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NNF 2019/122 - Conclusion of the 2018-2019 BMSB Risk Season

Conclusion of the 2018-2019 BMSB Risk Season

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 76-2019 - Conclusion of the 2018-2019 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season.

It is important to note that goods shipped or vessels departed on or before 30 April 2019 that are still en route to Australia, will remain subject to the BMSB seasonal measures on arrival. ICS community protection profiles will remain active until 16 June 2019. To manage these goods, the department will use the shipped on board date to determine if BMSB measures are applicable.

 

 

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Port of Melbourne propose new fee

THE ALLIANCE

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, exporters, customs brokers, shipping lines and freight forwarders

 

Port of Melbourne proposes new fee

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have expressed concern to the Port of Melbourne and Freight Victoria regarding a $15 per TEU increase to wharfage on all full imports intended to fund rail transformation at the Port. The proposal is currently before Freight Victoria and the Hon. Melissa Horne MP for approval, after which time it will be considered by cabinet. The fee will remain for the remainder of the lease period. 

At this stage exports are excluded from the cost recovery proposal. 

The proposal comes after consultation with rail stakeholders in 2018, where there was a clear call for on-dock rail and open access arrangements. 

The proposed model
 
Under the proposed model, the Port of Melbourne will take back leased land from the stevedores and rail terminal operators, giving it back to them for free under a licence agreement. The thinking is that the stevedores and rail terminal operators will then pass on those savings to rail users, making rail more competitive. The Port will re-capture lost rent revenue via this new charge levied to shippers and port users through the proposed increase in wharfage fees.
 
To learn more about the proposed model, the full Port of Melbourne presentation is available https://ftalliance.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e9d77c8ae8&id=11406e349c&e=f62c636f6e .
 
FTA / APSA’s concern with this new model
 

FTA / APSA support rail and the need for a port rail solution but we also need to ensure that any cost imposed on the supply chain is accompanied by real benefits across the supply chain. 

FTA / APSA would like to ensure that:
 

  • stevedores or terminal operators are compelled to pass on the rental savings and lower rail operating costs to users.
  • there is transparency on the investment and recovery by Port of Melbourne under the existing regulatory framework to ensure there is no over-recovery (while the reported cost is $300M, $15 x laden import TEU across the remaining 47 years of the lease would deliver a much higher figure). 
  • cost savings from larger ships calling at the port of Melbourne are passed through to cargo owners. 
  • cargo owners are represented and involved in monitoring the performance of the proposal.


Some members have also expressed concern that, once again, empty containers, under the custody of the shipping lines, are exempt from the cost recovery process. 

Lack of metropolitan rail hubs 

This proposal for a port solution also needs to be considered in the context of the broader rail network. Melbourne does not yet have metropolitan rail hubs in operation servicing the key import catchments including the South East, Truganina and Somerton. So, while all importers will be funding the works, few will be direct beneficiaries until there is access to metropolitan port-rail services.

Until this happens, with the upcoming Biosecurity Levy and infrastructure charges continuing to increase, this is yet another example of rising international supply chain costs.  

Next steps 

FTA / APSA will continue to work with the Port of Melbourne and Freight Victoria on the details of the proposal.
 
While we fully support rail investment and appreciate the significance of rail utilisation as a city port, the cost recovery plan needs to be fair and transparent.
 
We will provide members with further updates as we receive them.

If you have any thoughts in the meantime, please do not hesitate to email me directly at tbrooks-garrett@ftalliance.com.au

 

 

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NNF 2019/112 - EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Report of the 3rd round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Australia.

Officials from the European Commission and Australia met in Canberra recently for the third round of negotiations for an EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

 

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NNF 2019/111 - Import Industry Advice Notice 61-2019

Plant based stock feed BICON permit assessment timeframes

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Import Industry Advice Notice 61-2019 – Plant based stock feed BICON permit assessment timeframes.

To help avoid unnecessary delays, the Department provides some suggestions for the permit applicants.

