Tariff Concessions System

​​Help for manufacturers

The Tariff Concession System is a long-standing Commonwealth program that is designed to assist manufacturers with tariff protection. It is administered by the Australian Border Force.

It is one of a range of programs, across Commonwealth and State Government that provide assistance to Australian producers.

Commonwealth agencies and programs that support business include:

State agencies that support business include:


Reducing the cost of inputs used by business

Many domestic manufacturers use a mix of imported and Australian content in their products and therefore might be able to claim concessions on some imported content.

Concessional entry is possible if the imported parts or components are eligible to use Tariff Concession Orders (TCOs), or other Commonwealth programmes to support industry.

The full list of Tariff Concession Orders is available.

Manufacturers seeking to reduce the cost of imported inputs can request a Tariff Advice / Advance Ruling about goods they intend to import. This ruling will classify the goods and determine what the applicable rate of duty is.

If duty is payable, it is possible that a Tariff Concession Order exists that will allow the goods to enter duty-free. The Tariff Advice will also advise of any TCOs that may apply to your goods.

We do not charge for the issue of Tariff Advices/Advance Rulings.

More information is available about the Tariff Advice System.

Concessional rates of duty

Other Commonwealth Government programs allow duty-free entry of certain goods include Free Trade Agreements.

Further information is available about Free Trade Agreements.

Duty drawback for manufacturing exporters

Domestic manufacturers that use imported content in their products may be able to reclaim any customs duty paid when products are exported.

The Australian Government operates the Tradex and Duty Drawback Schemes which will allow duty to be reclaimed in certain circumstances.

Tradex ​operates before goods are exported.

Export Duty Drawback Scheme operates after goods have been exported. It is administered by the Australian Border Force in the Department of Home Affairs.

If your Australian Government agency would like to be added to this listing, email tarcon@homeaffairs.gov.au