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Minimising Pest Contamination Risk When Packing and Unpacking Containers

Governments around the world have significant concerns about pest contamination via sea container pathways, particulary at the time of packing and unpacking

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Clarification on COR requirements for members

Read about COR Australia's information on "Conatiner Mass Requirements" & the "Use of shrinkwrap as a primary load restraint" that have been raised as concerns by member in recent months, in terms of responsibilities of parties in the supply chain.

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BMSB Update 25- another detection

BMSB Update 25- another detection

Who does this notice affect?

Master loaders (wholesle forwarders), importers, self-reporting importers, depots, freight forwarders and customs brokers affected by the increased intervention during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season - shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

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NNF 2018/326 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season

Further to earlier national newsflash NNF 2018/305, the following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 160-2018 - End of Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season and is forwarded for your information.

Note: Enhancements to the department’s systems have been completed, and the management of LCL/FAK container process including cargo report holds for LCL/FAK containers will commence on 8 November 2018.

The interim measures which allowed all LCL/FAK containers shipped from target risk countries to move under bond, deconsolidate, and be managed at the consignment (Full Import Declaration - FID) level will no longer be permitted after this 8 November 2018.

 

 

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Trans Pacific Partnership to begin in 2018

Trans Pacific Partnership to begin in 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is famous for being a major issue in the 2016 US election. One of the first acts of the new President Trump was to withdraw the US from the agreement.
Fast forward two years and the TPP (without the US) is set to commence on 30 December 2018. This free trade agreement (FTA) is a major reply to the protectionist trade policies of the US and also offers major benefits for Australian traders.

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Infrastructure charges – The ACCC is concerned but says there is nothing they can do

Infrastructure charges – The ACCC is concerned but says there is nothing they can do

can do

 

Trucking companies have seen a massive rise in the charges imposed by stevedores on the collection or delivery of containers. The ACCC has reviewed these charges in its latest Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report and has offered no relief to trucking companies.  In short, while the charges are likely to hurt transport companies and cargo owners, the ACCC believes the charges are legal.
With infrastructure charges likely to remain, if not increase, transport companies need to ensure their customers understand this cost, that it is legally invoiced to customers, and the transport company has the full right to recover the cost.

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URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

URGENT ADVICE: BMSB Update 24

Who does this notice affect?

Master loaders (wholesle forwarders), importers, self-reporting importers, depots, freight forwarders and customs brokers affected by the increased intervention during the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season - shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

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NNF 2018/313 - BMSB update on our ongoing advocacy

NNF 2018/313 - BMSB update on our ongoing advocacy

On Friday afternoon 19 October 2018, the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) representatives participated in a teleconference with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) to again discuss issues that impact on our members, since the commencement of the BMSB risk season. 

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Proposed biosecurity levey will destroy trust in the system

Proposed biosecurity levey will destroy trust in the system

The new biosecurity levy on import cargo, announced in the last budget, is nothing but a tax grab writes Llew Russell

 

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NNF 2018/310 - New AEP entry charge

NNF 2018/310 - New AEP entry charge

We received a number of queries from members, as they notices a new charge of $18 per Automatic Entry Processing (AEP) entry.

As referenced in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Import Industry Advice Notice 117-2018 - Change to Biosecurity Approved Arrangement Charges, the department informed industry of the changes to the Approved Arrangements charges.

 

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NNF 2018/305 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for BMSB risk season

NNF 2018/305 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for BMSB risk season

As referenced in NNF 2018/301, advising you that the cargo report profiles were deactivated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) for FAK/LCL containers, the department has now published its formal industry notice 145/2018 and is forwarded for your information.

145-2018 - Interim process for the management of LCL/FAK containers for the 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season

 

 

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NNF 2018/252 - Expected delays under 2018-19 BMSB seasonal measures

Expected delays under 2018-19 BMSB seasonal measures

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Import Industry Advice Notice 116-2018 - Expected delays under 2018-19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures and is forwarded for your information.

CBFCA Commentary

We are not surprised the department issued this notice as we expected this season’s measures to include goods manufactured in, or shipped from an expanded list of target risk countries to result in extensive clearance delays at the border based on last seasons experiences.

