Third-party warehousing, storage and logistics (3PL)
The growth in online retailing, increased inventory stocks and the trend to outsource warehousing and logistics has resulted in an expansion of the range of services available to manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers in Australia. Warehousing and service options including general warehousing, cold storage, bonded warehousing and self storage facilities. Operators range from small warehouses to multi-point full distribution centres with automation, technology and information to support vertically integrated supply chains and online retailing.
Uncollected or uncleared imported goods must be stored in a "bonded" warehousing facility before Australian Border Force (ABF) officials clear the products for sale in the Australian market.
The three largest integrated providers of freight & logistics services in Australia are Toll Holdings (recently acquired by Japan Post), Linfox and Americold. The remainder of the industry (60%) is fragmented and consists of many SME operators.
Finding a Warehouse
There are a number of commercial property sites offering listings of available warehouses, showrooms and bulky goods facilities for sale and lease across Australia. The main sites include:
- Commercial Real Estate www.commercialrealestate.com.au
- Real Commercial www.realcommercial.com.au
- Commercial View www.commercialview.com.au
These sites are also useful to find an agent. Agents are specifically knowledgeable about property in their respective market, can provide additional information and often have access to additional properties coming onto the market.
The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) is an association for Supply Chain and Logistics SME's, professionals and practitioners.
The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) represents the interests of the international trade, logistic and supply chain management service industry. CBFCA operates a members directory of customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics services providers.
Australian Trusted Trader Programme
The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme is an initiative of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and provides streamlined services and trade facilitation for accredited “low risk” importers, exporters and service providers such as brokers & freight forwarders.
Participants must demonstrate a history of commitment to trade compliance and supply chain security.
ATT is available to all Australian Business Number (ABN) holders that are actively involved in the international supply chain. This includes importers, exporters, domestic or international freight companies, ports, airports and brokers. Participation is via application through an initial self-assessment followed by a review.