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Useful Links

Exporting to Australia

US Commercial Service – Australia
http://export.gov/Australia

Australian Customs Service
http://www.customs.gov.au/

Information on duty and tariff rates on imports into Australia.

U.S. Department of Commerce
http://www.export.gov/

For U.S. Companies requiring further exporting information.

Business USA: U.S. Government Business Portal
http://business.usa.gov/

A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access USG services to help them grow and hire.

AusTender
https://www.tenders.gov.au/

Australian Government Tenders

Tenders in New South Wales https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/

Tenders in Victoria https://www.tenders.vic.gov.au/

Advanced Customs Rulings in Australia   

1. An advanced ruling can assist in reducing delays at the time of clearance of the goods in questions.  But an advanced ruling does not prevent Australian Customs and Border Protection from examining the goods or other relevant material to ensure the ruling covers the goods.

2. The agency responsible for issuing advanced rulings is Australian Customs. The standard turnaround time for tariff advice is 30 days however it can take longer depending on demand for the service.  Post recommends the use of customs brokers that have access to Australian Customs’ TAPIN system.  This allows brokers to electronically submit Tariff Advice (TA) applications.  A paper copy, with supporting documents, must be lodged within five days of the creation of the request in TAPIN.  Alternatively, a TA can be submitted manually by completing Form B102 .  Information on how to complete B102 is on the back of the form.  Applications, supporting information and enquiries about an application should be submitted to the Tariff Section at: tariffclassification@customs.gov.au  The Tariff Section can also be reached on: 61-3-9244 8144. Origin Advice (OA) are submitted manually.  For rulings in relation to the Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), Form B178 is used.  The form should be emailed to:  origin@customs.gov.au

3. Australian Customs does not maintain a publicly accessible database of advanced rulings.

Exporting to the U.S.

AusTrade
http://www.austrade.gov.au

For information on exporting to the U.S.

Australian Business
http://www.australianbusiness.com.au/trade

The International Trade and Business Solutions team at Australian Business provides the resources and expertise to assist Australian companies develop international markets and access capital for business growth. Please visit their website to learn more about the services they provide.

Select USA
http://selectusa.commerce.gov/welcome-selectusa

Select USA is the primary U.S. Government mechanism to manage foreign direct investment promotion.  It supports foreign direct investment in the United States, contributing to U.S. job creation, innovation, and competitiveness.

FDA Prior Notice System
http://www.access.fda.gov

Beginning December 12, 2003 "Prior Notice" must be confirmed electronically by the U.S. FDA before food is MAILED by International Mail to the USA.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
http://www.cbp.gov/

Information on duty and tariff rates on imports into the U.S.

Travel and Tourism

Australian Tourist Commission
http://www.australia.com/index.aspx

Access Australian travel and tourism product representatives and Australian
State and City information.

Discover America
http://www.discoveramerica.com/

The official travel and tourism website of the United States.

Visit USA Organization
http://www.visitusa.org.au

Access Australian based U.S. travel and tourism product representatives.

Business Travel to Australia
http://export.gov/australia/doingbusinessinaustralia/doingbusinessinaustralialibrary/index.asp

Business Travel to Australia
guidebook can be found in our Doing Business in Australia Library section.

Travel to the USA: Frequently Asked Questions
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/resources/all-faqs/travel.html

The Bureau of Consular Affairs

http://travel.state.gov/
Check on travel warnings for U.S. citizens in the countries you plan to travel to – you can also register your travel plans in case of emergency.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
http://www.dfat.gov.au

Travel Warnings for Australian citizens.

Transport Security Adminstration
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information

Everything you need to know about U.S. airport security measures. Discover a list of timesaving tips, information on assistance for special needs, latest list of prohibited and permitted items, and other information that will help guide you smoothly through the security process.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Indigenous Affairs
http://www.immi.gov.au/

Information on Australian visa requirements.

U.S. Consular Services
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/visas.html

Information on visa requirements for visiting the U.S.

Other Useful Links

American Australian Association
http://www.americanaustralian.org/

The AAA is devoted to relations between the United States and Australia and New Zealand. Its goal is to encourage stronger ties across the Pacific particularly in the private sector. The Association has an active program of corporate, economic, educational, cultural and social activities.

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
http://www.amcham.com.au

A membership based organization which promotes trade, commerce and investment between Australia and the U.S.

