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.