|Self Assessed Clearances|
What is a SAC (Self Assessed Clearance) Declaration?
A Self Assessed Clearance (SAC) declaration is an electronic declaration that Customs requires to clear goods imported by air and sea that have a value at or below the AUD$1000 import entry threshold. Goods valued above the import entry threshold need to be cleared on a Formal Import Declaration. These must be communicated through the ICS System.
Perhaps are SAC is not what you are looking for, if you are talking personal effects, this requires a different process. Any Unaccompanied personal effects (UPE) must be declared to Customs and AQIS on the approved form - B534 Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement, we can help you with personal effects.
As an Importer what is my role in a SAC (Self Assessed Clearance)?
Why use a Customs Broker to do a SAC (Self Assessed Clearance)?
SAC's must be communicated through the ICS (Customs System) by a cargo reporter.
There are two types of SAC's: (Self Assessed Clearances)
Short form (which does not require a broker, only a registered communicator in ICS)
- Concessional duty rates can not be claimed if applicable, AQIS information can be given but processing may take longer.
Full Declaration Form (which requires Importer to be registered in ICS and a broker/forwarder)
- Concessional duty rates can be claimed if applicable, brokers can use their AQIS Compliance to determine if any AQIS processing is required.
Usually goods sent via Sea Freight that are low value goods (anything under the AUD$1000 threshold) will be packed in a container with lots of other goods, the container once arrived in Australia is collected by whoever is contracting the shipping container for this voyage and unpacked at a nominated depot or bond store. This is where you will be able to collect your goods once Customs and AQIS Clearance is obtained. Sometimes these facilities charge storage (nominated amount per day) for goods after they have been unpacked, hence the urgency of getting your goods cleared and ready for you to collect asap.
Further reading regarding SAC Declarations:
Section 71 of the CUstoms Act 1901