The additional workload associated with BMSB related clearances is likely to impact the department’s capacity to meet published service standards in the Client Service Charter more broadly and in particular entry processing and inspections.

This is due to a combination of factors, including the identification of treated and untreated containerised cargo, limited onshore capacity of storage facilities at approved arrangement sites and onshore treatment provider premises, and implementation of manual processes to accommodate industry’s request to allow onshore treatment option for LCL consignments.

While onshore treatment is allowed for FCL/FCX, FAK/LCL, the departments preference is offshore treatment.

Importers are strongly encouraged to have their target high risk goods treated by an approved offshore provider prior to arrival into Australia to facilitate clearance on arrival.

 

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What's Your Payout?

What's Your Payout?

Who foots the bill when your container ends up in the drink?

For those in the shiping game, when things go well, they go very well, and when they go bad they are horrid. The normally invisible industry of containerised shipping was brought into the public eye last May when YM Efficiency lost 83 containers off the coast of New South Wales. It also brought to the front of the mind the question of what the liability scheme is for damage to cargo when there is no obvious liability on either the shipper or the ocean carrier.

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NNF 2018/234 - Use of infringement notices across all import pathways

The Biosecurity Act 2015 - Use of infringement notices across all import pathways

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 106-2018 - The Biosecurity Act 2015 – Use of infringement notices across all import pathways and is forwarded for your information.

 

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – 2018-2019 Seasonal Measures

The BMSB Season is fast approaching and DAWR in Australia have now amended their Seasonal Measures to address the impending infestation threat.

DAWR have announced amended protocol allowing that FAK containers departing from a Target Risk Country can receive treatment from an Approved Offshore Treatment Provider prior to export OR may be fumigated onshore upon arrival.

Given the changed circumstances and logistical difficulties in GERMANY, ECU Worldwide Australia have undertaken to arrange fumigation at container level on arrival into Australian Ports for all Germany consignments.

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Annua Packing Declarations

  Reminder :

We have sent out a reminder that the annual packing declaration with the addition of the ‘NO bamboo’ statement has been in use since last month.

Please refer to our broadcast message for a copy or request one be sent to you via our info@paulanstey.com.au email address

 

 

 

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NNF 2018/202 - BMSB webpage update: Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season

BMSB webpage update: Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season

Further to update provided in NNF 2018/199 we received the following advice from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advising us the Final measures for the 2018-19 BMSB season have now been published on the BMSB webpage.

 

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NNF 2018/199 - BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

Further  NNF 2018/197 we received the following update from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advising us of the BMSB webpage update: Treatment methodologies and Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.

 

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Illegal Logging Webinars

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will be hosting a series of webinars on Australia’s illegal logging laws throughout the second half of 2018.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
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NNF 2018/193 - Department of Home Affairs, Duty and By-Law notices

NNF 2018/193 - Department of Home Affairs, Duty and By-Law notices

NNF 2018/193 - Department of Home Affairs, Duty and By-Law notices

The following information has been provided by the Department of  Home Affairs in relation to (1) new excise equivalent customs duty rates and (2) item 1 by-lay revocation and replacement

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NNF 2018/182 - Import Industry Advice Notice 77-2018

 

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 77-2018 – Draft measures for 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

DAWR forecasts that final measures will be available soon.

The CBFCA continue to liase with DAWR on these matters, with final details to end up being available via the CBFCA through a webinar based, updated power point presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly updates from the Anti-Dumping Commission website 18 July 2018

 The following commodities have had documents published on the EPR in the last week.

Please note, in addition to the commodity you have requested in your subscription, this notification contains all other commodities that have been updated.

 

We hope these updates are helpful and appreciate any feedback you have in regards to the website or these updates.

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The debate on HSS goes on as Home Affairs seeks to draw the line on Line Pipe

The debate on HSS goes on as Home Affairs seeks to draw the line on Line Pipe

Many readers would be aware of the ongoing debate on what constitutes Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) steel or iron which is subject to dumping or countervailing duties. that has included debate on whether the alleged HSS is, in fact, another type of product (scaffolding for example) or whether the HSS is actually only part of a larger structure and should be classified on that basis.

