When you are importing to Australia, it is important to know and understand the different kinds of SAC (Self-Assessed Clearance) declarations. Currently, the Australian Customs Service allows you to make three kinds of SAC declarations. Here is a brief explanation of each type of declaration and when you should use them, for efficient clearance of your goods. Cargo Report The cargo report SAC declaration is made by a cargo reporter on behalf of the importer. It may be communicated to Customs within the reporter’s cargo report. Imported goods which need to be subjected to quarantine conditions could be lodged in a cargo report. The goods may be directed to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) based on the profile, client details and description of the goods. So the importer does not need to make a separate declaration concerning the quarantine status of the goods. The cargo reporter must agree to certain statements about the importers goods such as: * The total value of the goods must not be more than AUD$1000 * The goods described must not be alcohol or tobacco * The importation of the goods must not violate any restrictions under Commonwealth law. Short Form Declaration If you are importing to Australia, you may communicate a short form SAC declaration to Customs. The person who does this for you may not be a licensed broker. In this case, freight forwarders and cargo reporters can lodge the declaration on your behalf. This type of SAC declaration provides an opportunity to inform AQIS about quarantine considerations. You can also use it to provide information when the consignment... Read More..