Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

To protect Australia's borders and foster lawful trade and travel.


Time Release Studies

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection) has undertaken an annual Time Release Study (TRS) since 2007. TRS is a method endorsed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for assessing a country’s trade facilitation performance. It does so by measuring the average time from arrival of goods at the border until permission is given for the goods to enter home consumption.

The results of the Time Release Studies highlight the success of Customs and Border Protection's risk-based cargo intervention policy, and indicate that Customs and Border Protection processes are not a significant impediment to import trade. The annual TRS:

  • provides the border agencies with a holistic view of the cargo operating environment
  • enables the measurement of year-on-year improvements on clearance times
  • enables the identification of other improvement opportunities to further streamline border clearance processes and facilitate trade
  • provides industry with a measure of border agency performance

To download the Time Release Studies please click on the links below.

Time Release Study 2013

Time Release Study 2012

Time Release Study 2011

Time Release Study 2010

Trans-Tasman Time Release Study 2010

Time Release Study 2009

Time Release Study 2008

Time Release Study 2007