Do I need a customs agent when importing from China to Australia?

Many Australian businesses (both big and small) source goods from China, as goods in China often offer some of the best quality to price ratios. Many of the goods businesses are sourcing can only be found in China. Therefore, to remain competitive, it is very important to understand the process of importing from China to Australia.

One of the most common questions asked by Australian businesses using CNXtrans to import from China to Australia is whether they will need a customs agent/customs broker to help them with the customs clearance in Australia. The answer is: it depends


Whether you need a customs broker when importing to Australia from China depends primarily on the mode of shipping you use. For small air shipments, customs brokers are generally not required.


First of all, generally when shipping to Australia, shipments where the value of goods add up to under AUD$1000 do not incur any customs duties and taxes - they are essentially duty and tax free. However, this is of course subject to the discretion of customs - the vast majority of the time there will be no duties for imports to Australia of under AUD$1000.


Shipping from China to Australia by Air


If you ship via air courier companies like DHL, FedEx, UPS or TNT, they will assist you with the customs clearance process but if Australian customs requires any extra information or documents from you, the courier companies will notify and liaise with you on behalf of customs. Typically small shipments can clear Australian customs quite smoothly and quickly. Any applicable customs duties assessed by Australian customs will be payable to the air courier company who will then pay customs on your behalf. Contact CNXtrans for help on shipping from China to Australia via air courier.


Alternatively, you can also ship to Australia by air freight instead of air courier. Air freight typically costs less than air courier, depending on the size and profile of the shipment. If you ship via air freight from China to Australia via CNXtrans, CNXtrans has access to special air freight shipping routes from China to Australia that come inclusive of customs clearance and delivery to door. This means that CNXtrans will use its Customs Broking Agent in Australia to handle the customs clearance process for you and any applicable customs duties will be payable to the agent in Australia once the shipment has arrived in Australia. After that the agent in Australia will handle the delivery all the way to your doorstep in Australia. Therefore when shipping from China to Australia by air freight via CNXtrans, you will not need a customs broker.


Shipping from China to Australia by Sea Freight


For larger shipments, the most cost effective way to ship from China to Australia is via sea freight. The larger the shipment, the more savings you enjoy by shipping by sea freight over air. There are two main ways to ship from China to Australia by sea:


Sea Freight Shipping from China to Australia on a Door to Door Basis


CNXtrans can help you ship from China to Australia by sea freight on a door to door basis. In this case, you will not need a customs agent/customs broker. This is because door to door sea freight shipping from China to Australia via CNXtrans comes inclusive of customs clearance service. Cnxtrans has customs clearance agents in Australia who will handle the customs clearance for you, saving you the hassle of looking for a customs broker in Australia. Any applicable customs duties will therefore be payable to the customs agent in Australia who will then pay customs on your behalf. Contact cnxtrans for more details on shipping from China to Australia by sea freight on a door to door basis.


Sea Freight Shipping from China to Major Ports in Australia


Alternatively, CNXtrans can also help you ship by sea freight from China to major ports in Australia like Port of Brisbane, Port of Sydney, Port of Melbourne, Port of Freemantle and more. However, in the case of shipping to ports in Australia, you will need to handle the customs clearance yourself and either collect the goods from the port or get a local customs agent to handle the delivery to your address for you. Therefore in this case, you will need a customs broker/customs agent when importing from China to Australia.


If you would like to avoid the hassle of looking for your own customs broker/agent in Australia, simply select get CNXtrans to ship from China to Australia for you on a door to door basis.


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Do I need a customs agent when importing from China to Australia?
Do I need a customs agent when importing from China to Australia?