Archive for February 2017


CityLink Tullamarine Widening and Toll Increases

Proposed City link Tullamarine freeway widening cost recovery April 2017.

In line with City Link’s proposal to widen the Tullamarine toll road a new cost recovery initiative has been published with the freight industry targeted to contribute up to a 225% increase in toll road fees.

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No. 2016/38

Replacement of Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940

Due to the sunsetting of the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 (CI Regulations), the Australian Government has developed a new regulation called the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Regulation 2016 (the CTD Regulation) which will commence on 1 April 2017. The CI Regulations will continue to be in force until this date.

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NNF 2017/037 GST Low Value Goods Bill 2017

GST Low Value Goods Bill 2017

Yesterday the Government introduced into Parliament its Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 (the Bill) where the Treasurer, in the Second Reading Speech to the Bill, stated inter alia:

“As a result of the reforms being introduced today, low-value goods imported by consumers will face the same tax regime as goods that are sourced domestically. This is how a fair and modern tax system should work and I am proud that Australia is taking the lead in this respect…

...Under the current GST law, GST will generally apply to supplies of goods within Australia regardless of the value of the goods. However, supplies of goods located outside of Australia will generally not be subject to GST. Further, while the importation of goods is generally subject to GST, a $1,000 low-value threshold exemption applies…

...The GST low-value threshold exemption disadvantages Australian businesses and jobs, and poses a growing risk to the integrity of the GST base, with the continued growth in online shopping.

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NNF 2017/032 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Europe

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Europe

To support Australia’s biosecurity efforts, the CBFCA, on request from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, is providing members with the information as set out below and in the attachment.

“As you know, for the last few years the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has put seasonal measures in place to safeguard Australia’s industries and environment from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The support of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia and its members has been to the success of the measures, and greatly reduced the number of detections in Australia and level of risk.”


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VNF 2017/003 Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Container transport operators have united in agreeing that City Link toll increases to come into effect on 1 April will be passed along the supply chain, impacting the cost of goods to Victorian consumers.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Europe

Notice to shipping lines about BMSB in Europe 


Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) received a letter today from Leanne Herrick, Acting Assistant Secretary, Pathway Compliance – Department of Agriculture & Water Resources. The correspondence refers to a notice that has been sent to all shipping lines advising that Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are now establishing in Europe and provides some preventative measures that the shipping lines can implement to help prevent the bugs from arriving in Australia on vessels and cargo from European ports.
We understand that the Department is also preparing an Industry Notice to inform importers and other interested parties of the preventative measures that shipping lines may be adopting, and the reasons why. In the interim, if you have any questions about BMSB or the preventative measures, please email
2017-01-30 - Final - Notice to shipping lines.pdf
2017-01-31 - Letter to Freight and Trade Alliance.pdf
Paul Zalai - FTA

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NNF 2017/018 Import Industry Advice Notice 07-2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 07-2017

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 07-2017 BICON case structure amendments to timber products and is forwarded for your attention.

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers of timber and timber products and associated industry participants and retailers.

What's changed?

As a part of the Import Conditions Review for Timber commodities, the following BICON cases have been updated/created and will be implemented on 9/02/2017.

  • Timber
  • Logs, Log cabins and oversized timber
  • Burnt Pine Longicorn flight season-affected timber from New Zealand.

Click Read More below to view the full Industry Notice.

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NNF 2017/019 Senate Inquiry Imported Asbestos Products

Senate Inquiry – Imported Asbestos Products

As part of the ongoing review of issues relating to nonconforming building products, particularly those containing asbestos, the Senate Standing Committee on Economics will be conducting an Inquiry into these aspects commencing with a public hearing in Brisbane on 30 January 2017. The CBFCA, as the industry association representing service providers in international trade logistics and supply chain management, particularly as to the border clearance of imported products, has been invited to participate in the Inquiry. It will be represented by CBFCA Board members Colin Brame and Stephen Morris. Details in relation to the Inquiry are referenced below:

“Inquiry into non-conforming building products - asbestos

Public hearing: Monday, 30 January 2017

Royal on the Park Hotel, 152 Alice Street, BRISBANE

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