Blog

Introduction of check weight variance fee

Non compliance remains high regarding the misdeclaration of export container weights on weight declarations.  

... read more

Asbestos in Collector cars

Asbestos in Collector cars

Asbestos in Collector cars

 

... read more

Costs as result of cyber-attack

Maersk Line looks at costs due to cyber attack

... read more

Check-weighing at terminal reveals industry non-compliance

Check-weighing at terminal reveals industry non-compliance

 

 

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

 

 

Check-weighing at terminal reveals industry non-compliance

 

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at Webb Dock has commenced check weighing export containers received against the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) provided by shippers and forwarders in 1-stop.
 
With four vessels now serviced, non-compliance remains alarmingly high with an average of 20% of export boxes mis-declared by a variance of 500kgs, while more than 8% of boxes were mis-declared by over a tonne.

 

... read more

NNF 2017/089 Import Industry Advice Notice 38-2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 38-2017

As referenced in NNF 2017/076 Reminder of New packing declaration template we further consulted with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ( the Department) and advocated for the publishing of a formal industry notice to communicate the key change related to “prohibited packaging material statement” as such key change was included in the overall changes affecting the Broker Approved Arrangements on commandment of the Biosecurity Act 2015 and may be overlooked by industry.

We are pleased to advise you that the Department today issued its Import Industry Advice Notice 38-2017 - Prohibited packaging statements and is forwarded for your information.

It is important that your clients suppliers/packers are informed of this change to ensure they comply after 16 June 2017.

"Who does this notice affect?

Clients who assess consignment specific and annual packing declarations under Approved Arrangement Class 19.1 - Non-commodity for containerised cargo clearance or present packing declarations to facilitate non-commodity clearance by the department."

 

 

... read more

Important Changes to Packing Declarations

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PACKING DECLARATIONS

 

Dear Customer,

 

These declarations must be in place by June 10 for all shipments arriving by sea freight or there will be delays in clearance of sea freight cargo.

... read more

NNF 2017/080 Changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles

NNF 2017/080 Changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles

Changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles

As referenced in NNF 2017/075  due to our direct intervention we managed to influence the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department) to delay the  implementation of the revised requirements due to the short time frame provided for industry to comply with the new documentary requirement for manufactured wooden articles.

The Department has now published an Industry Advice Notice 34-2017 - Changes to timber and timber product import conditions: new timeframe for post treatment export for unfinished timber and changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles and is forwarded for your attention.

Future changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles

From 1 September 2017, the department will:

  • increase the time allowed between treatment and export for Wooden Manufactured Articles from 21 days to 6 months.
  • require that Wooden Manufactured Articles to be accompanied by an additional manufacturer's or supplier's declaration stating that the goods were stored so as to prevent risk of re-infestation by pests of concern in between treatment and date of export.

 

 

... read more

New packing declaration template

New packing declaration template

As referenced in NNF 2016/060 Key changes affecting Broker Approved Arrangements we would like to again bring to your attention a key change that will affect the Broker Approved Arrangements related to “Prohibited packaging material statement” since the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015, which places restriction on the use of the term ‘prohibited’ in relations to packing material.

‘Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non commodity information requirements policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has received legal advice that the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’ must only be used under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

... read more

NNF 2017/069 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

The CBFCA today participated in an industry conference with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in relation to the DP World Australia Infrastructure Surcharges. There was considerable discussion (and angst) amongst the industry parties in relation to their Submissions and the position of the ACCC in relation to its ability to intervene. One of the issues referenced was misuse of market power and the inability of downstream service providers in landside logistics being able to effectively negotiate solutions to such pricing. While industry representatives reinforced their positons as to marketplace issues as well as the inappropriateness of the increased charges, the ACCC continued to default to the legislation. While they acknowledged competition policy aspects, they were constrained by the legislation.

While they ACCC noted that there was Government intention as to changes to the legislation (and it understood the frustration of industry), in the main, they were probably not able to intervene, notwithstanding the ACCC’s deep understanding of the Container Stevedoring Industry as a result of their Monitoring Reports which they have undertaken since 1999.

... read more

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge & CityLink Toll increases

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge & CityLink Toll increases

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has branded looming toll increases for heavy vehicles by CityLink operator Transurban as discriminatory in correspondence sent to members today advising of the changes.

DP World Australia increas in Infrastructure Surcharge.

Customers are advised that effect 3 April 2017, DP World Australia (DPWA) will be increasing their infrastructure surcharge at Melbourne Terminal, as part of the basis for which access to the terminal is granted for both road and rail operators.

