Bills Digest No. 127  1998-99 Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Passage History

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

Date Introduced: 11 February 1999

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Justice and Customs

Commencement: 1 July 1999

Purpose

This Bill forms a package with legislation with the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Program Bill 1999. The major amendments proposed by the Bill reduce from 1 January 2005:

  • the general rates of duty on specified imports of clothing and other finished textiles goods from 25% to 17.5%
  • the general rates of duty on imports of cotton sheeting and certain specific fabrics from 15% to 10% and
  • general rate of duty on imports of specified footwear parts from 10% to 7.5%.

Background

Refer to the Digest for the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment Program Bill 1999.

Main Provisions

Item 1 of Schedule 1 of the Bill reduces from 1 January 2005 the general and developing country rates of duty on imports of clothing and other finished textiles goods (eg. terry towelling and similar women fabrics) from 25% to 17.5% and 20% to 12.5%.

Item 2 of Schedule 1 reduces from 1 January 2005 the general, developing country and Canadian rates of duty on imports of pantyhose and tights of tariff subheading 6115.11.10 from 25% to 17.5% from 1 January 2005, 20% to 12.5% and 15% to 7.5% respectively.

Item 3 of Schedule 1 reduces from 1 January 2005 the general and developing country rates of duty on imports of cotton sheeting and certain specific fabrics from 15% to 10% and 10% to 5%.

Item 4 of Schedule 1 of the Bill reduces from 1 January 2005 the general, developing country and Canadian rates of duty on imports carpets and other textile floor coverings from 15% to 10%, 10% to 5% and 5% to free respectively.

Item 5 of Schedule 1 of the Bill reduces from 1 January 2005 the general and developing country rates of duty on imports of specified textile goods (eg. Binder or baler twine) from 10% to 7.5% and 5% to 2.5%.

Item 6 of Schedule 1 of the Bill reduces from 1 January 2005 the general and developing country rates of duty on imports of specified textile goods (eg. tents made of synthetic fibre) from 10% to 7.5% and 5% to 2.5%. The rate of duty on imports from Canada remains free.

Item 7 of Schedule 1 of the Bill reduces from 1 January 2005 the general rate of duty on imports of specified footwear parts from 10% to 7.5%. Item 7 also reduces the rate of duty on imports from developing countries from 5% to 2.5%.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Ian Ireland
5 March 1999
Bills Digest Service
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ISSN 1328-8091
© Commonwealth of Australia 1999

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