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Shipping to Australia? Read up on the details involved with LCL shipping

Costs involved with LCL sea freight shipping to Australia

LCL fees are made up of two parts. One part is made up of the costs from the Bill of Lading. The other is the volume and weight of freight. See the below guide on how it is calculated.

How to calculate LCL fees per Bill of Lading

Depending the commercial terms with your supplier or manufacturer you would have to pay the several types of fees that are based around the Bill of Lading.

Ex-work charges

This includes costs involving:

  • Pick up
  • Customs clearance in origin
  • Documentation
  • Cargo lodgement

International freight charges

Take note that LCL shipment is inclusive of these fees:

  • Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) – This is a type of fuel surcharge of cargo ships.
  • Peak season surcharge (PSS) – This is an increase in the freight rate applied during the busiest time of the shipping season
  • General Rate Increase (GRI) – This is a standard increase in the freight rate which also occurs around the same period of PSS or peak season surcharge
  • Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) – This is an exchange % factor from converting one currency to another

Local Australian Handling Charges

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

  • Unloading the container from the vessel
  • Movement from the wharf to the CFS
  • Unpacking of the container

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

Customs Clearance

This includes clearing your goods with the Australian Border Force.

Delivery to your door

Delivery can be completed via truck using 3 methods:

  • Standard delivery – Items are removed via forklift
  • Manual unloading delivery – We can “hand” unload and supply additional labour to assist you. However labour hire fee will be applicable.
  • Vehicle unloading delivery – We also do have vehicles called tailed lifts where the consignment is lowered down to you from the truck where it can be easily moved off the truck.

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 – Shipping 1 item

Step 1
Know the weight of your shipment and work out the volume. Cargo measurement are:

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

Volume = 1 item x 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m = 3.38 cbm

Step 2
Compare volume with the weight-based volume for your shipment to work out your chargeable volume. The higher of volume (3.375 cbm) or weight-based volume (1 item x 765 kg/1000= 0.77) is used to multiple against the LCL rate to work out the freight cost. In our case the freight rate is charged against 3.38 cbm as it is greater than 0.77 cbm.

Step 3 
Work out your freight cost. Multiply the LCL rate by the chargeable volume. Let’s say the LCL rate charged by your freight forwarder is $40 AUD per cbm. Your LCL cost will be 3.375 x $40 AUD = $135 AUD.

Example 2 – Shipping 5 item

Step 1
Know the weight of your shipment and work out the volume. Cargo measurement are:

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

Volume = 5 items x 1.0 m x 1.0 m x 1.2 m

Step 2
Compare volume with the weight-based volume for your shipment to work out your chargeable volume. The higher of volume (6.0 cbm) or weight-based volume (5 item x 1400 kg/1000 = 7.0) is used to multiple against the LCL rate to work out the freight cost. In our case the freight rate is charged against 7.0 cbm as it is greater than 7.0 cbm.

Step 3 
Work out your freight cost. Multiply the LCL rate by the chargeable volume. Let’s say the LCL rate charged by your freight forwarder is $40 AUD per cbm. Your LCL cost will be 7.0 x $40 AUD = $280 AUD.

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.

FAQ on LCL shipping to Australia

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