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If you are considering placing an order with an international seller or you need to bring in a shipment for your business, you need to be aware of the import requirements for Australia. As an experienced customs broker in Sydney, we are often asked about the regulations and requirements governing the import of products into Australia. While this is an ever changing landscape, here we will detail the current requirements, so you can have a basic understanding before you begin.

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The Challenges:

For many people, the prospects of importing goods into Australia can be a little daunting. This is understandable since there may be additional costs such as tax, duty, and clearance fees applicable, depending on the nature of what you are importing. Add to this that there are prohibited items and permits required for importing certain items, the situation can be rather complex.
There are some items such as inks, printing chemicals, plastics, toiletries and household cleaning products that could require further registration. This means that before you seriously consider importing goods into Australia, it is a good idea to research if the products are on the prohibited or restricted list.

Permits and Licensing:

When your goods enter the country, they will need to be cleared by customs. While generally, most goods do not require licensing or permits for importing into Australia, there are some exceptions. If your goods do require a permit, you are likely to need the assistance of a licensed customs broker. Sydney business owners should be aware that failing to file the correct paperwork could result in a hefty fine. To avoid penalties, you should be aware that you may require an import permit or treatments that could be applicable to specific imported items. You need to have full awareness of whether your goods are subject to any compulsory rules and regulations. A lack of knowledge will not be a defense against a penalty being imposed.

Importing Chemicals:

Chemicals are considered to be a restricted item when importing into Australia, so you need to be aware of the compliance requirements. When you import any industrial chemicals for use in the commercial sector, you must be registered with the National Industrial Chemical Notification and Assessment Scheme or NICNAS. This registration needs to be renewed and paid annually. Fortunately, a professional customs broker can assist you with all aspects of importing chemicals or chemical products.

Importing does not need to be difficult, but there is a risk of inadvertently breaking the law if you are not aware of the need to comply with certain rules and regulations. A professional customs broker can guide you through the process to ensure that you are in total compliance. This will not only help you to avoid penalties but also reduce the delays and stress you may have experienced in the past.

If you are in need of the services of a customs broker, Sydney business owners should speak to us. Aust Post Brokers are a licensed customs brokers you can rely on. We aim to make the process of import export straightforward, handling all of the necessary paperwork on your behalf.