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125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

NATIONAL | Issue: #2017/316

Import Industry Advice Notices

 

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Import Industry Advice Notices and is forwarded for your attention.

125-2017 - Changes to import conditions for wool and woollen articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

Import Industry Advice Notices

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Import Industry Advice Notices and is forwarded for your attention.

124-2017 - Publication of Biosecurity Awareness Packages for Seaports and Airports

 

 

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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 124

Import Industry Advice Notices

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Import Industry Advice Notices and is forwarded for your attention.

124-2017 - Publication of Biosecurity Awareness Packages for Seaports and Airports

 

 

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NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

NNF 2017/316 - Import Industry Advice Notices 123

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Import Industry Advice Notices and is forwarded for your attention.

123-2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 increased inspections for goods from Italy

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NNF 2017/311- Illegal Logging Update

NNF 2017/311- Illegal Logging Update

As referenced in Import Industry Advice Notice 95-2017 - Reforms to Australia’s illegal logging laws, with the conclusion of the Regulation Impact Statement process, and announcement of the reforms, the department will also end the existing ‘soft-start compliance period.

From 1 January 2018, businesses and individuals may face penalties for breaches of the Regulation’s due diligence requirements. Failing to comply with due diligence requirements may attract a penalty of up to 300 penalty units ($63,000).

We have communicated in the past the following illegal logging information however these useful links are provided to you again for your reference.

Information for customs brokers – illegal logging this provides details on the community protection questions to be completed as part of the import declaration process and other useful fact sheets.

Illegal logging laws – guidance for importers - This section provides explanatory information and guidance on the four key elements of the due diligence requirements as outlined in the Regulation.

For more information, visit the department’s website, email illegallogging@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1800 657 313.

I hope you find this information useful as a reference point to refer affected importers to ensure they can meet the due diligence requirements.

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Updated Packing Declaration Template

Updated Packing Declaration Template

Please find attached an updated Packing Declaration template in word formate

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NNF 2017/308 - Import Industry Advice Notice 120 -2017

NNF 2017/308 - Import Industry Advice Notice 120 -2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 120-2017

 

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 120-2017 - Changes to Import Conditions to take effect 21 December 2017 and is forwarded for your attention.

 

 

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Asbestos recommendations to increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

Asbestos – recommendations to increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

The Senate’s recommendations regarding importations of asbestos – increase enforcement, increase penalties, reduce defences

The Senate has handed down a report into “Protecting Australians from the threat of asbestos”. 

The report contains a number of recommendations to the Australian Border Force that are aimed at decreasing illegal imports of asbestos. 

The report makes clear that the Government has a zero tolerance attitude towards the importation of asbestos.

Recommendations that could impact of importers and customs brokers include:

·A review of ABF resourcing required to effectively monitor and prevent the illegal importation of asbestos

·The ABF consider having a specialist unit to manage illegal asbestos importation

·The Customs Act be amended to make it easier to obtain convictions against those importing asbestos

·Consider increasing the threshold required to use “mistake of fact” as a defence

·The Australian Government prioritise the prosecution of asbestos cases

·The Government review increasing the penalties for breaches of the law prohibiting asbestos importations

·It be a requirement that intended imports of high risks goods be subject to accredited testing

·Consider having a “due diligence” requirement in place for procurers of high risk goods

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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NNF 2017/306 - Biosecurity Goods Determinations Update

NNF 2017/306 - Biosecurity Goods Determinations Update

The Biosecurity Goods Determinations (the Determinations) are being updated on 21 December 2017. The amendments will mean changes to import conditions for a number of goods.

Some goods will be able to be imported without an import permit by complying with the alternative conditions. Some alternative conditions will be changed. A small number of goods will have their alternative conditions removed, meaning they will now require an import permit.

The Determinations refer to a number of lists published on our website at agriculture.gov.au/biosecuritylegislation. These lists provide important details not available in the Determinations, and should be read in conjunction with the Determinations for a full understanding of legislative requirements.

The majority of changes will apply from 21 December 2017 with the exception of alternative conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage. These will commence 
1 March 2018 to allow us time to work with industry on transitioning to the new requirements.

For more information, please visit the summary web page, or contact biosecuritylegislationcoordination@agriculture.gov.au

 

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NNF 2017/296 - Department of Home Affairs - A stronger, safer and secure Australia

Department of Home Affairs - A stronger, safer and secure Australia

The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to enable the most significant reforms to Australia's domestic security arrangements in decades.

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister announced the Government would establish a Home Affairs portfolio of Australia's security, law enforcement and criminal intelligence agencies, and strengthen the Attorney-General's oversight of these institutions.

