The Australian Trusted Trader Programme (ATTP) seeks to provide trade facilitation benefits to importers and exporters that demonstrate strong security practices and a history of compliance.
As previously advised, the ATTP is currently undergoing its pilot phase,and consists of three phases. Stage 1 had four initial Australian exporters participate and stage 2 targeted a further 20 Australian importers and exporters to also participate. Stage 3 commenced this year where more importers and exporters with complex supply chains were selected.
Service providers, including 20Cube, will also progress in participation, supporting a target to have between 40 and 50 companies participating in the pilot. It is expected to be fully operational and open to all international supply chain participants from 1 July 2016 onwards.
Some benefits identified for importers and exporters who become part of the ATTP will include:
- Reduced disruptions to supply chain processes (fewer interceptions at Customs barrier, and priority service)
- Reducing International Supply Chain costs and
- Decreasing stock transit time-frames Mutual Recognition Arrangements with Australia's key trading partners Priority consideration of trade advice rulings and applications
The DIBP (Customs) added that as the pilot develops, more Account Managers will be added to the programme as a single point of contact and to maintain the relationship between DIBP and ATTP participants.
We've also learned that the Self Assessed Questionnaire (SAQ) stage takes longer to complete, due to the amount of information required, complexity/diversity of business models and competing priorities, which has resulted in the whole pilot process taking longer than anticipated.
For more information, visit the DIBP website.