As my fellow customs brokers would know, since 01 April 2016 we have been required to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. The reporting year commences on 01 April and runs through to 31 March. The Australian Border Force (ABF) requires all customs brokers to possess a minimum of 30 points. If I am honest, the most painful and tedious part of maintaining CPD is the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) content.
When an individual purchases fake or counterfeit Australian trademarked goods from overseas. All of the ‘ingredients’ are present to make the process simple, easy and repeatable.
The item is purchased (the products can be found easy enough on social media).
The ABF never consults with customs brokers directly, it is an archaic process of headmaster and student relationship. If customs brokers do not do as we advise, ‘compliance action may be undertaken’.