Tradex Scheme

At a glance


Provides exporters with an up-front exemption from Customs duty and GST for goods imported into Australia and then exported within one year.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an individual, incorporated company, partnership, incorporated association or other kind of body corporate
  • export the nominated goods, or combine them into other goods that are then exported
  • export the nominated goods within one year.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.


The Tradex Scheme provides an upfront exemption from Customs duty and GST for goods imported to Australia that are then exported within one year or other approved period. This provides a cash-flow benefit to the importer.

The goods may be:

  • exported in the same condition as imported
  • processed or treated then exported, or
  • incorporated in other goods which are exported.

Export may be carried out by the importer or a third party. The goods must be exported within one year although approval can be sought to extend this period.

The Tradex Scheme is an alternative to the duty drawback arrangements under the Customs Act 1901. Duty drawback allows the importer to claim back Customs duty paid on goods that are then exported.

What support or funding is available?

An upfront exemption from Customs Duty and GST on imported eligible goods that are exported within one year or other approved period.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • an incorporated company
  • a partnership
  • an incorporated association or
  • other kind of body corporate.

The following can’t apply for or hold a Tradex order:

  • Unincorporated entities
  • An individual who is an insolvent under administration
  • An externally-administered body corporate
  • A partnership where any of the partners is an insolvent under administration or an externally-administered body corporate

All Tradex order holders, including overseas entities, must keep and maintain records covering their Tradex usage in Australia.

What are the eligibility criteria?


  • You intend to import nominated goods that are to be subsequently exported or incorporated in other goods that are exported.
  • The requirements of the Tradex Regulations are met in relation to the nominated goods.
  • The nominated goods will be exported within one year after entry into Australia, unless an extension of time is approved.
  • You have sufficient record-keeping and accounting systems in place to track the nominated goods until they are exported. These records must be retained in accordance with the Act.

Nominated goods:

  • The goods nominated in your application that you intend to import can be any goods except those listed below.
  • There is no limit to the number of goods you can nominate.

Goods not eligible:

  • Goods intended for sale in a “duty free” shop or establishment.
  • Goods that, if produced in Australia, would be subject to duties of excise. For example, most forms of alcohol, cigarettes and other tobacco products, a wide range of petroleum products.

How do I apply?

To get the benefits, you must hold a Tradex order before you import your goods.

You can download an application form in the I’m ready to apply tab or call us on 13 28 46 to get it sent to you.

You need to submit your completed application form to an AusIndustry office. Call us on 13 28 46 if you need help filling out the application form. Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 881 for information about Customs Tariff Classifications.

Once you've got a Tradex order, you don't need to apply for separate or new orders for any future shipments of goods shown on the order.

More information about the application process is available at the Tradex Scheme Customer Information Guide.

How will I know if I am successful?

Once we receive your application, we will process it within a few days. You will receive written notification about whether your application is successful or not. If you are unsuccessful, you can ask for a review of the initial decision.

If you are successful, you will be sent a notice which includes:

  • your Tradex order number
  • the instrument number to be used on Customs Import Declarations
  • the date on which your Tradex order comes into force
  • a description of the nominated goods and associated Tariff chapter heading number that are covered by your Tradex order
  • conditions of use for your Tradex order.

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