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs proposed new seasonal import measures

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - proposed new seasonal import measures

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have updated in draft, proposed new seasonal import measures for the upcoming Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season which will be between 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.  For more information READ MORE below.

These measures will include mandatory treatment and increased intervention before arrival into Australian territory.

Full Notice Below. 

 

 

 

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NNF 2018/166 - Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2018

NNF 2018/166 - Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2018

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2018 – Highly compliant importer project and is forwarded for your attention.

All importers and customs brokers who lodge imported cargo to the department for biosecurity assessment.

What has changed?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Compliance Division, is implementing a highly compliant importer project (HCIP).  The HCIP introduces an entity compliance overlay to the management of at border biosecurity risk. Under the HCIP importers that have established a 100% compliance history through repeated physical inspection over an extended period of time for particular commodities, will be identified during entry processing and receive reduced intervention.

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General average explained( and should importers insure their goods) Our opinion is YES

General average explained( and should importers insure their goods) Our opinion is YES

Following the tragic casualty of Maersk Honam it is timely, particularly for shippers and freight forwarders, to cover the dynamics and risks associated with General Average. While the concept of General Average (GA) is widely recognised and as old as maritime transport itself, it is also a commonly misunderstood process. This principle of maritime law governs the process by which all stakeholders in a particular voyage share losses resulting from actions taken in an emerency.

 

 

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NNF 2018/147 - Asbestos in imported second hand vehicles

Asbestos in imported second hand vehicles

Members are continuing to be confronted with compliance  issues when they are involved in the clearance of second hand vehicles from overseas.

A recent addition to the Department of Home Affairs ( Home Affairs) web site may be of some assistance to members in conveying to importers the requirements  as laid out by Home Affairs.

 

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NNF 2018/130 - Preparation for the 2018-2019 BMSB risk season

Preparation for the 2018-2019 BMSB risk season

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 57-2018 - Preparation for the 2018-2019 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season and is forwarded for your attention.

The department will soon commence information sessions in preparation for the 2018-19 BMSB season. These sessions will outline work underway on import requirement for next season, including possible extension to other countries.

 

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ANL ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY BUNKER RECOVERY MEASURES

ANL announces the implementation of Emergency Bunker Recovery Measures

 

Due to the significan increase in bunker prices since the beginning of the year and to keep ensuring the highest quality of service to our customers, ANL will implement a cost recovery mechanism which will be applied to all cargo on all traders to/ from China with the following implementation dates and the amounts:

As from June 1st, 2018 (date of loading) as follows:

 

Dry Container  USD 55.00 / TEU

Reefer               USD 85.00/ TEU

 

These amounts will be included in the ocean freight and will be re-enaluated on a monthly basis.

 

Should you need any clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

 

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Emergency Bunker Surcharges

   The increase in bunker price in 2018 has been significantly higher than expected and due to the unsustainable nature of the situation, Maersk Line has decided to introduce an Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS) as a necessary action to ensure a continued sustainable service to our customers.

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INDUSTRY OPINION : New Budget Biosecurity Levy

INDUSTRY OPINION : New Budget Biosecurity Levy

By the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF)

 

The announcement in the Federal Budget of a Biosecurity Levy of $10.02 per TEU to be introduced on 1 July 2019, is an ill-considered measure which has implications for the freight forwarding industry and importing community.

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Advance Containerised Cargo Loading Notices Pre-Arrival Manifest - SOUTH AFRICA

  
We wish to inform our customers of the Mandatory Data Elements which must be included in your submitted Shipping Instructions. Any incomplete or missing information may result in the Shipping Instructions being rejected, thereby potentially impacting the timeline for achieving loading pre-requisites.

Please see Mandatory Data Elements listed below

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Australia's Supply Chain Joins Forces To Challenge New Levy

   The Australian Logistics Council, Australasian Railway Association, Ports Australia and Shipping Australia have today joined together to call for clarification of how the Biosecurity Levy, announced by the Australian Government in the Federal Budget last week, will operate. Particularly how the generated revenue will be spent.