 

 

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NNF 2019/109 - Understanding the Food Control Certificate

Understanding the Food Control Certificate 

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has published Imported Food Notice IFN 08-19 – Understanding the Food Control Certificate.

The purpose of this notice is to remind importers of their responsibilities when the department issues them with a Food Control Certificate.

 

 

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NNF 2019/105 - CBFCA Submission - Biosecurity Imports Levy

 

As referenced in national newsflash NNF 2019/080, the Government has change the start date of the 2018-19 Budget, for the implementation of the Biosecurity Imports Levy from 1 July 2019 to 1 September 2019.

This change will allow the industry Steering Committee to make recommendations to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on the design and implementation of the levy.

 

 

 

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NNF 2019/104 - Information on Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 

Information on Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 As referenced in NNF 2019/087, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hosted a series of industry information sessions and a Webinar for the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.

The sessions provided industry with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed measures.

We wish to inform you the Department has now created a new webpage Proposed 2019-20 Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), where you can find more information, including links to the recorded Webinar, presentation and fact sheet.

Any questions relating to the policy for seasonal pests can be emailed to spp@agriculture.gov.au

As referenced in NNF 2019/101, the Department is further consulting with industry on the below proposed measures.

  • Proposed measures for LCL and FAK containers for the 2019/2020 BMSB Season
  • Safeguarding Arrangements Policy for the 2019/2020 BMSM Season

We participated in the Sydney and Melbourne workshops to further discuss the proposed measures.

The Department noted the industry concerns, and is now working hard to finalise the policy by end of May 2019 to provide industry with adequate time to prepare for next season.

The final policy will be communicated by the Department via an import industry advice notice.

We will keep you informed of any further developments as the BMSB seasonal measures will continue to challenge the biosecurity system and industry.

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NNF 2019/088- Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019

  

Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019

 

The following information has been published in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Import Industry Advice Notice 47-2019 - Unscheduled Service Disruption Impacting Several Systems, Thursday 11 April 2019 (AEST).

View the full Notice below.

 

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NNF 2019/087 - Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

Proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures

 

As referenced in IIAN 43-2019, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hosted a series of industry information sessions and a webinar for the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.

The sessions provided industry with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed measures. CBFCA representatives attended the sessions and we provide the following summary on the key proposed changes:

  • Target High Risk countries for 2019-2020, going from 9 to 32 in total, plus heightened vessel surveillance for Japan (similar to the current season).
  • Mandatory offshore treatment for less than container load (LCL) consignments and freight of all kinds (FAK) containers of target high risk goods shipped in sealed six sided containers. Note: The Department will undertake further industry consultation on this, and we will participate in any future meetings to represent our members.
  • Heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will continue to be conducted through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters.
  • Safeguarding arrangements - the department is working to develop policies to allow for certain goods and supply chains to be recognised under safeguarding arrangements for the 2019–20 season.

More information can be found on Fact Sheet provided by the Department at the sessions. To download the Fact Sheet click HERE.

Any questions relating to the policy for seasonal pests can be emailed to spp@agriculture.gov.au

We were informed the Department will soon be updating the BMSB webpage at www.agriculture.gov.au/bmsb to include the proposed seasonal measures, fact sheet, copy of presentations from the sessions and link to the recorded webinar to support industry in preparation for the next season.

The Department advised industry the additional countries will result in around 10 to 15% increase in volume and they are doing their best to resource relevant areas, but did not provide assurance their client service standards can be met all the time, and industry can expect some delays.

We raised again our concerns related to service delivery, as the biggest impact on members is in the areas of Assessment Services Group, Inspection Services Group and Client Contact Group.  

As referenced in past newsflashes, the Inspector-General of Biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr conducted an Independent Review of the effectiveness of the Department biosecurity measures to manage the risks of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) entering Australia.

We lodged a formal submission and our message was clear:

"If the Department continues to do the same thing, the end result will be same. It is time for a change, and the CBFCA is advocating for modernisation of the service, administration, operations, systems, and not just the Biosecurity Act modernisation, that places more obligation and infringement notice penalties on the biosecurity industry participants".

