How to export

​​​​Export requirements

All goods being exported from Australia must be reported to the Australian Border Force (ABF) using either an Export Declaration or exemption code and are subject to customs control.

Goods intended to be exported from Australia must be declared on an Export Declaration if the goods:

  • have a value of more than AUD2000
  • need an export permit (regardless of their value)
  • are goods where duty drawback is being claimed
  • are dutiable or excisable goods where the duty or excise duty is unpaid.

Goods that are exempt from requiring an Export Declaration include:

  • personal effects
  • pets
  • goods with a value of less than AUD2000
  • some 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.

There are no customs duties on export and the exportation of services are not subject to customs control.

Exports of goods and services from Australia are generally free of Goods and Services Tax (GST), provided they meet certain conditions or specific rules. For more information on GST,  see the Australian Taxation Office.

Normal export requirements apply to goods exported to Australia’s external territories, including Christmas, Cocos (Keeling) and Norfolk Islands.

The Australian Government controls the export of certain goods from Australia. Search the list of prohibited goods to find out which goods are prohibited, and where you can get more information.