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Announced in the 2013 Government Budget was a restructure the Import Processing Charge (IPC) to recover the costs of import related cargo and trade functions undertaken by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBP).


The Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2013 was recently introduced into Parliament and if this Bill is passed through both Houses of Parliament in the current sitting period, the new charges will most likely come into effect on 1 January 2014.


A two tiered charging arrangement with increased charges only applying for air, sea and post import consignments with a value of $10,000 or more.


The IPC for electronic sea import declarations with a value of $10,000 or more will be increased from $50.00 to $152.60 per consignment and the IPC for electronic air import declarations will be increased from $40.20 to $122.10.


For consignments valued at $1,000 and up to $10,000 the IPC will remain at the current level of $50.00 for electronic sea import declarations and $40.20 for electronic air import declarations.


In addition to the above amounts are the AQIS Processing Charges that are payable to Australian Customs on every Full Import Declaration (F.I.D.). This AQIS charge starts at a base of $15.00 for AIR, $20.00 for LCL & $38.00 for FCL. The charge is geared to the number of containers covered by the F.I.D. (extra $24.00 per each additional container).


In summary the new combined ACBP & AQIS base charges for imports $10,000 or more will be as follows:-

AIR: $137.10 (up from $55.20)

LCL: $172.60 (up from $70.00)

FCL: $190.60* (up from $88.00*) *plus $24 for each additional container

Details in relation to the changes are set out in the Import Processing Charges Bill 2013 and its Explanatory Memorandum links below:-


Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2013

Explanatory Memorandum