5 Things To Remember When Shipping Parcels To Australia

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Traditionally, shipping parcels to Australia used to prove to be a complicated, not to mention, an expensive process. These days, however, it’s much smoother sailing, and getting your parcel to the other side of the globe is no longer as complex as it might sound. Whether you’re an online retailer in need of some international shipping guidance, or whether you’re simply shipping a one-off parcel, we’re detailing some of the most important things to remember when shipping parcels to Australia:


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1. Take the time to thoroughly research Australian customs

Each and every country across the globe varies in their regulations surrounding customs and quarantine, and Australia is certainly no exception to this. If you want to ship parcels to Australia, regardless of your reasoning, you will be required to clue up on this information. There are certain types of items which are prohibited from entering Australia under any circumstances, and there are some that are restricted.

Restricted items can be imported into the country, however, they may require your recipient to obtain a permit or import license in advance in order for the shipment to clear customs. To understand exactly what types of items these rules and regulations apply to, will require some in-depth research on your part.

2. Certain types of packaging is restricted

To follow up with this, it is important to be aware that there are even certain types of packaging that are prohibited in Australia. This is because Australia goes to great lengths to protect its natural environment and habitats and harmful diseases, many of which can be carried via certain types of packaging materials.

Avoid packaging your items in egg cartons, cardboard boxes that have been used to hold fruit, vegetables or meat, straw material, or dried plant material. Wooden boxes or pallets imported into Australia must first be fumigated and accompanied by a fumigation certificate, otherwise they will be placed in quarantine.

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3. Gifts are subject to customs duty and taxes

Whilst still on the subject of Australian customs, it is highly important to remember that gifts imported into the country are their own entity i.e. they are not considered personal effects. If the item you are sending is a gift, perhaps for a loved one living overseas, it must be declared as such.

Unfortunately, there is no duty or tax concession for shipping gifts to Australia. This means that, regardless, your recipient will have to pay customs duty and taxes upon delivery, and this regulation is not subject to dispute in any case in Australia.

4. Select a reputable international courier

As with anything, be sure to shop around for the best deals before choosing your international courier. Take the time to thoroughly research the different options that are available to you, and keep in mind that some couriers will offer better rates and delivery speeds to Australia, specifically. To give you that extra peace of mind, always opt for a courier that provides online parcel tracking. Your parcel has a long journey to take, and with online tracking you’ll be able to monitor its status every step of the way.

If you happen to notice any red flags in transit, you can contact your courier provider immediately to request their assistance on the matter. You’ll also be notified when the parcel is out for delivery.

5. Make sure your packaging is secure enough for the journey

When it comes to shipping parcels internationally, it’s important to keep in mind the many stages of transit it will inevitably go through, especially on such a long journey to a destination such as Australia. It could be travelling by road, sea or air (or perhaps a combination of all three) and could be scanned at sorted at various depots along the way. It will inevitably come into contact with other heavy and large items within the network, and if it is not packaged sufficiently, it will pose not only a risk to itself, but to other items.

The packaging that you use needs to be strong and durable enough to withstand pressures of transit. Double-walled cardboard boxes are the best option for all kinds of items, but especially those that are in any way fragile. They add extra protection and durability to your item. As well, consider adding internal packaging, such as bubble wrap for impact protection.

Hopefully these 5 tips will ensure your shipping to Australia goes smoothly. 

Over to you now. Any other tips to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below. 

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