... read more

NNF 2017/063 Import Industry Advice Notice 22-2017

NNF 2017/063 Import Industry Advice Notice 22-2017

Illegal Logging compliance documents are available

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 22-2017 Illegal Logging compliance documents are available and is forwarded for your attention.

Who does this notice affect?

The illegal logging laws affect businesses that import regulated timber and timber products of specific Customs tariff codes within Chapters 44 (wood and wood articles), 47 (pulp), 48 (paper and paperboard) and 94 (furniture) into Australia.



.

 

... read more

NNF 2017/059 Asbestos update - vehicles

Asbestos update - vehicles

As members will be aware there was introduced on 6 March 2017 (without consultation with any sector of the industry on the basis that it was common held knowledge that certain components of vehicles were subject to asbestos testing) a community protection question as it relates to vehicles (whether new or used). Note this includes motor vehicles, off-road vehicles and motor cycles. For those who deal with the motor vehicle industry in all of its forms and in relation to parts for that industry the unintended or perhaps intended consequence of this new CPQ is to say the least an outcome where there clearly needed to be significant consultation with importers, stakeholders and service providers to the industry sector.

The CBFCA as well as individuals, corporate entities and other industry associations have been in touch with the DIBP on this particular aspect and the significant cost implications for industry.

CBFCA has actioned this item with the Commander Customs Compliance and requested discussion via its agenda at the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) meeting to be held on 17 March 2017 in Canberra .

At this time there exists no clear methodology to overcome the significant impediments that have been imposed by the CPQ .

In addition the CBFCA understands that there has been certain unsubstantiated commentary made by others in relation to this matter to the effect that the DIBP is considering the "suspension/withdrawal" of the CPQ.

This is not the case and it has been clearly set out by the DIBP through legislative requirements, supporting DIBPN 2016/30 and Fact Sheet, the compliance responsibilities of the importer (and the flow on effect of that to the importer's service provider, in the main the licensed Customs broker/brokerage).

The CBFCA would like to reiterate to members and their clients the importance of undertaking appropriate testing and assurance for automotive parts (and clearly understands the difficulty of this compliance issue with vehicles that do not have an extensive history of mechanical repairs or as to whether those repairs of key components, which could have an at best is linkage, are able to be judged on the basis of available information to correctly answer the CPQ). While it would be appropriate for a reasonableness test to exist in relation to any appropriate level of protection to meet the determined risk on asbestos, this is currently not the case and even with best endeavours any outcome relies on certification from the importer or exporter in relation to asbestos aspects.

... read more

NNF 2017/051 DP World Infrastructure Charge - Sydney and Melbourne

DP World Infrastructure Charge - Sydney and Melbourne

DP World advises that from 3 April 2017 there will be an increase to the Infrastructure Surcharge in Melbourne from $3.50 to $32.50 per container, while in Sydney the per container fee will be introduced at $21.16 for all containers received or delivered into the terminal.

 

... read more

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

This afternoon, the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) received notification from DP World Australia of a substantial increase in Port Access fees, for all containers delivered to the terminals via road or rail, applicable from April 3 2017. Further increases are expected in Brisbane.

... read more

DAWR used machinery reform - industry input invited

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has supplied the following update, with regards to used machinery reforms, to the CBFCA for your information;

"Feedback on the proposed reforms has been received from staff and industry in relation to the proposed changes. There is general support for the reasons for the changes, and the changes themselves. Feedback received has been more focused around the processes involved to achieve the outcomes. The what, how and who questions have been raised in relation to provision and assessment of documentary evidence of offshore treatment, entry processing and inspection.

... read more

CityLink Tullamarine Widening and Toll Increases

Proposed City link Tullamarine freeway widening cost recovery April 2017.

In line with City Link’s proposal to widen the Tullamarine toll road a new cost recovery initiative has been published with the freight industry targeted to contribute up to a 225% increase in toll road fees.

... read more

DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION NOTICE

DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION NOTICE

No. 2016/38

Replacement of Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940

Due to the sunsetting of the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 (CI Regulations), the Australian Government has developed a new regulation called the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Regulation 2016 (the CTD Regulation) which will commence on 1 April 2017. The CI Regulations will continue to be in force until this date.

