parcel To australia

Due to the markets being very similar and the shared similarities of Australian and British culture, for businesses if a product or service is successful in the UK, there’s a good chance it will be a success in Australia. The only challenge is the distance between both countries, putting measures in place to adequately service customers, suppliers, and clients thousands of miles away.

parcel to australia

Even though distance can be a challenge, it’s now easier than ever before because World Options offers great carriers who import and export goods to and from Australia in one online shipping portal.

Businesses can send a document, parcel, package or pallets by air or sea to and from Australia in just a few clicks. Instead of being restricted to using a carrier, or wasting time logging into multiple carrier websites to compare shipping rates now businesses can compare price, speed, and service from multiple carriers using World Options.

Book shipments to and from Australia and cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth using world-leading carriers FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT through one account World Options account.

When a customer logs into their World Options account, they simply enter the shipment weight, dimensions and destination to view multiple prices from all the above carriers in seconds.

Experience exceptional customer support because all World Options customers are assigned an account manager to help them with any shipping related queries if there is a question you need to ask or problem with the shipment they are there to help.


  • UPS International Services: Express Saver – by 12 pm (1-5 business day)
  • DHL International Services: Express Worldwide – time sensitive
  • TNT International Services: Express - Global Express – Economy
  • FedEx International Services: International Priority

In addition to the general advice for shipping around the world, businesses should be aware of the following facts when it comes to shipping to Australia:

parcel to australia


Australia has strict rules around what can and cannot enter the country, both from a business perspective and for individuals travelling to the country. There is a long list of prohibited and restricted items, provided by the Home Affairs department of the Australian government. Prohibited goods include but are not limited to:

  • Antibiotics and other drugs/medicines
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Imitation firearms
  • Knives and daggers
  • Leather items
  • Live trees, plants, and bulbs
  • Pencils or paintbrushes - toxic materials
  • Pesticides
  • Soap
  • Tobacco

Items that are classed as restricted may still be sent, but there will be stricter conditions around these and you should check with your shipping supplier or logistics provider about how best to transport these.

There are very strict sanitary and phytosanitary restrictions around products that could contaminate Australia’s environmental or agricultural industry. Import risk analysis (IRA) must be undertaken on the following goods to minimise their risk:

  • Animals, their genetic material and animal products
  • Biological control agents for control of pests
  • Plants (including for potential weed assessment)


Every item being shipped to Australia must be accompanied by a customs invoice, regardless of the contents. The strict regulations around customs in Australia mean that shipments without an invoice risk being delayed, held or returned to the sender. This not only means lost time but could also require you to pay a fee for your goods to be returned.

The customs invoice should be attached to the outside of your parcel so that the contents do not need to be disturbed. The vast majority of goods being sent by businesses will be liable for duties and taxes, so this should be factored in when you are deciding on whether exporting to Australia will be profitable for your business. Under certain circumstances, you might be entitled to a customs refund, but the exact conditions of this depend on what you are sending, its purpose and its value. Further information can be found on the Australian Border Force website.

Certain shipping suppliers and couriers will handle the customs invoice on your behalf, so it is important to check this once you decide on the service you are using. When the Australian authorities receive your goods and invoice they will use the documentation to decide what taxes and duties - if any - apply.



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