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Illegal Logging E-Update #27 - First infringement notice issued, new and revised CSGs, Redline, international news

Importer issued with the first illegal logging infringement notice

In November 2018, a Queensland-based importer was served with the first infringement notice issued under Australia's illegal logging laws. The notice was issued for ongoing non-compliance with the laws' due diligence requirements and resulted in the business being penalised $12,600.

The issuance of the infringement notice reflects the Department's implementation of a full compliance model for the illegal logging laws, with the "soft start-compliance period" ending in January 2018.

In administering the illegal logging laws, we continue to audit importers and processors to assess their compliance with the laws' requirements. We have now audited over 600 businesses and provided a range of advice on whether their due diligence systems meet the laws' requirements. More compliance audits are scheduled for 2019.

Further information about the department's compliance model can be found on our Illegal Logging Compliance and Enforcement webpage. This details our approach for managing compliance with Australia's illegal logging laws and describes where our compliance monitoring and enforcement activities are being focused.

Release of new Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline

The Department has published the Republic of Korea Country Specific Guideline (CSG) and its associated Quick Reference Guide on its website.

The CSG is intended to assist importers to understand the Republic of Korea's regulatory frameworks and to identify information to demonstrate that the timber in the products they are importing has been legally harvested.

Undertaking a risk assessment using the information set out in a CSG is one way of satisfying the due diligence requirements of the illegal logging laws.

The Republic of Korea is a key supplier of timber products to Australia. In 2017, we imported approximately $159 million worth of products from Korea.

The department continues to work with other key trading partners to develop additional CSGs to assist Australian importers in undertaking an informed risk assessment of the legality of their timber products.

The Korea CSG adds to the existing suite of CSGs, with Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia (Peninsular, Sabah, Sarawak), New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands already available.

You can view and download a copy of the Republic of Korea CSG and the other CSGs via our Illegal logging resources for importers webpage.

Updated Indonesia Country Specific Guideline now online

In October 2018, the department and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry agreed to several revisions to the Indonesia CSG and its associated Quick Reference Guide.

The revisions were intended to improve the overall clarity of the Indonesian CSG and to ensure that it continues to be relevant and up to date (with the original version published in October 2014).

The revised CSG is now available on the department's website, ensuring that Australian importers have the most up to date information available when conducting their due diligence on timber products originating from Indonesia.

The department continues to work to ensure that all CSGs remain up to date and accurate.

New and updated CSGs are published on the department's illegal logging webpages as they are finalised.

You can view and download a copy of the suite of CSGs via our Illegal logging resources for importers webpage.

Redline - report a breach of the laws

The Department provides a confidential mechanism to report suspected breaches of Australia's illegal logging laws.

The Redline service allows callers to report matters that may not be detected, reported, or acted on through other means. It is available for all of the key legislation administered by the department, including illegal logging.

Some of the best people to spot breaches of Australia's illegal logging laws are those who work in the industry every day. If it doesn't add up and looks like a breach of the illegal logging laws, then we encourage you to call the Redline.

Any call to the Redline should contain:

  • information about a person or company operating in Australia or importing goods into Australia
  • details that could help the Department identity a potential beach of legislation
  • information that has made you suspicious that there may have been a breach of the legislation.

You can call Redline on: 1800 803 006

Read more: Redline - report a breach

International News - The last trees of the Amazon - journalism investigation

A team of journalists from five Latin American countries have come together to undertake a detailed investigation into how groups of timber traffickers are managing to steal and process timber from the Amazon.

#MaderaSucia ("dirty timber") is an investigation aimed at analysing the current situation of the Amazonian timber market and discovering the ways in which traffickers launder their illegally obtained products into the global trade chain. The investigation has been led by OjoPúblico and Mongabay Latam in partnership with a team of reporters from Colombia (Semana, El Espectador), Bolivia (El Deber), Mexico (Connectas) and Brazil (InfoAmazonia).

The investigation specifically looks at the trade in illegally-sourced timber in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia. While Australia only directly imports limited amounts of timber from these countries, it is likely timber from the Amazon is still entering the Australian market via processing or manufacturing operations in third countries.

This underlines the importance of working with your supplier and other elements of your supply chain to determine where the timber in your products is coming from. Just knowing who is selling you the product is not enough. If you don't have a good idea of where the timber is originally being sourced from, there is a real risk you could be buying illegal timber.

The investigation also demonstrates the potential for illegally logged timber to be accompanied by fraudulent documents. As highlighted in an earlier E-Update, NepCon has released a useful guide on identifying fake documents. This can be found on our Illegal Logging Resources for Importers webpage.