... read more

NNF 2017/037 GST Low Value Goods Bill 2017

GST Low Value Goods Bill 2017

Yesterday the Government introduced into Parliament its Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 (the Bill) where the Treasurer, in the Second Reading Speech to the Bill, stated inter alia:

“As a result of the reforms being introduced today, low-value goods imported by consumers will face the same tax regime as goods that are sourced domestically. This is how a fair and modern tax system should work and I am proud that Australia is taking the lead in this respect…

...Under the current GST law, GST will generally apply to supplies of goods within Australia regardless of the value of the goods. However, supplies of goods located outside of Australia will generally not be subject to GST. Further, while the importation of goods is generally subject to GST, a $1,000 low-value threshold exemption applies…

...The GST low-value threshold exemption disadvantages Australian businesses and jobs, and poses a growing risk to the integrity of the GST base, with the continued growth in online shopping.

... read more

NNF 2017/032 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Europe

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Europe

To support Australia’s biosecurity efforts, the CBFCA, on request from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, is providing members with the information as set out below and in the attachment.

“As you know, for the last few years the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has put seasonal measures in place to safeguard Australia’s industries and environment from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The support of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia and its members has been to the success of the measures, and greatly reduced the number of detections in Australia and level of risk.”

 

... read more

VNF 2017/003 Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Container transport operators have united in agreeing that City Link toll increases to come into effect on 1 April will be passed along the supply chain, impacting the cost of goods to Victorian consumers.

... read more

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Europe

Notice to shipping lines about BMSB in Europe 

 

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) received a letter today from Leanne Herrick, Acting Assistant Secretary, Pathway Compliance – Department of Agriculture & Water Resources. The correspondence refers to a notice that has been sent to all shipping lines advising that Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are now establishing in Europe and provides some preventative measures that the shipping lines can implement to help prevent the bugs from arriving in Australia on vessels and cargo from European ports.
 
We understand that the Department is also preparing an Industry Notice to inform importers and other interested parties of the preventative measures that shipping lines may be adopting, and the reasons why. In the interim, if you have any questions about BMSB or the preventative measures, please email airandseacargo@agriculture.gov.au.
 
2017-01-30 - Final - Notice to shipping lines.pdf
2017-01-31 - Letter to Freight and Trade Alliance.pdf
 
Paul Zalai - FTA

... read more

NNF 2017/018 Import Industry Advice Notice 07-2017

Import Industry Advice Notice 07-2017

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 07-2017 BICON case structure amendments to timber products and is forwarded for your attention.

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to importers of timber and timber products and associated industry participants and retailers.

What's changed?

As a part of the Import Conditions Review for Timber commodities, the following BICON cases have been updated/created and will be implemented on 9/02/2017.

  • Timber
  • Logs, Log cabins and oversized timber
  • Burnt Pine Longicorn flight season-affected timber from New Zealand.

Click Read More below to view the full Industry Notice.

... read more

NNF 2017/019 Senate Inquiry Imported Asbestos Products

Senate Inquiry – Imported Asbestos Products

As part of the ongoing review of issues relating to nonconforming building products, particularly those containing asbestos, the Senate Standing Committee on Economics will be conducting an Inquiry into these aspects commencing with a public hearing in Brisbane on 30 January 2017. The CBFCA, as the industry association representing service providers in international trade logistics and supply chain management, particularly as to the border clearance of imported products, has been invited to participate in the Inquiry. It will be represented by CBFCA Board members Colin Brame and Stephen Morris. Details in relation to the Inquiry are referenced below:

“Inquiry into non-conforming building products - asbestos

Public hearing: Monday, 30 January 2017

Royal on the Park Hotel, 152 Alice Street, BRISBANE

... read more

Border Watch: Counterfeit Shipping Containers

Border Watch: Counterfeit Shipping Containers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) via Border Watch Engagement has provided the CBFCA with the following information for members.

A counterfeit shipping container (also known as a fake, cloned or re-birthed container) is a container that has had its unique identifier erased from its exterior and replaced with that of another legitimate containers unique identifier.

 

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Notices

These links are to the latest industry notices from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Industry News & Media Releases

These links are to items of interest on YOUR industry and the latest world and national news, international updates, and exclusive articles.

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Containership Scrapping Ramps Up

The following article Containership scrapping ramps up, as panama values continue in the doldrums is by Mike Wackett and has been sourced by The Loadstar on 21 December 2016.
 

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Trade Facilitation Agreement Ratified

The following information has been provided by the World Trade Organisation and is forwarded for your attention.

“Saint Vincent & the Grenadines has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 106th WTO member to do so. Only four more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force.
 

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - 2017 Lithium Battery Guidance Document

The following document has been provided by IATA and is forwarded for your attention.

“This document is based on the provisions set out in the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Technical Instructions) and the 58th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
 

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Scam Alert

One of our members has provided the following information for other members in relation to a scam from Macquarie University seeking potential logistics partners.

