Exporting to Australia

Read our guide below on exporting to Australia from UK locations

Australia may only be the 12th largest economy – and the 5th largest compared to the other Asia-Pacific nations – but it’s actually one of the strongest UK trading partners. Major imports and exports from the UK to Australia according to World’s Richest Countries include, vehicles, machinery, electronic equipment as well as a variety of natural resources. This also demonstrates how there are plenty of ways for businesses to work with Australia and there are in fact thousands of British-owned companies currently operating across the nation.

With this in mind, if you’re considering exporting and importing into Australia, you could be about to tap into a variety of great opportunities and advantages. There’s the obvious lack of a language barrier, and there are many beneficial similarities between the Australian and British ways of life. However, like with any trading to countries outside of the EU there are still procedures you need to follow and stick to.

This is where TNT’s guide for exporting to Australia can help you out; as experts in global deliveries we’ve put together this useful post you can make the most of to ensure your goods reach their down under destinations.

Australia Fact File

  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Capital City: Canberra
  • Largest City: Sydney
  • Population: 24.1m (estimate)
  • GDP: $1.137trn (estimate)

What to Consider

So if you’re looking to start importing goods to Australia, these are key aspects to consider with your consignments:

VAT and Duty

Your business should be VAT registered, but you won’t be charged VAT on goods that are exported outside of the EU. Australia does have its own Goods and Services Tax (GST) which might apply to your consignments.

You may also be able to have your goods zero-rated, but these have to meet several criteria. They need to leave the EU within three months, and you need to have detailed evidence of what the exports are and when they were purchased and sent.

There may also be an amount of duty to pay when importing goods into Australia, but this depends on what the goods are and what the regulations are on these items. To make things easier, you need to make sure your goods are properly classified, and to do this you need the right commodity code. These codes can be found using the UK Government’s Trade Tariff search tool and it’s imperative you get the right one, otherwise you risk having your goods seized or delayed when exporting to Australia.

Licences and Declarations

There are some restrictions in place for certain goods when exporting to Australia. This means you may need an export licence, so you should check this before you start trading. Equally, any goods shipped outside of the EU must be declared, and as such, you’ll need to register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number or EORI. This will then allow you to complete an export declaration on the CHIEF system (Customs Handling or Import and Export Freight), then you can be sure that you’re importing to Australia securely and legally.


Like with most countries, there are also restrictions when exporting to Australia and certain goods are not allowed to be imported. You can find out more on this page from the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, to see if there are any bans or limitations on your potential exports to Australia.

A final point to remember is that TNT are available to make your exporting to Australia much easier via our freight services. Our company was in fact founded in this great nation, but it’s just one of the many international countries we send shipments and parcels between on a daily basis. As such you can trust us when you’re exporting and importing goods into Australia to get them there quickly and on time, without having to handle many of the above aspects or concerns yourself.