Packing Tips

  • You do not need special boxes but can send your excess baggage using any box, suitcase, or rucksack that you have available. However it is important to remember your baggage is crossing the world, not just crossing the street, and proper packing will help prevent damage during transport. Try and use a sturdy box or suitcase. Lightweight cardboard boxes will not usually be strong enough. Local removalists or self-storage companies can sell you a box or you can sometimes pick them up for free from larger hardware chains or bulky-goods warehouses.
  • If you still have the original boxes and packing materials for electronic goods or computers then these should be used (note that lithium batteries are now considered dangerous goods by the airlines and cannot be carried in baggage)
  • Suitcases make good baggage containers (not surprisingly) but if they are a bit old and dodgy, use luggage straps to reinforce them. Avoid the cheap polythene bags (usually red white and blue stripes) – they split easily and are unreliable.
  • You pay by total weight / volume not by number of packages. Two small boxes will be easier to handle and will cost the same as one large box. Remember that you will have to handle your items at the destination airport so it is advisable to keep each package less than 30kg if possible.
  • Irregularly shaped items are charged by volume according to their maximum dimensions so unless you give it some thought you will end up paying to transport air. Pack small soft items such as clothing around bulky irregular items. Remove fins from surfboards. Take the front wheel and handlebars off a bicycle and tape then to the side of the frame (or most bike shops will pack a bike for transport).
  • Use plenty of packing materials such as foam beads, bubble-wrap, crumpled newspaper or clothing around fragile or bulky items and pack them so they cannot move around.
  • Make sure sharp objects are adequately wrapped and padded so they cannot perforate the package.
  • Make sure you adequately fasten / seal / tape your packages. If you use a lock then it is important that we are given a key to the lock for customs inspection. All baggage will be subject to opening and inspection. If they come across a lock with no key they have the right to break the lock.
  • Make sure your baggage is adequately labelled. You can use our label maker to print out labels. However luggage tags can be pulled off and stickers can come loose. It is therefore a good idea to also have a spare label or business card or some identifying material inside the package and/or to write on the outside of the package with permanent marker. If any old labels, addresses or barcodes are visible on the package then they should be removed or obliterated. Labels must be in English, but can also include the language of the destination country.
  • Number your packages and complete a packing list of what is inside each package. AussieFreight does not scrutinise your packing list – the shipper is responsible for the contents of the packages and must sign a security declaration – but the packing list is needed for customs and insurance purposes, as well as helping you find a particular item when you reach your destination.
  • For added security and weather-resistance AussieFreight offer a wrapping service where we will wrap your package in plastic film. The cost is $10 for a standard sized suitcase or similar box, but will be a bit higher for larger items.
  • If your baggage arrives at our depot in an unsuitable condition for shipping we will advise you accordingly. You can repack the baggage or we can do it for an extra charge of $2 per chargeable kilogram.
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Excess Baggage