Exporter's Guide

If you ship to Australia, your shipping containers and cartons should be marked and labelled according to export standards. Label the shipments to ensure compliance with safety and environmental standards, to assist the recipients in identifying the goods, to hide the identity of contents inside, for ensuring proper handling and for meeting shipping regulations.

Some other mandatory markings include list of ingredients/contents, hazardous material label, port of entry, cautionary labels such as ‘use no hooks’ or ‘this side up’ or ‘fragile’, handling marks using internationally recognised pictorial symbols, size of cases, numbers of packages in cm and inches, weight in kg and lbs., country of origin and shipper’s mark.

If possible, write all this info in English and in the language of the destination country.


It is better for the freight forwarder to deal with the prohibitive numbers of documentation required during an exportation.

Shipping companies are expert in documentation handling and these are the documents required during exportation: insurance certificate, export packing list, export licence, shipper’s export declaration, destination control statement, warehouse receipt, dock receipt, inspection certification, NAFTA certificate of origin if the goods are being exported from Mexico, USA or Canada, certificate of origin, consular invoice, commercial invoice, bill of lading and air way bills.

Insurance is another headache, but it can protect against delay in transit, damage or loss.

Compare Rates

There are several Application Programming Interface tools available online. Small business owners often use these tools to compare rates and costs. For this you have to enter the weight of the package into these online API tools.