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New Customs licensing conditions to be a subject of CBFCA Member Forums in July


There has been significant interest in the new conditions which the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) is imposing on those it licenses including licensed customs brokers, warehouse operators and depot operators.  These new conditions will commence with effect from 1 July 2012.


 

The full extent of the changes to be effected by these new conditions is still far from clear. The CBFCA has already actively engaged with Customs in expressing concerns regarding the conditions and reviewing draft versions of the conditions. This engagement has included a number of meetings with Customs, correspondence with Customs and the Minister for Home Affairs regarding the conditions and working to address concerns directly with Customs. One aim is to seek clarification on a number of the conditions.

I have also been involved in that work on behalf of the CBFCA.

While some of the new conditions as applied to licensed customs brokers relate to new Continuing Professional Development obligations, the other conditions on those licensed by Customs create significant new obligations and business risks on those holding such licenses. 

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