Guide to Sending Parcels to Australia

Australia, the land of the vast outback and famed walkabouts. A country with haunting ancient landscapes - Uluru and Kings Canyon - and young, vibrant cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

Close to 80% of Australians use ecommerce for domestic purchases. While the number is far less for international purchases (21% in 2017), it is increasing at rates of 7%-plus per year.This is because Australians are keen to take advantage of wider selections and cheaper prices available from overseas suppliers.

The sources of information on this page come directly from the Australian Taxation Office, the Australia Post, and number of other government sources.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Sep 26, 2019
8:49 am
Darwin, NSW, AU
Delivered
Sep 25, 2019
7:18 am
Perth, NSW, AU
In transit
Sep 24, 2019
9:03 pm
Brisbane, NSW, AU
International Clearance
Sep 24, 2019
8:14 am
Sydney, NSW, AU
In transit
Sep 24, 2019
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Sep 23, 2019
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Australia before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.


Shipping Documents Only Image to Australia

Documents Only

Document shipments are considered non-dutiable and do not require export documentation (i.e. they don't require a commercial invoice or any other export documents).

Items classified as documents include:

  • Paper documentation
  • Account Statements
  • Bids / Proposals
  • Blueprints
  • Brochures / Pamphlets
  • Business Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Gift cards
  • Passports
  • Photographs
  • Tickets
  • and more..

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://auspost.com.au/sending/check-sending-guidelines/size-weight-guidelines
https://auspost.com.au/content/dam/auspost_corp/media/documents/dangerous-goods-guide.pdf

Shipping Gifts to Australia,

Shipping Gifts

A parcel of gifts shipped to Australia with a total value of 1000 AUD or less (approximately $950 Canadian) can be generally be shipped duty free provided the following conditions are met:

  • The words "Gift Shipment" or "Unsolicited Gift" are included on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • Total value of shipment is $1,000 AUD (about $950 CAD) or less
  • Each gift is listed on the commercial invoice along with a full description and dollar value
  • Shipments are sent from one person to another (residential address only), not to, or from a business
  • The package does not contain goods that will be sold
  • The package does not include tobacco or alcohol

NOTE: Although you can receive a gift duty free, Australian customs will impose a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the gifts entering country.

Remember, not everything can be imported into Australia. Best to check the Australian prohibited & restricted section here.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Smith Family in Melbourne
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Melbourne
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping Multiple Gifts in One Parcel?

If the parcel contains gifts for more than one person, and the total value exceeds 1000 AUD, duties and taxes will be imposed. (Australian Custom law states that the shipment cannot be separated into items for different people.)

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

All shipments undergo a screening by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), including gifts.


You should know that:

  • Prohibited goods are destroyed.
  • If the goods require treatment against a biosecurity threat, then $75 AUD (about $70 CDN) per item will be charged to the importer.
  • If the goods are returned to Canada, then $95 AUD (about $90 CDN) per item will be charged.

NOTE: Some courier companies such as UPS or DHL charge a Quarantine Processing Fee for any shipment containing gifts.

Sources:
https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/International-tax-for-business/GST-on-low-value-imported-goods/Information-for-consumers/#GSTandgifts
http://www.dhl.com.au/content/dam/downloads/au/express/shipping/customs_support/daff_air_express_carrier_fees.pdf
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://www.abf.gov.au/buying-online/importing-by-post-or-mail
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/bringing-mailing-goods/internet


Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Smith Family in Sydney
James Smith
1 Abbott Street
Sydney
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Unsolicited Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Unsolicited Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Australia

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects can be shipped to Australia fairly easy. It refers to shipping your personal belongings to yourself (because you're moving there), or to relatives or friends that you will be living with.

Just like all non-document packages, your shipment will need to be properly declared and will go through Australian customs. Shipping personal effects requires a commercial invoice and an Unaccompanied Personal Effects form (UPE). Without it, your shipment will be held at customs and/or may be charged duties and taxes. Skip ahead to the Personal Effects CheckList for Australia.

