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

Also servicing: Aitape, 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.

Buka Township, situated on Buka Island, holds the distinction of being the capital and largest township in the autonomous region of Bougainville. Unlike Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is administered separately. Buka Island is located northwest of Bougainville Island, with a narrow Deepwater passage of only 300 meters separating them. The island is home to approximately 8,900 people and covers an area of around 490 square kilometers. Buka Island features volcanic terrain and dense forests, receiving an annual rainfall of approximately 2,500 mm.

Following the destruction of Arawa during the civil war in 1990, Buka assumed the role of the region’s administrative center. The island is known for its mineral resources, including gold, copper, and other precious metals. Tensions have surrounded mining activities since the 1990s. In 1988, rebels seeking Bougainville’s independence from Papua New Guinea initiated an insurrection, which led to violent clashes in Buka in 1990. A peace agreement was reached in 2001, and in 2005, Bougainville, including Buka and nearby islands, officially became an autonomous region.

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The Panguna Mine, a copper mine opened in 1969 by Rio Tinto, played a significant role in financing Papua New Guinea’s independence. However, disputes over profit-sharing resulted in the closure of the mine in 1989 during the civil war. Prior to its closure, the Panguna Mine accounted for 7% of the world’s copper production and served as Papua New Guinea’s largest source of income. The mine remains a subject of controversy and speculation, with rumors circulating about its potential recommissioning under the ownership of the Bougainville People, with profits benefiting the newly formed Bougainville state.

Buka Port, located in Buka Township, is a Deepwater port that handles commercial container vessels and Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) vessels for shipping goods. The port serves as a vital hub for trade and transportation, facilitating the movement of goods and materials in and out of the region.

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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.

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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

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