Defence Export Controls (DEC) issues a variety of import and end use certificates to facilitate imports of goods that are controlled under foreign export control laws. Before goods are exported to Australia, the foreign government may require an International Import Certificate or a Non Transfer and End Use Certificate, to certify the goods will be subject to Australian export control laws. The foreign government may also require you to provide a Delivery Verification Certificate when the goods arrive in Australia.

You can apply to DEC for one of these certificates. To complete the application form you will need to quote your DEC Client Registration Number (DCRN). If you don't have a DCRN, you must first register with DEC.

If you are importing controlled goods from countries that request certification, you can apply to us for an International Import Certificate (IIC).

An IIC is not a permission to import; rather, it is a certification to a foreign government that the controlled goods will be subject to Australian export control laws once the items have been imported into Australia.

Regardless of whether or not you receive an IIC, it does not take the place of an import permission and you will still be required to follow all import laws and processes as administered by the Australian Border Force (link).

When you submit your completed application, you will be required to attach the following supporting documentation:

  • Purchase Order; and
  • For the import of firearms, related parts and accessories you will further require:
    • B709 form from your State or Territory police; and
    • Individual or dealers firearm licence.

Note: We may supply either an International Import Certificate or a Non Transfer and End Use Certificate, not both. 

Apply for an International Import Certificate.

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If you are importing goods for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) or the Commonwealth of Australia, then you should apply for a Non Transfer and End Use Certificate, rather than an IIC. This will provide verification to a foreign government that controlled goods and technology will be used by the ADF or the Commonwealth, and will not be transferred without the further permission of that foreign government. This certificate may be required by the foreign government before they approve the export of the items to Australia.

When you submit your completed application, you will be required to attach the following supporting documentation:

  • a purchase order or contract establishing the ADF requirement; and
  • any additional information or statements.

Note: We may supply either an International Import Certificate or a Non Transfer and End Use Certificate, not both.

Apply for a Non Transfer or End Use Certificate.

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In addition to the IIC, some foreign governments may also require a Delivery Verification Certificate (DVC) which certifies the goods entered Australia.

When you submit your completed application, you will be required to attach the following supporting documentation:

  • Airway Bill;
  • Bill of Lading;
  • N10;
  • Parcels Post Card; and
  • Copies of the import declaration entry paperwork that was lodged with the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Apply for a Delivery Verification Certificate.

Bulk upload file

Defence Export Controls (DEC) may at the request of an exporter make small amendments to an issued certificate. The original applicant or an authorised contact must make the request in writing, using the Amendment Form. All amendments are at the discretion of the Delegate. DEC may ask for the submission of a new application.

DEC Amendment Request Form (PDF, 172kb)

DEC Amendment Policy (PDF, 157kb)