The first step to import furniture to Australia is to check clearances, costs and markets. Here are the next 3 critical elements for a profitable furniture import:
- Quality – materials and craftsmanship
- Supply and storage – ‘just in time’ manufacturing or carry stock
- Freight cost and delivery – flat pack and self assemble or assembled
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Lucky for those companies importing from China, a license is not required unless otherwise stipulated in the list of prohibited and restricted imports. That is, if you are planning to import to Australia, make sure that the goods that you are going to import are appropriately categorised. Furniture can be imported to Australia; however there are special restrictions when importing timber furniture and other wooden items. For instance, timber furniture must pass quarantine inspections before it can be imported to the country.
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Tariff Concessions for Importing Furniture to Australia
If you have no idea how to import furniture to Australia classification-wise, you have to refer to the customs for tariff advice services. Filing an application form for tariff concession pertaining to imported furniture is a must as well more so if the furniture could have a direct competitive advantage against the furniture produced within Australia. When applying for tariff concession, necessary documents as supporting evidences are required.
Nonetheless, it is still the importers’ responsibility to categorise the furniture properly and to prepare the customs document despite the presence of a broker or freight forwarder. Document-wise, your responsibility is to verify the documents that the broker or any service provider had drafted in your behalf before the documents are submitted to the customs. Some of these documents are bill of lading, invoices and insurance certificates. In this way, you may review and determine if there are any erroneous details. You also have to keep copies of the documents. Customs documents must be kept for at least 5 years.
Inspection of Furniture by AQIS when importing to Australia
When you import furniture and they arrive for customs and quarantine inspection, the officer may either check or relinquish the furniture items for inspection. This will depend on the type of furniture that you are going to import to Australia. While customs do not necessarily require commercial documentation for furniture import from China, you still have to process them in case the customs want to check them.
Correct Classification of Furniture for Import
The correct categorization of import products is important to determine applicable duty and rate. Duty is the percentage rate which is calculated based on the customs value of the furniture items. When the furniture items imported from formally get in, submitting an ABN is the necessary next step. This is important in obtaining input tax credit and also for goods and service tax (GST). There is a deferral scheme that you may easily access if you have an ABN. GST is applied to virtually all products imported into Australia hence furniture is not an exemption. When it comes to commercial import entry, a GST liability amount of $50 is imposed. There is also a fee known as import entry transaction fee over $25. Any import from China will have to pay these fees.
How to Pay Import Charges for Furniture in Australia
There are at three ways to pay tariffs and duties cost. These are cash, deferred payment and broker deferred. The second option is only available to those importers (Chinese and otherwise) who have deferred accounts while the third is only available for those broker with deferred accounts.
How to Start an Import Furniture Business
There are a range of different priorities to consider for importing and selling furniture, that are different to other products.
Here are a few of the major challenges:
- Storage and freight – become major cost factors, as opposed to small parcel products
- Shipping to customer – pass on delivery costs to customer in full and work out how to minimise volume of the goods
- Clearances and restrictions – learn what you can and cannot readily import, noting which products will bring the attention of customs and quarantine
- Avoiding cheap materials – there is always a market for unique, premium quality goods
- Online and offline competition – the online furniture market is booming. Be mindful of the time it takes to rank organically on Google and the cost of advertising
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