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CUSTOMS REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1995 NO. 136

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

STATUTORY RULES 1995 No. 136

Issued by the authority of the Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction

Custom Act 1901

Customs Regulations (Amendment)

Section 270 of the Customs Act 1901 (the Act) provides in part that the Governor-General may make regulations not inconsistent with the Act prescribing all matters which by the Act are required or permitted to be prescribed for giving effect to the Act.

Section 85 of the Act provides in part that such fees as are prescribed are, payable in respect of warehouse licences and subsection 85(2) provides that the Regulations may prescribe annual fees.

Warehouse licence fees are payable annually on the basis of a scale of fees prescribed within regulations 50 and 52 of the Customs Regulations. These fees are reviewed annually in order to recover the costs associated with administering the warehouse system.

The warehouse licence fees for 1995-96 have been determined and represent an increase consistent with increases in the Consumer Price Index from December 1993 to December 1994.

Regulation 3 amends regulation 50 to omit the current scale of fees in respect of warehouse licences and substitutes a new scale of fees which incorporates an increase consistent with increases in the Consumer Price Index from December 1993 to December 1994. In particular,

       the prescribed base fee for the grant of a warehouse licence increases from $9 111 to $9 339 (subregulation 3.1 refers); and

       the prescribed base fee for the renewal of a warehouse licence increases from $7 115 to $7 293 (subregulation 3.2 refers).

Regulation 4 amends regulation 52 to omit the current fees in respect of transactions involving the movement of goods out of warehouses and substitutes new fees which incorporate an increase consistent with increases in the Consumer Price Index from December 1993 to December 1994. In particular,

       the prescribed fee for the movement of like customable goods and normal entry goods out of a warehouse and into home consumption increases from $10.32 to $10.58 per entry or per return (subregulations 4.1 and 4.2 refer).

The Regulations commence on 1 July 1995.


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