Exporting to Australia after Brexit if there’s no deal

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Australia if we leave the EU with no deal.

Trade agreement

The UK is seeking a trade agreement with Australia.

We already have a mutual recognition agreement with them.

Tariffs and quotas

Until we sign a trade agreement with Australia, the UK exports to Australia on Most Favoured Nation terms under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Check Australia’s import tariffs and quotas under WTO rules on the Market Access MAP website.

Product testing, certification and inspection

The mutual recognition agreement between the UK and Australia means we recognise each other’s conformity assessments.

Some UK goods can be tested in the UK against Australia’s regulations. The goods can then be sold in Australia without additional testing in Australia.

Find out what is covered by the mutual recognition agreement with Australia.

Managing risk

Find out how UK businesses can manage risk when doing business in Australia.

Controlled goods

The export licensing regulations for controlled goods will be affected.

Controlled goods include:

  • military items
  • dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses)
  • firearms

Find out how export licensing for controlled goods will change.


Sanctions and embargoes

Exports of certain categories of product to some countries are subject to embargoes or sanctions.


Get in touch with DIT:

  • to find a trade office near you
  • for Brexit enquiries
  • for support with exporting from the UK

Export opportunities

Find out about opportunities for exporting to Australia in our country guide on

Published 26 April 2019
Last updated 2 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with link to new export guide for Australia on and link to Overseas Business Risk report.

  2. First published.