Read more: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/the-last-trees-of-the-amazon/

International News - A different type of Christmas tree in the Philippines

As the Christmas holidays approach, we thought it apt to include the following article.

In the town of Palawan in the Philippines, a 25 foot tall Christmas tree, made from chainsaws confiscated from illegal loggers, has been permanently erected. Made of 86 chainsaws, it represents only a portion of the 1,000 chainsaws confiscated by the Palawan NGO network over recent years.

Read more: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1018892

Our well wishes for the Christmas period and the new year!

The Department will be closed over the Christmas holiday period, but our illegal logging staff will be back in the office from early January 2019. In the meantime, we would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

 

Further information

  • See the department's illegal logging website for information and resources.
  • Read previous e-updates.
  • Email the department's illegal logging policy section or the illegal logging compliance section. The department will respond to you within 10 working days.
  • Call the department during business hours (8.30 am to 5.30 pm) on 1800 657 313, or +61 2 6272 3933 outside Australia.
 
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FTA calls for Independent Review into Biosecurity Measures

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, 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.

FTA calls for Independent Review into Biosecurity Measures

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has submitted a formal request to the Hon David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for the Federal Government to immediately commission an independent review on BMSB measures.

FTA has provided details of operational and cost impacts affecting members and further highlighted the importance for a review given that emergency measures may be impacted next season involving more target countries.

FTA continues to drive this ongoing advocacy as the sole industry voice calling for the review - today's FTA media release is available below.

 

Paul Zalai - FTA / APSA

 

MEDIA RELEASE:

 
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has implemented widespread emergency measures on imported containers from U.S., Italy, Germany, France and other countries, via chemical fumigation or other approved treatment methods, to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
 
While essential in safeguarding Australia from a major biosecurity threat, international trade has been adversely impacted by the BMSB measures with major importers reporting significant disruptions to their international supply chain operations, as well as increased costs of importing essential consumer goods. 
 
In extreme instances, total cargo vessels and their loads are being turned away from Australian shores due to detection of the pest. Australia’s peak trade alliance has indicated that millions of dollars are being paid by importers, customs brokers and freight forwarders as a result of the processes associated with the management of the BMSB. 
 
Paul Zalai, director of the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) stated that for those that have been fortunate to have their cargo arrive, many have been adversely affected by the onshore delays caused by inadequate offshore treatment, failure in government systems and processes and a local industry inadequately prepared to deal with the growing onshore treatment task “The direct costs to importers imposed by stevedores for storage and in detention fees imposed by shipping lines for the late return of unpacked empty containers are rapidly escalating, adding to the costs associated with failure to meet supply demands.”
 
Some freight forwarders have resorted to desperate and expensive measures by using a combination of sea cargo movements from origin and transhipping cargo at intermediary ports, using airfreight to land goods into Australia. While a legitimate practice, it is anticipated that it will only be a matter of time before cargo arriving by air faces similar biosecurity scrutiny as that by sea with the potential threat of choking major Australian international airports.
 
“The problem is not going to go away. Indications from the department is that by next season (September to April) we will be talking about treatment of goods from high risk continents rather than high risk countries, such is the spread of the pest throughout Europe, Asia and other parts of the world”  Zalai said 
 
The FTA has acknowledged that the associated treatments, processes and systems are extremely complex and there is no simple fix to address current operational deficiencies. FTA has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to urgently commission a comprehensive independent review.
 
 

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BMSB UPDATE 43 - containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride / Italian treatment providers

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, 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.

BMSB UPDATE 43 - containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride / Italian treatment providers

 

Containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has engaged with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources again today in terms of the management of inspections for containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.

The department is working with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) on identifying measures to safeguard the health and safety of officers.

In the interim, the department is assessing the management of affected containers on a case-by-case basis.

We are hopeful of early resolution to this matter.

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NNF 2019/010 - BMSB 2018-19 Seasons Measures Update

NNF 2019/010 - BMSB 2018-19 Seasons Measures Update

As you may be aware based on information provided in past newsflashes, the CBFCA continues meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. (DAWR) advocating for internal review of the BMSB policy and process, and ongoing lobby for improvements to limit the impact on members and their clients.

On Thursday 10 January 2019, CBFCA representatives along with other key industry Associations participated in a teleconference with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC), to obtain latest update on the 2018-19 BMSB seasons measures, proposed policy changes and discuss proposals by DCCC industry members options for addressing cargo clearance delays and BMSB measures.

