To ensure your import from china is successful, you’ll need to be aware of government regulations, including clearance by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and duty taxes.
Licensing and permits
Whilst there is no general licence required for importing, Australian Customs will need to clear your goods on import. You’ll need to know:
- what import permits, quarantine permits and treatments apply to your specific category and type of imported goods
- and whether they are subject to mandatory safety or information standards.
If you don’t follow the correct steps and regulations, you will risk breaking the law and not receiving your imports.
Australian Customs requirements for imports
All goods imported into Australia must be cleared through the border. DIBP can provide you with information on importing goods, such as import clearance requirements, prohibited goods and import permits.
Depending on the type and value of the goods or products you import. These can include clearance fees, customs duty, goods and services tax (GST) and other taxes.
Some goods may carry special restrictions or may even be prohibited from importing. If your goods contain industrial chemicals like cosmetics, solvents, adhesives, plastics, inks, printing and photocopying chemicals, paints, household cleaning products and toiletries, they will require additional registration.
If your goods also fall under quarantine regulations, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will need to inspect and possibly treat them.
Search the Industry Capability Network to see if there is a supplier in Australia,if you’re considering importing goods because you can’t find a local supplier.
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