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Wednesday, 26 June 1996
Page: 2956

(Question No. 214)

Mr Filing asked the Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 21 May 1996:

Is the Australian Customs Service discouraging importers from handling manual imports consequently forcing importers to use the services of customs agents; if so, (a) why and (b) how will this affect small businesses making small, infrequent importations.

Mr Prosser —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Australian Customs Service is not discouraging importers from handling manual imports.