Customs calculator

Calculator for Customs Import Duty and Import Tax Australia 

When you’re looking to import goods from overseas, it’s important to know what document is required by the customs officials of the country in question. In order to avoid unpleasant complications and delays, it’s worth assessing what information you’ll need during this phase of the process.  

This calculator will help you work out an estimate on how much tax and duty will be payable for your upcoming shipment. 

How Does an Import Calculator Work? 

To calculate your customs import duty rates, you must first: 

  • Convert the value of your purchase from the local currency to Australian dollars.
  • Calculate 5% of that amount (for import duties) and 10% of that amount (to get your GST). 

To calculate your Customs Duty & Import Products & Service Tax obligation, enter the value of your goods, freight, and insurance charges. 

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* Keep in mind that a tool like this only offers expected amounts as of Jan 2021. We will try to keep this updated, however, rules and regulations may change over time.  

The owner of the cargo will get payment advice as soon as the customs duty and GST have been finalized and paid. After the sum has been agreed upon, the items may be freed from customs custody. 

Contacting one of our trustworthy and experienced customs brokers is the best method to ensure that you have a fully precise understanding of customs taxes and how much you will be required to pay. A member of the Personal Freight Forwarders team is on hand to help you throughout the process and to provide any extra advice or support you may need. 

Things to know when Shipping in Australia

The Tax Free Threshold Is 1000 AUD: 

If the total worth of your goods and shipping exceeds, a shipment will be subject to a 10% import tax. For instance, if the reported value of your cargo is 1000 AUD, the receiver will be required to pay an extra 100.00 AUD in taxes to the destination country’s government in order to receive the product. 


Paperwork Is Required 

The customs regulations of each country require that you be able to provide a government-issued document that details the details and conditions associated with your shipment. The only way to provide such a statement is through paperwork. This can be provided via email or post, but it’s necessary to keep a copy for your own internal records. 


You Need To Know The Method of Transport: 

Different forms of transport require different forms of documentation and accompanying information for logistics services providers and customs officials reviewing the shipment at the destination country. When shipping in Australia with Personal Freight Forwarders Brisbane, you need to be familiar with how these documents work in order to produce them when necessary and receive clearance from border security for shipments without delay. Our team will assist you with this process. 

You Will Also Need To Pay Duties 

When it comes to importing products, certain paperwork including shipping information is needed, and the documentation required differs depending on the courier and the destination country. Personal Freight Forwarders Brisbane, on the other hand, has significant expertise exporting to Australia and can offer all of the necessary paperwork without you having to lift a finger. 


Bulk Shipping Can Unlock Deeper Discounts 

With PFFB, entrepreneurs can take advantage of reduced prices by using the fast courier and postal services we provide. Consider shipping in large quantities to get even greater savings. For larger orders, direct injection is a type of consolidated shipping that takes advantage of exemptions from import taxes and customs. 


The Cost of Importing Goods 

FOB Value: 

Exporters that ship goods to Australia by air or sea freight with a Free on Board (FOB) value of less than AUD $1000.00 are required to submit a SAC (Self-Assessment clearance) declaration to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Agency. 

The customs clearance of imported goods having a FOB value more than $1000.00 AUD must be completed by filing a manual or electronic customs import declaration and paying any relevant duty/taxes that may be owed. 

You may hire a competent customs broker to handle the filing of your SAC clearance and formal Entry clearance on your behalf, for which they will charge a small fee. 

Following official engagement, which is accomplished via the completion and submission of a LOA (Letter of authority), the customs agent will begin coordinating the clearance of your imported products through customs and quarantine. 

A licensed customs agent should be hired to file the customs entry on your behalf, as they are well-versed in the classification process and can advise you on any possible available TCOs (Tariff concessions) and applicable Free trade agreements that may be applicable to your goods, if any are available. 


Estimate Customs Duty: 

Duty rates are determined by the product and the nation of origin, as well as whether or not the commodities are in compliance with any applicable free trade agreements or tariff concessions, among other factors. 

It is possible that not all products will be duty-free or will only be subject to a lower rate of duty under free trade agreements. 

Some agreements require specific paperwork, such as certificates of origin, to be submitted in order to be eligible for duty preference under certain circumstances. A trained customs agent can advise you on the proper paperwork to submit in order to pass customs and avoid delays. 

Generally, the General Rate of Duty is considered to be 5 percent of the FOB Value of the merchandise (Value converted to AUD at the exchange rate determined by Australian customs). 

Customs GST is believed to be 10 percent of the total cost of the products, including insurance and freight, plus any duties paid. 

Some products, such as alcohol and cigarettes, may be subject to a Dumping Duty or may be subject to different calculation techniques than other goods. 


The Customs Process: 

Customs calculates duty amounts based on the rate of exchange in effect on a particular day and the worth of the goods in Australian dollars. 

Customs import duty rates automatically comprise a variety of charges, such as the duty itself, GST, Luxury Car Tax, Wine Equalisation Tax, and other types of specialized taxes that are applicable to the specific product category in which the duty is being assessed. After the duty estimate has been finalized, a payment advise will be given to the shipper who will then make the necessary payments. After the sum has been agreed upon, the items may be freed from customs custody. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Can I Import More Before Having To Pay Duty In Australia?

You must be aware of the following: One usually does not have to pay customs, taxes, or other fees on items having a value of AUD1000 or less while entering the country. Vendors of low-value products purchased by Australians from outside the country may be charged the GST starting in July 2018. 

Is There Any Way To Avoid Duty Fees In Australia?

If your company is importing items that have a value of less than $1,000 and have been in your possession for over three months, you’ll be excused from paying import tax on those products. In order to clear these items via the Australian Customs and Border Protection, you will need to complete a Self-Assessed Clearance declaration (SAC declaration) (CBP). 

How Much Is Customs Clearance Australia?

Customs will check and provide permission to move the items through. According to the customs service of Australia, items are taxed at 5% of their Australian dollar worth (minus the goods’ trade descriptions), although this does not apply to all commodities. You should contact your freight forwarder or ABF in order to ascertain the exact amount of customs duty you owe.