6 April 2023
In late 2022, the Australian Border Force (ABF) announced changes for warehouse and depot licence holders that seek to minimise the risk of persons not deemed fit and proper by the Comptroller-General of Customs from participating in these logistics operations. These changes are imposed by the Comptroller-General of Customs and apply to all depot licences under section 77Q of the Customs Act 1901 (the Act) and apply to all warehouse licences (including duty free shops) under section 82A of the Act.
The ABF advised the additional obligations have been introduced to strengthen controls in the supply chain, align compliance controls for licence holders, and improve procedures around the fit and proper regime for persons directly or indirectly impacting operations. Examples of licence holders include duty free shops, provedores, catering bonds, and off-airport cargo terminal operators.
Commencing 1 April 2023, all persons participating in the operations of licensed depots and warehouses are required to undertake an assessment to validate they are fit and proper; once approved, persons are to display a Warehouse and Depot Security Identification Card on their person during operations.
A WADSIC provides evidence that a person operating in a licensed facility is deemed fit and proper and considers factors set by the Comptroller-General including:
For a copy of the Australian Customs Notice Number 2022/46, please visit: Customs Notice 2022
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