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A Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for related purposes
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Registered 29 Nov 2012
Introduced HR 28 Nov 2012
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2010‑2011‑2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customs Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Home Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Part 1—Unlawful bringing of restricted goods into Australia                 3

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                        3

Part 2—Entry of ships or aircraft for home consumption or warehousing             5

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                        5

Part 3—Valuation of imported goods                                                                  8

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                        8

Part 4—Designation of Customs places                                                            10

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      10

Part 5—Warehouse licences                                                                                     11

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      11

Part 6—Notification of particulars of cargo reporters                                13

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      13

Part 7—Accredited client program                                                                      14

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999                                       14

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      14

Import Processing Charges Act 2001                                                                    17

Part 8—Electronic cargo reporting                                                                       19

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      19

Part 9—Other amendments                                                                                      21

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                      21

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Customs Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2012.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1, Part 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 1, Parts 2 to 9

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Unlawful bringing of restricted goods into Australia

Customs Act 1901

1  Subsection 4(1) (after paragraph (b) of the definition of Prohibited goods)

Insert:

                   (ba)  restricted goods that have been brought into Australia other than in accordance with a permission under subsection 233BABAE(2); or

2  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

restricted goods has the meaning given by section 233BABAE.

3  After subsection 4(19A)

Insert:

        (19B)  Without limiting Part XII, a person is taken to be unlawfully carrying prohibited goods on his or her body if the person is carrying, on his or her body, restricted goods that have been brought into Australia other than in accordance with a permission under subsection 233BABAE(2).

4  Subsection 183UA(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of special forfeited goods)

After “229(1)(b),”, insert “(da),”.

5  After paragraph 229(1)(d)

Insert:

                   (da)  All restricted goods brought into Australia other than in accordance with a permission under subsection 233BABAE(2).

6  Before section 233BABA

Insert:

233BABAE  Offence for bringing restricted goods into Australia

             (1)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if:

                     (a)  the person brings goods into Australia; and

                     (b)  the goods are restricted goods.

Penalty:  1,000 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person brings the goods into Australia in accordance with a written permission given by the Minister for the purposes of this subsection.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, restricted goods are goods:

                     (a)  that, if imported, would be prohibited imports; and

                     (b)  that are prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.

             (4)  This section has effect only for purposes related to external affairs, including:

                     (a)  for purposes related to giving effect to an international agreement to which Australia is a party; and

                     (b)  for purposes related to addressing matters of international concern.

7  Subsection 233BABA(1)

Omit “or smuggled goods”, substitute “, smuggled goods or restricted goods”.

8  Paragraph 233BABA(2)(a)

Omit “or smuggled goods”, substitute “, smuggled goods or restricted goods”.

9  Application provision

The amendments made by this Part apply in relation to goods brought into Australia on or after the commencement of this Part.


 

Part 2Entry of ships or aircraft for home consumption or warehousing

Customs Act 1901

10  Paragraph 30(1)(a)

After “goods to which section 68 applies that are unshipped”, insert “or that are a ship or aircraft not carried on board a ship or aircraft”.

11  Paragraph 30(1)(aa)

Omit “unshipped”, substitute “goods to which paragraph (a) of this subsection applies”.

12  Subsections 68(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (2)  The owner of goods to which this section applies may enter the goods for home consumption or for warehousing:

                     (a)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—at any time before the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                     (b)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—at any time before the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia.

             (3)  If the owner of goods to which this section applies does not enter the goods under subsection (2) for home consumption or for warehousing, the owner must enter the goods for home consumption or for warehousing:

                     (a)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—after the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                     (b)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—after the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia.

13  Subsections 71A(7) and (8)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  an import declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to Customs; and

                     (b)  before the time when the declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to Customs, the goods to which the declaration relates:

                              (i)  have been imported; or

                             (ii)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—have been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                            (iii)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—have arrived at a port or airport in Australia;

the goods are taken to have been entered for home consumption.

             (8)  If:

                     (a)  an import declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to Customs; and

                     (b)  at the time when the declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to Customs, the goods to which the declaration relates:

                              (i)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—have not been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                             (ii)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—have not arrived at a port or airport in Australia;

the goods are taken to be entered for home consumption only when they are brought to that first port or airport in Australia or when they arrive at a port or airport in Australia (as the case requires).

14  Subsection 71E(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (2A)  If:

                     (a)  the goods are goods to which section 68 applies; and

                     (b)  the goods have not been entered for home consumption or warehousing; and

                     (c)  subsection (2C) does not apply to the goods;

a movement application may be made only by:

                     (d)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—the operator of the ship or aircraft, a cargo reporter in relation to the goods, or a stevedore or depot operator who has, or intends to take, possession of the goods; or

                     (e)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—the owner of the goods.

15  Section 104 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

104  Customable beverage imported in bulk must be entered for warehousing

16  Section 104

Omit “either be entered for warehousing under paragraph 68(2)(b) or for transhipment under paragraph 68(2)(c)”, substitute “be entered for warehousing under subsection 68(2) or (3)”.

