Leonie Ferretter

Leonie Ferretter

Partner, Tax - Trade, Customs & Excise

Manufacturing & Wholesale | Natural Resources | Real Estate & Construction | Retail | Technology, Media & Entertainment, & Telecommunications

Speciality Taxes


Leonie is a Partner within the national tax team specialising in trade, customs and excise advisory.

Leonie has over 30 years’ experience in providing advice on strategic customs duty mitigation for major manufacturing, mining and infrastructure projects as well as on complex customs valuation matters, free trade agreements and all aspects of customs, trade and excise duties.

She is a passionate and collaborative adviser, providing practical and well thought out solutions that support compliance and achieve financial benefit for her clients.

Leonie takes a whole of firm approach to servicing her clients. She works with the tax and transfer pricing teams to ensure ‘whole of tax’ solutions are delivered for successful outcomes.


  • Customs import duty mitigation
  • Tariff concessions, tariff classification rulings, free trade agreement access, valuation planning and tariff planning
  • Australian Industry Plans, duty strategies and implementation for major government funded capital projects and projects
  • Customs and excise support for global supply chain projects
  • Free trade agreement access for exporters
  • Complex customs valuation matters including related party pricing, assists and structuring
  • Trade operations support
  • Trade facilitation programs
  • Excise advisory - licenses, permissions, refunds, remissions, classification
  • Trade technology implementation support
  • Fuel tax credit advisory
  • Wine Equalisation Tax advisory


  • Government & Public Sector
  • Manufacturing & Wholesale
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Natural Resources


  • Master of Business Law
  • Advanced Diploma of Australian and International Trade Facilitation


  • Associate, Tax Institute Australia
  • Licensed Tax Agent
  • Member, Freight & Trade Alliance
  • Affiliate Member, CA ANZ

I am excited to join BDO as a Partner specialising in international trade, customs and excise duties. I’m passionate about working with major projects managing the duty minimisation capital equipment, working with our clients delivering value on their customs and excise arrangements and working with our teams on tax outcomes of supply chain restructures.

BDO’s values – IDEAS | PEOPLE | TRUST – firmly align with my own values and support me to deliver practical solutions to complex matters in my areas of expertise.