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AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS INFORMATION

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS INFORMATION

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS INFORMATION

NOTE
Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief
summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipm
ents to this destination and is being
provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to
change without notice, Allfreight International cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-
compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or
consulate.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
• All shippers (excluding Australian and New Zealand citizens) are required to have a visa
to gain entry and to import household goods shipments
•A customs form B534 Unaccompanied Effects Form is required for all shipments to beimported.
This form can be obtained from the destination agent or downloaded at
www.customs.gov.au/travel/unaccomp.htm
The agent can clear the shipment if the shipper is not in the country, provided the
form
B534 is complete and there are no dutiable items with the shipment
The B534 must be the original as completed by the client. Customs will not accept faxed
or photocopied forms. Customs will also ask for a photocopy of each page of the client’s
passp
ort
An Authority to Act form must be completed by the client to authorize clearance on their
behalf
Owner packed goods require a list of contents from the owner
A descriptive inventory (English) is required.
Any receipts for goods not owned and used fo
r at least 12 months
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty free entry, provided that
they have been owned and used by the shipper for at least twelve (12) months prior to
importation. Goods may be cleared b
efore the client arrives in the country provided that all of the
necessary, correctly completed documents are in order
As of July 1, 2002,
the Australian Customs Service (ACS) began implementing a new cargo
reporting and clearance system.
This system no
w requires forwarders and importers to
electronically report all incoming cargo to the ACS at least 24 hours prior to the Vessel or aircraft
arrival at an Australian port.
This cargo report must contain the name and residential address of
the owner/receive
r of the cargo
.
It is acceptable for this address to be shown as a hotel, serviced
apartment or the contact address of a friend, relative or place of employment. It is not acceptable
to send no address or notations such as TBA, will advise, etc.
No shipme
nt will be dispatched
from port of departure to an Australian port of entry until an address as such is advised to Allied
International.
All costs associated with the delay in advising Allied International with a contact address in
Australia will be passed
back to the responsible party or are to the owner’s account.
AUSTRALIAN
CUSTOMS INFORMATION
NOTE
Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief
summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipm
ents to this destination and is being
provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to
change without notice, Allfreight International cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other
detr
imental events resulting from non
compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or
consulate.
PROHIBITED ITEMS
Foodstuff:
o
Fresh fruits and vegetables (do not use fruit boxes to pack items, they are
prohibited)
o
Grains such as popcorn (popped and unpopped), barley, beans, seeds, etc.
o
All meat and dairy products
Plants or parts of plants, soil, seeds, dried flowers and the like
o
Ensure that ALL soil is PROPERLY washed off garden implements or
shoes/boots, all grass/soil is removed from lawnmowers and bicycles, vacuum
cleaner bags are
disposed of, Christmas decorations do NOT contain any pine
cones, pieces of bark, branches, or any leaves (i.e. parts of any plant)
Most animals including wildlife and endangered species, animal products (such as ivory,
skins, feathers, bones, shells and
the like or products made from these items) or animal
equipment and biological specimens
If above items in shipment, shipment will be seized by Customs for identification
Medications and narcotic drugs (letter from doctor must state that medication is re
quired
for Customer’s treatment, and it has been supplied on prescription)
Firearms, weapons, ammunition, explosives and some types of martial arts weapons
o
Firearms are subject to severe restrictions
o
Weapons will undergo safety check
o
All firearms will
be held by Customs upon arrival and held in “Queens Bond”
pending approval by the Police Department for a “Shooters License”
Radio transmitters, citizen band radios, cordless telephones (must be approved by the
Department of Transport and Communication)
If above items in shipment, shipment will be seized by Customs for safety checking
Importation of any prohibited item without the necessary Australian Import Permit, may
result in $50,000 to $100,000 fines and a jail term of 5
10 years
Any alcohol brought
into Australia must be declared and is subject to duty/GST.
Charges are
calculated on the following
Value of each bottle
Percentage of alcohol content
Volume
Each bottle of alcohol needs to be listed, and have the above noted, on a separate inventory
sheet

 

 



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