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Exporting and your business

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

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Exporting can open your business to new markets, creating sales potential and increasing your competitiveness. Understand the key benefits to exporting, and learn where to find help when you begin to export.

Exporting is when you produce a good or service in your home country and sell it to customers or other businesses in another country.

What you can export

Australian businesses export a variety of products or services. Export products or services can include:

  • coal, iron ore and gold

  • natural gas

  • education services

  • cereals

  • machinery including computers

  • wool and animal hair

  • tourism services

  • meat and beef

  • online goods- external site.

Benefits of exporting

Exporting can provide your business with benefits that include:

  • increase productivity

  • increase in sales

  • increase in profit

  • new customers and clients

  • better growth prospects.

Regulation requirements

It's important to consider what exporting regulations you need to comply with to export your product or service. As long as you comply with all local, national and international legislation, you can start exporting today.

When your business exports products or services, you may need to comply with additional legislation and regulation. When you do business across countries, you must also make sure you comply with legislation in all countries you do business with. This may include additional reporting obligations.

Find out the laws and regulations when exporting.

Customs requirements for exporting

You may need to contact custom authorities when you export goods. It’s important to check if there are any custom requirements on the goods you’re exporting.

Learn more about the custom regulations you need to comply with to export items from Australia.

Australian Border Force

  • Find out what is prohibited goods you can’t export from Australia or need a permit to export from Australia.

  • If you export agricultural products, find out the export controls and assistance on the exporting goods from Australia.

Department of Agriculture

Export services to help your business grow overseas. Austrade export services can help you find export help, market insights and advice online to expand into new markets.

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