As of the 1st of January 2015 the general rate of duty for clothing and finished textiles will be reduced to 5% from previous rate of 10%.
Full list of the affected tariff classifications can be obtained .
The new duty rate of 5% will only apply to goods that arrive on board a vessel/aircraft at the first port of call in Australia on or after January 1. You may consider delaying shipments to arrive after January 1, 2015 to take advantage of the reduced rate however please ensure you work on the 1st port of call date not the eta into discharge.
For example if vessel calls Sydney on 28th December and Melbourne on 1st January the 10% rate will apply as duty is calculated at arrival at first port in Australia.
If you have further questions please contact your Customer Relationship Manager or for customs related questions please contact one of our customs brokers.