The Ultimate Guide to Hand Carried Imports into Australia with Platinum®

Navigating the customs clearance processes at international airports can be challenging, especially if you hand carry commercial or business goods to Australia. This is where Platinum® comes into play.

With over 23 years of experience, Platinum® have mastered the process of customs clearing hand-carried imports into Australia, ensuring that you experience a smooth transition from disembarking the plane, clearing Australian Border Force (ABF) and departing the terminal.

Hand Carried Imports

Every calendar day, from Monday through Sunday, international airports in Australia process thousands of passengers arriving from overseas. Some passengers travel abroad for business purposes and return to Australia with hand carried commercial or business goods. Platinum® regularly assists  jewellers who hand carry diamonds or gold jewellery, film and camera crews who arrive into Australia for the purpose of filming a movie or commercial and overseas businesses who have sent their employees to Australia with samples for sale.

Platinum® has simplified the customs clearance process for hand carried imports arriving into Australian airports for over two decades. We ensure that our clients can swiftly leave the airport with the stock that they are carrying. There have been countless instances where passengers have not known about Platinum® and have telephone our office to advise that they have just arrived into the first Australian airport and have cleared customs at the first port of entry but are unable to board their next flight as their stock or their goods have been detained for a customs clearance and tax assessment.

Platinum® always aims to process a pre-clearance before the passenger departs from the overseas airport heading to Australia. We email the customs release to the passenger while they are overseas and then they print the paperwork to show the Australian Border Force (ABF) officer upon arrival.

Hand Carried Exports

Just as hand carried imports require processing through the ABF upon arrival, some goods need to be declared before being exported from Australia. Platinum® can typically process the Export Declaration Number (EDN) within an hour of receiving all of the necessary paperwork.


The Passenger (PAX) Process

When you travel overseas and hand carry commercial or business goods to Australia, you must place an ‘x’ on the immigration arrival card. An ABF officer will issue you a ‘Receipt for Goods’; you must source a licensed customs broker (LCB) to process the customs entry and tax assessment in order to take possession of your goods.

If the goods are commercial or business goods, there is no minimum value for these items; all commercial or business goods will require a customs clearance to be performed. After the customs clearance has been processed, you must return to the International Airport and collect your goods.

Platinum® Passenger (PAX) Clearance

For over 23 years, Platinum® have been pre-clearing travellers’ commercial and business goods that are being hand carried to Australia. We receive all of the paperwork from the passenger before they depart for Australia so that a customs entry and tax assessment can be processed. The final paperwork is then emailed to the passenger for printing before they board the flight to Australia.

Platinum® operates at all international airports in Australia, seven days a week, providing a premium passenger (PAX) clearance for hand carried commercial or business goods.

Platinum® regularly pre-clears hand carried commercial and business goods for jewellers (diamonds, semi-precious stones, gold jewellery), watches, film and camera equipment, testing and evaluation equipment, scientific equipment and fashion items.

Platinum® Passenger (PAX) Locations

Platinum® passenger (PAX) clearances extend to every international airport in Australia, including Sydney International Airport, Melbourne International Airport, Brisbane International Airport, Cairns International Airport, Darwin International Airport, Perth International Airport, Adelaide International Airport, Williamtown [Newcastle] International Airport and Gold Coast International Airport.

Navigating the passenger (PAX) hand carried imports process at Australia’s international airports can be daunting. Rest assured that when you rely upon Platinum®, you will be processed by the ABF promptly. Whenever you are arriving into Australia with commercial or business goods, your choice should be to rely upon Platinum®, as we are experts at passenger (PAX) hand carried customs clearances. Platinum® is the only customs brokerage that guarantees that you will only ever deal with one customs clearance professional from our company; this service is known as One Touch®; where one customs broker will handle your enquiry from the very beginning through to the very end – every time.