Australian customs information
All goods imported into Australia (unaccompanied effects) must be cleared by Customs. A formal Customs clearance for goods imported above certain value limits (currently $250 for goods imported by sea and air cargo and $1000 for goods imported through the postal system) is required.
There is a Customs fee for the processing of entries. In addition there may be a Customs duty and/or GST and other taxes and charges imposed. Customs duty rates vary and depend on a variety of factors such as the country of origin and type of goods.
Should customs inspect a consignment (regardless whether or not the client has declared goods under 12 months old) they will check for electrical appliances, TV, stereo equipment etc.
The customs forms on Unaccompanied Personal Effects will need to be filled out and returned to Australian Vanlines prior to your move.
For your convenience, the forms for Australia, USA, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom and other countries are available in the Customs Forms section of our website.
Proof of Item Age
Customs may request receipts of purchase for some items less than 12 months old, the onus is then on the owner/importer to produce a receipt or purchase document to prove the age of that particular item. If the owner/importer cannot produce a receipt, customs may have the item valued and levy duty and sales tax accordingly.
Food items should not be included in a consignment. Should the client be adamant and wants to ship these items, please ensure all food is in one box and clearly marked on the inventory.
Any alcohol brought into the country is subject to duty and sales tax. Please note, products such as grape wine, fruit and vegetable wine, cider, perry, mead, sake and grape wine products such as marsala, vermouth, wine creams and cocktails are also subject to Wine Equalisation Tax of 29%.
Each and every consignment arriving in our Bond Store will be inspected by an Officer of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
The Quarantine Inspection Fee is A$150.00 plus GST per half hour and will be billed to the owner/importer. This is a government requirement and we have no control on total time of inspection.
Should any item contain active wood worm or insects or show any signs of insect infestation, fumigation in Australia will be required. Please note that if the items have been fumigated at the point of origin and you have been provided with a Fumigation Certificate, the Certificate may still not be recognized by the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service. The Australian fumigation requirement is CH3Br 48gM3 24hr 21c or above.
As an indication, common high risk items in personal effects shipments are:
Refrigeration or air conditioning equipment that is charged with a CFC refrigerant.
Please read this government information (comes up in a new window) if you are bringing in a vehicle, whitegoods or other equipment containing a refrigeration or air conditioning system.
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||Material which is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult.This may include, but is not limited to:
Returning residents that have lived abroad may import their personal effects into Australia.
These effects will enter, exempt from duty, providing it has been owned and used abroad for over 12 months.
First Time Migrant
Any person arriving in Australia to take up permanent residency for the first time will receive a concession of A$400 for each adult and A$200 for each child under 18 years of age.
A family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children), for example, is allowed A$1200 worth of personal items. Effects that exceed this value will be taxed accordingly. Effects owned and used for over 12 months overseas will be exempt from duties.
All motor vehicles are subject to duty and sales tax. The owner/importer must have owned and use the vehicle for at least three months prior to shipping and you must receive permission to import the vehicle before the vehicle is shipped from the port of origin.
A Vehicle Import Approval application form can be obtained from the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Motor vehicles over 15 years old can be registered without a compliance plate.
All vehicles imported into Australia must be steam cleaned and the interior vacuumed prior to shipping. The vehicle must be spotless or steam cleaning will be ordered by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (cost incurred by the owner/importer).
The following documents are required to be submitted to the Australian Customs Service:
- Original Vehicle Import Approval
- Copy of Bill of Sale confirming purchase price, purchase date and whom the vehicle was purchased from (full name and address details required)
- Copy of each and every page of owner/importer passport (including blank pages)
- Copy of ocean Bill of Lading
- Fully completed Vehicle Imported by a Passenger form (obtained from our office)
- Confirmation of freight paid to ship the vehicle