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Thursday, 13 April 1961

Mr Peters s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

What are the (a) types, (b) quantities and (c) values of imported goods in bond upon which customs duties have not been paid?

Mr Osborne (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answer to the honorable member's question: -

For my department to undertake such an extensive task as suggested would entail considerable time as well as expense, since it would amount to taking stock in every bond in Australia. However, I can advise that goods going into bond increased considerably during the first few months of this year without a corresponding increase in withdrawals from bond. The situation during March was that the quantities of goods going into bond have declined as compared with the previous two months, while the quantities leaving bond have increased slightly. The type of goods held in bond stores during February and March were tobacco, petroleum, machinery, alcoholic spirits, metals and metal manufactures, electrical appliances, textiles and paper pulp.

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