17  Saving provisions

(1)       The amendment made by item 12 does not affect the validity of entries of goods for home consumption or warehousing made before the commencement of that item.

(2)       The amendment made by item 14 does not affect the validity of movement applications made before the commencement of that item.


 

Part 3Valuation of imported goods

Customs Act 1901

18  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(i) of the definition of purchaser’s material costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition”, substitute “value of the materials at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

19  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(ii) of the definition of purchaser’s material costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition of the materials by the person”, substitute “value of the materials at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

20  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(ii) of the definition of purchaser’s subsidiary costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition”, substitute “value of the subsidiary goods at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

21  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(iii) of the definition of purchaser’s subsidiary costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition by the person”, substitute “value of the subsidiary goods at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

22  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (e)(i) of the definition of purchaser’s subsidiary costs)

Omit “cost of that supply”, substitute “value of the subsidiary services at the time of that supply”.

23  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(i) of the definition of purchaser’s tooling costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition”, substitute “value of the tooling at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

24  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(ii) of the definition of purchaser’s tooling costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition of the tooling by the person”, substitute “value of the tooling at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

25  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(ii) of the definition of purchaser’s work costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition”, substitute “value of the work goods at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

26  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (a)(iii) of the definition of purchaser’s work costs)

Omit “cost of acquisition by the person”, substitute “value of the work goods at the time of acquisition by the purchaser”.

27  Subsection 154(1) (subparagraph (d)(i) of the definition of purchaser’s work costs)

Omit “cost of that supply”, substitute “value of the work services at the time of that supply”.

28  Application provision

The amendments made by this Part apply in relation to:

                     (a)  goods imported into Australia on or after the commencement of this Part; and

                     (b)  goods imported into Australia before the commencement of this Part, where the time for working out the rate of import duty on the goods had not occurred before the commencement of this Part.


 

Part 4Designation of Customs places

Customs Act 1901

29  Subparagraphs 234AA(1)(a)(i), (ii) and (iii)

After “passengers”, insert “or crew”.

30  Subsection 234AA(3)

Omit “an airport”, substitute “a port, or an airport,”.

31  Paragraph 234A(1)(b)

After “passengers”, insert “or crew”.

32  Paragraph 234A(1B)(b)

After “passengers”, insert “or crew”.

33  Paragraph 234AB(1)(b)

After “passengers”, insert “or crew”.

34  Application provisions

(1)       The amendment made by item 31 applies in relation to the examination of baggage on or after the commencement of that item.

(2)       The amendment made by item 32 applies in relation to notices given on or after the commencement of that item.

(3)       The amendment made by item 33 applies in relation to directions given on or after the commencement of that item.


 

Part 5Warehouse licences

Customs Act 1901

35  After section 80

Insert:

80A  CEO may require applicant to supply further information

             (1)  The CEO may, by written notice given to an applicant for a warehouse licence, require the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application within the period that is specified in the notice.

             (2)  The CEO may extend the specified period if the applicant, in writing, requests the CEO to do so.

             (3)  If the applicant:

                     (a)  fails to supply the further information within the specified period, or that period as extended under subsection (2); but

                     (b)  supplies the information at a later time;

the CEO must not take the information into account in determining whether to grant the warehouse licence.

36  Paragraph 81(2)(d)

Omit “made in”, substitute “made under section 80 or 80A in relation to”.

37  Subsection 81A(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  If an application for a warehouse licence is made, the CEO must decide whether or not to grant the licence within 60 days after:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—the receipt of the application; or

                     (b)  if the CEO, under section 80A, requires the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application and the applicant supplies the information in accordance with that section—the receipt of the information.

38  Application provision

The amendments made by this Part apply in relation to applications for warehouse licences made on or after the commencement of this Part.


 

Part 6Notification of particulars of cargo reporters

Customs Act 1901

39  At the end of section 64AAB

Add:

             (9)  A cargo reporter who is required to make a report under this section is not liable to be prosecuted for, and cannot be served with an infringement notice under Division 5 of Part XIII for, an offence against this section if:

                     (a)  the cargo reporter made a report, but contravened subsection (4) of this section; and

                     (b)  the time (the actual time of arrival) at which the ship or aircraft in question arrived at the first port or airport in Australia since it last departed from a port or airport outside Australia was later than the estimated time of arrival referred to in subsection 64AB(8); and

                     (c)  the cargo reporter would not have contravened subsection (4) of this section if the estimated time of arrival of the ship or aircraft had been its actual time of arrival.


 

Part 7Accredited client program

A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999

40  Section 5‑30 (table item LE1)

Omit “or 71DB(7)”.

41  Section 5‑30 (table item LE2)

Omit “or 71DB(8)”.

Customs Act 1901

42  Subsection 4(1) (definition of accredited client)

Repeal the definition.

