Shipping Services to Australia from Singapore

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If you’re a seller outside of Australia who is looking into shipping to Australia, you’re in luck. It’s really simple to ship into Australia and as long as the value of the items you are shipping is less than AU$1000, the buyer will not incur any additional charges or taxes.

However, customs laws are quite strict, so check to make sure your products doesn’t fall into one of the categories of items that can’t be shipped to Australia.

While this may seem like a lot of information, it will become second nature before you know it! And the benefit of opening up your shop to a worldwide marketplace will be well worth the initial effort.

All luggage shipments imported into Australia are considered as unaccompanied personal effects (UPE’s) and may be subject to duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) – however if you meet certain criteria, you should not have to pay anything at all. To qualify for a duty and tax free concession for your personal effect shipment, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

Customs clearance of personal effects may delay your shipment by 24-48 hours. However if you want to help avoid delays complete the B534 form prior to shipping (attach to your package in a separate documents enclosed pouch), and it will help speed up the process. (You may also be asked for copies of your passport on arrival).

It is important to understand that it is not the courier who is levying additional charges, it is the Australian authorities. It’s simply part of the local government’s import regulations and legislations, and if you want to send a parcel to Australia you must comply with these.

To create a shipping invoice you need to know the following information about your parcel:

  1. The shipper’s address (collection address)
  2. The receiver’s address (delivery address)
  3. The goods description for each item you are sending (IT Equipment, clothing, toys, ceramic mugs)
  4. The value of each item for customs purposes along with the total shipment value
  5. The reason for export (personal effects, samples, promotional items, sold goods, returned for repair, personal effects)

When your goods arrive in Australia, customs will need to classify the duty amount payable for each product you’re sending. Different products have different levels of duty and tax. Each product has a ‘tariff classification’ you don’t have to research this, but if you’re sending high value items it’s recommended, otherwise customs may use the incorrect classification and inadvertently apply the incorrect level of duty and tax, which may cost you more.