Labelling requirements for imported goods
When importing, you may need to label your imported goods in a certain way. This is in addition to the general labelling regulations set out by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. There are two specific requirements for imported goods that you should consider:
The Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 states that some goods can't be imported unless they are correctly labelled with the required trade description (a true description of the goods in English). To find out whether the goods you're importing need a trade description and the guidelines around them, see the Australian Border Force (ABF) information on commerce markings on imported goods.
Country of origin labelling
The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 prohibits you from making false or misleading claims about the place of origin of goods. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) country of origin page tells you how to use country of origin labelling and the regulations governing the 'Australian Made' logo.
What to do...
- Find out about the labelling requirements of imported goods on the Australian Border Force website.
- If the price of your goods is based on measurement of quantity or quality, you should check out Australia's trade measurement laws.
- If you are importing food, there are also food labelling standards requirements set out in the Food Standards Code that must be met.
- Contact the ACCC small business helpline on 1300 302 021.