If you’re an Australian or Chinese business looking to import goods from China to Australia, allow TSL to help. We provide a fully comprehensive freight forwarding service, covering all aspects of international logistics. We are based in Melbourne, Australia, with our services extending all over the globe and spanning several industries. We can help with both sea freight exports from China to Australia and air freight exports from China to Australia, plus any other aspect of freight forwarding you need assistance with.
There are several reasons why you may choose to import goods from China as an Australian company. China has significant long-term potential for foreign traders, thanks to cheap manufacturing costs, good-quality produce and an excellent variety of items produced. Profit margins are often very high, with resale prices in Australia sometimes ten times what you paid for them wholesale. China has also been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which regulates global trade, since 2001.
In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Australia and China was valued at a huge AU$193 billion. China’s first export destination is the United States, which receives around 19% of its exports. The next is Hong Kong, which receives about 12% of Chinese exports. Japan is third, receiving about 6% of the country’s exports. Australia is 13th and receives approximately 2% of Chinese exports. This equates to around AU$75 billion per year.
To find out more about China’s trade relationship with Australia, please see this report from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There is also some useful information about China’s market profile on the on the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s website.
If you would like to import goods from China into Australia but have never done so before, here are six steps you may like to follow:
1. Collect information: Carry out market research on the types of items you are planning to import. Find out whether there is a current market for them.
2. Find suppliers: Explore Chinese manufacturers of the goods you are hoping to bring into Australia. You may choose to source produce through websites such as made-in-china.com, Joybuy and Ali Baba. Alternatively, you can use an overseas trading company or attend trade fairs yourself. Please note, it is always advised to check your supplier thoroughly before entering into an agreement.
3. Seal a deal: Having fully vetted your chosen supplier, make a deal and sign a contract.
4. Research: Do some number crunching on the regulations, licences, tariffs, exemptions that apply to the importation of your products so you can calculate your costs.
5. Market your goods: Locate outlets within Australia for the produce or items you are planning to sell.
6. Organise shipping: Use TSL’s fantastic freight forwarding service to organise your import operation. We will provide all the links in the chain from pick-up right through to delivery, as well as related services such as packing, storage and distribution.
Shipping goods into Australia via the sky is the quickest way of getting it here. Air freight exports from China to Australia take around 1-5 days with TSL Australia and are more costly than shipping by sea – this method is perfect if you are not limited in terms of budget. Air transportation is typically used for cargo that is relatively light and does not take up too much space.
Boats are, of course, much slower than planes, but there are a number of advantages of sending your precious cargo via the sea. It is much cheaper and also more environmentally friendly. Sea freight exports from China to Australia usually take around 18-30 days, and are more suited to consignments that are heavy, bulky or oversized.
North China: 18-30 days
South China: 12-18 days
East China: 12-18 days