Tips to Shipping from Canada to Australia

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Does an article about shipping overseas from Canada (Greater Vancouver Ports) to Australia seem a little random? Not at all. In fact recent statistics state that well over 1 billion dollars ($1,178,312,943 to be exact) worth of product/merchandise was exported from Canada to Australia in 2013 alone. Sure Canada also imports quite a bit from Australia as well, with over 11% of these imports falling under the “beverages and spirits…” category – Foster’s Lager anyone? The point being, is that Canada’s resource and manufacturing sectors are in demand all across the world and as an industrial packing and crating company serving our west coast ports it is important to provide our current and prospective clients with insight into the exporting process as it relates to their business. In today’s blog post, Cratex Group provides some helpful insight for those of you shipping cargo overseas to Australia.

What You Need to Know When Shipping to Australia

Extreme Protection of Natural Environment

Australia has one of the strictest regulatory protection mandates in place when it comes to protecting its natural environment. This is for two reasons. First of all, the continent/country has one of the most unique geographic and ecological landscapes around and thus protection of it is imperative to the region’s survival. Second, the agricultural industry is big business in Australia. The entry of an invasive species could single handedly alter the environment forever, negatively impacting Australia from an environmental and subsequent economical level beyond repair. Because of this absolute adherence to the regulations regarding overseas exports to Australia is expected.

Quarantine Conditions Change

Australia’s unique make-up which includes a VERY adaptive regulatory body – the Department of Agriculture – equals one of the most organic import quarantine conditions around. The “rules” regarding importing to Australia are known to adjust with the passing of seasons which can present quite the challenge to those sending products and materials overseas in their direction.

ICON is the icon of importing to Australia

Australia’s Department of Agriculture’s import conditions database (ICON) is the data warehouse of the entire region’s import conditions. It includes the law regarding over 20,000 animal, human, microbial, mineral, and plant products and how they relate to the ecology and economy of Australia. If your organization is considering importing anything to Australia then the first thing you need to do is know this ever-changing “document” better than the back of your hand. If you begin the process at a certain point in the year yet don’t expect to prepare your export for shipping until 6 months later then you had best refer to the ICON alerts page here – your current events portal for shipping to Australia, so to speak.

Container Cleanliness and Packing Materials

The Department of Agriculture also pays strict attention to the shipping containers and materials used in packing and crating the products being shipping to Australia. While this is of course common to all port countries, it is quite possibly no more explicit than in Australia. You’ll need to provide the Department of Agriculture with the appropriate packing declaration found here and ensure that all packing and crating methods fall under these approved regulations.

The above is honestly only the tip of the eucalyptus tree when it comes to exporting goods to Australia. To take the packing and crating burden off of your backs when preparing to undertake overseas shipping business with parties in the land down under we encourage you to contact Cratex Group today.