The Savvy Importer’s Guide to Sea Freight into Australia

If you’re an Australian importer, understanding the intricacies of sea freight into Australia is very important to help streamline your operations and minimise costs. Sea freight rates can be expensive as we’re net importers and often the ship has to return empty. That means we need to be careful in our choice or the costs can mount up.

The most cost effective method of sea freight is through using container shipment companies. Dealing directly with these companies can be cumbersome as they use their own jargon which is hard to understand for those not in the industry.

The easy solution is to hire a freight forwarder to work on your behalf. Firms such as Atlas Forwarding have international contacts in the shipping industry and can negotiate the most cost effective deals on your behalf. We can also help with bureaucracy.

Dealing with the Paperwork

Importing through sea freight can be complex as you have to deal with many agencies, the most important being customs and quarantine. All goods imported into Australia are subject to Customs duty and GST and you need to be very careful about compliance to avoid delays and legal issues.

If you plan on doing it yourself, you can visit the customs website for advice. Bear in mind that customs legislation is very complex. Unless you understand the intricacies involved, you might well end up paying too much duty or having your shipment delayed.

What’s more, dealing with Customs requires formal registration and the use of a digital certificate and special software to connect to their system.

The Best Solution

If you deal with sea freight into Australia, it makes sense to put the whole matter into the hands of an expert freight forwarder. Firms such as Atlas Forwarding have the worldwide contacts to get the best deals on cargo shipping.

We are also fully familiar with the legalities involved in importing and can get your goods through customs as quickly as possible. Then you can get busy marketing them.

For all your needs concerning sea freight into Australia, contact IATA accredited cargo agent Atlas Forwarding on (03) 93355225.

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