Australia has a higher GDP per capita than other very economically powerful countries such as the US, France, the UK, and Germany. Taking into account the foregoing together with its relatively low cost of living makes this country very attractive to young business people and entrepeneurs.
Therefore, to export from the US to Australia represents accessing a market with very powerful purchasing power with annual imports exceeding 250 USD billion, consisting largely of transport, telecommunications, and computer equipment, as well as petroleum products.
Rather than a hindrance, the economic crisis of the last few years has in fact contributed to the negotiation of a large number of free-trade treaties, particularly with Asian countries. To export from the US to Australia should thus be a priority for those who wish to diversify their business in a consolidated market that continues to grow.
To get the most out of export from the US to Australia, you need to decide whether you’ll require a full container load (FCL) or simply a shared container (less-than-container load, or LCL). The latter, also known as groupage, allows you to share a container with other exporters. In this way, you will have to pay only for the space you use, affording you substantial cost savings.
A full container load (FCL) is best for those exporters whose shipping volume consists of at least six standard pallets, that is half of a 20 foot container’s capacity; using a 20-foot or 40-foot container will allow you to transport six or 12 standard pallets respectively. This method is also best for those exporters who prefer that their goods not come in contact with those of others. Have a look at iContainers’ rates for the shipment of containers to Australia, then contact us for more information.
It is very relevant to point out that during the last three years, and despite the economic crisis the volume of Australian imports has grown by 5.5%. This significant output has given a boost to the country’s commercial maritime ports-Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Fremantle, Hobart, and Perth. These ports are capable of managing the more than two million TEUs resulting annual from foreign trade.
Port of Sydney
The first thing we can say about this Port is about is beauty: remarkable. Nevertheless, the port of Sydney is considered one of the most beautiful commercial ports in the world. With respect to its functionalities or services offered, it does both cargo services and recreational activities in its two passenger terminals.
Glebe Island and White Bay are the docking areas. The port handles a wide variety of goods; both dry, liquid bulk and general cargo, as well as offering storage in various silos. These areas cover 98 acres, and enjoy a privileged position for the transport of cargo to the metropolitan area. It also features Shell Oil’s terminal at Gore Bay, centred around the management of hydrocarbons.
Port of Melbourne
The commercial port of Melbourne is, without a doubt, the most important maritime hub in Australia. It handles 2.5 million containers annually, representing 36 percent of the country’s commercial traffic. With a quay over four miles long and 34 berths, roughly 10,000 vehicles are loaded and unloaded here each day, along with other goods of all types that pass through its facilities. In the last decade alone it has received millions of dollars of investment in infrastructure.
Port of Fremantle
Fremantle is the largest, busiest cargo port in Western Australia, and operates through two harbors. The Inner Harbour handles a high volume of sea containers, vehicle imports, and livestock exports, and also deals with cruise shipping. The Outer Harbour is one of Australia’s major bulk cargo ports, and handles grain, petroleum, and other bulk goods. Port facilities are managed by Fremantle Ports and private operators.
Port of Brisbane
This is the third-busiest port in Australia, and the fastest-growing container port in the country. It is managed and developed by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL). The port has 29 operating berths and three deep-water bulk berths, along with 17 bulk and general cargo berths. Annually, the port handles more than 2,600 ships and transports more than 28 million tonnes of cargo. It also features two cruise ship wharves for Brisbane.
Port of Adelaide
The Port of Adelaide consists of an Inner and Outer Harbor, with over 20 wharves, including the Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal. In 2012-13, over 11 million ton of goods were imported/exported through the port. The primary goods handled by the port include grains, limestone, and petroleum products. The inner harbour is suited to RORO and bulk cargoes. The Outer Harbor features seven berths, each one equipped to handle specialized cargo.
Air freight may be more appropriate for you if your shipment is urgent or you have a very tight schedule. There are some limitations on air freight shipments with respect to volume and weight; use the calculator provided by iContainers to find out of this is the right option for you.