SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA

With a population of nearly 23 million, Australia is the 12th largest economy in the world and boasts the 5th highest per capita income, making it an ideal opportunity to expand your business’s reach.

Whether you are shipping heavy equipment, machinery, electronics, art, antiques, or furniture, Pack and Post is your US to Australia shipping company! We have been shipping to Australia for 30 years, and we know our business!

Our US-AUSTRALIA Shipping Services

  • Fast Shipping Quotes
  • Freight Shipping – Save up to 75%!
  • Packing and Crating
  • Small Parcel Shipping
  • Insurance
  • Consulting

Need to ship something inside Australia, from Australia to the US, or from Australia to another international destination? We can handle that too!

Items we can ship to Australia

  • Heavy Equipment – including construction, mining, farm equipment, and more!
  • Machinery and Electronics
  • Art and Antiques
  • Household goods and personal effects
  • Furniture
  • You name it!

Shipping Companies – Parcel Couriers

Here is a list of companies that ship small parcels to Australia. Each company has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different rules and requirements. Let Pack and Post help you select the best carrier for your particular shipment.

FedEx

FedEx International is a great choice when shipping items to Australia, and includes a wide variety of delivery times depending on your needs.

International First offers delivery within three business days, and as early as 10am for some Australian postal codes. International Priority offers delivery within one, two, or three business days, while International Economy offers delivery within five business days. Note: All the above options have a 150lb weight limit.

FedEx also provides Flat Rate International Shipping to Australia. Their 10kg box can accommodate contents up to 22lbs, and their 25kg box can accommodate contents up to 56lbs.

FedEx provides a full range of international shipping documents, including electronic trade documents.

UPS

UPS International provides numerous options for shipping parcels to Australia. Best flight available through UPS Express Critical is a great service for emergency situations, while UPS Worldwide Expedited offers Australian delivery times between four and five days. All delivery options can be found here.

Keep in mind that, while UPS does include standard customs clearance fees in their rates, any additional associated brokerage fees, duties, and taxes may be charged directly to the importer.

If you’re new to shipping internationally through UPS, their International Shipping Guide can be a great starting point. Also, accessing their international forms can save a lot of time finding the right documentation for your needs.

DHL

When shipping a parcel to Australia, DHL’s Outbound International Express Delivery offers two options.

Same day services are provided through DHL Jetline, DHL Sprintline, and DHL Secureline. Jetline provides next flight out availability, as well as door-to-door delivery to any global destination. Sprintline is DHL’s vehicle delivery service, which means that it provides regional (versus international) service. Secureline is tailored more toward emergency, high value shipments, and includes the services of a dedicated courier. Time definite options include international delivery by 9am, 10:30am, and noon, as well as next possible day through Express Worldwide.

Even though shipping to Australia is generally less cumbersome than many other international destinations, make sure you visit DHL’s customs support page for their customs glossary, paperwork guide, and duties and taxes section.

Depending on your shipment’s value, DHL could be a good choice due to their low brokerage/disbursement fee (2.5% of the declared value with a minimum of $7) according to this forum, which is lower than FedEx and UPS for many values.

USPS

USPS provides several shipping options to Australia, most of which are best suited for smaller, lighter parcels. Before shipping your parcel to Australia, be sure to review the Preparing International Shipments page.

USPS partners with FedEx for their Global Express Guaranteed service, which offers delivery times of 1-3 days to more than 180 worldwide destinations. Express Mail International Flat Rate offers delivery within 3-5 business days, and is suitable for items up to 4lbs for envelopes, and 20lbs for boxes. This service also provides date-specific delivery and a money-back guarantee when shipping to Australia.

If your parcel is between 4 and 20 lbs, Medium or Large Priority Mail International Flat Rate boxes may be a good choice . Also check regular Priority Mail International service (max length 79″ and max length plus girth 108″). If your parcel is large but light, this could be cheaper than the flat rate.

If you’d like additional information, here is a great overview.

LTL Freight Carriers

YRC

Through their partnership with MIQ Logistics,YRC Worldwide provides air and ocean freight shipping services to many areas of Australia.

FedEx Freight

FedEx Freight provides numerous Australian shipping options. It’s important to note that FedEx maintains Australia as part of the Asia Pacific region.

If your freight shipment weighs less than 68kg, FedEx International Priority offers delivery times between 2-3 days, while International Economy provides 4-6 day delivery times. For freight shipments weighing more than 68kg, FedEx offers two heavyweight shipping options, with delivery times between 3-7 days.

