This site contains information about the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) for new clients and the processes involved in setting up to use the ICS. You will also find information on the processes and policy that support the movement and clearance of import and export cargo. This site includes regular communication about ICS enhancements and functionality as well as policy and process changes.
Ozone Protection & Synthetic Greenhouse Gases - what Customs brokers need to know
The CBFCA is hosting a one hour webinar on Thursday 12 December 2013 at 1300 hours (SYD) from the Department of Environment designed to provide a broker-focussed explanation of the processes for clearing imports of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases.
Any questions on this webinar should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/63
The Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2013 was recently introduced into Parliament. The ACBPN no. 2013/63 advises of the likely changes.
To view the notices please access the following link:
NEW LEGISLATIVE MEASURES COMMENCE - STRENGTHENING SUPPLY CHAIN
The ACBPN No. 2013/62 below advises Industry of New legislative measures that are commencing to strengthen the supply chain against criminal infilitration.
To view the notice access the following.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/56
The ACBPN below advises Customs Depot and Warehouse Licence Holders of the changes to licence conditions as a result of the amendments to the Customs Act which commence on 28 November.
To view the notice access the following:
ICS Release Notes 14.4.01
ICS Release 14.4.01 will be promoted on Sunday morning 24 November 2013. External Release Notes are available at the following link:
Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/55
The ACBPN below advises Customs Brokers of the changes to licence conditions as a result of the amendments to the Customs Act which commence on 28 November.
To view the notice, access the following:
Customs Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulation 2013The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) is releasing an exposure draft of the Customs Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulation 2013 and associated draft Infringement Notice Scheme Guide for industry comment. You can find the proposed regulation and guide on the ACBPS website at http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4271.asp under the legislation consultation link.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/50
Relating to an exposure draft of the Customs Amendment (Record Keeping Requirments) Regulation 2013 for industry comment, is available at:
Integrated Cargo System (ICS) Release 13.4.02
Integrated Cargo System (ICS) release 13.4.02 is schedule to be available in the Production environment on 6 October 2013.
The following documentation that relates to the release can be viewed at the following link:
Release Notes 13.4.02 - http://www.cargosupport.gov.au/site/documents/ExternalReleaseNotes13402FINAL.pdf
Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/46 - Supply of commercial documents and evidence of monies price paid to verify particulars on import and export declarations.
To view the notice, click here.
ACCA 2013/06 - Register your interest in attending joint ACBPS and DAFF Information Sessions
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) are hosting joint information sessions for industry across Australia during September through to November 2013. The free sessions will be presented by representatives from the ACBPS Compliance Assurance Branch and DAFF’s Industry Arrangements and Performance, and Cargo and Shipping Branches.
To view the advice, click here.
Cargo Reporting and Clearance Requirements 2013 Presentation
This presentation was delivered in the week of 19 August 2013 around Australia, hosted by the CBFCA. It supports the Cargo Reporting and Clearance Requirements Fact Sheet.
To view the presentation, click here.
CBFCA Assembly Order Seminars
The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australian Inc. (CBFCA) are coordinating a series of face-to-face foums on the assembly orders issues in all capital cities. The two-hour seminars will be presented by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and are designed to provide an interactive forum for industry to engage on the recently released Fact Sheet on cargo reporting and clearance requirements. The details of the sessions can be found at:
Cargo Reporting and Clearance Requirements
This fact sheet explains the requirements of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for the reporting and clearance of cargo. It outlines how those requirements apply to a number of common business models.
To view the factsheet, click here.
Disclosing Information held by Customs
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have updated the industry guidelines -Disclosing information held by Customs to incorporate aspects of feedback provided since the guidelines were first published on May 29 2013.
The updated guidelines are available here
Essential Information for Import Reports
Currently, the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) reporting functionality provides a number of reports, including the GST Deferral Report and Broker/Importer Summary Report. The GST Deferral Report contains a breakdown of the GST Deferred amount required for the Australian Taxation Office Business Activity Statement. The Broker/Importer Summary Report provides a summary of activities of a customs broker/importer.
From 1 August 2013, all report information will only be available on a self-serve basis through the ICS. Email requests for these reports will no longer be processed by the ACBPS.
Further information is available here
To view the latest Compliance Update click here
1 July Changes
1 July 2013 changes to the gaseous fuels arrangements, the carbon component rate on aviation fuel, the treatment code for cheese and curd, and the Schedule 4 item 17 by-law. For more details see ACBPN 2013/26.
