Exports to Australia

Why export to Australia?

  • By GPD standards, Australia has quite a wealthy consumer population
  • Over 1 million British citizens live in Australia
  • Familiar business etiquette and no language barriers to deal with
  • Australia has around 24 million mostly English-speaking consumers, who purchased £3.7 billion worth of goods from the UK in 2014
  • Offers a low-risk stable political climate and its democratic, federal state system still recognises the British Queen as sovereign and head of state

Exports to Australia regulations

Upon leaving the EU all goods must be declared to Customs, which Unsworth UK can arrange. A pre-departure message is also to be sent to the country of destination, due to increased cargo security measures, known as the Export Control System (ECS). There is also the Export Accompanying Document (EAD) used for goods travelling across EU member states to non-EU countries. This acts as the exporter’s official proof of export.

Controls for Exports to Australia

Depending on the class of your goods, controls may be in effect under National and EU regulations. Examples of these are military goods or military technology. A full list of controlled goods can be found on the https://www.gov.uk/ website under Strategic Export Controls.

Documentation for Exports to Australia

At present, there are no special regulations and bills of lading may be made out ‘to order’. If there are no issues relating to title (ownership) or payment, you should check if your goods can move on an express bill or an express release. This helps to avoid delays that can be associated with a full marine bill of lading.

Cargo Security Regulations

Australia has a cargo security notification system call Cargo Management Re-engineering (CMR), which involves the pre-notification of vessels due to arrive in Australia and confirmation of the arrival of the goods. Registration with Customs is required to use the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) for the lodging of import declarations.

Special Certificates for exports to Australia

  1. Plants and a number of plant products need a phytosanitary certificate and phytosanitary controls are in effect for the import of specific plants, seeds, berries, potatoes and any other product that could cause phytosanitary risk.
  2. Exports of milk and milk based products to Australia must be accompanied by a Declaration Origin (Dioxin), which is issued by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) within the UK.
  3. The importation of animals or animal products requires a Veterinary Certificate that is acceptable by the authorities.
  4. Except for Gin, Whisk and other alcoholic spirits may need a Certificate of Verification of age, origin and GI confirmation for Whisky.
  5. The import of foodstuffs is regulated by both the Australian Quarantine and the Inspection Service for Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Health Certificates raised by an official authority from within the exporter country are also required.
  6. Certain foodstuff requires an import permit administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Goods for human or animal consumption such as health food supplements, milk, tea, pet food, etc. may also require a Certificate of Free Sale (CFS), produced by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the UK.
  7. Second-hand clothing requires a Fumigation Certificate.
  8. A number of chemicals require a Certificate of Analysis.
  9. Household toothbrushes and brushed must be accompanied by a Certificate of Sterilisation.
  10. If you wish to import medical devices, registration and approval must be obtained by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
  11. Wildlife or wildlife products are subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species if Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and require an import permit.
  12. Exports to Australia of rough diamonds require a Kimberly Process Certificate, under the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

Marking of goods

The following classes of goods are required to be marked with a statement of origin:

  • articles of, or used in the manufacture of food and drink
  • medicines and medicinal preparations
  • manures, agricultural seeds, plants
  • textile products, boots and shoes, jewellery, brushware, powder puffs
  • chinaware and enamelled ware
  • Electrical appliances, toys
  • Cigarette papers and cigarette tubes
  • Portland cement
  • Sanitary and lavatory articles of earthenware etc, tiles, watches and clocks

Marking and labelling requirement information for specific items such as clothing, shoes, and watches can be found on the Australian Customs Service website: www.customs.gov.au.

Packing Material for exports to Australia

Full container loads (FCL) transported via ocean carriage requires a Container Cleanliness Statement, as set out by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) Non- Commodity Information Requirement Policy.

Australia has strict regulations in place regarding the use of wood, plywood and reconstructed wood as packing material. The use of hay or straw packaging is prohibited. All wood packaging must be ISPM15 marked and compliant – detailed information can be found on the Department of Agriculture website or the Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation website.

UK exports to Australia by category 2012–2014
Abbreviated harmonised code

Product classification

Exports in £million FOB
2012 2013 2014
4426 3667
Nuclear reactors. boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances, parts 659 87 843 688
Pharmaceutical products 459 71 16 29
Electrical machinery, equipment, parts, sound and TV 277 49 213 197
Optical, photo, measuring, precision, medical instruments 205 29 117 72
Clothing 116 22 123 139
Aircraft, spacecraft and parts 106 73 88 62
Plastics and plastic products 97 33 69 61
Miscellaneous chemical products 61 99 51 26
Paper and paperboard, paper pulp 40 32 23 23
Footwear 12 19 39 43
Soaps, organic surface-active agents 31 94 32 53
Toys, games and sports requisites 25 97 57 46
Tobacco 21 89 26 13
Miscellaneous edible preparations 27 40 17 14
Iron and steel 10 18 14 26
Coffee, tea, spices 7 Source: HMRC www.uktradeinfo.com, which can be accessed for deeper eight-digit code searches with monthly trends.