Exporting is when you produce a good or service in your home country and sell it to customers or other businesses in another country.

What you can export


Australian businesses export a variety of products or services. Export products or services can include:

  • coal, iron ore and gold
  • natural gas
  • education services
  • cereals
  • machinery including computers
  • wool and animal hair
  • tourism services
  • meat and beef

Consider what exporting regulations you need to comply with to export your product or service.

Export goods online

Exporting online can be a cost-effective way of entering the overseas market. More people buy and sell online than ever before, so it’s a good way to begin exporting. Online exporting can also allow small and large businesses to compete on an equal footing.

Benefits of exporting


Exporting can provide your business with benefits that include:

  • increase productivity
  • increase in sales
  • increase in profit
  • new customers and clients
  • better growth prospects

Successful exporting takes careful planning and commitment. You'll need to make sure you meet exporting requirements and regulations and that you have a solid export strategy in place.

Regulation requirements


As long as you comply with all local, national and international legislation, you can start exporting today.

When your business exports products or services, you may need to comply with additional legislation and regulation. When you do business across countries, you must also make sure you comply with legislation in all countries you do business with. This may include additional reporting obligations.

Customs requirements for exporting

You may need to contact custom authorities when you export goods. It’s important to check if there are any custom requirements on the goods you’re exporting.

To export items from Australia, you’ll need to comply with customs regulations.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) manages the customs requirements on any goods you export. ABF also provides a list of prohibited goods you can’t export from Australia or need a permit to export from Australia.

If you export agricultural products, the Department of Agriculture provides export controls and assistance on the exporting goods from Australia.

Support for exporting

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) can provide you with:

  • Industry specific information for different international markets, including what you need to know when choosing an international market and how to export to that country.
  • Customised services to help you do business in overseas markets and understand their regulations and business practices.

Like all business ventures, selling and promoting your product overseas incurs costs and risks. You can search our grants and assistance for information on assistance available to exporters.

Programs that can help you export your goods


Financial assistance available from the federal government includes:

  • Austrade – to provide help for your business to succeed overseas.
  • Duty Drawback Scheme – enabling exporters to obtain a refund for customs duty paid on imported goods that are subsequently exported.
  • Tradex Scheme – providing exporters with an up-front exemption from Customs duty and GST for goods imported into Australia and then exported within one year.
  • Export Market Development Grant – helping Australian businesses get more exposure in international markets, allowing them to develop brand recognition and form relationships with potential customers.
  • Women in Export – supporting women achieving international business success.
  • Export Finance Australia – providing finance and insurance solutions to help Australian exporters overcome financial barriers when growing their business overseas.

Global Business Support Finder

Are you a service provider doing business or looking to do business overseas?

The Global Business Support Finder has information on the things you need to know about doing business outside Australia.

Find tailored information based on the service you offer and the countries you’re doing business in.

Visit the Global Business Support Finder.

State or territory support and assistance


State and Territory government also offer financial assistance to Australian exporters: