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.
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.