International Freight Forwarder

At BRi we like to think that we're very fortunate to be a member of the community of freight forwarders, and a formidable one at that. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than knowing what we do, and the care we take, can make a real difference to the lives of our customers.

A freight forwarder is a company that arranges the shipping of cargo to its destination on behalf of a corporation, a company, or an individual. These may be importers or exporters, with manufactured goods or raw materials.

International freight forwarders are experts in logistics, using a variety of carriers to get the goods to their destination without ever handling the freight itself. Often several modes of transport are used to ship any given consignment - such as truck pickup from the supplier in one country to a seaport for marine transport to another country, on to customs for clearance then another truck for delivery to the new destination.

The modes of transport subcontracted are usually aircraft, cargo ships, tanker vessels and grain carriers, and rail and road transport.

International freight forwarders specialise in the preparation of often complicated customs declarations and the associated duties payable. A range of other documentation is typically reviewed including the bank's letter of credit, commercial invoice, bill of lading, and assorted documents required by the carrier.

Other activities include arranging cargo insurance, warehousing of goods, and container tracking.


Freight forwarding has likely been around in some form for hundreds of years, but one of the conspicuous historical mentions came in 1835 when Thomas Meadows and Company Ltd was established in London, England.

Reliable rail transport and steamships combined with trans-Atlantic trade between Europe and North America to propel the freight forwarding industry from modest beginnings to the large transnational business it is today.

We are the legacy of that vision, which we uphold with pride and dedication to our work.

Our Freight Forwarding Offices

169 Australis Drive Derrimut Victoria 3030

1A Amour Street, Milperra New South Wales 2214

35 Paringa Road Murarrie QLD 4172

72-78 Purling Avenue, Edinburgh Parks SA 5095

21B Sheffield Rd, Welshpool WA 6106

International Freight Forwarding Australia - USA

When it comes to freight forwarding you want an international operator you can trust to safely deliver your goods to their destination, reliably and on time.

BRi is that company. Not too big to offer specialised and personalised service to you the customer, and not so small that the promises can't be fulfilled.

When you make contact to get a quote we are ready with the answers. We will discuss your requirements and quickly pinpoint whether airfreight or sea cargo is the best solution.

Air offers the quickest service with the added advantage of reliability, but if you need an FCL (full container load) or even an LCL (less than whole container load) we can accommodate you with a rapid service by sea with vessels leaving every week. A reefer service (refrigerated container) is available too if it's chilled or frozen produce that must be moved. And it's just as reliable, with real-time tracking a part of the service.

High Cube Containers, Break Bulk cargo for extremely heavy items, Bulk Carriers for agricultural products and raw materials, and special arrangements for hazardous materials is all in a day's work for us at BRi.

We can help with export and import customs clearance with our team of experts who are fully versed with the ins and outs (and the pitfalls) to give you a seamless experience with the duties and obligations at both ends of the voyage.

If you need to transport your shipment to the point of departure, with possible warehousing facilities prior to shipping, we have you covered with our network of partners providing ancillary services at the best price to you.

Naturally we will arrange transport to the final destination too. BRi retains access to a vast network of transportation options to deliver your goods anywhere in the USA, with all the paperwork and customs clearance handled expertly by us.

Tracking your shipment - at every stage - is a vital service for your peace of mind.

And most importantly, you know what it will cost - start to finish. And that's a sure-fire cure for many a headache.

International Freight Forwarding Australia - China

When it comes to freight forwarding from Australia to China, many people are surprised to learn that China is our largest trading partner, and it's growing annually. A vast quantity of iron ore, bulk gas and agricultural produce is shipped each year from this country to a nation hungry for our output, as we are for their manufactured goods.

When it comes to small quantities of high value agricultural products where shelf-life is critical, airfreight is impossible to beat. BRi can supply you with a quote for large deliveries or small, and we give the same quality of service regardless of size.

Import and export customs clearance forms, applicable duties payable and utter transparency regarding fees and charges is what we do. We know that your business is hard won in a competitive marketplace and it's our aim to keep it.

For those needing the extra volume that only sea freight can accommodate, our team of agents is ready to organise 20', 40' and 45 foot containers, with high-cube and refrigerated containers where needed. Bulk carriers for raw materials, LPG and any variety of agricultural produce can be organised quickly if necessary.

And we can arrange transport through our extensive network to the ultimate destination of your shipment. We have many offices there with vast local knowledge to cut out the guesswork.

At BRi we specialise in providing tailored solutions to our customers specific needs. From a range of services we provide freight forwarding, transport to the point of departure, third-party warehousing, supply chain consulting and all your paperwork and permits all under one roof.

Point of Difference of BRi's Freight Forwarding Service

  • Knowing no two supply chains are identical is a key part of what we bring
  • We come up with real solutions to your problems. If there is a better process or service available, we will find it - it is simply part of the challenge
  • At BRi we treat your business as if it were our business because we know our growth is directly tied to how much we attend to the success of our customers
  • We are constantly looking for ways to get better at what we do. We enjoy being innovators in our industry
  • BRi gives you direct access to the owners of the business. We put a human face and a reality to our commitment to the customer, and it shows.

International Freight Forwarding FAQ's

What countries do you deliver freight to?

We deliver to a vast range of countries almost anywhere in the world - contact us for more info

What are the costs involved in international freight forwarding?

The costs of freight forwarding vary but we are highly competitive. Contact us for a detailed quote, you may be pleasantly surprised

What areas of international freight forwarding do you handle?

Air freight, sea cargo, road and rail transport to the destination, both local and international.

What kind of product can you ship?

We can ship anything that can be shipped. We specialise in mining, lifestyle, and wholesale and retail products, but our experience is extensive in other areas.

Are there different types of containers that you work with?

FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) in 20, 40 and 45 foot including High-Cube, refrigerated and freezer and open top available as required.

What is customs clearance and does that impact freight forwarding?

There is extensive documentation required for the customs clearance process. BRi will advise comprehensively to ensure timely customs clearance is achieved.

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