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New procedures to provide for custom clearance before goods actually in Australia



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P R E SS STATEMENT

S ta te m e n t by th e M in is te r f o r Customs and E x cise

( S e n a to r th e Hon. Ken A nderson)

The M in is te r f o r Customs and E x c is e , S e n a to r Ken A nderson

announced to d a y t h a t t h e D epartm ent o f Customs and E x c ise was

/ in tr o d u c in g new p ro c e d u re s in Sydney and M elbourne t o p ro v id e f o r

/ Customs c le a r a n c e o f im p o rte d goods BEFORE th e goods a c t u a l l y / a r r i v e d in A u s t r a l i a .

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' F o llo w in g s u c c e s s f u l t r i a l s o f t h e new p ro c e d u re s a t

B ris b a n e , P o r t A d e la id e and F re m a n tle , t h e scheme, i s now b e in g

ex ten d ed t o Sydney and M elbourne.

. To allo w f o r d u t i a b l e goods t o be c le a r e d b e f o r e a r r i v a l ,

th e D epartm ent w i l l , in a d d i t i o n t o advance ch eck in g o f im p o rt

'd o c u m e n ts , a ls o a llo w im p o r te r s t o pay d u ty and o th e r c h a rg e s

. b e f o r e t h e goods a r r i v e .

Where a change in T a r i f f o r S a le s Tax r a t e s o c c u rs betw een

t h e d a te o f c le a r a n c e and th e d a te o f a r r i v a l , th e n e c e s s a r y

a d ju s tm e n t w i l l be made t o th e amount p a y a b le . "Goods s e l e c t e d

f o r e x a m in a tio n w i l l , o f c o u rs e , n o t be c l e a r e d u n t i l

d e p a rtm e n ta l r e q u ir e m e n ts hav e been s a t i s f i e d . ..

S e n a to r A nderson added t h a t t h i s new scheme was a m ajor

change in Customs p r a c t i c e w hich w i l l in e f f e c t m inim ize

Customs i n t e r v e n t i o n a t t h e tim e o f d e l i v e r y w h ile a t th e

same tim e r e t a i n i n g f u l l Customs c o n t r o l . By p e r m ittin g "

im p o rte rs t o com plete f o r m a l i t i e s b e f o r e a r r i v a l o f t h e i r goods,

d e la y s in th e c le a r a n c e o f c a rg o m a y be a v o id e d .

S e n a to r A nderson co n c lu d ed by s a y in g t h a t t h i s was y e t

a n o th e r advance by th e D epartm ent to s im p lif y p ro c e d u re s and

p ro v id e an e f f i c i e n t s e r v i c e c o n s i s t e n t w ith th e r e q u ire m e n ts

o f th e im p o rte r i n a n ยท e r a o f new te c h n iq u e s i n t r a n s p o r t a t i o n .

C a n b e rra . A .C .T . 5 th F e b ru a ry , 1968.. 3