Smith Lewis manages everything when it comes to getting your goods
from the factory floor in China to your door here in Australia. We manage
the entire process and deal with all the paperwork, allowing you to
focus on your core business. We ship FCL (full container load) and
LCL (less than container load) to all ports in Australia and work hard to minimise
your shipping cost. We are a full end-to-end service and handle all the work
to do with:
Let Smith Lewis help you Import Clothes, Textiles and Footwear from China to Australia
We also provide third party logistics (3PL) with features such as warehousing, pick and pack or scan and pack as an extended service.
The process to import clothes, fashion accessories and footwear from China into Australia is complex and intensive. However, our team efficiently handles it for you with these four (4) steps:
1. Facilitate the cargo pick-up and facilitate customs clearance of your goods prior to export from China
2. Find the best carriers to ship your cargo into Australia
3. Organise customs clearance of your cargo upon entry into Australia
4. Deliver your goods to your warehouse or nominated premises
We have long-standing partners in Hong Kong and China which allows us to quickly and easily organise the pick-up and facilitate customs clearance of your goods from origin to the designated port.
As part of our Third Party Logistics (3PL) service, we can organise quality inspection of your goods in China/Hong Kong prior to consolidation and shipping. See our 3PL page for more information.
We work out the most cost effective solution to ship your cargo from China into Australia. We ship FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) to all ports in Australia and work hard to minimise your shipping cost. Our reliable shipping partners ensure the timely and safe delivery of your shipment and cater for all options including:
We send status reports on the progress of your shipments on a frequency that you require.
Read more information about our Freight Forwarding Service.
Prior to the arrival of your goods at the port, our licensed customs brokers will work with you to obtain all required documents to have your goods customs cleared and confirm other details. Upon arrival, we then efficiently organise the Customs/DAFF(AQIS) clearance of your goods and get them ready for delivery.
Read more information about our Customs Clearance Services.
Upon the clearance of your goods, we will organise its delivery to your warehouse or nominated address. We have close relationships with a number of high profile transport companies Australia-wide. This enables us to urgently and efficiently get your goods to you.
We are committed to providing the best one-stop solution to your importing needs and offer these additional value added services:
As part of our Third Party Logistics (3PL) service, we can ensure your goods are properly labelled and comply with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. We can make sure your labels are:
Please go to the 3PL Page for details.
Yes, we are completely transparent about all charges from the outset so you know the full cost up front. We include all costs and allowances for items such as freight, document handling, port charges, customs clearance and transport. The Duty and GST costs can only be given once we have the commercial invoice on the cost of the goods.
A marine insurance policy is recommended be taken out for all shipments. We have long-standing relationships with marine insurers. We can help you facilitate this process.
We provide a single point of contact, Joy Morse, to answer all your
questions about the importation of clothes, fashion accessories
and footwear requirements.
We have long-standing relationships with established partners in China
and Hong Kong resulting to speedier and more secure handling of
your imported goods.
Our customs brokers and freight forwarders have a wealth of experience and are highly knowledgeable to move your imported clothes and footwear from China to Australia efficiently and cost effectively.
Our worldwide network of logistics providers and brokers allow us to
timely and reliably handle your imported clothes and footwear from
China to Australia.
China has enormous opportunities for Australian business when it comes to importing clothing, fashion accessories and footwear. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade shows this sector was the second largest type of import from China in 2013 .
Download "DFAT China to Australia Import/
Export Fact Sheet"
To maximize this opportunity, you need a shipping and logistics partner that will move your goods from the Chinese factory floor to your door in the most cost effective and timely manner possible. A partner that will take care of all the paperwork and allow you to focus on your core business.
Smith Lewis and Staff is the shipping and logistics partner for you. We have been working with importers of clothing, fashion accessories and footwear since 1987 and have a wealth of experience and expertise in this sector.
We work with you to make sure you save the most on shipping costs. We advise if it is more cost effective to ship your goods in a consolidated load (LCL) or via a full container (FCL). We balance these options against your delivery time constraints and work hard to give you the
There are fixed costs such as tax and duty/GST. However, other rates on charges such freight, paperwork, document handling, port charges, customs clearance and transport vary significantly between logistics providers. Due to the large volume of cargo we handle, Smith Lewis is able to get the most cost-effective rates on these fees. Further, we are completely transparent about these charges from the outset so
you are advised of the
full cost up front.
Factories in China will often quote you freight prices which do not include all the costs at your end. Items such as customs clearance, port and handling, trucking from the port, GST and quarantine fees are often left out. This does not show the full cost and will mean additional fees will need to be paid when your your goods arrive. Make sure you are being quoted on the full cost. We are happy to help check any quotes and advise on all the costs and considerations involved when importing goods.
Please contact Manny Fabri and he will be more than happy to talk about how we can best help you.