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New era in cargo management from October 12 2005.

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Media Release


Minister for Justice and Customs

Manager of Government Business in the

Senate Senator for Western Australia

E082/05 5 July 2005

New era in cargo management from October 12

The timeline for implementing Australia’s leading-edge cargo management system has been finalised at a roundtable of stakeholders in Sydney, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, announced today.

The imports component of the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) will be available for use by industry from 19 July, as already agreed at a roundtable in May. At today’s roundtable, the sixth such forum chaired by the Minister, it was further agreed that the transition phase would end on 12 October. From that date on, industry will obliged to use the new system.

This decision honours a commitment made to industry that there would be a transition period of approximately three months in which stakeholders can test their software, adapt business practices and train staff.

ICS represents a new era in cargo management, and will enable importers and exporters to interact with government in a paperless, single window environment. Industry will interact with Customs and other government agencies seamlessly, using sophisticated web-based tools.

As well as facilitating the swift and efficient movement of freight across Australia’s borders, ICS enables government agencies to monitor and risk assess this freight more effectively.

ICS replaces a network of legacy systems which were less efficient and industry-friendly.

The exports component of ICS was implemented in October last year and has been embraced positively by industry.

“Today’s announcement represents the culmination of a long and complex process, and the most ambitious e-government project ever undertaken in this country,” Senator Ellison said.

“Customs, software developers and industry stakeholders have worked together to ensure Australia has world’s best technology to facilitate the swift and secure movement of freight. I congratulate and thank all those involved in the ICS process,” Senator Ellison said.

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