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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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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

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.

124-2017 - Publication of Biosecurity Awareness Packages for Seaports and Airports

 

 

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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

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.

124-2017 - Publication of Biosecurity Awareness Packages for Seaports and Airports

 

 

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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

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.

123-2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 increased inspections for goods from Italy

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NNF 2017/311- Illegal Logging Update

NNF 2017/311- Illegal Logging Update

As referenced in Import Industry Advice Notice 95-2017 - Reforms to Australia’s illegal logging laws, with the conclusion of the Regulation Impact Statement process, and announcement of the reforms, the department will also end the existing ‘soft-start compliance period.

From 1 January 2018, businesses and individuals may face penalties for breaches of the Regulation’s due diligence requirements. Failing to comply with due diligence requirements may attract a penalty of up to 300 penalty units ($63,000).

We have communicated in the past the following illegal logging information however these useful links are provided to you again for your reference.

Information for customs brokers – illegal logging this provides details on the community protection questions to be completed as part of the import declaration process and other useful fact sheets.

Illegal logging laws – guidance for importers - This section provides explanatory information and guidance on the four key elements of the due diligence requirements as outlined in the Regulation.

For more information, visit the department’s website, email illegallogging@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1800 657 313.

I hope you find this information useful as a reference point to refer affected importers to ensure they can meet the due diligence requirements.

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Updated Packing Declaration Template

Updated Packing Declaration Template

Please find attached an updated Packing Declaration template in word formate

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NNF 2017/308 - Import Industry Advice Notice 120 -2017

NNF 2017/308 - Import Industry Advice Notice 120 -2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 120-2017

 

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 120-2017 - Changes to Import Conditions to take effect 21 December 2017 and is forwarded for your attention.

 

 

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Asbestos – recommendations to increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

Asbestos – recommendations to increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

The Senate’s recommendations regarding importations of asbestos – increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

The Senate has handed down a report into “Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos”. 

The report contains a number of recommendations to the Australian Border Force that are aimed at decreasing illegal imports of asbestos. 

The report makes clear that the Government has a zero tolerance attitude towards the importation of asbestos.

Recommendations that could impact of importers and customs brokers include:

·A review of ABF resourcing required to effectively monitor and prevent the illegal importation of asbestos

·The ABF consider having a specialist unit to manage illegal asbestos importation

·The Customs Act be amended to make it easier to obtain convictions against those importing asbestos

·Consider increasing the threshold required to use “mistake of fact” as a defence

·The Australian Government prioritise the prosecution of asbestos cases

·The Government review increasing the penalties for breaches of the law prohibiting asbestos importations

·It be a requirement that intended imports of high risks goods be subject to accredited testing

·Consider having a “due diligence” requirement in place for procurers of high risk goods

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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NNF 2017/306 - Biosecurity Goods Determinations Update

NNF 2017/306 - Biosecurity Goods Determinations Update

The Biosecurity Goods Determinations (the Determinations) are being updated on 21 December 2017. The amendments will mean changes to import conditions for a number of goods.

Some goods will be able to be imported without an import permit by complying with the alternative conditions. Some alternative conditions will be changed. A small number of goods will have their alternative conditions removed, meaning they will now require an import permit.

The Determinations refer to a number of lists published on our website at agriculture.gov.au/biosecuritylegislation. These lists provide important details not available in the Determinations, and should be read in conjunction with the Determinations for a full understanding of legislative requirements.

The majority of changes will apply from 21 December 2017 with the exception of alternative conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage. These will commence 
1 March 2018 to allow us time to work with industry on transitioning to the new requirements.

For more information, please visit the summary web page, or contact biosecuritylegislationcoordination@agriculture.gov.au

 

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NNF 2017/296 - Department of Home Affairs - A stronger, safer and secure Australia

Department of Home Affairs - A stronger, safer and secure Australia

The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to enable the most significant reforms to Australia's domestic security arrangements in decades.

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister announced the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio of Australia's security, law enforcement and criminal intelligence agencies, and strengthen the Attorney-General's oversight of these institutions.

The Home Affairs portfolio is a direct response to the increasingly complex and challenging security environment facing our country.

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CBFCA Comments:

At the recent CBFCA National Conference The Australian Border Force (ABF) acting Commissioner Mr. Michael Outram said the impending creation of the Department of Home Affairs would not detract from the ABF’s role as customs facilitator, but would in fact enhance it.

The establishment of the new Department was undoubtedly on many people’s minds.

“There’s been some speculation in the media and some academic circles and in the industry that the ABF might somehow lose its operational customs functions,” he said.

“I want to take the opportunity today to assure you that any sort of notions that we’re going to start focusing on compliance and enforcement to the cost of our service facilitation in customs services is far from the truth.”

Mr Outram expects the Department to increase the engagement with the ABF’s law enforcement and intelligence partners. He said the more information, the more consistent data is available to the ABF, the easier its officers can connect consignments to known criminals.

“And that will enhance, rather than detract from our role as Australia’s customs service.”

The Department—including its operational law enforcement arm, the Australian Border Force—and before it, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, has a long-standing relationship with the CBFCA. It has been a strong, consultative and collaborative relationship, and we look forward to it continuing well into the future.

 

 

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AQIS Christmas and New Year Operating hours

Import Industry Advice Notice

115/2017

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Christmas and New Year Operating Hours

 

 

 

6 December 2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 115/2017

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Christmas and New Year Operating Hours

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/2017/115-2017

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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NNF 2017/289 - Updated Packing Declaration Templates Format

NNF 2017/289 - Updated Packing Declaration Templates Format

As referenced in NNF 2017/276 we reminded you that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department)  has updated the packing declaration templates.

