Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003


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Bills Digest No. 168 2002-03

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Contact Officer & Copyright Details


Passage History

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

Date Introduced: 29 May 2003

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Justice and Customs

Commencement: 18 September 2002

Purpose

To impose customs duty on fuel ethanol ethanol blended with petrol at the same rate as the excise on fuel ethanol and petrol.

Background

Background to the Bill can be found in the Bills Digest to the companion Bill: the Excise Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2003. The latter imposes excise on fuel ethanol at the same rate as excise on unleaded petrol, now 38.143 cent a litre. Customs duty is imposed at the same rate as excise duty to ensure that neither domestic production nor imports is favoured. Rather, domestic production is subsidised by a grant of 38.143 cents a litre.

Main Provisions

Schedule 3 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 deals with the classification of goods and general and special rates of duty. Subheading 2207.20.00 relates to ethyl alcohol and other spirits, denatured, of any strength . Item 1 of Schedule 1 repeals this subheading and substitutes three new subheadings:

        2207.20 replicates the wording of 2207.20.00

        2207.20.10 refers to ethanol for use as fuel in an internal combustion engine , and

        2207.20.90 refers to other .

The effect is to identify ethanol separately. The new customs duty on ethanol is the general rate of five per cent plus 38.143 cents a litre.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Richard Webb
5 June 2003
Bills Digest Service
Information and Research Services

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