(Below information provided by CBFCA – Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc.)
Further to NNF 2014/169 Quarantine Fees and Charges Guidelines (the Guidelines) the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) has been advised that the Department of Agriculture (the Department) will apply specific increased fees and charges over the Christmas/ New Year period.
Members should note in particular the overtime charges, and the prescribed times that are considered as overtime in Section 8.5 of the Guidelines.
It should be noted that overtime rates will be applied for any transactions that are performed during the period 27 December to 31 December of each year. This period is considered as a Departmental holiday.
As service starts outside of ordinary hours, it is considered as non continuous overtime, with a minimum number of hours to be charged.
Therefore any inspections, or AIMS entries required to be processed during this period will attract the normal fee for service, plus overtime of $288.00 per service provided.
In addition on other issues the Department has also confirmed that in accordance with Section 8.6 of the Guidelines , reprints of directions involving a change to the direction will incur a $40.00 per quarter hour unit fee from the 25th of November 2014. Where a reprint of a direction occurs during the Departmental holiday period, the fee will be $40.00 plus $288.00.
Reprints of directions where no changes have occurred are considered as part of the initial payment, and will therefore not incur any additional costs.
Where an inspection is booked with the Department, and subsequently cancelled with 24 hours notice or more, there will be no fees payable. However where less than 24 hours notice is given, a fee of a 15 minute service fee unit will be charged for manned depots, and 30 minute service fee for unmanned depots. Please refer to Section 8.7.8 of the Guidelines .
As bookings are made as AM or PM only, the cancellation must occur more than 24 hours before the corresponding AM or PM slot, for no fees to be charged.
Members should clearly note and understand the implications of this provision implemented for the Departmental holiday period, as if less than 24 hours notice is provided, the cancellation will also attract $288.00 in overtime fees.
Refer to below Quarantine Fees and Charges Guidelines link or download attachment.
CBFCA – National
For more information please contact the Magellan Logistics customs team on 1300 651 888.