Interesting Australian Border Force (ABF) Compliance Update


For anyone actively involved in the Customs Compliance industry, including management, I recommend a read of the latest "Goods Compliance Update" (dated June 2016), from the Commander of Customs Compliance, Ms Erin Dale.

In this publication, Compliance areas of focus for 2016 are:

  •  Cargo reporting
  • Undervaluation
  • Tariff Concession Orders

 ABF will also be looking at improving overall compliance in the use of Self-Assessed Clearance (SAC) declarations and the Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) concession.

It is pleasing to see this information update has been brought back to life given the recent level of industry uncertainty and anxiety involving various material compliance issues. In particular, the interpretation surrounding TCO eligibility and retrospectivity, mainly resulting from certain AAT and Federal Court cases over the past 12-18 months and subsequent demands being issued by ABF.

Whilst most industry professionals have been claiming a "Change of Practice" (COP) exists with the change of TCO compliance and eligibility interpretation stemming from the forgoing cases, this seems to have been largely omitted from this latest publication. Please refer below to access the complete document:- 


We therefore urge everyone to respond to the Commander's request for feedback in relation to the publication (, particularly in respect of the TCO Change of Practice" eligibility issues and anyone requiring my Thought Leadership paper on the topic can email me

Standby for our launch of our official website within the coming weeks!

Kind Regards,

Russell Wilkinson


Trusted Trader International

Mobile: 0428 115 153