Exporting goods

Includes information on exporters package to assist industry.

​The export of goods from Australia is controlled by laws and Government policies to:

  1. prohibit the export of certain goods either absolutely or conditionally; and
  2. adequately record Australia's international trade.

Total prohibition applies to the export of protected wildlife, some heritage items, selected weapons and other dangerous goods. Goods which are conditionally prohibited from export may not be exported unless all necessary export permits are obtained from the relevant permit issuing agency.

Further, goods may not be exported, or loaded on a ship or aircraft for export, unless they have been entered for export (some exemptions apply) and the Department has given approval to export by means of a "cleared" Export Declaration Number (EDN).

Ships or aircraft may not depart from Australia unless the Department has issued a Certificate of Clearance. A certificate will not be issued unless all Commonwealth requirements about the ship or aircraft and its cargo have been met.

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Legislative Changes to Export Controls

On 29 June 2011, Royal Assent was given to the Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other Measures) Act 2011 (the Act), with the changes commencing on 28 November 2011. The measures in the Act form part of the Australian Government’s initiative to increase the level of security in ports, airports and cargo storage facilities.

The changes that commenced on 28 November 2011:

  • Allow the Department to give directions relating to goods in the export environment.
  • Allow the Department to seek additional information in relation to goods being exported.
  • Ensure continued customs control of goods at the prescribed place for export.

Detailed information about the changes to export controls can be accessed here. This includes

  • ACN 2011/54
  • Summary of legislative changes
  • Fact Sheet

As a result of the legislative changes there have been amendments to the Form B959 Application for Permission to Move, Alter or Interfere with Export Goods Under Customs Control.

  • B959 Application for Permission to Move, Alter or Interfere with Export Goods Under Customs Control

To apply for permission to move, alter or interfere with export goods under customs control, the exporter (or their agent) must complete Form B959. The applicant is required to ensure that the goods are held in the place where they are currently located until a decision is made on the application.

The Department has also released industry advice on changes to the Infringement Notice Scheme and is consulting on the associated Guidelines at: Complying with Your Obligations.

For more information on these legislative changes to export controls, contact Import/Export Policy by email importexportpolicy@border.gov.au