International Freight Shipping to Buka


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

Also servicing: Alotau, Alotau, Arawa, 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 Buka

Cargomaster delivers self-pack containers all over the world.

CargoMaster: Your Reliable Shipping Partner for Buka and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

CargoMaster understands the importance of efficient and reliable shipping services to support the economic development and trade activities in Buka, the capital of the autonomous region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. As a reputable sea freight company, we offer comprehensive shipping solutions to Buka and the surrounding regions.

Buka Township, situated on Buka Island, serves as the capital and largest township in the region. With a population of approximately 8,900 people, Buka Island is characterized by its volcanic terrain and dense forests, receiving abundant rainfall throughout the year. CargoMaster is well-equipped to handle the logistics challenges of shipping to and from Buka Island, ensuring smooth transportation of goods.

As the administrative center of Bougainville, Buka has played a crucial role in the region’s history. It became the capital after the destruction of Arawa during the civil war in 1990. The island is rich in mineral resources, including gold, copper, and other precious metals, which have been a source of both economic opportunity and tensions. CargoMaster recognizes the importance of responsible mining practices and supports sustainable development in Bougainville.

International Freight Shipping to Buka

The Panguna Mine, once operated by Rio Tinto, holds historical significance in the region. It played a vital role in funding Papua New Guinea’s independence but faced disputes over profit-sharing, leading to its closure in 1989 during the civil war. As discussions continue about the potential recommissioning of the mine, CargoMaster remains committed to supporting the local community and contributing to the sustainable growth of the region.

Buka Port, a Deepwater port located in Buka Township, serves as a vital hub for commercial container vessels and Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) vessels for efficient cargo transportation. CargoMaster leverages its expertise in sea freight to ensure seamless shipping operations through Buka Port, facilitating trade and economic activities in the region.

Choose CargoMaster as your trusted shipping partner for all your logistical needs in Buka and Bougainville. With our extensive experience and commitment to reliable service, we ensure your cargo reaches its destination safely and efficiently. Experience the convenience and peace of mind that comes with working with a reputable shipping company.

Trust CargoMaster for your shipping needs in Buka and Bougainville, and let us be your partner in driving growth and development in the region.

International Freight Shipping to Buka

Here are some common questions callers ask about shipping to Bougainville:

“How much does it cost to ship a car from Australia to Buka?”

The cost of shipping cars to Buka, Bougainville, from Australia depends on the location in Australia and the specific details of the shipment. For accurate pricing information, it is recommended to contact CargoMaster, who specializes in shipping cars and machinery to Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands.

“How do I import a car into Bougainville?”

To import a car into Bougainville, it is advisable to contact CargoMaster for detailed guidance and information regarding shipping cars and machinery to Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands.

“Do you ship from Brisbane to Buka?”

Yes, regular vessel services are available from major Australian ports such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Townsville to Buka, Bougainville, and the surrounding islands.

International Freight Shipping to Buka

When shipping to Bougainville, it is essential to be aware of prohibited and restricted items. Papua New Guinea has strict border control measures to protect its environment, and heavy fines and penalties apply for non-compliance. Certain items, such as objectionable material, weapons, equipment for illicit substances, and items intended for criminal use, are prohibited. Additionally, some items require permits, including ivory, tortoise or sea turtle shell jewelry, meat or food from protected species, and medicines containing restricted substances.

Importing motor vehicles into Bougainville involves significant costs beyond the purchase price, including freight, insurance, import duties (ranging from 40% to 110% based on motor size), Import GST of 10%, broker fees, quarantine clearance fees, port handling fees, car safety inspection fees, and registration fees. It is crucial to be aware of all associated costs before purchasing a vehicle. Vehicles left at a customs wharf for more than 30 days may be forfeited to the State of Papua New Guinea.

When importing vehicles, it is necessary to provide supporting documentation, such as purchase and delivery receipts, registration and insurance papers, and evidence of surrendering the vehicle for shipping.

If you do not qualify for concessions, you will be required to pay duty and GST.

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

Buka Airport:  Buka Airport
Buka 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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