Archive for March 2017
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – DP World Infrastructure Surcharge
The CBFCA today participated in an industry conference with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in relation to the DP World Australia Infrastructure Surcharges. There was considerable discussion (and angst) amongst the industry parties in relation to their Submissions and the position of the ACCC in relation to its ability to intervene. One of the issues referenced was misuse of market power and the inability of downstream service providers in landside logistics being able to effectively negotiate solutions to such pricing. While industry representatives reinforced their positons as to marketplace issues as well as the inappropriateness of the increased charges, the ACCC continued to default to the legislation. While they acknowledged competition policy aspects, they were constrained by the legislation.
While they ACCC noted that there was Government intention as to changes to the legislation (and it understood the frustration of industry), in the main, they were probably not able to intervene, notwithstanding the ACCC’s deep understanding of the Container Stevedoring Industry as a result of their Monitoring Reports which they have undertaken since 1999.... read more
DP World Infrastructure Surcharge & CityLink Toll increases
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has branded looming toll increases for heavy vehicles by CityLink operator Transurban as discriminatory in correspondence sent to members today advising of the changes.
DP World Australia increas in Infrastructure Surcharge.
Customers are advised that effect 3 April 2017, DP World Australia (DPWA) will be increasing their infrastructure surcharge at Melbourne Terminal, as part of the basis for which access to the terminal is granted for both road and rail operators.... read more
NNF 2017/063 Import Industry Advice Notice 22-2017
Illegal Logging compliance documents are available
The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 22-2017 Illegal Logging compliance documents are available and is forwarded for your attention.
Who does this notice affect?
The illegal logging laws affect businesses that import regulated timber and timber products of specific Customs tariff codes within Chapters 44 (wood and wood articles), 47 (pulp), 48 (paper and paperboard) and 94 (furniture) into Australia.
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Asbestos update - vehicles
As members will be aware there was introduced on 6 March 2017 (without consultation with any sector of the industry on the basis that it was common held knowledge that certain components of vehicles were subject to asbestos testing) a community protection question as it relates to vehicles (whether new or used). Note this includes motor vehicles, off-road vehicles and motor cycles. For those who deal with the motor vehicle industry in all of its forms and in relation to parts for that industry the unintended or perhaps intended consequence of this new CPQ is to say the least an outcome where there clearly needed to be significant consultation with importers, stakeholders and service providers to the industry sector.
The CBFCA as well as individuals, corporate entities and other industry associations have been in touch with the DIBP on this particular aspect and the significant cost implications for industry.
CBFCA has actioned this item with the Commander Customs Compliance and requested discussion via its agenda at the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) meeting to be held on 17 March 2017 in Canberra .
At this time there exists no clear methodology to overcome the significant impediments that have been imposed by the CPQ .
In addition the CBFCA understands that there has been certain unsubstantiated commentary made by others in relation to this matter to the effect that the DIBP is considering the "suspension/withdrawal" of the CPQ.
This is not the case and it has been clearly set out by the DIBP through legislative requirements, supporting DIBPN 2016/30 and Fact Sheet, the compliance responsibilities of the importer (and the flow on effect of that to the importer's service provider, in the main the licensed Customs broker/brokerage).
The CBFCA would like to reiterate to members and their clients the importance of undertaking appropriate testing and assurance for automotive parts (and clearly understands the difficulty of this compliance issue with vehicles that do not have an extensive history of mechanical repairs or as to whether those repairs of key components, which could have an at best is linkage, are able to be judged on the basis of available information to correctly answer the CPQ). While it would be appropriate for a reasonableness test to exist in relation to any appropriate level of protection to meet the determined risk on asbestos, this is currently not the case and even with best endeavours any outcome relies on certification from the importer or exporter in relation to asbestos aspects.... read more
DP World Infrastructure Charge - Sydney and Melbourne
DP World advises that from 3 April 2017 there will be an increase to the Infrastructure Surcharge in Melbourne from $3.50 to $32.50 per container, while in Sydney the per container fee will be introduced at $21.16 for all containers received or delivered into the terminal.
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DP World Infrastructure Surcharge
This afternoon, the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) received notification from DP World Australia of a substantial increase in Port Access fees, for all containers delivered to the terminals via road or rail, applicable from April 3 2017. Further increases are expected in Brisbane.... read more
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has supplied the following update, with regards to used machinery reforms, to the CBFCA for your information;
"Feedback on the proposed reforms has been received from staff and industry in relation to the proposed changes. There is general support for the reasons for the changes, and the changes themselves. Feedback received has been more focused around the processes involved to achieve the outcomes. The what, how and who questions have been raised in relation to provision and assessment of documentary evidence of offshore treatment, entry processing and inspection.... read more