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How-to Ship to Australia Guide


Australia is the 5th largest economy in the Asia-Pacific region and the 13th largest economy in the world. The market offers a wealth of vibrant business opportunities and a stable yet exciting commercial environment that has demonstrated sustainable growth and profit potential across a whole range of sectors. Companies that trade with Australia benefit from a strong business and consumer base, high personal wealth and strong intellectual property (IP) protection.

Capital: Canberra
Population: 23,470,145 (July 2018 est.)
Area: 7,682,300 sq. km
Language: English
Currency: Australian Dollars AUD

Major industries include motor vehicles, refined petroleum, telecommunication equipment and parts; crude petroleum, medicaments, goods vehicles, gold, computers.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Your primer on entering this market begins with a few insights on how business is done.

Robust Growth

Australia is in its 27th year of consecutive annual economic growth. It has strong institutions, an ability to respond to global changes and above average productivity in global growth sectors. These factors underpin its steady growth and make it a low-risk destination to do business.

Australia’s economy is:

• Rated AAA by all three global rating agencies
• Forecast to realize an average annual real GDP growth of 2.8 per cent over the next five years – the highest among major advanced economies
• Characterized by high productivity levels, with 15 out of 20 industries rating above the global average

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Video: What you need to know before you export to Australia

Getting Started

Visit our international shipping section for step-by-step instructions on how to ship, including:

  1. Select a shipping service
  2. Choose a billing option
  3. Prepare your shipping label
  4. Create required documentation
  5. Entrust it to UPS for delivery
  6. Track your shipment

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UPS in Australia

Established: 1991

Employees: 415

Flights: 6 weekly

Air Hubs: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

Delivery Fleet: 111 vans and trucks

Operating Facilities: 6

Essential Information

  • Import/Export


    Use this UPS Country or Territory Regulations tool to find all of the specific documentation and regulations that may affect your international shipments.

    • Import and export forms
    • Customs clearance information and duties and taxes
    • Areas served
    • Billing options
    • Gift exemptions
    • Invoice requirements
    • Items classified as documents
    • Prohibited or restricted items
    • Transportation options
    • Special clearance requirements
    • Value limits
    • Weight and size limits

  • Customs Brokerage

    Customs Brokerage

    Our expertise with Australia’s unique documentation and customs requirements may help to reduce the chance of delays and extra fees. We offer 24/7 customs services with commodity and security inspections, smooth entry into the country and clearance procedures that begin before our planes land.

  • UPS Services

    UPS® Services

    With UPS, your shipments will arrive when they’re needed, wherever they’re needed around the world.

    • Package and freight transportation
    • Calculate time and cost

  • UPS Capital

    UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital offers a suite of financial and insurance services to help protect your bottom line and grow your top line. Options for exporters can include cargo insurance and trade credit insurance which can help mitigate the risks of selling globally.

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