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Please find the below fact sheets from Australian customs at the following link (may not be up to date, please visit www.border.gov.au for more accurate information)
CUSTOMS FACT SHEET ON IMPORT DECLARATIONS
Imported goods may arrive in Australia in various ways. You may bring goods with you from overseas or you may import the goods by:
sea cargo, or
international mail (post).
You have imported goods into Australia if:
you purchase, order or otherwise arrange for goods to be brought (or sent) to Australia from overseas
someone sends goods to you from overseas (even if the goods were sent unsolicited), or
you bring commercial goods with you from overseas.
An import declaration is a statement made to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) providing information about imported goods.
Import declarations are used to clear goods from Customs control with a value exceeding AUD$1000.
The information in a declaration is used to assess the goods for duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other taxes and charges (including import declaration cost recovery charge).
ACBPS also use import declarations to determine if any of the following apply:
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
other concessions or schemes, or
if permits or approvals are required.
There may be a reduction in duty and/or GST if a concession or exemption applies.
If imported goods are valued above AUD$1000 and arrive by mail, air or sea cargo you will be required to make an import declaration in most cases.
ACBPS requires import declarations to be lodged by the importer. To lodge an import declaration, you may:
use the services of a licensed Customs broker who will complete the ACBPS requirements for you based on the information you provide
complete an import declaration and present it at an ACBPS counter
lodge an import declaration electronically via the Integrated Cargo System (ICS). A digital certificate is required.
Further information on the ICS is available on the ICS webpage.
If you present an import declaration at an ACBPS counter you will need to bring the following documents:
bill of lading/air waybill
commercial documents (invoices)
evidence of identity
permits or approvals (for the goods), and
other relevant documents.
After you make an import declaration you must keep all relevant documentation for five years.
The following import declaration forms are available from ACBPS counters or on the Forms webpage:
Form B374 Import Declaration (N10) Post: for goods that arrive in Australia by post
Form B650 Import Declaration (N10): for goods that arrive in Australia by air cargo, sea cargo, post or commercial goods carried by you.
IT IS AN OFFENCE TO MAKE FALSE DECLARATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION SERVICE February 2015
If you submit an import declaration to ACBPS you may be asked lodgement questions. These questions seek additional responses from you or your Customs broker regarding community protection, restrictions and permits, or other information.
If you completed your import declaration at an ACBPS counter, you must answer these questions in writing and submit your answers to an ACBPS office.
If you need to amend your import declaration you will need to submit a new import declaration to an ACBPS office, or you or your Customs broker can create a new version of the declaration electronically.
DIGITAL CERTIFICATE AND CLIENT REGISTRATION
Importers who choose to communicate electronically with ACBPS will need to purchase a digital certificate and register as a client in the ICS.
Further information on digital certificates and client registration is available on the ICS webpage.
EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY (EOI)
Importers are required to undergo an EOI check every time they present ACBPS related documentary transactions at an ACBPS counter.
EOI is a verification process that individuals and businesses are required to undertake to prove who they are.
For information on the documents required refer to the Importing Goods Through Customs – Frequently asked questions.
CLIENT SERVICE CHARTER AND STANDARDS
There are client service standards that apply when we process import declarations for you. The mode of transport to Australia determines which standard applies. Different standards apply to:
import declarations for goods that arrive by international mail
import declarations for goods that arrive by sea cargo, air cargo or other modes (e.g. carried by a passenger).
Details of the standards that apply can be found in the Client Service Charter 2014-15 brochure available at ACBPS counters or on the ACBPS website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
You can lodge an import declaration in person at selected ACBPS offices. Please contact the Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263 for your nearest office.
For further information on importation matters:
contact the Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263.
Please click on the following link for free of charge goods for customs https://www.border.gov.au/Factsheets/Documents/ValuationofFree-of-ChargeGoodsApril2011.pdf
VALUATION OF FREE-OF-CHARGE GOODS
All goods imported into Australia must be assigned a Customs value, even if they were provided free of charge. This includes gifts, bonus goods, samples and promotional goods.
WHAT IS A CUSTOMS VALUE AND HOW IS IT CALCULATED?
The Customs value is the value to be used when goods are imported into Australia.
The most common method for valuing any import is to use the ‘transaction value’, which is the price the importer actually paid (or is going to pay) for the goods.
IF YOU HAVE A CONTRACT OF SALE
Customs and Border Protection will use the transaction value method if you have a contract of sale or agreement that includes the free-of-charge goods and if other requirements of that valuation method are met.
Your free-of-charge goods must be part of a larger shipment covered by the contract of sale. In this case, you need to apportion the total value of the shipment to each good, including the free-of-charge goods. The Customs value of each good is calculated based on each apportioned value.
To apportion the total value, you can use commercial documents or contact the overseas supplier to work out how much each good in the shipment is worth. If you do not have enough information to apportion the total value, contact Customs and Border Protection for assistance.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CONTRACT OF SALE
The transaction value method cannot be used when there is no contract of sale for the free-of-charge goods.
In this case the customs value will be determined by applying the following valuation methods in the following sequence:
1) Identical goods value – the price of identical goods sold for export to Australia
2) Similar goods value – the price of similar goods sold for export to Australia
3) Deductive value – the price of either the imported goods, identical goods or similar goods, in a sale in Australia, to another importer, unrelated to you (adjusted for costs incurred between the place of export and the first sale in Australia)
4) Computed value – this is based on the price of producing the goods, general expenses, other costs and profits relating to the imported goods
5) Fall-back value – where no other methods are suitable, Customs and Border Protection will determine the value by taking into account the above valuation methods and any other relevant information.
This information is intended only as a guide and has no legal force. Full details relating to the valuation requirements are contained in the Customs Act 1901. Section 159 of the Customs Act outlines the methods for determining the Customs value of imported products.
RELATED FACT SHEETS
You can access the following related fact sheets from www. customs.gov.au:
• Valuation of imported goods
• Valuation treatment of production assist costs
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you are unsure how to value particular goods, Customs and Border Protection officers are available to assist you.
For information on any Customs and Border Protection matter, contact the Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263, email firstname.lastname@example.org or browse our website www.customs.gov.au.