International Trade and Investment Lawyer

Import Export cross border transactions and investments require deep knowledge, understanding and expertise in dealing with the multitude of parties, stages and stakeholders in an end to end supply chain often underpinned by differing cross cultural and business considerations.

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Import/Export legal assistance

IMPEX Lawyers & Advisers manage entrepreneurs and SMEs to succeed in local and global markets.

We help

We help clients participate in global business whilst being mindful of international trade and investment law issues.

We Aim

We aim to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers, investors and investees, conduct their business using effective online and offline methods.

We Trust

We trust the relationships we have established with international professional networks and organisations nurtured over the last 25 years.

Our International Trade and Investment Lawyer will help you with⁠—

  • Drafting & negotiating International commercial contracts
  • Australian customs law relating to the import and export of goods
  • Dealings with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International disputes, arbitration, mediation & settlement
  • Trade Finance
  • Import/Export due diligence, facilitation & negotiation- including online B2B marketplace/exchanges
  • Joint Ventures, business partner profiling, matching and structuring
  • Cross border debt/equity transactions
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO), Multilateral and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements
  • Liaison with Australian (AUSTRADE) and foreign government trade & investment departments
  • State & Federal Government assistance schemes for Australian manufacturers and exporters including Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) and export finance/insurance (EFIC).

International Trade & Investment Facilitation

International trade and investment partner matching is a significant practice area. We assist clients to buy and sell online through B2B e-markets and exchanges (eg. Alibaba) or offline through traditional import/export negotiations and channels.

Conceptually like a dating service for business purposes, we screen our clients, understand their corporate profile, identify their strengths and shortfalls all the while focusing on the characteristics of their ideal long term partner.

Once understood, we use a top down funnel approach to narrow down a select few candidates that fit our clients desired business criteria using O2O techniques wherever possible. Once the best candidates are found we bring the parties together and assist with the formalities of contracting and maximising the arrangements- networking networks in local and global markets.

Everything you need to compete in overseas markets-

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Most frequent questions and answers

Permission is required to export goods out of Australia. The Department of Home Affairs provides you with detailed information about restrictions, documentation, and prohibitions required for exporting products as well as information about where the relevant permit can be obtained. Agricultural products require administrative requirements to export out of Australia. Exporters need to go from many processes like premises registration, export permits, and health certificates to accompany export consignments.

You don’t need to pay any Good and Services Tax (GST) to export goods from Australia its GST-free. To know the detailed information about export service tax you can visit “Australian Tax Office” website. GST is charged on all imported goods, including internet purchases and mail order   in New Zealand, and is calculated on the customs value of the item, plus any freight, duty and insurance costs. To know the detailed information about import fees and charges, you can visit the “New Zealand Customs Service” website.


To export, import hazardous waste, as defined under the Hazardous Waste Act, you need to first apply for permission from the Department of the Environment and Energy. The permission for Hazardous waste will also depend upon the type of waste and also the countries of destination (export) and origin (import).

Firstly you need to take permission from the Australian Government to import and export prohibited goods to and from Australia. Goods such as Drugs, Medicines and Therapeutic Substances and Hazardous goods are under absolute prohibition and are not allowed to be imported in Australia in any circumstance. Without taking written permission or licence, if you import or export prohibited goods, you could face penalties of up to 525,000 AUD or 10 years of imprisonment or both and your goods may be seized.


Non-Australian Citizen can buy property in Australia, but there are some restrictions to consider. Before buying a property they must get approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). As a Non-Australian Citizen, you can buy established property ( as a home ), but it must be your primary residence.

FIRB stands for “Foreign Investment Review Board”. It is a department that comes under the Australian Government, which assesses applications from foreigners who would like to buy a home or invest in Australia. FIRB generally takes 30 days or more than that (depending on the circumstances) to approve the applications.

Non Resident Investors need to take approval from FIRB and should notify them before buying or acquiring an interest of 20% or more, in a business valued at over $252 million. The above requirement to buy a business in Australia is only for foreign investors and temporary residents and doesn’t apply to Permanent residents, Australian Citizens, Australian expats, and New Zealand citizens.


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