Importing

Importing goods can help your business meet its goals and provide goods to customers that may not be available locally.

To ensure your importing is successful, you'll need to be aware of government regulations, including clearance by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and duty taxes.

Licensing and permits

Whilst there is no general licence required for importing, customs will need to clear your goods on import. You'll need to know:

  • what import permits, quarantine permits and treatments apply to your specific category and type of imported goods
  • and whether they are subject to mandatory safety or information standards.

If you don't follow the correct steps and regulations, you will risk breaking the law and not receiving your imports.

Customs requirements for imports

All goods imported into Australia must be cleared through the border. DIBP can provide you with information on importing goods, such as import clearance requirements, prohibited goods and import permits.

Depending on the type and value of the goods or products you import, there may be costs involved. These can include clearance fees, customs duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other taxes.

Some goods may carry special restrictions or may even be prohibited from being imported. If your goods contain industrial chemicals like cosmetics, solvents, adhesives, plastics, inks, printing and photocopying chemicals, paints, household cleaning products and toiletries, they will require additional registration.

If your goods also fall under quarantine regulations, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) will need to inspect and possibly treat them.

If you're considering importing goods because you can't find a local supplier, search the Industry Capability Network to see if there is a supplier in Australia.

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