Australia’s economic development is the envy of most Western countries, with a GDP per capita exceeding that of the USA, France, United Kingdom and Germany, with a lower cost of living. The ocean freight transportation to Australia allows accessing a market with high purchasing power, whose annual imports exceed 250 billion dollars including machinery, transport, IT and telecommunications equipment and petroleum products.
Far from being a real problem, the recent recession contributed to boost the negotiation of many free trade agreements, especially with Asian countries. Ocean freight transportation to Australia is therefore a priority alternative for anybody willing to diversify their business in a consolidated market which is constantly developing.
We suggest choosing carefully between a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL) - Groupage, so you can take advantage of your ocean freight transportation to Australia. The last option -LCL or Groupage- allows sharing a container with the cargo of other traders. You pay only for the space used by your cargo, with great savings on your shipping costs.
FCL is for exporters whose cargo volume is 10 or 21 standard American pallets (each standard American pallet measures 39.37 in. wide and 47.24 in. long). Using a 20 or a 40-foot standard container will allow you to transport 10 or 21 American pallets respectively when sending an FCL shipping to Australia which is especially cost-effective. Besides, if for any reason you don’t want your goods to be exposed to the products belonging to other traders, FCL is your right choice. Also, consider that FCL shipping is a profitable solution when you are able to fill more than half of a container.
During the last 3 years and despite the financial crisis, the volume of Australian imports has grown by 5.5%, which supposed recognition for the seaports in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Fremantle, Hobart and Perth. These seaports are able to handle more than 2 million TEUs annually because of the foreign trade.
If your shipping is urgent or you have a very tight schedule, we suggest you quote an air freight shipment << notice that your cargo complies with the limitations on air freight concerning volume and weight>> by using the calculator provided by iContainers.