Australian Customs clearance when bringing commercial goods with you - how does it work?

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brazilianlink
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25 Mar 10 04:09:37 am
Hello everyone,

I have one doubt regarding clearing imported goods through Australian Customs. For example, if I am traveling Overseas and I decide to bring commercial goods with me in the value of around AU$3000(three thousand). On the Australian Customs/Quarantine entry form, I have to declare I am bringing commercial goods. My question is, does Australian Customs calculate how much duty/GST should I pay straight away on arrival based on the tax invoice of the goods? Should I contact a customs broker while I am overseas to prepare all paper work in advance?

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

brazilianlink

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richelle_salehoo
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25 Mar 10 04:47:59 am
Hi Brazilianlink,

I think fudjj can help you with your first question. Sorry I'm not that familiar with exactly how the Australian Customs do their work.

But usually, when you are unsure and when you are overseas, it would be best to get the services of a customs broker to help you with your needs. This way all the required paper work and other documents needed are processed correctly.

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26 Mar 10 05:30:18 am
Hi brazilianlink,

I'm pretty sure that you have to present a receipt to show the value of the goods on arrival, so they can work out duties and GST on the spot. I did once bring a car part from Australia to New Zealand for my father, and New Zealand Customs asked me for a receipt on arrival. I didn't have one, but luckily they let me off with a warning to always bring one in future!

I haven't imported anything while traveling into Australia, but when my partner imported some electronics recently from the US by freight for his business, duties seemed fairly small - it was GST that was the big one! So, if you aren't already registered for GST, you should do that soon so you can claim it back.


Grace

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brazilianlink
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31 Mar 10 08:23:00 am
Thanks everyone for the replies.

Look, I have sent an email to Australian Customs inquiring about that.
Once I have a feedback, I will post it here.


Cheers,

brazilianlink

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richelle_salehoo
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11 Nov 10 11:09:55 pm
Thanks everyone for the replies.

Look, I have sent an email to Australian Customs inquiring about that.
Once I have a feedback, I will post it here.


Cheers,

brazilianlink


Hi Brazilianlink,

I know it been over 7 months since you started this thread, so how did it go? What did the Australian Customs tell you about the issue?

It would be really great and helpful if you share the information you learned. We have many Australian members who might just be in the same situation right now.

Looking forward to your update :)


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11 Nov 10 11:49:02 pm
Hi to everyone! :)

I learned that if the goods are over $1,000 in value, you need to accomplish an "Import Declaration", which can be communicated electronically, through the Intergrated Cargo System (ICS), or manually, by document on Customs form B650 - Import Declaration (N10).

And if the total value of the consignment is $1,000 or less the goods must be cleared via a Self Assessed Clearance (SAC) declaration. For detailed information, visit Link hidden: Login to view

Hope this helps. :)


Irene

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