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2019/011 - Import Industry Advice Notice 07-2019

This notice relates to:

Recent prosecutions for failing to comply with departmental directions.

This serves as a timely reminder that directions issued by the department must be followed and any failure to meet the these requirements may have significant personal and corporate consequences.

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Biosecurity Import Levy

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) continues its advocacy in terms of the Biosecurity Import Levey which appears likely to add to the increasing list of surcharges, cost recovery fees and taxes which collectively contributes to a substantial dollar value to the price of landed goods into Australia.

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Third BMSB vessel directed to leave Australian territory

Third vessel directed to leave Australian territory, MV Thalatta

·On 4 January 2019, the vessel Thalatta and its cargo was directed to leave Australian territory due to unacceptable biosecurity risk posed by Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB). This is the third vessel directed to leave Australian territory this BMSB season.

·On 16 December 2018, the Thalatta, a roll-on roll-off vessel, carrying cargo loaded from Germany, Belgium, Spain and South Africa arrived off Fremantle, Australia. The cargo compromised mainly vehicles and some machinery with around 50 percent of the cargo having been treated for BMSB prior to loading. The vessel had carried out a thermal fogging of the cargo holds in Spain.

·Enroute the vessel was subject to heightened vessel surveillance for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and reported detections of exotic insects (both live and dead), including BMSB.

·The vessel was initially directed to remain at anchorage at a safe distance off Fremantle, Australia. While at anchorage it was directed for thermal py-fogging prior to a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources inspection, at which only a small number of insects were detected, including dead BMSB.

·Subsequently, during a controlled discharge under departmental supervision at Fremantle port, one live BMSB and two other insects (not of biosecurity concern) were detected on the cargo.

·Cargo discharge was ceased and the department directed that all unloaded cargo be reloaded onto the vessel.  There were 83 units that could not be reloaded. This cargo was secured on the wharf and directed for treatment. Following treatment, the cargo was inspected and dead BMSB were found.

·The vessel was directed back to anchorage. Whilst at anchorage, the vessel reported findings of a large number of exotic insects, including BMSB.

·The continued detections of exotic insects, including BMSB, indicates the likelihood of a larger residual population of exotic insects, including BMSB that remain undetected on board the vessel.

·The department considered these findings, along with the risk management plan submitted by the vessel operator, and determined that the vessel and its cargo continues to present an unacceptable level of biosecurity risk.

·The vessel operator has fully cooperated with the department.

 
An Industry Advice Notice (194-2018) published on 24 December 2018, reminds industry of the risk posed by BMSB and to ensure all target high risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from, target risk countries must be treated offshore. Vessel operators should manage contamination risks to ensure goods are not contaminated with BMSB and/or other biosecurity risks.
 

Loading and shipment of break bulk cargo treated by suspended offshore treatment providers


An Industry Advice Notice (195-2018) published on 24 December 2018, outlines the processes for goods that have been treated for BMSB risk by a suspended offshore treatment provider under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.
 
Due to the high level of biosecurity risk to manage break bulk treated by suspended treatment providers, the department has revised its onshore policy for this cargo. Vessel operators should not load untreated break bulk goods or break bulk goods treated by suspended treatment providers for discharge in Australia. More information about the management of goods shipped prior to the suspension of treatment providers is available in the industry advice notice.
 
The department continues to review any BMSB detections and the risk pathways to adjust import measures as needed. Industry is expected to comply with the BMSB seasonal measures and, where possible, only load compliant cargo and/or ensure cargo is not contaminated with BMSB and other biosecurity risks.

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Illegal Logging - first infringement notice issued

Importer issued with the first illegal logging infringement notice

In November 2018, a Queensland-based importer was served with the first infringement notice issued under Australia's illegal logging laws. The notice was issued for ongoing non-compliance with the laws' due diligence requirements and resulted in the business being penalised $12,600.

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BMSB UPDATE 35 - suspension of discharge Thalatta (THA)

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received the a customer notice from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean and await further detail from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The customer notice is printed below in the content section.

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The number one error made on import declarations - the valuation date

The number one error made on import declarations - the valuation date

The number one error detected on import declarations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) in 2017-1028 was incorrect valuation date. To put this in context, there were more valuation date errors detected than the combined number of tariff classification, use of tariff concession orders and invoice term errors combined. However, this is not a case of customs brokers suddenly deciding to ignore the need to report the correct valuation date, rather, the ABF has changed how it measures compliance. This is causing headaches for customs brokers, clients and exporters. Frustratingly, there is no strong economic or security reason driving the increased compliance approach.

