Import export customs clearance Australia

We do customs clearance

We provide professional and reliable import export customs clearance as well as Australian quarantine and inspection document preparation, lodgement and entry advice services. Our custom broker support is extensive and includes:

Expert assistance is available for import export Customs clearance

Call us on 1300651233 or send a message for a customs clearance quote.

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    Import export customs clearance for Australia

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    Our import export customs clearance services

    Freight Forwarder Quote Online’s fully accredited team of Australian customs brokers have all the expertise you need when it comes to getting import export customs clearance for your cargo in Australia or overseas.

    Customs clearance when importing via air

    We provide customs clearance for cargo being imported to the following major Australian airports:

    • Melbourne
    • Sydney
    • Brisbane
    • Gold Coast
    • Perth
    • Adelaide
    • Canberra
    • Cairns
    • Darwin
    • Launceston
    • Hobart

    FFQO provides customs clearance for cargo being imported to these major Australian airports

    Customs clearance when importing via sea

    We provide customs clearance for cargo being imported to the following major Australian seaports:

    • Sydney
    • Melbourne
    • Fremantle
    • Brisbane
    • Adelaide
    • Newcastle
    • Port Kembla
    • Gladstone
    • Geelong
    • Townsville
    • Darwin
    • Geraldton
    • Port Hedland
    • Hobart
    • Launceston

    FFQO provides customs clearance for cargo being imported to these major Australian seaports

    Customs clearance when exporting to overseas

    We provide export customs clearance services for 40,000 overseas locations. See the major overseas airports and major overseas seaports we cover.

    We can help with the preparation and lodgement of goods for import export Customs clearance

    Preparation and lodgement of quarantine documents

    Biosecurity is the area within the Department of Agriculture which works to prevent pests and diseases from entering our country. This was previously done by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

    They require reports and documentation from the importer before the arrival of goods such as the Quarantine Pre-Arrival Report (QPAR). Once the cargo reaches our port it then may require further documentation, such as a Fumigation Certificate.

    Our professional brokers will ensure your cargo has all the required quarantine documentation in a timely and well-prepared fashion so there are no delays. More information regarding quarantine and inspection.

    Preparation and lodgement of excise return

    Importers wishing to deliver excisable goods for domestic consumption must report or return excise liabilities if they import the following products into Australia:

    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Fuel
    • Similar goods

    You can do so through any of the following options:

    • Periodic settlement permission
    • Settlement period
    • Prepayment
    • Lodging or amending an excise return

    We can assist you in working out what method is best when returning or reporting excise liabilities to be. Call us at 1300651233.

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    Avoid penalties and lengthy delays when importing.

    There is a range of requirements when importing into Australia that cover an extensive range of goods to protect the environment and Australian agriculture.

    Complying with these requirements means that your delivery can reach its destination in the shortest possible time without any surprise costs.

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    Import export Customs clearance documentation

    A range of documents is required for customs clearance into Australia. This documentation is dependent on many factors, including the type of cargo and the country of origin. Let our team of custom brokers help you by processing this documentation. We have listed below the major items, to give you an outline of what is involved.

    Bill of Lading

    This is a legal document between the shipper and the carrier of goods. It serves as the receipt for the shipment once it has been delivered to its destination.

    It is important that this be with the cargo throughout the entire freight process. It has to be signed by the authorised representatives from the shipper, carrier and receiver.

    Commercial invoice

    Customs require importers to submit a commercial invoice to them in order to confirm the true value of your goods. This should have the following information:

    • Date
    • Terms of sale
    • Your product
    • Manufacturer
    • Place of origin
    • Destination
    • HTS code

    Packing list

    This is a document that provides the details regarding the contents of your cargo including weight and dimensions.

    Quarantine packing declaration

    Australian quarantine (Biosecurity) requires the submission of a quarantine packing declaration once your shipment has arrived through sea freight. These may be either:

    • Single LCL or FCL shipment declaration
    • Annual packing declaration

    Unfamiliar? We are experienced in preparing quarantine packing declarations. Contact us online today or call us on 1300651233.

