28 April 2010

MAF Abandons 12-hour Rule

MAF decided not to enforce a rule designed to punish importers who fail to make a declaration twelve hours before the ship arrives in port.

The Importers Institute criticised the planned rule as case of bureaucratic over-reach - and a money grab. Other trade associations were also opposed. MAF has now decided to leave the 12 hour rule "as a voluntary requirement in the short term".