When importing products in to Australia consideration should be given to the correct labelling of your goods as stiff penalties may apply for incorrectly labelled goods.
The Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 (CTDA) and the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 (the Regulations) set out the requirements for goods imported into Australia.
The ACT prohibits the importation of certain goods unless they are correctly labelled with the required trade description.
Not all goods require labelling under the ACT or the Regulations.
The Regulations specify which imported goods require labelling with a trade description, and stipulate what trade description requires.
In addition, the CTDA prohibits the import and export of goods that bear a false trade description. A false trade description means any description which by addition, deletion or any other treatment is likely to mislead on matters such as weight, origin, manufacturer, preparation, contents, copyright, etc.