Capturing data in advance to improve border protection

Electronic Advance Data (EAD) is an essential part of sending items overseas, where your item requires a customs declaration to be completed. It gives the customs officials in the destination country all the information they need to complete their inspections.

EAD applies to any item requiring a customs form to be completed. This means all parcels, International Courier letters and International Express letters sent to the destination countries below will need EAD.

To improve border control and security, we need to digitally capture and transmit information for your items to the applicable destination countries. This data includes the sender’s and receiver’s details and article contents, and is sent in advance to the customs officials in the destination country prior to the item physically arriving at the border.

Don't miss this important step

If customs data has not been transmitted in advance to a country that requires EAD, your items may be refused entry.

Which countries require EAD?

From January 2021, EAD is required for border clearance purposes for items sent to the following countries.