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CUSTOMS REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1994 NO. 367EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1994 No. 367
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 Prostock drag racing cars 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 fists 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 list goods within the restricted tariff class for which a TCO may be made.
On 3 August 1994 the Government approved the removal of Prostock drag racing cars from the class of goods in respect of which a TCO cannot be made. Prostock drag racing cars are classified to twig subheading 8703.2490 in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1987. Item 38 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations excludes goods classified to headings 8702 to 8703 from eligibility for a TCO.
Subregulation 1.1 provides that the Regulations are taken to have commenced on 3 August 1994. This retrospectivity does not contravene subsection 48(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 as it confers a benefit on importers of Prostock drag racing cars 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 "Prostock drag racing cars" into Column 3 of Item 29 so that the restriction does not apply to those goods.