The two following categorizes must be met in order to qualify for duty and tax free exemption:

1. Residency Type

You are:

  • Returning to Australia to resume permanent residence; or
  • Coming to Australia to be a temporary resident; or
    • Temporary may be up to 5 years for students and up to 2 years for a workplace-based or professional training. More details can be found here;
  • A returning Australian citizen (For example, from holidays); or
  • An Australian citizen residing overseas and returning to Australia temporarily; or

2. Shipment Ownership Requirements

The items in the shipment:

  • Belong to you; and
  • Were owned and used by you for 12 months or more.* (Goods owned for less than 12 months will incur duties and Australia's GST (10%)

NOTE: Car parts, commercial goods (i.e. items meant to be sold), alcohol and tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, cigarettes do not qualify as personal effects and would be subject to duties and taxes.


Personal Effects CheckList:

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

All shipments undergo a screening by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), including personal effects.


You should know that:

  • Prohibited goods are destroyed.
  • If the goods require treatment against a biosecurity threat, then $75 AUD (about $70 CDN) per item will be charged to the importer.
  • If the goods are returned to Canada, then $95 AUD (about $90 CDN) per item will be charged.

NOTE: Some courier companies such as UPS or DHL charge a Quarantine Processing Fee for any shipment containing used goods or sporting goods.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/moving-to-australia/upe
https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/B534e.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Adelaide Community Centre
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Adelaide
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Australia

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food can be imported into Australia however, Australia imposes strict procedures to prevent the entry of harmful diseases and pests, and as a result not all food items can be imported or will have restrictions.

Food, chocolate, and candies can be imported into Australia provided:

  • It is a personal shipment
  • The items being shipped are commercial product (not homemade)
  • Items are factory packaged and sealed
  • They weigh no more than 10 kg (22 lbs)

NOTE: It is important to declare food items on your shipment, even if the amounts are small or are ingredients for cooking. All items need to be factory sealed and unopened.


Some items you can ship to Australia (provided the above conditions are met):

  • Biscuits
  • Bread
  • Cakes (excluding cheesecakes)
  • Chocolate
  • Confectionery
  • Coffee
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vegetable and seed oils

Some items you can ship to Australia but have restrictions or limits:

  • Cheese, Butter, and other dairy products
  • Dried Herbs
  • Honey Products
  • Meat Items
  • Noodles or Pasta
  • Nuts and products containing nuts
  • Spices
  • Tea / Herbal Loose Tea
  • Vitamins and supplements

Of course, there are exceptions to what foods or products can be imported into Australia. You can find the full list of that can be imported into Australia here.

Duties and Taxes

Food, chocolate and candies valued under $1000 AUD ($950 CAD) enter the country duty free (as a low value shipment).

There is however, a 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST) that would be applied to food items. There are GST exemptions for items such as milk, water, and fruit beverages. A full list of exemptions can be found here.

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

All shipments undergo a screening by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), including foods.

You should know that:

  • Prohibited goods are destroyed.
  • If the goods require treatment against a biosecurity threat, then $75 AUD (about $70 CDN) per item will be charged to the importer.
  • If the goods are returned to Canada, then $95 AUD (about $90 CDN) per item will be charged.

NOTE: Some courier companies such as UPS or DHL charge a Quarantine Processing Fee for any shipment containing food.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/can-you-bring-it-in/list-of-items#
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/cost-of-importing-goods/gst-and-other-taxes/gst-exemptions
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/bringing-mailing-goods/internet

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Jamie Abbott
12 Eccels St
Perth
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Australia

Samples

Commercial samples are those that can only be used for demonstration purposes. The aim is to encourage people to place orders of the samples, not sell them.

Samples may be imported into Australia for up to 12 months without incurring duties providing they:

  • are not sold or given away
  • disposed of or altered in anyway

Samples of negligible value are exempt of GST.

For your sample to be acceptable to Australian Customs, it should follow the following guidelines below:

  • Only ship one example of any particular sample or item
  • Clothing samples must be mutilated (such as applying a red ink stamp to prevent them from being resold. For shoes, holes may be drilled into the sole)
  • The word "Sample" is stated on the commercial invoice under General Description and Detail Description of Goods
  • State a nominal value for the sample, not its normal wholesale value on the commercial invoice
  • The samples composition must be specified on the commercial invoice (ie. t-shirt made of 90% cotton/10% polyester, Flag pole made of 100% brass)

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

All shipments undergo a screening by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), including samples.

