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Export trade compliance

Australian exporters face a variety of complex compliance issues. We can help manage


these in a way that maintains the confidence of the regulator and minimises the impact on trade.

Trade liberalisation is bringing increasing opportunities for Australian exporters.  However, free trade does not equal risk-free trade. A high level of trade compliance is necessary to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer. 
We can assist exporters with compliance areas such as:

  • Controlled and prohibited goods –identifying and managing non-compliance, obtaining export approval and drafting internal procedures to reduce the likelihood of non-compliance.
  • Export concessions –assistance with use of the Tradex concession and duty drawback to avoid instances of non-compliance.  We have dealt with AusIndusty and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to manage penalty free outcomes for identified non-compliance.
  • Free trade agreements (FTAs) – FTAs do not apply automatically or to all goods.  Which manufactured goods exported from Australia qualify as being of Australian origin can be difficult to determine and will differ under each free trade agreement.  We assist with reviewing origin claims, seeking rulings from Customs authorities and drafting internal origin policies.
  • Disputes with foreign customs authorities – It is not uncommon for foreign customs authorities to take a strict approach on imports to protect domestic industries.  We can assist with foreign customs audits, valuation rulings and tariff disputes in a variety of countries. 
  • Anti-bribery and corruption –  We can provide client training on these issues and draft procedures for companies to enforce.  We'll also ensure that international supply contracts contain provisions to limit the potential liability of the Australian supplier for any corrupt practices of their customers.


While exporters may face compliance issues with the Australian Border Force, often issues can arise at the destination country. If this occurs, you need advisors who understand the local laws, attitudes and practices of the local authorities. In addition to our office in China, Hunt & Hunt is the only Australian member of Interlaw, an established association of 66 independent law firms with 5000 practitioners across 125 cities worldwide. Through this relationship we have strategically aligned ourselves with commercial lawyers across the globe to ensure our clients receive advice no matter where they need us.

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