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ICS RELEASE NOTES 15.4.01

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS release 15.4.01 will be promoted into Production on Wednesday morning 3 June 2015. Please see the External Release Notes at the following link:

http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/site/page5817.asp

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Tariff Update

By The Tariff Team  |  Thursday, 2 April 2015
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New draft Tariff Classification Guide.

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REMINDER - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ICS OUTAGE SUNDAY- 5 APRIL 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 4 hour period on Sunday 5 April. The outage is necessary to adjust the time as Daylight Savings ends.

The outage period will be from 01:00 AEDT until 04:00 AEST. EDI and Customs Interactive (CI) will be unavailable during the system outage.

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

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EFT REPORT DELAYED - WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
The EFT Report for today (Wednesday 1 April 2015) is not likely to be available until approximately 16:00 AEDT.

Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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New Customs Regulations

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
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Commencement of the new Customs Regulation 2015 and Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015

 

The Customs Regulation 2015 and Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015 take effect from 1 April 2015. These regulations remake the Customs Regulations 1926, which sunset on the same date.

 

Further information about this change can be found within ACN 2015/14. The ACN includes links to the new regulations as well as to explanatory statements and finding tables to assist you to become familiar with the new format. It also contains details about transition provisions and changes to be aware of when applying for refunds.

Enquiries about the introduction of the new regulations can be made to
regulationsreview@customs.gov.au

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1 APRIL 2015 - PHASING DUTY RATES FOR JAEPA

Thursday, 26 March 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
On 1 April 2015, phasing duty rates for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement as listed in Schedule 11 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 will take effect.

More details can be found at:

http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/ACNChangesforApril2015final.pdf

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New Customs Regulations 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015
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Customs Regulation 2015 and the Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015

 
 

On 1 April 2015, the Customs Regulation 2015 and the Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015 (new regulations) will take effect. These regulations remake the Customs Regulations 1926 (1926 Regulations), which sunset on the same date under the operation of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.  More detailed information will be made available through an Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice (ACBPN) which will be released once the instruments are made and registered on the comlaw website (www.comlaw.gov.au). A fact sheet on refunds will also be made available at that time.

 

The ACBPN will provide more detail on the effects of these new regulations but it is important to note that each has detailed transitional provisions to ensure that things done under the 1926 Regulations, before those regulations were repealed, will continue to have effect (if there is a corresponding provision in the new regulation) as if it had been done under the new regulations.  These provisions are important because they provide continuity between the 1926 Regulations and the new regulations, including the flexibility for updates to be made over time to relevant existing material such as forms which contain references to the 1926 Regulations.

We are currently reviewing this material and will be making the appropriate changes over time. However until such time, you should continue to use the available resources provided by us which may contain references to the 1926 Regulations.

 

Alison Neil

Acting Assistant Secretary

Customs and Industry Branch

Trade, Customs and Industry Policy Division

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS SCHEDULED ICS OUTAGE SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 4 hour period on Sunday 5 April. The outage is necessary to adjust the time as Daylight Savings ends.

The outage period will be from 01:00 AEDT until 04:00 AEST. EDI and Customs Interactive (CI) will be unavailable during the system outage.

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

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BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUGS: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE EMERGENCY MEASU

Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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The Department of Agriculture has implemented emergency measures to manage the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs arriving on sea cargo from the United States. The department recommends that all documentation (pre-shipment treatment certificates, commercial documentation, cargo reports/manifests) for break bulk and FCL vehicles (including boats), machinery, and automotive parts from the United States be submitted to the Department of Agriculture at least 48 hours prior to vessel arrival. This will assist with early clearance of cargo and minimise potential disruption and costs on the wharf.

All documentation can be sent to
nationalquarantine.processing@agriculture.gov.au or lodged via the Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS).
For further information, check the latest Industry Advice Notice
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/ian/15/12-2015 on the Department of Agriculture website.

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Border News

Friday, 13 March 2015
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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 second edition of the Border News. This newsletter includes the following topics:

Message from the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer

 

What's Hot?

Fees and Charges Review almost complete

Can I bring it back?

Introducing new secure travel document for refugees

Two countries - one visa for the Cricket World Cup

Equipping the Australian Border Force to safeguard our borders

 

What's New?

