Australia - Selling and buying
Reaching the consumers
Australians are attracted by wholesome, healthy products, and are prepared to pay more for these goods. As national production does not cover all their needs, consumers are receptive to imported products.
Deciding to buy is principally determined by the price factor in Australia. Nevertheless, at the same time, the Australians' increasing interest in quality, and the growing impact of fashion phenomena fuelled by the media and advertising make "authentic" products, brand names and top of the range goods particularly popular.
The distribution of consumer goods is more diversified and segmented, although trading groups are beginning to expand. David Jones is a chain of top of the range department stores as is Myer (en anglais).
There are many smaller retail chains for consumer goods, which operate as franchises, or shops which belong to the franchisees, generally individuals or very small companies such as Harvey Norman, Howards Storage World, The Good Guys, Mitre 10, Retravision.
Bunnings, Target and K-Mart are chains which operate in a more traditional way.
Market access procedures
More than 150 agricultural products are subject to import licensing, and to very restrictive quarantine regulations.
Packaging and pallets must be accompanied by a fumigation certificate.
Some goods are subject to quotas: cheese, tobacco.
Antibiotics may only be sold if authorized by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. Pharmaceutical products are subject to particular conditions.
Restricted items include drugs, steroids, weapons/firearms, heritage items, food, plants and animals, and protected wildlife. It is important to note that while some items may be imported, their use may be prohibited under individual State laws.
For further information:
Temporary importation of commercial goods
Information for travellers
Prohibited and restricted imports
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (en anglais)Restrictions on importation of agricultural products
It is advisable for new importers to use the services of a Customs broker, who over and above filling out the Import Declaration document, can take charge of a certain number of tasks concerning the import process on the importer's behalf. He will have better tariffs for the Customs procedures, but will bill you for his services.
You can also take charge of the procedure yourself and get help from the Customs services. You will find all the necessary information in the Documentary Import Declaration Comprehensive Guide.
Organizing goods transport
The road network links the capitals and a number of regional centers. Road transport represents more than 70% of goods traffic.
The Australian rail network is already bringing in its first profits in terms of competitiveness compared to other means of domestic transport.