The Ultimate Guide to Australian Post International Shipping

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Australian ecommerce businesses that wish to broaden their reach must definitely consider selling to customers across the globe. And if you sell to international customers, you should also be ready to ship the goods to them from Australia.

Australia Post (also known as AusPost) is a dependable courier with a very well-connected global shipping network.

We have put together a one-stop guide to shipping internationally with Australia Post, full of tips, prices, locations, and carrier alternatives.

What is Australia Post?

Australia Post is a self-funded government business enterprise that has been operating for over 200 years. They help you send SKUs to customers in 220+ countries and territories, at different delivery speeds. 

Some of Australia Post’s notable services include competitive shipping rates, international parcel tracking services, one contract and point of contact, and a variety of shipping and packaging options.

It boasts over 4,300 post offices in Australia and allows for carbon-neutral shipping internationally.

Standard international shipping: a quick recap

When sending non-urgent parcels of up to 20 kg overseas, standard international shipping offers trackable solutions. Prices of this international shipping mode start from AUD $14.80.

Large and small businesses must fill in the CN23 customs form. And use their own packaging or Australia Post’s standard packaging that ranges from small to large sizes. They also have a box packaging option.

What services does Australian Post provide?

Shipping services offered by AusPost include international courier, international express, international standard, international economy.  

Where does Australia Post deliver to?

The carrier delivers to five different zones, including New Zealand, Asia Pacific, US & Canada, and UK & Europe. Thanks to its reach of 220+ countries, your customers across the globe can be guaranteed delivery via Australia Post international. 

How long does Australia Post take to deliver?

Do you choose speed or cost savings for your parcel post shipments? Here are a bunch of courier options to choose from on the basis of what you decide.

International Courier

Get your parcels and letters sent from one major metro to another, within 2+ business days with Australia Post’s International courier. This option can be availed only at select retail outlets and locations.

Prices for this service start at AUD $89.80. And for smooth customs processing, be sure to fill in forms such as International Courier declaration and Courier airway bill.

International Express

Choose International Express for speedy delivery (with free tracking number, delivery date, and signature on delivery) at $26.80 for letters and documents and $29.80 for parcels. The CN23 customs form is essential to fill out with this shipping mode.

International Standard

If your customer is not in a hurry to receive the package but wants to be able to track it then International Standard would be ideal. The costs of this shipping option start at $14.80 and you can add on optional extras such as Signature on Delivery and Extra Cover. 

International Economy

Are you okay with no tracking and slow Australia Post delivery? The International Economy option offers affordable shipping options for letters and documents, printed material with no commercial value (500 grams), greeting cards (50 grams), and Economy Air Parcel (2 kg).

Customs forms such as CN22 or CN23 must be filled for the Economy Air Parcel. And costs for these delivery options range from AUD $2.60 for letters and documents, AUD $3 for postcards and greeting cards, and AUD $8.95 for parcels.

There is also a Sea Mail service for 2-20 kg parcels that costs upwards of AUD $51.40.

What international shipping destinations does Australian Post serve?

Some of the most popular destinations serviced by Australia Post include the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, China, Japan, India, and South Korea. Below is a snapshot of some of the most commonly shipped to destinations (and the shipping times). You can find the rest here.

Country Courier parcels & letters Express parcels & letters Standard parcels Economy parcels Economy Air & International Post Registered letters
Colombia Not available 8-12 business days 15-25 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
25+ business days
China 3-10 business days 10-18 business days 15-25 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: Not available
25+ business days
Canada 2-4 business days 4-8 business days 6-10 business days Air: 15+ business days
Sea: 2-3 months
15+ business days
France 2-3 business days 6-10 business days 8-12 business days Air: 20+ business days
Sea: 2-3 months
20+ business days
Germany 2-3 business days 6-10 business days 8-12 business days Air: 20+ business days
Sea: 2-3 months
20+ business days
Hong Kong 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 6-10 business days Air: 15+ business days
Sea: Not available
15+ business days
Iceland Not available 6-10 business days 10-18 business days Suspended 25+ business days
India 5-7 business days Suspended 8-12 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: Not available
20+ business days
Indonesia 2-3 business days 8-12 business days 10-18 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: Not available
20+ business days
Italy 2-3 business days 6-10 business days 8-12 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
20+ business days
Jamaica Not available Suspended Suspended Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
Suspended
Japan 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 6-10 business days Not available 15+ business days
New Zealand 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 8-12 business days Air: 15+ business days
Sea: Not available
15+ business days
South Korea 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 10-18 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: Not available
20+ business days
Spain Not available 8-12 business days 10-18 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
20+ business days
Sri Lanka 2-4 business days 6-10 business days 8-12 business days Not available 20+ business days
Sweden Not available 8-18 business days 15-25 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
25+ business days
Switzerland 2-3 business days 8-12 business days 10-18 business days Air: Suspended
Sea: 2-3 months
20+ business days
Thailand 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 8-12 business days Not available 20+ business days
United Kingdom 2-3 business days 4-8 business days 6-12 business days Air: 15+ business days
Sea: 2-3 months
15+ business days
USA 2-4 business days 4-8 business days 6-10 business days Air: 15+ business days
Sea: 2-3 months
15+ business days

*This information was taken from the Australia Post website in January 2023.

