Importing and customs clearance

To make importing as smooth as possible, you’ll need to be aware of government regulations including clearance by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and duty taxes.

Licensing and permits

While there is no general licence required for importing, your goods still need to be cleared by Australian Customs officials. To ensure this goes smoothly, it's a good idea to be aware of:

  1. What import permits, quarantine permits and treatments apply to your specific category and type of imported goods
  2. Whether the imported items are subject to mandatory safety or information standards.

If you don't follow the correct steps and regulations, you'll risk breaking the law and not receiving your goods.

Australian Customs requirements for imports

All goods coming into Australia must be cleared through the border. The department of Immigration and Border Protection can provide information on importing goods, such as customs clearance requirements, prohibited goods and permits.

Please note that there may be costs involved depending on the type and value of the goods or products you import. These can include clearance fees, customs duty, goods and services tax (GST) and other taxes.

Some goods require special attention or may even be prohibited

Some goods may carry special restrictions or even be prohibited from being imported. For example, if goods contain industrial chemicals, like cosmetics, solvents, adhesives, plastics, inks, printing and photocopying chemicals, paints, household cleaning products and toiletries, you'll need to register your business with the Australian Government's National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and pay registration fees.

Importing and customs clearance explained

If you're considering importing goods because you can't find a local supplier, search the Industry Capability Network to see if there is a supplier in Australia.