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The Customs Amendment Bill 2015 received the Royal Assent

By Export Council of Australia · June 27, 2015

The ECA is pleased to advise that the Customs Amendment (Australian Trusted Trader Programme) Bill 2015 (the Bill) has been debated in the Senate and has now been passed by both the House of Representatives (on Tuesday 16 June) and the Senate. 

The Bill establishes the Australian Trusted Trader Programme (ATT), sets up the framework for the ATT and which would enables trusted traders (exporters, importers and service providers such as licensed customs brokers and freight forwarders) to benefit from the benefits of the ATT.  While the benefits are yet to be developed, it is hoped that they include streamlined customs procedures and Mutual Recognition in other similar programmes overseas.  This is a significant step in the implementation of Australia’s Trusted Trader Programme for those involved in Australia’s export and import trade.

Please find below the link to the Bill and the Explanatory Memorandum and the ECA can now confirm that Royal Assent was received on the 25thof June, therefore the amendments to the Customs Act 1901 will commence on 1 July 2015.

The first stage of the ATT will be a pilot program for 12 months with 4 selected exporters starting on 1 July 2015.  The pilot will continue with new members thereafter and the ECA hopes that the ATT will continue thereafter with full support of the Government

The Bill is part of the ATT which will also include specific Rules created by way of delegated legislation and Agreements to be entered into between members of the ATT and the Australian Border Force

The ECA is delighted  with the outcome as a new era dawns for Australia’s exporters with anticipated Mutual Recognition arrangements being a key ingredient for accredited exporters (i.e. Trusted Traders) trading with our major trading partners. We congratulate the current Government for ensuring that this initiative has now commenced with the hope that it can be fully implemented over time to place our exporters on an equal footing with other global exporters.  

The ECA has been pleased to be involved in the process of development of the ATT to date including membership of the Industry Advisory Group convened to assist in its development of all aspects of the ATT,  provision of commentary on the Bill and facilitating engagement between regulators and Government.

The ECA looks forward to further development of the ATT and work with the ABF and industry.

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