New Customs laws to strengthen the supply chain against criminal infiltration receive Royal Assent
The Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 28 May 2013. This Act makes a range of amendments to the Customs Act to strengthen the cargo supply chain against criminal infiltration. Further information is available at:
DAFF Imported Food Notice IFN 02-13
The DAFF Imported Food Program have published Imported Food Notice IFN 02-13 which relates to the new requirement that necessitates all FIDS containing imported foods must declare the producer of that food. This requirement will be brought in through a three phased approach. The notice which is titled ‘Producer must be declared for all imported foods’ is complemented by a new webpage on the DAFF website called ‘Lodging Import Declarations and Documentation’ which provides further detail on lodging FIDs and commercial documents. Links to these documents are:
Producer must be declared for all imported foods see the DAFF website for further details (select 02/13 from General Notices)Lodging Import Declarations and Documentation can be found here
ACCA 2013/04 - Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and use with the ICS
This Advice provides direction on the use of Internet Explorer 10 with the ICS.
To view the advice click here.
ACCA 2013/03 - ICS Business Continuity Planning – Document Lifespan
This Advice provides directions on the lifespan of a Business Continuity Document provided during a BCP scenario:
To view the advice click here.
Customs Legislation changes commenced 31 March 2013
The Customs Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2013 received Royal Assent on
30 March 2013. All measures in Parts 2 to 9 of the Act have now commenced with the exception of the new ‘restricted goods’ offence in Part 1 of the Act which commences on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.
Further details are available in ACN 2013/17.
New Customs laws to strengthen the supply chain against criminal infiltration
On Wednesday 20th March 2013, the Minister for Home Affairs, Hon Jason Clare MP, introduced the Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2013 into Parliament.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Customs Act 1901 (Customs Act) and the AusCheck Act 2007 to mitigate vulnerabilities at Australia’s borders. The Bill forms the latest part of a package of measures to deter and prevent infiltration by serious and organised crime into Australia’s seaports, airports and cargo supply chain.
You can find further information and links to the Bill and Explanatory Memorandum on the Customs and Border Protection website here.
The Customs Amendment (Enhancing Customs Control) Bill 2013
The Customs Amendment (Enhancing Customs Control) Bill 2013 is available for public comment. The proposed amendments makes it clear that ships and aircraft in Australia to undertake maintenance, repairs or refurbishment are taken to be imported and therefore subject to section 68 of the Customs Act. The proposed amendments also make it clear that while ships and aircraft are subject to a notice under s.49A, they are subject to Customs control. Interested parties are invited to make submissions by Thursday 7 March 2013.
View more information and the exposure draft here.
ACCA 2012/19 ICS messaging issues related to refund holds
This Australian Customs Cargo Advice (ACCA) refers to the ICS currently experiencing issues in the refunds environment related to outbound messages for import declaration amendments resulting in a refund hold.
For more information click here.
1 March Schedule 4 By-law Changes
New Schedule 4 to take effect on 1 March 2013
ACBP Notice 2013/07 relating to Implementation of the Customs Tariff Amendment (Schedule 4) Act 2012 - Arrangement for Customs By-laws and Other Instruments is available on the Customs website.
For details refer to ACN 2013/07.
CCF Weekly Updates
The Cargo Support website now has a page to provide a weekly update of what is occurring around CCF improvements and issues. This page will be updated on Tuesdays each week and contains technical content.
For details click here.
CPI adjustments - Operative on and from 1 February 2013
Rates of duty for certain spirits, beer and tobacco products will increase from 1 February 2013.
The new rates of duty are available here.
Further information will be available from Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice (ACN 2013/3).
Integrated Cargo System (ICS) Release 12.4.02
Integrated Cargo System (ICS) release 12.4.02 is scheduled to be available in the Production environment on 3 February 2013. The INDUSTRY TEST release will occur tonight 22 January 2013. Testing of new functionality introduced in 12.4.02 can begin in the IND TEST environment from tomorrow.
The following documentation that relates to the release can be viewed at the following links:
Release Notes 12.4.02
ACCA 2013/01 Changes to Customs Information & Support Centre (CI&SC) hours of operation
This Australian Customs Cargo Advice (ACCA) refers to the upcoming changes to the hours of operation of the CI&SC. These changes will take effect from Sunday 10 February 2013
For more information click here.
All securities and carnets business transactions now administered by the National Temporary Imports & Securities (NTIS) section
As part of its business improvement activities, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection) has progressively centralised its administration of securities and carnets to the NTIS section in Brisbane.
See ACCA 2012/20.
Digital Certificate Enquiries
Clients with specific digital certificate questions are required to complete the Digital Certificate Enquiry form.