The Customs Tariff Concession Case that Could be the Last of its Kind

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently handed down a decision as to whether a local manufacturer satisfied the 25% local content test in respect of an application to revoke a tariff concession order (TCO). A case of th...

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Why You Need Both a Tariff Advice and a Tariff Concession Order

When you apply for a tariff concession order (TCO) you have to nominate the appropriate tariff classification. Customs may not dispute the nominated classification at the time of application, but this doesn’t mean that many year...

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Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – What Does it Mean for Australian Traders?

We have all attended meetings where there are 10 agenda items, but its five minutes to go and you realize you are only up to item four. Not so with the first meeting I attended in 2015 regarding the implementation of the WTO Trade...

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President Trump – What could He Mean for Australian Customs Brokers?

“I wish he would tear up the US Australia FTA” said a Mildura citrus farmer I was talking to after the news of Trump’s victory was announced. Usually, the promotion of international trade is a bipartisan issue and elections ...

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Australian Customs Broker Liability for False Statements

Australian customs brokers are worried about the recent focus on importations potentially containing asbestos. The concern highlights the difficult position of customs brokers. With every piece of information provided to the Depar...

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Australian Border Force Focuses on Customs Valuation

A June 2016 Australian Border Force report highlighted a worrying 23% error rate on import declarations. What are you doing to review compliance levels? Customs valuation principles In most cases, the customs value of goods will...

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