamless service, with no gaps.

The following includes Transco Cargo’s array of freight management services.


  • International & Domestic Logistics
  • LCL Consolidation & Deconsolidation
  • Destination Services
  • DGR & Reefer Cargo
  • Over Size Cargo Handling
  • Worldwide Network


  • Documents & Samples
  • Door to Door
  • Next Flight Out
  • Next Day AM Priority
  • Economy 3-7 Days


  • Customs Clearance & Delivery
  • Tariff Advise
  • AQIS Advice
  • Documentation Advise


  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Air, Sea or Land Haulage
  • Next Day AM Priority
  • Economy Express


  • Packing & Crating
  • Unpack and Delivery
  • Customs & AQIS Handling
  • Weekly Shipments Worldwide
  • Own Consolidation to India, Sri Lanka

With emphasis on providing cost-effective services with the utmost reliability, maintaining our position as one of the most competent, reliable freight forwarding and logistics service providers. At Transco Cargo, we have established transhipment hubs in Port Kelang, Singapore, Bangkok, Japan, Colombo, Chennai, Nhava Sheva and Taiwan, with weekly sailings offering both export and import as part of our freight management services. Whether you’re in need of personal effects or commercial cargo shipping, if you are in need of expert advice in freight management services in Australia, Transco Cargo can be of assistance with cost-effective rates and utmost reliability.

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When you’re in the business of importing goods into Australia, or plan on entering into the import and sale industry, there are several things you need to know with regards to customs clearance in Australia. Knowing and being on top of the various procedures that goes into ensuring that your import or even export consignments are cleared and the regulations by the Australian Customs and Quarantine authorities is always advised.  Transco Cargo offers services for reliable customs clearance in Australia for all your import consignments.

Importing and Customs Clearance in Australia with Transco Cargo Customs Brokerage Services

It’s important to know of the regulations set by the customs authorities in Australia before you decide to import, being made aware of restrictions as well as charges that may entail when clearing your goods. Preparation of the correct and accurately filled documentation and working through the procedures of importing your goods is crucial to avoid any penalties that could ultimately lead to delays which could cause you to incur more costs as well as time wasted clearing your goods. It’s good to be proactive but also know that there are professionals such as Transco Cargo who are reliable and efficient at offering services of customs clearance in Australia.

At Transco Cargo, we ensure that you are made aware of the regulations and restrictions set by the Australia Customs and Quarantine authority, as well as all the necessary documentation is filled out and the correct import procedures are followed. From the clearance duty rates, duty concessions, and more, our customs brokerage services ensures that from the moment you sign-up for our freight forwarding services, you can also make use of customs clearance and brokerage services too.

One thing that you should  be made aware of if you’re a first time importer, or you are signing up with a new overseas supplier is that you need not be an expert in importing as you will have a reliable expert in import and customs clearance in Australia with Transco Cargo. When you sign-up with Transco Cargo’s customs brokerage service you will be made aware of the classifications of your import goods, duty rates, sales tax rates, import restrictions and tariff concessions and/or quarantine information (in case such circumstances arise). Certain prior certifications may be necessary with concern to your classification such as with food, wooden items, and etcetera.

Make an appointment with one of our customs clearing agents at Transco Cargo by contacting us via the following methods.

 No 1/45, Adrian Rd, Campellfield
(03) 9357 7228



69, Overseas Drive,
Noble Park North
(03) 9703 2255


1300 1 TRANSCO
(1300 187 267)
TranscoInternational (Skype)

ADELAIDE: 08 8322 8825
BRISBANE: 07 3219 0203



PERTH: 08 9452 7707
SYDNEY: 02 9897 0004





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Transco Cargo offers services of cargo shipping to Sri Lanka from Australia and has been a trusted name in the freight forwarding industry. Offering freight forwarding services from Australia to the world with  integrated logistics solutions including air and ocean freight forwarding, packaging, warehousing services, removals and relocations to customs brokerage, international cargo shipping, supply chain and logistics management services, we not only service commercial cargo clientele but also personal effects shipping too. With shipments of cargo shipping to Sri Lanka happening every month, you are assured of our continued support from pickup, packing and customs clearance and delivery as part of our tailored logistics solutions offer.

