No, you haven’t been imagining it — Australian shipping charges are significantly more expensive than global standards. However, Australia is not the most expensive place in the world to send a package to.
That is the finding of Amazon software platform Sellics, which compared the typical cost of shipping within 40 countries and found that Australia costs an average of US$26.40 to send a package — a staggering 102.9 per cent above the median.
That made Australia the fourth most expensive destination for parcel delivery, just behind The Netherlands (US$27.90) and France (US$26.50).
Yet it was the US that has, by far, the world’s most expensive shipping, with an average cost of US$63.20 per parcel.
By comparison, average parcel sending costs were US$21.78 in the UK, US$13.95 in Canada and US$7.51 in Japan. Even Indonesia, with its vast number of islands, had an average cost of just US$3.87.
Romania was the nation with the cheapest average shipping cost, at US$3.65.
Australia fared a little better on a different comparison measure, with Sellics comparing the cost per 1,000km on next-day delivery by the local postal service between two major cities in each country.
The calculated cost of US$37 per 1,000km for a parcel sent between Sydney and Melbourne placed Australia 22nd out of the 40 countries.
But that was still considerably more expensive than both the US and Canada (US$16.05 and US$27.57, respectively), which have similar geographic constraints as Australia.
“This data shows that shipping prices vary massively around the world, giving some nations advantages over others,” said Sellics CEO Franz Jordan.
“If businesses want to stand a chance at success, then they need to consider how the location of their venture might have an impact on the kinds of shipping charges they could incur.”
But some businesses have found that even with higher shipping costs from smaller cities or regional areas, they can come out ahead financially by not having to fork out for expensive premises within major metropolitan areas or they benefit from similar rates because couriers are not stuck in city traffic.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.