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Imported Food Notice 03-18 published

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Imported Food Notice 03-18 has been published to advise food importers that the new requirements for declaring the country of origin on food labelling will be verified during border inspections from 1 July 2018.

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e-Bulletin Issue 8 - 16 May 2018

e-Bulletin Issue 8 - 16 May 2018

From 1 July 2018 food businesses must comply with labelling requirements set out by the Australian Government which aim to provide consumers with greater transparency on the origin of their food.

Originally introduced on 1 July 2016 as the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 (Standard) the implementation of the Standard has been looming for some time, with many businesses using this transition period to ensure that their labelling is compliant.

There are two types of country of origin labels which companies selling food in Australia must comply with, the standard mark and the country of origin statement.

 

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Import Industry Advice Notices 33/2018

3 April 2018

Import Industry Advice Notice 33/2018

Conditionally non-prohibited goods that arrive without an import permit

has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/33-2018

Import Industry Advice Notices are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website at: www.agriculture.gov.au/iian.

 
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Imported Food Notice 02-18 published 06 APRIL 2018

Imported Food section update

Imported Food Notice 02-18 published

06 APRIL 2018

Imported Food Notice 02-18 has been published to advise food importers that inspection times and costs for those foods classified as surveillance under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 will increase for entries created within the Department of Home Affairs Intergrated Cargo System (ICS) from 16 April 2018.

The notice can be accessed via the link below:

http://agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/notices

 
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UPDATE 8 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 

UPDATE 8 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) 

LCL - AWAITING OFFICIAL UPDATE

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and industry colleagues have been in regular contact with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on revised processes in treating risk for LCL consignments - please refer to the latest notice "25-2018 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 - Amended process for LCL containerised goods from Italy"

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Biosecurity inspection service level and managing demand

  

Biosecurity (Quarantine) inspection service level and managing demand

 

Based on members feedback related to delays experienced obtaining Quarantine inspection bookings the CBFCA accompanied by the Seafood Importers Association met with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Director, Inspection Services Group to address the current issues, advocate for process review and implement plans to manage the increased demand for inspections.

Since the increased intervention on imported prawns and recent brown marmorated stink bugs emergency measures the demand for inspections has significantly increased placing pressure on the department resources to meet the service standards.

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More terminal infrastructure charges announced

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) announces their own infrastructure charge

 

This morning, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) received formal advice from VICT that they will be introducing an infrastructure charge of $48.00 to be applied from 26 March 2018.

The full notice from VICT is included below for your reference.

 

Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise. FTA/APSA predicted this outcome in our meeting with the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the 16 February, and we have provided similar warnings to State and Federal Ministers.

 

FTA/APSA maintains the position that cost recovery for infrastructure investment should NOT occur via the Vehicle Booking System (VBS), it should be recovered from the commercial clients of the terminal operators, the shipping lines.

 

Infrastructure charges are a major cost distortion in Australia’s international supply chain, where cargo owners are now paying both the shipping line (via Terminal Handling Charges) and the Terminal Operators (via the VBS charges) for the same in-terminal activities.

 

We understand from our colleagues at the Global Shippers Forum, that these charges are now appearing overseas, using the Australian model.

 

As these charges increase, our international competitiveness correspondingly weakens.

 

Urgent reform needs to be considered.

 

The Chairman of the ACCC recently highlighted to FTA/APSA their advocacy role in achieving future reforms in this area. With the NSW Freight & Ports Plan in draft, the Victorian Freight Plan under development, and the National Freight & Supply Chain Strategy due to commence once the Inquiry has concluded, it would be remiss of our Governments to not address these charges in some way.

 

Freight & supply chain policy needs to be led by port users and Australian importer/exporters. The result of not doing so is what we see today.

 

FTA/APSA will continue to take a lead on this issue on behalf of industry.

 

 

 

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) - Notice to Customers
 

Following a review of our terminal charges and market conditions, VICT has decided to implement an Infrastructure Surcharge of $48.00.  Customers are advised that the charge will commence as of 27th March 2018.
 
