I just got word from one of our Australian customers that the AU customs codes contain the following:
8477 Machinery for working rubber or plastics or for the manufacture of products from these materials, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter
8477.59.00 PRINTERS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL
He continued to explain:
Further investigation revealed that there was no duty applicable on 3D printers imported from the USA. That means that printers with a value of over AUD$1000 would be charged 10% GST only. GST is charged on the total cost of the printer plus shipping.
I’m impressed that the Australian bureaucracy is cognizant enough to mention 3d printers specifically.