Shipping from Australia to the US
A colleague of mine is the president of a US-based specialty foods import/distribution company. They import product made in Australia to the US. They are currently working on a 20-foot (dry) container to leave Sydney in the next 3-8 weeks, and would love to hear from companies looking to save money by consolidating a shipment and perhaps make it possible to move up to a 40-footer.
If any of you knows of anyone who might like to take advantage of this possibility, please let me know and I will connect the parties involved. This is not just a one-time deal, they ship several containers a year.
Shipping to Australia ... from the US and anywhere
This same food importer/distributor has some great relationships with shipping companies and has offered to help me solve a real challenge I think many ChocolateLifers in Australia have, which is to get reasonable ocean freight prices for shipments of things like cocoa beans. I am happy to help figure out how to consolidate shipments (if possible) and get them economically to a port in Australia.
You can reply to me privately if you prefer not to make your interest publicly known.