The CBFCA looks forward to the findings from the review, and we will continue to work with the Department to achieve a win/win outcome, as only in partnership with industry, the biosecurity risks can be managed. 

We will keep you informed of any further developments as the BMSB seasonal measures will continue to challenge the biosecurity system and industry.

 

 

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addition of further European countries and Canada of2019-20 BMSB proposed amendments

ADDITION OF FURTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CANADA OF 2019-20 BMSB PROPOSED AMENDMENTS 

Please find attached the latest update on the proposed amendments for the BMSB season

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Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

Biosecurity Import Levy - deferred to 1 September 2019

 

Following last night’s Federal budget, we draw to members' attention the detail that the 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy has been officially deferred.

The government has announced a new proposed date of 1 September 2019 and a relatively small loss of revenue associated with this deferred commencement.


 

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Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime

Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime and Future Tobacco Importation Requirements

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NNF 2019/071 DP World industrial action UPDATE 4

  Please note below the latest update from DP World in relation to the industrial action at their sites.

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BMSB 2019-20 season - Industry information sessions

 

BMSB 2019-20 season - Industry information sessions

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is hosting a series of industry information sessions for the proposed 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures.

These measures will apply to certain goods shipped to Australia as sea cargo between 1 September 2019 and 30 April 2020 inclusive.

The industry information sessions will be held across Australia in early April 2019 and will include a webinar for those unable to attend in person. The sessions will be presented by senior representatives and provide detailed information on the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal measures for goods being imported, shipped or treated during the BMSB risk season. The sessions will also provide industry with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed measures.

Information Sessions

Industry members are invited to arrive from 8.30 am for registration, and welcome tea and coffee. Each session will run from 9:00 am to approximately 12:00 pm.

Brisbane         Tuesday 2 April             Novotel Brisbane Airport Hotel
Sydney           Thursday 4 April            Novotel Sydney Airport (Ex Mercure Sydney Airport)
Melbourne      Tuesday 9 April             Mantra Tullamarine Hotel
Perth               Wednesday 10 April     Crown Perth Convention Centre
 
Webinar Session

The department will host a webinar session on Friday 5 April 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2.30 pm AEST. Details on how to register for the webinar will be available soon on the BMSB website http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs .

A full recording of the webinar will be made available after the event.

Register for an information session  

You can register HERE http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/information-sessions to attend a BMSB information session 

Further information

For further information on the upcoming industry information sessions or webinar please visit our BMSB website: agriculture.gov.au/BMSB

 

Please note that the above sessions are separate to the upcoming FTA organised CPD & CBC - Border and Biosecurity Compliance Program


Please click on the links below for event details and programs

SYDNEY - 24 CPD points - 9 April, Novotel, Brighton Le Sands https://freighttrade1.iwannaticket.com.au/event/2019-nsw-cpd-border-biosecurity-compliance-program-MTY4NTM

- LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN

BRISBANE - 24 CPD points - 2 May. Novotel, Brisbane Airport https://freighttrade1.iwannaticket.com.au/event/2019-qld-cpd-border-biosecurity-compliance-program-MTY4NTQ

MELBOURNE - 24 CPD points - 19 June 2019, Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields  https://freighttrade1.iwannaticket.com.au/event/2019-vic-cpd-border-biosecurity-compliance-program-MTY4NDQ

 

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Bicon enhancements

Bicon houses the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database for more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. It assists industry to determine what import conditions exist and if an import permit is required.

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MUA announce national industrial action against DP World Australia

MUA announces rolling industrial action against DP World Australia nationally

 

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have voted in support of taking rolling industrial action against DP World Australia (DPWA), including strikes and indefinite work bans, with actions to commence from next Friday.

The bans and strike action include bans on upgrades, bans on overtime and shift extensions, and a series of rolling work stoppages of between 1 and 24 hours.


