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Department of Agriculture notices

N THE ALLIANCE

 

Who does this notice affect?

Customs brokers, freight forwarders and importers 

 

Department of Agriculture Notices

 

                                             

Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA) have received advice from the  Department of Agriculture that the below two notices have been posted on their website

Industry Advice Notice (IAN) 149-2019 Changes to inspection procedures on non-viable rice

Imported Food Notice (IFN) 15-19 Formulated supplementary sports food (updated)

Please note you can also subscribe to receive Industry Advice Notices direct from the Department - please see inks below 
 

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You may also wish to review the latest issue of Biosecurity Matters 


 
John Park - FTA 

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NNF 2019/238 - Import Industry Advice Notice 150 - 2019

Import Industry Advice Notice 150 - 2019

 

The Department of Agriculture has published Import Industry Advice Notice 150-2019 - Guidance for conducting BMSB Treatments, and is forwarded for your information.

Click HERE to read the full Notice.

Kind regards,

 

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Maersk - Changes to Import demurrage/detention charge calculation

Customer Advisory 

 
Changes to Import demurrage/detention charge calculation



Dear Customer,


We have reviewed our existing Import Detention and Demurrage (D&D) structure, and we’re introducing a change to the way tariffs are applied in Australia.  The new structure will apply to any requests that have an effective date on or after 1st October 2019, while any current Special Freetime deals will be honored until their expiry.


We will change the calculation method for our import detention and demurrage for customers with special extended Freetime from traditional to progressive tier structure. After the extended free time expires, any additional days will be subject to the demurrage and detention charges as per the relevant day count in our tariff tier structure. This means that the subsequent demurrage and detention charges beyond extended free time will not automatically be calculated basing on the tariff's 1st tier.


Example: Free time and tariff table.

Customer has Special Free time of 12 days and returns the container in 23 days, below table indicates the revised free time calculation – Deal Progressive.
 New Tariff 1st New Tariff 1st Oct12345678910111213141516171819202122232425Free$80$12012 x $80                               Current 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425Free$75 per day                           Deal Progressive 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425Free$80$1208 x $803 x $120

For more details about our free time rules in Australia, please refer to “IMPORT” on our local website. 


Our dedicated Sales and Customer Service Teams are here to assist you. Should you have questions on how this change will impact you and your business, please contact us on - au.import@maersk.com


Yours Sincerely,
Maersk

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NNF 2019/227 - Free Trade Agreements Guidance Information

Free Trade Agreements Guidance Information

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has provided the following guidance document, which summarises information on the origin certification requirements necessary to obtain preferential tariff rates under Australia's Free Trade Agreements.

It is distributed to be used as a guide for importers and service providers.

To download the summary guidance document click HERE.

On another matter, this is a friendly reminder there are only 45 days left until the National Conference and we encourage you to consider attending this important national event.

Join us at the National Conference in Melbourne to catch up with industry colleagues and enjoy the conference theme "The changing face of international trade" which will again provide a fantastic program of high level speakers from the regulatory agencies and industry.

For more information or to register click on below button.

 

This is your industry event and we look forward to your support and attendance.Don't leave your registration to the last minute.

Kind regards,

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NNF 2019/229 - Biosecurity Imports Levy Update

Biosecurity Imports Levy Update

 

As referenced in NNF 2019/105 and other newsflashes on the proposed Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Imports Levy, the CBFCA has responded with a formal submission highlighting our preferred collection model.

The Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie has released the following media release. 

Biosecurity report under consideration

10 September 2019

A report to the Australian Government released today by Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, highlights widespread support in ensuring that Australia’s biosecurity system remains effective in protecting our agricultural industries against the threat of pests and diseases.

Minister McKenzie said the steering committee, led by independent chair David Trebeck, has built on the 2017 Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review that recommended a broad based levy on containers,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The committee received and considered 29 submissions in drafting the report which is important because it provides us with the views of our major importers and logistics operators—not just our agricultural sector.

“Our biosecurity system is vital in protecting our environment, human, animal and plant health from damaging pests and diseases that aren’t in Australia.

“The value proposition to the world for our food and fibre exports centres on our safe, clean and sustainable reputation—underpinned by our biosecurity status.

“The size and complexity of the task is increasing—and the risks are real.

“The volume of shipping cargo has increased by more than 30 per cent in the past nine years.

“Mail items from overseas have increased by a staggering 172 per cent in nine years in line with the prevalence of our online shopping habits and we have 60 per cent more people coming through our airports.

“We have a Passenger Movement Charge in place to help meet the cost of screening and inspecting people as they arrive.

“This industry report is a critical piece of the puzzle and the government will respond in due course.

“I want to thank all the members of the Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee for their work, and all who provided input to this report.”

The Biosecurity imports levy: a way forward report is available HERE.

CBFCA Comments

The CBFCA welcomes the release of this report, which is important for affected industries to  understand the options and basis behind the recommendations put forward by the Steering Committee.

At this point we are of the understanding there is no confirmed date of the introduction of such a levy, as the original implementation date of 1 September 2019 has passed, and it will take some time for the Federal Parliament to be in a position to discuss the report.

We will keep you informed of any further developments.

Kind regards,

 

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NNF 2019/224 - BMSB Risk Season Update - 9 day in !

BMSB Risk Season Update - 9 day in !

 

As you are aware the BMSB 2019-20 risk season commenced 1 September 2019 and the heightened biosecurity measures will apply to:

  • certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). Goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April need to be treated, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2020.

Full details about the seasonal measures can be found HERE.

Inspection Group Update

We are only nine days into the BMSB risk season, and the biosecurity system appears to be challenged in the Inspections Group. Despite the Department of Agriculture (the department ) providing to the CBFCA their short and long term inspection plans, as referenced in NNF 2019/150, it appears the system is already challenged as members are experiencing longer delays in New South Wales and Victoria to secure inspection bookings at present. Other states are also reporting delays in obtaining inspection bookings.

