Sea shipping from China to Australia

Sea freight is the most economical way of sending large volumes of goods internationally, and the main mode of transportation. If your delivery is not particularly time-sensitive (perishable goods), then we would recommend you to use sea freight as a viable alternative to air freight or door-to-door courier services.

  • Shipment Type –LCL/FCL

Less Than Container Load (LCL)

If the quantity of your goods is small and its volume is less than 15CBM, the freight forwarder will help you ship your goods by LCL. This will enable importers to ship smaller amounts of cargo, which doesn’t have the right volume to make Full Container Load a viable option. This means your cargo is combined with other shipping cargos for the same destination. Sea Shipping from China to Australia

When LCL goods arrive at ports, they can be delivered by truck or by express companies because of their small size and relative flexibility. LCL uses CBM (Cubic Meter) as the measurement unit to calculate the freight cost.

Full Container Load (FCL)

FCL refers to when the quantity of your goods is large enough that it can be put in at least one container. In this case, the freight is calculated on an FCL basis. FCL shipment will be loaded and sealed at origin by your supplier, then shipped to your final destination.

When it comes to size, there are three types of containers 20 ft. (33 CBM), 40 ft. (66 CBM) and a 40 ft. high cube container (76 CBM). he 20 ft. containers are designed to carry more weight such as minerals, metals, machinery, sugar, paper, cement, etc., while the 40 ft. containers are designed to carry voluminous cargo rather than heavy cargo, for example, furniture, steel pipes, paper scrap, cotton, tobacco, etc. Shipping from China to Australia Cost

Note that when FCL goods arrive at an Australian port, it can only be delivered by truck due to its large size.

  • Packaging

In sea transportation, sometimes your goods will be stacked in a container for a month or even more, and because of this you should pack your goods accordingly to keep them protected from the factory to the loading port warehouse, then to a discharge port warehouse, and finally on a truck to your destination. And because the goods have a long way to get to you, you should always make sure that your export packaging is up for the task.

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