Archive for August 2017
Booking Cancellation Fee - AUS Exports
With Maersk Line’s continuous efforts to deliver a reliable and efficient service to our Australian customers, we are revising our Booking Cancellation tariff with effective date 1 October 2017. A fee of AUD250 per 20’/40’ Dry container will apply in the following situations:
- Any cargo bookings which are cancelled, reduced or transferred (at Shipper’s request), within a 12-day period immediately prior to the vessel’s proforma ETD at the Australian load ports
- Any new cargo bookings which are placed within the 12-day period prior to the vessel’s proforma ETD will have a 24-hour window immediately after confirmation allowing Shippers to cancel, reduce or transfer cargo at no charge. Any changes made hereafter will incur a Booking Cancellation Fee
- The Booking Cancellation Fee will apply to the number of containers by which the booking is cancelled, reduced or transferred
Should you have any questions to the outlined information in this advisory, please do not hesitate to contact your Sales or Customer Services Representative.
Asbestos in motor vehicles - obligations of importers
Please see the following editorial from the DIBP Communication and Engagement Branch reminding importers of their obligations, due to the ABF’s recent detections of asbestos in motor vehicles.
Asbestos—know your obligations
The Australian Border Force (ABF), Australia’s customs service, is reminding importers, especially of motor vehicles and parts, that Australia has zero tolerance for asbestos. Products with any level of asbestos, regardless of age, are prohibited for import into or use in Australia. It is the responsibility of importers to ensure that imported goods do not contain asbestos.
Since 2003, the Australian Government has prohibited the importation of goods that contain any asbestos, and placed a complete ban on the domestic manufacture and use of all types of asbestos and products containing asbestos. As part of the Government’s asbestos prohibition, the ABF actively targets products suspected of containing asbestos.
Recently, the ABF has detected asbestos in a number of motor vehicles and parts, including brake pads and gaskets. Recent detections include a 1981 Chevrolet Corvette (brake pads, water pump and gasket), a 1963 Ford Falcon (gasket) and the brake pads of golf buggies, an electric scooter, a 1954 BAS Bantam motorcycle and a 1971 Mazda RX-2.
It doesn’t matter how old the vehicle is, or what type it is—if we suspect it may contain asbestos, we will request assurances from the importer to ensure that it doesn’t.
In a number of countries, there are few to no restrictions on the use and supply of asbestos. Local standards in some countries may even classify goods as ‘asbestos-free’ when low levels of asbestos are actually present. Many products containing asbestos can be ordered on the internet and will often claim to be ‘asbestos-free’, even though they have some asbestos content. As a result, asbestos can be unintentionally and unknowingly imported into Australia, even in new products.
Our activities are not designed to impose undue inconvenience or cost to importers. Targeting, stopping and testing high-risk goods is an important part of protecting importers and the wider community from the significant dangers of asbestos. We are also focused on ensuring importers are aware of their obligations so we can be assured that goods don’t contain asbestos before they reach Australia.
Goods held at the border for asbestos testing can mean delays and significant costs to importers, including storage of the goods while testing is conducted. The potential for these additional costs can be reduced by ensuring your goods do not contain asbestos before they arrive in Australia.
If you or your clients are importing goods, find out about the assurances you need and requirements for testing for asbestos at www.border.gov.au/asbestos.
Clarification on Storage Declaration for wooden manufactured articles
Further to national newsflash NNF 2017/160 Changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles we have received a number of calls asking for clarification on the definition of export (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) statement in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) industry notice 71/2017.
It is important to note that goods in consignments that have been sealed in a container and exported after treatment (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) do not require a storage declaration.
For more information and to clarify the departments position related to date of treatment and date of export match see below
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2017-18
Further to previous newsflash NNF 2017/171 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has now published its formal Import Industry Advice Notice 76-2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2017-18 and is forwarded for your attention.
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2017-18 Season
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed the following mandatory measures to manage the seasonal risk of BMSB infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States and Italy.
The requirements are intended apply to target goods shipped from the United States and Italy between 1 September 2017 and 1 April 2018 inclusive.
The mandatory measures apply to target cargo shipped from all ports in the United States, as well as any European ports which load cargo manufactured or stored in Italy after the commencement of the season.
As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and high risk machinery and parts are the target cargo for the mandatory measures and a table list of affected tariffs will be provided.
The department will shortly publish the BMSB Season measures on its website and issue an Import Industry Advice Notice.
Click on the READ MORE button to download the Info sheet to BMSB stakeholders for 2017-18 Season.
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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) invitation to the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia In. (CBFCA) to attend the DIBP Industry Summit 2017 held at Grand Hyatt on Monday 31 July 2017 was attended by CBFCA senior Board and Administration members. This summit is the fourth to be held and provides the opportunity for business and the regulator to discuss key initiatives for policy development for the future.
