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    Royboy
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    Hi,
    I have been afforded the opportunity to import consumable organic health products to the Australian market.

    Having never Imported products for resale I truly am at a loss as to what is required of me.

    Can anyone please provide some step by step procedures.
    Thanking You
    Royboy

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    Dave Gillen – Former FS Concierge
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    Hi Royboy,

    Welcome to the forums!

    There are some importing veterans around here, so I’m sure someone will be able to point you to the right resource.

    In the meantime, visit the following link for a search of Flying Solo for the most relevant articles and threads (there are plenty) – http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/search?s=site&q=importing

    Good luck!

    Dave

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    Royboy
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    FS Forum Support, post: 185318 wrote:
    Hi Royboy,

    Welcome to the forums!

    There are some importing veterans around here, so I’m sure someone will be able to point you to the right resource.

    In the meantime, visit the following link for a search of Flying Solo for the most relevant articles and threads (there are plenty) – http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/search?s=site&q=importing

    Good luck!

    Dave

    Love your smile but the posts are 5 years old…..if better than that is not available I’m outta here.
    royboy

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    Royboy, post: 185327 wrote:
    Love your smile but the posts are 5 years old…..if better than that is not available I’m outta here.
    royboy

    Hi Royboy,

    Dave isn’t on forum duty today, so I’ll respond on his behalf. There are thousands of pages of information on Flying Solo regarding importing, and while some of the links are a few years old, some are also as recent as last week – and in many cases the older posts are relevant anyway as the info has not changed in that time. I highly recommend that you read through some of them and decide on a case by case basis which are relevant to you.

    While I’m not an expert on importing, when I’m not hanging out here on Flying Solo, I do spend most of my time marketing natural health products, so I can give you a little advice on where to start.

    Firstly, you haven’t stated whether you’re talking about food products or supplements.

    If they’re foods, a good starting point will be Food Standards Australia New Zealand (choose the Industry tab). If they’re supplements or are products you want to make therapeutic claims for, you’re best to head to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (again, choose the industry tab).

    You’ll need to understand the regulatory classification (food or therapeutic good) in order to understand the labelling requirements, any testing you’ll need to conduct on the products and whether there are any manufacturing specifications that the products will need to have been produced under – that information will help you work out whether importing them is viable for you.

    Once you’ve figured all that out, you may need the assistance of a specialist in importing and logistics to help you understand the process of getting the products into Australia – but in my experience the regulatory stuff is complex, and is best addressed first.

    I hope that helps and wish you all the best for your new venture,
    Jayne

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