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Tariff updates

1 July 2014 Changes to the Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) scheme, the gaseous fuels arrangements and the carbon component rate on aviation fuel

From 1 July 2014 the following changes will occur:

  • the levy payable under the PSO scheme for new and recycled petroleum based oils and greases and their synthetic equivalents will increase;
  • the excise-equivalent customs duty rates will increase for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG); and
  • the carbon component rate on aviation fuel will increase.

Further information is available from ACN 2014/27. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

1 March 2014 Tobacco Indexation in Line with AWOTE

Rates of duty for tobacco and tobacco products will increase from 1 March 2014, in line with movements in the average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE)
The new rates of duty are available here. Further information will be available from Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2014/09. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

1 January 2014 Statistical Code and Phasing Rate Changes

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has advised changes to statistical codes in the Customs Tariff Working pages for import, from 1 January 2014, for tariff subheadings 3003.40.00, 3004.40.00, 3918.90.00, 4008.11.00, 5703.20.00, and 5703.30.00. These changes will be available on the ABS website at 11:30 on 18 December 2013.

Also, phasing rates for Schedules 5,7 and 8 will take effect on 1 January 2014.

More details can be found at ACN2013/57.

1 DECEMBER TOBACCO EXCISE EQUIVALENT CUSTOMS DUTY INCREASE

On 1 December 2013 the excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco and tobacco products increase by 12.5 per cent.

In addition, excise equivalent customs duty indexation of tobacco and tobacco products will change from Consumer Price Index (CPI) to average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE) from 1 March 2014.

Further information please see ACN2013/58.

 

Statistical Code and Duty Rate Changes for 1 January 2013

There were no changes to statistical codes for imports and exports on 1 January 2013. There were phasing duty rates changes for certain US, Chilean and AANZ originating goods. More details can be found at ACN2012/62

Amendments to item 23A of Schedule 4-donated or bequeathed goods

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 establishes a new independent statutory office, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) which will be the Commonwealth regulator for the not-for-profit sector.

Registration with the ACNC will be a precondition where charities seek access to Australian Government exemptions, concessions or benefits available to charities, including the entities covered by item 23A to Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Act2012 gives effect to a number of consequential amendments to Commonwealth legislation that result from the amendments contained in  the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012.

These Acts received Royal Assent on 3 December 2012 and the amendments commence on that day. Details of these amendments are available in ACN 2012/66.

New Passenger Concession By-law Reduces Tobacco Duty-Free Limit

Customs By-law No. 1228133 written for Schedule 4 item 15 will take effect on 1 September 2012.

A new tobacco duty-free limit of 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products will be implemented on 1 September 2012 for inward passengers. More details can be found at http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4352.asp

Partial Remission for non-transport use LNG and LPG through items 130 and 131

From 1 July 2012, non-transport use LNG and LPG will receive a partial remission/refund of duty through treatment codes 130 and 131.

Partial remission $0.0378 /kg will apply for LNG and $0.0132 /L for LPG to give effect to a carbon price of $0.0667/kg for LNG (item 130) and $0.0368/L for LPG (item 131).  ACN 2012/39 refers.

Establishment of the Trade Advice Centre in Melbourne ACCA 2012/06

Customs and Border Protection has decided to establish a Trade Advice Centre in Melbourne. This Centre will provide formal rulings and internal reviews on tariff, valuation and origin matters.

Current arrangements for valuation and origin advice will not change.

The Tariff Centre in Sydney will be closing and new arrangements for tariff advice will take effect on 01 July 2012.

For further information, view the A.C.C.A.at http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/notices/acca/acca.asp

Statistical code and tariff changes for 1 July 2012

Statistical code changes for 1 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised of changes to statistical codes for tariff subheadings 0406.40.10, 8443.31.00, 8443.32.00, 8471.30.00, 8471.60.00 and 8528.72.00. ACN 2012/31 refers.

The ABS has advised that there are no amendments to statistical codes for the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification for exports (AHECC) for 1 July 2012.

New duty rates from 1 July 2012

The new rates for aviation gasoline under subheadings 2710.12.61, 2710.91.61 and 2710.99.61 are $0.08616/L and for aviation kerosene of subheadings 2710.19.40, 2710.91.40 and 2710.99.40 are $0.09536/L.

