Archive for September 2016
DAFF Approved Arrangement questions & answers
Please see attached notification from Department of Agriculture and Water Resources... read more
HANJIN CRISIS BREAKING NEWS: South Korean government forbids Hanjin Milano berthing at Melbourne
So close, but no cigar… no, nor cargo neither! Dramatic overnight twist in the voyage of the Hanjin Milano, which has been forbidden from berthing at Melbourne by the South Korean government; Australian freight forwarders are left frustrated…... read more
vessel Hanjin Milano v52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled
Further to our recent advice, we regret the vessel Hanjin Milano v52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled.
We are awaiting further developments and will advise more when known.
... read more
NNF 2016/133 DIBP notice on Asbestos importation
Further to our recent national newsflash NNF communications, and as a result of the many associated issues raised by members, we have been in ongoing consultation with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance Australian Border Force (ABF) to further clarify the ABF’s requirements regarding asbestos profiling and the associated interventions resulting in delays in red line processing of import declarations.... read more
NNF 2016/126 Further update on Asbestos Issues!
Further to recent NNF communications from the CBFCA, and as a result of the many associated issues raised by members, the CBFCA has engaged once again with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance of the Australian Border Force (ABF) late Friday 2 September to further clarify ABF’s requirements.... read more
Update on Asbestos Issues (NNF 2016/125)
... read more
The CBFCA met with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance of the Australian Border Force (ABF), on Thursday 1 September to obtain clarification on asbestos issues. As background, in 2003 the Australian government imposed a zero tolerance of the sale, use and importation into Australia of asbestos. The policy for asbestos control is administered by the Department of Employment whilst the role of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is to monitor and enforce the ban on asbestos at the border.
Please note that Hanjin Shipping (Hanjin) has filed for court receivership as announced in the attached Hanjin Customer Notice (PDF)... read more
NNF 2016/121 Asbestos Update
Further to NNF 2016/118, the following information is provided courtesy of Digerati in relation to their community protection references in their Inbound product. No information has been received from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)/Australian Border Force (ABF) in relation to which tariff classifications are subject to asbestos questions. The attached is forwarded to members on the basis that it is not the regulator's position however, it provides guidance to members for discussion with their clients in relation to this festering asbestos issue.
... read more
NNF 2016/119 Hanjin Line Receivership
The following article has been written by Sohee Kim & Kyunghee Park for Bloomberg and is forwarded for your attention.
“As reported in Bloomberg today Hanjin Shipping Co. will apply for court receivership after lenders decided to halt all support to South Korea’s biggest container shipping line.
The Hanjin board decided unanimously on the move at a meeting in Seoul Wednesday and will file for receivership this afternoon, a spokesman said. The restructuring proposals submitted by Hanjin Shipping weren’t enough to address a cash shortage, main lender Korea Development Bank said Tuesday, dealing a blow to the revival efforts by a firm that’s been trying to reschedule debt under a voluntary creditor-led program since May.
Hanjin is among shipping lines grappling with a slump in global trade since the 2008 financial crisis and the slowest pace of economic growth in China in a quarter century. The industry worldwide has been forced to sell assets, cut jobs and idle some operations to bolster finances as the slowdown coupled with overcapacity eroded freight rates.”... read more
ASBESTOS UPDATE: The incidence of community protection questions regarding goods containing asbestos has increased significantly. For Customs Brokers to confirm there is no asbestos content in any import declaration line, they must have confirmation from the owner that the owner is certain that the goods are free of any asbestos. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has confirmed that for owners to be certain that any goods are asbestos free, they must have acceptable certification.... read more
New annual packing declaration as at September 2016... read more