Cross Trade Shipping Services

Through a series of international partnerships Clarke Global Logistics has access to professional and reliable freight forwarding and customs brokerage resources globally.

Many clients of Clarke Global Logistics use our cross trade shipping services, also known as triangle shipping, to manage the distribution of products between countries without landing in Australia. For instance, if your business is located in Melbourne, your supplier in the U.K. and your end customers are in Japan, three countries are involved in this example of a cross trade transaction – the country of origin, the destination, and your business in Australia.

So, independent of where your business is physically located, whether it is in Melbourne or Hong Kong, as a seller, you can quickly grow your business in other countries through cross trade shipping, introducing your products from one country to another.


Reduce costs, accelerate your shipments globally.

The main benefit of cross trade is the ability to expand your business globally, without the expense of bringing the product into your local country and then on-selling it overseas. Imagine if your supplier was located in China and your end customer in Japan, and how much more costly it would be to ship from China to Australia and then on to Japan, instead of from China to Japan direct. A cross trade shipment would remove the supply chain costs associated with initially importing the product to Australia – such as freight costs, duty costs, taxes and storage. Production could be closer to the final destination, decentralising the whole supply chain and greatly reducing transit times. This can all be done through one contact, your local freight forwarder, in your own time zone, rather than trying to find an overseas forwarder to manage the cross trade process for you.

Cross trade services include:

The international supply chain specialists at Clarke Global Logistics can assist in the smooth handling of exporting and importing requirements from an international point of origin to another international destination. Our team’s expert knowledge with free trade agreements between countries can provide advantages, and their ability to ensure that the right incoterms (international commercial shipping terms) are used will avoid confusion about each party’s responsibilities and costs.


With international agents, Clarke Global Logistics has a network of trusted contacts that can consolidate your shipments from overseas suppliers and ship direct to international warehouses or to one of our warehouses around Australia where we can unpack and store freight on behalf of our clients, pending delivery to the end customer. There are complex rules between different countries which can make cross trade shipping quite tricky and without the right knowledge and experience, you can lose time and money. Clarke Global Logistics can help your cross trade shipments in other ways, such as managing the privacy of your supplier or manufacturer information from buyers to protect your source.


You can quickly grow your business in other countries through cross trade shipping

Find out how Clarke Global Logistics can simplify the management of your global logistics by leveraging our international partner services. To start with, it’s as simple as filling in an enquiry form with pick up and destination details plus the size and weights of your shipment. We will send you a quote, and if you wish to proceed, we can arrange the bookings and necessary documentation for a successfully coordinated cross trade shipment.

Why choose Clarke global


Established in 1917, Clarke Global Logistics is a reputable Australian Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder; offering a totally integrated trade service both locally and globally, encompassing international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, third party logistics and warehousing.

Located in Melbourne, Australia, the professional team of Clarke Global Logistics has acquired a wealth of collective knowledge in providing customised solutions to a wide array of industries, and is supported by industry trained transport, logistics and administration personnel.

Professional service based on a foundation of over 100 years in servicing importers and exporters.

One contact for all your global shipping and airfreight supply chain logistics.

Friendly and personalised service; We have built long-standing relationships with clients over many decades.

We facilitate the entire service – from freight forwarding to export logistics, Customs Clearance, transportation and warehousing storage.


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Frequently asked questions

Cross trade shipments (also known as triangle shipments) are the transportation of goods between two countries without involving the home country. In other words, if your business is located in Australia, but you need goods shipped between France and China, cross trade shipping will ship directly between those two countries, rather than via Australia. This naturally saves time and money. Clarke Global Logistics specialises in managing and facilitating cross trade shipments for businesses across various industries.

Cross trade shipping offers several benefits for businesses. It allows companies to streamline their supply chain by eliminating the need to ship goods through multiple countries. This saves time and reduces costs associated with additional transportation, customs clearance and documentation requirements in the home country. Cross trade shipping also provides flexibility in choosing the most efficient route for delivering goods directly from one country to another. Additionally, it enables businesses to expand into new markets without establishing a physical presence in those countries. Overall, cross trade shipping enhances operational efficiency and facilitates international trade growth for businesses of all sizes. Whilst there are obvious benefits to cross trade shipping, the logistics involved are complex, which is why businesses choose to work with cross trade freight forwarding specialists like Clarke Global Logistics.

At Clarke Global Logistics, we handle cross trade shipments by leveraging our extensive network and expertise in international logistics. Our dedicated team coordinates the entire process from start to finish, ensuring smooth and efficient transportation of goods between two different countries without involving the home country. With our comprehensive understanding of customs regulations and documentation requirements, we navigate any challenges that may arise during cross trade shipments with confidence.

Clarke Global Logistics ensures smooth coordination between multiple parties involved in the process to deliver your goods efficiently and securely. Our cross trade services include international export and import logistics, (including sea and air freight); providing guidance on import/export regulations; managing international transport and distribution; offering transit storage and warehousing solutions at both local and international ports; logistics planning and supply chain management; and handling project cargo, over-dimensional cargo, and break-bulk services.

Yes, Clarke Global Logistics can provide import/export regulations advice for cross trade shipments. Contact us for information on the regulations at the ports you intend to deal with.

Yes, Clarke Global Logistics offers international transport and distribution services for cross trade shipments. Just let us know about your requirements, and we can advise you on the most appropriate transport and distribution services for your cross trade shipment.

Yes, as an experienced cross trade logistics company, Clarke Global Logistics can provide assistance with logistics planning and supply chain management for cross trade shipments.

Yes, Clarke Global Logistics handles project cargo and over dimensional cargo for cross trade shipments. No matter the size of your cargo, Clarke Global can assist.

Yes, Clarke Global Logistics can provide instant marine cargo insurance quotes for cross trade shipments. Simply complete an enquiry form with pick up and destination details, plus provide information about the size and weight of your shipment, and we can provide a quote.

Clarke Global Logistics simplifies global logistics management for cross trade shipments by providing efficient and reliable services. We have a team of experienced professionals who handle all aspects of the process, from documentation to customs clearance. With our extensive network of partners worldwide, we ensure smooth coordination and timely delivery. Take the stress out of the complex task of cross trade shipping by getting Clarke Global Logistics’ experts to handle your shipping for you.

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Clarke Global Logistics specialises in international trade services, and we have recruited and trained our staff to converse in 8 languages.

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