New rates for LNG of subheading 2711.11.00 and CNG of subheading 2711.21.10 are $0.1045/kg; for LPG of subheadings 2711.12.10 and 2711.13.10 are $0.05/L.

Partial remission for LNG and LPG for non-transport use

Scheduled to take effect on 1 July 2012.  These rates will be given effect through changes to items 130 and 131 of the Supplementary Provisions of the Customs Tariff Working Pages.

More details in ACN 2012/34

Further Tariff Working Pages will be issued in connection with partial remission.

Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement – change to the rule of origin for yarn made from viscose rayon fibres

Customs and Border Protection advises a change to the rules of origin requirements for yarn made from viscose rayon fibres under the Australia –United States Free Trade Agreement. The change takes effect from 1 June 2012.  For further information on the change please refer to Customs and Border Protection Notice 2012/27.

Classification of LPG

Details relating to the classification and entry of liquefied propane and butanes of subheadings 2711.12 and 2711.13 is here.

Extension of the SPARTECA (TCF Provisions) Scheme)

The Australian Government has approved an extension of the SPARTECA (TCF Provisions) Scheme to 31 December 2014.  The Scheme is administered through item 68 in Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995.  Australian Customs and Border Protection has arranged for the publication of a Notice in the Commonwealth Gazette to give effect to the extension.  This action will allow the Scheme to continue without interruption from 1 January 2012.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2011/65 refers.  A revised Customs Tariff Working Page will be published in early 2012 to reflect this change.

Release of Exposure Draft of the Customs Tariff Amendment (Schedule 4) Bill 2012

Introduction

Tariff concessions are provided through Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 for a range of imported goods under different circumstances.  On 19 March 2010, the Government announced that it would rationalise the current tariff concession regime as part of the Government’s deregulation and micro-economic reform agenda.

In order to progress this review, the Government established a Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership (the Partnership) between the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the then Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Further information concerning the Ministerial Partnership is available on the Department of Finance and Deregulation website at:

http://www.finance.gov.au/deregulation/tarriff-concession-rationalisation.html

The review focussed on removing unnecessary complexity from the existing Schedule by simplifying existing arrangements and removing obsolete items.

In a joint media release on 15 July 2011, the Partnership Ministers announced the following improvements to Schedule 4:

  • removing items which are either redundant or used rarely;
  • consolidating, where possible, those items that have similar coverage and explaining them more clearly (this will not impact the level of concession provided to affected goods);
  • reviewing and removing obsolete by-laws that list goods under certain items in Schedule 4; and
  • placing similar items together in the structure of a revised Schedule 4.

This media release is available on the Customs and Border Protection website (see below).

Making a submission

The Government has approved the release of an exposure draft of the legislation and its associated explanatory material.

The Government is now seeking feedback and comments on the exposure draft legislation and draft explanatory material.  Submissions may address one or more specific issues or address issues in the draft legislation more generally.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred.  For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word format.  An additional pdf version may also be submitted.

Submissions should include the respondent’s name, organisation (if appropriate) and contact details.  All submissions will be treated as confidential and will not be made public.

Closed for comments

E-mail address for electronic submissions:

tariff@customs.gov.au

Address written submissions to:

Director Tariff
Trade Services Branch
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
5 Constitution Avenue
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Documents available

The Exposure Draft of the Customs Tariff Amendments ( Schedule 4) Bill 2012

Exposure Draft Explanatory Memorandum

Media Release of July 2011

Release date
19 December 2011

New subscription service for Tariff Updates

A new subscription service has been added to the Customs and Border Protection website - 'Updates to Tariff Information'. It is free to subscribe and you will receive email notification of changes to the tariff related pages.

CPI adjustments - operative on and from 1 August 2011

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 August 2011, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The new rates of duty are available from here. Further information will be available from Australian Customs Notice 2011/28. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

New By-law No. 1104437 for item 23A in Schedule 4 for disaster relief

Customs and Border Protection has created By-law No. 1104437 for the purpose of item 23A in Part II of Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995, which provides for duty and GST free importation of goods that are donated to an organisation established in Australia for philanthropic purposes for disaster relief.

