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 do 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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An application can be submitted by, or on behalf of, an end user of the imported good.

How do you apply?

Before you import the goods, you must:

  • submit an application form, then email the program manager at cim@industry.gov.au
  • include a technical assessment that quantifies the performance advantage of the imported good.
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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


CIM concessions are given effect through AusIndustry Determinations made for the purposes of item 46 or item 47 of Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995.

View a list of Certain Inputs to Manufacture Determinations.

Key documents

Policy and administrative guidelines