Fees and levies for import declarations will change under the department’s new cost recovery arrangements, from 1 December 2015. This fact sheet has been developed to outline the difference between the existing fees and the new arrangements.
Full import declaration (FID) levy
Importers will be charged $33 for air FIDs and $42 for sea FIDs. The container levies have been removed.
If a consignment is transferred to the department’s Import Management System (AIMS), clients will no longer be charged the electronic lodgement fee.
Fees for service
A standard fee of $30 per 15 minutes will apply for all activities performed in-office. A standard fee of $50 per 15 minutes will be applied to all activities performed out-of-office.
The department expects most AIMS entries will only require a 15 minute assessment. There is no longer a fee if the department requires additional information to process a consignment, but if an assessment takes longer than 15 minutes, it will be charged at $30 for each additional 15 minutes. Dual biosecurity and imported food entries are an example of an entry that is likely to take longer than 15 minutes.
Time based fees will apply to low value imports that are upgraded to AIMS for assessment. These consignments are lodged on the ICS as self-assessed clearance (SAC) lodgements or as informal clearance assessments. These consignments include goods such as unaccompanied personal effects (UPEs) and goods purchased online valued under $1 000. A fee of $30 per 15 minutes will be charged and includes the time taken by an officer to manually upgrade the SAC lodgement to AIMS or to create a manual consignment entry in AIMS and assess the documents.
Overtime changes have been standardised for activities undertaken outside of the department’s standard span of hours, which are weekdays between 6:30am and 6:30pm, where the activity is delivered. All activities undertaken outside of the department’s standard span of hours will incur the relevant fee for service charge in addition to overtime charges (see table 3).