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Export to Australia

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Australia combines a vast reservoir of natural resources – including iron ore, coal, gold and gas – with a strong and well-developed manufacturing and services economy.

Australia is a key player in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, but also works closely with the UK on political and economic issues. Around 1,000 UK companies are doing business in Australia each day, and UK exports to Australia have grown almost 80 per cent since 2007.

Sources: GOV.UK, UKTI

For more detailed information when trading with Australia, download our Australia Fact Sheet.

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DHL Facts

Locations: 83

Gateways into the Country: 7

Number of Service Centres: 14

DHL Delivery Zone: 8

Vehicle Fleet: 200

Australia: Country Profile
Capital: Canberra EXPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA
Population: 22.3 million Exports from
Australia:
$257.9 billion (2012 est.)
Area: 7,741,220 sq km Export Commodities: Coal, iron ore, gold, meat, wool, alumina, wheat, machinery and transport equipment.
Currency: 1 Australian dollar (AUD) = 100 cent Top Export Destinations: New Zealand, USA, Singapore, China, UK, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Japan.
GDP: US$ 961 billion (2012 est.) IMPORTS INTO AUSTRALIA
Time Zones: UTC +10 (Australian Eastern Standard Time) UTC +9.5 (Australian Central Standard Time) UTC +9 (Australian Western Standard Time) No summertime observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Imports into
Australia:
$263 billion (2012 est.)
Languages: English, Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Cantonese, Vietnamese, other, unspecified Import Commodities: Machinery and transport equipment, computers and office machines, telecommunication equipment and parts; crude oil and petroleum products.
Ethnic Groups: White 92%, Asian 7%, Aboriginal and other 1% Top Import Origins: China, USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK.
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Australia to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Brisbane 3 days 5 days
Canberra 3 days 5 days
Melbourne 4 days 6 days
Sydney 4 days 6 days
Wuhan 4 days 6 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Australia. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

    Calls to DHL UK phone numbers beginning ‘084’ cost 7 pence per minute, plus your phone company’s

  • Duty Free Allowance

    Values up to $1,000 AUS

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Australia use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, tas.dhl.com. TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

Invoices must include: shipper and receiver details; quantity and full description of goods (not just part numbers/code numbers). Specific brands and/or product names must not be used as the goods description on the waybill or label.

Send document shipments valued above US$ 140 or weighing above 25 kg per piece as goods.

Customs duties and Goods and Services Tax (GST) may apply.


Prohibited items specific to Australia:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Precious metals & stones

Restricted items specific to Australia:

8mm, 16mm, 35mm films
Include full value, including carrier medium and intellectual property, as the asset value. If value over US$ 140 or GST payable above US$ 30: ship as goods.


Alcoholic beverages & alcohol-related products
Subject to high duty and tax rates: www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/AlcoholandTobaccoFactSheet.pdf.


Animal products, coal & firewood, coffee & coffee samples, cotton & cotton seed, grain samples, leather goods, marble products, perishables, plant products, plants, seeds, soil, stone or mineral samples for analysis and tea
Subject to quarantine inspection. The receiver needs to provide an import permit. Shipper or receiver need to pay a quarantine processing fee of at least AUD 47.30.


Calendars, catalogues, diaries, magazines, periodicals, journals, manuscripts, pamphlets and publications for public resale
If advertising material: send as goods.


Dairy products, including baby formula
May not be imported from India.


Drugs: Prescription & non-prescription, medical samples and medical or dental supplies & equipment
Subject to import approval from Department of Health. Receiver needs import permit. Shipper or receiver to pay quarantine processing fee of at least AUD 47.30.


Foodstuffs
All goods shipments containing foodstuffs must contain an accurate goods description of the said foodstuffs. Vague and ambiguous descriptions such as ‘SNACKS’ or ‘FOOD’ are not acceptable. Foodstuffs not commercially manufactured, commercially labelled or commercially packaged will be seized by quarantine.


Herbal or nutritional supplements
Include full name/s of the product/s and ingredients listing on the commercial invoice.


Kava
Only import for medical or scientific purposes.


Newspapers
Send as goods.


Personal effects
Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) shipments must be declared to Australian Customs on a B534 Form, which can be completed at origin. An invoice, packing list, and photocopy of the owner’s passport photo page are also required. May be subject to quarantine. Additional Customs fees and GST apply; contact DHL Customer Services for more information.


Raw animal hides and skins
Must be treated by gamma radiation on arrival in Australia. Fumigation certificates supplied by the country of origin will not be accepted.


Seeds & dried plant material
Need to be commercially packaged and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that states the botanical names of the plants.


Tobacco
Subject to quarantine inspection. The receiver needs to provide an import permit. Shipper or receiver to pay a quarantine processing fee of at least AUD 47.30. Duty rates are based on a per kilo/weight rate: AUD 409.71 per kg plus GST of 10 per cent of the CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) amount. All tobacco-related products are subject to high duty and tax rates: www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/AlcoholandTobaccoFactSheet.pdf.


For computer tapes and x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.

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