Following a review of market conditions, we consider that it is appropriate to introduce an Infrastructure Surcharge. The Infrastructure Surcharge allows VICT to remain competitive in the market as a viable alternative container terminal.
 
Since commencing operations in 2017, VICT has committed to having landside efficiency at the forefront of our innovation, which we have done and continue to do. This has optimised our Truck Turnaround Times, increased utilisation of trucks and improved safety conditions. VICT remains dedicated to continuous improvement in providing leading landside services.
 
The Infrastructure Surcharge will be applied to all standard import and export full containers (R&D via road). Road transport operators will be invoiced electronically through existing weekly invoices. The $10 Chain Of Responsibility charge per container will no longer be an additional charge, and will instead be absorbed into the Infrastructure Surcharge from 27th March 2018.
 
We are aware of customer feedback regarding the introduction of infrastructure surcharges more generally in the market. Having listened to customer feedback on cash flow concerns around additional charges, we will extend our payment terms from 7 to 30 days from invoice issue date and we are also looking to implement EFTPOS payment facilities soon. We will make further announcements on this shortly.
 
VICT carrier access agreement will be updated accordingly and facility access will be conditional on payment of these charges as per our terms and conditions from 27th March onwards. Please contact VICT’s Landside Team on 03 8547 9700 if you require any further clarification with regard to this surcharge.
 

 

 

 

History of the Infrastructure Charges

Infrastructure charges were first introduced by Patrick on 25 October 2010 ($21.25). Apparently this was to recover investment associated with their terminal automation. In 2015 that charge was increased to $27.37 and a $3.50 charge was introduced by Patrick in Melbourne.

Since 2015 we have seen DPWA and Patrick introduce these charges to all major container terminals as well as increasing the charges exponentially, with no equivalent improvement in productivity or service delivery.

While our State Governments heavily regulate prescribed port charges (such as wharfage), to protect Australian exporters, there is no sufficient legislation in place to regulate container terminal pricing.


 

 

 

 
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Customs Brokers Join Infrastructure Cost Backlash

 

CBFCA Continues Independent Push Against Unjustified

"Land Based" Processes and Costs

 yesterday’s article in the ATN is shown below:

These additional direct and indirect costs introduced from the larger third party providers need to be addressed and the CBFCA will continue to operate independently to push for as a minimum, major concessions across each issue.

 

Scott Carson
Commercial Manager

 

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Owens Direct to Wharf Container Dehire

Owens Direct to Wharf Container Dehire

12th March 2018

Important Customer Notice:

As you may be aware, there is an increasing reliance on shipping lines to mark delivery orders for dehire return into stevedore terminals, rather than designated Empty Container Parks.  This change will have an impact on Owens operation and costs due to the following:

 

  • Slot availability.
  • Containers requiring to be double handled through Owens Yards due to limited slot availability.
  • Longer truck wait times at empty container parks.
  • Terminals will charge fees for missed slot or late dehires where empty container parks do not.
  • Greater chance of container detention being charged by shipping lines due to late returns.

 

Owens will implement the following charges, only when we are required to dehire empties to stevedore terminals nationally. These new ancillary charges will be implemented on the 12th of March 2018.

 

  • Melbourne:  $85.00
  • Sydney:         $75.00
  • Brisbane:      $75.00
  • Perth:            $75.00

 

The direct to wharf container dehire include, transport, lifts, and VBS.  PRA lodgement will come at an additional fee of $25.00 per container if required.

 

Owens would strongly recommend that you request from your shipping lines that you would like to avoid direct to wharf container dehire to mitigate these additional costs occurring.

 

We appreciate your understanding on this matter.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your local Owens Sales Executive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunt & Hunt update: Are you at risk of customs fraud?

Where there is a tax payable, there is incentive to fraudulently reduce the tax. Customs duty, the tax payable on imported goods, is no exception. A common method of fraudulently reducing the tax payable is to declare a false value of the imported goods.  Recent cases have highlighted that the risks associated with this conduct extend to purchases who were not the importer of record or involved in the fraud. 
 