43  Subsection 4(1) (definition of accredited client payment day)

Repeal the definition.

44  Subsection 4(1) (definition of ACEAN)

Repeal the definition.

45  Subsection 4(1) (paragraphs (aa) and (c) of the definition of Authority to deal)

Repeal the paragraphs.

46  Subsection 4(1) (definition of business rules)

Repeal the definition.

47  Subsection 4(1) (definition of cargo release advice)

Repeal the definition.

48  Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of commercial document)

Omit “RCR,”.

49  Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of commercial document)

Omit “, RCR” (last occurring).

50  Subsection 4(1) (definition of export information contract)

Repeal the definition.

51  Subsection 4(1) (definition of import entry advice)

Omit “, a cargo release advice”.

52  Subsection 4(1) (definition of import information contract)

Repeal the definition.

53  Subsection 4(1) (definition of periodic declaration)

Repeal the definition.

54  Subsection 4(1) (definition of periodic declaration processing charge)

Repeal the definition.

55  Subsection 4(1) (definition of RCR)

Repeal the definition.

56  Subsection 4(1) (definition of RCR processing charge)

Repeal the definition.

57  Subsection 68(3A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (3A)  An entry of goods for home consumption is made by communicating to Customs an import declaration in respect of the goods.

58  Subdivision C of Division 4 of Part IV

Repeal the Subdivision.

59  Subsection 71G(1)

Omit “, a further RCR”.

60  Subsection 71G(1)

Omit “or RCR”.

61  Subsection 71L(3)

Omit “, a return for the purposes of subsection 69(8) or 70(7) or section 105C or a periodic declaration”, substitute “or a return for the purposes of subsection 69(8) or 70(7) or section 105C”.

62  Subsection 71L(3)

Omit “, the return or the declaration”, substitute “or the return”.

63  Subsection 71L(3)

Omit “, return or declaration”, substitute “or return”.

64  Section 113AA

Repeal the section, substitute:

113AA  How an entry of goods for export is made

                   An entry of goods for export is made by making in respect of the goods an export declaration other than a declaration that Customs refuses under subsection 114(8) to accept.

65  Subdivision C of Division 2 of Part VI

Repeal the Subdivision.

66  Subsection 114C(4B)

Repeal the subsection.

67  Paragraph 114C(5)(b)

Omit “or an ACEAN”.

68  Paragraph 114C(5)(b)

Omit “or used the ACEAN”.

69  Paragraph 114C(6)(b)

Omit “or an ACEAN”.

70  Paragraph 114C(6)(b)

Omit “or used the ACEAN”.

71  Paragraph 114C(7)(b)

Omit “or an ACEAN”.

72  Subsection 114CA(3)

Omit “or an ACEAN”.

73  Paragraph 114CA(3)(a)

Omit “or used the ACEAN”.

74  Subsection 114CB(3)

Omit “or an ACEAN”.

75  Section 116A

Repeal the section.

76  Subsection 132AA(4) (table item 1A)

Repeal the item.

77  Subsections 132B(4) and (8)

Omit “or 71DE”.

78  Subsections 167(3B), (3C) and (4A)

Repeal the subsections.

79  Part XVI (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part XVIRegulations and by‑laws

80  Section 273EB

Repeal the section.

81  Paragraph 273GA(1)(aag)

Omit “, 71DE”.

Import Processing Charges Act 2001

82  Subsection 3(1) (paragraphs (d) and (e) of the definition of import processing charge)

Repeal the paragraphs.

83  Subsections 4(4) and (5)

Repeal the subsections.

84  Subsections 5(4) and (5)

Repeal the subsections.


 

Part 8Electronic cargo reporting

Customs Act 1901

85  Subsection 64AB(3)

Repeal the subsection.

86  Subsection 64AB(4)

Omit “to which subsection (3) does not apply”.

87  Subsection 64AB(4A)

Repeal the subsection.

88  Subsection 64AB(5)

Omit “required by an approved form to be contained in a documentary cargo report, or required by an approved statement to be communicated electronically,”, substitute “required by an approved statement to be communicated electronically”.

89  Paragraphs 64AB(5)(a), (aa) and (b)

Omit “form or”.

90  Subsection 64AB(6)

Omit “forms or”.

91  Subsections 64AB(7) and (7A)

Omit “form or”.

92  Subsection 64AB(7A) (note)

Omit “form or”.

93  Subsection 64AB(7B)

Omit “form or”.

94  Subsection 64AB(7B) (note)

Omit “form or”.

95  Subsections 64AB(12) to (14)

Repeal the subsections.

96  Subsection 64ACE(1)

Omit “64AB,”.

97  Paragraph 273GA(1)(aaaaa)

Repeal the paragraph.


 

Part 9Other amendments

Customs Act 1901

98  Subsection 69(8)

Omit “subsection (4)”, substitute “subsection (5)”.

99  Subsection 77F(1) (definition of Tribunal)

Repeal the definition.