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Tradex Scheme


This scheme aims to provide an up-front exemption from customs duty and GST for eligible imported goods that are to be subsequently exported.

The scheme offers an alternative to the duty drawback arrangements under the Customs Act 19013. It is intended to provide benefits for the same kinds of goods that are covered by the drawback arrangements.

The kinds of imported goods covered by Tradex include those that are:
- Exported without mixing with other goods (e.g. exported in the same condition as imported, or exported having undergone processing or treatment that does not involve any mixing with other goods).
- Mixed with other goods and subjected to a process or treatment, after importation, and then exported.
- Incorporated in other goods after importation and then exported.
- Otherwise mixed with other goods (e.g. simple assembly with other components or the incorporation of other goods in the imported goods) and then exported.

Export may be carried out by the importer or a third party, but must occur within 12 months of the time of import.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Individual
- Incorporated company
- Partnership
- Incorporated association
- Other kind of body corporate

Eligible applicants must:
- Intend to import nominated goods that are to be subsequently exported.
- Meet the requirements of the Tradex Regulations in relation to the nominated goods.
- Demonstrate that the nominated goods will be exported within one year after entry into home consumption, unless an extension of time is approved.
- Have adequate record-keeping and accounting systems in place in respect of the nominated goods to track them until they are exported (these records must be retained in accordance with the Act).

Unincorporated entities are not eligible to apply.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible (nominated) goods are the imported goods specified in the application for a Tradex order and can be any goods, with the following exceptions:
- Goods intended for sale in an establishment that offers goods for sale free of duties of Customs and other taxes.
- Goods which, if they were produced in Australia, would be subject to duties of excise or to another tax that is declared by the regulations to be a tax to which the legislation applies.

There is no limit to the number of nominated goods listed in the Tradex order.

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  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Fact Sheet 2017-12-08 Download
Guide to Completing the Application for a Tradex Order Form 2017-12-08 Download
Information Sheet 2017-12-08 Download
Application Form - Reconsideration of Certain Decisions 2017-12-08 Download
Application Form - Variation of a Tradex Order to Include or Exclude Particular Goods 2017-12-08 Download
Duty and Liability Payment Form 2017-12-08 Download
Customer Information Guide 2018-11-28 Download
FAQs 2018-11-28 Download
Application Form - Tradex Order 2018-11-28 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

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Status Open
Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis.

Funding Type Tax Exemption
Co-contribution No
Competitive No
Eligible Activities
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Transport and Distribution
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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