Australian Customs Clearance Services - Australian Quarantine Inspection Services - Documentations


In Australia customs is a government body or an agent in charge of controlling the flow of cargo imported to the country and exported out of the country. Its main responsibility is also to collect custom duties charged on transported freight: personal goods, cars, machinery and other goods.


Any items that you are bringing with you to Australia must be declared and the Customs Duty and/or Goods and Services Taxes (GST) may be applied.

Customs Clearance in Australia

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How the duty is calculated for household items?

  1. Customs value
    Sum up the invoices and receipts you have received when purchasing the items you want to ship.
  2. Duty on household goods is usually free or 5%
  3. Shipping cost
    Sum up all transportation and insurance costs.
  4. GST - Goods and Services Taxes
    GST = ( Customs value + duty + shipping costs) * 10%

How to calculate Customs Duty and GST taxes?

Below we have prepared an example on how Australian customs duty and Goods and Services taxes on household goods are calculated.

Australia Customs Duty and GST calculation example

Importing from: United Kingdom
Importing to: Australia
Product description: Books
Product value: £100,00
Country of manufacture: United Kingdom
Product description: Furniture
Product category: household furniture, domestic items
Product value: £8 200,00
Country of manufacture: United Kingdom
Product description: Computer
Product category: Desktop PC
Product value: £500,00
Country of manufacture: United Kingdom
Product description: Fridges, Freezers
Product category: Fridges & Freezers - Refrigerated volume of/over 269 litres but under 382 litres (8418210045)
Product value: £1 000,00
Country of manufacture: United Kingdom
Total customs value(TCV): £9 800,00
- Duty: (Total customs value * 5%) £490,00
Shipping costs (SC): £2 500,00
Insurance(I): £150,00
- GST (TCV + Duty + SC + I)*10% £1 294,00
Total import duty & taxes due: £1 784,00
Notes on duty & taxes rates
Duty is 5% and GST is 10%

Other GST calculations

  1. Duty and taxes for goods that DO NOT include wines
  2. Wines
  3. Container shipping
  4. Luxury Cars that are less than 30 years old
  5. Luxury Cars older than 30 years
  6. Duty Free
  7. Car shipping to Australia

Download: Excell format file : Australian duty and customs taxes calculator

Importing goods into Australia - Customs Guide

Customs Clearance in AustraliaAs an experienced international shipping company, we have completed a lot of shipping services to Australia and other countries. With our many years of experience, we know details about custom requirements in Australia. Our experts have taken time to compile detailed information about custom requirements, shipping procedures to Australia and what happens when items are shipped to Australia. Read it carefully and if you need any further clarification, you should contact our customer care unit.

When your items arrive at the port of entry, our agent will collect the containers containing the consignments and hauled them to their depot. They will have the containers unloaded into the customs bonded store for customs and quarantine clearance to be carried out. It will take about 14 to 21 days for the clearance to be completed. After the completion of clearance, the items will be delivered to our major depots in the metropolitan areas and this will be completed 7 to 14 days after the completion of the clearance. It is from these major depots that items will be delivered to their various owners. This may take some days depending on our agreements with you. Our agents will keep you posted throughout the process until your items are delivered to you.

Process of Australian Quarantine Examinations

Australia takes strict measures to ensure that pests, insects and animals diseases including wood eating insects from other countries are not brought into the country. This explains why most of the diseases from insects and pests in other countries do not exist in Australia. There is a government Quarantine Inspection Service in Australia that inspects all goods brought into the country to ensure that unwanted diseases, insects and pests do not enter into Australia. Before any goods are brought into the country, they are subjected to Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) inspection for clearance. They can only be brought into the country if they are cleared by AQIS.

This service is not made available free of charge. The cost depends on the volume or quantity of goods you import or shipped into Australia. The price ranges from $16.50 to $22.00 Australian dollar. Unless you have a special arrangement with us, the cost of the quarantine service is not included in the cost of our UK to Bundaberg shipping. Thus, it is not included in our quotes and receipt issued to you.

When the goods are taken to our bond store, our agents will make arrangement for an AQIS officer to perform the inspection services on the goods. It is left for the officers of AQIS to determine whether or not the consignment should be physically examined based on the already stipulated requirements. The fee for clearance entries do not include the cost for fumigation and other treatment that may be prescribed in case your items do not pass physical examination.

Australian customs regulations

You may or not require making any formal customs entry depending on the type of goods you bring in. Custom entry is required for dutiable goods. In this regard, you will be required by the custom to provide certain documents such as insurance papers, invoices, receipts and other documents that will enable them to determine your ownership of the goods, how long you have owned the goods and their value. Unless earlier agreed, you will pay for any fee charged by the custom on your dutiable goods.
There are certain things that are not allowed into the country. Such items include swordsticks, daggers, knives, paint ball guns, knuckle-duster, firearms such as pistols, gas, air, items made with CFC refrigerant and water hyacinth. If you are importing items or devices that make use of gas or fuel, you should empty fuel in the device.

Before your items are delivered to you, they should be cleared through customs. You need to provide inventory or packing list, copy of the photo page of your passport and the visa page and customs form B534 of Australia. It is important that you complete every form very carefully to avoid any mistake. Any documents not properly completed or dully signed may be rejected by the customs. P.O Box used as address on the custom forms is not accepted by the custom.