50-2017 – Completion of phase 1 changes for the Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) Reform

8 May 2017

Who does this notice affect?

The following information is relevant to Biosecurity Industry Participants (BIPs) and accredited persons operating under the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Automatic Entry Processing for Commodities (AEPCOMM) Approved Arrangement (AA).

This information also affects Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that deliver the unit of competency TLIX5054: Comply with Biosecurity Border Clearance.

What has changed?

As of Saturday 6 May 2017 the AEPCOMM AA has been expanded to include new commodities. This means added commodities are now able to be processed under this approved arrangement.

An updated version (v4.0) of the ‘Requirements for approved arrangement class 19.2: Automatic entry processing for commodities’ has been published on the Requirements for operating approved arrangements webpage. Additionally, BICON has been updated to include AEPCOMM codes for the relevant commodity pathways.

As mentioned in previous publications the department encourages accredited persons for AEPCOMM to familiarise themselves with the changes by completing the Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) activity 17-18/02 prior to lodging commodities using AEPCOMM. The due date for this activity is 31 July 2017.

Delivery of CBC activity 17-18/02 will be coordinated by the Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) and Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA).

Further information

Please contact the Broker Engagement team if you have any questions.