Comments from the MUA, DPWA and Freight & Trade Alliance / Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) were published in today's Australian Financial Review and are available on the CTAA website https://ctaction.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/0314-AFR-MUA-launching-rolling-industrial-action-at-DP-World.pdf?utm_source=CRM+Contacts+-+All&utm_campaign=e53a97890a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_13_10_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_05a25c9503-e53a97890a-521472245

FTA / APSA are in close contact with DPWA , who are working to minimise the disruptions, and we will provide more information as it becomes available. 



 

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Minister announces Border Permits Review

Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced that the Department of Home Affairs will commence a whole-of-government "Border Permits Review" into the legislative and business process requirements for border permits and associated licenses for prohibited imports and exports.

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Picking the best noses to sniff out stinky pests

Australia’s biosecurity detector dogs now have their noses honed on one of the nation’s most unwanted exotic pests—the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

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CBFCA Submission to IGB BMSB Review - February 2019

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc.

COMMENTARY

An assessment of the effectiveness of the biosecurity measures to manage the risks of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) entering Australia – Review by Dr Helen Scott-Orr, Inspector-General or Biosecurity

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Ministerial statement on biosecurity levy

Biosecurity Import Levy

Further to a direct approach from Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)  to the Hon. David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and formal submission to the Department of Agiculture and Water Resources (refer HERE), we have received the below Media Release from the Minister's office.

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Asbestos Information Page

We have received advice from the Department of Home Affairs requesting us to advise our members of the following information.

The border guidance document Sampling goods for testing for the presence of asbestos has now been published.

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Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels

Amendment to 2018-2019 BMSB seasonal measures for vessels 

Please note the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have just release the following notice 20-2019 - Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels.

 

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2019/20-2019

 

This notice replaces Industry Advice Notice 16-2019.

 

The notice lists the changes as:

 

In response to a growing number of detections of BMSB on vessels the department is adjusting the seasonal measures applied to vessels for the 2018-19 BMSB risk season.
 

Upon submission of a pre arrival report (PAR), all roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels will receive a BMSB questionnaire.
 

All vessels that receive the questionnaire are now required to fully complete and report findings of any BMSB or other insects.
 

All ro-ro vessels that have berthed at, or carried cargo loaded in Japan, Italy, USA, Germany, France, Georgia, Hungary, Russia, Greece or Romania will undergo a Seasonal Pest (SP) inspection on arrival.
 

Where a vessel has undergone a seasonal pest inspection and no further risks or concerns have been detected, the vessel will not be further inspected in other ports and will be permitted to discharge their cargo in subsequent ports.
 

The following ro-ro vessels will be exempt from SP inspection if they have no BMSB detections:
 

  1. Vessels only carrying cargo that has been treated by an Australian approved BMSB method (Methyl Bromide, Sulfuryl fluoride, or Heat)
  2. Vessels only carrying cargo that is compliant with New, Unused and Not Field Tested (NUFT) BMSB requirements
  3. Vessels only carrying cargo that is a combination of a) and b) outlined above.   


We recommend you all read the notice in its entirety and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 

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NNF 2019/033 - DAWR Import Industry Advice Notices 16 and 17- 2019

NNF 2019/033 - DAWR Import Industry Advice Notices 16 and 17- 2019

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

16-2019 - Amendment to 2018-19 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) seasonal measures for vessels

17-2019 - Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension: Triveneta Disinfestazioni S.r.l (AEI: IT4005SB)

CBFCA Commentary

Due to the increased surveillance on Seasonal Pest (SP) inspection on arrival of vessels industry may see change in shipping line practice as to acceptance of cargo for loading on vessels or potential increases in freight rates to recover the additional biosecurity compliance costs. Watch this space as the shipping line Principals offshore will be closely monitoring their costs.

As to the suspension of this treatment provider in Italy, this is not good news for DAWR and industry as we need more reliable offshore BMSB treatment providers and not less to facilitate trade.

 

 

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BMSB Update 46- interim measures for goods treated with sulfuryl fluoride

 

 

 

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 46- Sulfuryl Fluoride Interim Measures 

 

Members are advised to read the following Industry Advice Notice regarding interim measures for goods treatment with Sulfuryl Fluoride fumigation. To read the full notice please click HERE, a summary is included below for your reference.


