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

Also servicing: Aitape, Alotau, 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 Arawa

Cargomaster delivers self-pack containers all over the world.

Arawa, the former capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, holds a significant place in the region despite its relocation due to the Bougainville Civil War in the 1990s. Administered under the Arawa Rural LLG, it remains the largest town in the area, situated on the east coast of Bougainville Island. Although the capital was relocated to Buka Township on Buka Island, plans are in place to rebuild Arawa and reinstate its status as the capital.

The town of Arawa is closely connected to Kieta, a small port town also located on the east coast of Bougainville Island. Kieta was the previous capital of the Bougainville region before the civil uprising in the 1990s. The area carries historical significance, as it witnessed intense fighting during World War II between the Japanese and Allied forces. It served as a strategic stronghold for launching long-range attacks, and remnants of that era can still be found throughout Bougainville Island.

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In July 2021, the Autonomous Bougainville Government expressed appreciation for the initiative taken by Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to address the legacy issues arising from the Panguna Mine. The Panguna Mine played a crucial role in financing Papua New Guinea’s independence and served as the economic backbone from 1973 to 1989. However, the failure to address environmental damage and displacement of the local population by Rio Tinto and BCL led to tensions between the people of Bougainville, the companies involved, and the National Government. These unresolved issues were major factors that contributed to the Bougainville Civil War, which lasted for ten years.

Even after the mine ceased operations three decades ago, extensive environmental damage persists within the Special Mining Lease and Lower Tailings areas. An ongoing environmental assessment aims to evaluate the full extent of the damage caused by the mine. This assessment will help determine the necessary measures to address and mitigate the environmental impact and contribute to the overall restoration efforts in Bougainville.

Despite the challenges faced in the past, Arawa and the Bougainville region hold immense potential for rebuilding, reconciliation, and sustainable development. The commitment to addressing the legacy issues from the Panguna Mine demonstrates a collective effort to heal and move forward, fostering a brighter future for the people of Bougainville.

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

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

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

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It’s important to be aware of the prohibited and restricted items when shipping to Bougainville. Bougainville 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 Bougainville 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 Bougainville.

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

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

Arawa Airport: Aropa Airport
Arawa 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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