Personal Effects Shipping & Customs Clearance

For many people, making the commitment to come to Australia to live can also mean bringing all of their belongings that once filled a home overseas.

Making sure everything makes the move

Moving to Australia, or to any country for that matter, can often involve more than just suitcases and visas. For many people, making the commitment to come to Australia to live can also mean bringing all of their belongings that once filled a home overseas to their new home. Your whole life in a shipping container. It’s a mammoth task, even if you are using a reputable international removalist, as there are other things to consider, such as which items are allowed in the country, which items are or are not considered personal effects and what sort of quarantine and customs clearance procedures apply to your belongings.

Here are some basics you need to know, even if you are commissioning an experienced customs clearance company like CTS, to help make the move a smooth and timely one.

PERSONAL EFFECTS DEFINITION

Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) include your household and personal items that you are importing into Australia.

Entry conditions

To import items as Unaccompanied Personal Effects and qualify for the duty concessions you must be an arriving person from a place outside Australia and the items must be your personal property that you owned whilst overseas.

WHEN TAXES APPLY

Australian tax laws and regulations can be confusing for long-time residents, let alone for anyone who is new to the nation. And then there are more specified rules at the point of customs and quarantine clearance at Australian ports which can affect how long it takes you to receive your goods and what the extent of expenses incurred will be. CTS are an authority in these matters, offering advice on Australia’s import taxes, so you are better-equipped to plan your move with your personal effects.

CTS are an authority on Australia’s import taxes, so you are better-equipped to plan your move with your personal effects.
Moving to Australia, or to any country for that matter, can often involve more than just suitcases and visas.

Taxation conditions – Unaccompanied personal effects

Customs and tax law provides a duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) free concession for certain items imported as Unaccompanied Personal Effects provided all of the requirements listed below are met:

  • You must have recently travelled or intend to travel to Australia, and the goods must be your own personal property, and
  • You must have owned and used the items for 12 months or more*. Goods that are owned for less than 12 months will be subject to duty and GST assessment.

*Personal clothing, footwear and grooming items (excluding fur apparel and perfume concentrates) do not need to be owned and used for 12 months if you are a permanent resident.

GOOD TO KNOW – PERSONAL EFFECTS EXCLUSIONS

Unaccompanied Personal Effects do not include the following items:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Motor vehicle parts
  • Commercial goods

Duty free concessions that apply to alcohol and tobacco products that you carry with you when you arrive in Australia do not apply to unaccompanied goods.

Alcohol and tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or other products containing tobacco) that are imported with your UPEs will be subject to duty, GST and/or Wine Equalization Tax (WET).

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

If you have any further questions about bringing your personal effects to Australia, feel free to give CTS Australia a call.

Get in touch with the freight forwarding and customs clearance specialists.