The CBFCA has been in contact with the university and confirmed that although the supposed sender of the email is in fact an employee with them in Logistics and Procurement, that this is an unsolicited email and nothing to do with the person and/or university.

 

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - IGAB Review

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

"A draft report has been developed to assist the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) Review. The Review Panel welcomes submissions on the Draft Report from all interested parties. Submissions should address the Draft Report and consider the Panel’s views, draft recommendations and specific requests for feedback.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm (AEDT) 27 February 2017."

View the Draft Report HERE.

... read more

e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Goods Compliance Update

The Acting Commander Customs Compliance Australian Border Force (ABF) recently released the December 2016 Goods Compliance Update. The message from the Commander made some very interesting reading, particularly in relation to: “I ask you to continue to engage with your supply chain partners and to share information with us whenever you suspect importation or exportation of prohibited goods is occurring.”

... read more

CBFCA e-Bulletin Issue 1 - 18 January 2017 - Representing the Needs of Members

As we enter 2017, the role of industry associations representing members’ needs in advocacy with government, regulators and other entities appear more important than ever, and is the key focus for the CBFCA from a customs broking and international freight forwarding point of view. Notwithstanding the Government’s position in relation to reducing red tape, the regulatory burden has, in reality, increased rather than decreased as government and, in particular, the administrative arm(s) of government seek to meet their budgetary challenges as to compliance by sleight of hand in outsourcing responsibility to the private sector.

... read more

NNF 2017/003 Border Watch update: GBL "Fantasy" increase!

NNF 2017/003 Border Watch update: GBL "Fantasy" increase!

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have sought assistance from the CBFCA in getting the following communication out to all, as a matter of community safety. 

There has been a steep increase in illegal importations of gammabutyrolactone (GBL), a border controlled drug commonly referred to as ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Coma in a bottle’.  In recent seizures, the drug has been found concealed within commercial beauty products imported from China and Korea. Please see the following AFP media release and Border Watch update which details some common indicators to be aware of.

 

... read more

NNF 2016/199 DP World 2017 Tariff - Storage

NNF 2016/199 DP World 2017 Tariff - Storage

Please note that we have been advised by DP World as to their rates for storage that will apply at their Australian Terminals effective January 1, 2017.

The link below will take you to their web site and you just need to access the "TARIFF Charges" section at the bottom of the page - there is NO need to sign in

Currently rates are available for Fremantle, Brisbane and Melbourne. Rates for Sydney will be made available on the same link in the coming week.

https://customer.dpworld.com.au/caremore/login

 

 

 

 

... read more

NNF 2016/191 GSS - Great Southern Shipping Line

Great Southern Shipping - agent GS closure

Late November GS Agencies, the agent for Great Southern Shipping (GSS), announced its immediate closure, leaving two vessels, the Imara and the Wehr Trave, stuck at sea laden with Australian cargo. Both these vessels were chartered by the embattled Great Southern Shipping to carry cargo between China and Australia. GSS was set up as a joint venture only in May of this year.

Both vessels remain at sea waiting to berth.

... read more

NNF 2016/195 Import Industry Advice Notice 117/2016

Import Industry Advice Notice 117/2016

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 117/2016  Import Conditions Review – Used Machinery and is forwarded for your attention.

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of relevance to importers, customs brokers and agents importing used machinery and used equipment. It does not apply to imports of used vehicles or vehicle parts, used tyres, commercially reconditioned engines or aircraft parts..

What has changed?

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is seeking feedback on proposed options to improve the regulation of imported used machinery and equipment.

A discussion paper has been released outlining what is being proposed and why.

We are asking industry and other stakeholders to provide their views on the proposals by 31 January 2017.

If you have any clients that import used machinery and used equipment this is their time to provide feedback to the department.
 

... read more

NNF 2016/194 Import Industry Advice Notice 116/2016

Import Industry Advice Notice 116/2016

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Industry Advice Notice 116/2016 Revised process for postcode delivery classification for imported shipping containers and is forwarded for your attention.

Who does this notice affect?

Importers and brokers involved in the import of containerised goods destined for unpack in rural areas.

Background

All shipping containers destined to be unpacked in rural areas are subject to tailgate inspections prior to delivery. A ‘rural tailgate’, as it is known, involves inspecting all external surfaces of the container before opening the doors and checking for obvious signs of pests, plant material and non-compliant packaging.

