Importing from India to Australia is big business, with incoming trade from this South Asian country worth a massive AU$ 4.9 billion per year in 2018-19. Are you interested in making a profit from this growing industry? Keep reading. If you’re looking to import products from India, allow TSL to guide you through the process. We can organise great-value shipping from India to Australia on your behalf – helping with all parts of the logistics chain right through from warehousing to heavy haulage and from packing to customs brokerage.
Import Customs From India
All goods entering Australia from overseas have certain taxes and duties attached to them, such as Goods and Services Tax (GST). Certain refunds and concession schemes may apply for some manufacturers or types of goods. TSL can advise you on how much import customs from India you can expect to pay – please get in touch to discuss your shipment and we’ll do our best to guide you.
Freight Shipping From India To Australia
When you import products from India into Australia, you need to decide whether air freight or sea freight is the better option for transporting your load the 5,500-plus kilometres between the two countries. There are several factors which may affect how you decide to ship your consignment.
- Cost – air freight is generally more expensive to arrange than sea freight
- Timeframe – ocean travel takes at least five times longer than air
- Buyer’s preference – your buyers in Australia may prefer you to use one transportation method over the other
- Type of goods – bulky, heavy and oversize items are better suited to ocean shipping from India to Australia. This is because cargo ships are bigger than planes and are more versatile in terms of capacity
TSL is here to help – we’ll advise you on which method makes most sense according to your company’s needs and budget.
Prohibitions On Indian Exports
The import of certain products into Australia is controlled by the Australian government. These items are either completely prohibited or restricted. For restricted items including antibiotics, cigarette lighters, pornography, pesticides, and certain cosmetics, you will need written permission in order to be able to import them. Being in breach of the law can mean fines of up to AU $525,000 and/or ten years’ imprisonment. For more information, please click here.
Need further guidance about import customs from India to Australia? You can read more about the cost of importing goods from overseas on the Australian Border Force website.
Australia–India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
While there is currently no free trade agreement between Australia and India, the two countries launched negotiations for the Australia–India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement in May 2011. At the time of writing, it was still under negotiation. You can find out the latest about this deal from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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