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Sea Cargo is one of the most sought after options of shipping and has been around for centuries, with various trading routes that have only improved in the modern world. Within the world of sea freight for commercial cargo or personal effects, crates and container shipping is used to safely transport goods on freight ships. When you take aluminium or steel container shipping, FCL and LCL shipping are the choices when sending shipments overseas. But is the difference between FCL and LCL shipping? Let’s look into the FCL and LCL shipments, and how they operate.

FCL Container Shipping

Full Container Load (FCL) is a container shipping option where a container is exclusively used for a single shipment and the container is not shared with other cargo shipments, and the costs are borne by one party. Even if the container isn’t enough completely filled to the brim with cargo, the shipping party can choose to still opt for it. There are many reasons why they would choose to send as FCL shipments, such as;

  • FCL shipping costs less than LCL. The cost of unit per freight is higher with LCL than FCL, and importing fees need to be paid regardless of the size of your shipment or choice of container shipment
  • FCL shipments offer a faster lead time/delivery. As a FCL shipment include cargo that is meant for a single party and not shared, even if it stops at various ports, they do not need to be opened and reworked, and delays can be avoided.
  • The freight forwarder will be able to bring a container to your desired address for you to load the goods onto the container yourself
Transco Cargo FCL Container Shipping

LCL Shipping

Less than Container Load (LCL) is another shipping term when various cargo shipments share the same container as well as the container shipping costs. There are many reasons why LCL container shipping is chosen, such as;

  • LCL Shipping is usually chosen when the there aren’t enough goods to fill up and entire container
  • LCL shipping can allow you to lower your warehousing costs, that is, in the event you are stocking a warehouse until you are able to accommodate a FCL shipment, thus lowering your warehousing/inventory costs
Transco Cargo LCL Container Shipping

However, it should be noted that the costs are higher for LCL, including insurance costs, as well as there may take longer than FCL. Also, you will also have to pay us at Transco Cargo, the freight forwarder to send a truck or to have it dropped off at our locations, which are located through Victoria and other states of Australia. Get the Transco Cargo Pick up and Drop Off Locations by visiting our website.

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Household goods, personal effects such as clothing, books and gifts, or even excess baggage are all grouped into what the logistics industry refers “Personal Cargo” or ‘Personal Effects Shipping’. When you are looking for reliable courier services to India, you’ve come to the right place. We offer you affordable shipping rates to India based on your requirement, whether over sea or air cargo.

Personal Cargo Courier Services to India

If you are searching for the best courier services to India, look no further, Transco Cargo is the best shipping service provider to send cargo from Australia to India! With affordable shipping rates for sending personal cargo via courier services to India, you are well taken care of! Not only will Transco Cargo ship your goods international from Australia to India, but will also offer you the best shipping boxes or crates to suit your shipping needs, as well as be with you every step of the way. From shipping advice, documentation help, personal cargo clearance in India, and more. We’ll take care of it all! But that’s not all, we also offer some great promotions too, such as our 3rd Box Free Promotion concerning our Tea Chest shipping box that measures at 42cm (L) x 44cm (W) x 63cm (H).

Note: The above promotion is only applicable for Victoria-Australia customer.

Our expert team of shipping agents will diligently offer you the best advice from your inquiry to ship personal cargo to India, till the delivery of your goods. To further put your mind at ease, we have partnered with shipping insurance providers to insure your personal cargo too!

Excess Baggage Courier Services to India

Usually, when travelling, airlines have strict weight limitations with concern to your baggage. Your airline baggage allowance is by average 30kgs (such as with Air India, Quantas Airways, Virgin Australia), with high excess baggage fees based on your choice of airline. For example, of the date that this blog was published, Australia-India excess baggage fees included the following;

  • Air India: A$33 per 1kg
  • Quanta Airways: A$122 for each 5kg (i.e. approximately, A$24 per 1kg)
  • Virgin Australia : A$30 per 1kg

Why put yourself through the hassle of paying such high excess baggage fees, when you can ship your excess baggage ahead of time with Transco Cargo at the fraction of the cost. With reliable excess personal baggage shipping services as well as the added bonus of including shipping insurance with our partners, you are with the safest shipping providers in Australia! We can pick up your excess baggage or have you drop it off at any of our Pickup ad Drop Off locations for your convenience!

