Export Restrictions
Overview - Export Restrictions
Australian Customs
General Custom Requirements
Australian Restrictions
Rules of Origin
Overseas Restrictions
Conclusion - Export Restrictions

Export Restrictions - Knowing Your Goods

Export restrictions

This course is designed to give you an overview of the role of Australian customs and provide you with an understanding of the different types of export restrictions that exist and which agencies are responsible for issuing permits for restricted goods.


Before you start exporting, it is important to be aware of the export restrictions on certain goods. By understanding the role of customs, the different types of restrictions and the various agencies that are responsible for issuing permits, you will be able to take the right steps in order to export your goods confidently and legally.

This module will help you:

  • get an overview of the role of Australian Customs
  • understand the basic types of export restrictions
  • know which agencies issue permits for restricted goods
  • be able to find out what requirement are needed overseas

Note: It is an offence for exporters to knowingly apply false trade descriptions to goods destined for export or to export such goods. Any goods exported in contravention of the trade-descriptions legislation might be seized and forfeited to the Commonwealth.



Besides standard customs controls, whether you are an individual or a business, you can export most goods out of Australia freely. However, some goods are considered sensitive, dangerous or protected and their movement is restricted. This can be both within Australia and internationally. When export restrictions apply to goods it may mean they cannot be exported at all, or they can only be exported with permission.

In Australia, exporting restrictions are outlined in government legislation and regulations and overseen by Australian Customs. To avoid strict penalties and to facilitate your export sales, it is important to adhere to Australian Customs requirements and ensure that you are not breaching any laws when exporting. It is also important to understand, that each country you are exporting to will also have their own restrictions and regulations and governing body.