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Australian industrial chemical introduction scheme- Soaps

2020-12-10

Are you introducing soaps into Australian territory for commercial purposes to make a profit? Then you must register under AICIS. The registration duty applies only if soaps manufactured in Australia involving a chemical reaction (such as saponification using lye), importing soaps or their ingredients (essential oils, fragrance) for soap making intended for sale. 

The registration starts on 1st September and ends on 31st August every year, and registration expenses are primarily based on your previous financial year’s total importation and manufacture value. 

Before going for registration, introducers need to check whether all the ingredients in soap, are to be had in the Australian chemical inventory. if not then ingredients need to be registered.  

The registration obligation does not imply to those who make or buy soap for personal use, bought from local Australian shop, supplier, or manufacturer, and make soap and gift to family and friends or sell them for no profit. 

Soap-making process 

Description process 

Registration Obligation 

Cold-process 

Saponification 

Yes if intend to sell for profit) 

Hot-process 

Saponification 

Yes (if intend to sell for profit) 

Mixing & blending  

If using soap bases, glycerine blocks and pre-made, melt-and-pour bases purchased from an Australian supplier, the chemical process has already occurred. 

No  

 

Click here to see more on compliance obligations for soap makers under AICIS. 

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