Summary: The Australian Government controls the import of goods into Australia. Some items are categorized as prohibited and restricted exports. As an Australian online shopper, if you are buying from overseas, you need to get to know this.
Do you know that the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) checks all the goods arriving at international mail centers, airports, and seaports on a regular basis? About 150 million items of international mail sent to Australia every year and Quarantine officers, with the help of x-ray machines and detector dogs, screen all these items. Around 80,000 high-risk items are intercepted every year from entering Australia.
Australia is one of the countries with the strictest regulations of importing goods. While the number of Australian digital shoppers, who make cross-border purchases, is increasing steadily over the past few years. The data from the 2016 Australia eCommerce Market shows that almost 69% Australian shoppers purchase goods mainly from the US, China, and the UK. As more and more Australian consumers shop online overseas it is necessary to know about the rules and regulations for importing goods from U.S. and China to Australia.It’s always better to know before you shop
Every country has export and import regulations and carrier restrictions. Australian quarantine regulations have been imposed by the government to protect the environment and habitats in Australia from harmful, contagious diseases and pests. Mainly food, plants, and animal material are restricted as they have the potential to damage the country’s agriculture while negatively impacting the community health.Is your purchased product safe to be sent?
The Australian Government has categorized certain imported goods into two categories: Prohibited and restricted. Prohibited goods cannot be imported by any means in the country, while the restricted goods require written permission for importing into Australia.
The Department of Agriculture has a list of prohibited goods that are subjected to be seized and destroyed:
Some of the goods can be imported after proper treatment and prior declaration. You need to pay fixed fees before importing them:
If you’re uncertain about any of these categories, feel free to contact us for further guidance. Here is a comprehensive list of restricted goods to Australia:
The list is getting longer as the Government of Australia has taken enough care by covering all the imported goods that may impact the country.
We, at Ship2AU, are always here to help you to shop overseas on line from the U.S. and China, and import product into Australia.