CUSTOM CLEARANCE

CUSTOM CLEARANCE


With Change Freight Forwarding + Consulting, you can avoid the stress of clearing your shipments through customs.

Our specialist customs consultants have in depth knowledge of the current Customs clearance and Quarantine inspection requirements and we’ll happily handle it all for you.

We are able to complete the required forms for Custom Clearance on your behalf and submit them to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service electronically through the Integrated Cargo System.

Change Freight Forwarding + Consulting are proud to report that we have recently become an Australian Border Force accredited ‘Australian Trusted Trader’ (ATT).

Being a Trusted Trader brings an added advantage to our customers. Our demonstrated supply chain and compliance history means we are identified as ‘low risk’ by The Australian Border Force. Our ATT status, streamlines our processing through customs and border control and allows us to tailor our border clearance requirements to particular risks specific to each business and its respective goods.

Here are just a few things you need to know when clearing goods through Customs:

  • For goods that are worth equal to or under AUD1000, there are no duties, taxes or charges to pay.
  • For goods that are worth more than AUD1000, you will need to complete an Import Declaration form, and pay the relevant duties, taxes and charges.
  • You will need to pay duties and taxes on some goods (like tobacco or alcohol) regardless of their value.
  • Certain types of goods are not permitted access into Australia, or may need special permits. Contact us to for advice on what goods are prohibited from import to Australia.
  • First-time or infrequent importers are strongly encouraged to use our services to clear their goods through customs.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service may screen, x-ray or examine the goods to make sure the goods are allowed into Australia. The Department of Agriculture may also need to clear and inspect your goods before they can be cleared.

What will it cost?

How much the goods are worth, and how they arrive in Australia, will determine how we clear them and what duty, taxes and charges may apply.

Goods with a value of less than AUD$1000

You do not have to pay duty and taxes on goods (excluding tobacco, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages) with a value of AUD $1000 or less. These are called low value imports. If these goods arrive in Australia by air or sea cargo, they must have a Self-Assessed Clearance (SAC) declaration. This will generally be taken care of by the cargo company or freight forwarder. There is no charge from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for this declaration. Goods arriving by post do not require a SAC declaration.

Goods with a value of more than AUD$1000

To import goods with a value over AUD$1000, you need to make an Import Declaration. The Import Declaration provides information about the goods you are importing. There is a processing charge for making an Import Declaration. You will also be required to pay the duty and taxes for your goods. Change Freight Forwarding + Consulting can assist you with this process.

What if I am a first-time or infrequent importer?

First time or infrequent importers are strongly encouraged to use our services to clear your cargo.

Change Freight Forwarding + Consulting can complete the Import Declaration for you and submit it to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service electronically through the Integrated Cargo System. We can also help you with other tasks you need to do when importing goods.

Change Freight Forwarding + Consulting charge for the services we provide, though they also have access to lower processing fees because of our online connection to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Below of is a list of some of the documents required to assist you with this process:

  • an invoice
  • a bill of lading or air waybill
  • other papers, such as packing list and insurance documents, as required.

For more information, please contact us.

Please use the below buttons to request a Custom Clearance quote:

Personal Effects

Use this form if you have personal cargo that you would like to import to Australia.

Personal Effects

Commercial Cargo

Use this form if you have commercial cargo or are a business that would like to import to Australia.

Commercial Cargo