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How do I send a parcel to Australia? The necessary documents
The most important document to send a parcel to Australia is the pro forma invoice (automatically generated by Expedismart.ch). The proforma invoice, which you must present, indicates to Australian Customs the contents of your parcel. If your goods have valuable content, you can take out parcel insurance. If the goods are sold in Australia, a commercial invoice must be provided, which you can draw up yourself or which is filled in automatically when you book your shipment via Expedismart.ch.
Essential information to include in your customs invoice for shipment to Australia
For Australia, the language of customs documents is English.
How do I send a parcel to Australia? Customs charges
Australia applies a 5% import duty on goods. Textile goods and footwear are subject to higher tariffs of 17.5% up to 25%. Although there is no general license required for sending goods from Switzerland to Australia, Australian Customs will have to clear your goods through customs on import. For this reason, there can sometimes be waiting periods.
How do I send a parcel to Australia? Additional information for customs charges in Australia
Customs duties are required in any case from AUD 1'000 (= approx. CHF 660). When goods exceed AUD 1'000, you will have to fill in an import declaration. You can make the declaration online. But be aware that Australian customs are likely to
When shipping fragile or other sensitive items, it is important to pack the goods correctly. Packing a parcel well means protecting your goods. For this reason, use sufficient cushioning materials such as newspapers, bubble wrap, or foam sheets.
How do I send a parcel to Australia? Prohibited goods
In addition, you must ensure that you do not send prohibited goods. For example, the import of alcoholic beverages is not allowed. For goods such as cigarettes and tobacco, you need an import permit.
What is prohibited to import and export to Australia?
- Hunting trophies
- Ivory products
- Toxic substances
* This list is subject to change and may be modified by the country of destination or the carrier.
How do I send a parcel to Australia? Public holidays
Australia celebrates a number of public holidays, when banks, offices and some shops are closed. Make sure that delivery does not take place during one of these holidays.
- 1 January: New Year's Day
- 26 January: Australia Day Easter: Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
- 25 April: Anzac Day
- 25 December: Christmas Day
- 26 December: Boxing Day
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