Australia Humanitarian Customs Regulations

This document was submitted in response to a questionnaire distributed by Global Hand regarding humanitarian customs information. It provides regulations for importing humanitarian aid into Australia.

Required Documents

  • Import licence (Informal Clearance Document or completed Customs Entry);
  • bill of lading/airway bill;
  • commercial invoice;
  • packing list;
  • certificate of origin.

Prohibited Goods

Goods that might be hazardous to health, goods bearing certain official emblems, designs, misleading markings etc, goods infringeing trademarks, certain goods relating to cultural heritage, goods subject to quarantine control, weapons, narcotic and psychotropic substances, certain animal, marine and plant life and their products.

Tax Exemption

Exemption is given to many goods including certain foodstuffs, some medical aids and appliances and imports qualifying for certain customs duty concessions. In addition, goods which have been donated of a type not manufactured in Australia, may be imported into Australia free of duty. Further information on Tax Exemption can be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office.

Monetary Valuation

Customs require monetary valuation for the shipment preferably in .


Australian Customs Service, Customs House, 5 Constitution Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia) Date published: 10/12/2001


Regions / countries / territories

Oceania: Australia