Treatment code 423 will replace reference number 9999.50.23.

Reference No. 9999.50.23 will no longer operate from 1 May 2011.

Updated by-law tariff working pages is available on the Customs website and will be printed and distributed in the week commencing on 25 April 2011.

CPI adjustments - operative on and from 1 February 2011

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 February 2011, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The new rates of duty are available from here. Further information will be available from Australian Customs Notice 2011/05. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

1 January 2011 tariff, duty rate and statistical code changes

The following tariff, duty rate and statistical code changes will occur on 1 January 2011:

  • Reduction of duty rates for certain US and Chilean originating goods including US footwear and Chilean grapes (Schedules 5 and 7 of the Customs Tariff refer);
  • The Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) will enter into force on 1 January 2011 for Laos and 4January 2011 for Cambodia (ACN 2010/52 refers); and
  • Amendment of statistical codes in Chapters 29 and 38 (ACN 2010/51 and ACN 2010/53  refers).

 

Administrative change for Treatment Code 415

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will change administrative arrangements for treatment code 415 from Tuesday 23 November to ensure the correct calculation of security.  Importers should only use Treatment Code 415 on import declarations for those vessels, aircraft, machinery, plant and equipment, described in paragraphs (2)(c), (3) or (4) of the Table to By-law No. 0906051. 

These goods are subject to a security and use of this Treatment Code will require the lodgement of a security.

Treatment Code 415 is used with Schedule 4 item 15 (passenger concessions) and
By-law No. 0906051 (unaccompanied passenger concessions) for those goods specified in the by-law for which a security is required.

When an import declaration is required for other goods covered by By-law No.0906051 or other goods to which item 15 is applicable, Reference Number 9999.40.15 statistical code 41 should be used.

CPI adjustments - operative on and from 2 August 2010

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 2 August 2010, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The new rates of duty are available from here. Further information will be available from Australian Customs Notice 2010/38. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

Tariff Changes for 1 July 2010

Duty rates for aviation kerosene and gasoline will increase by $0.00702 per litre, from $0.02854 to $0.03556 per litre, from 1 July 2010.  ACN 2010/29 refers.

Item 61 in Schedule 4 (Expanded Overseas Assembly Provisions Scheme) and its treatment codes 461 and 561 will cease to operate from 1 July 2010.  ACN 2010/27 refers.

Transfer of the Tariff Advice function from WA, SA and Tasmania to Victoria

Following a review of the TA System, Customs will establish tariff advice centres of excellence in Sydney and Melbourne. These centres will have primary responsibility for the provision of tariff advices and internal tariff advice reviews.

The 1st phase of implementing that strategy will see the Melbourne Tariff team (Tariff South) delivering the tariff advice service for VIC, WA, SA and TAS from Thursday 01 July 2010. ACCA 2010/05 refers http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/notices/acca/acca.asp

Increases in Customs and Excise Duties for Tobacco Products

In accordance with the Government's announcement today (29 April 2010) rates of excise and excise equivalent customs duty for tobacco and tobacco products will increase from midnight on 30 April 2010. Details of the new rates are available here

Joint media release - review of import concessions as listed in Schedule 4

On 19 March 2010, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and the Minister for Home Affairs issued a joint media release about a review of import concessions as listed in Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 as part of the Better Regulation Ministerial Partnership. The media release can be viewed at www.ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au. A Scoping Paper about the review is also available on the Finance website www.finance.gov.au.

More information is available from Australian Customs Notice 2010/18.

CPI adjustments - operative on and from 1 February 2010

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 February 2010, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The new rates of duty are available from here. Further information will be available from Australian Customs Notice 2010/05. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

Have your say on the Tariff Advice System

Customs and Border Protection has begun a review of its Tariff Advice System to examine business processes and ensure that clients receive a quality service.
You are invited to share your views, opinions and expectations of the Tariff Advice System to help ensure that Customs and Border Protection continues to deliver an efficient and effectively managed service.

For more information click here.