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Samoa, also known as the Independent State of Samoa, is made of an archipelago of islands in the Pacific. South-east of the Samoa islands, you will find American Samoa which is unincorporated territory of the USA and consists of a few islands. If you are looking to send cargo to Samoa, or even American Samoa, being aware of the Samoa shipping industry is always recommended especially when business is concerned.

Samoa Shipping Container Port

The Samoa Islands include two large island
s (Upolu and Savai’i) and eight islets. Transportation within Samoa is via paved highways and travel between the islands is usually done by ferry between the two main islands. With one international airport in the country, there is one port in the capital (Apia), as well as two ports on both the main islands. Mulifanua is the main ferry terminal on Upolu, which operates a ferry service for passengers, vehicles as well as cargo arriving in the country.

American Samoa is made up of five main islands and with the capital on Tutuila. However, American Samoa has no railways, but operate three airports. However, no merchant marine is possible despite the presence of several harbours.

Samoa Government Raises Shipping Costs

In 2016, the Samoa Government issued a statement in April that the Samoa Ports Authority (SPA) will be increasing the tariff across board on shipping related costs by 5%. Back in 2014, the Government of Samoa were set to increase the tariffs by 25% however, due to the steep increase and the how it will affect shipping in the country, it was agreed that the tariffs will increase annually by 5%  in a phased approach with the first done in 2014 and the second which was scheduled for 2016. The increase in shipping costs have been done to aid in the infrastructure developments such as the extension of the Matautu Wharf and more, and will be levied on import/export cargo from Samoa.

Improvements to Samoa Infrastructure

In collaboration with the Japanese government and funding, the Matautu-Tai Wharf, which located on northern bay of the Savai’i Island will see a facelift that will further trading in Samoa and transform it into a transhipment hub. The facelift is done parallel to the improvement to be made at the Apia Port in Upolu and transform it into a secure transhipment port for ships on the Pacific trading lanes as well as to be able to unload and upload cargo containers.

If you are looking to send freight to Samoa, fill out our Quick Quote form to get in touch with us and get an obligation-free shipping quotation from Australia to Samoa!

Image Credit: Samoa Observer

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In one of our previous blog posts, “A Packing System When Moving Overseas,” we shared some tips to keep in mind when moving internationally! In this blog post, we’re continuing the same theme on packing and international moving tips by focusing on packing fragile goods to make your life easier!

Transco Cargo Shipping Boxes Crates Packing Fragile Goods

Fragile items can be anything from china, glassware, lampshades, ornaments, and even certain computer hardware. While it’s easy to use the likes of newspaper, we advise you against using them due to the print residue left behind which will mean that you will have to hand-wash all these items when unpacking. If your goods are porous in nature, there’s a good chance that traces of print residue will get into the pores and thus ruin them. Therefore, each of these fragile goods will need to be individually covered in the likes of either bubble wrap, bunched up paper, or even foam wrap.

When packing small fragile items like coffee cups, lids, or tiny decorative ornaments made out of crystal or porcelain, you should take extra care that they don’t get lost in the packing materials and end up being thrown out! After using either packing paper or bubble wrap to protect the items, use brightly coloured tape to wrap them so you can spot them in the packing. Also, make a note of it in your packing list items that we mentioned in our previous blog post!

Before closing up your box, make sure that you have used enough filler so that your fragile goods don’t move around. It is also important for remember that you need to line the bottom, sides and top of the box before you seal them. When closing the box, do not interlock the flaps. Interlocked flaps can come undone and your goods may fall out during shipping!

