How to ship internationally from India to Australia?

Learn how to ship internationally from India to Australia in this guide — from documents required and compliance to selling your products in Australia.
How to ship internationally from India to Australia
The scope for export businesses in India is growing steadily. In 2021, India’s exports to Australia was about $6.92 billion1. This signifies a great opportunity for businesses that are either already in the export business or those looking to get into export, especially through eCommerce platforms.

List of prohibited goods when shipping from India to Australia

The Australian Border Force website provides a list of prohibited goods and other important compliance requirements to fulfill to trade with businesses in Australia. Below are some of the prohibited goods2:

• Glazed ceramic ware
• Chemical weapons
• Cosmetics that contain toxic materials
• Dogs categorized under dangerous breeds
• Plastic explosives
• Goods bearing an image of any Australian state or territory flag or seal or of the Commonwealth
• Laser pointers
• Paintball markers
• Pencils or paint brushes made of toxic materials
• Pepper and OC spray
• Soft air (BB) firearms
• Tobacco
• Toys made of toxic materials

Key stakeholders when shipping internationally to Australia

The key stakeholders involved in shipping internationally from India to Australia are:


A business or an individual who intends to supply or send goods to Australia from India.


A business or an individual who receives the shipment in Australia.

Freight forwarders

Service providers and consolidators for road, air and sea cargo or freight.

Shipping lines/carriers

A business that is responsible for carrying cargo from India to Australia.

Various stages of shipping from India to Australia

Shipping to Australia from India is usually done via air or ocean freight. Most shippers prefer to use sea freight for large orders or bulky goods. Air freight is better suited for small consignments of high value. Below is a broad outline of the process when shipping from India to Australia.

Export shipping

This part of the process involves shipping goods from the supplier’s location to the export port. This is usually done via road or rail and, in some cases, through specialized carriers.

Customs clearance

In this step, the supplier submits documents and completes legal formalities required by local authorities.

Handling in India

This part of the process starts from the supplier’s location and involves handling, transporting, loading, unloading and reloading, as well as inspection. Usually, freight forwarders are responsible for this part of the process.

Air/ocean freight

Goods are prepared for transport to the nearest port or airport, and loading and transport schedules are confirmed. The freight forwarder ensures that goods are loaded on a ship or plane.

Import customs clearance

House brokers are appointed by the consignee for customs clearance upon the arrival of goods. This process is generally started before the goods arrive.

Handling in Australia

Goods are cleared and offloaded to transport them to a warehouse or storage facility in Australia.

Import shipping

Goods are sorted and sent out for delivery to customers.

Ship internationally from India to Australia with Amazon Global Selling

With Amazon global logistics, Indian exporters can send their shipments across the world via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). To assist global sellers and exporters deliver international orders in a hassle-free and seamless way, Amazon takes care of everything from packing, shipping to delivery and customer service through the FBA program. With FBA, sellers can focus on their business expansion in terms of product quality, launches, marketing and more, while Amazon handles international shipping for them.

To export from India, register with Amazon Global Selling in just 15 minutes by sharing a few KYC documents (identity proof, address proof and credit card). With over 300 million customers globally, you can leverage Amazon’s global scale across 18 global marketplaces in 200+ countries and territories. To support you for hassle-free logistics, Amazon has also launched SEND, enabling you to ship directly to international fulfillment centers at competitive prices. All you have to do is book, pay and track shipments without any hassles from India to the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does shipping from India to Australia take?
Shipping from Australia via air can take anywhere between 24 hours to six days. However, the exact duration depends on multiple factors like shipping company, mode of shipping, etc.
What are the courier charges from India to Australia?
Courier charges vary from provider to provider and are usually based on the type and weight of goods.
What is the cheapest way to send a package from India to Australia?
The most cost-effective way of shipping internationally from India to Australia is via ocean.
Will there be delays when shipping goods from India to Australia using ocean freight?
In most cases, no. Carriers often provide estimated dates of arrival that are relatively accurate. However, delays can occur due to bad weather or unexpected circumstances.
What cannot be couriered from India to Australia?
The Australian Border Force website provides a list of prohibited goods and other important compliance requirements to fulfill to trade with businesses in Australia.
What goods can be couriered from India to Australia?
Some of the goods exported from India to Australia are:
Textile and apparel
Consumables and food products
Beauty and cosmetic products
Toys, games, sports requisites
• Knitted or crocheted fabric
• Dairy products, eggs, honey, edible products
• Personal care like soaps, lubricants
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Published on February 29, 2023.


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