Bills Digest No. 209  1998-99 Customs Tariff Amendment (ACIS Implementation) Bill 1999

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Passage History
Main Provisions
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Passage History

Customs Tariff Amendment (ACIS Implementation) Bill 1999

Date Introduced: 13 May 1999

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Justice and Customs

Commencement: A day fixed by proclamation or if no such day is fixed within 6 months of the Bill receiving Royal assent, at the end of that period.


To reduce the rate of tariff payable on passenger motor vehicles and components by 5% from 1 January 2005, with the general rate from that date being 10%, and to allow ASIC credits to be offset against the amount of tariff payable.


Refer to the Digest for the ACIS Administration Bill 1999.

Main Provisions

Item 1 of Schedule 1 of the Bill will reduce the general rate of tariff for passenger motor vehicle (PMV) components from 15% to 10% with effect from 1 January 2005. The rate for imports from developing countries will be 5% from 1 January 2005 compared to the 10% rate that will operate prior to that date, maintaining the 5% advantage for such countries. The Customs Tariff Act 1995 (the Principal Act) provides for two categories of developing countries, one subject to the DCS rate of tariff and the other subject to the DC rate., with the DCS rate applying to a larger number of 'more advanced' developing countries. In relation to the Customs tariff items listed in Item 1 of Schedule 1 of the Bill, the DCS and DC rates are both 5% below the general rate. From 1 January 2005 the DCS rate will be the same as the general rate.

Item 2 of Schedule 1 deals with imports of PMVs and certain PMV components, including certain engines and will reduce the general rate from 15% to 10% from 1 January 2005. The DC and Forum Island rate from this date will be 5%, while such imports from Canada will be subject to a 2.5% rate.

Item 3 deals with certain PMV components and will reduce the tariff rates in the same manner as Item 2 except that there will be no special rate for the Forum island countries.

Item 4 deals with another group of PMV components. The changes are similar to those implemented by Item 1 with the addition that the Canadian rate will be 5% from 1 January 2005compared to the current 10% rate.

Item 5 also deals with a range of PMV components and replacement parts. The effect of the amendments will be the same as Item 1 except that the rate for Canadian goods will be 0.

Item 6 deals with rates applicable to imported used or secondhand PMVs, where currently duty of $12 000 plus a percentage ad valorem rate. The later rate will be reduced by 5% to a general rate of 10%, a DC and Forum island rate of 5% and a Canadian rate of 2.5%. The $12 000 component will remain unchanged.

Item 7 will insert a new item 41E into Schedule 4 of the Principal Act. The amendments will allow any credits under the ACIS scheme to be used to reduce the tariff payable on motor vehicles, as described by by-law.

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Ian Ireland
28 June 1999
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