    Insurance certificate

    This is used to verify the insurance coverage of your cargo issued by an insurance company and should have the following information:

    • Date of effectivity
    • Type of insurance
    • Dollar amount of the applicable liability

    Have any other questions about import export customs clearance? We have more information for you. Visit our import FAQ and export FAQ pages.

    Import export Customs clearance advice included

    Even if you are shipping personal effects it is important to note that these can be subject to charges. For example alcohol and tobacco products above certain quantities can be subject to duties and taxes.

    Also, some items are prohibited from being brought into Australia such as certain martial arts equipment.

    Need help with personal effects?

    Whether it is a big job or just a few items we can help. Call us toll free on 1300651233 or learn more about shipping personal effects here.

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    Import FAQ

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    Why are free trade agreements, refunds and duty drawback important in import export Customs clearance

    Origin and preference including FTAs

    Reduced or nil rate of duty can be achieved by properly defining where your goods originated and correctly classifying your goods. If there is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and that country of origin, you will need to check whether your goods’ classification qualifies for a reduced or nil rate of duties. Watch this video to see the list of FTAs Australia has with other countries.

    Don’t know how to begin? We are here to help you. Send us a message or call us on 1300651233.

    Refund and duty drawback applications

    Who doesn’t want a refund and duty drawback? You sure do! However, there are specific circumstances that must exist in order for importers and exporters to take advantage of this.

    Want to know if your goods are eligible? Talk to us at 1300651233.

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    Our import export Customs clearance services includes assessing your eligibility for a Tariff Concession Order

    Tariff concession orders for imports

    A Tariff Concession Order (TCO) reduces the duty payable on certain goods to zero. This applies to goods which do not have an Australian-made substitutable good. However, forms and relevant attachments need to be submitted to make your goods entitled for TCO. The process involves:

    • Application
    • Revocation
    • Assessment

    This is often tricky, especially for first-time importers, so our broker team is here to help with providing this service.

    Tariff advice for import export customs clearance

    Our licensed customs brokers are up-to-date with the import tariffs of all (hundreds) Australia’s cargo classifications when importing from various countries. Their experience in import export customs clearance means they can also help with tariffs when exporting overseas.

    Call us on 1300651233 for help on working out your cargo’s tariff.

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    No one wants to pay more than they need to.

    Let us help you and check if the goods you are importing are eligible for a Tariff Concession Order.

    Need help with tariffs when doing an import export customs clearance?

    Classification, dumping duties, countervailing duties and valuation is part of our import export customs clearance service

    Commercial consignment valuation and classification

    Do you know that commercial consignment is free from export duties once Australian Customs has recognised it as such? However, importers and exporters need to correctly value and classify the cargo and the submit documentation.

    Dumping and countervailing duty assessment

    Additional duties applied to goods sourced from outside Australia are antidumping duty and countervailing duty. These are put in place by the government in order to protect Australian trade. Talk to us if you want to know whether the goods you are importing will be subject to these duties.

    Import export customs clearance valuation advice

    Customs determines, based on customs valuation, how much duty will be applied to your cargo. It is not just getting the value of the cargo from the invoice; it’s also considering the appropriate classification – and that can be tricky. One product may fit into five different classifications. Our licensed and experienced customs broker can help determine the specific customs value of your goods.

    Let our expert broker help you with this. Feel free to contact us on 1300651233.

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    Government asssistance schemes and liaising for exporting

    Government assistance schemes for exporting

    Are you an Australian business planning to export your products and needing financial assistance or business support? You’ll be happy to know the government has assistance programs that may be suitable for you.

    For more information regarding the government assistance schemes for exporters here in Australia, refer to Assistance exporting from Australia.

    We can help steer you in the right direction. Just give us a call.

    Liaising with government and regulatory bodies

    Concerned about the learning curve you face when processing your import/export clearance documentation through various government and regulatory bodies in Australia or overseas? We are happy to help.

    FFQO has a global network that connects with the various government and regulatory agencies in Australia and overseas. Through our expertise and connections, we can save you significant effort.

    Talk to us today. Call us on 1300651233.

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