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Australia Shipping Guides You Need to Know

Shipping to Australia can be expensive and slow, especially if you’re shipping from the United States or Canada (where I’m based). This can be especially frustrating if you want to get your product in the hands of your customers fast, which is why it’s crucial to do your research before jumping into the world of Australian shipping. Here are helpful Australia shipping guides that will help you navigate this complex terrain and ship safely and cost-effectively from the other side of the globe.

1. Poste Restante

Poste Restante or post office’ in English is a service that allows you to ship packages to Australia from foreign countries by using a post office of your choice. When you register for the service, you provide your address, choose the country that your company is based out of, and then choose the postal code for where you are shipping from.

After that, all you have to do is ship packages according to their rules and guidelines. You can track your packages once they leave the country by using the online tracking system on this website.

2. Courier Service Companies (CSC)

Also known as CSC express or next-day delivery, CSC is a common shipping option for large retailers and other businesses that need quick delivery to Australia and a fast turnaround time. CSC offers packaged shipping options, so you don’t necessarily have to use them for courier services.

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Some examples of the things that you can ship with CSC are electronics, clothing, and those belonging to consumers (i.e., pharmaceuticals).

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3. Courier Service Companies (CSC) For Exports in Australia

While you can use any courier service that is willing to send your products overseas, some companies specialize in exporting only and have a highly specialized team dedicated to making the process as easy as possible for exporters.

4. Shipping Companies for Heavy Goods at Low Costs

If your products weigh more than one kilogram (2.2 pounds), you will have to ship them by a freight truck, which is often more expensive than air freight, especially for larger items. This can be expensive because you need to spend extra money on shipping the goods to Australia. However, some companies specialize in shipping heavy goods at low costs and will charge you the most reasonable freight rates.

5. Fulfillment by Amazon

This is a service that Amazon started in 2015 for sellers who were looking for a way to expand their reach on the marketplace and get their products more exposure. To use this service, you just need to list your product on Amazon and then send it to the company’s warehouse where it will be sorted, labeled, and put up for sale. All of this is handled for you (and according to their pricing structure), so you don’t have to worry about juggling different aspects of your business or creating new accounts, or opening new warehouses. After all of your items are listed on the marketplace, Amazon will review them and put out ads that direct buyers to your products.

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A trip to the post office might seem like an easy and simple way to ship overseas. However, it often leads to unnecessary costs, trouble with customs fees, and delivery delays. While it’s true that the process is simple, it can still be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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