Import Customs Declarations

Ensuring that you provide us with all customs clearance documents required gives us the best start possible in making sure your Import Customs Declaration is lodged as soon as conceivable.

Import Customs Declarations are required to be lodged at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of the vessel into the first port in Australia. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in the cargo being held by Customs (ABF) for an examination.

This requirement is in place to enable Customs  (ABF) to accurately assess the risk of your imported cargo. Lately there has been an increase of “border holds” (examination holds) which is largely due to Customs (ABF) enforcing the 24 hour requirement.

Please note that even if documentation is produced in a timely manner, it is still possible that your shipment could attract a random hold by Customs (ABF).

These holds also increase the risk of additional charges such as wharf storage and container detention.

How could this affect my day to day business?

If you do not provide your customs clearance documentation to us at least 24 hours prior to vessel arrival:

  1. Your shipment could be held by Customs (ABF) for examination
  2. Any additional costs due to examination will be to your account.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Gray, EES Customs Manager.