Schedule your equipment to arrive in Australia at least eight days before you want it at the telescope. Make sure it is addressed clearly to:
COONABARABRAN NSW 2357
Equipment destined for the Epping Laboratory should be addressed to:
167 VIMIERA ROAD
EASTWOOD NSW 2122
Advise the Accounts Section in Epping (by telex, fax or electronic mail) of the flight number, scheduled date and time of arrival at Sydney airport, the name of your Customs Agent in Sydney, and the airwaybill number of your shipment.
If the equipment is not owned by the AAO it is best to procure a carnet to cover the goods. This can be arranged in the UK through the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 69 Cannon Street, London EC4. Obtaining a carnet is the correct (and therefore quickest) method of importation.
All goods for temporary importation must be examined by Australian Customs on entry into Australia and again before leaving the country (it will invariably be a different customs officer conducting each examination), so it is essential that each separate article in your crate is properly described and valued on an invoice document. This means you will need to stamp or otherwise mark an identifying number on each article before it is packed and then ensure your documentation describes each numbered article. Highlight those articles which may require careful handling by an examiner.
The normal requirement is that the goods leave Australia within 12 months of their importation into the country. The AAT Board has given an undertaking that it will pay the required sales tax and import duty if the goods do not leave Australia in the specified time; this is ultimately your responsibility. You will be billed for any penalties imposed on the Board by Australian Customs in respect of your equipment.
If it is not possible to obtain a carnet, the documentation should read:
GOODS FOR TEMPORARY IMPORTATION UNDER SECTION 162
OF THE CUSTOMS ACT. SECURITY No OM15615
Let AAO staff at Epping know if equipment is needed at the telescope urgently after arrival. Customs delays may occur with this method of importation. Be warned!
If the equipment is owned by the AAO, the documentation should be endorsed as follows:
GOODS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN
TELESCOPE BOARD UNDER TARIFF CONCESSION No 8431653
We recommend you use a customs agent to handle shipments to Australia. Kuehne and Nagel (Aust) Pty Ltd, Units 13 & 14, Harcourt Estate, 809-821 Botany Road, Rosebery, NSW 2018 (phone (02) 317 6000, fax (02) 317 2927), have a number of offices in the UK and their service in Australia has proved satisfactory in the past. You can of course use any UK customs agent you wish.
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