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Wednesday, 19 June 2002
Page: 3779

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (9:40 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The main purpose of this bill is to continue the imposition of the import processing charges imposed by the Import Processing Charges Act 1997 which is to be repealed by the Customs Legislation Amendment and Repeal (International Trade Modernisation) Act 2001.

The trade modernisation act introduces substantial new import reporting and entry processes under the Customs Act 1901 as part of the integrated cargo system.

The charges for these new reporting requirements are contained in the Import Processing Charges Act 2001.

It was intended that the repeal of the 1997 charges act and the new processes would commence on a day to be fixed by proclamation and, if the provisions were not proclaimed, they would commence automatically two years after the trade modernisation act received the royal assent.

Many provisions of the trade modernisation act depend directly or indirectly on the introduction of Customs's new integrated cargo system.

The two-year proclamation period was to allow sufficient time for the trading community to be ready for the procedural and computer system changes.

Since the trade modernisation act was enacted, it has become apparent that industry would not be in a position to implement its computer system changes by July 2003.

The Customs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002 will extend the time in which those provisions can be proclaimed to commence to three years to allow the trading community the extra time it would need to be ready.

This bill ensures that the 1997 charges act will continue to apply in respect of import reports and processing made under the old systems.

These charges will continue to apply until all of the new import reporting and entry processes have commenced.

The bill also continues the imposition of charges for documentary cargo reports made during the six months general moratorium period, or any further moratorium period granted by the Chief Executive Officer of Customs.

I commend the bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Dr Lawrence) adjourned.