Laws and regulations for exporters

  • When exporting you are bound by the laws and regulations of your own country, as well as those of your export market.This includes rules, the requirements and standards related to, your business and product, shipping and transport & other export-related activities.You must be aware of all the laws and regulations that apply to you.

    These include, international laws, Australian laws and regulations & export market laws and regulations. Laws and regulations for exporters

    International laws

    International trade is extremely complex. This is because there are significant differences in the laws and regulations of different countries. The World Trade Organization (WTO) helps to manage this.They provide, a framework for international trade agreements, forums for further negotiations, processes for trade policy reviews & coherence among members economics policies.

    Australia has specific laws to align with the WTO framework. Australia’s alignment to international laws includes

    Human rights

    You have a responsibility to respect human rights in your business operations and supply chains.You must conduct appropriate due diligence to make sure your activities do not support, or appear to be support, human rights violations or abuses. This includes being aware of the activities of your suppliers and channel partners.

    Taking action makes good business sense. It can also help improve the integrity and quality of your operations and supply chains.


    A sanction is an international economic penalty assigned to a ‘regime’.  A regime may be a nation or a political group. Australia enforces sanction measures against 23 regimes. This includes restrictions on trade in goods and services and economic activity.

    Australian sanction laws apply to activities in Australia and to activities undertaken overseas by Australian citizens and Australian-registered bodies corporate. It is a serious criminal offence to act against a sanctions measure. Penalties include up to 10 years in prison and large fines.

    Prohibited goods

    The Australian Government prohibits the export of certain goods from Australia.

    You can still can export most prohibited goods if you get written permission. Although, you’ll need to meet certain conditions and requirements first. Written permission means applying for and being issued with one of the following:

    • a permit
    • a licence
    • an exemption.

    However, there are some goods that are absolutely prohibited. You are not allowed to export those goods under any circumstance. You are responsible for ensuring your goods can be exported. Your goods must meet all relevant requirements under Australian law. If you export prohibited goods without the relevant written permission or licence, your goods may be seized. You could face penalties of up to AU$525,000, 10 years imprisonment, or both.

    Find out which goods are prohibited and where to send a request to export your goods. AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE


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