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New ACBPS traveller app - Can I bring it back?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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New ACBPS traveller app - Can I bring it back?
 
We would like to share with you the new Customs and Border Protection Traveller Guide web app 'Can I bring it back?' released to the public yesterday.

It can be found at www.customs.gov.au/canibringitback (on the Customs and Border Protection website under Travellers and private individuals/Going through the border/Can I bring it back?).

Web app 'Can I bring it back?' makes it quick and easy for travellers to find out what they can and can't bring back into Australia. It features more than 40 prohibited and restricted items our Officers routinely take from travellers when they return to Australia from holidays, including a range of items commonly found for sale in Asia/Pacific tourist spots.

Can I bring it back?

The information in Can I bring it back? has been presented in a new and innovative way by using images and icons, with less reliance on text. This first stage Web App version also allows users to download the full 'Can I bring it back?' content as a PDF (so users can use it in locations where there is no Wi-Fi).

We would really appreciate your feedback on the web app (you can submit feedback via the feedback button on the web app itself).

In early 2015 we will be using feedback received to make any improvements to the web app and then progressing to development of mobile apps for smartphones and tablets (Android, IOS and Windows).

You are welcome to share this message with your staff and to include the link in your company or organisation's newsletter and/or on your website if you feel it is relevant.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email industry.engagement@customs.gov.au

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New ACBPS traveller app - Can I bring it back?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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New ACBPS traveller app - Can I bring it back?
 
We would like to share with you the new Customs and Border Protection Traveller Guide web app 'Can I bring it back?' released to the public yesterday. Delivery of the Web App was one of our commitments to Industry at the Industry Summit in August 2014.

It can be found at www.customs.gov.au/canibringitback (on the Customs and Border Protection website under Travellers and private individuals/Going through the border/Can I bring it back?).

Web app 'Can I bring it back?' makes it quick and easy for travellers to find out what they can and can't bring back into Australia. It features more than 40 prohibited and restricted items our Officers routinely take from travellers when they return to Australia from holidays, including a range of items commonly found for sale in Asia/Pacific tourist spots.

Can I bring it back?

The information in Can I bring it back? has been presented in a new and innovative way by using images and icons, with less reliance on text. This first stage Web App version also allows users to download the full 'Can I bring it back?' content as a PDF (so users can use it in locations where there is no Wi-Fi).

We would really appreciate your feedback on the web app (you can submit feedback via the feedback button on the web app itself).

In early 2015 we will be using feedback received to make any improvements to the web app and then progressing to development of mobile apps for smartphones and tablets (Android, IOS and Windows).

You are welcome to share this message with your staff and to include the link in your company or organisation's newsletter if you feel it is relevant.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email industry.engagement@customs.gov.au

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ICS update - Fully functional

Friday, 5 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
The Integrated Cargo System (ICS) release deployed on Wednesday 10 September 2014 to introduce electronic Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) declarations resulted in the ICS incorrectly calculating Goods and Services Tax (GST) amounts on some import declarations. Declarations lodged in the ICS between Wednesday 10 September 2014 and Friday 10 October 2014 (31 days) were potentially affected by the error.
More information on the this problem can be found on the Cargo Support home page at:
http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/

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ICS PROCESSING DELAYS THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
Please be advised that the ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 15:40 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 45 minutes for some response messages.

Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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1 JANUARY 2015 STATISTICAL CODE AND PHASING RATE CHANGES

Thursday, 4 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has advised changes to statistical codes in the Customs Tariff Working pages, from 1 January 2015, for tariff subheadings 7227.90.90, 7228.70.00, 7308.90.00, 7312.10.00 and 7312.90.00.
The duty rates applying to certain TCF goods in chapters 39, 40, 42, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63 and 96 of Schedule 3 in the Customs Tariff will phase from 10% to 5% on 1 January 2015. The Developing Country rates for these goods will phase from 5% to Free.

Phasing duty rates listed in Schedules 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Customs Tariff will also take effect on 1 January 2015.
More details can be found at:

http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/ACNChangesfor1Jan2015final.pdf

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ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE KOREA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT - 12 DECE

Thursday, 4 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia's Free Trade Agreement with South Korea will enter into force on 12 December 2014.

