Customs Clearance Australia

Once your cargo enters the Australian port or airport, you face customs inspection and clearance processes. This is a job that requires advance preparation and rich experience. Three of the things you must know are: document checklist, inspection process, and HS Codes and taxes.

  1. Documents to be prepared

First of all, you have to get an authorization from the Australian government because otherwise you cannot perform international trade.

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Packing List
  3. Bill of Lading
  4. Customs Bond
  5. Arrival Notice
  6. Commodity Specific Documentation
  7. Import license (if required)- needed for certain goods
  8. Certificate of origin
  9. Proof of import – it is granted by customs officials
  10. MSDS document – if you are shipping hazardous goods
  11. HS Codes and Taxes.

HS Codes (The 10-digit Harmonized Item Description Code) – This is the most important thing that all importers must know when importing goods. Almost every time you import an item, you need to know the HS code of the item. You can get this code from your supplier. Air Shipping from China to Australia

Import Duties Payable in Australia

The majority of goods that are imported into Australia are subject to customs duties and 10% GTS (goods and services tax). Australia has many different regulations, and sometimes, complex duty rates apply to the imported goods.

  • Self-Assessed Clearance (SAC) for goods under $1000

If the value of your goods is under $1000 (except goods that arrive by post) you will need to submit a SAC declaration in order for the goods to be cleared by the Australian Customs and Border Protection. Your freight forwarder or customs broker can make the Self-Assessed Clearance declaration on your behalf on a service-based fee.

  • Customs Clearance with a value over $1000

If the value of your goods exceeds $1000 you will need to complete and submit an Import Declaration (form B650), not matter if your goods are imported by sea, air, or post. In order for the goods to be cleared by the Australian Customs and Border Protection (CBP), besides Form B650, you will need to pay the duties, GTS, and other taxes and charges that might apply.

1) Who can make an Import Declaration?

An Import Declaration represents a statement, and it is made by the owner of the imported goods. According to customs laws, the owner of the imported goods can be the importer, someone who has beneficial interest in the goods, someone who has control over the goods (such as the freight forwarder or Customs broker), or someone who holds themselves out to be the owner of the imported goods.

2) Who can act on your behalf?

You freight forwarder or Customs Broker can deal with the Australian Customs and Border Protection on your behalf. Brokers work on a service-based fee.

Duty Tariff Concessions for Importers

The local industry is supported by the Customs through a range of programs. One of those programs is the Tariff Concession System, and may affect Australian importers or local manufactures. Shipping from China to Australia Cost

  1. How does the Tariff Concession System work?

This system is a mechanism for granting a Tariff Concession Order (TCO) on the imported goods if there were no substitutable goods produced in Australia at the time TCO was lodged. The substitutable goods are represented by the Australian made goods used with the same purpose as the imported goods.

  1. How do I apply for a TCO?

If you are applying for a TCO for imported goods you must complete all information required on the form. Failure in meeting all the requirements may result in delays or even rejection. TCO form is available at the Customs offices.

  1. How quickly will my application for a TCO be processed?

The Customs will analyze the application to ensure it is valid, and if accepted, will be published in the Commonwealth of Australia Tariff Concessions Gazette within 28 days. From the date of publication, within 150 days, the Customs is required to make a decision on each application. Late replies would not be considered in the final decision, so it’s important to provide all the information on time.

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