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The number one error made on import declarations - the valuation date

The number one error made on import declarations - the valuation date

The number one error detected on import declarations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) in 2017-1028 was incorrect valuation date. To put this in context, there were more valuation date errors detected than the combined number of tariff classification, use of tariff concession orders and invoice term errors combined. However, this is not a case of customs brokers suddenly deciding to ignore the need to report the correct valuation date, rather, the ABF has changed how it measures compliance. This is causing headaches for customs brokers, clients and exporters. Frustratingly, there is no strong economic or security reason driving the increased compliance approach.

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General Average explained and Reminder to ensure cargo is Insured

General Average vexplained and Reminder to ensure cargo is Insured

General Average - Oh So Misunderstood

While the concept of General Average (GA) is widely recognised and as old as maritime transport itself, it is also a commonly misunderstood process. This principle of maritime law governs the process by which all stakeholders in a particular voyage share losses resulting from actions taken in an emergency. Incidents that might be fresh in the reader's mind are the YM Efficiency container stack collapse in Botany Bay last June and the APL Los Angeles grounded in Fuzhou (China) in September with Australian interest cargo on-board.

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DP World Infrastructure Access Surcharge & VBS Fee Increases | 1st January 2019

DP World Infrastructure Access Surcharge & VBS Fee Increases | 1st January 2019

Important Customer Pricing Notice:
DP World are increasing Container Infrastructure Access Surcharges and Vehicle Booking System (VBS) surcharges for all full containers received or delivered via DP World Terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle.

Please be advised that effective from 1st January 2019, Owens will be invoicing our customers the following amounts for all full containers received or delivered via DP World;

Melbourne

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $94.30 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $37.60 + GST

Sydney

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $79.00 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST (no change)

Brisbane

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $79.00 + GST
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST

Fremantle

  • Container Infrastructure Surcharge $10.00 + GST (no change)
  • VBS Booking fee $29.00 + GST

 

 
 
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172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

172-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Processing Delays

Further to the IAN (169-2018) of 27th November 2018 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is continuing to experience issues with the S-Cargo system. This means that cargo reports lodged may experience processing delays.

The department is currently working to resolve the issue as a high priority.

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