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CUSTOMS REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1994 NO. 366EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1994 No. 366
Issued by the Authority of the Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction
Customs Act 1901
Customs Regulations (Amendment)
Section 270 of the Customs Act 1901 (the Act) provides in part that:
"(1) The Governor-General may make regulations not inconsistent with this Act prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed ... for giving effect to this Act or for the conduct of business relating to the Customs, ..."
The purpose of the Regulations is to amend the Customs Regulations (the Regulations) to allow metal drawer slide components to be imported duty-free via a Tariff Concession Order (TCO).
Part XVA of the Act provides for the duty-free entry of certain goods via a TCO where it is established that the duty-free entry of those goods is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the market for Australian made substitutable goods. Section 269SJ of the Act provides that the Comptroller must not make a TCO in respect of goods declared by the Regulations to be goods to which a TCO should not extend.
Schedule 2 to the Regulations lists goods in respect of which TCOs must not be made under Part XVA of the Act. It does this by specifying the tariff heading or subheading of such goods in Column 2 of Schedule 2. Column 3 of the Schedule provides the facility to fist goods within the restricted tariff class for which a TCO may be made.
On 12 July 1994 the Government approved the removal of metal drawer slide components from the class of goods in respect of which a TCO cannot be made. Metal drawer slide components are classified to tariff subheading 9403.90. 00 in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1987. Item 48A of Schedule 2 to the Regulations excludes goods classified to heading 9403.90.00 from eligibility for a TCO.
Subregulation 1.1 provides that the Regulations are taken to have commenced on 12 July 1994. This retrospectivity does not contravene subsection 48(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 as it confers a benefit on importers of metal drawer slide components by making them eligible for duty-free entry under a TCO and does not impose any liabilities on any person.
Subregulation 3.1 amends Schedule 2 by inserting "Metal drawer slide components" into Column 3 of Item 48A so that the restriction does not apply to those goods.