Sea Freight

Taking on the world by importing or exporting means coming face to face with complex international regulations. Our team provide a total service covering the sea freight movement of your product, customs clearance and tariff classification, coordinating pick-up and delivery, all operated by our in house team of international sea freight specialists.
Sea Freight - Freight Forwarder International - Cargo Shipping - Our team provide a total service covering the sea freight movement of your product, customs clearance and tariff classification, coordinating pick-up and delivery

Service Overview

  • Import and export services
  • Full container loads and LCL consolidation
  • Electronic capabilities to facilitate communication and information transfer between shippers, suppliers and transportation providers
  • Practical, cost effective advice on routing schedules and services
  • Comprehensive order-to-door tracking of consignments
  • Pre-alert, arrival and cargo availability reporting capabilities
  • Compliance documentation
  • Preferred shipper status for sea freight space allocation - inbound and outbound

Specialised Services

Project Management

Project cargo includes freight that is voluminous, either by weight, size or quantity. Complex movements may be disassembled, shipped and then re-assembled. Our dedicated team understand the importance of deadlines, overcoming physical, technical and compliance constraints. They design and develop programs with very specialised and personalised solutions.

Bulk Liquids

We deliver your bulk liquids to any destination offering a number of solutions built on our global supply chain capabilities.
  • Extensive equipment range of multi pots, ISO, baffle and flexi tanks cater for a variety of customer delivery needs.
  • Specialised chemical logistics where all tanks are monitored for temperature and humidity ensuring quality compliance.
  • Dedicated food grade fleet.

With Mainfreight we can help you…

Gain faster access to market

We are proud to be an accredited Australian Trusted Trader which helps us simplify the customs process and accelerate the flow of cargo in and out of Australia.

Simplify the customs process

Our in house teams will manage customs, quarantine and duty changes to reduce compliance risks and costs. We offer a range of services including customs audits, tariff concession orders and much more.

Manage biosecurity risks

Our depots and warehouses are approved by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to manage and perform the documentary assessment to streamline quality inspections of your goods.

LCL Shipping Australia - Unpacking a LCL shipment

LCL Consolidation

Seafreight LCL (Less Than Container Load) shipments are consolidated and managed within our network. This allows us to control costs, avoid 3rd party involvement, reduce ground handling risks and provide you and your customers with complete visibility from pick up to delivery.

Sea Freight Basics

Below is a collection of useful documents to help you in understand what you need to know about sea freight.



Incoterms help break down language barriers between international exporters and importers. This simple guide helps you to understand Incoterms.

Container Load Restraint Inspection Guideline and Checklist

Container Load Restraint Inspection Guideline and Checklist

Australian law requires business practices to have safety management systems for heavy vehicle safety. Legislation introduced in 2018 means every party has an obligations to take positive steps to ensure cargo inside shipping containers is transported correctly and packed sufficiently.

Container Specifications

Container Specifications

There are many different sizes and types of shipping container. When shipping cargo it is helpful to know what type of shipping container will best suit your needs. Often the dimensions and maximum weight will impact on what type of equipment can be used. This downloadable guide shows the different types of shipping containers that can be used as a starting point for determining your shipping requirements.

Freight Terminology & Abbreviation

Freight Terminology & Abbreviation

We've put together a list of some of the most commonly confusing terms and abbreviation here to help you out.
Shipping Container

Overview of how containers are transported

Containers are systematically arranged within container ships, facilitating effortless locating, stowing, and securing during transportation.

3D Living Studio, " How A Container Ship Secures Containers - Design, Safety, Container Locating", Uploaded by 3D Living studio, April, 2024,

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