NOTE: Some courier companies such as UPS or DHL charge a Quarantine Processing Fee for any shipment containing samples.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/cost-of-importing-goods/gst-and-other-taxes
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/temporary-imports
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/bringing-mailing-goods/internet
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/requirements

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Darwin Bookstore
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Darwin
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Australia

Advertising Material / Marketing Material

Advertising material includes items that are handed out to promote products or services.

In order to qualify for duty & tax free exemption, the package must have:

  • The words "Promotional Material" stated on the commercial invoice under General Description and Detail Description of Goods
  • You must specify the fair market value or actual costs of the material. If the value seems unrealistic, Australian Customs will request proof of value (receipt, invoice) of the goods.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/cost-of-importing-goods/gst-and-other-taxes/gst-exemptions
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/tariff-classification/current-tariff/schedule-4#samp
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/temporary-imports
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Brisbane Tradeshow
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Brisbane
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Australia

Repairs

Your product can be sent to Australia for repair or repaired abroad and returned back to Australia. The process is easy in both cases but does require you to follow the list of steps outlined below.

Items Under Warranty

Generally, products under warranty are exempt from duties and taxes provided you follow the complete list of steps below.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

For items that aren't under warranty or the warranty has expired, you would have to pay duties and taxes on the repair cost. Here's a breakdown of how that works:

  • Duty is applied to the total cost of the repair; and
  • 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST) is applied to the total cost of the repair + shipping cost.

Sending Product for Repair to Australia:

If you're sending your package for repair to Australia, then the following requirements must be met in order to obtain duty free exemption:

  • The words "REPAIR & RETURN" are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description or Remarks
  • Serial/Product number must be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section on the commercial invoice
  • Copy of Repair Contract included with all your export documentation

NOTE: Goods that are no longer under warranty for repair would have to pay any

NOTE: Goods that are no longer under warranty for repair would have to pay any duties and taxes when the shipment returns to Canada.

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed:

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned back to Australia, then the following conditions must be met in order to obtain duty free exemption:

  • The words "REPAIR & RETURN" are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description or Remarks
  • Value of the product INCLUDING the Cost of the Repair must be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Australia

NOTE: If you don't have the original tracking information or documentation then the recipient may be charged duties and taxes on the shipment.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/tariff-classification/current-tariff/schedule-4#samp
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/cost-of-importing-goods/gst-and-other-taxes
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Newcastle Repair Shop
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Newcastle
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Australia

Temporary Imports

Certain goods can be temporarily imported into Australia without paying duties and taxes provided the goods leave the country within 12 months and a few other conditions are met.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) evaluates whether a shipment qualifies as a temporary import based on the nature of the goods, what it will be used for, and who is importing it. Here are certain classes of goods that can qualify for temporary import:

  • Goods imported for display or use at events, fairs and exhibitions
  • Specialised equipment or tools to be used in exploration, production, manufacture
  • Goods that will be used to test and evaluate the operation of other goods etc.

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Australia, you can pick from 1 of the 3 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI). More details below.


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice + Apply for Temporary Import Security Very Low
3 Commercial Invoice + ATA Carnet Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial invoice only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.


2. CI + Apply for Temporary Import Security

In addition to completing a Commercial Invoice (CI) you can also apply for a Temporary Import Security (TIS). This must be done prior to shipping.

In order to apply for a TIS:

  • Complete Form 46 or Form B46AA (beyond the scope of this article)
  • Complete Form 1483 or Form 1484 (beyond the scope of this article)
  • Send the completed form, copies of the commercial invoices, shipping label/air waybills, and any other applicable export documents (i.e. licenses, permits) by email to ntis@customs.gov.au (preferred method) or by fax to 07 3835 3494
  • Wait for approval and further instructions

If Australian Customs accepts your shipment for a TIS, you may be required to put a security deposit down if the value of the shipment is under $50,000 AUD (about $47,500 CAD).

You will be required to put a security deposit if the value is $50,000 AUD or more.

The Security Deposit is equal to the amount of duties and taxes that would be charged onto the shipment if the goods were not classified as temporary import.

