GST on Low Value Imports – UPDATE

From July 2018 Goods & Services Tax (GST) will be applicable to low value imports of physical goods after legislation was passed by the Australian Government.

Foreign businesses with more than AUD75,000 worth of sales to Australia will be required to become GST registered, collect GST on applicable goods and lodge returns with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

The legislation has been crafted to cover not only to merchants but also electronic distribution plansforms such has eBay or Amazon and re-deliverers.

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New Requirements – US Bound Air Cargo

From 1-Jul-17 all air cargo to the USA must be screened per piece or be shipped from a registered ‘known consignor’. These new restrictions have been imposed on all airlines by the US Government with all US bound cargo required to be handled under the new requirements.

There are two options for shippers with cargo bound for the USA:

  • Goods can be screened at the piece level (goods must be deconsolidated, so a pallet of boxes will have to be broken down ...
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GST on Low Value Imports Expected Soon

For years Australian shops have complained that online or overseas retailers had an unfair advantage by not having to collect GST for sales made in Australia. Despite government reviews showing that the cost of collecting GST on low value imports would outweigh the revenue earned it was announced at the last Federal Budget that GST on all imports would be applicable from 1-Jul-17. If the Bill does not pass through Parliament by this date it will start from the next ...

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Changes to Australian Customs & Quarantine Import Charges

Customs ‘Import Processing Charges’ – Effective 1-Jan-2016

Starting from 1-Jan-2016 Australian Customs and Border Protection has restructured their Import Processing Charges. As part of the restructuring there will no longer be a price distinction between air / post and sea shipments.

The charge summary further down outlines the main charges while a more detailed breakdown can be found HERE.

Quarantine ‘Import Declaration Charge’ – Effective 1-Dec-15

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (aka Quarantine) have also restructured their charges.

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China / Australia Free Trade Agreement – Now in Effect

Six months ago the China / Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed with the intention of reducing the cost of trade between the two countries. With the agreement coming into effect 20th December 2015 we are now beginning to see the benefits as well as some of the processes importers need to follow to take advantage of the trade concessions.

For importers to take advantage of the discounted duties provided by ChAFTA the supplier must provide a Certificate of Origin ...

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Acceptance of Australian Air Cargo in the US

Requirements that all US bound air cargo is examined at a piece level means that each individual box or item in a shipment must be examined in person or by a machine before being packed and ready for shipping.

Examination might be in person or by approved equipment (ie x-ray or explosive detection) before being packed onto pallets etc for shipping.

Cargo can be examined prior to delivery to the airport by an Enhanced Air Cargo Examination (EACE) provider.

Alternatively organisations can register ...

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Australian Trusted Trader Program – Key Points

What is it?
The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program is an internationally recognised compliance framework for importing and exporting with Australia.

What is the benefit of the program?
The program will allow organisations accredited as a Trusted Trader access to priority and streamlined services

Who will qualify?
Organisations holding an ABN will need a history of trade compliance, strict security procedures and established business processes to be recognised as low-risk and to become accredited as a Trusted Trader.

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Illegal Logging Laws in Australia

About the Illegal Logging Laws

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into operation in November 2012.

Under the Act, it is a criminal offence to import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia or to process domestically grown raw logs that have been illegally logged. This prohibition applies to all imported timber and timber products and all domestically grown logs processed in Australia.

‘Illegally logged’ is defined as timber harvested in contravention of laws in force in the place – whether ...

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NOTICE: Emergency Measures on the Import of Break Bulk, Vehicles & Machinery

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released an industry notice about emergency measures on the import of break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres against the spread of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.


The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic pest of biosecurity concern to Australia’s agriculture industry. Juveniles and adults feed on and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops, and adults can enter vehicles, machinery, homes and factories in autumn months in large numbers looking ...

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Drilling Down on Illegal Drug Importation

Two people have been charged and 5kg of methamphetamine seized in a joint Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police investigation. The drugs were concealed in a large metal drill shaft, arriving at the Melbourne Container Examination Facility in an air cargo consignment originating from Dubai. The consignment was referred to the AFP who arrested a 35 year old woman and a 39 year old man from Glenroy, Victoria.


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