Cost Of Shipping A Container To Australia

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Australia?

Australia Container Shipping Cost
Australia Container Shipping Cost

The cost of transporting a container to Australia is influenced by a number of factors. As a result, you’ll find that shipping costs vary greatly and might be a complicated issue at times. You don’t have to be concerned, though, because Three Men And A Truck can assist you with shipping your container to Australia. We can help you ship your container to Australia with ease because we are a seasoned and competent moving company.

Therefore, if you’re looking to ship a container to Australia, you’re in the right place. This guide will explain the cost of shipping a container to Australia and all of the factors that go into it.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping

The following factors are considered when calculating the cost of shipping a container to Australia:

The Volume/Weight Of The Goods

This is largely determined by the type of shipping you use. Sea freight, for example, is more concerned with the dimensions of your goods, whereas air freight is more concerned with the weight of your goods. In other words, the cost of shipping items to your new home or place of work is determined by their volume or weight.

Type of Transport

The cost and time it takes for your goods to arrive are also determined by the mode of transportation. Air-freight transportation is typically faster and more expensive than sea freight. Sea freight, on the other hand, is usually five times less expensive than air freight. As a result, it’s up to you to decide which transportation mode is better.

The Distance Of The Journey

Shipping your belongings halfway across the world will undoubtedly be more expensive than a quick trip over the Mediterranean. In other words, the greater the distance, the higher the expense. Furthermore, the cost of shipping is typically affected when your goods are transported from door to door or port to port. To avoid logistical issues, though, it’s best to use door-to-door services.

The Destination Port

In every country, customs tariffs and service costs are unavoidable. They do, however, differ from country to country. In Australia, the customs tariffs on most imported products are 5% of the value of the goods converted to Australian dollars.

The Time Of Year

International shipping, like any other industry, has peak seasons. Summer (Mid-August) is usually the start of the peak season for shipping in Australia, whereas winter is the low season. Prices for delivering goods to the port of Brisbane are normally higher during the peak season since demand is higher. Hence, if you want the greatest deals, avoid shipping during the peak season.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

There are at least 16 types of shipping containers available. However, there are only two you should know related to shipping: the 20ft and the 40ft. This is because the rest are primarily for business-related or industrial moves.

How Big Is A 20ft Container?

A 20-foot container can typically store the contents of a three-bedroom home. In other words, it can store items such as furniture, televisions, refrigerators, storage bins, and mattresses. You can easily picture the size of a 20-foot container if you’ve seen the size of a single garage.

How Big Is A 40ft Container?

A 40-foot container provides twice the space of a 20-foot container at a fraction of the expense. You’ll discover that a 40-foot container is a better value for money when you have a lot of things to move. A 20-foot container, for example, won’t be spacious enough for other stuff if you have a car you can’t leave behind. Thus, if you wish to transport your car as well as other home items, you’ll most likely require a 40-foot shipping container.

The Difference Between FCL And LCL

You may not need to pay for the entire container if the number of items you wish to send isn’t much. We’ve devised a mechanism for persons with small cargo volumes, in which numerous clients can share a container. This part-load shipment is known as a ‘Less Than Container Load’ (LCL).

If you’re moving the contents of a one-bedroom apartment, LCL is a good option. However, volume beyond that usually necessitates the use of an entire container. This is called a ‘Full Container Load’ (FCL) or a sole-use shipment.

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Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Australia of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1550
40 ft Container$1850

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Australia.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Household Goods$450
Personal Effects$360
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Australia services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$460
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$2340
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2800
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3870

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Australia via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1850
SUV (Container)$1900
Sedan via RORO$700
SUV via RORO$750

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Transportation

When it comes to international shipping prices, the mode of transportation is another important consideration. It all boils down to determining what is more essential to you. Do you want to save costs or do you want your items to arrive as soon as possible? This information will assist you in balancing your priorities. Highlighted below are the different types of freight transportation:

Sea Freight

Sea freight is nearly five times cheaper in Australia than air freight. Thus, if you want to save costs, you might want to consider using this means of transportation. Furthermore, container ships are also the most environmentally beneficial option, as they produce the least amount of carbon.

Air Freight

This is the best option if you’re seeking a quick way to ship some items to Australia. Air-freight shipping takes a day or two between any two global destinations. Sea freight, on the other hand, is a different story. It usually takes at least a couple of weeks for goods to reach their destination through sea transportation.

Truck Freight

This is one of the most straightforward methods for transporting your goods via land. Unlike train freight, your goods can be delivered directly to your home without the need for loading and unloading.

Furthermore, the schedules of truck freight are usually more flexible than that of train freight.

