Sea Freight to Australia

February 4th, 2013

In combination with shipporter my US partners are now able to sea freight to Australia. This is much more cost effective for orders over 110 lbs (50 kg). My FAQ pages has more details about this new option, but these are some important points to keep in mind if you are thinking of using sea freight.

  • It is slow. Expect to wait 4 to 4 weeks at least.
  • It is not cost effective for smaller orders. Sea freight is not a cheap substitute for UPS or USPS shipping. It really is only worthwhile for shipping items with an actual or volumetric weight greater than 100 lbs.
  • The size limit is 400cm x 210cm x 210cm. This is pretty big!
  • Sea freight is more complex than air shipping. Because of this it is not possible to give 100% accurate quotes in advance, but I have tried to be conservative in estimating the likely costs on my shipping cost calculator. I expect that the major of orders will cost less than what my shipping cost calculator estimates based on the weight, but it is worth keeping in mind that it might be more.
  • Freight is shipped out of California. Because of this there may be Californian sales tax charged on the order by the original store. This will depend if the store has a physical presence in California or not.

Despite these caveats sea freight is a great option for shipping really large items.

 

22 responses

  1. Rob comments:

    How much to shipp 100 sq feet denver to cairns australia by road and sea
    Tx

  2. Carolina comments:

    This is impossible for me to answer as I don’t know what “denver” is. The best way to get a quote is to either use my shipping cost calculator http://www.priceusa.com.au/shipcost.php or fill in my order form and I will send you a quote.

  3. Irene Galligan comments:

    Looking for a price to ship trophies by sea I have a total of 120 lbs it could be slightly more going to sydney australia

  4. julie Kraemer comments:

    I am looking to ship personal household items to Australia zip code 4506
    6 x boxes the size of Bannana boxes. I would estimate 20 lbs each. I am looking for a ball park figure- can you give me some idea on price please and if i would be better off combining to one largebox. Thank you not sure where else to look.

  5. Carolina comments:

    Irene & Julie if you go to my order page there is a button called “shipping cost calculator”. If you click on this it will pop up a window which lets you enter the size and weigh of your boxes and get a shipping cost quote.

  6. Gerlie comments:

    Hi,
    I have used your shipping calculator, and does this mean that the quote there would be the price approximately that the USPS would charge for a 20x20x20 box for 50lbs? thanks

  7. Carolina comments:

    Hi Gerlie

    Yes. the shipping cost calculator will give you a 100% accurate quote if you give it all the correct information.

  8. KinLam comments:

    Are you able to make shipment to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

  9. Eric Cappello comments:

    Hi I have a bicycle in a box ex factory 60 x 29 x 10 inches weight 54 lbs at Newport California
    Not in a hurry to receive so shipping cost please either to your depo in Australia in Sydney or direct to my door
    If your depo in Sydney I can arrange my own freight from there
    In anticipation, thank you

    Regards Eric C

  10. Collin Sharp comments:

    I have a foldup trailer I wish to send to Australia. Size for freighting 2400mm x2311mm x1016 Weight 300 Kg. From California to Brisbane. Could you send a price please. Require back in Australia end Oct.

    Collin

  11. Carolina comments:

    Hi Colin

    Just fill in my order form and I will send you a quote.

  12. Carolina comments:

    Hi Eric

    Just fill in my order form and I will send you a quote.

  13. Carolina comments:

    Yes we are.

  14. Holly comments:

    Hi.

    I have a total of 34 boxes I need to ship from Arizona, USA to the Wollongong area of Australia. Your shipping calculator only allows me to put in one box at a time. I know the dimensions and weights of each of my boxes so how can I get an quote on the cost to ship please? (The total weight is 971.4 pounds)

    Thank you.

  15. Carolina comments:

    The easiest way is to just work out what the volumetric weight is of one box and then multiple it by 34. Then enter the greater of the actual or volumetric weight into the calculator.

  16. TIM comments:

    HI

    IS IT SAFE TO SEND ITEMS FROM THE USA TO AUSTRALIA?
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEND TWO PLASTIC PVC REPTILE CAGES:
    4FT X 2 X 2
    FROM USA TO AUSTRALIA. I CAN HAVE THE MANUFACTURER SEND THE ITEMS TO ANYWHERE IN THE USA-THEN FROM THE FREIGHT COMPANY TO BRISBANE AUSTRALIA TO MY DOOR ON THE SUNSHINE COAST QLD.
    I WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS MID-LATE JANUARY

    I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH THIS WOULD COST?

    HOW TO GET INSURANCE?
    I WOULD LIKE TO DO MULTIPLE SHIPMENTS OF THE SAME NATURE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN SMALL, SO TRYING TO FIND THE SAFEST FREIGHT COMPANY.
    THANKS

  17. Carolina comments:

    Tim I think it would be worthwhile reading my help page. Just click on the help tab.

  18. Marie comments:

    Hi. I want to ship personal items in Australia from California. Just clothes and shoes but it weigh 50 kilos. I haven’t pack it yet. How much will it cost and how long is the freight? Thanks!

  19. Carolina comments:

    We don’t offer a service of shipping personal items. We only offer a purchasing service. The reason why is legal rules around shipping items you don’t own are very complex.

  20. Melinda comments:

    Hi there I was wanting to ship two items from restoration hardware use to Australia is this possible how do I get a quote ?

  21. Carolina comments:

    Hi Melinda

    You can get an estimate on the shipping cost by using the shipping cost calculator on the order form. If you want a quote just fill in the order form.

  22. Steve comments:

    Hi from Down Under. I have a Ford F150 here in Sydney, Australia and need to import several spare parts from the USA (probably California). Parts include replacement bonnet, grill and front bumper bar, 6 x wheels and tyres and new shock absorbers. How will you quote for this stuff? Will you quote a fixed cubic metre rate?

    Also I will be ordering the stuff from several different suppliers throughout USA and they will be shipped to your address. Will you consolidate the goods into one shipment, which will mean holding my first arrivals until the last ones arrive. I anticipate all items would be received in 2-3 weeks maximum.

    Regards,
    Steve Newlands

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