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Export & Import In Australia

Posted on August 30th, 2013

Australia is a large player in the wider world economy. The forces of globalisation have meant that the gateways for the importation and exportation for goods and services have been opened up in recent years. This fact sheet will help you understand some important facts about importing and exporting in Australia.

What is exporting?

The practice of exportation can be defined as ‘sending or transporting a commodity abroad, especially for trade or sale’. Exportation contributes to a large portion of the Australian economy and thus plays a vital role in its success or failure.

Advantages of exporting

According to Austrade (The Australian Trade Commission that regulates trade coming into and going out of Australia. It is a Federal Government initiative), exporting goods and services can be a ‘profitable way of expanding your business, spreading your risks and reducing your dependence on the local market’. Furthermore, Austrade has found that businesses who engage in export will most likely be more profitable than those that do not. The practice of exportation also exposes you to markets that you would not otherwise have access to, given that Australia is a largely isolated Nation. It is also understood that being exposed to other markets will ensure that you receive a deeper knowledge of your product and the various markets that you export to.

What is importing?

The practice of importation can be defined as brining goods or services into a country for sale or profit. Like Australian exports, importing goods and services can contribute to a large part of the Australian economy.

Advantages of importing

According to the Australian Federal Government ‘importing goods can help your business meets its goals and provide services to customers that they may not be otherwise available locally’.

Rules and regulations

Almost anything can be exported out of Australia by any Australian Company. Having said this, however, this will depend on the goods compliance with Australian exportation rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are in place not only to protect the Australian economy but also in order to protect Australian Native wildlife, flora and fauna- particularly if you plan to import goods that are plant based or involve animals. Please be aware of the customs requirements before you import any product into Australia. It is also important that you familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations applicable to the country you will be sending your goods to if you are planning to export.

Kenter: Australia’s Most Trusted Logistics Company

Posted on August 22nd, 2013

About Kenter Logistics

Kenter is Australia’s leading company specialising in international logistics. The term Kenter refers to the kenter-joining shackle used to join two stud link chain elements together. Thus, Kenter links all of your freight and logistics needs together in one unbreakable chain. Kenter offers a range of services that involve moving your precious cargo en masse. The following is a list of services that Kenter has to offer:

  • International freight
  • Land freight
  • Charter of yachts and boats
  • Project management
  • International funds transfer
  • Container packs and unpacks
  • Steam cleaning and washing
  • Disassembly and packing
  • Marine survey
  • Full or partial vessel charter

Why should you hire a logistics firm such as Kenter? 

Proper planning is essential for all logistics and transportation related services. Thus, it is important to commission a company with the particular skills and expertise in areas of foreign trade. If importing and exporting is a large part of your business, let a professional logistics company such as Kenter look after all the processes of transporting your cargo from one location to another. Logistics companies are referred to as ‘third part logistical service providers’. This is because they are essentially being contracted by the business that is hiring them to take care of all their logistical requirements. Kenter is just one of many logistics firms that operate in Australia today. However, Kenter has a strong reputation as a trusted and safe company; ensuring the safety of your cargo. Contracting a logistics company will ensure that your cargo is expertly handled. Furthermore, logistical companies will be able to offer you advice and navigate you through foreign trade rules and regulations, helping you to get the job done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

All logistical service providers are a part of and must adhere to protocols according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC). The council has devised a set of rules and regulations that clearly state the responsibilities of all logistics companies involved in the movement of cargo across borders.

So You’ve Bought A Boat In The US – How Do You Import It To Australia

Posted on August 19th, 2013

As a consumer in Australia, buying goods from overseas, for a long time, wasn’t easy or cheap. Before the internet became mainstream it was virtually impossible to buy things from overseas. Even still, once the internet gained popularity in the late 90’s and people started importing products from places like the USA, the AUD circa 2001 was buying less than half a US dollar, making online overseas shopping expensive and reserved as a last resort for items that couldn’t be found anywhere else.

However, since 2007 the Australian Dollar’s value has been rising, at one point buying more than 1 US Dollar, and has settled, being worth approx. $0.94 USD.

So, now that the proverbial floodgates have been opened over the last few years with the increased value of the Dollar and the practice of online shopping becoming more and more common, why not buy what you’ve always wanted: A boat!

Enthusiasts in Australia have taken advantage of the current market and have been importing newer, bigger, better boats from the USA for much cheaper than Australian made boats that are older and have less features. There are several hundred websites that allow you to contact dealers and purchase boats from the US – That’s the easy part – Getting your boat over here to Australia once you’ve found the boat that you want is slightly more difficult.

After purchasing your boat there is some work to be done, starting with finding a reliable importing company such as Kenter Logistics ( who will handle the legal and logistical side of transporting the boat here. Most of these companies offer to organise insurance, documentation, and even the delivery of the vehicle itself, for a quoted price.

Not all companies can or will take care of all of the necessary steps, so you may need to ensure that you obtain an import permit for the boat’s trailer of even deal with Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) documentation and charges yourself.

The key is to research and obtain quotes from different companies and decide which one floats your boat, so to speak.

Once the importer has dealt with the paperwork and made sure that your boat will be cleared through Australian customs without any issues, you’ll merely have to wait for it to arrive before becoming the captain of your very own boat, cheap and in good nick straight from the USA. Seas the opportunity!

What Is Heavy Lift

Posted on August 1st, 2013

The term “heavy lift” refers to the moving of heavy, oversized objects from one location to another. In particular, these are items that cannot be disassembled and put back together at will, which would make the process much simpler, but with heavy lifts, we’re talking about indivisible items that range from dimensions of over 100 metres and weights between 1 and 1000 tons, usually referred to as “heavy lift goods” or “heavy lift items”.

If you have any items that require heavy lifting, such as large-scale mining tools, printing machinery, or farming equipment, this is a typical case of “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.” There are numerous companies that specialize in heavy lift services internationally such as Kenter Logistics.

However, whichever professional you decide to entrust your machinery to, handling and moving of such heavy items involves a complex planning process, and there are several aspects to consider before actually transporting the machinery. First and foremost, you must be clear on where the heavy lift item’s destination is. This will determine whether your goods should be transported by land (in which case heavy lift flatbed trucks will be used), by sea (whereby heavy lift ships are the way to go), or by air (which means your heavy lift goods will be airlifted out by cargo aircrafts specifically designed for heavy lift goods). Another important factor to note is that it is your responsibility to tell the heavy lifting company whether or not your cargo is fragile so that the company can arrange for custom designed job specific packaging depending on your goods; it would be a shame if your indivisible item arrived at its destination in pieces! It is also of utmost importance to effectively communicate the location layouts to the company conducting the heavy lift. Detailed layouts of the departure and destination locations will determine what is used to remove the machinery from one place and install it in the other.

All of these considerations impact on the final cost and method of the heavy lift. Since each heavy lift item widely varies in weight and size, each item requires extensive planning specific to each individual case. As with everything, communication is key!