For shipping by sea, we strongly recommend dealing with an international shipping company who are more likely to have local staff and have organized processes. Several companies have been recommended by travellers. In no particular order, they are:
Hellman Worldwide Logistics have offices throughout Australia, including Melbourne. See the following link
for contact details:
Panalpina is also international, and has an office in Melbourne. Panalpina World Transport Pty. Ltd.
16 Tarmac Drive
Tullamarine Victoria 3043
+61 3 93390444 tel
+61 3 93385850 fax
+61 3 93303630 fax
Their website is: http://www.panalpina.com
And finally, Wallenius Wilhelmsen also has offices in Australia, including Melbourne.
P O Box 1234
SOUTH MELBOURNE 3205
Tel: +61 3 9696 0944
Fax: +61 3 9696 0940
Their website is: http://www.2wglobal.com/Applications...archOffice.jsp
Good luck with your trip, and keep in touch. Don't forget there is a lot of info on this site to help you plan your trip. Check out the Sahara Forum, which has a lot of info for 4WD travellers, and also the 4WD Travel Forum for non-Sahara subjects and technical discussions.
"It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses."
'One world, two wheels'
[This message has been edited by Susan (edited 24 November 2002).]