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Wednesday, 30 November 1960

1.   Item 108 is amended by omitting the words " Writing Cases; Stationery Cases; ".

2.   Items 112 and 113 are omitted.

The Tariff Proposals which I have tabled relate to proposed amendments of the schedules to the Customs Tariff 1933-1960 and the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960. With one exception, to which I will refer later, they arise from the Government's consideration of reports of the Tariff Board on -

Unwrought copper.

Travel goods,

Chlorination regulators and controllers, and Voltage regulators.

All the alterations, except those concerning unwrought copper, will have effect as from to-morrow morning. The new provisions for copper will come into operation on 3rd January, 1961. In regard to unwrought copper, the Tariff Board has recommended some increase in the tariff protection now given to local industry. At present, no duty is payable on unwrought copper when the determined price of copper, which is based on the world price, is £275 Australian or more a ton. When the determined price falls below £275, duty is payable at the rate of £1 a ton for each £1 by which the determined price is less than £275 Australian a ton.

As from 3rd January, 1961, the price level at which unwrought copper becomes free of duty will be raised from £275 to £290 Australian. With the current price of copper in the vicinity of £287 a ton, the duty payable would be about £3 a ton. This action is complementary to that proposed in a Copper Bounty Bill which will be introduced during the present sitting.

On travel goods and various other bags, cases and the like, the Tariff Board has recommended rationalized duties with little overall change in the level of protection. This has made possible the introduction of a simplified tariff structure on these goods. The new rates of duty are 15 per cent. British Preferential Tariff and 32* per cent, otherwise for baskets and 17$ per cent. British Preferential Tariff and 45 per cent. Most-Favoured-Nation for the other goods covered by the Tariff Board's recommendation.

A complementary amendment to the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960 is proposed. The special rates of duty for certain bags, baskets, cases and similar goods when of New Zealand origin are being deleted and they will now become entitled to entry at British Preferential Tariff rates.

The Government has decided not to adopt the Tariff Board's recommendation for protective duties on imported chlorination regulators and controllers. The proposal, therefore, merely introduces a new item which will have the effect of continuing the present non-protective tariff on these goods. The rates of duty are Free British Preferential Tariff and71/2 per cent. otherwise.

Protective duties, as recommended by the Tariff Board, are now provided for two unit type voltage regulators suitable for 6-volt and 12-volt systems, when they are to be used for replacements in motor vehicles. The new rates, which already apply to three unit type voltage regulators, are271/2 per cent. under the British Preferential Tariff and 40 per cent. under the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff. No change is proposed for these goods when for use as original equipment in motor vehicles.

The other amendment which I mentioned and which is not associated with a report of the Tariff Board concerns importations by a government of an overseas country pursuant to an agreement made with the Commonwealth. The goods are for official use and are not for purposes of trade and, consequently, should be admitted without liability as to import duty.


Mr Pollard - No liquor?







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