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With cargo shipping to Sri Lanka, there are certain things you should be aware of.  These include regulations by Sri Lankan customs authority, restricted items and more. We will be offering you insights into these to ensure that you are making an informed decision when opting for cargo shipping to Sri Lanka. We believe in a transparent relationship and therefore will always ensure our service level pertain to that standard.

When cargo shipping to Sri Lanka, it is considered an “import” into the country. An import is defined as “a commodity, article or service brought in from abroad for sale”. Pertaining to import, there are import laws, tariffs and licenses that are required depending on the category that a certain product falls under such as Importation of Drugs, Vehicles, Chemicals, Telecommunications & Electrical Equipments, and Miscellaneous Items. More information on these Guidelines for Import Control Licensing Procedures can be found on the Department of Import and Export Control website.

In terms of Customs Ordinance and Regulation, whether it’s general, inwards regulations, entry of goods, port dues, warehousing of goods, and more, there are many things to consider which Transco Cargo is more than capable of handling as we are well versed in customs brokerage and clearance services. For further information customs tariffs, please visit the Sri Lanka Customs website.

When it comes to restricted items/commodities when cargo shipping to Sri Lanka, we aware of the country’s laws by being forthcoming with your Transco Cargo sales representative to ensure that no issues pop up or declare them in the Shipping Declaration Form or be wary of the following information.

• Narcotics
• Pornography
• Anti-religion materials
• Indian and Pakistani currency

• Pets – import required obtainable from nearest Embassy or Mission
• Weaponry and ammunition – with permission only. Contact the nearest embassy for more details.
• Cultural artefacts
• Plants, animals any part thereof and foodstuff. For more details please contact nearest Embassy
• Medicines, for personal use only, in original packaging and accompanied by the prescription and doctor’s note.
• Currency – any local or foreign currency exceeding equivalent of US $15,000 needs to be declared, local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee) up to 5,000.

Information courtesy of VisaHQ

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It’s important to be aware of not only your country’s laws and regulations, but when undertaking shipping services, it’s also important to know the laws of that country too. That’s why we have put together some important things to know when using services for cargo shipping to India.

Regulations by Indian Customs

It’s important to be aware of the various regulations that pertain to cargo shipping to India by the customs authority, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBIE). You will need to know that there are many procedures in place depending on the person sending them and being received (in terms of resident/tourist/crew) or whether the goods are in transit. Depending on these factors, there are many documents that may be needed such as Customs Declaration Forms, Airway Bills, Bill of Lading, and more. One such document is the Packing List Document is used for customs purposes and is mandatory for personal effects cargo shipping to India. Make sure you speak to a Transco Cargo Representative to find out more.

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Restricted Items when Cargo Shipping to India

There are many categories that these items fall into apart from when cargo shipping to India such as with airport and port customs, postal customs and even airway transits. Nevertheless it’s crucial that you follow these regulations so that you avoid any issues when clearing them. If you require Customs Clearance services, Transco Cargo can be of assistance. Get in touch with us.

Shipment Dates to India

Stay up-to-date on the shipment dates for cargo shipping to India from Australia with Transco Cargo. With shipments to the India every month, stay on track by visiting our web page on Shipment Dates to India.

In the spirit of Christmas, this season Transco Cargo is offering our valued customers a special offer when sending personal effects cargo shipping to India at affordable rates. Contact us on the following to make use of this great discounted offer for cargo shipping to India.

Make sure to contact us for more information for all your cargo shipping to India.

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If you’re planning on moving overseas or you’re looking to ship some household goods (HHG) and personal effects to another country, you’ll need a reliable personal effect shipping services provider such as Transco Cargo. With monthly scheduled personal effects shipping to Sri Lanka, India, Fiji and the rest of the world, Transco Cargo is committed to aiding you in that process, by facilitating the procedures necessary to fulfil your need and have your personal effects shipped in a safe and efficient manner.