When it comes to packing your plates, we advise using either paper/plastic/Styrofoam plates or cut up squares of bubble wrap between each plate. Then you should secure all the plates (preferably a stack of 5) with bubble wrap and tape it together so it doesn’t shift. Alternatively, you can opt to wrap each plate individually and then tape them together too. However, when moving them into a shipping box, you should line the bottom first with cardboard, and then cushion with foam wrap or several layers of bubble wrap before you stand the plates upright (never lay them flat)!

You should make sure that the shipping box does not exceed the weight of 20kg. Remember that heavy items such as plates should be packed in smaller boxes so the boxes don’t break and are easier to carry!

Once you have finished packing your fragile goods, these shipping boxes should be set aside from the rest and should be the last items that should be packed! Labelling your boxes with the words “FRAGILE” and how the box should stand with an arrow is always recommended! Don’t forget to include all fragile goods in your Packing Lists and system so you have a record for yourself as well as your shipper!

Contact Transco Cargo to get your packing materials including bubble wrap, foam wrap, packing peanuts and of course, shipping boxes and crates for packing fragile goods with care! You can choose to pick them up or have us drop them off at the address of your choice!

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Businesspeople and residents alike look for the best shipping rates when looking to send cargo overseas from Australia. If you fall into either category and you are looking to send cargo freight to Canada, you may find this article useful. Sending freight to Canada from Australia seems like quite the distance, and using a reputable freight forwarder is necessary. For an efficient and seamless process, you should opt for a logistics service provider who has an extensive global network of shipping agents dedicated to giving you the best shipping experience, whether it is for business or personal purposes.

Send Cargo to Canada from Australia with Transco Cargo

At Transco Cargo, not only do we offer you affordable shipping rates to Canada but also offer value-added services to make your life easier. Apart from shipping advice and assisting with getting the shipping documentation in order, customs clearance is hassle free when you hand it over to us. With our shipping network and connections, we are able to move things along faster and get your cargo to where it needs to be in less time and without hassle.

To ensure hassle-free shipping to Canada from Australia, the following international shipping documents are necessary. Our Transco Cargo shipping agents will be able to advise you on how best to fill them out if assistance is needed. It should be noted that when sending cargo to Canada from Australia, also referred to as exporting to Canada, the international shipping documentation is the responsibility of the shipper (exporter). Transco Cargo are able to assist in the ensuring that the documentation is above board as corrections cannot be made once the goods have left the shipper, and may result in costly delays.

  • Bill of Lading – the BOL needs to be filled out accurately by the shipper, and should include consignee’s name & address, as well as the description of the goods. It should also include the name of the customs broker.
  • The exporter in Australia (i.e. the person who will be sending cargo to Canada) should complete the certificate of origin document.
  • Commercial Invoice – This important document is necessary for customs clearance and referred to as a Customs Invoice. It should have a list of all the commodities clearly listed along with the respective monetary value. The commercial/customs invoice should include the description of goods, country of origin, and value.
  • Canada eManifest – This is a procedure required by the Advance Commercial Information (ACP) program which requires freight forwarders, carriers and importers to electronically transmit their cargo information electronically to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). You

Whilst the above is necessary for sending business cargo to Canada from Australia, if you are looking to send personal effects, a customs brokerage representation would be advised. The Personal Effects Accounting Document is one of the other shipping documentations that you need to fill when sending personal cargo to Canada. You should be informed that if you are former resident (lived outside Canada for over 1 year) or an immigrant, you are not required to pay customs duty or tax if the personal effects or household goods has been owned and used for at least 6 months.

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Moving houses is a mammoth task, but when you take moving overseas into account, it can be quite daunting. Usually when international moving is concerned, you can opt for a number of shipping options. One would be to pack individual boxes and then choose LCL container shipping (which means your boxes will be included with other people’s shipment in a container. The other is to opt for FCL shipping where you choose either between a 20ft or 40ft container that is reserved only for your goods. If you have taken it on yourself to pack and load the container, your freight forwarder will bring over the container and park it close to your premises so you can load the cargo.

