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What We Can Ship With Sea Freight.

  1. Clothing, furniture, household goods: Sea freight is an ideal choice for moving large quantities of consumer goods, as it offers cost-effective solutions and ample space for accommodating various product types and sizes.
  2. Beers, spirits and wine: Sea freight is a very good and economical option for transporting large volumes of alcoholic beverages, allowing producers to reduce shipping costs. Additionally, the steady shipping conditions help preserve product quality during transit.

  3. Chemicals, fuel, fertilizers, gases, and oil: Shipping these materials via sea freight allows for the safe and efficient transportation of bulk quantities, adhering to stringent industry regulations and reducing overall transportation costs. The consideration for these types of goods is to be aware that they fall under the Dangerous Goods (DG) classification and therefore require additional inspection at the port of origin and also when the goods arrive at the destination.

  4. Telecommunications technology: Ocean freight is a good option when shipping these types of devices as it ensures delicate and high-value telecommunications equipment can be securely transported in large quantities, offering both cost savings and reduced risk of damage. Shipping containers, by design offer strong protection and when packed well, offer extreme stability and compaction of goods, therefore minimising the risk of product movement whilst in transit.

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One World Courier’s advanced freight management platform is designed to revolutionise the way your business handles shipping. Our quoting and price comparison of ocean container freight is so simple and reliable too.

Use or state-of-the-art shipping and logistics technology platform. Access our extensive network of high-quality sea freight partners in one place. Get quotes and book international container freight you can trust.

Our sea freight quoting platform helps your freight logistics and warehouse teams be more confident obtaining accurate ocean freight quotes from quality shipping companies.

Our Freight Ops Teams are standing by to go to work for you to get the best part of full container sea freight prices and delivery options to suit your needs.

One World Courier can organise sea freight quotes from most major ports in 200+ Countries and Territories.

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Deciphering Ocean & Sea Freight Shipping in 2024

The world of ocean and sea freight shipping has seen a massive recovery now that Coronavirus has abated and shipping can get back to sustainable and affordable levels. As we move further into 2024, new trends, technologies, and strategies are shifting how the sea freight sector looks today and into the future.

One of the most efficient ways Australian businesses can make sure their imported goods reach their destination in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Broken Hill or Ballarat (to choose some random locations) is to select the appropriate container and shipping method. Different types of goods may require specialised containers, such as refrigerated or open top containers, and knowing which is best suited for your goods is essential. The last thing anyone wants are damaged goods being unpacked and rendered useless. Understanding which container is best for the job can result in big cost savings and goes a long way to making sure your goods arrive in the same condition they left the manufacturer. This is something our international container shipping comparison service can help you navigate.

To get the best out of ocean and sea freight shipping for our customers, One World Courier follow industry trends and changes in regulations. We stay informed and make those smart decisions for you. In fact our container shipping quote platform does a lot of the smart-thinking for customers over and over again.

Hassle-free International Shipping Container Quotes

At One World Courier, we understand that getting shipping container freight quotes can be a complex process if you’re doing it on your own. That’s why we’ve streamlined the experience to make it as straightforward as possible where we do all the work for you. With a few simple clicks, you can get send us your details and we’ll provide a custom sea container freight quote.

Comparing Sea Freight & Shipping Quotes: An Self-Serve Insider’s Guide

Comparing the best sea freight quotes can be a daunting task doing it all on your own, given the various elements that factor into the overall cost. It is hard enough just to keep up with the latest providers.

There’s so many things to pay attention to and it’s easy to just go with the cheapest price. While one service might seem cheaper at first glance, it may mean certain fees and surcharges have been ‘left out’ to win your business. Transparency in pricing is a crucial factor in making an informed decision. The last thing you want is to be faced with a huge bill for extra fees, duties, taxes and transport costs that you never expected.

It’s also important to consider the frequency and flexibility of different shipping schedules too.  This also depends where you’re shipping goods from. There may be a backlog of containers on the wharf in San Diego which you’re unaware of, or a Chinese holiday taking place, systematically freezing up all activity at most ports. Shipping delays are one of the most common sources of frustration and angst for shippers, although with proper planning and a helping hand, a lot of these issues will be avoided.

Also consider carriers that offers more frequent sailings or flexible routing options being a better choice, even if their rates are slightly higher. At One World Courier we take all of these variables into account to make sure we arrive at the best mix of delivery mode, price and time frame. This will help avoid costly delays and any changes in your shipping schedule are well-prepared for.


Get A Fast, Easy Online Quote

Getting a part or full container shipping quote online has never been easier. Our platform allows you to input your shipment details and receive an estimate in just a few clicks.

