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Common Questions When Exporting From Australia

We sat down and chatted with our Managing Director, Scott Hartley, also about some of the most common questions when considering exporting goods from Australia.

Below we've covered some of the most common questions when considering exporting goods for your business:

Do I need an export license to export goods from Australia?

  • In most cases, you don't need an export license to export goods from Australia. However, some goods require permits or licenses due to their nature, destination, or value. You can check with the Department of Home Affairs or use the Export Control Compliance Checker tool to determine if your goods require a permit. How do I determine the tariff classification and duty rate for my goods?

  • You can use the Australian Customs Tariff to determine the tariff classification and duty rate for your goods. The tariff classification is based on the Harmonized System (HS) codes, which are used internationally to classify goods. What documents do I need to export goods from Australia?

  • The documents you need may vary depending on the nature of your goods and the destination country. However, common export documents include a commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading or airway bill, and any required permits or licenses. How do I prepare my goods for export?

  • You should ensure that your goods are properly packaged and labelled for export. This includes using sturdy packaging materials, labelling the packages with the destination address and any required markings, and ensuring that the goods are secure and protected during transit. How do I arrange transportation for my goods?

  • You can arrange transportation for your goods through a freight forwarder or shipping company. They can help you with the logistics of shipping your goods, including booking cargo space, arranging for transportation to the port or airport, and completing any required documentation. What export regulations do I need to be aware of?

  • You should be aware of any export regulations that apply to your goods, including restrictions on the export of certain goods or to certain destinations. You can check the Department of Home Affairs website for information on export controls and regulations. How do I ensure that my goods comply with export regulations?

  • You can ensure that your goods comply with export regulations by checking the relevant regulations for your goods and destination, obtaining any required permits or licenses, and ensuring that your goods are properly classified and documented for export. How do I calculate the cost of exporting my goods?

  • The cost of exporting your goods will depend on factors such as the size and weight of your shipment, the mode of transportation, and any additional services you require. You can use online calculators or consult with a freight forwarder to get an estimate of the cost of exporting your goods. What support is available for exporters in Australia?

  • There are several government agencies and programs that provide support for exporters in Australia, including Austrade, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). These agencies can provide information and assistance to help you export your goods successfully.

If you'd like to discuss how your business can better streamline your exporting logistics arrangements as well as request a comparative quote for your next export, call or email our friendly sales team today at Image International Freight. We've got you covered!


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