Bills Digest 65 1996-97 Import Processing Charges Bill 1996


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CONTENTS

Passage History

Import Processing Charges Bill 1996

Date Introduced: 7 November 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Industry, Science and Tourism
Commencement: The provisions imposing the cargo processing charge and screening charge and setting the rate of cargo processing charge and screening charge will commence on the same day on which item 10 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 does. The provisions imposing the entry processing charge and setting the rate of entry processing charge will commence on the same day as item 18 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996. Items 10 and 18 commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation, or on the first day after the end of six months after it receives Royal Assent

Purpose

To impose formally the:

  • cargo processing charge;
  • entry processing charge; and
  • screening charge.

Background

The reader is referred to the Digest for the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996.

Main Provisions

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Imposition of Import Processing Charges

Clause 4 imposes formally the:

  • cargo processing charge;
  • entry processing charge; and
  • screening charge.
Note: Item 10 of Schedule 1 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 inserts a new section 64ABB in the Customs Act 1901 (the Customs Act). Under proposed section 64ABB a person will be liable to pay cargo report processing charge where they communicate to the Australian Customs Service (ACS) a documentary report that is, or is part of, a cargo report which provides particulars of a consignment and identifies a person having a beneficial interest in the goods in the consignment.

Item 18 of Schedule 1 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 inserts a new section 71AA in the Customs Act. Under proposed section 71AA a person will be liable to pay entry processing charge where an import entry is, or is taken to have been, communicated to the ACS under section 71A of the Customs Act.

Item 10 of Schedule 1 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 inserts a new section 64ABC in the Customs Act. Under proposed section 64ABC a person will be liable to pay a screening charge where they communicate to the ACS a report that:

  • is, or is part of, a cargo report of goods intended to be, or that have been, unloaded from an aircraft at a particular airport;
  • relates, in whole or part, to a consignment of goods that does not require entry;
  • provides particulars of the consignment; and
  • identifies a person who has a beneficial interest in the goods in the consignment.
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Rate of Cargo Report Processing Charge

Clause 5 sets the rate of cargo report processing charge. The rate for a documentary report that is, or is part of, a cargo report for:

  • a ship is $2.60 for each line of the report or a prescribed amount not exceeding $3.90 for each line; and
  • an aircraft is $3.00 for each line of the report or a prescribed amount not exceeding $4.50.

Rate of Entry Processing Charge

Clause 6 sets the rate of entry processing charge. The rate in respect of a particular type of import entry is based on a formula. This is the FR (the flat rate) plus the LR (the line rate) multiplied by the number of relevant lines. Both the flat and line rates for specified types of import entry set operative and prescribed maximums.

Rate of Screening Charge

Clause 7 sets the rate of rate of screening charge. The rate for a documentary or electronic report that is, or is part of, a cargo report is:

  • $2.40 for each line of the documentary or electronic report that relates to a consignment of goods referred to in paragraph 68(1)(f) (ie. goods, other than prescribed goods included in a consignment other than by post by one person to another, transported to Australia in the same ship or aircraft, and having a value not exceeding $250 or prescribed amount) or a prescribed amount not exceeding $3.60.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Ian Ireland Ph. 06 277 2438
9 December 1996
Bills Digest Service
Parliamentary Research Service

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ISSN 1323-9031
© Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1996.

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Last updated: 8 December 1996

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