A review of current WHS measures has resulted in an interim measure relating to consignments that have been treated with sulfuryl fluoride and require the following biosecurity inspection:

·       seals intact
·       supervised unpack
·       tailgate inspection

Industry will be responsible for arranging a third- party sulfuryl fluoride detection and monitoring operator (SF operator) to be present at the biosecurity inspection to monitor for sulfuryl fluoride as follows:

 

If the presence of sulfuryl fluoride...

Then...

is 3ppm or less

·     the SF operator issues a gas-free certificate
·       the Biosecurity officer can approach to undertake the inspection.

is greater than 3ppm

·     the container or goods must be allowed to vent before a subsequent reading is taken by the SF operator

 

On initial assessment of documents for containers/goods fumigated with sulfuryl fluoride the department will apply the following direction comments:

·       Industry to request a to-meet biosecurity inspection appointment.
·       Industry to arrange an approved third party sulfuryl fluoride detection provider to be present at the biosecurity inspection.

 

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Biosecurity Import Levy - FTA formal submission

Who does this notice affect?

Importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, shipping lines and port operators

 

 

Biosecurity Import Levy

 

As members will recall, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) representatives participated in the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Workshops in Canberra on 28 November 2018 and 8 January 2019 and again in Sydney on 10 January 2019 - further details are available HERE

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have since commissioned Pegasus Economics as consultants to support the department and industry in preparation for a follow-up meeting in Melbourne on 4 February 2019.

In line with our formal submission to the Hon David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 17 January 2019, FTA provided the following feedback to Pegasus.

 

FTA formal submission 

 

We note that the Australian government announced the introduction of the Biosecurity Import Levy in the 2018-19 Budget with an expectation to raise $325M over 3 years from a proposed commencement date of 1 July 2019. The associated modelling announced in the budget referred to collection of $10.02 per twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) and $1 per tonne for non-containerised cargo with stevedores and port operators to be the collection agents.

FTA has been involved in consultations facilitated by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) since this announcement and offer the following feedback.

Utilisation of funds generated by the levy

Industry is already paying significant cost recovery fees to the department on import transactions.
This is underpinned with a transparent process aligned to the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines whereby industry has input into the design and use of funds. It remains unclear why the new levy did not follow this approach which would ensure that funds are directly used in building a stronger biosecurity system, including measures to streamline activities and reduce costs at the border.

Of additional concern, it remains unanswered whether the levy will directly contribute towards the support and management of BMSB and other emerging biosecurity threats. As we now understand it, the Biosecurity Import Levy is not a cost recovery initiative, it is a tax going direct into the federal government’s consolidated revenue.

Sharing the load of the financial burden

This is where there has been significant confusion.

The department has advised that the levy will be used to protect our environment, agricultural and tourism sectors from biosecurity risks. In response, a legitimate argument put forward from some members is that based on this need, the required additional revenue should be collected from Australian tax payers.

Assuming that industry is to pay the levy, it has been questioned why the financial burden is not being shared with air and sea passengers as well as air cargo and mail operators.

We understand that it would have been unattractive for government to impose a new tax on the public and tourists or revisit the controversial concept of a “parcel tax” against online internet purchases.

In summary, the common perception is that sea cargo was the obvious soft target for the new tax.

Changes to date on the proposed levy

To the credit of the department, they have clearly heard our concerns about their original proposal of imposing the levy on stevedores. As we have witnessed in terms of the stevedore Infrastructure Surcharge, an already high and unregulated charge is inflated as it passes down the supply chain with road / rail transport operators and other intermediaries adding fees to recover associated cash flow and administrative costs. 

Revised modelling now proposes that shipping lines are responsible for paying the levy. This is a significantly improved outcome by removing the imposition from stevedores and the transport sector. The revised model maintains a $10 per TEU tax but has added an extra level of complexity by charging shipping lines on the weight of import vessels and makes an adjustment to the proposed tax imposition on bulk and break-bulk cargo.

