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Speedier- Customs Clearance for Air Cargo

Statement by the Honourable Don Chipp, M„P.

(Minister for Customs and Excise)

Streamlined procedures for clearing through Customs consignments of air cargo up to $100 in value will be introduced on a trial basis at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) and Melbourne (Essendon) Airports, Some 70$ of incoming

consignments will be affected.

The Minister for Customs and Excise, Mr. Don Chipp, said this in Melbourne today (16 February).

He said : "For some time it has been realised that new methods for processing the rapidly-increasing volume of air cargo would be required. The arrival of the jumbo jets will mean a further increase in air cargo carrying

capacity. Officers of the Department of Customs and Excise have been examining the problem in close consultation with the air transport industry.

"From today in Sydney and from 2 March in Melbourne* special screening of air way-bills by experienced Customs officers immediately on arrival of an aircraft will enable- some 20$ of consignments to be released from Customs control' without any documentation. This group comprises goods not

attracting Customs duty and not subject to any restriction ■ ' such as quarantine.

"Goods which are under $100 in value but subject to duty or other Customs interest, will be released on a simplified clearance document completed by the importer or his agent„

"An important feature of the new arrangements will be the extended hours of Customs services for those low-value consignments. Hours of business will be from 6.00am to 11.00pm at Sydney airport seven days a week and from 8.00am to 8.00pm at Essendon Airport, five days a week. The hours of service in Melbourne may be further extended when inter­ national operations commence at Tullamarine,"


Mr. Chipp said that the hew arrangements for air cargo clearance followed the recent streamlining of passenger clearance systems at. Sydney (Kitigsford Smith) Airport, which came into operation.on 1 December 1969.


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