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General Average explained and Reminder to ensure cargo is Insured

General Average vexplained and Reminder to ensure cargo is Insured

General Average - Oh So Misunderstood

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 emergency. Incidents that might be fresh in the reader's mind are the YM Efficiency container stack collapse in Botany Bay last June and the APL Los Angeles grounded in Fuzhou (China) in September with Australian interest cargo on-board.

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DP World Infrastructure Access Surcharge & VBS Fee Increases | 1st January 2019

DP World Infrastructure Access Surcharge & VBS Fee Increases | 1st January 2019

Important Customer Pricing Notice:
DP World are increasing Container Infrastructure Access Surcharges and Vehicle Booking System (VBS) surcharges for all full containers received or delivered via DP World Terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle.

Please be advised that effective from 1st January 2019, Owens will be invoicing our customers the following amounts for all full containers received or delivered via DP World;

Melbourne

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $94.30 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $37.60 + GST

Sydney

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $79.00 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST (no change)

Brisbane

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $79.00 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST

Fremantle

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $10.00 + GST (no change)
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST

 

 
 
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172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

Further to the IAN (169-2018) of 27th November 2018 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is continuing to experience issues with the S-Cargo system. This means that cargo reports lodged may experience processing delays.

The department is currently working to resolve the issue as a high priority.

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BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

 

MV Triumph V1820

 

Following the preliminary advice received and disseminated on the evening of Friday 23 November 2018, FTA has today received confirmation from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources that the referenced vessel is the Triumph V1820 - please refer to the department's notice available below

 

 

 

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BMSB - Another Vessel Infestation

 

BMSB UPDATE 29 - another vessel infestation

 

MV Morning Composer, Voyage CO840

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received the advice from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean that the MV Morning Composer, Voyage CO840, was due to arrive at its first Australian port today, 26 November 2018. During routine inspections on board dead and live bugs (including BMSB) were found. These findings were reported to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - please refer to the official customer notice available HERE

 

 

 
 
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NNF 2018/344 - BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

NNF 2018/344 -  BMSB Offshore Treatment Provider Suspension

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 165- 2018 - Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: La Spezia Container Terminal (AEI: IT4013SB) and is forwarded for your information.

CBFCA Commentary:

This is not a good outcome for industry as such non compliance may result in increased random onshore surveillance inspection, at a time the DAWR is challenged to meet client service standards related to Assessment and Inspection Service, since the commencement of the BSMS season.

To manage the biosecurity risk DAWR rely on effective and efficient Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. We can only hope other approved offshore treatment providers can comply with the BMSB treatment requirements as we cannot afford to lose confidence in the scheme.

Challenging times ahead for all involved in the import supply chain.

 

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BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

BMSB UPDATE 28 - Vessel directed to leave Australian territory

Who does this notice affect?

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.

Vessel update

Following significant engagement with the shipping line and its operator, the department has reached a decision in relation to the vessel at anchor and its cargo.

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HAPAG-LLOYD ANNOUNCES SURCHARGE FOR LOW SULPHUR FUEL

HAPAG-LLOYD ANNOUNCES SURCHARGE FOR LOW SULPHUR FUEL

Hapag-Lloyd announced a "marine fuel recovery" MFR) mechanism to help defray the cost of compliance with the IMO's 2020 sulphur cap.

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BROADCAST: NNF 2018/335 - BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

BMSB Information update on goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018

 

Due to industry request for further clarification on the definition of manufactured date for BMSB purposes, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has reviewed the policy and updated the Preparing to import during the BMSB season webpage. The changes made are highlighted for you to note.

Check if certain manufactured goods are exempt from the BMSB measures

  • Are your goods manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (A good is only considered to be manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 if all its large, complex components have also been manufactured after 1 Decemb​er 2018.)
  • Are your goods classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessels and/or new complex parts and equipment? This includes goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89.
  • Are you able to provide evidence that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be in various forms such as a manufacturer’s declaration, commercial invoice)
  • Are you able to provide a declaration stating the goods are new, unused and not field tested?
  • Can the goods be verified they have been manufactured on or after 1 December 2018? (Evidence can be supported by labelling on the goods)

If you have answered yes to all the above questions, BMSB measures do not apply to your goods.

If sufficient evidence is not provided, or if on inspection the goods cannot be verified as being new and manufactured on or after 1 December 2018, the goods may be directed for export or onshore treatment (if permitted).

Any declaration stating that goods are new, unused and not field tested (NUFT) must meet minimum documentary and import declaration requirements.

 

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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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