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.