Country Customs Information

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View HS Codes on Australia's customs official site


General Import Guidelines
  • The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authorities
  • Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
  • Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, a Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List. For personal effects, B534 Form is required, and can be completed at origin including a photocopy of the owner s passport
  • Letter of Credit when used as payment method for the goods
  • HS Codes must be stated clearly on the Commercial Invoice. Where the HS Codes are not stated, Customs Authorities shall determine the proper HS Codes based on the goods and the stated description


Import Duties and Fees
  • The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Australia
  • Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
  • Goods and Service Tax (GST) will be imposed on imported goods is 10%
  • International express or courier imports with declared value below AUD 1,000 may be subject to GST at 10% based on new GST Legislation applicable to Low Value Goods effective from 1 July 2018. for more details visit this link
  • Goods with declared value of more than a AUD 1,000 will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

The following are trade/bilateral agreements with Australia that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs duties reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
  • Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (ASEAN)
  • Canada Australia Trade Agreement (CANATA)
  • Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACl-FTA)
  • Forum Islands (Including Fiji)
  • Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)
  • Australian New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA)
  • Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)
  • Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)
  • Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA)


Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties and GST. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
  • Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
  • Diplomatic goods
  • Used personal effects


Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Australia from other countries. The below documents are needed:
  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)


Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Australia for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import - Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Australia on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties and GST has to be made for the benefit of Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More



When exporting goods from Australia some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:

  1. Original Commercial Invoice
  2. Customs Declaration if goods’ value is above AUD 2,000 (equivalent to USD 1,785). Fee: AUD 40 (equivalent to USD 35) per shipment presented to customs authorities
  3. For certain goods, a strategic export license / permits are required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, chemicals, certain cultural goods, medicines, and agricultural goods
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this page)

Important Notes
  • All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
  • Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Australia. For more information
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  • For more information on exporting from the Australia click here


Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Australia can only remain in Australia for 30 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)


Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Australia

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

  • Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
  • Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
  • Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
  • Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
  • Fireworks*
  • Ivory and ivory products*
  • Furs*
  • Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
  • Bullion*
  • Chemical waste and nuclear waste
  • Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
  • Ammunitions*
  • Human remains, including ashes*
  • Animals, plants, food items and perishable*

*Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Australia. Some examples are shown below:



  1. Australia Customs
  2. Australia Customs HS Code
  3. Customs Terminologies