If you think shipping prices to Australia are steep, you might not have considered using your local postal system to ship small parcels and packets, digging through online searches or phone directories, or preparing your shipments properly. Ideally, shipping should be easy, cheap, and convenient—but this is not the case for a lot of people who have encountered expensive rates that assured prompt delivery but did not live up to the promise. Here are a few ways to minimize shipping prices to Australia:
Parcels and packets
With small packages like parcels and packets, it is very affordable to use your local postal system. Many post offices offer flat rate shipping for packages below certain weights. If the package you are sending to Australia does not contain private or personal information, choosing the regular delivery option will be very favorable for you. However, if you want your parcel exempt from postal inspection, paying a little extra would not hurt your budget too much. Just remember to follow the postal system’s guidelines on the things that you can internationally ship to Australia, as well as Australia Post’s restrictions on the items they can permit to enter their country.
Large boxes and crates
For larger shipments, using the postal system is definitely out of the question, but you are still not without choices. Many private shipping companies offer both sea and air freight options, but you might find lower rates with smaller operations that offer just one service. Air freight is more expensive than shipping by sea, but it reaches the destination faster. If you cannot afford to ship by air, it is wise to send packages to Australia by sea in advance so they will reach the destination port at a date you prefer. Looking out for companies that offer good insurance coverage (at realistic prices), extra services such as the provision of sturdy boxes (for box shipping) and crates, and tracking services for free or at minimal costs, should not be very hard, especially online. But remember—if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. You can also ask family and friends if they have done business with a certain company and what their experiences were for reliable word-of-mouth testimonials.
Container shipping for vehicles and other large items
It probably is cheaper to buy new furniture and vehicles instead of shipping them to your new home in Australia (if you are emigrating). However, for some people, the memories and sentimental value that come with their possessions are priceless—it is unacceptable to leave them behind. A good way to save money with shipping large items is shared container shipping—you can find another person online who will also ship belongings to Australia and can split the cost with you. Settling inland transportation—as most shipping companies only cover the conveyance of your container from one port to another—in advance will also save you a lot of worry, if not money. You should also remember to make room for customs fees which might increase the shipping to Australia costs.