Before you begin, gather all necessary information about your shipment, including the weight, dimensions, and type of goods. This detail ensures you get the most accurate quote possible. Also, consider whether your container shipment needs any special handling or services such as refrigerated transport, fumigation services upon arrival or hazardous goods declaration and handling.

Remember, the quote is just the first step in the shipping process. After receiving your sea freight container quote from One World Courier, take the time to review it carefully and ask any questions if you’re not sure about anything. Our container shipping staff team is always ready to help and guide you through the process.

Organising Your Transport Worldwide: Leave it to Us

With the One World Courier global network of carriers and shipping partners we can organise picking up and delivery of your container(s) to virtually any corner of the world. Whether you’re shipping to and from Australia to Asia, Europe, or the Americas, we can help you make that happen.

When preparing for international shipping, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with the customs regulations and documentation requirements of your destination country. Our team can assist you with this process, ensuring your container clears customs without any hitches.

Also, consider investing in sea freight insurance for your shipment. While our team does everything possible to ensure your cargo arrives safely at its destination, having insurance provides an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event of damage or loss. One World Courier can organise affordable and comprehensive  insurance up to AUD $100,000, where the cost of goods are completely covered as well as the container shipping costs.

Container Shipping Costs: Transparency and Affordability

Transparency pricing, convenience and affordability are what we focus on. We believe in providing our customers with a clear breakdown of all sea freight charges, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

It’s worth noting that investing a bit more in value-added services can pay off in the long run. Services like real-time tracking, secure packaging, and expedited customs clearance can provide peace of mind and ensure your cargo arrives safely and on time.


Example of importing a container from China to Sydney, NSW

Shipping goods from one side of the world to another can be a complex process, although partnering with One World Courier sea freight services can make the process a whole lot easier.

When reviewing your shipping costs, remember to factor in all potential expenses, including customs duties, taxes, and any additional services you might need like warehousing and road freight delivery.

Also, consider ways to reduce your costs. For example, consolidating your shipments, choosing slower transit times, or shipping during off-peak seasons can all contribute to substantial cost savings.

This example will provide you with a comprehensive overview of what you need to know when importing into Australia. We’re using the example of moving a full container load (FCL) from China to Sydney, NSW although the process is much the same for any location in Australia. 

Preparing Your Goods for Shipping from China

Documentation & Lodgement Processes

One of the first things you need to consider when preparing your goods for shipping from China is completing the necessary documentation. The primary documents involved in international shipping are the Commercial Invoice and the Bill of Lading.

The Commercial Invoice is a legal document between the supplier and you the customer that clearly describes the sold goods, and the amount paid. Under no circumstances should the goods be undervalued with the intention of paying less GST and/or duties and taxes. Australian Border Force (ABF) have a keen eye and use sophisticated techniques to cross-check declared values of goods and any aberrations are quickly flagged and fines can be imposed on the importer.
On the other hand, the Bill of Lading serves as a contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier.

Ensure these critical documents are filled out accurately and in detail; mistakes can lead to delays and additional costs. Remember, every country has different requirements for these documents, so it’s crucial to confirm the specific requirements for shipping from China.

Customs Clearance

Before your goods can leave China, they must be cleared by Chinese customs. This process involves declaring your goods, paying any export duties and taxes, and ensuring all necessary export permits are in place. It’s crucial to have a thorough understanding of China’s customs regulations to avoid any potential issues. The One World Courier Freight Operations Team can help and assist with any customs questions, no matter where the point origin is.

Freight Considerations

When choosing a container,  consider the size and weight of your goods, how they will be packaged and stacked inside the container. Leave plenty of lead time for delivery just to be in the safe side.  Sea freight is by far the cheapest option when large quantities of merchandise need to be moved, although air freight may be necessary for urgent or time-sensitive shipments.

Time Frames

The transit time for sea freight from China to Sydney typically ranges from 13 to 15 days, but this can vary depending on several factors, including the exact ports of origin and destination, weather conditions, and potential customs delays. Planning well in advance can help ensure your goods arrive when needed.

Navigating Australian Border Force Customs Services in Sydney

Customs Quarantine & Inspection

Upon arrival in Sydney, the goods will need to clear Australian customs. The Australian Border Force (ABF) will inspect your shipment to ensure it complies with Australian regulations. Some goods may be subject to quarantine and will need to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This is especially true for wooden objects, which may need to have fumigation processes applied to ensure they’re free of dangerous pests.

Duties and Taxes

Depending on the contents being shipped, they may require further inspection in a Bonded Warehouse, which can also attract daily storage fees. You’ll need to pay any applicable duties and taxes before your goods can be released by Australian customs. The amount you’ll pay depends on the type and value of the goods you declared on the Commercial Invoice. This is why it is important not to under declare the cost of the goods, because this can result in substantial fees and charges.
It’s at this point it’s worth mentioning that when imported goods are subjected to inspection or further documentation is required by ABF, acting in a timely manner is critical. This is not the time to dawdle and take your time providing the requested documentation to the ABF. Goods which are unclaimed for whatever reason or delay can be confiscated and sold off at auction at a later stage.
Continuing with the process, an Import Declaration Form will be required and submitted to the ABF, along with payment of any duties and taxes – One World Courier will assist with this process and make sure everything is in order to expedite a timely clearance process.

