Exporting is when you produce a good or service in your home country and sell it to customers or other businesses in another country.

What you can export

Australian businesses export a variety of products or services. Export products or services can include:

  • coal, iron ore and gold
  • natural gas
  • education services
  • cereals
  • machinery including computers
  • wool and animal hair
  • tourism services
  • meat and beef
  • online goods

Benefits of exporting

Exporting can provide your business with benefits that include:

  • increase productivity
  • increase in sales
  • increase in profit
  • new customers and clients
  • better growth prospects

Learn more about the benefits and risk when exporting.

Regulation requirements

It's important to consider what exporting regulations you need to comply with to export your product or service. As long as you comply with all local, national and international legislation, you can start exporting today.

When your business exports products or services, you may need to comply with additional legislation and regulation. When you do business across countries, you must also make sure you comply with legislation in all countries you do business with. This may include additional reporting obligations.

Find out the laws and regulations when exporting.

Customs requirements for exporting

You may need to contact custom authorities when you export goods. It’s important to check if there are any custom requirements on the goods you’re exporting.

Learn more about the custom regulations you need to comply with to export items from Australia.

Find out what is prohibited goods you can’t export from Australia or need a permit to export from Australia.

If you export agricultural products, find out the export controls and assistance on the exporting goods from Australia.

Export services to help your business grow overseas

Austrade export services can help you find export help, market insights and advice online to expand into new markets.

Learn the basics of exporting, assess if you’re ready to export, receive advice on how to prepare for global growth and build a list of resources. 

Financial assistance programs

Learn more about the Duty Drawback Scheme which enabling exporters to obtain a refund for customs duty paid on imported goods that are subsequently exported.

Find out more about the Tradex Scheme which is providing exporters with an up-front exemption from Customs duty and GST for goods imported into Australia and then exported within one year.

Learn more about the Export Market Development Grant which is helping Australian businesses get more exposure in international markets, allowing them to develop brand recognition and form relationships with potential customers.

Find out about Women in Export which is supporting women achieving international business success.

Learn more about Export Finance Australia which provide finance and insurance solutions to help Australian exporters overcome financial barriers when growing their business overseas.

Search our grants and assistance for information on assistance available to exporters.

State and territory support and assistance

State and territory governments also offer financial assistance to Australian exporters:

Exporting during COVID-19

COVID-19 restrictions are impacting on Australian exporters and tourism businesses: