If you are planning to import goods into Australia, it is important that you follow the proper procedure. Failure to do so could see your goods seized or you may receive fines and penalties. Below is a guide which will help you to import goods successfully. You should do the following things before attempting to import goods into Australia.

1. Check the regulations

There are a lot of different regulations which govern the import of goods. The rules which you need to follow will depend on the type of product or item you intend to import. The best place to start is to contact the Border Force who will be able to provide you with detailed advice. However, it may also be worthwhile getting in touch with a custom's broker who has an in-depth knowledge of laws around the import of goods.

2. Check that the goods are properly labelled

Before you ship your item, you need to ensure that it is properly labelled. The label should clearly state the country of origin, the contents of the crate or box, the weight of the item, the address of the sender and the address of the recipient. If you do not clearly mark this information on the package, it is possible that it will be refused at the point of entry into Australia.

You should never list misleading information on this label as Border Force officials may carry out random spot checks on packages to establish that the contents match what is listed on the label. If it does not, you may face criminal charges. It is best to print this information on a sticker which can be attached to the side of the package or crate. If you hire the services of a customs broker, they will be able to assist you in labelling your goods before import.

3. Check the taxes and tariffs you will need to pay

Whenever you import something, it is highly likely you will need to pay some form of import tax or other tariffs. However, the exact amount you will be liable to pay will vary depending on the type of item you wish to import and its country of origin. Understanding the impact of international trade deals can be complicated, so it is typically best to consult a customs broker.

If you would like further advice or information about importing goods, you should contact your local customs brokerage services today.