Impact Publications : AirCargo-249
Page 20 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 A call for better supply chain awareness of border obligations – penalties are possible SLIP ups, ignorance and the occasional malfeasance have caused the Depart- ment of Immigration and Border Protection – in asso- ciation with its operational arm, the Australian Border Force – to issue a reminder of our sector’s supply chain legis- lative requirements, including the operation of licensed depots. “It is important that depot licence holders familiarise them- selves with their obligations and the processes used to commu- nicate with the Department and receive information about cargo subject to Customs control.” The notice suggests immediate boning up on each of out-turn reporting obligations, the correct use of under bond movements, time up goods, record keeping to provide a clear audit trail of all incoming and outgo- ing goods, correct use of warehouse declarations, the infringement notice scheme and offences in the supply chain. All these are covered in specific pages within the www.border.gov.au web site. The notice – signed by Canberra-based customs compliance commander Erin Dale and Joshua Hutton, acting assistant secretary at the Department’s trade and customs branch – says the Department and ABF are keen to improve industry knowledge of border-re- lated obligations. “The Department seeks to en- courage higher levels of volun- tary compliance by increasing un- derstanding and awareness of the ability for industry to correct any errors, omissions or adjustments and be protected from liability for an offence. “The ABF will continue to un- dertake compliance activities to ensure that the information com- municated in relation to cargo and its movements are correct and in line with the intent of this notice. “If errors or omissions are identified by the department, or if anyone in the supply chain fails to adhere to their obligations, appro- priate treatments will be consid- ered.” DIBP joins research group D2D AUSTRALIA’s Department of Immigration and Border Protec- tion (DIBP) has joined the Data to Decisions (D2D) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) as a participant. DIBP will be actively involved in all of the CRC’s research and development (R&D) programs as well as the education and training program through sponsorship of a PhD student and participation in the pilot of the Data Science Competency Framework. D2D CRC ceo Sanjay Mazum- dar said: “DIBP’s strategic plan, Strategy 2020, highlights the importance of data analytics and intelligence-led approaches to its strategic objectives. “We believe the CRC’s R&D ac- tivities can positively contribute to DIBP’s objectives.” DIBP’s deputy secretary Intel- ligence and Capability Group Maria Fernandez said it was an exciting development for the De- partment, given its increasing use of data analytics and tradecraft to identify threats to the Australi- an border. “D2D CRC brings significant expertise in the future of ad- vanced data analytics and intelli- gence analysis capability which can help the Department best process, structure, store and uti- lise the range of border-related data,” she said. Such treatments can range from education and awareness for those genuinely trying to comply, a demand for payment of outstanding duty and taxes, the issuing of infringement notices, an investigation for misconduct, sus- pension or revocation of a licence through to prosecution for more serious and systemic breaches.