1 January 2010 tariff, duty rate and statistical code changes

The following tariff, duty rate and statistical code changes will occur on 1 January 2010:

  • Reduction of duty rates for passenger motor vehicles and components;
  • Reduction of duty rates for textile, clothing and footwear goods;
  • Reduction of duty rates as provided for the free trade agreements with the US, Thailand and Chile (Schedules 5, 6 and 7 of the Customs Tariff refer);
  • Commencement of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement with new Preference Scheme AANZ; and
  • Amendment of statistical codes in Chapters 29 and 38.

Item 53C in Schedule 4 will also become redundant from 1 January 2010. Item 53C provides reduced rates of duty, from 10% to 5%, for certain goods when not "of a kind used as components in passenger motor vehicles". The item 53C treatment code 853 should not be quoted on import declarations from 1 January 2010. This will cause the error messages from the ICS.

Australian Customs Notice 2009/49 contains further information.

Changes to the definition of beer and grape wine product August 2009

The Customs Tariff Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Act 2009 is expected to receive Royal Assent on Thursday 27 August and to take effect on Friday 28 August 2009.

The Act amends the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (the Customs Tariff) in respect of new duty rates for certain alcoholic beverages ('alcopops'), previously given effect through Customs Tariff Proposals. The legislation also changes the definitions for beer and grape wine product and, in connection with these changes, inserts eight new tariff subheadings into Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff. There are also associated changes to statistical codes.

For more information about the tariff changes see Australian Customs Notice 2009/39.

Please contact Manager Tariff Legislation on telephone number 02 6275 6542 if you have any further queries.

For further information regarding excise matters visit www.ato.gov.au/excise then look under "More", then "Frequently asked questions".

Indexation of certain customs tariff duty rates - August 2009

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 August 2009, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice 2009/33.  These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

New Customs By-laws No. 0906049 and No. 0906051 - Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 - Item 15 - Passenger Concessions.

On 1 April 2009, Customs By-law No. 0540001 and No. 0540002, made for the purposes of item 15 (passenger concessions) of Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 will be superseded by By-law No. 0906049 (for the passenger concession) and By-law No. 0906051 (for unaccompanied personal effects).

The new by-laws extend the concession granted under item 15 to eligible same-sex couples and any of their children under 18 years, from 1 April 2009.

Further information is available from Australian Customs Notice 2009/15.

The following tariff working pages will be issued in the week commencing 30 March 2009, in connection with this change:

Schedule 4/5 (R.8), SCI PART 2/19 (R.8), PART 2/21 (R.7), PART 2/23 (R.7), PART 2/25 (R.5), PART 2/27 (R.9) and PART 2/28A (R.4).

Note that Customs By-law No. 0906049 will not be coded onto the ICS data base and will not be available for use on import declarations.  By-law 0906051 should be used for this purpose.  Existing customs By-law No. 0540002 will cease to operate from 1 April 2009.

Commencement of the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement March 2009

The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement will commence on 6 March 2009.  Rates of duty for goods defined as Chilean originating goods are Free unless specified in new Schedule 7 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995. 

Further information is available from Australian Customs Notices 2009/11 and 2009/12.

New item 20C is created in Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff.  Item 20C will give effect to goods covered by Article 3.7 of the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement.  Article 3.7 requires that both parties to the Agreement provide duty free entry for goods imported from the territory of the other party after temporary exportation for repair or alteration.

New Customs By-law 0904400 has been created for the purposes of item 20C.

Tariff working pages containing amendments to the Customs Tariff Act and new Schedule 7 are available on the customs website.  

Indexation of certain customs tariff duty rates - February 2009

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 2 February 2009, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For new rates of duty please refer to CPI adjustments - operative on and from 2 February 2009.  Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice 2009/06.  These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

New Item 41H - Goods for use in the design and engineering of motor vehicles that are to be manufactured overseas.

 New item 41H - Goods for use in the design and engineering of motor vehicles that are to be manufactured overseas.

Tariff, Duty Rate and Statistical Code Changes for 1 January 2009

Tariff%20-%20Duty%20Rate%20and%20Statistical%20Code%20Changes%20for%201%20January%202009 Tariff, Duty Rate and Statistical Code Changes for 1 January 2009 (54 kb)

This message summarises tariff and statistical code changes that will occur on 1 January 2009. See the file above for a detailed summary of the changes.

