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Customs issue new notice linking customs brokers to identity theft

Last Friday (31 October 2014), a new notice issued by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) appeared on the Customs website addressing identity theft issues relating to licensed customs brokers (“LCB”).

The notice, ACBPN No 2014/52 can be found here.

The Notice raises a serious issue of “identity theft” within the Customs Integrated Cargo System (“ICS”).  Customs suggests that some LCBs have allowed “unscrupulous” parties to “piggyback” on the identity and details of legitimate traders without checking that the party is, in fact that legitimate trader.  The intent would be that the person incorrectly claiming the identity of the legitimate trader would not receive the same level of scrutiny of their consignments. More…