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Shipping to Australia

Control of Shipping to Australia

Shipping to Australia has facilitated billions of dollars of import and export goods in and out of the country.  Historically, the majority of the nation's ports are publically owned but more recently, the trend has been to privatize or corporatize Australia's ports.

Port privatization involves the transfer of the public ports to the private sector either through contracting, leasing or selling.  Corporatization is the restructuring of the port authority even though a reduced amount of state or government presence is maintained.  The port authority is replaced by legislation taking over the landlord responsibilities of the port in a government owned corporation.  Private businesses principles are adapted in the government owned corporation with the commercial operations of the port often times being privatized.

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Key Ports for Shipping to Australia

The majority of Australia's import and export cargo are moved through the major ports of Melbourne, Sydney, Fremantle, Geelong, Adelaide, Brisbane, Kembla, Newcastle, Hobart, and Whyalla.

Port of Melbourne

Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson)

Port of Fremantle

Port of Geelong

Port Adelaide

Port of Brisbane

Port Kembla

Port of Newcastle

Port Hobart

Port of Whyalla

Shipping to Australia for the Importer

With such a large number of ports, the importer to Australia has many options to choose from for Shipping to Australia.  The decision will be based on the country of origin, the destination of the markets in Australia and shipping and port costs.  All three factors will help the importer to decide on which port will be the best for getting goods to Australia by shipping to Australia.