Container Unloading Fees, Dock Services, and Storage Charges

Once your goods have cleared customs, the container will need to be transported to the final destination, or if the container is being shared with other importers, your goods need to be unloaded from the container, stored, picked up and transported to their final destination.

Navigating Additional Costs: Demurrage, Detention, and Delivery Charges

In addition to the standard costs associated with shipping, there are several additional charges that can impact the overall price of your shipping quote.


Demurrage charges come into play when a container remains at the port beyond the free time allowed by the shipping line. This free time typically ranges from a few days to a week, depending on the specific terms of the shipping contract. If you’re unable to unload and return the container within this time frame, demurrage fees begin to accrue. Again, this is another reason to be well-prepared for receiving the container, although our Freight Operations Teams will have all the ducks in a row to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Unloading fees, dock services charges, and any necessary storage fees will need to be factored into your overall shipping costs.

Partnering with a trusted sea freight provider can help navigate this complex process and ensure all bases are covered. A reliable provider will have an in-depth understanding of the requirements for shipping from China to Sydney and can provide guidance and support every step of the way. By handling all the details, from paperwork to customs clearance, they’ll make the process seamless and hassle-free, giving you peace of mind that your goods will arrive safely and on time.


Similar to demurrage, detention charges are levied when the container is kept for too long outside the port, at the importer’s premises, before it’s returned to the shipping line’s container yard. This can occur if there are delays in unpacking the goods, or in the case of any unexpected issues that prevent the prompt return of the container.

Again, efficient planning and logistics are crucial to avoid these additional costs. This is where One World Courier can be of great value, as we can coordinate all these logistics on your behalf, ensuring the smooth and timely delivery of your goods.


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Goods suited to sea container transportation. Computers, Cars, Car Parts, Motorbikes, PPE, Heavy Goods.

  1. Computers, computer parts, servers, and electronic equipment: Utilising sea freight for transporting electronic goods allows for secure, cost-effective shipment of large volumes of computer and electronic equipment. Combining ocean freight shipment with longer lead times and effective inventory management, sea freight is the perfect way any business can remain competitive whilst minimising transportation expenses.

  2. Cars, motorbikes, and boats: Sea freight is a popular choice for transporting vehicles due to its ability to accommodate large, heavy items, and the cost savings associated with shipping multiple units at once. Once again, vehicles and their engines contain hazardous and combustible oils and fluids which pose an extreme risk to the vessel. The correct procedure before shipping is to drain the fluids from all parts and ensure the appropriate Dangerous Goods declarations have been provided before shipment commences.

  3. Face masks, gloves, personal protective clothing (PPE): Sea freight is a wise choice and makes good use of the space and volume of items which can be shipped inside a container. The internal volume of a 20-foot shipping container is typically measured in cubic meters . A standard 20-foot container for instance has internal dimensions of approximately 5.89 meters (19.4 feet) in length, 2.35 meters (7.7 feet) in width, and 2.39 meters (7.8 feet) in height.  With this in mind, the internal volume of a 20-foot shipping container is approximately 33.1 cubic meters and can accommodate about 264 cartons if we assume the cartons are 50cm x 50cm x50cm. Sea container shipping is the perfect method for shipping large volumes of personal protective equipment because of the low cost of containers (especially now prices have drastically reduced since the end of Covid), enabling Australian retailers of PPE to meet their inventory demands while keeping transportation costs as low as possible.

  4. Large, heavy, high-value, or critical pieces of equipment: Sea freight is well-suited for transporting oversized or specialised equipment. There are size restrictions owing to he internal space a 20 and 40 foot container provides, although if the items can fit and be well-secured, container sea freight can ensure the safe and secure delivery of valuable equipment.

  5. Cars, car parts, tractors, and trucks: Shipping automotive components and vehicles via sea freight provides a cost-effective and efficient solution for transporting large quantities, helping manufacturers, wholesale suppliers and retailers keep inventory levels high. As we stated earlier, some car parts may contain hazardous or flammable fluids which could ignite and cause a fire inside a container. Prior to packing the parts in appropriately suitable containers, the correct protocol is to drain the fluids, ensure the appropriate Dangerous Goods declarations have been provided before shipment commences and not forgetting the correct Dangerous Goods labelling is to be applied to all cartons, boxes, crates and pallets containing those goods which pose a risk to the integrity of the container

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