The Home Affairs portfolio is a direct response to the increasingly complex and challenging security environment facing our country.

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CBFCA Comments:

At the recent CBFCA National Conference The Australian Border Force (ABF) acting Commissioner Mr. Michael Outram said the impending creation of the Department of Home Affairs would not detract from the ABF’s role as customs facilitator, but would in fact enhance it.

The establishment of the new Department was undoubtedly on many people’s minds.

“There’s been some speculation in the media and some academic circles and in the industry that the ABF might somehow lose its operational customs functions,” he said.

“I want to take the opportunity today to assure you that any sort of notions that we’re going to start focusing on compliance and enforcement to the cost of our service facilitation in customs services is far from the truth.”

Mr Outram expects the Department to increase the engagement with the ABF’s law enforcement and intelligence partners. He said the more information, the more consistent data is available to the ABF, the easier its officers can connect consignments to known criminals.

“And that will enhance, rather than detract from our role as Australia’s customs service.”

The Department—including its operational law enforcement arm, the Australian Border Force—and before it, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, has a long-standing relationship with the CBFCA. It has been a strong, consultative and collaborative relationship, and we look forward to it continuing well into the future.

 

 

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AQIS Christmas and New Year Operating hours

Import Industry Advice Notice

115/2017

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Christmas and New Year Operating Hours

 

 

 

6 December 2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 115/2017

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Christmas and New Year Operating Hours

has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017/115-2017

Import Industry Advice Notices are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website at: www.agriculture.gov.au/iian.

 
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NNF 2017/289 - Updated Packing Declaration Templates Format

NNF 2017/289 - Updated Packing Declaration Templates Format

As referenced in NNF 2017/276 we reminded you that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department)  has updated the packing declaration templates.

Since the latest update we received a number of calls from members advising us of the formatting issues experienced with the Word version template.

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NNF 2017/287 - VICT Landside Update - 6 December

VICT Landside Update - 6 December

 

The following update has been provided by Victorian International Container Terminal (VICT) an is forwarded for your information.

Issued:  6  December 2017

The illegal MUA picket remains at Webb Dock in Melbourne blocking access to the VICT.  Despite best efforts, no trucks have been allowed through to pick up containers since Monday 27 November.

VICT is continuing to pursue all legal avenues to have the picket removed.

No storage charges will be applied to containers for the duration that cargo is stuck at the terminal due to this illegal picket. 

VICT continues to open the gates every day in an attempt to service our customers but is being prevented from doing so.

Updates will be promptly communicated through the 1-Stop VBS notification system. 

CBFCA recommends that you work closely with your shipping line and transport operator to co-ordinate the collection of any containers stuck at VICT.

 

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Free Trade Agreement Checklist for Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Free Trade AGreement Checklist for Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders

Not all Australian exporters take advantage of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and therefore miss the opportunity to reduce the landed cost of goods in export markets where we have preferential trade deals. Intermediaries, such as freight forwarders and customs brokers, play a vital role in facilitating international trade and are uniquely positioned to assist exporters in providing the necessary documentation.

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Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) ICS technical issues

Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) – ICS technical issues

 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received the following advice from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
 
Paul Zalai – FTA / APSA
 
Due to technical difficulties, documentation relating to the Agreement to Amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement will not be available on the Department's website when the agreement enters into force on 1 December 2017.

·Reporting parties claiming preferential duty for 'Singapore-originating goods' under the new Rules of Origin (RoO) are advised to use the newly created ICS preference scheme type "SFTA"  and "WO – Wholly Obtained" "WP – Wholly Produced" or "PSR – Product Specific Rule" as applicable preferential rule codes.

·Reporting parties claiming preferential duty for goods that are 'the produce or manufacture of Singapore' under the original RoO should continue to use the original ICS preference scheme type "SG".

The product specific rules (PSR) for this agreement are available at: http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/safta/official-documents/Pages/default.aspx.  Tariff classifications under which 'Singapore-originating goods' are not entitled to a free rate of duty and the duty rates which apply is available in Schedule 4A of the online tariff, available at: https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/cargo-support-trade-and-goods/importing-goods/tariff-classification-of-goods/current-tariff-classification.

It is expected that the DIBP Notice and associated procedural guidance documents will be available on the Department's website by mid-December 2017. For urgent enquiries, please contact trade.agreements@border.gov.au.

 
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Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

30 November 2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 113/2017

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 recent detections and alert for importers receiving containerised goods from Italy

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DP World Infrastructure Surcharge Increase 1st January 2018

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge Increase

1st January 2018

Important Customer Pricing Notice:

DP World is increasing its Infrastructure Surcharge in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane commencing 1st January 2018.  The surcharge applies to all full containers received via road or rail from its terminals.

 

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