However, if you are looking for assistance, then you can also let us know and we’ll be more than eager to help you with packing and loading your household goods for your move overseas. In the event you want to do it all on your own, we have some packing tips on how to pack your household goods when moving overseas.

  1. Get a system in place. Get yourself a writing pad, and start assessing what you are keeping, what you are giving away, or leaving behind. Once you know which falls into which, start separating them early on, especially those that you are giving away because you will need to move those out before you start packing your personal effect and household goods.
  2. Don’t pack everything on the last day. Start packing your non-essentials early on. By starting to put things away in boxes that we supply you, you can start as early as 4 weeks ahead of when the container needs to be loaded if you opt for FCL or when the items will be picked up us!
  3. Choose the right shipping boxes/crates based on what you are packing. This is more common sense than anything else. At Transco Cargo, you are given the option of selecting between cardboard boxes and wooden chests especially when moving overseas, as there are lots of household goods and personal effects to be packed.Transco Cargo Boxes Crates Packing Boxes for Moving Overseas
  4. Packing the cardboard boxes. When it comes to packing the cardboard boxes, you need to keep gravity and weight of the items in mind. Therefore, the following tips on packing cardboard boxes may be helpful to you.
    1. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, not exceeding approximately 20kg. By packing heavier items such as books, heavy ornaments in smaller boxes you are ensuring that the boxes maintain their shape, as well as making it easy for you to carry it.
    2. Pack lighter items in bigger boxes
  5. Document everything. By listing down everything you pack as you go, you’re keeping track. Since you will be asked to include a packing list for shipping purposes, this is crucial. However, if you were to use Non-Carbon paper to make copies of what you’re writing, you are able have copies for your reference. That is, a copy for the freight forwarder, a copy for yourself (you should label the box and the list accordingly, eg: Books/LivingRoom, based on contents), a copy to be included on the inside flap of the box so you know what they are in the event you don’t have the list with you. While you may think this is a lot of work, it helps when you are unpacking so that you know what is inside the box without rummaging.

Stay tuned for the next segment of Packing and International Moving tips to be featured on the Transco Cargo blog!

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We live in a world that now revolves on instant gratifications and this in turn has revolutionised our businesses and personal lives. When we want something, it is usually “now” as opposed to later and reliability and punctual delivery of those items is key. That is why courier services and delivery of goods, parcels, and packages are extremely important. Whether you are looking at an receiving an item within your own city, state or from a global location, you need to be assured that you item will be received within the stated delivery time, and even earlier if they are given the option of express courier!

Transco Cargo Courier Services

If you are looking to send a document or a parcel locally or even require us to send multiple boxes internationally, you can either opt to drop it off or for your convenience, even schedule a pick-up. It’ easy as that. All we ask if that the necessary documentation and boxes are correctly written in or labelled. Of course, if you have questions or need assistance, we’re always here to help. Just give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll help you with your shipping problem as soon as possible. If you are looking for a comprehensive courier and delivery service for an affordable rate, that includes not just the delivery of your items, but also packaging and collection, then you’re at the right place. Transco Cargo offers some of the best shipping rates in Australia!

 If you’re on the lookout for a local or international courier provider for your business, or even for personal shipments, we can assure you that we are the choice for you! With a comprehensive network of courier agents in Australia and globally, we are more than capable to move your express freight across the country or internationally! We can tailor our courier services and delivery based on your requirement! It’s as simple as that!

At Transco Cargo, we have an established network of delivery providers for local, interstate and international deliveries that makes us the reliable choice as your freight forwarder and/or courier service to ensure that what you pack and send, be it documents, parcels, packages, or boxes/crates are in safe hands for a safe journey from sender to recipient. For an express courier quote, please follow this link to get started – Transco Cargo Express Delivery Quote.