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UPDATE 5 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) – imports from Italy – treatment with sulfuryl fluoride

UPDATE 5 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) – imports from Italy – treatment with sulfuryl fluoride  

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received confirmation from the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources regarding the treatment of containerised goods with sulfuryl fluoride by registered treatment providers under the Methyl Bromide scheme.
 
“At this stage we don’t have a list of approved sulfuryl fluoride treatment providers.  Until there is a more formalised arrangement (i.e. registered providers) we will accept sulfury fluoride by any approved treatment provider under the Methyl Bromide scheme as long as it’s done at a Class 1 premise. (any class 1). In other words if a registered fumigator is willing to do it we’ll allow it”.
 
FTA understands that the department will be sending a similar advice to all Assessment Services staff around the country to ensure that this request is facilitated if received through COLS.
 
Tony Nikro – FTA / APSA

 

 

 
 

 

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NNF 2018/014

Return of import containers to Australian shipping terminals.

The following information on new Maersk "return of import containers to Australian shipping terminals" is brought to member’s attention.

 This proposed new process option for the dehire of Maersk empty containers involves direct transfer to the wharf based Patrick and DPW stevedore terminals only.

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Mandatory BMSB treatment for containerised goods ex Italy

Dear Paul,

Update on mandatory BMSB treatment for containerised goods from Italy

 

Further to Import Industry Advice Notice 04-2018 (NNF 2018/008) we have been in contact with the Compliance Controls Branch at the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources and received advice regarding the following questions and scenarios raised by members.

  • The department has assessed the related biosecurity risk, and as a result is not able to delay these measures for a later time.
  • These measures have been put in place in response to the existing risk of BMSB importation in a variety of cargo from Italy, and these have been implemented as an emergency response to prevent incursion of BMSB and potential damage to Australia’s $9.4 billion horticultural industry.
  • All containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved treatment onshore.
  • Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.
  • The measures apply to all target goods originating in Italy during BMSB season. This includes goods that may subsequently be loaded/transhipped to Australia through other countries in Europe for goods originating in Italy.
  • Due to increased risk measures, profiles have been created to refer relevant entries to AIMS on 17 January 2018.
  • Any shipments cleared prior to the new profiling will not be subject to further entry processing. The department is not actively reviewing releases that have been issued prior to 17 January 2018.
  • Exceptions from treatment also apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups: Fresh produce, including nursery stock and live plants, live animals, food for human consumption and seeds for sowing.
  • All other containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already on route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.

For further information on the 2017-18 measures, please see the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs webpage or contact Air and Sea Cargo.

 

 

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – imports from Italy – increased intervention commencing 17 January 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – imports from Italy – increased intervention commencing 17 January

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has this evening 16 January 2018, received correspondence from the A/g Assistant Secretary Compliance Controls Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources highlighting that there has been a significant number of BMSB detections arriving from Italy. These detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by existing measures.
 
To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo mandatory fumigation or heat treatment onshore.
 
Exceptions apply to goods treated offshore or that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups as outlined in the formal correspondence ...

 

 

 
 
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illegal logging documents due diligence tools and guidance materials

illegal logging documents due diligence tools and guidance materials

Guidance for Australian businesses and organisations

 

The illegal logging documents due diligence tools and guidance materials are provided for the following two groups of Australian industry:

 

  • Domestic processors of raw logs
    (that is Australian sawmills, pulp and paper mills and so on);
  • Importers of regulated timber products into Australia 
    (importers of most timber, pulp, paper and wood furniture products).

 

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Article re Illegal logging effective 01/01/18

Article re Illegal logging effective 01/01/18

Article re Illegal logging effective 01/01/18

As members of the freight and transport industry, you may not think that illegal forestry practices overseas are your concern. But if you act on behalf of others who import timber or timber products, Australia's illegal logging laws affect you.

 

 

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125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

NATIONAL | Issue: #2017/316

Import Industry Advice Notices

 

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Import Industry Advice Notices and is forwarded for your attention.

125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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