Sea Freight Services Shipping to Aitape


Freight services from Australia to Aitape

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Welcome to CargoMaster, Australia’s renowned sea freight specialists to Papua New Guinea

Also servicing: Alotau, Arawa, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lihir, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo, Wewak,
Our high performance team of sea freight service professionals offer many years’ experience delivering shipping containers to Aitape

Cargomaster delivers self-pack containers all over the world.

Nestled on the picturesque north coast of Papua New Guinea in the Sandaun Province, Aitape charms visitors with its captivating beauty. The town is home to approximately 18,000 residents and enjoys a unique geographical location, almost equidistant from the provincial capitals of Wewak and Vanimo. It serves as the midpoint along the highway connecting these two cities, making it a vital hub in the region.

Aitape provides essential amenities to its residents and visitors. It offers a reliable 240 V power supply, available for the most part, 24 hours a day. Other conveniences include telephone services, a bank, a post office, a courthouse, a police station, a supermarket, a variety of tradestores, a petrol station, two airstrips, two secondary schools, a mission office, and a hospital. The town experiences a tropical rainforest climate, characterized by abundant rainfall throughout the year, ensuring its lush and vibrant surroundings.

With a rich history, Aitape traces its roots back to the establishment of a train station by German colonists in 1905 during the era of German New Guinea. The town witnessed occupation by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War, leaving behind traces of its wartime past.

Sea Freight Services Shipping to Aitape

Aitape can be accessed via a logging road from both Vanimo and Wewak, spanning a distance of approximately 180 km. Additionally, boats depart from Aitape Harbor, offering transportation to Vanimo and Wewak, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic coastal views. The town is served by Aitape Airport (IATA: ATP, ICAO: AYAI), located within the Sandaun Province. Another nearby airstrip, Tadji, situated approximately 10 km to the east of Aitape, is commonly used for most flight landings, providing convenient travel options.

Sandaun Province, previously known as West Sepik Province, encompasses the northwesternmost region of mainland Papua New Guinea. Covering an expansive area of 35,920 km2, it is home to a population of 248,411 residents, as recorded in the 2011 census. The provincial capital is Vanimo, a vibrant coastal town. The region faced a tragic event in July 1998 when it was struck by a devastating tsunami triggered by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake, resulting in the loss of over 2,000 lives. Noteworthy villages along the west coast of Vanimo towards the International Border include Lido, Waromo, Yako, Musu, and Wutung, each offering their unique cultural experiences.

Sea Freight Services Shipping to Aitape

Here are some typical questions callers ask about shipping to Aitape:

“How much does it cost to ship a car from Australia to Aitape?”
The cost of shipping cars from Australia to Aitape, Papua New Guinea, depends on the specific locations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Prices vary accordingly.

“How do I import a car into Aitape?”
To import a car into Rabaul, it is recommended to contact CargoMaster, a shipping company specializing in shipping cars and machinery to Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands. They can provide further information and fees for shipping cars to Papua New Guinea.

“Do you ship from Brisbane to Aitape?”
Yes, vessels regularly sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Townsville to Aitape and surrounding centers.

Sea Freight Services Shipping to Aitape

It’s important to be aware of the prohibited and restricted items when shipping to Aitape. Papua New Guinea is known for its strict border control measures, and heavy fines and penalties, including imprisonment, can be imposed for non-compliance. Items such as objectionable material, weapons, equipment for illegal activities, and certain animal products are prohibited or restricted from being imported into Papua New Guinea.

Additionally, bringing motor vehicles into Rabaul entails various costs, including import duties, GST, broker fees, quarantine clearance fees, port handling fees, car safety inspection fees, and registration fees. It’s crucial to consider these expenses and comply with the necessary documentation requirements.

Please note that shipping regulations and requirements may change over time, so it’s advisable to stay informed and seek up-to-date information before shipping to Rabaul.

“What if I don’t qualify for concessions”, You will have to pay Duty and GST.

Sydney to Aitape: 8-12 Days
Melbourne to Aitape: 14-20 Days
Brisbane to Aitape: 18-32 Days
Fremantle (Perth) to Aitape: 18-32 Days
Hobart/Launceston to Aitape: 16-22 Days
Canberra to Aitape: 14-22 Days
Townsville to Aitape: 14-22 Days
Darwin to Aitape: 14-22 Days

Aitape Airport: Aitape Airport
Aitape Shipping Port: PNG Ports Corporation


20 ft Standard Dry (8’6″ x 8′ x 20′)

20 ft Standard Container Measurements

Weight: 4500lbs
Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 19′ 5″
Width: 7′ 8-⅛”
Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”
Height: 7’ 5-¾”

40 ft Standard Dry (8’6″ x 8′ x 40′)

40 ft Standard Container Measurements

Weight: 8500lbs
Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ ⅜”
Width: 7′ 8-⅛”
Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”
Height: 7’ 5-¾”

40 ft High Cube (9’6″ x 8′ x 40′)

40 ft High Cube Container Measurements

Weight: 8750 lbs
Max Gross Weight: 68,008lb

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ 4”
Width: 7′ 7”
Height: 8′ 9″

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8″‘
Height: 8’ 5”


CargoMaster offers weekly services for break bulk shipping and shipping large items overseas. These types of services vary greatly between shipment , this area of international shipping should be left to only a few true Australian heavy shipping specialists with many years’ experience (like CargoMaster with 35 years transportation experience) Once again, you need to be very careful when choosing a international freight forwarders to handle the shipping of heavy items overseas this is a specialised transportation mode .choosing the wrong freight forwarder could be devastating and cost you heaps of money (there are plenty of stories of freight forwarders failing when it comes to shipping heavy machinery overseas.! The bottom line is Call CargoMaster if you need to ship heavy equipment from Sydney!

Dimensions of 20ft flat rack container

Internal length 5.94 m / 19.5 ft
Internal width 2.35 m / 7.7 ft
Internal height 2.35 m / 7.7 ft
Tare weight 2,360 kg / 5,203.8 lbs
Payload capacity 30,140 kg / 66,458.7 lbs
Cubic capacity 32.7 m³ / 1,154.3 cu ft

Dimensions of 40ft flat rack container

Internal length 12.13 m / 39.8 ft
Internal width 2.40 m / 7.9 ft
Internal height 2.14 m / 7 ft
Tare weight 5,000 kg / 11,025 lbs
Payload capacity 40,000 kg / 88,200 lbs
Cubic capacity 62.2 m³ / 2,195.7 cu ft

At CargoMaster we strive to deliver cost effective sea freight services to business, government and private individuals.

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