IMPORT Consultancy

Keeping the bigger picture in mind

Imagine your perishable goods have finally arrived in Australia and you are being informed by Australian Customs that your cargo has to be re-exported because the product labelling does not comply with local regulations.

With Harders Advisory, you benefit from more than supply chain optimisation and the efficient movement of goods – we look at the bigger picture as well as the finer details, we:

Customs and Quarantine

All imported goods are subject to Australian Quarantine, now called the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Any timber packing or components must be treated to DoA standards. The most widely used standard is International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 or ISPM15. This is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials used to ship products between countries.

Any used goods are subject to Quarantine and in the case of machinery, may be subject to an import permit. Any imported used goods must be “clean as new”. Equipment that is contaminated may be deemed a prohibited import and DoA may order the immediate re-export of the goods.

Any containerised cargo must be unpacked in the metropolitan area. Containers that are destined for unpack in the country are subject to a Quarantine inspection.

If you are in the business of importing goods into Australia, you might want to talk to our in-house, fully DoA accredited Licensed Customs Brokers. They can assist with quarantine matters, arrange onsite inspections to assess quarantine standards, thus ensure compliance and efficient clearance of your goods.

We provide complete peace of mind – so you can confidently focus on your customers.

Australian Jobs Act

The Australian Jobs Act 2013 commenced on 28th December 2013 and requires projects where capital expenditure exceeds $500 million to give Australian entities the opportunity to bid for procurement contracts.

It is mandatory for projects of this size to develop and implement an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plan, with the draft AIP Plan to be lodged at least 90 days prior to the Project’s Trigger Date.

Henning Harders TradeLine has developed and implemented AIP Plans for many years and has the knowledge and experience to assist you to comply with this legislation.

Tariff Concession Orders

The most common form of concession in Australia is the Tariff Concession Order (TCO). TCO’s are applied for by importers who can substantiate to the Australian Border Force that a substitutable good cannot be made in Australia in the ordinary course of business. Just because an item is not made in Australia does not mean it is duty free. A concession application must be made that is specific to the item and this must be accepted by the Australian Border Force before it will be approved. When claiming a concession it is imperative that the importer is comfortable that the concession covers the goods being imported. Severe penalties can be issued by the Australian Border Force when concessions are claimed incorrectly.

Henning Harders Tradeline has been highly successful in TCO’s and can assist with TCO applications, local manufacturer research and TCO advice.

We ensure the compliance of your goods and increase speed to market.

Your direct contact to Harders Advisory

Talk to us if you consider importing goods to Australia, if you want to determine the feasibility of an overseas business opportunity, mitigate risks, comply with customs regulations, improve cash-flow or streamline your import / export processes.


Steven Butler

Head of Advisory

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