This guidance is an explanation of Chapter 5: Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation
Simplifying data, documentation, and automation requirements
The UK and Australia have committed to simplifying data and documentation requirements to aid the rapid release of goods and to reduce the time and cost of compliance for traders and operators.
- Allowing customs declarations to be submitted electronically;
- Using electronic/automated systems for risk analysis and targeting;
- Developing a single trade window;
- Endeavouring to implement common standards for import/export data such as the WCO data model.
Customs release times for goods
Both the UK and Australia have committed to releasing all good from customs within 48 hours of arrival, provided:
- all required documentation has been submitted on or prior to the arrival of the goods;
- the goods are not subject to any physical examination or inspection;
- the goods comply with each country’s laws and regulations.
Perishable goods and expedited shipments will, under normal circumstances, be released within 6 hours if the requirements listed above have been met.
Temporary admission of goods
Duty and tax-free temporary admission of goods will be allowed if those goods are brought in for a specific purpose; do not undergo any change; and are intended to be re-exported within a specific period. This includes goods in the following categories:
- Exhibition goods intended for display;
- Professional equipment;
- Samples, advertising, films, and recordings;
- Packing materials, pallets, containers, etc;
- Goods imported for sports.
Before exporting their goods, businesses can request a legally binding, written decision from the relevant customs authority on the tariff classification and origin of their product. Both Australia and the UK will ensure that the business receives the ruling within 90 days after receiving the request. These rulings will take effect on the date they are issued and remain in effect for at least three years provided the law, facts and circumstances remain the same. Either the exporter or importer may apply for an advance ruling.
Advance ruling will be available for:
Further simplification of customs procedures
Both countries have committed to ensuring that customs procedures are simple, efficient, and transparent to best support businesses to trade and reduce administrative burdens at the border. The UK and Australia have agreed that eligible traders in both countries can benefit from measures that further simplify customs procedures. This could include reducing the data requirements for traders fulfilling certain defined criteria and deferring the payment of customs duties and taxes until after the release of those imported goods, for example Australia’s Duty Deferral Plus benefit.