Certain Inputs to Manufacture

At a glance


Provides Australian manufacturers importing chemicals, plastics, paper goods and metal materials, or goods used in food packaging, with duty-free tariff concessions to help reduce their importing costs.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be importing, or intending to import, raw materials and intermediate goods to use in manufacturing a specific end product
  • be able to show that the goods will perform better than similar types of goods already produced in Australia
  • submit an application before importing the goods.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications must be submitted before the goods you are seeking import duty concessions for are imported.

Contact information:

13 28 46



The Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM) programme aims to improve the competitiveness of Australian industry. CIM does this by providing import duty concessions on certain imported raw materials and intermediate goods such as:

  • chemicals
  • plastics
  • paper goods, or
  • metal materials and goods used in food packaging.

The import duty concessions help to reduce the cost of manufacturing where using an imported raw material or intermediate good has a performance advantage over using a local input to produce a specific end product.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be intending to import an eligible raw material or intermediate good to produce a specific end product
  • demonstrate that the imported good has a performance advantage in producing the specific end product over a local input produced in Australia
  • submit an application before you import the goods.

There are two types of goods that are eligible:

  • chemical, plastics and paper goods (Item 46 goods)
  • metal materials and goods used in food packaging (Item 47 goods).

More detailed information about the eligibility requirements and the specific eligible goods is available in the Factsheet.

How to apply

You should read the Policy and Administrative Guidelines before you apply.

To apply for a grant, complete the application form.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

If your application is successful

We will notify you in writing about the outcome of your application.

If you are successful, we will issue you with a determination to allow duty-free entry of the goods. The date that we receive your application is the earliest date of effect. A determination usually lasts up to two years. You will need to apply every two years.

If you are unsuccessful, the reasons will be set out in the written advice sent to you.

Key documents

  • Policy and Administrative Guidelines
  • Application Form
  • Factsheet

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