How to ship to Australia

Australia is an island with strict border controls. So when it comes to shipping there, you need to be aware of its extra regulations and restrictions. Learn more about these restrictions and what key documents you need.

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What do I need to be aware of when shipping to Australia?

Shipping to Australia has the same basic requirements as most other countries, like providing a clear goods description and an accurate invoice.

But it’s important to bear in mind that as an island, Australia must control its borders to ensure it remains free from diseases and protect its plants, animals and minerals. That’s why certain goods require an import permit.

How do I find out if I need an import permit?

Check BICON’s website – BICON are the Australian Government’s Biosecurity import conditions.

If you’re unsure about your product, whether it’s dried herbs, bamboo or other food-related items, check their website to see if you or your receiver need an import permit.

What laws do I need to be aware of?

They have strict logging laws in place to stop the theft, laundering and trade of illegal timber. So if you’re shipping wood, pulp or paper products to Australia, you need to know what timber is in your product and where it comes from.

You can find out more information on the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ website.

What other products have strict regulations?

Medicine, medical devices, biological or therapeutic goods

Check out the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s website for guidelines on how to ship these goods.

Items containing asbestos

Australia is one of only a few countries that has a total ban on all six types of asbestos. This means the supplier of the goods is required by law to declare on the commercial invoice that their products don’t contain any asbestos. So bear in mind items like screws, crayons and tiles containing asbestos will not be permitted to enter.

The Australian Border Force may hold shipments while it obtains a laboratory testing certificate. So to avoid delays, check if you need a certificate or declaration on your invoice beforehand with your receiver.

What documents do I need to provide?

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service or ACPBS requires complete and accurate commercial invoices and supporting documents. And make sure you clearly state the reason for export on your invoice.

Any other additional requirements?

You or the receiver may be asked to provide evidence of the price paid. This can be a copy of a bank transfer or credit card payment. This will confirm the information provided isn’t false or misleading.

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