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Shipping sea freight from China to Australia is easier than you expect. Entrust the cargo shipping to a trusted freight forwarder and half the job is done.
By delegating to a first-rate cargo service like DTDC instead of arranging and managing the shipping yourself, you can rest easy knowing that your cargo will reach the shores of Australia immaculately.
Using our tie-ups and associations, we are able to negotiate and get better rates for you.
Our hassle-free service will oversee your shipment all the way to the end of the delivery.
STEP 1: Reach out to us at https://www.dtdcaustralia.com.au/services/importing-china/
STEP 2: You can work out an arrangement with our service that is suited for your needs. Notify us about the shipment details, its content, the time period, volume, dimensions, and other information to get a rough estimate of the shipping rate.
STEP 3: We will get the shipment from your warehouse and deliver it to the destination port for a door to port delivery. We also offer door to door shipping of sea freight from China to Australia.
STEP 4: Choose the type of container you need.
FCL (Full Container Load) is preferred when the volume of goods is so large that it can fit more than 75% of the container. The FCL container is loaded with just your goods unlike in LCL where the container is shared. For this reason, FCL is faster than LCL since your delivery will not be delayed by other consignments. FCL is offered at flat rates so if your shipment is large enough, it will be cheaper than LCL.
In LCL(Less Container Load), the container is shared with other people’s items. LCL will cost you less than FCL if the volume of your goods is quite small.
Both the type of containers comes in 20’ and 40’ sizes.
STEP 5: All international goods need to go through customs. This is a tedious and complex process. So we provide customs clearance as well at a reasonable cost.
Transit time of sea freight from China to Australia will vary port by port. The arrival port and departure port will play a big role in estimating the delivery time. There are several sea gateways in China like Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Shekou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhongshan, Huangpu, Nansha, and others. Major ports in Australia include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Fremantle.
On average, it can take 22 to 26 days for sea freight from China to Australia. Less Container Load (LCL) Shipping from Ningbo to Brisbane can take around 12 days. The transit time of FCL (Full Container Load) delivery from Tianjin to Sydney will take more than 31 days. Huangpu to Adelaide sea freight shipping could longer than others at around 62 days.
Sea freight to Australia costs less than air freights for the same volume. The type of goods you are sending from sea freight from China to Australia and their value will be used for the sea rate estimation. The dimensions of the cargo and its volume will also be taken into account.
The charges will also differ based on the type of goods you are sending, like personal goods, hazardous goods, or event cargo that needs special care.
Flat rates of 40’ FCL container shipping can start from $1500. LCL Sea shipping from Shanghai to Sydney will be more than $705 for a shipment weighing 200kg. This sea freight quote does not include the charges of shipping line documentation fee, customs clearance cost, duty taxes, storage rates, etc.
Some items cannot be imported into another country unless they have proper permits. Below are given some items that have restricted entry or are prohibited in Australia. If you want to ship any such cargo as sea freight from China to Australia, you should contact us for further inquiries.
Money valued at over $10,000, tobacco of 50 grams or more, and alcohol over the limit of 2.25 liters must be declared.
Food can be imported but some foodstuffs like un-canned meat, eggs, fruits, beans, milk, and more need permits for shipping.
Steroids, medicines, weapons, drugs, plants, seeds, animal products, soil, certain breeds of pets, vehicles, etc. have restricted entry and need to follow the import regulations.
Some products such as straw objects, potpourri, and pine cones need to be treated for hygiene before entry.
International sea freight shipping is slow. Sea freight from China to Australia can take a few weeks to a few months. Expect a period of 15 to 20 weeks for the goods to be delivered.
The best way to avoid unnecessary sea freight costs is to plan ahead of peak season. Due to the shortage of resources during the holiday season, the rates of sea freight services rise sharply.
The Chinese New Year’s peak season starts from late January to early February based on the lunar calendar. During this time, business units shut down for a considerable amount of time.
The Golden Week celebration lasts for a whole week from 1st October.
The Dragon Boat Festival follows the lunar calendar in June. Factories and other units may not operate for three days.
From July to October, the holiday shopping season begins. During this time the costs will increase drastically.
Preparing for the peak season will ensure your shipping of sea freight from China to Australia completes smoothly.
Yes, we do. Visit our website for more information on international sea freight from China to Australia. https://www.dtdcaustralia.com.au/
Yes, you can send sea freight from China to Australia. But sending a parcel less than 30kg by sea route is not recommended. In most cases, it is more feasible to use air freight for shipping boxes to Australia. For smaller volume parcels, air freights are cheaper than sea freight shipping and its transit time is also less.
If you are sending more than one parcel of 30kg each, sea freight can be used.
The flat rate of 30kg boxes would be applied only if it does not exceed 60cm x 43cm x 41cm
If the collection is near metro areas, the collection will be free of charge. For regional areas, a fee of $25 could be charged for sea freight from China to Australia.
The ocean freight rates of 20’ container and 40’ containers can start as low as $1000. But the shipping costs to Australia from China will increase after adding all the duties and other charges.
DTDC is one of the most experienced shipping companies providing logistics service of sea freight from China to Australia.
We do door to door, door to port, break bulk cargo, and other services at an affordable rate.
To get a quote through our sea freight calculator, all you need to do is enter your name, e-mail and send a message on this page to get a consultation or workshop from us. https://www.dtdcaustralia.com.au/services/importing-china/
In most cases, Full Container Load has a shorter estimation time than Less Container Load. Since containers don’t need to be shared with other consignments, the delay would be less. For a port to port delivery, it will take approximately 13 to 25 days for the sea freight to reach Australia. The door to door sea freight from China to Australia delivery of Full container load (FCL) will take around 22 to 26 days.
The transit time of LCL(Less container load) will be longer. The door to door shipping of the cargo can be done in 23 to 28 days but it can also take as long as 14 weeks. Port to port sea freight from China to Australia can take a minimum of 16 to 28 days.
The payable amount of international shipping by sea is a total of the customs duty, fee-based on the value of the goods, transportation fees, insurance, freight forwarder fee, taxes, and other charges.
The maximum weight of the shipment is considered to be the maximum weight of the container. The SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) convention has issued a set of regulations. An overweight limit has been put into place. Shippers that don’t follow it are strictly fined.
The maximum cargo a 20’ container can hold is 55,000lbs to 62,000lbs. The 40’ containers have a maximum load of 59,200 to 61,000lbs.
Besides regular containers, HC (High Cube) containers are used when some extra volume is needed for sea freight from China to Australia. The height difference of 1 foot increases the maximum weight of the 40’ container to 62,000lbs. The 45’ HC container has a limit of around 61,431lbs.
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