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Cost of importing goods

​​​​​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 BioCRIS@agriculture.gov.au.​​