These inspections are necessary to protect Australia’s agricultural industries, unique environment and human health status from hitchhiker pests or other contaminants that may arrive in or on the containers. Rural areas are targeted due to the increased risk of pests dislodging from the containers in transit and establishing in these areas. The department uses delivery postcodes as an indicator of land use and classifies the postcodes from a biosecurity perspective as either Metropolitan, Rural or Split (part metropolitan, part rural). Current classifications can be found on the department’s website under Postcode classification search.

... read more

GSS Update: FTA and Hunt & Hunt lead collective legal action for members

For members affected by the non-arrival of the Wehr Trave and the Imara

 
FTA has been advised by sources that the vessel owner has terminated their charter agreements with Great Southern Shipping Australia PL (GSS) for non-payment of charter fees. FTA is concerned that the vessel owner is intending to exercise lien rights over the cargo for unpaid charter fees, and any costs associated with discharge of the cargo from the vessel.

 

... read more

GSS Update #4- GS Agencies close their doors

GSS Update #4 - GSA closes it's doors

 
  
FTA has now received confirmation directly from the senior management of GS Agencies (GSA), the Australian agent of GSS, that they will be closing their doors. We understand that the shipping line entity, GSS, is still an operating entity at the time of writing.

 

... read more

China Free Trade Agreement

Guidance on minor errors or discrepancies on Certificates of Origin obtained for pusposes of the China - Australia Free Trade Agreement.

... read more

Brisbane Storms - Operational Issues

Following yesterday’s severe Brisbane storms, we have received advice on operational issues at Hutchison, DP World and Patrick -  further updates to be given to transport operators during the day via 1-Stop updates. Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) will also provide further updates via our web site at www.FTAlliance.com.au

... read more

NNF 2016/170 Removal of the de minimis level

Removal of the de minimis level

The following information has been provided by the Australian Government Treasury and is forwarded for your attention.

“The Government has released exposure draft legislation and associated explanatory material that would amend the goods and services tax (GST) law to give effect to the 2016-17 Budget decision to apply GST to low value goods imported by consumers.

From 1 July 2017, the law will require overseas vendors, electronic distribution platforms and goods forwarders to account for GST on sales of low value goods to consumers in Australia if they have GST turnover of $75,000 or more.

The intention is that low value goods imported by consumers in Australia will face equivalent GST treatment to goods that are sourced domestically.”

 

... read more

NNF 2016/166 Accredited Laboratories in China for Asbestos Testing

Further to a presentation by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) at the recent CBFCA National Conference and our ongoing dialogue with NATA we can communicate to members the latest, up to date information regarding accredited laboratories in China.

As a direct result of our advocacy on this issue and NATA's continued liaison with the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS), NATA has confirmed that CNAS has provided an accreditation number for one laboratory accredited against AS 4964 in China.

Details as follows;

... read more

NNF 2016/158 Asbestos Fact Sheet DIBP/ABF

Further to our ongoing and extensive representation with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and most recent NNF 2016/141 where we advised of our continued request for a Fact Sheet, the ABF distributed same last Friday.

... read more

Managing the risk of asbestos at the border factsheet

The much anticipated Fact Sheet is now available !


Titled "Managing the risk of asbestos at the border", the Fact Sheet outliines detail on domestic and international testing and advice on how importers can do their due diligence to ensure the goods:g :

·What type of asbestos is prohibited

·Australian border controls

·Ensuring the goods do not contain asbestos

·Due Diligence

·Testing for asbestos

·If asbestos or ACM is detected at the border

·Penalties

·Further information

 

... read more

DAFF Approved Arrangement questions & answers

DAFF Approved Arrangement questions & answers

Please see attached notification from Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

... read more

HANJIN CRISIS BREAKING NEWS: South Korean government forbids Hanjin Milano berthing at Melbourne

 HANJIN CRISIS BREAKING NEWS: South Korean government forbids Hanjin Milano berthing at Melbourne

So close, but no cigar… no, nor cargo neither! Dramatic overnight twist in the voyage of the Hanjin Milano, which has been forbidden from berthing at Melbourne by the South Korean government; Australian freight forwarders are left frustrated…

... read more

vessel Hanjin Milano v52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled

vessel Hanjin Milano v52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled

Further to our recent advice, we regret the vessel Hanjin Milano v52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled.

We are awaiting further developments and will advise more when known.

 

... read more

NNF 2016/133 DIBP notice on Asbestos importation

NNF 2016/133 DIBP notice on Asbestos importation

Further to our recent national newsflash NNF communications, and as a result of the many associated issues raised by members, we have been in ongoing consultation with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance Australian Border Force (ABF) to further clarify the ABF’s requirements regarding asbestos profiling  and the associated interventions resulting in delays in red line processing of import declarations.

... read more