Information regarding the Agreement including 'Instructions and Guidelines' is available on the ACBPS website at:
http://www.customs.gov.au/site/Korea-Australia-free-trade-agreement.asp

When the Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice detailing the arrangements for claiming preference under KAFTA is available this message will be updated with a link to that document.

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Border News

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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As part of our committment and ongoing partnership with industry, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, and more broadly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio welcomes you to our first edition of the Border News. This newsletter includes the following topics:
 

Message from the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer

 
What's Hot?
 
Blue Print for Integration released
Trusted Trader Programme takes shape
Help us cut red tape at the border
Future Traveller System Reform
Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges and Taxes
 
What's New?
 
New National SecurityArrangements at Airports
Foreign Fighters legislation changes passenger reporting requirements
New Ebola Border Measures
Lodging Skilled Migration Applications
Post Implementation Review of Organised Crime Act
Korea-Australiam Free Trade Agreement Information Sessions
A new webpage - Working with Industry
 
Be Aware
 
Can I bring it back? Web App
Infringement Notice Scheme
What is SIP and ICE?
Concealments and Updates
 
Click here to read Border News

We welcome feedback on this initiative, including content and format. Please email industry.engagement@customs.gov.au with your ideas.

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POWER OUTAGE - SYDNEY CUSTOMS HOUSE - 5-7 DECEMBER 2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
There will be a total power outage at Sydney Customs House from 20:00 AEDT Friday 5 December until 17:00 AEDT Sunday 7 December. The Customs Information and Support Centre will implement contingency arrangements during this period. There is not expected to be an impact on the ICS, e-mail and telephone services during this time.

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NATIONAL CLIENT SERVICE COUNTERS CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR 2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
Client Service counters in all regions will be closed on the following dates over the Christmas, New Year period:

Thursday 25th December: Christmas Day
Friday 26th December: Boxing Day
Monday 29th December: APS Public Holiday
Thursday 1st January 2015: New Year's Day

Note: Client Service counters where Client Services and Department of Agriculture are co-located (NSW, VIC, QLD and TAS) will provide staff from both agencies on all days that the counters are open during this period.

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ICS update - Fully functional

Monday, 1 December 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - NEW ILLEGAL LOGGING LAWS NOW APPLY

As of 30 November 2014, importers of certain timber and timber products (including specific wood products, pulp, paper and furniture products) need to undertake due diligence and, if necessary, mitigate the risk the products they are importing has been illegally logged. For further information about these requirements please see agriculture.gov.au/illegallogging

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REMINDER - OUTAGE TO THE ICS - SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a period between Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November 2014.

The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 29 November until 04:00 AEDT Sunday 30 November 2014 and is necessary for upgrading system software.

Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

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ICS update - Fully functional

Thursday, 27 November 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
EDI messages processed as normal from 10pm on 26 November 2014 after load related delays.

ACBPS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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EFT REPORT DELAYED - WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
The EFT Report for today (Wednesday 26 November 2014) is not likely to be available until approximately 16:00 AEDT.

Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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ICS update - Fully functional

Friday, 21 November 2014
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ICS status: Processing Delays Resolved
ICS status: Fully Functional
EDI messages processed as normal from 10pm on 20 November after load related delays.

ACBPS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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ICS status - Messaging Delays

Thursday, 20 November 2014
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ICS status: Messaging Delays
ICS status: Functionality problems
Please be advised that the ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 15:45 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 50 minutes for some response messages.

Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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ICS status - ICS Messaging Delays

Thursday, 20 November 2014
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ICS status - I

Thursday, 20 November 2014
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ICS status - Messaging Delays

Wednesday, 19 November 2014
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ICS status: Functionality problems
ICS status: Messaging Delays
Please be advised that the ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 11:45 AEDT 19 November 2014 users can expect delays of up to 60 minutes for some response messages. An update will be issued when processing has returned to normal. Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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ICS update - Fully functional

Monday, 17 November 2014
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ICS update - Fully functional

Monday, 17 November 2014
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
The EFT Report for today (Monday 17 November 2014) will not be available until approximately 16:00 AEDT. Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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