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Thursday, 26 May 2005
Page: 7

Mr RUDDOCK (Attorney-General) (9:32 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

This bill is the first of two in the legislative package for the restructure of the cost recovery regime for import related services which was originally proposed to support the new management and processing of cargo by Customs. Cost recovery for import related services has been in place since 1997.

This bill provides the legislative authority to restructure the import declaration and the warehouse declaration processing charges contained in the Import Processing Charges Act 2001—that is, the IPC Act 2001. The structure under the existing IPC Act 2001 is based on the value of imported goods and applies the same charge irrespective of the method of importation. It is proposed to change this structure and instead base the charges on the method of importation, either by sea, air or post without reference to the value of the imported goods. This new structure will be the same as the original charging structure currently operating under the Import Processing Charges Act 1997. In addition, the second bill in this package will repeal two cargo reporting charges relating to low-value consignments, which will be incorporated into the restructured import declaration and warehouse declaration processing charges.

Consultation with industry in relation to the restructuring proposal has occurred. Industry representatives support the requirement to restructure the charges as proposed and also support the amalgamation of the charges for low-value consignments into the import declaration and warehouse declaration processing charges.

As previously stated this bill will ensure that the charges are equitable in their application to the users of import processing services. I commend the bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gavan O’Connor) adjourned.