Importing to Australia
You need to apply for an import permit at least 3 weeks before the goods arrive in Australia. Cost varies depending on goods imported. Check the requirements at BICON Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions
If your machinery is on a trailer, or could be for road use, you may also require a vehicle import approval.
All used machinery is inspected by Quarantine on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. Further inspection and cleaning may be required as instructed by Quarantine, and are not included in our quotations.
GST & DutyGST/Duties are payable on all imports. Duty rates vary depending on the type of machinery imported. GST is 10% for all imports.
Duties are levied on the "Customs value" only, whereas GST is leived on the "customs value" + duty + shipping costs.
Have you taken out Marine Insurance?
Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Whilst the risk of damage to machinery is very low, it does cover you in the event of total loss.
Biosecurity is seeing an increasing number of imported used machines with high levels of Biosecurity Risk Material (BRM). Used machinery can pose a high biosecurity risk if it is contaminated with BRM such as soil, animal or plant material. If machinery arrives in a heavily contaminated state, Biosecurity can order the machine to be exported from Australia at the importer’s or owner’s expense.
Importers are responsible for ensuring all machinery is adequately cleaned offshore prior to shipment. Machinery may require dismantling to be effectively cleaned. Import conditions require all machinery and parts to be free from BRM. If import conditions are breached, the import permit may be revoked.
A number of resources are in place to help importers ensure that their machinery meets Australia’s biosecurity requirements. The Biosecurity website contains information on permits, import conditions, cleaning guides for specific machine types and tips on common problems incurred such as contamination during transport. Machinery Cleaning Guides and Checklists
The importance of cleaning can’t be understated.