Train Freight

They are a less expensive and environmentally friendly alternative to trucks. They are also more dependable when it comes to getting to your destination on schedule, as they are not affected by traffic or bad weather, which can derail road transportation.

Additional Shipping Costs

After you’ve decided on whatever mode of transportation you’ll use, you’ll need to consider some additional shipping charges. These include the following:

  • Customs duties
  • General Rate Increase (GRI)
  • Container inspection fees
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance cover

What’s Next?

There are numerous factors that influence the cost of shipping a container to Australia and we hope we’ve clarified that. If you’re planning to ship some items and you’re facing some challenges – don’t worry. Three Men And A Truck is here to assist and guide you. Fill out our simple form to receive a free custom quote in minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Australia?

Importers may need to obtain specific permits to clear the goods, while companies or individuals are not required by the Customs to hold import licenses. The minimum amount of necessary documentation for customs clearance comprises:

• An Informal Clearance Document (ICD) or a completed Customs Entry 
• A Bill of Lading (BLAD) or an air waybill (AWB) are invoices and other documents relating to the importation. 

Customs do not require the completion of a particular form of an invoice. Standard commercial invoices, receipts, and bills of lading are acceptable. These documents must contain the following information: invoice terms (e.g., name and address of the seller of the goods), monetary unit referred to on invoice (e.g., AU$, US$), and country of origin.

Some authorities that issue import permits publish brochures/pamphlets that explain their areas of concern. However, these agency publications may not always reflect current customs legislation and procedures as they are often modified.

What Is a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is a document implemented by a carrier, such as a shipping line or railroad, affirming acceptance of items and accustoming an agreement to dispatch the container to the destination. Bills of Lading are similar to warehouse receipts, which include an agreement for storage rather than carriage.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Australia?

When you’re shipping overseas, you have to ensure that some items can’t be brought back with you and for others. Most of these products require permission, such as:

• Animal horns, teeth, and bones
• Automatic or balisong/butterfly knives
• Beeswax
• Blowguns
• Cats and dogs
• Cheese, butter, and other dairy products
• Concealed blades
• Daggers
• Electric shock devices
• Extendable batons
• Fake designer goods
• Feathers
• Firearms
• Fireworks
• Fish, Hiking, and Sports Equipment

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Australia?

All items entering into Australia are chargeable for taxes and duties unless an exemption applies. Here is a list of payables when shipping a container to Australia:

Exchange rates. The customs value of imported items must be in Australian currency.

GST and other taxes. Goods and Services Tax (GST) is payable on taxable supplies. The A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (the GST Act) implied that the importer must pay GST simultaneously and in the same manner as customs duty is paid. It also provides that the rate of GST applicable on taxable importations is 10% of the value of the taxable importation. The value of the taxable importation is the sum of:

• The customs value (CV) of the imported goods
• Any duty payable
• The amount payable to transport the goods to Australia and to insure the goods for that transport (T&I)
• Any Wine Equalizations Tax (WET) payable, if applicable.

Goods that are entered for warehousing are not liable for GST until they are cleared from the warehouse for “home consumption” (“home consumption” means that the goods enter into the commerce of Australia).

Imported goods cleared by us are taxable importations under GST Act:

• s13-5 – goods entered for home consumption
• s114-5 – goods cleared without a customs entry (e.g., goods imported by passengers and other goods removed on informal clearance documents)

What’s The Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

Before shipping a container to another country, you should first understand the distinction between taxes, tariffs, and duties. Tariffs are fees applied to specific products from specific countries at specific times, whereas customs duties are based on product characteristics. Finally, tax rates are set and calculated based on the total value of the imported product. Each country has its own set of fee obligations, each with its own set of rules, deadlines, and forms. You must collaborate with a reliable international partner to ensure that you meet both the primary and more specific product certification requirements.

How Long Does It Take for Cargo to Clear Customs in Australia?

The customs clearance system depends on importers and purchasers regulating and self-regulating, and incorporating the paperwork and declaration process. Most goods are held up in the clearance process due to the value assessment (over AUD 1000), incomplete paperwork or payment, and prohibited goods.

For Customs to process the import declaration, it takes up to five business days after receiving the completed documents. 

Processing any payment made for duties and taxes with goods being held in a warehouse or depot may take up to three business days.

Do I Need to Be Present When My Container Is Delivered?

