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These Schemes are administered by AusIndustry and can be of great benefit to Australian importers.

The Enhanced Project By-Laws Scheme (EPBS) provides tariff duty concessions on eligible capital goods of significant sized projects in the mining, resource processing, food processing, food packaging, manufacturing, agriculture, gas supply, power supply and water supply industries.

The Certain Inputs to Manufacture Scheme applies to certain goods where it has been demonstrated where the goods in question have a substantial and demonstrable performance advantage in the production of a specific end product over substitutable goods produced in Australia.

Gross & Becroft have been successfully involved in a number of applications in these fields in recent years.  Whilst these applications do require a reasonable amount of preparation, if the key issues are kept firmly at the forefront, then these applications can be dealt with effectively.

It is most important to be aware of the relevant requirements of AusIndustry in respect of each of these type of applications.  In addition, we find it extremely helpful to keep in close contact with AusIndustry with whom we have a very good relationship which, obviously, is of assistance in progressing the applications.

In respect of the EPBS, it is of particular importance to try and prepare the required Australian Industry Participation Plan at the earliest possible time in the life of the project.  This is a matter on which AusIndustry place a great deal of emphasis and, accordingly, being able to prepare a proper AIPP will greatly expedite the application.

Any enquiries in respect of lodging EPBS or CIM applications to AusIndustry should be addressed to Louis Gross.

Louis Gross -  B. Juris., LL.B.


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