CUS204 Principles of Cargo Control (8)

In this subject students examine the concepts of Customs control as it relates to the measures applied by border managers to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations for which they have administrative responsibility in respect of cargo movements across borders. Students will gain an understanding of the essential techniques and procedures which allow border managers to accurately identify areas of high risk and concentrate resources in those areas while allowing the majority of goods to pass across the border with minimal intervention


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the cargo environment and the factors influencing some of the Customs procedures and processes in that environment
  • be able to analyse the effect that particular international organisations and treaties have on customs control in respect of how cargo is treated, moved and managed
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how improving the flow of information between a carrier and Customs will facilitate the release of cargo
  • be able to assess key aspects of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) establishing world’s best Customs practice for cargo processing
  • be able to evaluate critically how risk indicators serve as a practical tool to select and target cargo for potential non-compliance with Customs law
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of how consultation and co-operation with other government agencies and industry can enhance Customs ability to manage compliance
  • be able to identify and communicate clearly the relevant issues raised by a practical cargo processing scenario, analyse the implications of the issues and propose appropriate actions


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Control of Cargo: role and responsibilities, Guiding international organisations
  • Cargo processing: Cargo Reporting, Revised Kyoto Convention, Discharge of Cargo
  • Facilitation and control: Risk/profiling and targeting, Types of cargo control
  • Compliance and Cooperation: Relevant customs law and regulations, Partnerships/Customs, Industry and trade

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS204 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
Sea cargo control
Consultant report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.