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

In order to get your security deposit back, you must contact Australian Border Force (ABF) prior to exporting your goods. They will verify that you are exporting the goods prior to the deadline.

ABF contact information can be found here:
https://www.abf.gov.au/help-and-support/contact-us


3. CI + an ATA Carnet

This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. You can however, contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/


In addition to 1 of the 3 items above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and GST free exemption:

  • The goods must be exported before the end of 12 months
  • The goods may NOT be sold, mortgaged, hired, disposed of, loaned or altered in any fashion without permission of the authorities
  • The words "Temporary Import/Not for Resale" are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description.
  • The words "Temporary Import" and the anticipated return date are stated on the commercial invoice under the Detail Description of Goods (for all applicable items)
  • Include the original tracking number and the import date if the product is returning

NOTE:
  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot)

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/temporary-imports
https://www.abf.gov.au/help-and-support-subsite/CargoAdvices/2012-01.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Sydney Tradeshow
James Smith
1 Abbott Street
Sydney
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Australia

Permanent/Sold Goods

Generally, all goods exported to Australia will incur duties and taxes with the following exemption:

  • If goods are valued at equal to or less than 1000 AUD (about $950 Canadian), then no duties or taxes are due (DOES NOT apply to alcohol and tobacco products)

If you are a frequent exporter to Australia, it is strongly recommended that you speak to a licensed customs broker prior to shipping.

Licenced Australian customs brokers can be found at the links below:

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/buying-online/importing-by-post-or-mail.
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/import-declaration
https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/b650.pdf
https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/b374.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
James Smith
12 Eccels St
Melbourne
Australia

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Sep 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Australia. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Australia, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
Personal Effects - Form B534 Infrequently Used for Unaccompanied Personal Effects. Further documents required:
  • Required permits for the goods
  • A packing list of all the goods in the UPE
  • Any goods owned for 12 months or less, receipts for those goods
  • A shipping document that identifies the owner and address of the UPEs
Temporary Import Forms:
Form 46 & Form 1483
Infrequently Used for Temporary Imports for goods that fall under the following classes of goods:
  • the property of a tourist or temporary resident
  • specialised equipment or tools to be used in exploration, production, manufacture, repair or modifications that are covered by an intergovernmental agreement (convention)
  • goods imported for use at a public exhibition or entertainment
  • testing or evaluation equipment (goods that will be used to test and evaluate the operation of other goods)
  • goods that require testing and/or evaluation within Australia.
Temporary Imports Form 46
Temporary Imports Form 1483
Temporary Import Forms: B46AA & Form 1484 Infrequently Used for Temporary Imports for goods that fall under the following classes of goods:
  • private touring vehicles
  • commercial samples
  • professional equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • goods imported for display or use at events, fairs and exhibitions.
Temporary Imports Form B46AA
Temporary Imports Form 1484

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


The list of restricted and prohibited items changes often, so prior to sending your package, it's best to check here. Restricted goods may be allowed in, but there are rules, limits, and restrictions that govern their entry into Australia.


Prohibited Goods

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade food
  • Uncanned meat, vacuumed sealed meat and foods containing meat
  • Pet food and treats
  • Weapons, firearms and ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Pornography and obscene materials
  • Ceramic ware with heavy metals such as lead, cadmium
  • Suicide devices

Restricted Goods

A partial list of restricted goods entering Australia includes:

  • Human ashes
  • Wooden items
  • Children's toys and graphic materials (like watercolours and crayons) with excess amounts of heavy metals, such as lead and arsenic
  • Tobacco products, including oral snuff
  • Goods bearing either 'ANZAC' or the Australian flag and/or the coat of arms
  • Laser pointers with a strength of greater than 1mW

NOTE:

Australia's list of prohibited and restricted items is extensive. The complete list can be found here.

