International Freight Shipping to Rabaul


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

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

Cargomaster delivers self-pack containers all over the world.

Rabaul, situated in the East New Britain province of Papua New Guinea on the island of New Britain, is a township known for its unique characteristics. Located approximately 600 kilometers east of the island of New Guinea, Rabaul served as the provincial capital and primary settlement until its destruction in 1994 due to a volcanic eruption that deposited ash onto the town. This catastrophic event resulted in the collapse of 80% of the buildings in Rabaul. Subsequently, the capital was relocated to Kokopo, a distance of around 20 kilometers from Rabaul. The ongoing volcanic activity poses a constant threat to the town, as it is situated on the periphery of the Rabaul caldera, a water-filled caldera formed by a large pyroclastic shield.

Rabaul attracts tourists from around the world due to its remarkable volcanoes, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling sites, picturesque harbor and scenery, historical significance from World War II, diverse flora and fauna, and the vibrant cultural heritage of the Tolai people. Before the eruption in 1994, Rabaul was a popular destination for both commercial and recreational boating. While the number of private small craft visiting the area has decreased since then, Rabaul still welcomes 10 to 12 cruise ships each year, including notable vessels like the Queen Elizabeth, accommodating up to 2,000 passengers. Tourism plays a significant role in the local economy of Rabaul and the broader East New Britain region.

Following the destruction of Rabaul Airport during the volcanic eruption, the airport was abandoned due to the risks involved in flying over the Tavurvur crater. The airport was directly in the path of the falling ash from nearby vents. Consequently, a new airport was constructed in Tokua, located approximately 50 kilometers southeast of the previous airport. However, the Tokua Airport has also faced intermittent closures due to ash ejected by Tavurvur and carried by the northwest monsoon winds.

International Freight Shipping to Rabaul

Rabaul Airport, also known as Tokua Airport (IATA: RAB, ICAO: AYTK), serves the cities of Kokopo and Rabaul, which are the current and former capitals of the East New Britain Province on New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea. The airport, situated 32 feet (10 meters) above mean sea level, features a single runway designated as 10/28, with an asphalt surface measuring 5,643 by 92 feet (1,720 meters × 28 meters).

One of Rabaul’s prominent geographical features is its expansive and nearly enclosed harbor, Simpson Harbour. The utilization of this harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy played a pivotal role in the Japanese invasion of the area in 1942.

Rabaul experiences a tropical rainforest climate characterized by consistently high temperatures, humidity, overcast skies, and an oppressive atmosphere. The town receives significant rainfall throughout the year, with an average annual temperature of 26.9 °C and an average rainfall of 2201 mm.

International Freight Shipping to Rabaul

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

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

“How do I import a car into Rabaul?”
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 Rabaul?”
Yes, vessels regularly sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Townsville to Kieta Port in Rabaul and surrounding centers.

International Freight Shipping to Rabaul

It’s important to be aware of the prohibited and restricted items when shipping to Rabaul. 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 Rabaul: 8-12 Days
Melbourne to Rabaul: 14-20 Days
Brisbane to Rabaul: 18-32 Days
Fremantle (Perth) to Rabaul: 18-32 Days
Hobart/Launceston to Rabaul: 16-22 Days
Canberra to Rabaul: 14-22 Days
Townsville to Rabaul: 14-22 Days
Darwin to Rabaul: 14-22 Days

Rabaul Airport: Rabaul Airport
Rabaul 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

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