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Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM)

The CIM program helps reduce importing costs for Australian manufacturers of eligible goods. If you intend to import an eligible good and can show that your imported good has a performance advantage in producing the specific end product over a local input produced in Australia, you may be eligible for an import concession.


Application detail:
You can apply at any time before you import goods.

What you get?

Import duty concessions to help reduce the cost of manufacturing products.

Who is this for?

Manufacturers who import:

  • chemical, plastics and paper goods
  • metal materials and goods used in food packaging


What are the eligibility criteria?

You are eligible for this concession, if you:

  • intend to import an eligible good to produce a specific end product
  • can demonstrate that the imported good performs better than a locally-sourced alternative
  • submit an application before you import the goods

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How do you apply?

Before you import the goods, use our application form to apply for your concession.

Once you complete the application form, email to the program manager: cim@industry.gov.au

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Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Policy and administrative guidelines

Fact sheet