Import processing charge
The Australian Border Force (ABF) applies an import processing charge (IPC) when you make a declaration for imported goods. For current IPC rates, see
Australian Customs Notice No. 2015/44.
Goods imported under Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) are exempt from the IPC. For more information on SOFA and IPCs, see
Australian Customs Notice No. 2017/42.
The ABF collects a biosecurity cost recovery charge (biosecurity charge) on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). This applies when you make a declaration for imported goods. For more information about this charge, see
Australian Customs Notice No. 2019/44.
DAFF is intending to increase the biosecurity charge for goods arriving in Australia by sea from 16 January 2023. For more information, see
226-2022: Changes to biosecurity cost recovery. You can also contact DAFF directly at