The exporters who export prescribed goods from Australia to other countries around the world must obtain an export permit from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). According to the Export Control Act of 1982, any consignment of prescribed goods that weigh more than 10 kilograms must follow this procedure. The DAWR controls the export of prescribed goods that include plants and plants based products as well as animals and animals based products. Earlier, the exporters need to submit a manual form (Form EX28) called the Notice of Intention for this procedure.
However, the manual process was replaced by the electronic procedure. Rather than submitting the Notice of Intention, the exporters now need to raise a request for permits with the DAWR electronically. Though, the manual process is applicable in case the electronic request can’t be made due to technical issues.
Now, the question is how filing a request for a permit is better than the traditional process. There are many benefits of doing so and you can earn them below.
Conventionally, the exporters needed to fill in the paper-based forms to file the notice. With the advent of the internet and electronic platforms, the process has become extremely convenient as it reduces the efforts of filling forms manually again and again. Now, you just need to feed the information in a software once and use it for filing the permit request whenever there is a new export consignment.
One of the major drawbacks of the manual notice submission was the number of repeated human errors that would lead to delays. In many cases, the errors would prove to be costly, forcing the exporters to face penalties and waste a lot of money. With the advanced electronic procedures, the chances of errors are dramatically reduced and the whole process can be completed efficiently.
First of all, let’s understand how the request for permit works? The DAWR operates an electronic platform called EXDOC.com.au to accept permit requests from the exporters. An exporter must buy or subscribe to a compatible software that would interact with the EXDOC.com.au to request for permit. After successful verification, the DAWR would respond with export permits as well as other important documents like heath/phytosanitary certificates.
If you choose a cloud-based software solution for this task, you would enjoy flexibility. How? These solutions allow the exporters to fie permit requests from anywhere and at any time and also through different mobile devices. In other words, you don’t need to be available at your office in front of your computer during office hours to start the procedure.
Additional Documentation Needs
When you plan to use a software to interact with the EXDOC.com.au system, it is obviously better to choose the one which fulfils other documentation needs as well. For example, you are most likely to apply for the export documentation number with the Customs and for the certificates of origin with the Chambers of Commerce. A single software solution can help you obtain these documents electronically as well.
The electronic documentation also saves a lot of time and money and improves the reputation of the export business. As you can see, filing requests for permit addresses all the drawbacks of the Notice of Intention.