Do you know that you can import goods, without paying duty or goods and services tax (GST), when you enter them in a Self Assessed Clearance entry? Currently, the only exceptions are alcohol or tobacco products. Here is a brief explanation of SAC and how you can use it to enjoy lower service fees when importing to Australia. What is Self Assessed Clearance Declaration (SAC)? This is a declaration required by Australian Customs to clear goods imported into the country, below or at $1000 AUD, either by sea or air. The AUD$1000 threshold value does not include the cost of transport and insurance. It is the value stated on the invoice or receipt of purchase. It is, however, important to note that SAC declarations cannot be used for goods which arrive through post, for unaccompanied personal effects, or for carnets (i.e. temporary imports). Understanding how SAC works is vital if you will be importing to Australia regularly. If you don’t make a valid SAC declaration before you clear your items, you won’t be allowed to collect them. You should also note that multiple consignments that come from the same supplier to the same importer and arrive at the same time will be treated as the same consignment. In this the value of the goods will be combined and the A$1000 threshold may not be applicable. How to Use SAC When Importing to Australia SAC declarations can only be done electronically via the ICS – Integrated Cargo System. No printed document is used for this process. A SAC declaration must be done by a duly registered SAC communicator. SAC... Read More..
People who are interested in and needing to move their belongings to Australia can take the short story I am about to tell as an example of what it is truly like. There are no legal requirements for you to clear your goods when you are moving them to Australia. However, this procedure is recommended if you want everything to go smooth with the shipment and all the involved operations. For moving my belongings to Australia, I have used the help of a customs clearance broker. I did it because of the benefits which were less hassle, less time and therefore less cost to me. It was a winner all round from where I was sitting. From my experience, I have learned that the goods can be imported into Australia free of Goods Service Tax and Customs Duty. But, it is possible only with these two conditions: the owner is able to legally move (permanently or temporary) to Australia and the goods must have been be owned and used for at least one year before the departure. I used a customs clearance broker because I knew I would be able to save money and time. Such a broker in Australia is licensed by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, which gave me peace of mind. The broker helped me to identify if any duties and taxes were payable for my goods and helped me with the right process and procedure. Once all of these were finished, a complete dispatch was made for my goods. See here’s the real thing…big importers themselves rely on the work of customs clearance... Read More..
Human beings are dynamic and moving from one place to another is expected these days, especially across countries. Do you need to import your personal effects to Australia? Are you worried about getting your personal effects through customs quickly and with any hassles? Then use a licensed customs clearance broker to handle this for you, whether it be me or someone else, just do it. As a Custom Clearance broker, I have the necessary experience in dealing with air freight and ship freight. The speed of delivery and safety of your goods while in transit plus once they hit land here in Australia, are priorities that need an expert’s attention. I mean, would you entrust the care of a child to just anyone? Well, your personal belongings are no different. From my experience in getting personal effects cleared through customs and into Australia, I have learned that clients need someone they can trust to ensure the delivery of their personal effects is on time, that they are handled carefully, that they only incur the costs required and that Customs paperwork is done correctly and on time. One of the advantages of hiring me for importing personal effects in Australia is that I ensure the correct details are prepared and submitted, so you get your belongings as quickly as possible. A real benefit of having me help you is the comfort of having someone else handle your paperwork with the border processing agencies. If your belongings require any import duty or gst to be paid then I can submit this on your behalf. The process of clearing personal goods is... Read More..