Tariff Concession Order Process – Proposed Amendment

The then Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) sought comment on the proposal to remove section 269D(1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901.

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) on behalf of members, and as part of the consultative process has provided comment with regards to the proposed legislative amendment.

The proposed amendment appears to be an unnecessary move by the ACBPS to make it more difficult for an importer to obtain a Tariff Concession Order (TCO) and/or easier for the ACBPS to revoke a TCO. Such action(s) will unnecessarily increase costs to Australian manufacturers who use imported machinery and components in manufacturing processes and to other importers as to end user consumer items. It can be expected that those costs would then be passed to end users. It also means that TCO appellants have one less factual test to meet to substantiate their claim. 

The CBFCA does not see merit in the proposed amendments to section 269D(1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901.

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