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If you’re looking to move to Malaysia, or simply ship cargo from Australia, you will need a freight forwarder to get your shipments and shipping documents in order. Whether you’re sending personal effects & household goods or commercial cargo, Transco Cargo will not only advise you on the best shipping options to choose from, but also aid you in getting the documents in order,  coordinate the packaging and freight pickup, and not to mention even customs brokerage in Malaysia when the cargo arrives. The latter is important when you ship cargo to Malaysia, especially if you are looking for door-to-door delivery of your goods. When you’re looking for a door-to-door delivery service, be it a parcel using Transco Cargo shipping boxes, tea chests or crates, there are a number of steps you should keep in mind.

Transco Cargo Freight Ship Cargo to Malaysia

Choose the Best Shipping Method to Ship Cargo to Malaysia

Transco Cargo offers a variety of shipping services, from personal effects shipping to commercial cargo. Based on the requirement, you are also given a variety of options to choose from such as whether to opt for air friend or sea freight. If you are choosing sea freight, you will need to choose FCL or LCL basis of container shipping. If you are in a hurry, you can opt for airfreight, which is ideal if you only plan on sending a few boxes/crates. Our shipping representatives at Transco Cargo will advise you on the best shipping method in terms of timeliness and cost-effectiveness. You can also choose the value-added services provided including customs brokerage, packing and also organising insurance.

Your Choice of Shipping Materials

All of Transco Cargo’s boxes and crates have been designed to comply with Australian freight forwarding standards. Your goods need to be packaged properly before having them picked up from your home or dropped off at our offices. When it comes to packing your goods to ship cargo to Malaysia on your own, please make sure to heed the following.

  • Don’t under fill your boxes as it can collapse and also over-filled ones can also burst.
  • Choose quality wrapping and filling materials if you are choosing to pack the boxes on your own. We can help supply you with these materials too. Cushioning materials can help with under-filled boxes too.
  • Use strapping to secure goods to each other so they don’t move around. If you are choosing to send household goods, this is important.

If you are concerned of whether you’ll be packing your goods correctly, and would prefer our experts to help with the packing, we can do this for you too. Please get in touch with us! We ship cargo to Malaysia every Thursday. Inquire with us using our Transco Cargo to Malaysia Quick Quote form today!

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Looking for a means of shipping cars from Australia to another country? Need some insights and advice on how best to ship a vehicle overseas from Australia? Transco Cargo can help you decide which shipping option may be best for you as well as take care of the documentation, loading, and customs brokerage on both ends! Shipping cars from Australia (or any country, for that matter) is pricey especially with the investment, therefore it’s always a good option to keep car-shipping costs down, and here’s how! Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know!

Shipping Cars from Australia Transco Cargo FCL RORO Shipping

Firstly, you should be aware that there are two popular shipping methods when it comes to shipping vehicles overseas. You have the option of either going with FCL (Full Container Load) or RORO (Roll-On/Roll-Off). The choice of shipping method also pertains to the vehicle you are attempting to ship and which option is feasible based on circumstances. One of the things to note is that RORO is the cheapest shipping method when shipping cars overseas.

Shipping a Car with RORO

If you are looking to ship a vehicle overseas the RORO method is best because a) it is the cheapest option and b) it’s the best option when shipping this one vehicle and not anything else. Shipping vessels are fitted to accommodate vehicles that can be rolled on and rolled off, that means to say, that the vehicle will be driven into the shipping vessel and then secured for transport. There are some requirements expected from you when you choose RORO shipping which includes the following.

  1. The vehicle should be empty in terms of anything that is not part of the interior of the vehicle. Items include personal effects, electronics (including GPS/Navigational systems, chargers, music systems etc), and other accessories that have been fitted in.
  2. Making sure that there are no leaking fluids is crucial. Therefore, make sure to check whether your vehicle is not leaking oil, water or anything else. It should be noted that if there is leakage, your vehicle will not be loaded and you will have to repair it at your own cost before it can be loaded for shipping.
  3. Since your vehicle will be driven in and driven out, you should check that the fuel tank is no more than ¼ tank full.
  4. The overall condition of the vehicle should be in good working condition.
  5. In order for most customs clearance and quarantine inspections, its always best to clean your vehicle before shipping. This includes vacuuming the interior, cleaning the exterior, and also the engine bay and under body.

