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Australia Importer of Record and IT Shipping

Australia doesn't typically require special IT/telecommunications permits but flight and last-mile delivery can be lengthy.

Australia Importer of Record at a Glance:

Importer of Record

  • Unlike many other countries, Australia doesn’t require you or your Importer of Record to obtain special permits for telecommunication equipment 
  • Australia allows the import of used goods  

IT Shipping & Logistics 

  • Shipping IT equipment from the US to Australia needs to be planned in advance due to the long flight times and scarce air freight availability 
  • Last-mile delivery to remote locations requires special care by the carrier 

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation 

Unlike many other countries, you will generally not need any special permits for importing telecommunications or electronic equipment into Australia. Australia is open to most brands, equipment, and used/unused statuses. 

FGX can act as your Importer of Record in Australia and help you compile your shipment’s bill of materials, bill of lading, commercial invoice, house and master airway bill, and battery documents (if applicable). Once these documents are organized and properly prepared, you’ll just have to complete payment of duties and taxes to complete clearance. 

IT Shipping & Logistics 

The logistical process is often the most complex part of deploying IT infrastructure into Australia. First, flights to Australia can often take upwards of 24 to 72 hours. Second, because of the relatively far distance from the U.S., flights with wide-bodied capacity are less frequent and may be more difficult to secure.

Additionally, long flight times, time zone changes, and the scarcity of flight options means that next-day flight and delivery options are impossible. Clients should budget their time carefully when deploying IT to Australia. 

Lastly, delivering to coastal cities is relatively easy but on the rare occasion that you need to deliver to a location that’s more central and remote in Australia, planning in advance is key. Delivery providers shipping to these areas should be properly equipped with extra fuel supplies, satellite phones, etc. You should ensure that your delivery service provider is familiar with the lack of resources in more remote areas of Australia and ready to handle unexpected conditions. 

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-datacenter). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into Australia at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.