New Treatment Code 434 for Item 34 (Goods Imported in Containers)

Item 34 in Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff applies to goods imported in containers that will be exported.  A new treatment code 434 has been created for item 34 to apply to containers that are specified in Customs By-law No. 8940017 and for which a security is required.  By-law No. 8940017 applies to containers that must be classified with the goods with which they are imported.  The by-law requires a security to be lodged for such containers.  New treatment code 434 will allow such securities to be easily calculated.

Treatment code 434 should only be used for those containers specified in Customs By-law No. 8940017, for which, but for the operation of item 34, Customs duty is payable.  Customs By-law No. 8940017 must be quoted on Import Declarations.

Existing reference number 9999.30.34/38 is unchanged and should be continue to be used for other containers to which item 34 applies.

The new treatment code will take effect from 1 December 2008.  

Revocation of Gift Concession

Under Item 32B of Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 there are several by-laws that provide duty and tax free import concessions.  One of these by-laws (number 9740019 of 17 September 1997) is commonly known as the 'gift concession'.  It applies to unsolicited gifts of a non-recurring nature as follows:

........sent to an individual in Australia by or on behalf of an individual outside Australia, being goods, or part thereof, to a maximum value of $200 per consignment.  For the purposes of this by-law, "goods" does not include:

(a) tobacco products, as follows;
  (i) in excess of 250 cigarettes; OR
  (ii) in excess of 250 grams of cigars or tobacco products, other than cigarettes;
(b) alcoholic liquor in excess of 1 litre;
(c) goods imported by a passenger arriving in Australia from overseas;
(d) goods imported by a member of the crew of a ship or aircraft arriving from overseas; OR
(e) goods forming part of a bulk order placed on the overseas supplier.

Since October 2005, usage of the gift concession has significantly decreased following the introduction of a uniform duty and tax free threshold for all imported goods (except for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products) up to a value of $1,000. 

The gift concession also highlights an inconsistency in the tax treatment of imported alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.  While such products are excluded from import concessions under the uniform import threshold for goods, they remain eligible for duty and tax exemptions under the gift concession. 

To remove this inconsistency, Customs will be revoking the gift concession (by-law number 9740019) on and from 1 October 2008.

Inquiries concerning this notice may be directed to Manager, Schedule 4 Concessions on telephone number (02) 6275 6542 or fax number (02) 6275 6471.

Indexation of certain customs tariff duty rates - August 2008

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 August 2008, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

This document is a PDF document The new rates of duty

Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice 2008/38.

These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.  

Revocation of Tariff Concession Orders for Certain Petroleum-based Goods

Regulation 185 of the Customs Regulations 1926 (the Regulations) has been amended to specify that goods subject to excise-equivalent rates of Customs duty (including petroleum-based goods) are goods for which a Tariff Concession Order (TCO) cannot be made. The amendment to the Regulations took effect on 21 June 2008.

Excise-equivalent goods are defined in Customs Regulation 1D.

As a consequence, two existing TCOs:

  1. TCO 0601572 (petroleum based oils) made for subheading 2710.19.91; and
  2. TCO 0703921 (dry film lubricants) made for subheading 3403.99.10.

have been revoked from 21 June 2008. Importers of the goods covered by these TCOs will be required to pay the relevant excise-equivalent duty, from that date.

The above amendment to the Regulations provide for two exceptions:

  1. goods of subheading 3817.00.10 (mixed alkyl benzenes); and
  2. goods of heading 3819.00.00 (hydraulic brake fluids etc).
    Existing TCOs for these goods are not affected by the amendment to the Regulations.
    Inquiries may be directed to the Manager, Tariff Policy, Australian Customs Service on telephone Canberra (02) 6275 6486.

Increase in excise equivalent duty on certain spirit based pre-mixed drinks - April 2008

Rates of duty for certain spirit based pre-mixed drinks "alcopops" increased from 27 April 2008.

An Australian Customs Notice and copies of revised Customs tariff working pages will be available on the Customs website as soon as possible and hard copies will be distributed in the week commencing 5 May 2008.  

Removal of certain goods from Schedule 2 of the Customs Regulations 1926 (the Excluded Goods Schedule) - March 2008

The Customs Amendment Regulations 2008 (No. 1) commenced on 27 March 2008.

