Shipping From China To Australia

Shipping from China to Australia is the largest trade-lane in Australia. A Fact is that China is the largest trade lane in the world as majority of businesses from around the globe import from China. 


A major advantage we have is that Australia has a free trade agreement with China which means that goods should be exempt from paying import duty.  


Now before you get excited with paying your overseas supplier to import your shipment, please be aware that you are required to provide a valid certificate of origin (COO). 


The certificate of origin (COO) must; 


1. Be a recognised document and stamped by the Chinese government authorities. 

2. List all the correct tariff codes (HS codes) – so before you process and get the authorised document, send this to our customs brokers to check. 

3. List the correct shipper and importer details and match the bill of lading

4. Have a numerical link such as the supplier commercial invoice number


Common FAQ's with importing from China to Australia

Q. What are the freight costs from China to Australia?

A. Freight costs fluctuate. Freight costs to the east coast of Australia (Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane) are similar. It is best to approach our team for a ballpark and reach out again once you have decided to proceed. 


Note : Freight rates can rise rapidly. It is ideal to research other freight forwarders websites as we are confident that they will have the same comments as we do. Essentially budgeting is important and allowing a buffer to cover any fluctuating costs is the key to running a sustainable business. 


Q. How long does it take for goods to arrive into Australia from China? 

A. from port to port – 12 to 30 days via sea freight, and for air freight its 2 – 10 days


Q. Where are your offices located in China? 

A. We have coverage all over China. Our key offices are located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Tianjin & Xiamen.

General guide on what you need to know before you import?

1. Any plant, food, timber, used machinery, items with wheels, motorised products like a motorbike, e-bike, vehicle, boat, chemical may have special requirements or conditions.

2. Costs. Overseas shippers will not explain costs. It is recommended to reach out to any Freight Forwarder or Customs Broker to discuss costs. Questions to ask, what is the estimated cost to import goods? What additional costs am I likely to incur in an unforeseen event? Should I have insurance for total loss or damage of goods? 

3. Delays – Will my goods be delivered on time. We would love to say “always on time”… Discuss with our staff planning strategies on how to minmize the impact of delays…. It will happen as its unavoidable. 

So, before you import, contact us so we can discuss what is required to import your goods into Australia. 

Approved Fumigation Certificates for China to Australia Shipments

In the world of international freight forwarding, ensuring the safety and compliance of your shipments is paramount. When it comes to importing goods from China to Australia, one crucial aspect to consider is the requirement for approved fumigation certificates.

Understanding the Importance:

Australia has stringent biosecurity measures in place to protect its unique environment from potential pests and diseases that could be introduced through imported goods. Approved fumigation certificates are a vital part of this process, demonstrating that your shipment has undergone the necessary treatment to meet Australian biosecurity standards.

Key Points to Keep in Mind:

1. Types of Certificates: There are different types of fumigation certificates, and the specific one you need depends on the nature of your cargo. For example, heat treatment certificates are common for wooden packaging materials, while methyl bromide certificates are used for various types of goods.

2. Authorized Providers: It’s essential to engage with authorized fumigation service providers in China who are recognized by the Australian government. They will perform the required fumigation treatments and issue the certificates accordingly.

3. Document Verification: Customs authorities in Australia will verify the authenticity of your fumigation certificate. Ensure that all information is accurate, including treatment dates and container numbers, to prevent any delays or issues during the customs clearance process.

4. Timely Compliance: Plan ahead and ensure that fumigation is conducted well in advance of your shipment’s departure. Delays in obtaining the necessary certificates can lead to costly consequences.

Please refer to the below link from The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry;

112-2018 – Security features on new Chinese Competent Authority issuing certificates – DAFF (

Approved fumigation certificates are a non-negotiable part of the import process when shipping goods from China to Australia. As a freight forwarder targeting small to medium-sized businesses, it’s crucial to educate our clients about these requirements and guide them through the process to ensure smooth and compliant shipments.

If you have any questions or require further assistance with your international shipments, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of global logistics and ensure your business’s success.

Remember, compliance is the key to a seamless shipping experience. Stay informed, plan ahead, and partner with reliable service providers to make your China to Australia shipments a success.

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