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Customs Depot Licensing Charges 1996

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Industry, Science and Tourism

Commencement: The provisions imposing the depot licensing charges and setting the rates of charge commence at the same time as item 25 of Schedule 1 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996. That item commences on a day to be fixed by Proclamation, or on the first day after the end of six months after it receives the Royal Assent.


To impose formally charges relating to a proposed customs depot licensing regime.


The reader is referred to the Digest for the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996.

Main Provisions

Note: This Bill should be read in conjunction with the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996.

Imposition of Charges

Clause 4 imposes formally the:

the depot licence application charge payable under section 77H of the Customs Act 1901 (the Customs Act);

depot licence charge payable under section 77M of the Customs Act; and

depot licence charge payable under section 77U of the Customs Act.

Note: Item 25 of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 inserts a new Part IV (proposed sections 77F- 77ZA) dealing with depot licences in the Customs Act. Under proposed section 77H applications for a depot licence must be accompanied by a depot licence application charge.

Proposed section 77M of the Customs Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1996 provides transitional provisions applicable to places appointed for the examination of goods on landing (appointed places) prior to the commencement of Part IV. Under proposed subsection 77M(6) a depot licence charge is payable where a depot licence is granted in respect of an application made prior to 1 April 1997. The licence granted must cover the period starting from Part IV's commencement and end on 30 June 1998.

Proposed section 77U requires a depot licensing charge to be payed for the grant or renewal of a depot licence by the person or partnership seeking it.

Rate of Depot Licence Application Charge

Clause 5 sets the rate of depot licence application charge. The rate of charge will be

$1 000 for a person or partnership occupying and managing an appointed place who applies for a licence before 1 April 1997. The rate of charge for all other applicants will be $3 000 or a prescribed amount not exceeding $4 500.

Rate of Depot Licence Charge

Clause 6 sets the rate of depot licence charge. The rate payable for the grant or renewal of a licence under section 77U is $4 000 or a prescribed amount not exceeding $6 000. Where a licence is granted for less than year, the charge is to be worked out using the specified formula. The amount of charge payable in respect a person or partnership under subsection 77M(6) of the Customs Act is $6 000.

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Bills Digest Service

Parliamentary Research Service

9 December 1996

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1996.