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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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



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

Transco Cargo Boxes and Crates Shipping Personal Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transco Cargo Personal Effects Shipping Overseas Worldwide Deliverty

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

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

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

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

1. CDs

2. Books

3. Clothes

4. Household Goods

5. Household Kitchen Utensils

6. Furniture

7. Bikes

8. Beds

9. Garden and other household items are all shippable

10. Home and Office Equipment

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

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

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

Quarantine items may include the likes of the following;

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