The theme for this year’s Industry Summit was ‘Border innovation: strengthening our nation’s economy, security and society’. The program focused upon embracing innovation to create opportunities for collaboration, co-design and co-investment in technologies and business processes that will help DIBP respond to the changing global trade, traveller and migration environment.... read more
FW: NNF 2017/160 Changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles
Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2017
Further to CBFCA comments in past NNF 2017/18, NNF 2017/028, NNF 2017/075, NNF 2017/080 we have been in ongoing consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department) and timber and furniture importers Associations to ensure successful implementation of the changes to import conditions and additional storage declaration requirements for wooden manufactured articles to limit any impact on industry.
The Department today has released an update industry notice to advise importers and customs brokers that on 11 September 2017, amendments will be made to the manufactured wooden articles pathway of the timber and timber products BICON case.
From this date, consignments of manufactured wooden articles treated offshore by heat, fumigation or irradiation methods will be required to be exported within six calendar months of the required treatment and be accompanied by additional storage certification in the form of a manufacturer’s, supplier’s or exporter’s declaration.
Goods in consignments that have been sealed in a container and exported immediately after treatment (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) do not require a storage declaration. Refer to the department’s Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy for what evidence is required to prove date of export.
Consignments that are exported before 11 September 2017, will need to meet current import conditions that are available in BICON.
We commend the Department for consulting with the CBFCA and taking on board our recommendations to keep the storage declarations simple, exempt goods treated and sealed in containers prior to export as this aligns with the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements polices which will hopefully result in consistent documentary assessment on arrival of goods into Australia.
For more information as to what statement is required on the manufacture, supplier and exporter declaration download the Import Industry Advice Notice 71/2017 Timber and timber products BICON case: changes to import conditions for manufactured wooden articles by clicking on the READ MORE button.
For further information of the upcoming changes please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email Imports.
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Members will be aware as to the ongoing DIBP intervention on the importation of asbestos and/or goods perceived as containing asbestos. In DIBP Notice No. 2017/21 a restatement of the DIBP policy as it relates to the requirements of importers and licensed customs brokers should be noted.
NOTE: The above mentioned DIBPN replaces and repeals DIBP Notice No. 2016/30.
This DIBPN should be communicated immediately to all clients noting the difficulty in determining what goods may contain asbestos. In addition reference should also be made to the DIBP website Managing the risk of asbestos at the border.
The CBFCA is aware that strict liability offences have been imposed on importers as either the import declaration or declarations by importers that the goods in question did not contain asbestos, have been found to be incorrect with regard to the community protection question (CPQ) on goods containing asbestos.
Particular note must be had to the commentary by the DIBP/ABF as to licensed customs brokers (LCB), individuals and corporate entities. The CBFCA sees that the DIBP/ABF is clearly signalling that unless the service provider exercises due diligence to ensure that the information provided by the importer, which they report to the DIBP/ABF, is correct then there is the opportunity for the DIBP/ABF to impose strict liability offences on licensed customs brokers.
This position is reinforced by the additional comment that : ” licensed Customs brokers have an obligation to declare accurate information to the ABF” . This aspect combined with the due diligence (an aspect which the service provider would have to prove to the regulator that it acted with due care and diligence) needs to be clearly understood in terms of any information provided by the client in relation to the goods not containing asbestos.
Unfortunately in relation to DIBPN No. 2017/21 and in a manner similar to NNF 2017/059, when a CPQ was introduced in relation to vehicles, the issue as to stakeholder engagement has again not materialised in relation to how industry can work with the regulator through shared responsibility on this particular community health and safety issue.
In addition the CBFCA as a member of the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG), which only met last month, would have seen that this forum would have been the ideal place for the discussion on this restatement of policy however can confirm that there was no discussion as to policy and/or outcomes of the DIBP/ABF intervention over the last 12 months (so as to support a workable framework for industry), other than acknowledging the increased focus on asbestos.
It should be noted that this issue was an agenda item for the CBFCA/DIBP Bi-Lateral meeting which was scheduled for 26 July, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the inability of the DIBP/ABF Chair to attend. This meeting has been rescheduled and this aspect in particular the CBFCA’s position paper Asbestos Importation and a Workable Framework, will be addressed.
The CBFCA is also seeking early discussion with Mr Stephen Hldedik A/g Commissioner Customs Compliance Branch (who has replaced Erin Dale) and Mr Josh Hutton A/g Assistant Secretary Trade and Customs Branch (both, as will be noted are acting in their roles and are new to these capacities) to address this and other compliance issues.
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