Before shipping to Australia with FedEx Freight, check out their tariffs and surcharges schedule.

UPS Freight

UPS offers two freight services to Australia: Air and ocean. Air freight can be delivered within 1-3 business days using Worldwide Express Freight and Air Freight Direct. However, it’s important to note that Worldwide Express has a minimum palletized weight limit of 150lbs. UPS Freight Consolidated provides delivery times within 3-5 business days.

Because of the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Australia, shipping hassles and paperwork are minimized, though it’s always a good idea to take a look at the import/export page for useful information about required documentation, restricted items, and areas served.

Con-Way

Con-Way does not ship freight directly to Australia, though their Menlo subsidiary does provide worldwide logistics services.

R+L Carriers

R+L Global Logistics provides international shipping by air and sea, including Australia.

Estes

Estes provides airfreight and LCL ocean solutions to Australia through their Estes Forwarding Worldwide subsidiary. Airfreight options include next flight out and hand-couriered service.

Ocean Carriers

APM-Maersk

Maersk Lines is the largest ocean carrier company in the world, and covers five key Australian ports.

See their service network page for detailed maps throughout Australia. In addition, Maersk Line’s shipping schedule can be found here, and tariff information here.

Mediterranean Shipping Company

Mediterranean Shipping Company sails 200 direct liners each week to more than 300 ports around the globe, including Australia.

Their worldwide routes page provides a brief overview of the areas they service. However, if you have a specific question about shipping goods from port A to port B, their schedule may be a good place to start.

CMA-CGM

With 650 worldwide agencies, CMA-CGM has an Australian container shipping service that fits your needs.

Import Duties and Taxes

Value for Duties and Taxes

Since the implementation of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, most tariffs on imported goods have been significantly reduced or removed altogether. For any remaining tariffs, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service provides an exhaustive list through their tariff schedule.

Alternately, FedEx includes an exhaustive tariff list through their WorldTariff service (Note: This is a fee-based service).

AUSFTA

The Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, which took effect January 1, 2005, removed many tariffs associated with importing goods into the country. Some tariffs have been completely removed, while others are to be gradually phased out over time. All goods are scheduled to become duty-free by 2015.

Gift Shipments

As long as your gift shipment to Australia is valued less than A$1,000, and does not contain alcohol or tobacco, there are no duties or taxes applied. For a complete run-down of importing gifts into Australia, please see Importing Goods by Post.

Customs Brokerage

Mail and Small Parcel Shipments

For any items subject to duty or tax, carriers will typically pass along their brokerage fees to the consumer.

UPS does not provide a flat fee schedule for shipments into Australia, though their cost calculator can help you gauge your expenses prior to shipping.

When shipping to Australia, FedEx rates are similar to those from UPS. See the Clearance Entry Fee and Ancillary Clearance Service Fee sections of the FedEx Fees schedule. The FedEx Advancement/Disbursement fee is 2% with a minimum of $6.50.

When using DHL, standard customs clearance is included for all shipments. DHL charges a 2.5% disbursement fee with a minimum of $7.00. This is not documented on their website.

Freight Shipments

Most US – Asia freight carriers do not provide customs brokerage services. Instead, the importer typically hires a licensed customs broker to clear the shipment. FedEx Trade Networks and UPS Customs Broker are good choices when shipping with those carriers, or even when shipping with another carrier. We’ve been shipping goods to Australia for a long time, so contact us if you have questions about hiring an Australian Customs Broker.

US Export Requirements

Unlike many other countries, Australia requires that the importer, rather than the exporter, handle certifying of origin. Export.gov provides a high-level list of common export documents, and their U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement page is especially useful when shipping to Australia.

Tips to Save Money when Shipping to Australia

  • Select the best shipping carrier based on each company’s specific strengths and pricing methods.
  • Make sure you have considered all duties, taxes, brokerage, and miscellaneous fees. For a fast, free estimate on shipping items to Australia, contact us.
  • Check for any required licenses or permits and make sure that you are not shipping a prohibited item.
  • Consider having your item shipped to Australia directly from the US manufacturer. If the manufacturer ships frequently, they already know the associated costs and pitfalls, and may be able to get you a great shipping rate.

Additional References

PomsInOz.com – Transport and Shipping

Expatblog.com – Australia Forum