Specialists in Custom Clearance in Australia
Expert Customs Agency Services – Let us Take Care of the Legal Requirements
If you are an importer or exporter of goods, you will know the hoops you have to jump through to get goods into or out of the country. There are a number of legal procedures to follow, and of course, documentation to complete, which can be a timely exercise that takes your focus away from your business.
That’s where we come in.
Seatram’s team of professional, licensed Customs and Quarantine accredited brokers has 20 years’ experience in this unique area. As a seasoned custom clearance agent and freight forwarder, we are known for our efficient work, creative solution finding, proactive approach to achieving customs compliance and outstanding results in handling all types of freight. That’s why Seatram is the trusted customs clearing and forwarding agent in Australia.
Contact us today and let us take care of all your customs clearance needs.
The Customs Clearance Process in Australia
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service manages customs that facilitate the cross-border movement of legitimate goods. Whether you are importing goods or sending them out, there is list of tasks and documents that you are required to complete. Any Shipments, both personal and commercial worth over $1000 require a customs entry to ascertain duty and GST rates applicable. Depending on the nature of the goods, importers might also need to obtain permits to clear certain imported goods from customs control.
We take care of this for you. With an expert custom clearance agent handling all the paperwork, you can carry on business as usual, safe in the knowledge that all legal processes are adhered to, and that all imported or exported goods will get to their destination on time.
Storage and Customs Clearance in Melbourne and Perth
Seatram’s customs and clearing agents operate out of our Perth and Melbourne offices. We have storage facilities in both cities. Storage can be arranged either prior to export or once the shipment has arrived and is waiting to be collected. Clients can pay on a monthly or weekly basis, whatever suits their needs.
Commercial Customs Clearance Services
The laws governing the importation of goods into Australia are very complex and lodging an incorrect customs entry can have potentially dire financial and time implications. For this reason, most commercial importers choose to engage a container clearing agent to act on their behalf.
As a customs agent specialising in the clearance of international commercial cargo, we handle loads such as vehicles, industrial machinery, boats, merchandise and more. While Seatram is a well-established import broker in Melbourne, as well as in Perth, we can also arrange customs clearance in other parts of the country.
Whether you are importing a container full of computers or a new car or boat from overseas, let us help you get it safely through customs.
Documentation Required for Customs Clearance of Commercial Sea or Air Freight Consignments:
- A legible copy of the airway bill, bill of lading or ocean bill of lading. We will require the First Original to be endorsed with your printed name, signature, date and company stamp on the reverse side and then to be forwarded to our office. This bill of lading should be available from your supplier.
- A completedFCL or LCL packing declaration
- Commercial invoice/s
- Packing list/s (if any)
- Any certificate/s of origin or Free Trade Agreement (FTA) statements that may be applicable
- A fumigation certificate which should be presented to us for any wooden packing or items that have been shipped.
Private Customs Clearance Services
While we mostly handle commercial customs clearances, we also specialise in private clearances. Whether you have bought electronics overseas or are importing household goods as a returning resident, there are a number of regulations to consider. For example, personal effects entering Australia are subject to biosecurity control because they could allow the entry of pests and diseases. Also, goods that require an import permit, but arrive without one, will be directed for export from Australian territory or required to be destroyed. With the help of a professional customs agent, you can save a lot of money and avoid time delays and headaches.
Seatram’s customs and clearing agents know how to navigate the complex system, quickly and cost effectively. Why not outsource the hassle? We provide the full range of customs agency services and will take care of your personal consignment speedily and efficiently.
Documentation Required for The Shipment of Personal Effects:
- If you hold an Australian passport, we only require the photo page and any stamped pages from the passport to be forwarded with the documents.
- A fully completed Personal Effects form.
- An itemised inventory of the shipment.
Cost-saving Advice from Experienced Customs Agents
It takes a seasoned expert to fully understand the frequently changing regulations and laws around customs clearance in Perth and the rest of Australia. Our brokers possess top-notch industry experience and the latest knowledge to ensure you get the most up-to-date and professional advice at all times. In addition to handling customs brokerage, we also offer local import and export advice on the best routes and modes of transport for your shipment needs. Let our specialists navigate you through the complex waters of customs regulations.
Well-researched Custom Clearance Quotes
A reputable shipment clearing agent takes the guesswork out of customs clearance costs with a proactive approach. We achieve this by providing a fully researched clearance quote and avoiding any unnecessary customs penalties. We investigate all possible cost savings to ensure you don’t pay any more than you have to.
Filing of Paperwork
Having to deal with the red tape of customs clearance regulations and quarantine clearance without the expertise of a custom clearance agent can be daunting. Let us take this troublesome, time-consuming task off your hands. We will take care of all your documentation needs by preparing and lodging paperwork while providing strong communication lines in monitoring your freight.
Expedited Quarantine Clearance
All of our Customs Brokers are accredited in the latest Quarantine schemes, which is essential for expediting quarantine clearance. This means that your cargo is delivered within the expected time frame to ensure your business operations continue running smoothly.
Biological products that are brought into the country are regulated for import by the Department of Agriculture – Biosecurity. If your goods fall under quarantine regulations, they will need to be inspected and possibly treated.
To smoothen the process, we can facilitate onsite customs and biosecurity inspections and prepare and lodge documents to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Having an experienced cargo clearing agency like Seatram to handle your biosecurity customs clearance, saves you valuable time and money.
Parcel Post Clearances
Have you received a notice from Australia Post to say that they have a package for you and that it requires Australian customs clearance? Wondering what to do? It’s simple!
For us to customs clear this parcel, we will need the following paperwork from you:
- Commercial invoice/s
- The letter that Australia Post sent you
- A picture or web link of the goods that you purchased
- A completed letter of authority
Shipments under $1000
Goods valued at less than $1000 may be imported free of customs duty and tax. This does not apply to alcohol and tobacco. If you bring in goods through Australia Post, you will not have to fill in any paperwork for Customs and Border Protection.
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Contact us today for industry-leading customs clearance services in Australia.