The Australian Trusted Trader programme (ATT) rewards accredited businesses with a range of trade facilitation benefits to improve international market access. These benefits include:
- a dedicated Account Manager who will be the single point of contact in the Australian Border Force
- priority trade services when requesting duty drawbacks, refunds, and advanced rulings on tariff, valuation and origin
- use of the Australian Trusted Trader logo
- recognition as low risk, and therefore subject to differentiated examinations
- access to Mutual Recognition Arrangements
- a monthly report on all goods imported and exported by a Trusted Trader
- streamlined process for Trusted Traders to become Accredited Sponsors under the s457 Programme.
Mutual Recognition Arrangements
Trusted Traders will have access to trade facilitation benefits 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 MRAs will provide Trusted Trader exporters with differentiated border treatment in signed countries, and reciprocally, our MRA partners will be provided with differentiated treatment on arrival in Australia.
Benefits from 2017-18
More benefits will be implemented during the 2017-18 financial year, including:
- deferral of duty payments on imported goods
- streamlined reporting arrangements to reduce the administrative burden involved in importing goods.
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.
Trusted Traders have the opportunity to influence the direction of the ATT programme and the development of future benefits.
Australian Government partnerships
The Australian Government is progressing reforms to foster legitimate trade and provide Australian businesses with a seamless border experience. For example, there is work currently underway to explore opportunities to align aspects of Australian Trusted Trader and 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.
Since 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.
Australian Trusted Trader team for more information on the programme.