Exporting Basics

Are there other organisations and websites that provide services and information for exporters?

Australian Wine and Grape Authority (Wine Australia) is the Australian Government authority responsible for the promotion and regulation of Australian wine and brandy, under the provisions of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act, 1980.

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Can Austrade help me source products from overseas?

Austrade is the Australian Government’s Export, Education and Foreign Investment promotion agency. Our charter excludes facilitation of foreign imports into Australia.

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Do I need a permit to export goods out of Australia?

Unless exempt, goods may require a permit to be exported. If so, the details must be included in the Export Declaration.

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Do I need to charge Goods and Services Tax (GST) on sales to overseas customers?

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a broad-based tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia and also on most imports of goods.

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Do I need to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) on exports to New Zealand?

Exports of goods and services from Australia are generally GST-free - the Australian Tax Office website provides detailed information on this.

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How can I find the applicable duty & taxes in an overseas market?

You will need the Harmonised Tariff Code (HTC) to search for import tariffs on the World Trade Organisation website. If you don’t have the HTC, this can be obtained by contacting Department of Immigration and Border protection on 1800 053 016.

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How do I determine that the overseas enquiry I received is legitimate?

Scams usually follow a pattern – contact is made via the internet, an order for a large amount of product is quickly agreed to, and the buyer wishes to pay via credit card or have the exporter visit them in-country.

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How do I find a customs broker or freight forwarder in Australia?

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) is Australia’s leading peak national body represents members interests in international trade logistics and supply chain management service provision

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How do I find a translator or interpreter in Australia?

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) provides an online database of all accredited translators and interpreters in Australia.

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How do I learn more about the Landing Pads program and apply?

Austrade has a dedicated website for the Landing Pads program, including detailed information the application process, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and even the ability to arrange a virtual appointment with the Landing Pad manager in each location.

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