Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred implementation

Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred implementation

 

Further to our commentary from Tuesday 6 August 2019 titled Will common sense prevail on the Biosecurity Import Levy, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has today received confirmation that the 1 September 2019 implementation for the Biosecurity Import Levy is unachievable -  of ongoing concern is that the revised implementation timeframe, quantum and collection mechanism(s) remain unknown.
 
Since 1996/97, our border and biosecurity agencies have been extremely efficient at collecting taxes, levies and import processing charges via the entry / Full Import Declaration – why on earth the government would even consider a deviation from this collection mechanism is staggering.
 
A disastrous result for importers would be to wear the cascading costs of administrative fees through the supply chain should the government revert back to its original models (or a hybrid model collecting some revenue from the FID) by collecting the Biosecurity Import Levy from stevedores and / or shipping lines.
 
This entire management of the levy over the last 16 months has been an example of deplorable public administration - stay tuned for the next chapter in this ongoing saga.
 
Paul Zalai – FTA / APSA