The financial imposition, particularly on bulk commodities, is enormous and seems far removed from the commensurate biosecurity risk with a significant financial impact on such goods as minerals, LPG and fuel imports.

Potential for further reform

We note that shipping lines and their representative body continue to strongly object to the revised model.

Having said that, the reality is that once shipping lines get their systems in place, they will in fact be a beneficiary of the revised arrangements.

The way that things are shaping up, shipping lines will most likely collect money up front from importers and freight forwarders and remit periodically to the department. This will generate positive cash flow plus the likelihood of an administrative fee to manage the complexity of the model that requires a calculation based on the weight of the import vessel, TEU fees, and bulk commodity weights.

Should shipping lines pass on this levy and any associated administrative mark-up in the form of a new fee, an additional increase in the form of GST and the cascading effect once this passes down the supply chain will add significant costs to importers.

The overwhelming response that FTA has received from a membership of major importers is that if a tax is to be paid, two changes are essential,

1.a move away from a vessel weight charge to a flat per TEU / import weight charge to provide predictability in landed costs; and

2.payment of the levy direct to the government at a net rate through existing reporting mechanisms.

Since the levy was first announced, FTA and many other industry representatives have pointed to the Full Import Declaration (FID), used for customs payment and clearance purposes, as the preferred and only logical methodology. We also understand that the bulk fuel importers have suggested a simple increase in excise as a preferred model to send more revenue to government rather administering a new tax.

The department continues to resist our proposal saying that the FID does not meet the necessary legislative framework to collect the tax.

When you read the header of the FID receipt, it shows the words “Duty, Taxes & Charges”. Furthermore, the FID is currently used to collect an existing AQIS Processing Charge, Customs’ Declaration Processing Charge, Total Customs Duty, Total Excise Equivalent Goods Charge, Total Dumping Duty, Total Countervailing Duty, Goods & Services Tax, Luxury Car Tax and the Wine Equalisation Tax.

 

 

 

It remains unclear why this cannot be used to collect the Biosecurity Import levy which we now understand is just another tax.
 
While there would be a clear need to further engage with industry to streamline the model, it would seem like a relatively simple enhancement to the Integrated Cargo Systems (ICS) to do a calculation on bulk commodity weights and TEU to produce another tax line on the FID.
 
As you have no doubt been briefed following the departmental hosted forum on 10 January 2019, shipping lines, ports, freight forwarders, customs brokers and importers all declared their support for strong biosecurity measures.
 
Importantly, all were unanimous for the government to start from scratch outlining the need for genuine industry engagement on the revenue collection design and process modelling.
In summary, FTA recommends that the Minister considers:

1.moving the Biosecurity Import Levy from a tax and to a cost recovery levy in line with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines; and

2.re-engaging with industry on appropriate use and methodology of the levy collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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BMSB UPDATE 45 - WA Biosecurity Alert

 

 

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

 

 

Who does this notice affect?

Residents of the North Fremantle area / growers and gardeners 

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 45 - WA Biosecurity Alert 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received a request from the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to share the following Biosecurity Alert:

We are asking businesses and residents in North Fremantle to help with surveillance for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), following detection of a single live BMSB in a trap at Fremantle Port. This serious pest is not established in Australia, and efforts need to be taken to ensure there are no further BMSB in the area, to prevent potential spread.

The trap is one of 14 that are part of BMSB surveillance activities being undertaken by the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working closely with DAWR to put in place swift and effective response measures.

The affected goods were fumigated and DPIRD has commenced a 12 week trapping program to determine whether the pest has spread. A total of 49 traps have been deployed with no further detections to date. A residual treatment has also been applied to a 100 metre buffer zone which includes buildings and vegetation ... read more.

 

 

 

 
 
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Case Update - Tariff Classification of Cider Products and the impact of 'additives'

 

Please find attached an article that may be of interest to you regarding a case that our firm (Becroft, Robertson and Gross) was involved in with the judgment handed down yesterday.

 

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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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