Regulation 185 of the Customs Regulations 1926 (the Regulations) provides, in part, that for the purposes of subsection 269SJ(1), a TCO cannot be made for a good classified to a heading/subheading in column 2 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations unless the good is listed in column 3 of Schedule 2.  If goods are listed in column 3, a TCO can be made in respect of those goods.

The Customs Amendment Regulations 2008 (No. 1) amends Schedule 2 of the Regulations to include in column 3 the following goods:
Alkali Refined Linseed Oil, which is classified to heading 1515 of Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995; and baby bouncers, baby rockers, baby vibrating seats and baby swing seats with frames, and parts for such goods which are classified to subheadings 9401.7, 9401.80.00 and 9401.90.90 of Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995.

From 27 March 2008 onwards the goods listed above are eligible for a TCO.

Revocation of Customs Tariff Notice No. 1 (2007) - February 2008

On 6th February 2008 a Notice of Revocation will be published in the Commonwealth Gazette revoking Customs Tariff Notice No. 1 (2007). Customs Tariff Notice No. 1 (2007) removed the 4% customs duty applicable to "low relaxation prestressed concrete steel wire, ribbed or indented" classified to subheading 7217.10.00 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (the Tariff). Due to a review of the classification of these goods Customs now considers that these goods should be classified under heading 7215 of the Tariff. This heading provides a free rate of duty for goods imported under TAFTA, including the steel wire in question. Accordingly, Customs is formally revoking Customs Tariff Notice No. 1 (2007).

This change will not affect duty rates for other steel wire.

Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice 2008/04. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

Indexation of certain customs tariff duty rates - February 2008

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 February 2008, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The new rates of duty are available: CPI adjustments - operative on and form 1 February 2008. Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice 2008/06. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

Tariff, Duty Rate and Statistical Code Changes for 1 January 2008

This message summarises tariff and statistical code changes that will occur on 1 January 2008. Importers should note these changes, as some existing statistical codes for the subheadings listed will not operate from that date.

A detailed summary of the changes is available here.

Australian Customs Notice 2007/63 has also been issued in connection with these changes.

Revocation of Tariff Concession Orders for 2 years non-use from 1 November 2007

A number of Tariff Concession Orders were revoked from 1 November 2007 for 2 years non-use under section 269SD(1A) of the Customs Act, 1901.

Australian Customs Notice 2007/61 has also been issued in connection with this change. A revision of the Schedule of Concessional Instruments will be issued as soon as possible to reflect these changes.

Revocation of Tariff Concession Orders for Certain Finished Textile products from 4 October 2007

A number of Tariff Concession Orders applicable to bed linen, and toilet and kitchen linen will be revoked from 4 October 2007.

Further information is available in the explanatory document. Australian Customs Notice 2007/50 has also been issued in connection with this change.  A revision of the Schedule of Concessional Instruments Part I will be issued as soon as possible to reflect these changes.  

Amendment of the Tariff Classification for Binapacryl (ISO)

Customs Tariff Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2007 received the Royal Assent on 20 August 2007.  The Act amends the classification of the chemical binapacryl from subheading 2916.36.00 to 2916.19.20, with effect from that date.

Australian Customs Notice 2007/44 refers.

Tariff working page 29/19 (R.9) will be available in the week commencing 27 August 2007 to reflect this change.

Correction to the text of Tariff Subheading 2921.30.00

Tariff working page 29/23 (R.7) contains a correction to the text of the above subheading.  There is no impact on the classification of goods or duty rates.  This page will also be available in the week commencing 27 August 2007.

Indexation of certain customs tariff duty rates - August 2007

Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 August 2007, in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The new rates of duty are available here. Further information is also available from Australian Customs Notice No. 2007/40. These changes will be reflected in the tariff working pages.

Statistical code changes for 1 July 2007

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has requested changes to the statistical codes for a number of tariff subheadings, effective 1 July 2007. Importers should note these changes, as some existing statistical codes for the subheadings listed will not operate from 1 July 2007.

A detailed summary of the changes is availableThis document is a PDF document. The changes have been reflected in the tariff working pages.