Archive for January 2018
Return of import containers to Australian shipping terminals.
The following information on new Maersk "return of import containers to Australian shipping terminals" is brought to member’s attention.
This proposed new process option for the dehire of Maersk empty containers involves direct transfer to the wharf based Patrick and DPW stevedore terminals only.... read more
Update on mandatory BMSB treatment for containerised goods from Italy
Further to Import Industry Advice Notice 04-2018 (NNF 2018/008) we have been in contact with the Compliance Controls Branch at the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources and received advice regarding the following questions and scenarios raised by members.
- The department has assessed the related biosecurity risk, and as a result is not able to delay these measures for a later time.
- These measures have been put in place in response to the existing risk of BMSB importation in a variety of cargo from Italy, and these have been implemented as an emergency response to prevent incursion of BMSB and potential damage to Australia’s $9.4 billion horticultural industry.
- All containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved treatment onshore.
- Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.
- The measures apply to all target goods originating in Italy during BMSB season. This includes goods that may subsequently be loaded/transhipped to Australia through other countries in Europe for goods originating in Italy.
- Due to increased risk measures, profiles have been created to refer relevant entries to AIMS on 17 January 2018.
- Any shipments cleared prior to the new profiling will not be subject to further entry processing. The department is not actively reviewing releases that have been issued prior to 17 January 2018.
- Exceptions from treatment also apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups: Fresh produce, including nursery stock and live plants, live animals, food for human consumption and seeds for sowing.
- All other containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already on route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.
For further information on the 2017-18 measures, please see the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs webpage or contact Air and Sea Cargo.
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – imports from Italy – increased intervention commencing 17 January
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has this evening 16 January 2018, received correspondence from the A/g Assistant Secretary Compliance Controls Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources highlighting that there has been a significant number of BMSB detections arriving from Italy. These detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by existing measures.
To manage the risk posed by these goods, all containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo mandatory fumigation or heat treatment onshore.
Exceptions apply to goods treated offshore or that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups as outlined in the formal correspondence ...
Guidance for Australian businesses and organisations
The illegal logging documents due diligence tools and guidance materials are provided for the following two groups of Australian industry:
- Domestic processors of raw logs
(that is Australian sawmills, pulp and paper mills and so on);
- Importers of regulated timber products into Australia
(importers of most timber, pulp, paper and wood furniture products).
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Article re Illegal logging effective 01/01/18
As members of the freight and transport industry, you may not think that illegal forestry practices overseas are your concern. But if you act on behalf of others who import timber or timber products, Australia's illegal logging laws affect you.
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