Archive for January 2017
Border Watch: Counterfeit Shipping Containers
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) via Border Watch Engagement has provided the CBFCA with the following information for members.
A counterfeit shipping container (also known as a fake, cloned or re-birthed container) is a container that has had its unique identifier erased from its exterior and replaced with that of another legitimate containers unique identifier.
These links are to the latest industry notices from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.... read more
These links are to items of interest on YOUR industry and the latest world and national news, international updates, and exclusive articles.... read more
The following article Containership scrapping ramps up, as panama values continue in the doldrums is by Mike Wackett and has been sourced by The Loadstar on 21 December 2016.
The following information has been provided by the World Trade Organisation and is forwarded for your attention.
“Saint Vincent & the Grenadines has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 106th WTO member to do so. Only four more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force.
The following document has been provided by IATA and is forwarded for your attention.
“This document is based on the provisions set out in the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Technical Instructions) and the 58th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
One of our members has provided the following information for other members in relation to a scam from Macquarie University seeking potential logistics partners.
The CBFCA has been in contact with the university and confirmed that although the supposed sender of the email is in fact an employee with them in Logistics and Procurement, that this is an unsolicited email and nothing to do with the person and/or university.
The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and is forwarded for your attention.
"A draft report has been developed to assist the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) Review. The Review Panel welcomes submissions on the Draft Report from all interested parties. Submissions should address the Draft Report and consider the Panel’s views, draft recommendations and specific requests for feedback.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm (AEDT) 27 February 2017."
View the Draft Report HERE.
The Acting Commander Customs Compliance Australian Border Force (ABF) recently released the December 2016 Goods Compliance Update. The message from the Commander made some very interesting reading, particularly in relation to: “I ask you to continue to engage with your supply chain partners and to share information with us whenever you suspect importation or exportation of prohibited goods is occurring.”... read more
As we enter 2017, the role of industry associations representing members’ needs in advocacy with government, regulators and other entities appear more important than ever, and is the key focus for the CBFCA from a customs broking and international freight forwarding point of view. Notwithstanding the Government’s position in relation to reducing red tape, the regulatory burden has, in reality, increased rather than decreased as government and, in particular, the administrative arm(s) of government seek to meet their budgetary challenges as to compliance by sleight of hand in outsourcing responsibility to the private sector.... read more
NNF 2017/003 Border Watch update: GBL "Fantasy" increase!
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have sought assistance from the CBFCA in getting the following communication out to all, as a matter of community safety.
There has been a steep increase in illegal importations of gammabutyrolactone (GBL), a border controlled drug commonly referred to as ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Coma in a bottle’. In recent seizures, the drug has been found concealed within commercial beauty products imported from China and Korea. Please see the following AFP media release and Border Watch update which details some common indicators to be aware of.