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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about LCL Shipping to Australia

What documents do you need to proceed with my LCL shipping request?

In general, we will require the following documents to be submitted for us to process your shipping request:

  • Commercial Invoice (in general applies only to business shipments. However some destination countries require commercial invoices for personal shipments as well)
  • Packing Declaration (required for all shipping to Australia)
  • Packing List (not essential)
  • Fumigation Certificate (If required)

Some destination countries, such as South America, countries in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European nations, may require a more comprehensive list of items shipped and/or additional shipping documents.

Call us on 1300 651 233 or contact us online to verify the documents you need to submit.

How long will shipping take to Australia?

Please click this link to go to table for the LCL transit times to Australia of your delivery.

Australian Port Issues and Fees

LCL is the perfect choice for shipment measuring less than 15 cubic meters. However, below are additional fees you may have to consider.

Storage fees
Outside the allotted grace period (7 days after the shipment arrives) all shipments to Australia will be charged storage fees until cleared by customs and removed from the port facilities.

Therefore, we highly recommend you call us before you start shipping to Australia to make sure this item has been taken into consideration.

Port fees
You should only be charged for the actual work done by the Australian Port Authority. In order to avoid any misunderstandings regarding the charges, request to get them in writing prior to shipping to Australia.

What should I not ship into Australia?

Anything that is prohibited should not be imported into Australia. Some products may also require an import permit. It is always best to check with us prior to shipping to avoid any unwanted surprises.

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Safety

Our commitment to quality means you're cargo is safe in our hands. We have been practicing this for more than 30 years and we are determined to continue doing so in the years to come.

Speedy customs clearance

Avoid customs clearance delays. Get your cargo moving on time with our reliable customs clearance service.

Convenient delivery and collection service

We provide door-to-door pick up and delivery for a hassle free movement of your goods.

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Costs involved with LCL sea freight shipping to Australia

LCL fees can be prescribed in two ways, one is per cbm and the other is per Bill of Lading. See the below guide on how it is calculated:

How to calculate LCL fees per CBM charge

LCL rates are charged either on a cubic meter (CBM), which is calculated by multiplying the length, width and height of the packages of goods, or per weight of 1000kgs (1 ton), whichever is higher. Here are a couple of examples.

Example 1: (1 item)

Step 1: Know your CBM Calculation

Cargo measurement are:

  • Length: 1.5 meters
  • Width : 1.5 meters
  • Height: 1.5 meters
  • Weight 765 kg

CBM = 1 item x 1.5m x 1.5m x 1.5m

So CBM = 3.375 in this case

Step 2: Compare CBM with the actual weight of the cargo to determine the measurement to use

LCL rate to be charged on highest of cubic meter (3.375) or weight (1 item x 765 kg/1000= 0.765)

So rate is charged against 3.375

Step 3: Multiply CBM to LCL rate

Let's say the rate charged by your freight forwarder is $40 USD of higher of CBM or weight.

Your LCL cost will be 3.375 x $40 USD

Which is $135 USD.

Example 2: (5 item)

Step 1: Know your CBM Calculation

Cargo measurements are:

  • Length: 1.0 meters
  • Width: 1.0 meters
  • Height:1.2 meters
  • Weight 1400 kg

CBM = 5 items by 1.0 m x 1.0 m x 1.2m

So CBM = 6.0 in this case

Step 2: Compare CBM with the actual weight of the cargo to determine the measurement to use

LCL rate to be charged on highest of cubic meter (6.0) or weight (5 item x 1400 kg/1000= 7.0)

So rate is charged against 7.0

Step 3: Multiply CBM to LCL rate

Let's say the rate charged by your freight forwarder is $40 USD of higher of CBM or weight.

Your LCL cost will be 7.0 x $50 USD

Which is $350 USD.

How to calculate LCL fees per bill of lading

Depending the commercial terms with your manufacturer you would have to pay the following:

Ex-work charges

This includes costs involving:

International freight charges

Take note that LCL shipment is inclusive of these fees:

Local Australian Handling Charges

The following local fees are generally billed plus GST. Port Service Charges for:

It is billed similarly to freight at a specified rate per cubic meter/tonne.

Customs Clearance

This includes clearing your goods with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS-DAFF).

Delivery to your door

Delivery can be completed via truck using 3 methods:

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LCL shipping transit times to Australia

The following is a table of LCL shipping transit times to Australia:

The following is a table of LCL shipping transit times to Australia

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