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Common Questions When Importing To Australia



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


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


1. Do I need an import license to bring goods into Australia?

  • It depends on the type of goods you are importing. Some goods may require an import permit or license. You can check the Australian Border Force website for more information.

2. How do I calculate import duties and taxes?

  • Import duties and taxes are calculated based on the value of the goods being imported. The rate of duty and tax depends on the type of goods and their country of origin. You can use the Australian Government's Tariff Finder to determine the applicable rates.

3. Are there any restrictions on the types of goods I can import into Australia?

  • Yes, there are restrictions on certain goods, such as firearms, tobacco, and hazardous materials. You can check the Department of Home Affairs website for a list of prohibited and restricted goods.

4. Do I need to provide any documentation when importing goods into Australia?

  • Yes, you will need to provide documentation such as a commercial invoice, packing list, and bill of lading or air waybill. You may also need to provide permits or licenses for certain goods.

5. How do I clear customs when importing goods into Australia?

  • You can clear customs yourself or use a customs broker, at Image International Freight we offer this service. To clear customs, you will need to lodge an import declaration with the Australian Border Force and pay any applicable duties and taxes.

6. Are there any quarantine requirements for importing goods into Australia?

  • Yes, Australia has strict quarantine requirements to prevent the entry of pests and diseases. You may need to provide additional documentation or have your goods inspected by a quarantine officer.

7. How long does it take to import goods into Australia?

  • The time it takes to import goods into Australia can vary depending on factors such as the mode of transport, the efficiency of customs clearance, and any quarantine requirements. It is advisable to plan ahead and allow for sufficient time for the import process.

8. What should I do if my goods are damaged or lost during importation?

  • If your goods are damaged or lost during importation, you should contact your shipping company or freight forwarder. You may also need to lodge a claim with your insurance provider if you have cargo insurance.


By offering a wide range of professional and reliable logistics, customs, and warehousing solutions, Image International Freight can tailor-make solutions to cover any requirements. With customer service at the heart of our business, we work tirelessly to establish, maintain, and nurture positive professional relationships. Call us today to discuss your business requirements when importing to Australia +61 2 9773 1378.

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