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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)

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Victoria’s economy is highly diversified by service industries including financial and property services, health, education, wholesale, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. Whilst these industries take up the majority of the employment market, with the state’s natural geographic advantages being taken into consideration, it’s clear that Victoria plays a great role in Australia’s freight and logistics plan for the future.

Transco Cargo, Victoria, Australia | Freight and Logistics Service Providers

The state of Victoria is known as the Freight and Logistics Capital of Australia. Its home to the largest container and general cargo port, as well as two curfew-free international airports and further supported by an extensive rail and transport network that clearly puts Victoria as the preferred location when it comes to the nation’s distributional, warehousing and logistics businesses. Transco Cargo, being one of the leading freight and logistics players in the market, in operation for over two decades, we have made a mark on the how commercial cargo and to personal effects shipping has evolved, whether it’s shipping to or from Australia.

According to the State Government of Victoria, it was said that in the year 2011, “the Freight and Logistics sector contributed between $19 billion and $23 billion to Victoria’s Gross State Product (GSP) … representing up to eight per cent of the Victorian economy”. As this sector plays a crucial role in the operations and support of other industries, it’s efficiency is a a key driver in the state’s economy. Efficiencies in the freight and logistics sector drives direct costs of freight forwarding operators, as well as plays an influencing factor on the end-results of creating higher-value services and products in the business arena, driving down costs of inventory, consolidating warehousing facilities and more.

With the State of Victoria growing steadily, it’s expected that the economy’s Freight Tasks will triple in strengths by 2050. The State Government of Victoria states that “Containerised imports and exports are expected to more than quadruple over the next 40 years. The challenge facing Victoria is to sustainably accommodate this dramatic growth”.

With expansion of capacity investments and development projects under way at the Port of Melbourne, and Port of Hastings capacity development in planning, there is a steady rise in growth expected from the industry. With more strategies and plans in effect with the Coalition Government, Victoria will continue to be the forerunner as the nation’s Freight & Logistics Capital.

At Transco Cargo, we will continue to give emphasis to providing cost effective services with the utmost reliability, maintaining our position as one of the most competent and reliable freight forwarding and logistics service providers.

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When you deal with shipping commercial cargo as well as personal effects & goods over various forms of freight, be it air, sea and land, there are many factors that come into play. When it involves shipping container(s) via sea freight, there are things that need to be factored in to ensure that the good within are safe.

Transco Cargo Freight Solutions Over Land, Air and Sea to Sri Lanka, India, Fiji Worldwide | Transco International Australia

It is very important that the loading process be done diligently with various key factors up for consideration when loading a container. If a container has been improperly loaded, the cargo could be damaged, or if customs were to inspect your cargo, if an x-ray were to show cargo loaded unprofessionally (it could be a concern for concealed items), and thus cause unnecessary delays and expenses.

Factors which are important when carrying out shipping container loading comes down to the following;

Weight Distribution: As the name itself suggests, it’s all about how the weight of your cargo is distributed inside the shipping container. It is recommended that the cargo weight should be evenly distributed over the entire floor area of the shipping container. If the weight of the cargo to be loaded is of a denser concentration, take care to distribute it with bedding. It is crucial that you do not exceed the maximum allowed mass/weight capacity of a container, also known as Payload with the cargo you load into it. The Payload is calculated by subtracting the Tare (the mass or weight of an empty container) from the Rating (the maximum gross mass or weight of a container inclusive of its contents), i.e., Payload = Rating – Tare.

Space Utilisation: As the name itself suggests, this factor is to ensure that the whole space of the shipping container has been utilised, from wall to wall, whilst filling empty spaces with dunnage (such as loose wood, matting or any similar material that can be used to keep cargo in position in a ship’s load). With a shipping container that is packed tightly, even with the use of straps to secure the cargo, you can ensure that the cargo within will not move around during shipment or get damaged.

Cargo Variation & Compatibility: This is especially important as it pertains to the stowing of varying items in the shipping container. Whether it’s the weight, size, density and other properties such as whether the cargo within is solid or made of liquid, these are all factors to be considered when loading a shipping container. If the cargo is made of dense and hard to damage materials, they can at times be damaged due to improper loading. The following should be heeded when loading cargo into the shipping container.

  • Heavy Cargo Items should never be loaded above items of lesser weight due to the risk of being crushed under the weight of cargo above.
  • High Density Cargo Items placed or stowed close or next to Low Density Cargo items can also face the risk of being crushed/damaged.
  • Bedding/Cushioning Items placed between items along with Dunnage for any voids inside the shipping container is recommended. This is also to prevent damage, as well as chafing of the cargo during shipment.
  • Shipping Containers of Wet Cargo should not be placed over Dry Cargo. If they are placed alongside, dunnage should be used to lift the dry cargo off the ground to prevent damage in the case of leakage from the wet cargo.

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Are you moving to another city or maybe even moving overseas, and you are packing your personal effects and items. If you are planning on sending them off to their new destination via a road freight moving company or a shipping company that deals with personal effects shipping such as Transco Cargo Australia, then you’ll need to know how to pack your personal effects and we’re here to help! Let’s get started!

Transco Cargo Australia| Personal Effects Shipping Tips | Moving Boxes & Shipping Crates

1. Choose the Right Moving Box or Shipping Crate: When selecting your moving boxes and shipping crates, make sure to choose the right size and strength to comply with the contents within. At times, when the boxes/crates are not filled to utilise the space given, or filled to the brim with no room, there can be chances of either your boxes collapsing or bursting respectively. Make sure you choose the right boxes or crates to send your personal effects safely without hassle by reading up on the type, size and sturdiness required for your shipment of goods.