Since the latest update we received a number of calls from members advising us of the formatting issues experienced with the Word version template.

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NNF 2017/287 - VICT Landside Update - 6 December

VICT Landside Update - 6 December

 

The following update has been provided by Victorian International Container Terminal (VICT) an is forwarded for your information.

Issued:  6  December 2017

The illegal MUA picket remains at Webb Dock in Melbourne blocking access to the VICT.  Despite best efforts, no trucks have been allowed through to pick up containers since Monday 27 November.

VICT is continuing to pursue all legal avenues to have the picket removed.

No storage charges will be applied to containers for the duration that cargo is stuck at the terminal due to this illegal picket. 

VICT continues to open the gates every day in an attempt to service our customers but is being prevented from doing so.

Updates will be promptly communicated through the 1-Stop VBS notification system. 

CBFCA recommends that you work closely with your shipping line and transport operator to co-ordinate the collection of any containers stuck at VICT.

 

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Free Trade Agreement Checklist for Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Free Trade AGreement Checklist for Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Not all Australian exporters take advantage of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and therefore miss the opportunity to reduce the landed cost of goods in export markets where we have preferential trade deals. Intermediaries, such as freight forwarders and customs brokers, play a vital role in facilitating international trade and are uniquely positioned to assist exporters in providing the necessary documentation.

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Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) – ICS technical issues

Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) – ICS technical issues

 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received the following advice from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
 
Paul Zalai – FTA / APSA
 
Due to technical difficulties, documentation relating to the Agreement to Amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement will not be available on the Department's website when the agreement enters into force on 1 December 2017.

·Reporting parties claiming preferential duty for 'Singapore-originating goods' under the new Rules of Origin (RoO) are advised to use the newly created ICS preference scheme type "SFTA"  and "WO – Wholly Obtained" "WP – Wholly Produced" or "PSR – Product Specific Rule" as applicable preferential rule codes.

·Reporting parties claiming preferential duty for goods that are 'the produce or manufacture of Singapore' under the original RoO should continue to use the original ICS preference scheme type "SG".

The product specific rules (PSR) for this agreement are available at: http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/safta/official-documents/Pages/default.aspx.  Tariff classifications under which 'Singapore-originating goods' are not entitled to a free rate of duty and the duty rates which apply is available in Schedule 4A of the online tariff, available at: https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/cargo-support-trade-and-goods/importing-goods/tariff-classification-of-goods/current-tariff-classification.

It is expected that the DIBP Notice and associated procedural guidance documents will be available on the Department's website by mid-December 2017. For urgent enquiries, please contact trade.agreements@border.gov.au.

 
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Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

30 November 2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

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

Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

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DP World Infrastructure Surcharge Increase 1st January 2018

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge Increase

1st January 2018

Important Customer Pricing Notice:

DP World is increasing its Infrastructure Surcharge in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane commencing 1st January 2018.  The surcharge applies to all full containers received via road or rail from its terminals.

 

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Updated Packing Declaration Templates

Updated Packing Declaration Templates

Further to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) Import Industry Advice Notice 101-2017 – Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies, we would like to remind you the department has now updated the packing declaration templates.

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DPWA increase infrastructure charges: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

 

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DPWA announce further increases to infrastructure charges, ignore ACCC concerns

 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have received formal advice from D.P. World Australia (DPWA) that they will be increasing their "infrastructure charges" for all full import and export containers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the country's largest container ports.

The increases are significant:

·Melbourne: $49.20 per container - notification available HERE

·Sydney: $37.65 per container - notification available HERE

·Brisbane: $38.75 per container - notification available HERE


These changes are to take effect from 1 January 2018.

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DAWR Christmas Hours 2017

DAWR Christmas Hours

Please see details below received from the DAWR office in Western Australia as to their operating hours this Christmas / New Year period. Also please note the change of hours to front counter access - note this change has been flagged to those attending the front counter for some time by way of published notices on site.

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Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Po

 Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies

Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies

 

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently published Industry advice notice 101-2017 http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017/101-2017
 
Please note the below highlighted key points that may need consideration/action:-
 

·Bamboo packaging is aligned with other packaging materials and may be released if appropriately treated - this means that revised consignment specific and annual packing declarations will be implemented on 20 November 2017.

 

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Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017

Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017

 

 

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FTA / APSA advocacy on stevedore Infrastructure Surcharges

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have today released their annual Container stevedoring monitoring report with their chairman, Mr Rod Sims, making a covering statement as outlined below.

 

We are pleased to note the ACCC's clear acknowledgement that "New Infrastructure Charges raise issues for the port supply chain"

The ACCC have also submitted that:

· "It appears that a key reason for the charges is for the stevedores to restructure their revenues away from their shipping line customers and towards the transport sector."

·"It remains to be seen how this may impact transport operators, however it is concerning that they are limited in being able to switch stevedores in response to higher prices.

·"It is likely that the new infrastructure charges will result in shippers paying more to transport goods".

While the ACCC has provided no indication that they will directly intervene in the immediate term, FTA / APSA praise the ACCC for acknowledging the significant impacts of these charges.

It is clearly an unfair, uncompetitive and unsustainable commercial practice, at the gateway of Australia's international trade task. As an industry we need the support of the ACCC and the relevant Minister on this matter.

FTA / APSA has engaged a competition lawyer to support our work in this area and we will keep members abreast of developments as they emerge.

Travis Brooks-Garrett - FTA / APSA 

 

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