• Service: Tax, Trade & Customs
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 7/31/2012

Asia-Pacific Trade & Customs News - 201207 - Australia: SAFE Framework implementation for Australia 

In 2005, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Australian Customs) along with all other World Customs Organisation (WCO) members endorsed the WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework), which includes providing benefits to businesses that meet supply chain security standards and best practices.


While Australia has adopted most SAFE Framework elements, a May 2012 Australian Customs publication confirms that Australia will not be implementing a system to provide business benefits where they meet supply chain security standards. Since the original Advanced Economic Operator (AEO) pilot programme in 2006, the Australian industry’s attitude has remained constant, showing little interest in pursuing an AEO programme. Specifically, none of the Australian companies surveyed in 2011 thought that an Australian AEO programme would offer a net benefit.

Featured in this edition are:


SAFE Framework implementation for Australia

Change of origin rule for roasted coffee beans

New Zealand
New penalty regime for New Zealand customs

Another step forward in Thailand’s customs valuation


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