What we can do for you

ICN provides its clients with assistance in dealing with Australian Customs Service processes. ICN assists in determining whether or not specific industry capabilities exist in Australia.

The benefits of ICN's services

  • the option to consider local suppliers prior to ordering from overseas

  • the right information to know your cost exposure to customs duty, at the right time

  • the chance to receive our services at no cost if the timing is right.


Tariff Concession System (TCS)

Under the Tariff Concession System (TCS), cost saving tariff relief is granted if substitutable goods are not produced in Australia at the time a Tariff Concession Order (TCO) application is lodged.

ICN is the only organisation recognised by the Australian Customs Service to ascertain whether such goods are produced in Australia. To limit your cost exposure to tariffs and duties, it is recommended that you contact ICN early in the procurement process.


Enhanced Project By-Law Scheme (EPBS)

The Enhanced Project By-Laws Scheme provides tariff duty concessions on eligible capital goods procured for significant projects in the mining, resource processing, food processing, food packaging, manufacturing, agriculture, water processing, gas supply and power generation industries. The Scheme is operated by AusIndustry, the Australian Government's program delivery agency within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

The EPBS scheme is a two-stage process:

Stage 1 - The application for acceptance of the project under the EPBS scheme. As part of the application, proponents will need to provide an Australian Industry Participation Plan (AIPP) to demonstrate how it intends to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian industry to supply goods and services.

Stage 2 - The applicant must demonstrate how it has implemented the AIPP in order to identify potential Australian manufacturers and service providers, to notify them of opportunities within the project and provide them with the opportunity to bid for project related contracts.

ICN provides research services in identifying appropriate Australian industry capability to assist you in applications for Tariff Concession Orders or Enhanced Project By-Laws.

It is vital that ICN is contacted early in the project's development (well before commitments are made to import equipment) in order to assist in development and implementation of effective AIPPs.

ICN is unable to conduct retrospective searches for goods subject to EPBS applications, once the goods have been imported.



ICN's assistance on general enquiries that provide a genuine opportunity for Australian industry in the early stages of a project will be provided free of charge. Dedicated project services (eg. secondments) will be subject to negotiation.

Where no opportunity for Australian industry exists, ICN's services will be on a 'fee for service' basis.

ICN will provide written quotation for any work to conduct research into Australian manufacturers of substitutable goods for Tariff Concession Orders, Item 22 By-Laws or Enchanced Project By-Law applications.

For more information contact an ICN Consultant.