House debates

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Tariff Proposals

Customs Tariff Proposal (No. 3) 2022

12:05 pm

Photo of Clare O'NeilClare O'Neil (Hotham, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Home Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

Customs Tariff Proposal (No. 3) 2022

The customs tariff proposal that I've just tabled applies an additional customs duty of 35 per cent from 25 April 2022 to imported goods that are the produce or manufacture of Russia or Belarus. The additional duty range of 35 per cent would be payable for goods that have left for direct shipment to Australia on or after 25 April 2022 from a place of manufacture or a warehouse in the country from which the goods were exported and that are imported between 25 April 2022 and 24 October 2022.

Australia joins like-minded countries in removing the most favoured nation treatment previously accorded to goods imported from Russia. This increase in duty is in line with the increases imposed by the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America. This temporary measure is a response to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, supported by Belarus, and is necessary for the protection of Australia's essential security interests.

Russia's actions are a gross violation of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations. They violate Ukraine sovereignty and territorial integrity and undermine the rules based international order. Australia is committed to upholding these principles, which are essential to international, regional and domestic stability and security. The amendments contained in this proposal commenced on 25 April 2022.

Debate adjourned.