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Updated Packing Declaration Templates

Updated Packing Declaration Templates

Further to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) Import Industry Advice Notice 101-2017 – Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies, we would like to remind you the department has now updated the packing declaration templates.

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DPWA increase infrastructure charges: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

 

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DPWA announce further increases to infrastructure charges, ignore ACCC concerns

 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have received formal advice from D.P. World Australia (DPWA) that they will be increasing their "infrastructure charges" for all full import and export containers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the country's largest container ports.

The increases are significant:

·Melbourne: $49.20 per container - notification available HERE

·Sydney: $37.65 per container - notification available HERE

·Brisbane: $38.75 per container - notification available HERE


These changes are to take effect from 1 January 2018.

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DAWR Christmas Hours 2017

DAWR Christmas Hours

Please see details below received from the DAWR office in Western Australia as to their operating hours this Christmas / New Year period. Also please note the change of hours to front counter access - note this change has been flagged to those attending the front counter for some time by way of published notices on site.

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Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Po

 Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies

Implementation of revised Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements and Non Commodity Information Requirements Policies

 

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources recently published Industry advice notice 101-2017 http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017/101-2017
 
Please note the below highlighted key points that may need consideration/action:-
 

·Bamboo packaging is aligned with other packaging materials and may be released if appropriately treated - this means that revised consignment specific and annual packing declarations will be implemented on 20 November 2017.

 

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Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017

Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2017

 

 

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FTA / APSA advocacy on stevedore Infrastructure Surcharges

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have today released their annual Container stevedoring monitoring report with their chairman, Mr Rod Sims, making a covering statement as outlined below.

 

We are pleased to note the ACCC's clear acknowledgement that "New Infrastructure Charges raise issues for the port supply chain"

The ACCC have also submitted that:

· "It appears that a key reason for the charges is for the stevedores to restructure their revenues away from their shipping line customers and towards the transport sector."

·"It remains to be seen how this may impact transport operators, however it is concerning that they are limited in being able to switch stevedores in response to higher prices.

·"It is likely that the new infrastructure charges will result in shippers paying more to transport goods".

While the ACCC has provided no indication that they will directly intervene in the immediate term, FTA / APSA praise the ACCC for acknowledging the significant impacts of these charges.

It is clearly an unfair, uncompetitive and unsustainable commercial practice, at the gateway of Australia's international trade task. As an industry we need the support of the ACCC and the relevant Minister on this matter.

FTA / APSA has engaged a competition lawyer to support our work in this area and we will keep members abreast of developments as they emerge.

Travis Brooks-Garrett - FTA / APSA 

 

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