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AWOTE ADJUSTMENTS ON TOBACCO AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS - 3 MARCH 2015

Monday, 2 March 2015
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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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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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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 release 14.4.05 will be promoted on Wednesday morning 11 February 2015. Please see the External Release Notes at the following link:
http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/site/documents/ExternalReleaseNotes14405.pdf

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

Monday, 2 February 2015
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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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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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JAPEA

By Donna Cummins  |  Thursday, 22 January 2015
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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is hosting information sessions on how to access preferential tariff treatment under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). The session will provide an overview of the rules of origin chapter of JAEPA.

The information sessions are accredited for licensed customs brokers as part of the continuing professional development scheme. Brokers attending will gain three points towards the Professional Brokerage Skills stream.

Session locations and February 2015 dates: Melbourne 2 February, Sydney 3 February, Brisbane 4 February, Adelaide 5 February (JAEPA and KAFTA), Perth 6 February.

To register, email FTAeducation@customs.gov.au with your name, contact details and session preference.

 

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JAEPA Information Sessions

Thursday, 22 January 2015
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RENEWAL OF CUSTOMS BROKER LICENCES - 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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All customs broker licences will expire on 30 June 2015. In April 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will send an "Application for Renewal of Customs Brokers Licence" package to each customs broker.
To ensure that the renewal package is sent to the correct postal address, customs brokers should check, by no later than mid-March 2015, that their contact details in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) are up to date.
Failure to renew a customs broker licence by close of business 29 June 2015, will result in the licence expiring.

More information is available in ACBPN 2015/01 or you may contact Broker Licensing on (02) 6275 5784 or
brokers.licensing@customs.gov.au.

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Info sessions - Japan-Australia Economic Partnership

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) is hosting information sessions on how to access preferential tariff treatment under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). The session will provide an overview of the rules of origin chapter of JAEPA.

The information sessions are accredited for licensed customs brokers as part of the continuing professional development scheme. Brokers attending will gain three points towards the Professional Brokerage Skills stream.

Session locations and February 2015 dates: Melbourne 2 February, Sydney 3 February, Brisbane 4 February, Adelaide 5 February (JAEPA and KAFTA), Perth 6 February.

To register, email FTAeducation@customs.gov.au with your name, contact details and session preference.

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Info sessions - Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agree

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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INFO SESSION ON THE JAPAN-AUSTRALIA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGMT

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE JAPAN-AUSTRALIA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Monday, 22 December 2014
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Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia's Free Trade Agreement with Japan will enter into force on 15 January 2015.
Information regarding the Agreement is available on the ACBPS website at:
http://www.customs.gov.au/site/japan-australia-agreement.asp

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CHANGES TO THE PREFERENCE RULE TYPE FOR THE KOREA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE

Monday, 22 December 2014
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From 23 December 2014 please use the below rules when entering the preference rule type for the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement. This reflects the data elements under the Agreement for a Certificate of Origin.

Rule Type Description of Origin Criteria
PE Produced entirely from originating materials
PSR Product specific rules
WO Wholly obtained goods

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CHANGES TO THE DESCRIPTION FOR PREFERENCE RULE TYPES PE AND PSR- 23 DE

Monday, 22 December 2014
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Please note that from 23 December 2014 the following changes to the descriptions for the PE and PSR preference rule types in ICS.

PE now has the description of Produced exclusively from originating materials.
PSR now has the description of Product specific rule of origin

These preference rules can still be used when claiming preference under AANZFTA; however these rules can now be used to claim preference under other FTAs.

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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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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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