In DIBP Notice No. 2017/07, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that on 1 April 2017, the rates of customs duty will be reduced on certain Japanese originating goods through the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement.

The next reduction of customs duty rates will affect certain imports of:

  • plastic and rubber goods
  • leather goods
  • textile, clothing and footwear goods
  • stone, plaster, cement, mica or similar materials for use as components in passenger motor vehicles
  • toughened (tempered) safety glass and laminated safety glass for use as components in motor vehicles
  • base metal goods
  • machinery and mechanical appliances
  • electrical equipment
  • sound recorders and reproducers
  • motor vehicles
  • orthopaedic footwear goods
  • measuring, checking or precision instruments and apparatus
  • seats for motor vehicles and their parts
  • other miscellaneous manufactured goods.

Note: phasing rates do not affect the import restrictions and border controls for prohibited goods as regulated by the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. A full list of affected tariff subheadings is contained in Schedule 11 (Japanese Originating Goods) of the Customs Tariff Act 1995.