Australian Post international shipping: prohibited & restricted items

When shipping internationally, it is important to know that a lot of goods are banned or restricted from exiting the country. This table communicates common parcel limitations and restrictions:

Type of limitation Examples of goods that limitations are imposed on
Common prohibited or restricted articles AUD $2,000 or more in value Aerosol Ammunition Arsenic
Acetylene Alcohol Animals Ignitors
Dangerous goods prohibited/permitted in postal services Lithium batteries Corrosives Radioactive materials Infectious substances
Organic peroxides Flammable solids/liquids/gasses Toxic gasses
Other goods prohibited or restricted in postal service Bank notes and coins Bullion Perishable foodstuffs Narcotics
Sharp and pointed objects Offensive or indecent material
Goods prohibited or restricted in International Post National heritage items Drugs and pharmaceuticals Native flora Military goods
Sporting firearms Articles more than AUD $2,000 in value

How to pack an international shipment for Australian Post

Choosing the right packing goods can make a real difference in the safety of your goods during transit and also save costs. Here are steps, guidelines, and best practices for efficiently, safely, and legally packing shipments and parcels before using Australian Post for international deliveries.

Prepaid envelopes

Buy and keep International Standard and International Express Post prepaid satchels handy for whenever an order needs to be shipped at a flat rate. These prepaid envelopes also come with postage stamps so that shipping is a stress-free process.

Shipping label automation

It is possible to integrate your MyPost Business account with your preferred eCommerce partner. With just a few clicks, labels with the customer’s name and address are created and printed. 

This means, with shipping label automation, you don’t ever have to manually write out customer details. 

How to calculate international postage from Australia Post

This section gives you a snapshot of the common shipping destinations, their international delivery times, and pricing when shipping from Australia. You may also use this postage calculator for Australia Post

Destination Country Parcel service options Delivery timelines Costs starting from (in AUD)

China
Courier parcels & letters 3-10 business days $93
Express parcels & letters 10-18 business days $33
Standard parcels 15-25 business days $18

Canada
Courier parcels & letters 2-4 business days $94.95
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $34.95
Standard parcels 6-10 business days $19.95
Economy air 15+ business days $14.20
Economy sea 2-3 months $46.90

France
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $99.75
Express parcels & letters 6-10 business days $39.75
Standard parcels 8-12 business days $24.75
Economy air 20+ business days $15.10
Economy sea 2-3 months $52.40

Germany
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $99.75
Express parcels & letters 6-10 business days $39.75
Standard parcels 8-12 business days $24.75
Economy air 20+ business days $15.10
Economy sea 2-3 months $52.40

Hong Kong
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $93
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $33
Standard parcels 6-10 business days $18
Economy air 15+ business days $10.10
India Courier parcels & letters 5-7 business days $93
Standard parcels 8-12 business days $18

Indonesia
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $93
Express parcels & letters 8-12 business days $33
Standard parcels 10-18 business days $18


Italy
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $99.75
Express parcels & letters 6-10 business days $39.75
Standard parcels 8-12 business days $24.75
Economy sea 2-3 months $52.40

Japan
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $93
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $33
Standard parcels 6-10 business days $18

New Zealand
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $89.80
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $29.80
Standard parcels 8-12 business days $14.80
Economy air 15+ business days $8.95

South Korea
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $93
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $33
Standard parcels 10-18 business days $18

Sweden
Express parcels & letters 8-18 business days $39.75
Standard parcels 15-25 business days $24.75
Economy sea 2-3 months $52.40

United Kingdom
Courier parcels & letters 2-3 business days $99.75
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $39.75
Standard parcels 6-12 business days $24.75
Economy air 5+ business days $15.10
Economy Sea 2-3 months $52.40

USA
Courier parcels & letters 2-4 business days $94.95
Express parcels & letters 4-8 business days $34.95
Standard parcels 6-10 business days $19.95
Economy air 15+ business days $14.20
Economy Sea 2-3 months $46.90

*This information was taken from the Australia Post website in January 2023, for parcel delivery from East Perth, WA, 6004.

International zones: charges explained

For the convenience of understanding pricing and timelines of shipping, Australia Post divides the globe into different shipping zones.

  • Zone 1: New Zealand
  • Zone 2: Asia Pacific
  • Zone 3: US & Canada
  • Zone 4: UK & Europe
  • Zone 5: Rest of World

Click here to know which countries fall under which international zone.

ShipBob helps Australian ecommerce businesses with their fulfillment needs

Australia-based readers who need a 3PL and fulfillment solution need look no further. Whether your business is situated in Adelaide, Central Coast, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, and Brisbane, ShipBob facilitates local and global shipping with added convenience.

ShipBob fulfills orders in Australia (and across the world) and works with Australia Post to ship packages using our standard boxes and satchels, as well as allowing brands to use their own custom-branded packaging. 

ShipBob customers can strategically distribute their inventory between both the Sydney and Melbourne fulfillment centers, and automatically fulfill customer orders from the location nearest to the order’s destination to achieve fast and cost-effective domestic delivery, as well as international shipping. 

This distribution network serves the country’s two most populated metro areas that makeup over 40% of the country’s entire population and easily ship packages across the entire country.

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Australian Post international shipping FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Australian Post international shipping.

How can I access Australian Post international delivery service updates?

You may use the Australia Post website or app to check for international delivery service updates and disruptions.

What is the cheapest international shipping option from Australia?

International Economy service is the cheapest option for shipping from Australia. Prices start at AUD $2.60 for letters and documents, AUD $3 for postcards and greeting cards, and AUD $8.95 for parcels.

How much (on average) is international shipping to Australia?

Shipping costs range between AUD $14.20 and $94.95 when transporting from Australia to the USA.

Does ShipBob offer fulfillment services in Australia?

International shipping is so much easier with ShipBob’s Australia fulfillment services. Whether you are shipping from or to Australia, partner with a 3PL like ShipBob for world-class fulfillment, consistency, and transparency across your ecommerce supply chain.

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Meredith is a Content Marketing Specialist at ShipBob, where she writes articles, eGuides, and other resources to help growing ecommerce businesses master their logistics and fulfillment.

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