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Sea Freight

Customs clearance with a Duty minimisation Guarantee


How it Works

Step One
  • You will be notified that your Shipment has arrived in Australia by either your Freight forwarder or shipping line.
  • Simply complete the online form and submit all supporting documentation including your commercial invoice and packing declaration.
Step Two
  • Your goods are assessed and the team at ACC apply duty minimisation strategies to ensure that duty and GST payable is as low as legally possible. Your declaration is lodged electronically with Customs for the quickest turnaround.
Step Three
  • We receive Cargo clearance status from the Australian Border Force / Customs and Biosecurity If you have requested us to arrange your final mile transport, we will do so, If you are arranging your own we will advise you once the cargo is clear for collection.

What you Need

Your supplier commercial Invoice
or Purchase receipt.

If you do not have a Receipt or Commercial invoice,
please download this document to make your Personal Declaration.

Certificate of Origin (For free Trade Agreement purposes and if available)

Suppliers Packing declaration (Template here)

Bill of lading (From your freight forwarder or Shipping line)


What it Costs

Select your service
Customs & Government Fees

Goods ‹ $1,000 = Nil (Conditions apply)
Goods > $1,000 = 5% Duty, 10% GST + $83 Gov Fee
Goods > $10,000 = 5% Duty, 10% GST + $152 Gov Fee

We Guarantee Duty Minimisation for 4 years.

Duty and/or GST exemptions may apply.
Over 82% of Import trade into Australia, can potential gain duty free entry.

As a guide, if duty were to apply, allow 5% Customs Duty + 10% GST
Excluding Excisable goods such as Alcohol and tobacco products, these are much higher and based on weight / litres.

Duty Is calculated on the Price paid for your goods, plus and costs to get your items to the Airport in country of origin. Convert these charges to Australian dollars with the exchange rate for the day your goods left the Country of Origin this is the amount you pay your duty % on. GST is charged @ 10% on the Cost of goods + Freight + Insurance + Duty.

Additional charges for clearance services.


Shipping goods via sea freight can be a long and daunting process. Let our Australian Customs Clearance brokers assist in the process by taking care of the Customs clearance. Simply submit your documents online and allow Australian Customs Clearance (ACC) to minimise the duty/GST payable. Once lodged with Customs you will receive an email notification with collection instructions.

Shipping goods by sea freight already takes a great deal of co-ordinating. Clearing your goods through Customs (and sometimes Quarantine) is more involved. Choosing a brokerage like Australian Customs Clearance (ACC) to process your goods through Customs will make the process smoother. Our expert team of brokers will work with you to get your goods through Customs with the least amount of Duty/GST payable. To start, simply click Begin Clearance and fill in the online form to begin the process. You will be required to provide information about all imported goods as well as personal details and consignment information. Once the team have all the relevant information, our brokers will begin the clearance process.

ACC can help with all your Sea Freight Customs clearance needs.