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EXPORT INSPECTION (ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION CHARGES) REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1991 NO. 175EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1991 No. 175
Issued by the authority of the Minister of State for Resources
EXPORT INSPECTION (ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION CHARGES) ACT 1985
EXPORT INSPECTION (ESTABLISHMENT REGISTRATION CHARGES) REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT)
Section 9 of the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Art 1985 (the Act) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations for the purposes of section 6 and 7 of the Act. Subsection 6(1) of the Act imposes a charge on the registration of an establishment that is registered for operations associated with the preparation of a prescribed commodity.
Under section 7 of the Act, the rate of charge in relation to the registration of an establishment is such rate as is applicable under the regulations.
The Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Regulations (the Regulations) set rates of charge for those establishments required by the Act to pay charge. Those regulations have been amended in the following manner.
Four new commodities have been added as prescribed commodities. They are fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, plants and plant products.. That is achieved by amending regulation 4 of the principal Regulations.
Each of the four new commodities attracts an annual establishment registration charge of $150 per annum and there is an amendment of Schedule 2 of the Regulations to give effect to that charge.
The registration charges for the above four commodities are to recover infrastructure costs.
The amendment also alters charge rates for several other commodities under the Regulations.
The charge rate for poultry slaughter establishments have been reduced from $477 per month to $398 per month for each establishment.
The charge rate for poultry non-slaughter establishments have been reduced from $48 per month to $39 per month for each establishment.
The reduction in the rate of charge for this item is due to a decline in inspection numbers and a corresponding reduction in program costs.
The establishment registration charge for land-based establishments (items 1 and 2 in Schedule) have been reduced from $241 per month to $233 per month.
Land based establishments registered solely for the operations associated with the freezing of prawns (item 4), establishments registered solely for the operations associated with the preparation and freezing of oysters (item 5), and land-based establishments registered for operations associated with the freezing of fish, other than oysters, not being an establishment registered for operations which include the freezing of fish (item 6), have the establishment charge rate reduced from $120 to $116 per month.
Land-based establishments registered for storage and handling operations (item 8) and other establishments not being vessels (item 10) each has the establishment charge rate reduced from $40 per month to $38 per month.
A new item, for vessels used as floating coldstores, (to be numbered item 11) has been added to Schedule 1 of the Regulations. The rate of charge applicable to this new item is the same as that for land based storage establishments, that is $38 per month.
Other establishments being vessels (to be renumbered item 12) have the charge rate reduced from $120 per month to $116 per month.
The reduction in the registration charge rates for fish establishments largely offsets an increase in the service charge rates for fish inspection in the Export Inspection (Service Charge) Regulations. The overall program costs for export fish inspection have increased slightly.
Dried fruit establishments
The charge for an establishment registered for processing dried tree fruit (other than prunes) or dried vine fruit or bath (item 1 of Schedule 2) have been reduced from $815 per annum to $737 per annum.
The charge for an establishment registered for storing those products (item 2 of Schedule 2) have been reduced from $407 per annum to $368 per annum.
The reduction in the registration charge rates for dried fruit establishments is because of a reduction in inspection numbers and corresponding reduction in program costs.
The amendment came into operation on 1 July 1991.