As the BMSB volumes continue to increase from the additional target high risk countries, the CBFCA is concerned the department will struggle to cope with the demand, which will result in long delays and additional costs to industry.

The CBFCA again expressed our concerns last week at the DCCC meeting, and we will continue to support the department and the Inspections Group to delivery on their short and long term plans, which will hopefully achieve improvements to service delivery during this and future BMSB seasons.

For more information on how industry can help the department click HERE.

Assessment Group Update

The Assessment Group is also starting to be challenged as the volumes continue to increase. The CBFCA recently met with the Assistant Secretary, Assessment and Client Contact Group, and was updated on the developments of internal automation initiatives to be implemented soon, which aim to improve the assessment and processing efficiency. It will be interesting to see if the automation efficiency is enough to cope with the expected 15% to 20 % increase in shipment assessments from the additional target high risk countries. The CBFCA commends the Assessment Group for pushing for automaton to improve assessment and processing efficiency.

To assist the Assessment Group please ensure all documents are lodged correctly and in full, with sufficient time for processing. Tight timeframes may result in high volumes of LRNs to process in unrealistic timeframes and creates delays in the entire clearance process.  Allowing sufficient time for document assessment will assist with a smoother transition of goods on arrival. 

Please also note the priority of an entry will determine its place in the queue and subsequent assessment turn-around time. Early lodgement does not automatically result in early assessment outcomes. The nature of the consignment (perishable/non-perishable goods) and ETA will determine the entry priority.

For more information on how industry can assist the department, click HERE.

If you or your customs compilers that use COLS require more information on how to best utilise COLS, refer to COLS support task cards and video tutorials, full details HERE.

The CBFCA welcomes any automation in the Inspection and Assessment Groups, which is required, as we believe just putting on more resources will not necessary be viable in the future to manage the end to end biosecurity system.

We encourage you to work with the department and your import clients to gain any efficiency in the biosecurity system, which may be challenged again during this BMSB season.

Kind regards,

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NNF 2019/224 - BMSB Risk Season Update - 9 day in !

BMSB Risk Season Update - 9 day in !

 

As you are aware the BMSB 2019-20 risk season commenced 1 September 2019 and the heightened biosecurity measures will apply to:

  • certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or
  • vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries

from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). Goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April need to be treated, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2020.

Full details about the seasonal measures can be found HERE.

Inspection Group Update

We are only nine days into the BMSB risk season, and the biosecurity system appears to be challenged in the Inspections Group. Despite the Department of Agriculture (the department ) providing to the CBFCA their short and long term inspection plans, as referenced in NNF 2019/150, it appears the system is already challenged as members are experiencing longer delays in New South Wales and Victoria to secure inspection bookings at present. Other states are also reporting delays in obtaining inspection bookings.

As the BMSB volumes continue to increase from the additional target high risk countries, the CBFCA is concerned the department will struggle to cope with the demand, which will result in long delays and additional costs to industry.

The CBFCA again expressed our concerns last week at the DCCC meeting, and we will continue to support the department and the Inspections Group to delivery on their short and long term plans, which will hopefully achieve improvements to service delivery during this and future BMSB seasons.

For more information on how industry can help the department click HERE.

Assessment Group Update

The Assessment Group is also starting to be challenged as the volumes continue to increase. The CBFCA recently met with the Assistant Secretary, Assessment and Client Contact Group, and was updated on the developments of internal automation initiatives to be implemented soon, which aim to improve the assessment and processing efficiency. It will be interesting to see if the automation efficiency is enough to cope with the expected 15% to 20 % increase in shipment assessments from the additional target high risk countries. The CBFCA commends the Assessment Group for pushing for automaton to improve assessment and processing efficiency.

To assist the Assessment Group please ensure all documents are lodged correctly and in full, with sufficient time for processing. Tight timeframes may result in high volumes of LRNs to process in unrealistic timeframes and creates delays in the entire clearance process.  Allowing sufficient time for document assessment will assist with a smoother transition of goods on arrival. 

Please also note the priority of an entry will determine its place in the queue and subsequent assessment turn-around time. Early lodgement does not automatically result in early assessment outcomes. The nature of the consignment (perishable/non-perishable goods) and ETA will determine the entry priority.

For more information on how industry can assist the department, click HERE.

If you or your customs compilers that use COLS require more information on how to best utilise COLS, refer to COLS support task cards and video tutorials, full details HERE.

The CBFCA welcomes any automation in the Inspection and Assessment Groups, which is required, as we believe just putting on more resources will not necessary be viable in the future to manage the end to end biosecurity system.

We encourage you to work with the department and your import clients to gain any efficiency in the biosecurity system, which may be challenged again during this BMSB season.

Kind regards,

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Commencement of 2019/20 BMSB season

 

Who does this notice affect?

Customs Brokers, freight forwarders, master consolidators, depots, transport companies and importers.

 

Commencement of the 2019-2020 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season - 1 September 2019

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from the Department of Agriculture that they have published Industry Advice Notice 147 - 2019 in relation to Commencement of the 2019-2020 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season - 1 September 2019

Please review this notice and associated links as it may save you time and concerns when shipments arrive.

FTA would like to acknowledge the opportunities the Department has provided FTA and the wider industry to participate in the discussions and planning leading up to this season.

Please note you can also subscribe to receive Industry Advice Notices direct from the Department - please see inks below 
 

Import Industry Advice Notices email notification system​

 Import Industry Advice Notices RSS Feed


You may also wish to review the latest issue of Biosecurity Matters 

John Park – FTA 

... read more