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LOW VALUE PARCEL PROCESSING TASKFORCE INTERIM REPORT MARCH 2012
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Table of contents Executive summary ................................................................................................. 1 Introduction ............................................................................................................. 5 Reform context ....................................................................................................... 7 Growth in low value imports ................................................................................ 7 Current import handling and administration processes ....................................... 8 Tariff classification and duty calculation ............................................................... 9 Application of GST ............................................................................................ 11 Border and biosecurity fees and charges .......................................................... 11 Modes of importing low value goods ................................................................. 12 Air and sea cargo .............................................................................................. 12 Process map for the operation of the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) ............... 13 International mail ............................................................................................... 14 International travellers ....................................................................................... 18 Taskforce activities to date .................................................................................... 19 Review of existing business and border agency processes .............................. 19 Review of regulatory arrangements .................................................................. 20 Assessment of current and future operating environment ................................. 22 Investigation of alternative approaches operating internationally ...................... 23 Domestic stakeholder consultation .................................................................... 24 International consultation .................................................................................. 25 Reform development and assessment .............................................................. 27 Assessment Process ......................................................................................... 28 Further work to be undertaken .............................................................................. 29 Assessment of potential solutions ..................................................................... 29 Detailed assessment of prospective solutions (including costings) ................... 29 Consultation with stakeholders .......................................................................... 30 Development of reform implementation program .............................................. 30 Appendix A: Terms of reference ............................................................................ 31 Appendix B: Biographical details – Taskforce members ........................................ 34 Appendix C: International mail initiatives ............................................................... 35 Appendix D: Regulatory framework ....................................................................... 39 Appendix E: Summary of international low value import schemes ........................ 49 Appendix F: International mail products and categories ........................................ 51 Appendix G: International mail and cargo volumes ............................................... 52
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Executive summary The purpose of this Interim Report is to provide an update with respect to the progress of work being undertaken by the Low Value Parcel Processing Taskforce (LVPPT), which has been established to investigate new approaches for the handling and administration of low value imports of goods, particularly in the international mail stream, including options for revenue collection. The Interim Report has been prepared in a form to enable public release, while at the same time ensuring that no aspect of Australia’s customs, border security or biosecurity processes has been compromised. The Final Report to be provided to Government will incorporate such relevant details in relation to those matters as are required. Key activities to date The key activities that the Taskforce has undertaken to date include: reviewing the existing methods used for handling and administering imports of low value goods, including: o international mail handling processes undertaken by Australia Post; o air and sea cargo operations undertaken by logistics operators such as express couriers, freight forwarders, licensed customs brokers and cargo terminal operators; o border security and biosecurity assessment processes for international mail, and both air and sea cargo; o customs duty and GST assessment processes for international mail, and both air and sea cargo; reviewing the arrangements under which existing methods for handling and administering imports of low value goods are regulated, including: o Commonwealth legislation and regulatory instruments; o
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