Customs duty on imported tobacco — revenue protection measure
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The Government will amend the customs legislation to clarify the existing references to 'tobacco content' so that the non‑stick excise‑equivalent customs duty on tobacco is calculated on the total weight of the goods, as intended. This measure has a negligible ongoing revenue impact. The measure will have effect from the date of Royal Assent of the amending legislation.
Excise‑equivalent goods — coverage by Tariff Concession Orders
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The Government will address an unintended outcome where importers are able to avoid paying excise‑equivalent customs duties on certain imported products by obtaining a Tariff Concession Order. This measure has an ongoing gain to revenue which is estimated to be $2.5 million over the forward estimates period. The measure will have effect from the date of registration of the amending regulations.
Excise‑equivalent duty is imposed on certain imports to provide consistent treatment with the excise on domestically manufactured goods. Tariff Concession Orders remove the protective tariff from imported goods where no substitutable goods are produced in Australia. Most excise‑equivalent goods are currently prevented from being covered by Tariff Concession Orders.
Increase in the Passenger Movement Charge
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The Government will increase the Passenger Movement Charge from 1 July 2008 by $9, from $38 to $47 per passenger. This increase is estimated to raise $459.3 million over four years. The increase will contribute to offsetting the cost of a range of aviation security initiatives that until now have not been cost recovered. The Passenger Movement Charge also recovers the costs of processing international passengers at international airports and maritime ports, and the cost of issuing short‑term visas overseas.
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