Shipping a Car with FCL

When you’ve chosen FCL, it means that your car will be stored inside a container.  Basically, you opt to send a car and you do not want to share the container with anybody else. By strict policy, if you are to send a vehicle via container, at Transco Cargo, we recommend FCL shipping. Also, if you choose this option, you are also able to send more cargo along with the vehicle, which is great when moving overseas and wanting to send your household goods and personal effects along with your vehicle. In the event you’re looking to do the latter, consider a 40ft container shipment on FCL basis. To find out what you can include inside a container, make sure to check out our previous week’s blog post – Container Shipping Overseas with Transco Cargo.

Find out how Transco Cargo can help you with shipping cars from Australia to the likes of Sri Lanka or Dubai by contacting us through our quick quote option on our website!

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If you’re looking to send cargo overseas with Transco Cargo you should be aware that there are two types of containers that are usually used when using sea freight as your mode of shipping your goods overseas. They are either a 40ft container or a 20ft container and the basis of your requirement will reflect the shipping rate that you will be quoted. Transco Cargo has been known to offer affordable shipping rates in Melbourne and with our global network; we are able to give you the best shipping rate possible. Now, let’s get to business and look at the various terms that relates to container shipping overseas.

Container Shipping Overseas with Transco Cargo Australia

FCL (Full Container Load)

A Full Container Load or FCL is used when a shipper will require an entire container for their cargo. That is all the goods being shipped in that container is owned by one shipper. Even if the container is half loaded or even less, it is still referred to as a FCL as one shipper has reserved the right to have their cargo shipped separated from others. This mode of shipping costs slightly higher than LCL.

LCL (Less than Container Load)

If you are choosing LCL, that means to say that Transco Cargo, as your freight forwarder will be giving you the best rate possible. Less than Container Load (LCL) shipping is also known as Groupage for the reason that a container will be shared between different sets of shipments. That is, person A, B and C who have all chosen LCL shipping will be able to get the best shipping rate as they will be sharing a container to send their cargo overseas. That is, as one shipper is unable to fill his cargo into one container, to maximise and save on shipping costs and reduce wastage, the freight forwarder will offer other shippers the available space in the same container and then consolidate the entire shipment in the form of FCL. When the shipment reaches the  shipping destination, the freight forwarder at that end will then de-consolidate and separate the cargo based on who the shipper was.

40-foot Container Shipment

A 40-foot container measures at 67 cubic metres with dimensions of 12.0m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39m (H).

If you were to opt for FCL with a 40ft container for shipping your personal goods, you are able to include the likes of the following;

  • 28 shipping boxes
  • kitchen appliances (such as a fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, kitchen cupboards)
  • bedroom sets (such as beds, cupboards, lighting fixtures)
  • living and lounge sets (such as sofa set, dining set, TV and recliner)
  • miscellaneous items such as a car, motorcycle, and bicycles.

20 foot Container Shipment

A 20-foot container measures at 33 cubic metres with dimensions of 6.04m (L) x 2.35m (W) x 2.39m (H).

If you were to opt for FCL with a 20ft container for shipping your personal goods, you are able to include the likes of the following;

  • 16 shipping boxes
  • kitchen appliances (such as a fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, kitchen cupboards)
  • bedroom sets (such as beds, cupboards, lighting fixtures)
  • living and lounge sets (such as sofa set, dining set, TV and recliner)
  • miscellaneous items such as a motorcycle, and bicycles.

Find out how you can send cargo overseas with Transco Cargo by getting a quick quote! Click on the following image to get start on your quick shipping quotation!

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