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26    Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017

Customs Tariff Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Regional Development (Senator Nash)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Dodson

Kakoschke-Moore

Reynolds

Bernardi

Duniam

Lambie

Roberts

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

Leyonhjelm

Ruston

Brockman

Gallacher

McCarthy

Scullion

Bushby

Gallagher

McGrath

Smith

Cameron

Georgiou

McKenzie

Sterle

Carr

Gichuhi

Moore

Williams*

Chisholm

Hinch

O’Neill

Xenophon

Dastyari

Hume

O’Sullivan

 

 

 

NOES, 7

Senators—

Di Natale

McKim

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

Rhiannon

Siewert*

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bills.

 

 

 

In the committee

Bills taken together and as a whole by leave.

The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) moved the following amendments together by leave:

Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017:

Schedule 1, item 3, page 5 (after line 6), after the definition of enterprise in subsection 153XD(1), insert:

Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System means the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System that is established by or under the Convention.

Schedule 1, item 3, page 5 (lines 7 to 9), omit the definition of Harmonized System in subsection 153XD(1), substitute:

Harmonized System means:

                              (a)  the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System as in force immediately before 1 January 2017; or

                              (b)  if the table in Annex 2 to the Agreement is amended or replaced to refer to Chapters, headings and subheadings of a later version of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System—the later version of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

Schedule 1, item 3, page 7 (lines 6 to 10), omit subsection 153XD(2).

Schedule 1, item 3, page 9 (line 26) to page 12 (line 2), omit section 153XG, substitute:

153XG   Goods produced in Singapore, or in Singapore and Australia, from non-originating materials

     (1)   Goods are Singaporean originating goods if:

                              (a)  they are classified to a Chapter, heading or subheading of the Harmonized System that is specified in the first column of the table in Annex 2 to the Agreement; and

                              (b)  they are produced entirely in the territory of Singapore, or entirely in the territory of Singapore and the territory of Australia, from non-originating materials only or from non-originating materials and originating materials; and

                               (c)  either:

                                                  (i)   each requirement that is specified in the third column of that table to apply in relation to the goods is satisfied; or

                                                 (ii)   without limiting subparagraph (i), if the regulations specify one or more alternative requirements that apply in relation to the goods—those alternative requirements are satisfied; and

                              (d)  either:

                                                  (i)   the importer of the goods has, at the time the goods are imported, a certification of origin, or a copy of one, for the goods; or

                                                 (ii)   Australia has waived the requirement for a certification of origin for the goods.

     (2)   Without limiting subparagraph (1)(c)(i), a requirement may be specified in the third column of the table in Annex 2 to the Agreement by using an abbreviation that is defined for the purposes of that column.

Change in tariff classification

     (3)   If a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that all non-originating materials used in the production of the goods must have undergone a particular change in tariff classification, the regulations may prescribe when a non-originating material used in the production of the goods is taken to satisfy the change in tariff classification.

     (4)   If:

                              (a)  a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that all non-originating materials used in the production of the goods must have undergone a particular change in tariff classification; and

                              (b)  one or more of the non-originating materials used in the production of the goods do not satisfy the change in tariff classification;

then the requirement is taken to be satisfied if the total value of the non-originating materials covered by paragraph (b) does not exceed 10% of the customs value of the goods.

     (5)   If:

                              (a)  a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that all non-originating materials used in the production of the goods must have undergone a particular change in tariff classification; and

                              (b)  the goods are classified to any of Chapters 50 to 63 of the Harmonized System; and

                               (c)  one or more of the non-originating materials used in the production of the goods do not satisfy the change in tariff classification;

then the requirement is taken to be satisfied if the total weight of the non-originating materials covered by paragraph (c) does not exceed 10% of the total weight of the goods.

Regional value content

     (6)   If a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that the goods must have a regional value content of not less than a particular percentage worked out in a particular way:

                              (a)  the regional value content of the goods is to be worked out in accordance with the Agreement; or

                              (b)  if the regulations prescribe how to work out the regional value content of the goods—the regional value content of the goods is to be worked out in accordance with the regulations.

     (7)   If:

                              (a)  a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that the goods must have a regional value content of not less than a particular percentage worked out in a particular way; and

                              (b)  the goods are imported into Australia with accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials; and

                               (c)  the accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials are classified with, delivered with and not invoiced separately from the goods; and

                              (d)  the types, quantities and value of the accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials are customary for the goods;

then the regulations must require the value of the accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials to be taken into account as originating materials or non-originating materials, as the case may be, for the purposes of working out the regional value content of the goods.

Note:         The value of the accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials is to be worked out in accordance with the regulations: see subsection 153XD(3).

     (8)   For the purposes of subsection (7), disregard section 153XI in working out whether the accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials are originating materials or non-originating materials.

Schedule 1, item 3, page 12 (lines 12 and 13), omit “the goods are required to have a regional value content of at least a particular percentage under a particular method”, substitute “a requirement that applies in relation to the goods is that the goods must have a regional value content of not less than a particular percentage worked out in a particular way”.

Explanatory memorandum : Senator McGrath tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved to the Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put and passed.

The Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017, as amended, and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017 agreed to.

The Customs Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017 reported with amendments and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement Amendment Implementation) Bill 2017 reported without amendment.

 

 

 

The Acting Deputy President (Senator O’Sullivan) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator McGrath the report from the committee was adopted and the bills read a third time.