Australia: Temporary export control, personal protective equipment (COVID-19)

Australia: Temporary export control

The Australian Border Force (ABF) announced the temporary prohibition on the non-commercial export of certain goods and items that contribute to controlling and preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


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According to the announcement [PDF 1.2 MB], measures have been taken by the Australian government to restrict among other things the export of certain products that are deemed to be essential in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporary prohibition on the export of certain goods, as of Monday 30 March 2020, includes:  

  • Disposable face masks
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves
  • Goggles, glasses and eye visors
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Hand sanitisers

There are a number of exemptions, including allowing for exports when they are from an Australian manufacturer or when the export of these products is part of a normal business activity, provided that the goods are not sent through international mail.

For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022

John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614

Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057

Steve Brotherton
Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
T: 415-963-7861

Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
T: 212-954-3094

Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973

Amie Ahanchian
T: 202-533-3247

Christopher Young
T: 312-665-3229

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779

George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533

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