SUMMARY OF ALTERATIONS
CUSTOMS TARIFF PROPOSAL (No. 4) 2021
Reasons for changes: To add a concessional item into Schedule 4
Date of effect: 1 July 2021
Alterations to the Customs Tariff Act 1995
The Australian Government has committed to ensuring that Australians continue to have access to the range of goods needed to respond to the COVID‑19 pandemic by extending the concessional treatment of a ‘Free’ rate of customs duty for eligible medical and hygiene goods until 30 June 2022.
This is implemented through the addition of proposed new item 57C in Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (the Customs Tariff Act), which provides for concessional rates of customs duty for eligible goods.
New item 57C will provide a ‘Free’ rate of customs duty for prescribed goods that are:
a) medical products or hygiene products; and
b) capable of use in combating the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19; and
c) the time for working out the rate of duty on the goods is in the period beginning on 1 July 2021 and ending at the end of 30 June 2022.
The goods prescribed in by‑law No. 2100131 are:
· face masks;
· clothes or gowns;
· goggles, glasses, eye visors or face shields;
· disinfectant preparations classified to heading 3808 in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act, excluding hand sanitisers;
· COVID-19 test kits, reagents and viral transport media.
The ‘Free’ rate of customs duty will apply from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Item 57C covers the same range of goods as item 57 and proposed item 57B of Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act, which collectively provided a ‘Free’ rate of duty for eligible goods from 1 February 2020 to 30 June 2021.