2. Assess the Goods You Are Going to Include in the Boxes/Crates: Each item you are packing requires special attention, depending on its build, sizing, and requirements for reinforcement to ensure against breakage during shipment. Therefore, keep in mind that you will require crates when shipping heavy items whereas you may use boxes for other items (and reinforce the seams with tape to ensure they don’t come loose). Include reinforcement and cushioning materials such as newspaper & bubble wrap, whether it’s to make sure your goods don’t move around during shipping as well as to safeguard it from breaking in transit.

3. Shipping Advice for Fragile and Spillable Items: You may pack all your items yourself, or you can elect Transco Cargo Austalia to pack the fragile personal effects with due care. In the case of liquid to semi-liquid items, it is recommended not to ship them in moving boxes or shipping crates due to their spillable nature. However, if it’s a must, take actions for due care and pack them inside leak-free containers packed with Styrofoam like material and sealed with a plastic bag/enclosure.

In the case of fragile items, make sure you pack the fragile goods in the centre of the moving box or shipping crate ensuring they don’t touch the sides of the box/crate, and with cushioning and fillers to ensure there are no voids to avoid movement.

These are some shipping tips brought to you courtesy of Transco Cargo Australia. Stay tuned to our Blog for more insight and tips for moving and shipping personal effects in Australia and to the world.

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Freight forwarding is an important factor in your supply chain especially if you deal with international suppliers and a fundamental link in your business model. Freight forwarding essentially is a service offered to businesses and companies that deal with imports and exports on an international, multi-national, global or transnational basis. What it actually involves is that the freight forwarding company, such as Transco Cargo Australia, will act as an intermediary between the client and various players in the transportation service industry to cater and fulfil your need for safe delivery of your cargo, as well as undertake the responsibility and duty of ensuring your requirement is met.

Transco Cargo | Freight Forwarding Services | Australia Shipping

One such example of using a freight forwarding service in Australia to ship your cargo from your current location to your destination of choice internationally (or otherwise) will involve a whole host of logistics and transport service providers, as well as being knowledgeable on the requirements and legalities involve in the import and export laws of each country’s ports.

A freight forwarding can either have and own their own carriers, or else utilise their partnerships and established business connections, from ocean freight service providers to shipping lines and more, to deliver the best service, the best price and the best course of action to ensure not only safe passage for your commercial freight, but also timely delivery within budget, with minimal burden to you. The pricing in fact, will depend on various factors from type of goods (hazardous, perishable, etcetera), origin and destination, special requirements, size & weight being some of the key factors.

One of the great things about utilising a reliable freight forwarding services company is that it will also take care of the ancillary services that are part and parcel of an international shipping industry. These will include liaising with insurance & customs documentation to clearance and more. Some of these documents include the likes of a Shippers Letter of Instruction, Shipping Declaration Form, Door Delivery Service Agreement, and a Packing List to name a few. Some freight forwarders also provide warehousing and storage facilities, air, sea & post clearances, tariff valuations & consultations, tariff concession applications, and tariff classification advice too.

For your freight forwarding requirements, contact Transco Cargo on 1300 1 TRANSCO (or +61 3 9357 7228) for a Free Quote.

What does it mean in terms of Import/Export Companies & Transactions?

  • International: Importers Exporters without investments outside of their home countries.
  • Multi-national: Importers and Exporters invested in other countries but adapted to offering products/services to individual local markets opposed to coordinated offerings for each country.
  • Global: Importers and Exporters with investments in many countries with coordinated image and brand in each country across all markets.
  • Transnational: Importers and Exporters with investments in foreign operations, with a central corporate facility however each local market office is involved in marketing, R&D and other operations.

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If you are planning on moving or sending items of large or bulky nature to a location that is somewhat a great distance be it by road, sea or air, then you will require a freight forwarding service in Australia. You may need them to either carry out a singular service or act as a one-stop-shop for your freighting needs, where they will handle everything from sorting out the paperwork, to customs and more. This service is also known as customs brokerage. No matter the requirement you are looking for in terms of your logistics needs, with its reputation of reliability, as well as its global reach and service levels, you know you are in good hands.

Transco Cargo | Freight Forwarding in Australia

For anyone who is planning on using an import/export freight forwarding service in Australia, they should be made aware of the various documents that do need their attention as well as what the law states in terms what goods are safe to be transported and much more. This is why Transco Cargo is dedicated to not only providing a reliable service but also making sure that their loyal customers are well informed to avoid any issues down the road.

When it comes to Commercial Cargo, there are certain documents that need attention such as the Shippers Letter of Instruction which needs to be filled out by the Shipper and sent with the goods being shipped. With Personal Effects shipping, there are several forms and documents such as the Shipping Declaration Form which is another form that has to be filled and handed over along with your goods, the Door Delivery Service Agreement which should be attached to the Shipping Declaration Form (this form is mandatory for door delivery personal effects sent to Sri Lanka), and the Packing List which is the packing list document is used for customs purposes and is mandatory for personal effects sent to India.

Apart from the above, you should also be aware of the various customs regulations pertaining to freight forwarding in Australia and other countries you are hoping to carry out import/export. Important information that relates to the products that you are freighting, be it about duty rates, relevant information and documents & restrictions such as the Description of Goods (HS Code) or other information relating to the shipping and destination countries may be found on the Transco Cargo Important Information section. You might also find the Restricted Items listing per country useful too.