You must be present when the container is delivered because specific documents will require your signature. You must also supervise the moving crew when the container arrives so that you can ensure that the goods are still intact.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Men And A Truck can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Australia:

Afghanistan to Australia
Albania to Australia
Algeria to Australia
Andorra to Australia
Angola to Australia
Antigua to Australia
Argentina to Australia
Armenia to Australia
Austria to Australia
Azerbaijan to Australia
Bahamas to Australia
Bahrain to Australia
Bangladesh to Australia
Barbados to Australia
Belarus to Australia
Belgium to Australia
Belize to Australia
Benin to Australia
Bhutan to Australia
Bolivia to Australia
Bosnia Herzegovina to Australia
Botswana to Australia
Brazil to Australia
Brunei to Australia
Bulgaria to Australia
Burkina to Australia
Burundi to Australia
Cambodia to Australia
Cameroon to Australia
Canada to Australia
Cape Verde to Australia
Central African Rep to Australia
Chad to Australia
Chile to Australia
China to Australia
Colombia to Australia
Comoros to Australia
Congo to Australia
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Australia
Costa Rica to Australia
Croatia to Australia
Cuba to Australia
Cyprus to Australia
Czech Republic to Australia
Denmark to Australia
Djibouti to Australia
Dominica to Australia
Dominican Republic to Australia
East Timor to Australia
Ecuador to Australia
Egypt to Australia
El Salvador to Australia
Equatorial Guinea to Australia
Eritrea to Australia
Estonia to Australia
Ethiopia to Australia
Fiji to Australia
Finland to Australia
France to Australia
Gabon to Australia
Gambia to Australia
Georgia to Australia
Germany to Australia
Ghana to Australia
Greece to Australia
Grenada to Australia

Guatemala to Australia
Guinea to Australia
Guinea-Bissau to Australia
Guyana to Australia
Haiti to Australia
Honduras to Australia
Hungary to Australia
Iceland to Australia
India to Australia
Indonesia to Australia
Iran to Australia
Iraq to Australia
Ireland to Australia
Israel to Australia
Italy to Australia
Ivory Coast to Australia
Jamaica to Australia
Japan to Australia
Jordan to Australia
Kazakhstan to Australia
Kenya to Australia
Kiribati to Australia
Korea North to Australia
Korea South to Australia
Kosovo to Australia
Kuwait to Australia
Kyrgyzstan to Australia
Laos to Australia
Latvia to Australia
Lebanon to Australia
Lesotho to Australia
Liberia to Australia
Libya to Australia
Liechtenstein to Australia
Lithuania to Australia
Luxembourg to Australia
Macedonia to Australia
Madagascar to Australia
Malawi to Australia
Malaysia to Australia
Maldives to Australia
Mali to Australia
Malta to Australia
Marshall Islands to Australia
Mauritania to Australia
Mauritius to Australia
Mexico to Australia
Micronesia to Australia
Moldova to Australia
Monaco to Australia
Mongolia to Australia
Montenegro to Australia
Morocco to Australia
Mozambique to Australia
Myanmar, {Burma} to Australia
Namibia to Australia
Nauru to Australia
Nepal to Australia
Netherlands to Australia
New Zealand to Australia
Nicaragua to Australia
Niger to Australia
Nigeria to Australia
Norway to Australia
Oman to Australia
Pakistan to Australia

Palau to Australia
Palestine to Australia
Panama to Australia
Papua New Guinea to Australia
Paraguay to Australia
Peru to Australia
Philippines to Australia
Poland to Australia
Portugal to Australia
Qatar to Australia
Romania to Australia
Russian Federation to Australia
Rwanda to Australia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Australia
Samoa to Australia
San Marino to Australia
Sao Tome & Principe to Australia
Saudi Arabia to Australia
Senegal to Australia
Serbia to Australia
Seychelles to Australia
Sierra Leone to Australia
Singapore to Australia
Slovakia to Australia
Slovenia to Australia
Solomon Islands to Australia
Somalia to Australia
South Africa to Australia
South Sudan to Australia
Spain to Australia
Sri Lanka to Australia
St Kitts & Nevis to Australia
St Lucia to Australia
Sudan to Australia
Suriname to Australia
Swaziland to Australia
Sweden to Australia
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Australia
Syria to Australia
Taiwan to Australia
Tajikistan to Australia
Tanzania to Australia
Thailand to Australia
Timor-Leste to Australia
Togo to Australia
Tonga to Australia
Trinidad & Tobago to Australia
Tunisia to Australia
Turkey to Australia
Turkmenistan to Australia
Tuvalu to Australia
Uganda to Australia
Ukraine to Australia
United Arab Emirates to Australia
United Kingdom to Australia
United States to Australia
Uruguay to Australia
Uzbekistan to Australia
Vanuatu to Australia
Vatican City to Australia
Venezuela to Australia
Vietnam to Australia
Yemen to Australia
Zambia to Australia
Zimbabwe to Australia

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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