Conviction protects integrity of our export systems
David Young, the director of Container Forwarding Services Pty Ltd, today received fines of $2500 for attempting to deliberately deceive Department of Agriculture officials.
Mr Young pleaded guilty of breaching the Criminal Code Act 1995 after he falsely declared he did not have outstanding criminal charges against him when applying to register as an export establishment.
First Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture’s Compliance Division, Raelene Vivian, said Mr Young did have some serious charges to his name.
“Mr Young had serious criminal charges before the courts related to using his Quarantine Approved Premises to assist in the syndicated illegal smuggling of tobacco into the country,” Ms Vivian said.
“The department undertakes stringent ‘fit and proper person’ checks on anyone applying to register as an export establishment. We take this responsibility seriously as it can affect our trading reputation.
“Along with attempting to deliberately deceive the Australian Government, Mr Young was charged with assisting a syndicate to illegally import about nine million cigarettes, worth about $9 million—and is now being punished accordingly, sentenced with jail time for these other charges.”
“The department will now begin proceedings to investigate whether his existing export registration and Quarantine Approved Premises should be revoked.”
Ms Vivian said the department worked closely with other agencies in protecting the integrity of our export systems.
“We use the expertise and knowledge of other agencies when conducting fit and proper person tests and investigating companies like this,” Ms Vivian said.
“We worked closely on this occasion with the Trident Waterfront Taskforce—an expert joint agency taskforce operating in Melbourne comprising Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Transactions Reporting and Analysis Centre, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Crime Commission.
“The integrity of our export systems is critical to our $41 billion agricultural exports, good trading reputation, favourable market access opportunities across the globe and our farmers’ bottom lines.
“This prosecution highlights the stringent requirements we place on those involved in our biosecurity system, and provides reassurance to our trading partners that goods exported from Australia will meet the necessary human, animal or plant health importing requirements.”
If you witness suspicious behaviour or come across any goods that you believe have been illegally imported you can contact Biosecurity Redline to report anonymously on 1800 803 006.