Sources:
https://auspost.com.au/content/dam/auspost_corp/media/documents/dangerous-goods-guide.pdf
https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/can-you-bring-it-in/list-of-items#
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/import-declaration
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/importing/how-to-import/types-of-imports/importing-human-remains-ashes
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/timber/personal_imports_of_timber_and_wooden_related_articles
https://www.orbitmoving.com/australia-prohibited-and-restricted-imports

Duty & Taxes

Import duty and taxes in Australia are calculated based on the FOB price, which in other words means the Declared Customs Value indicated on your commercial invoice.
FOB Price = Declared Customs Value

Using the FOB Price, you can predict how much Duty & Tax the recipient would have to pay the Australian government to receive their goods.


Thresholds

Some countries provide a Duty & Tax Threshold (i.e. de minimis) which means that below a certain amount, no Duties and no Taxes are charged on the import of that shipment.

Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
TAX (VAT / GST) 10%
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) 1000 AUD
Tax Exemption (De minimis Value) 0 AUD
Threshold Method FOB
Tax & Duty Calc Method FOB

Duties on Imports

If the value of the shipment is 1000 AUD or less, no duty is incurred with the exception of alcohol or tobacco products.

  • Candy5%
  • Chocolate 5%
  • Spirits and Wines5% and $85.87/L
  • Tobacco$1090.33/kg
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0-5%
  • Coats5-10%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics5%
  • Jewelry5%
  • Shirts & Pants5-10%
  • Toys0-5%
  • Sports Equipment0-5%
  • Furniture5%

NOTES: The numbers above are based on the item's Country of Origin (manufacture) being a part of the Most-Favored Nation (MFN). If the Country of Origin is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), then it is part of the MFN and hence gets the above Duty rates. Please keep in mind that we do make an effort to keep the numbers above updated, but if exact numbers are needed, please contact a customs broker at the destination company.

Sources:
https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/tariff-classification/current-tariff
https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/International-tax-for-business/In-detail/GST-on-low-value-imported-goods/Information-for-operators-of-electronic-distribution-platforms/
https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/61415C2D4D534F40CA256A5B001BD781?opendocument

Australia Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Additional Resources

Questions about Shipping to Australia



What does it cost to ship to Australia?

The cost to ship to Australia will vary based on the weight, size, and destination city within Australia.

Obtain real-time price comparisons for parcels to Australia by visiting our shipping calculator here.


What is the cheapest way to ship to Australia from Canada?

You can find the cheapest way to ship to Australia by using the Secureship platform to get a price comparisons with all the major carriers. You can then save even more (up to 50% off the list price of the carrier) by shipping your boxes through Secureship because of their group buying power. Find the cheapest way to ship to Australia here.


Does FedEx ship to Australia?

Yes they do. FedEx has a few shipping options to Australia such as International Priority or International Economy.

To find out cost and delivery times, simply use the Secureship Instant FedEx Shipping Cost Calculator found here. Secureship provides preferred pricing with FedEx so you can save up to 50% off the FedEx list price by shipping your parcels directly with Secureship.


Does UPS ship to Australia?

Yes they do. You can send your boxes with UPS through Secureship and save up to 50% off the list UPS price. Get an Instant Rate Quote to Australia with UPS here.


Does Canada Post ship to Australia?

Yes they do. Delivery times will vary depending on the service level you choose. Priority Worldwide (provided by FedEx) can have your package delivered as early as 3 business days. Small Packet Air generally takes 6-10 business days and Small Package Surface takes 2-3 months for your boxes to be delivered. See delivery times with all major carriers here.


What is the best way to ship to Australia?

Shipping internationally can be very difficult so it is recommended you use a platform like Secureship that is designed to help shipper's of all levels. The Secureship platform will guide you through best practices around shipping to various countries, including Australia, and help you find the best way to ship your packages there.


Is there express shipping to Australia?

The carriers on the Secureship network do provide express shipping options to Australia. Pickups and deliveries can happen in as little as 3 business days. View all express shipping options to Australia.


What can I send to Australia?

The list of items that can be shipped to Australia changes often so it's always best to check the official customs page here. A summary of what is prohibited and restricted can be found above.


How long does it take to ship from Canada to Australia?

Delivery times will vary by company and delivery option chosen. You can have your parcels delivered as early as 3 business days with 5-8 business days as the standard delivery time-frame. There are slower and more economical services such as the post office but they can take as long as 2-3 months to deliver your items. See delivery times for shipments from Canada to Australia here.