Select commercial importers and customs brokers will benefit from the roll-out of a new online system for lodging imported cargo documentation.
The new system, launched by the Department of Agriculture this week, is designed to save importers and brokers time and money.
Department of Agriculture’s First Assistant Secretary Compliance Division, Raelene Vivian, says clients will benefit from more efficient interactions with the department.
“More than 31 million sea and air containers and canisters were imported into Australia last financial year, Ms Vivian said.
The Department of Agriculture currently processes up to one million separate lodgements of documentation each year to support the arrivals.
Documents are emailed, faxed or lodged in person at a front counter, adding time and expense to the process.
Ms Vivian says the new Cargo Online Lodgement System available to some importers and brokers should account for about 20 per cent of the total lodgements.
Better use of modern technology
“The new system allows clients to submit the import documentation, as well as check the progress of their lodgements, online, she said.
“The initial group of clients was selected based on a representative cross-section to ensure the functionality of the new cargo system delivers on its intended purpose before its full release.”
The Department’s new program aims to streamline and improve business processes and client service through better use of modern technology.
“Introducing new technology is just one of the ways the department is modernising, with the launch of the Cargo Online Lodgement System representing an important first step,” Ms Vivian said.
The Department expects the new system to be available to all importers and brokers nationally in early 2015.