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Special Considerations When Shipping to Australia

Shipping to Australia

As with other countries, Australia also has its own Customs Regulations that must be considered when shipping. To avoid hassles and disappointments when shipping parcels Down Under, it is best to be familiar with the following considerations before you even start looking for a courier.

Duties & Taxes
If a package you’re shipping to Australia has a total declared value LESS than the below listed de minimis value amount, then duties and taxes will not apply.

However, please be aware that duties and taxes apply to alcohol and tobacco products while certain items may be subject to other types of fees or taxes according to Australian law.

Shipping Personal Effects
All luggage shipments imported into Australia are considered as unaccompanied personal effects (UPE’s) and may be subject to duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, if you meet the following criteria, you should not have to pay anything at all.

Goods that can be declared as personal effects usually include, but are not limited to; personal clothing and footwear (but not fur apparel), grooming equipment (but not perfume or perfume concentrates), furniture, rugs, curtains, books, and bicycles.

The following personal belongings/goods do not qualify for UPE Exemption:

Shipping Gifts to Australia
Gifts are not classed as personal effects, and will therefore go through normal customs clearance in Australia. There is no duty or tax concession for sending gifts to Australia; this means that your receiver will have to pay duties and taxes in order to clear the goods through customs. Unfortunately, this is a regulation imposed by the Australian authorities and it is not subject to dispute.

Customs Invoices
A customs invoice must accompany your parcel if you are shipping to Australia (unless you’re sending only documents). It doesn’t matter if you are sending a gift, personal effects or merchandise you have sold online. If your parcel does not have a customs invoice attached, it will not make it past your local country border, and you may have to pay return charges to get your parcel back!

The customs invoice is used by Australian Customs authorities to assess and inspect the imported goods, and to levy any duties or taxes they may deem applicable to the goods being imported into their country. It should contain the following information about your parcel:

Packaging Your Parcel for Shipment to Australia
To protect its stunning natural environment and habitats from harmful diseases and pests, Australia imposes strict regulations in goods and materials to arrive on its soil. This means that many products, goods and even some packaging materials are prohibited and will be refused entry. To avoid any major issues upon import into Australia, make sure you steer clear of the following packaging materials:

Instead, use the ubiquitous but trusted double corrugated (or even triple corrugated) cardboard box as the outer packaging. For the internal packaging, you can use bubble wrap, newspapers or foam.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods in Australia
As a general rule, most medicines, cosmetics, perishable foods, live animals and animal products (including feathers), wooden objects and plants are either classed restricted or prohibited. Other prohibited commodities follows:

Restricted items can still be sent, but may require your receiver to obtain a permit or import license in advance for customs clearance.

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