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Container Shipping To Australia from UK

Melbourne is at the heart of Australia's import and export business. Fastlane specialises in giving you the fastest possible transit time. Fastlane have minimised the expense and maximised the service you receive allowing you to feel at ease throughout the whole process. Apart from Melbourne, we can also ship to Brisbane, Fremantle, port Kembla and Sydney.


Commercial Shipping in Containers

Exporting to Melbourne can be very expensive therefore Fastlane offer a shared container. This then allows for your goods to be shipped with the same quality at only a percentage of the price. This is good for business. It allows all types of machinery to be shipped at only a percentage of the price of a whole container.

Fastlane can ship almost any type of machinery from car engines to oil pipelines. This allows all trade to take advantage of the fast, effective and outstanding service we can provide week in week out.

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Shipping personal effects in containers

Personal effects would usually be house hold items. Fastlane offer 20ft, 40ft and 40ft high cube (sizes given below) containers to cover all possible shipment to Australia. However if there are just a few things that you want to ship there is always the shared container option. This is the ability to only pay a fraction of the price but maintain the quality service.

Not only is it better for you financially it eases the economic footprint you leave behind. Between the quality service and the low prices you will not have to worry one bit about your shipment.

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Shipping cars in containers

Fastlane will not only supply the container to ship your car in, Fastlane will offer the whole UK package. You receive:

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- Loading and securing the vehicle on to the vessel

- Port Security

- UK Export Customs Clearance

- Port handling charges (In UK)

- Sea Freight to arrival destination port

- Documentation

This is all inclusive of the price. In addition to these Fastlane can offer several other services such as:

- Insurance

- Collection

Fastlane insure your car for major damage, theft and loss. The cost of this is three percent of the cars value. Fastlane can also collect from anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. This price varies dependant on the port and upon the collection point.

We can arrange Clearance of vehicles and effects.


Please see below Customs Clearance charges and documents required for us to proceed with clearance. If you would like us to arrange transport for you, please advise delivery details so we can quote you accordingly.


Customs Clearance charges as follows:


Australian Port Charges-

20’ GP                                                                   $ 550.00 per 20’ GP

40’ GP/HC                                                           $ 680.00 per 40’ GP


Clearance Charges-

Customs Clearance                                        $250.00 per bill 

CMR                                                                  $25 per bill

Quarantine Processing                                  $45 per bill


Cartage to depot- 

*Wharf to Unpack Depot                             $215 per 20GP / $265 per 40GP/HC

*Empty Return                                                $200 per 20GP / $215 per 40GP/HC

Wharf Booking Fee                                        $35 per container

Infrastructure Levy                                         $35 per container

Empty Container Return Levy                      $15 per container


Container unpacking-

Unpack                                                             $800 per 20GP / $1050 per 40GP/HC

Lift on/Lift Off FEE                                         $90 per 20GP / $90 per 40GP/HC

Unpack Facility Fee                                        $110 per 20GP / $110 per 40GP/HC

Depot Handling Fee-                                      $125 per container

Quarantine Attendance                                 $95 per 20GP / $95 per 40GP/HC

Quarantine Fees (Cleaning, etc)                  AT COST if required


*Fuel Surcharge of 14.5% applies to items marked



Valuation fee is used to calculate Duty & GST for personal importations, or when a value cannot be determined or when requested by customs.


Additional Fees may apply for projects and extra work undertaken to clear cargo through ACS/AQIS. E.g. 71E or B200 movement permissions/Steam Cleaning/Unpacks/Customs Examinations/Bond Fees/ Fumigation etc.


Documents Required for Customs/AQIS Clearance

Purchase Invoice

Oversea’s agent fee’s invoice

Import Approval

Degas Certificate or Gas Licence No. for RAWS

Bill of Lading (Original)

If inner cargo – Purchase Invoice or Unaccompanied

Baggage Form if Personal Effects on the vehicle

Other Docs as specified by Broker

Copy of ID page from passport.


New Customers Require

ABN if applicable

Phone/Fax number for further info if required.

Letter of Authority.


Please note following are the steps for clearance and collection of your vehicle:


  1. 1.      You will need to provide us with the required documents in order for us to arrange the Customs Clearance.  These documents are required 1 week prior to the vessel arrival.  If documents are received any later than this than extra charges will be incurred.
  2. 2.      Once the vehicle is discharged from the vessel it will be inspected by Australian Quarantine and they will determine if the vehicle needs to be steam cleaned.  99% of vehicles arriving into Australia are deemed by Quarantine to require steam cleaning.  The cost of this steam clean will be passed onto you.
  3. 3.      Once the vehicle is cleaned and approved by Customs we will notify you and advise the final charges payable.  These charges must be paid to us before we will authorise release of your vehicle.
  4. 4.      Once we authorise release of the vehicle you will need to arrange for your transport company to collect the vehicle from AAT in Port Kembla.  The transport company must have a MISC card which allows them to enter the port facility to collect your vehicle.



Container Dimensions And Prices for Melbourne

  20 FOOT Container 40 FOOT Container 40F00T High Cube
Inside Length 5.88m 12.00m 12.00m
Inside Width 2.34m 2.32m 2.32m
Inside Height 2.37m 2.37m 2.70m
Prices please enquire    

Please note: There may be additional charges for loading. Above prices subject to change

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