SILA is delighted to announce that we have been approved as an Australian Trusted Trader

Dear Reader,

SILA is delighted to announce that we have been approved as an Australian Trusted Trader.

Australian Trusted Trader  is a voluntary trade facilitation initiative. It recognises businesses with a secure supply chain and compliant trade practices, rewarding accredited businesses with a range of trade facilitation benefits. Australian Trusted Trader is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme. AEOs work to secure the international supply chain, while facilitating the movement of legitimate trade”.

In order for SILA to be granted ATT status we must have been able to prove and validate security of our supply chain security including the storage, handling of your commercially sensitive data and physical cargo, effective operating processes and standards as well as our ability to demonstrate compliance with Border Force Legislation.

The program has certain benefits to accredited importers and their agents such as the following, which are due to be released during 2017 – 2018;

  • Duty Deferral Arrangements which will assist with the periodic payment of import Duty and GST
  • Streamlining the clearance of consolidated cargo was identified as a valuable benefit that would simplify business processes and reduce the cost of clearance at the border.

Current benefits of the program include

  • Dedicated Account Manager – the single point of contact between our business and the Australian Border Force
  • Priority Trade Services when requesting duty drawbacks, refunds, and advanced rulings on tariff, valuation and origin though Border Force National Trade Advice Centre
  • A ‘seat at the table’ to work in partnership with the Department and ABF giving us an avenue to voice concerns and raise issues that may be prudent to our clients business

SILA would highly recommend our clients review the Australian Trusted Trader Arrangements and consider the benefits that can be had to your business. Is addition to above Importers will be able to take advantage of additional benefits such as 

  • A lighter touch at the border when importing goods
  • Use of the ATT logo, which is also recognised by international customs administrations
  • A monthly report on all goods imported and exported under the business’ ABN
  • Streamlined processes to become an Accredited Sponsor under the Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) Programme
  • Access to Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs)

Trusted Traders have access to differentiated examinations in countries where Australia has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

Border Force have established MRAs between the Australian Government and some of our key trading partners including:

  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • Republic of Korea Customs Service
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.

MRAs provide Australian Trusted Trader exporters with faster access to international markets through reciprocal arrangements with our MRA partner countries. Recognition of the ATT logo in these countries builds confidence in Australian businesses and the security of their international supply chain.

MRAs are currently being pursued with a number of other key trading partners including Singapore, Thailand and China.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Simon Pepper National Customs & Logistics Manager for further information on how SILA can improve supply chain efficiencies via our ATT accreditation.


Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service