General Regulations

Most products that are exported to Australia are not subject to any kind of restriction or special laws. Export of goods into the country is controlled by laws like the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) (Customs Act) that regulates the import market and the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (Cth) that regulates the customs duty imposed on products imported into the country.

Rules and Regulations of Exporting to Australia

Australia has a business-friendly aggressive market that has not been affected much by the recent global recession. If you want to expand your business and set up a commercial base in the Asia-Pacific region, you can consider exporting to Australia on a regular basis. In fact, shipping to Australia has several benefits for your organization if done the correct way. If you follow the basic rules of exporting, have a good business plan and sharp business acumen, you can be sure of having a successful business of exporting to Australia.


Although most categories of commercial products can be easily exported into Australia, certain categories like arms and ammunitions; animal products, manufactured chemicals or drugs are subject to stringent import controls. Exporting such commodities may be altogether banned or you may have to obtain special permits, licenses and other documents to export products whose entry into the country is otherwise prohibited.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service can help you to determine if the products that you want to export to Australia are prohibited or not. In case the products are classified as restricted or prohibited, contact the Customs Information Centre (CIC) for general assistance on procedures for dealing with restricted and prohibited category of goods.