VCN – Vietnam Trade Office in Australia recommends that businesses need to check following steps to ensure compliance with Australian rules and regulations for imports to Australia.

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Telephones, mobile phones and parts thereof are the largest exports to Australia. Photo: the internet

The Australian Government issued regulations that businesses must comply for importing goods into Australia, such as regulation on imports of agricultural products and foodstuffs. Hence, businesses must ensure compliance rules and regulations.

Normally, businesses and individuals import into Australia without an import license. However, for some certain items, you must ask for permission. For some goods are banned or restricted from imports, such as dangerous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, drugs, some kinds of certain foods, weapons, cigarettes and some kinds of biological material.

In addition, businesses must understand the rules of origin to take advantage of incentives (if any) for imports.

Then, the business must check whether the goods are quarantined or not. If imported goods are plants, animals, minerals and products for human, they must be put on quarantined and treated on insects or other biological factors.

The fee and tax are also noticeable matter. Accordingly, Customs collects fees for normal goods treatment less than $AU 200, and Goods and services tax (GST) which is calculated by 10% of the total value of the goods, plus import duties, plus insurance cost and freight cost to Australia.

Import duty is calculated based on a percentage of goods prices, from 0 to 10% but mainly at 5%. The Special Consumption Tax applies to alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and petroleum.

In addition, goods imported into Australia must be properly labeled, including at least information on the manufacturing country and origin, the exact description of the goods, the address of the exporter and the importer. The labeling must be written in English, attached to the goods, in a right place.

According to statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in the first four months of 2017, two-way turnover between Vietnam and Australia reached more than $US1.89 billion, of which Vietnam’s exports to Australia reached nearly $US 1.05 billion, up by 21.2%, Vietnam’s import turnover from Australia reached $US 848.02 million, up by 14.2% over the same period of 2016.

By Phan Thu/ Ngoc Loan


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