Plan for Integration released

Single website from 1 July 2015

Partnership to shape Australia's Trusted Trader Programme

WCO Asia/Pacific leaders meet in Melbourne

Automating our departures process

Prohibited imports review underway

Raising awareness about the JAEPA and KAFTA rules of origin

 

Be Aware

Help us identify unscrupulous activity

Free International Events Coordination service

Prosecution action against an importing company and four individuals

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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ICS status - Functionality problems

Wednesday, 11 March 2015
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ICS status: Functionality problems
ICS status: Functionality problems
The ICS Customs Interactive is currently experiencing problems with slowness and timeouts. These problems have been under investigation but now appear to be worsening. While there is no workaround retrying the task that was attempted has had some success. The investigation into these problems is ongoing and clients will be informed of any developments. ACBPS apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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REMINDER - ICS WEEKEND OUTAGE 7-8 MARCH 2015

Thursday, 5 March 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a period between Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March 2015.

The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 7 March until 04:00 AEDT Sunday 8 March 2015 and is necessary for upgrading system software.

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

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AWOTE ADJUSTMENTS ON TOBACCO AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS - 3 MARCH 2015

Monday, 2 March 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Rates of excise-equivalent customs duty for tobacco and tobacco products will increase from 3 March 2015, in line with movements in the average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE).

The new rates of duty and further information are available from Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2015/08 here
http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/ACN2015-08.pdf. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

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UPCOMING WEEKEND OUTAGE TO THE ICS - SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015
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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 7 March and Sunday 8 March 2015.

The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 7 March until 04:00 AEDT Sunday 8 March 2015 and is necessary for upgrading system software.

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

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Tariff Update

By The Tariff Team  |  Tuesday, 17 February 2015
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Changes to the Tariff Precedents page.

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EMERGENCY ICS OUTAGE - 01:00 - 02:00 12 FEBRUARY 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Due to urgent maintenance being required the ICS will be unavailable from 01:00 - 02:00 AEDT Thursday12 February 2015. All users logged on to the ICS interactive at that time will be logged out and all inbound and outbound messaging will be queued for the length of the outage and sent at the completion of the outage.

Customs and Border Protection apologises for any inconvenience during this time.

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Customs Regulations 2015

By Cummins  |  Thursday, 5 February 2015
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Customs Regulation 2015
The exposure draft of the Customs Regulation 2015 remakes the Customs Regulations 1926 (the Regulations), which are due to sunset on 1 April 2015.

The exposure draft proposes changes to the Regulations to significantly improve its operation. This includes repealing redundant provisions, simplifying language, restructuring provisions that are difficult to navigate, and other minor changes. See the Explanatory Statement for further details.

We are seeking industry and the community's views on the draft Customs Regulation 2015.

Why are these changes necessary?

The Legislative Instruments Act 2003 (LIA) provides that all legislative instruments, other than exempt instruments, progressively 'sunset' according to the timetable set out in the LIA. The purpose of this process is to ensure that a suitable review mechanism exists so that legislative instruments remain fit-for-purpose, necessary and relevant.

A separate instrument called the Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015 is currently being prepared and will also be released shortly for consultation. This Regulation will complement the Customs Regulation 2015 and covers the customs provisions related to Australia's international obligations. These provisions are exempt from any future sunsetting requirements and this is best facilitated by placing them in a separate instrument.

Have your say

We are now inviting comments from industry, peak industry bodies or other interested parties. We will use this input to inform the final Customs Regulation 2015.

Submissions can be emailed to regulationsreview@customs.gov.au

Submissions close midnight 25 February 2015.

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments, email regulationsreview@customs.gov.au

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ICS RELEASE NOTES 14.4.05

Tuesday, 3 February 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS release 14.4.05 will be promoted on Wednesday morning 11 February 2015. Please see the External Release Notes at the following link:

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CPI ADJUSTMENTS ON SPIRITS AND BEER - OPERATIVE ON 2 FEBRUARY 2015

Monday, 2 February 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
Rates of duty for certain beer, spirits and fuel products will increase from 2 February 2015, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index.
The new rates of duty are available from:

http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/WebSiteMessage-v2.pdf

Further information is available from Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2015/04. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

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EFT REPORT DELAYED - WEDNESDAY 28 JANUARY 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015
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ICS status: Fully Functional
ICS status: Fully Functional
The EFT Report for today (Wednesday 28 January 2015) is not likely to be available until approximately 15:45 AEDT.

Customs and Border Protection apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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