Are you in Australian Border Force's sights in 2017?

Are you in Australian Border Force's sights in 2017?

Leonie Ferretter and Melissa McCosker review the most recent Goods Compliance Update from Australian Border Force.

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In the most recent Goods Compliance Update, Australian Border Force (ABF) highlighted the six key focus areas of compliance in 2017:

  • the ban on asbestos
  • duty evasion through the misclassification and undervaluation of goods
  • the misuse of duty concessions (including free trade agreements)
  • anti-dumping and countervailing duty evasion
  • historic importations under the Enhanced Project By-law Scheme
  • importations of aircraft parts, materials and test equipment.

Importantly, as most clients outsource their customs function to a third party customs broker, the undervaluation of goods and misuse of concessions is a real possibility. Lack of oversight by importers can result in errors with the use (or misuse) of duty concessions, free trade agreements and by-laws.

We encourage all clients to implement safeguards around accurate reporting of their information to ABF, as incorrect customs declarations can result in substantial financial penalties.

It is also a timely reminder that since 2003, there has been an absolute ban on the importation of all asbestos products, including those parts that contain asbestos. Positive tests have been identified in various items including children’s crayons, protective wrapping and motor vehicle parts.

Importers should remain vigilant in ensuring that products purchased overseas, particularly in parts of the Asia Pacific, are free from asbestos, including in packing and inside the products being purchased. Detection testing for asbestos continues to be a focus area for the ABF. 

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