Whether you need to send your excess baggage that couldn’t fit in your suitcase when you were flying overseas or the heavy and bulky household items that just wouldn’t fit in your suitcase, you can have them sent out to your choice of location via Transco Cargo’s personal effects shipping service.


The Transco Cargo boxes and crates are designed to Australian freight forwarding standards, and are available across varying sizes and makes to suit your requirement. From gift boxes, tea chests, quarter CBM (Cubic Metres), half CBM, one CBM and one & half CBM crates, you’re able to assess and decide which box or crate is ideal for your personal effects shipping requirement.






Gift Box




Tea Chest




Quarter CBM




Half CBM








One & Half CBM






With the Christmas season approaching, Transco Cargo is offering a special seasonal offer for personal effects shipping to Sri Lanka and India, where when you buy 2 boxes, the 3rd box is free!



For shipment dates to India, please visit Shipment Dates – India.

For shipment dates to Fiji, please visit Shipment Dates – Fiji.


If you’re looking for shipment dates and/or schedules for freight and personal effects shipping to the rest of the world, the cut-off dates for the following countries are as follows.

Transco Cargo Worldwide Shipping Dates


If you’re looking for commercial cargo and personal effects shipping dates for USA, Canada, and the Pacific Islands (excluding Fiji), please contact the Transco Cargo offices via the following contact details.


Campbellfield (Head) Office

1/45 Adrian Road
Campbellfield VIC 3061
Phone: +61 3 9357 7228
Fax: +61 3 9357 7229


Noble Park Office

69 Overseas Drive
Noble Park Nth VIC 3174
Phone: +61 3 9703 2255
Fax: +61 3 9790 0677




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Earlier this year, Ferrier Hodgson put together a document that highlighted many important factors that are crucial to the growth and sustainability of the Transport and Logistics sector in Australia. Having collated the data and information to provide you with insight into the Transport and Logistics Sector which Transco Cargo has been a leading player in the past three decades of operation based in Melbourne, Victoria being the Freight & Logistics Capital of the Nation, you can gather an understanding into this service sector that is instrumental in providing support and maintaining efficiencies in other sectors in the broader national economy.

Transco Cargo | Transport and Logistics Sector in Australia

According to Ferrier Hodgson (2014), the report states that the Transport and Logistics Sector in Australia brings in a 15% contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with over 1.5 billion tonne-kilometres of goods moved daily, and employing 585,000 personnel, making it a crucial component to the nation’s broader economy. With various strategic plans in place for the growth and development of the industry, there are many opportunities that are opening up, from financiers capitalising on global economic condition rebounds, the strengthening of global ties, and as well as growing trends towards facilitating “integrated, seamless and border-less supply chains”. Backed by demographic trends, globalisation and population growth, it’s evident to market analysts that the transport and logistics sector in Australia is on the rise and growing rapidly, so much so that Freight Tasks is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.

Furthermore, the study conducted by Ferrier Hodgson has also identified various opportunities and challenges in the Transport and Logistics Sector in Australia, in terms of potential markets to enter as well as what difficulties may lie with the structural changes that are taking effect in the industry.

With concern to opportunities in the Transport and Logistics sector in Australia, you can expect a rise in bulk food commodities and other specialised agricultural products transport and shipments with Australia being tipped to become Asia’s ‘Food Bowl’. Moreover, along with local deliveries growing with the impact of online retail sales increasing, as well as containerised freight movements within ports of inbound containerised freight having grown by 80% in the last decade with projections of doubling in the next decade. Air freight is also seen as a game-changer with the online shopping revolution opting for air freight over sea freight for the likes of overseas parcels for instant gratification in comparison to the types of freight, where analysts expect that air cargo freight will double in the next 2 decades.

As per the challenges of the Transport and Logistics sector in Australia, a concern to up and coming players should be brand and risk-focused customers looking towards a one-stop shop freight forwarding operators such as Transco Cargo (that that established themselves as tailor-made freight forwarding service provider) , online shopping causing a restructuring in the traditional supply chains, as well as containerised freight handling can increase the expenses of long distance road freight movements with long haul and line haul transporters being directly impacted.

Source: Ferrier Hodgson (2014)