Personal Effects


Customs in Australia exempt goods classified as personal effects from the payment of any duty or import tax provided they meet the following criteria and are not excluded as per the Customs legislation:

“Personal Effects” are defined by Customs as goods which have been owned and used by you for a period of 12 months or more in an overseas country.”

There are many exemptions to this rule and for specific details please contact Australian Customs Professionals or refer to the Customs website ( The exemptions include but are not limited too:

  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Motor Vehicles, Boats and Aircraft
  • Commercial Goods for sale or Commercial samples
  • Machinery
  • Goods purchased within the last 12 months.

Your File manager will guide you through the customs process and assist you in completing all forms and meeting Australian Customs Requirements.