|Population||26 million (2022)|
|GDP||1.55 USD trillion (2022)|
|GDP per capita||$59,341 USD (2022)|
|Internet penetration||91% of the population use the internet (2022)|
|Ecommerce users||77% of the population shop online (2022)|
|Leading categories||Fashion, homeware, and media|
|Preferred online payment method||Credit card and digital wallet|
|Currency||Australian dollar, AUD, A$|
Further explanation of de minimis, tax, and duty provided below
Duty and tax will be charged only on imports into Australia where the total FOB value of the import exceeds Australia’s minimum value threshold (de minimis), which is 1,000 AUD. Anything under the tax de minimis value will be considered a tax-free import, and anything under the duty de minimis value will be considered a duty-free import.
Australia has a low-value tax scheme, also known as the Simplified GST law. For online retailers, if you sell, or expect to sell, over 75,000 AUD to Australian customers within a 12-month period, you are required to remit GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) via a Simplified GST for Importers process.
The standard import GST rate for Australia is 10% applied to the CIF value of the goods. Again, if you are a business and have a GST turnover of 75,000 AUD or more, then you will have to register for GST and remit taxes.
The general import duty rate in Australia is estimated at 5% and is applied to the FOB value of the goods.
Below are sample landed cost breakdowns for Australia calculated using Zonos Quoter:
Landed cost for a shipment to Australia below the de minimis value:
Landed cost for a shipment to Australia above the de minimis value:
Australia has at least 17 trade agreements that offer a zero or highly discounted duty rate for goods manufactured in participating countries.
Australia is a member of the World Trade Organization
As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Australia must abide by the most-favored-nation (MFN) clause, which requires a country to provide any concessions, privileges, or immunities granted to one nation in a trade agreement to all other WTO member countries. For example, if one country reduces duties by 10% for a particular WTO country, the MFN clause states that all WTO members will receive the same 10% reduction.
Claiming a customs refund in Australia
Talk to your carrier about customs refunds.
Depending on the courier, additional shipping fees may include:
Government agencies regulate imports.
Restricted items are different from prohibited items. Prohibited items are not allowed to be imported into a country at all. Restricted items are not allowed to be imported into a country unless the importer has approval or a special license. Controlled goods have military or national security significance.
Foreign-grown agricultural commodities must undergo a biosecurity import risk analysis (BIRA) process before entering the country.
Do I need an Australian Business Number (ABN) to sell online?
An ABN is only needed after your sales into Australia exceed the 75,000 AUD threshold.
See Zonospolicies and agreements.
A cross-border guide to Australian ecommerce, shipping, and importing goods
If you are looking to grow your ecommerce business into Australia , you’ve come to the right place. In our guide, created by Zonos' cross-border experts, you will find the following: