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International Air and Sea Freight Forwarder Services for Melbourne and Australia

Are you looking for a reliable and customer focused company to manage your international sea and air freight forwarding needs? Then you should consider contacting Smith Lewis and Staff.

Smith Lewis has been providing freight forwarding services to wholesalers, importers and manufacturers since 1987. We have long standing relationships with transportation and logistics providers around the world. We can deliver your cargo to your site or client's nominated premises.

We are based in Melbourne and have regional offices in strategic locations around Australia. This allows us to provide a complete freight service throughout all capital and regional areas throughout Australia and include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Sea Freight Forwarder Services
for Melbourne and Australia

Smith Lewis forwards sea freight all around the world all year round.
We service a wide range of cargo such as:

LCL (Consolidated) Cargo

FCL Cargo

We also assist with the movement of:

We check that all supplied documents are correct for the movement of your freight and we will notify you if anything else is further required. We can help in the obtaining and the processing of any required special permits.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call us.

We Forward from/to Any Port in Australia
to/from around the world

Smith Lewis can freight forward LCL and FCL cargo to and from any international port to or from Australia. We ensure the timely delivery of your goods through our worldwide network of international partners in:

  • China
  • USA
  • New Zealand
  • Europe
  • Asia

If you wish to further discuss the destination and point of origin of your shipment, feel free to call us or contact us online.

Triangular Third (3rd) Party Shipping

Smith Lewis can assist you with your triangular third (3rd) party shipping needs. For example, a company in Australia wishes to send goods manufactured in China to a client in America. Smith Lewis will work with its agent in China to organise the sea freight forwarding of these goods to America. The Australian company then invoices the American client for the goods.

Air Freight Forwarder Services for
Melbourne and Australia

Are you looking to forward your cargo via air freight? We are an approved R.A.C.A as required by IATA. We work with you and ensure that our service levels and communications are kept to the highest of standards.

Our Air Freight Melbourne Department operates in parallel with our Import and Export Sea Freight Forwarding Department providing you reliable freight forwarding solutions. We help control your transit times and offer flexible solutions through our simple process.

Door to Door Movements of Small
or Large Consignments

We notify you of the arrival of your goods. As requested, we deliver your goods to your client's nominated premises. We offer 24-hour transit time availability from the time of arrival at the sea or airport to final destination.

Option to Pick Up Your Goods

We also provide the option for you to pick your goods from our warehouse.

We Can Clear Your Goods through Customs

For added convenience, Smith Lewis can clear your goods through custom as part of our freight forwarding service.

Multi-Carrier Options in Multiple Global Trades

Smith Lewis and Staff can provide through our international network multi-carrier options to deliver your goods. We can also provide you with the best solution and are capable of supply options such as:

  • Sea
  • Air
  • Postal
  • Express Courier Service
  • Combinations as required

We are committed to provide you the best service and benefits. Contact us and let Smith Lewis take care of your air and sea freight needs.

User Friendly Track and Trace Technology

We supply real time information of your sea and air freight movement. We have a user-friendly yet very secure track and trace system. We have a powerful and feature rich integrated logistics software, as supplied by CargoWise, ensuring efficient order management and order tracking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
for Air and Sea Freight Forwarding

Why should I choose a freight forwarder rather than
a shipping or airline company?

A shipping or airline company may provide universal services based on logistics but a freight forwarder supplies flexible and tailor-fit logistics solutions for your needs.

Does it cost more to use the services of a freight forwarder?

There is a substantial difference with the rate offered by a shipping or airline company and a freight forwarder. Freight forwarders can offer better rates for your transport needs.

How long will it take for me to get my shipment after
its arrival into Australia?

We transit your cargo according to your time specification. Please speak to our experienced freight forwarders and customs brokers for you to be properly assisted.

Which should I choose, Air Freight or Sea Freight?

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Please speak to our freight forwarders for us to supply you with the best option.

How do I ship a car?

Smith Lewis is capable of assisting you with vehicle import. Please visit our dedicated page to learn more about this process.

Why do you need landed costing?

Landed cost is critical in determining the actual cost of your goods. Its calculation includes the original cost of the item, all brokerage and logistics fees, complete shipping costs, customs duties, tariffs, taxes, insurance, currency conversion, crating costs and handling fees. It is best to speak with our customs brokers and freight forwarders to learn more on how the landed cost of your goods will be calculated.

Can I import/export bullets, explosives, weapons?

Our Import/Export Team will assist in obtaining Classification Advice in compliance to Customs ACBP legislation requirements. Speak to us if you wish to import/export these items.

What are the FOB, CFR, CIF, DDU and DDP Terms?

These are the most common International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) used in the freight forwarding industry. It covers the following:

  • FOB – Free On Board
  • CFR – Cost and Freight
  • CIF – Cost Insurance and Freight
  • DDU – Delivered Duty Unpaid
  • DDP – Delivered Duty Paid

To find out more about INCOTERMS, go to our glossary.

Can I ship my goods on an express or deferred service?

Yes, depending on the urgency of your goods we can work out the most cost effective delivery service for you.

Why Choose Smith Lewis over other
International Freight Forwarder Companies
for Melbourne and Australia?

We are chosen by our clients mainly because of the following advantages we bring to their business partners:

Cognizant of Our Client Needs

We are cognizant of our client's needs and ensure the smooth and efficient flow of their freight. We treat our business partners like family.

Tailor Made Services

We supply tailor made services to meet all of our client's expectations and service needs.

Experienced Team

Our experienced team is set up to specifically handle the efficient flow of import and export cargo.

One-Stop Solution

We provide a one-stop solution for all your freight forwarding needs.

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