How to export

The Australian Government controls the export of certain goods from Australia, in addition to those listed on this page. Search the list of prohibited goods to find out which goods are prohibited, and where to get more information.

Export Declarations

Generally, goods intended to be exported from Australia must be declared to us on an Export Declaration if the goods either:

  • have a value of more than AUD 2000
  • need an export permit (regardless of their value).

Goods that are exempt* from requiring an Export Declaration include:

  • personal effects
  • pets
  • goods with a value of less than AUD 2000
  • goods temporarily imported under section 162A of the Customs Act 1901
  • Australia Post or diplomatic bags of mail
  • Australian aircraft and ships' spares
  • military goods of any value that are the property of Australian Government, for use overseas by Australian Defence Forces
  • Australian domestic cargo
  • containers for the international carriage of cargo and ships' stores.

* Exclusions and restrictions apply to the use of the exemptions. Details can be found in the Export control manual - Vol 12.

Exporters must accurately complete all mandatory fields on the Export Declaration. Our role in assisting exporters is limited to providing general advice on completing the form.

Lodging an Export Declaration

An Export Declaration can be lodged either:

You can use a courier to lodge an Export Declaration at specified counters when prior approval from us has been granted.

Amendments or withdrawals to a lodged Export Declaration can be faxed, mailed, or presented at one of our offices in your State or Territory.

To lodge an Export Declaration at a counter:

  1. Complete, but do not sign Export Declaration (B957 Form). You (or your agent) will sign the Declaration when requested by a counter officer.
  2. Present the Export Declaration at a counter with:
    • evidence of identity (EOI) documents (originals or certified true copies)
    • completed client registration form (if required).
      For a list of our counters, view our Offices in Australia
  3. After the EOI check has been completed successfully we will process the Export Declaration.
  4. If we determine the Export Declaration requires amendments, we will contact you (or your agent) and request an amended Export Declaration. This can be sent directly to us by fax or mail or presented at a counter. You can also send an amendment without a request.
  5. When processing has been completed, we will provide you (or your agent) with an export entry advice that is either:
    • an authority to deal with the goods for export
    • an authority to deal with the goods for export, subject to a condition that a specified permission be obtained
    • an authority to deal with the goods for export, subject to a condition that a security required under s16 of the Excise Act 1901 be given, or
    • a refusal to provide an authority to deal (meaning the goods cannot be exported).

For (EOI) requirements and the use of couriers, see evidence of identity for documentary (paper) transactions.

More information about exporter requirements when completing an Export Declaration can be found on the Exporter obligations and reporting requirements factsheet.