Importing goods or cargo into Australia can be a complex process, particularly when it comes to calculating the amount of duty payable.
While there is more information on the various import taxes and duties below, you can use our free Australian Customs Duty Calculator to help you easily work out how much you need to pay.
If you import goods that have a value of AUD$1,000 or less, then there are generally no import duties or tax to pay.
The exception to this rule is if you are importing alcohol or tobacco.
To import goods with a value above AUD$1,000, you will need to lodge an Import Declaration about your shipment. There is a processing charge for making an Import Declaration, and you will also be required to pay duties and taxes.
These duties and taxes usually consist of:
1. Customs Duty
The import duty rate is 5% of the FOB (Free on Board) value.
FOB value is the price paid to the exporter for the goods when they are loaded for shipping and export. It includes all the costs necessary to get the goods to Australia.
Import GST is calculated at 10% of the CIF (Cost of Goods + Insurance cost + Freight) value plus the Customs Duty.
At Australian Customs Clearance, we are accredited as an "Australian Trusted Trader". Our licensed customs brokers are available at all the major entry points to Australia, including Sydney, Gold Coast, and Melbourne Tullamarine airports, as well as shipping ports like Brisbane and Fremantle.
We can help you with all aspects of customs clearance – regardless of whether it's a one-off small international arrival, or a full shipping container load.
Importing goods into Australia can present many challenges, especially if you don't have any prior experience. Talk to us first, to ensure your goods are cleared quickly and efficiently - and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with our Duty Minimisation Guarantee!