Businesses, Agents and Trade Professionals

Benefits of Australian Trusted Trader

The Australian Trusted Trader programme (ATT) rewards accredited businesses with a growing range of trade facilitation benefits to improve international market access. These benefits currently include:

  • a dedicated Account Manager - the single point of contact between your business and the Australian Border Force
  • Priority Trade Services when requesting duty drawbacks, refunds, and advanced rulings on tariff, valuation and origin though our National Trade Advice Centre
  • a lighter touch at the border when importing goods
  • use of the ATT logo, which is also recognised by international customs administrations
  • access to Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) - see below more information  
  • a monthly report on all goods imported and exported under the business’ ABN
  • streamlined processes to become a Accredited Sponsor under the Accredited Temporary Skill Shortage visa programme
  • a seat at the table’ to work in partnership with the Department and ABF
  • an invitation to the annual ATT Symposium - an invitation only event for accredited Trusted Traders
  • Consolidated Cargo Clearance enabling Trusted Trader importers, or their licensed customs brokers’, to lodge a single import declaration for consolidated cargo for all sea cargo types and for air cargo. See Cargo Reporting and import declaration requirements.
  • streamlined access to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) application process for Australian Citizen employees of Trusted Traders.

Mutual Recognition Arrangements

Trusted Traders have access to differentiated examinations in countries where Australia has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

We have established MRAs between the Australian Government and some of our key trading partners including:

  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • Republic of Korea Customs Service
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department
  • The General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China.

MRAs provide Australian Trusted Trader exporters with faster access to international markets through reciprocal arrangements with our MRA partner countries. Recognition of the ATT logo in these countries builds confidence in Australian businesses and the security of their international supply chain.

MRAs are currently being pursued with a number of other key trading partners including Singapore, Thailand and the United States of America.

Exploring future benefits

We are currently working together with industry to explore a range of new trade facilitation benefits that could apply to Trusted Traders, including:

  • enhanced cross-agency collaboration with other border agencies
  • labour mobility and trade in services
  • secure trade lanes
  • duty deferral arrangements.

Trusted Traders have the opportunity to influence the direction of the ATT programme and the development of future benefits through a range of forums.

Australian Government partnerships

The Australian Government is progressing reforms to foster legitimate trade and provide Australian businesses with a seamless border experience. Currently there is work underway to explore opportunities to align aspects of Australian Trusted Trader and the Office of Transport Security's Known Consignor scheme.

More information on the government’s border policies is available in the fact sheet New Regulatory Measures to Facilitate and Streamline Trade (232KB PDF).

Known Consignor

Known Consignor is an internationally recognised initiative that will offer Australian exporters an alternative way to meet the United States (US) legislative air cargo requirements.

As of 1 July 2017, all US-bound export air cargo need to be piece-level examined by an approved business, or originate from a Known Consignor.

Known Consignor is managed by the Office of Transport Security (OTS) at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and exporters can apply with the OTS to become Known Consignors. For more information on Known Consignor visit the Office of Transport Security website.

Further information

Email the Australian Trusted Trader team for more information on the programme.