U.S. Embassy, Canberra
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/

For other in-country U.S. Government Departments.
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/irs-information.html
- Internal Revenue Service
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/service.html
- American Citizen Services

U.S. Government portal
http://www.usa.gov/

All U.S. Government web sites: Federal, State or Local, can be accessed through this USG portal.

Consumer Issues

New South Wales Department of Fair Trading
http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/default.html

Do you have a trade complaint against an Australian company? Operating similar to the Better Business Bureau in the U.S., the Department of Fair Trading can mediate/arbitrate on your behalf.

Better Business Bureau
http://www.bbb.org

Do you have a trade complaint against a U.S. company? Operating similar to the Department of Fair Trading, the Better Business Bureau can mediate/arbitrate on your behalf.

Internet Fraud Complaint Center
http://www.ic3.gov

A partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) for internet-specific fraud.

Are you a victim of share trading fraud?:

Australian Securities and Investment Commission
http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/Complaining+about+companies+or+people?openDocument

Securities and Exchange Commission
http://www.sec.gov

http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/fleecing.htm
An SEC publication on share scams targeting foreign investors.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
http://www.finra.org/index.htm

Have you been approached to sell your low-value stock but first must pay an upfront fee? Check the firm's credentials here before proceeding.

The Deferred GST Scheme

The Deferred GST Scheme allows companies to defer the payment of GST on taxable importations until the first activity statement they lodge after the goods are imported. They will have to meet certain criteria to be eligible to participate in the scheme. The application form to apply for this scheme can be accessed here: https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/Approval-to-defer-GST-on-imported-goods/

To be eligible to participate in the deferred GST scheme, the company must:

  • an ABN
  • registered for GST (you can register for GST and apply for an ABN on the one form if they don't already have an ABN)
  • activity statements online
  • activity statements monthly (if you are lodging quarterly, you can elect to lodge monthly)
  • activity statement payments electronically.

Additionally, the company may not be eligible if:

  • are not up to date with your tax returns or payments – this includes members of GST groups, branches and joint ventures (see GST group members and representatives)
  • or anyone relevant to the application has, in the past three years, been convicted or penalized by a court for specific offences.

If the company are a non-representative member of a GST group, and are not required to lodge an activity statement; they may be eligible to apply for the DGST scheme.

Their nominated GST group representative will also need to apply for the DGST scheme and lodge monthly activity statement online.

GST deferred by non-reporting GST group members will be accounted for on the GST group representative's activity statement.

To avoid common GST errors when importing and exporting goods and services to and from Australiac, I'd recommend them taking a look at this page: Common GST errors - importing or exporting goods and services . This page provides a list of the most common GST errors and ways to avoid them.

List of Business Insurance companies:

AAMI has been running in Australia for over 40 years, and offers comprehensive business insurance, the list of the companies they service can be accessed by clicking here: https://quote.aami.com.au/business-insurance/#/select_your_business. An outline of the business insurance plans available can be accessed here: https://www.aami.com.au/business-insurance.html

Allianz Australia is also a globally trusted company, providing works compensation services to around 25 per cent of Australian employees and insure over 50% of top 200 BRW listed companies. They have a very comprehensive program for small businesses as well. More info of their services can be accessed here: https://www.allianz.com.au/business/

CGU is proudly backed by IAG – the largest general insurer in Australia and New Zealand, with a growing presence in Asia. More information on their offerings can be found here: http://www.cgu.com.au/insurance/business

QBE Australia is part of the QBE Insurance Group, one of the world's top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies. Headquartered in Sydney, they have offices across all states and territories.https://www.qbe.com.au/business

Big Four Banks in Australia:

In Australia, ANZWestpacCommBank and NAB are known as the Big Four. These banks hold over 80% of loans in Australia and with such a large share of the market, many borrowers perceive banking with them as safe. Finder.com.au is a very useful website for comparing these four banks as it explains the different benefits of using each:  https://www.finder.com.au/savings-accounts/big-four-banks

ANZ is an Australian financial institution offering home, car and business loans, banking, Internet, insurance and deposit products.www.anz.com.au/

Commonwealth Bank is an Australian multinational bank with businesses across New Zealand, Fiji, Asia, USA and the United Kingdom.https://www.commbank.com.au/

Westpac is Australia's first bank with a range of innovative financial packages to support your personal, business or corporate banking needs. https://www.westpac.com.au/

NAB banking financial solutions include internet banking, accounts, insurance, credit cards, home loans and personal loans.www.nab.com.au/


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