ACFS - Infrastructure Levy in Melbourne and Port Botany
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from ACFS that they will be implementing an "FCL Container Infrastructure Levy" in Melbourne and Port Botany AND an "FAK Cargo Infrastructure Levy" nationally - both will be effective from Monday 13 November 2017.
·Qube Logistics - International Terminal Fee - effective 6 November 2017 (National)
·ANJ Container Services – Infrastructure Levy - effective 6 November 2017 (Port Botany)
·Price & Speed – Infrastructure Levy - effective 6 November 2017 (Port Botany)
·Trojan Bond - Infrastructure Levy - effective 13 November 2017 (Port Botany)
·ACFS - Infrastructure Levy - effective 13 November 2017 (National)... read more
NNF 2017/220 Import Industry Advice Notice 91/2017
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Risk Season 2017-18
The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) in Import Industry Advice Notice 91-2017 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug risk season 2017-18 and is forwarded for your attention.
The department has implemented additional measures every year since 2014 to manage the seasonal risk of BMSB infestations in sea cargo arriving at Australian ports.
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Further to NNF 2017/174 Clarification on Storage Declaration for wooden manufactured articles, members have experienced ongoing confusion as to the need to present a storage declaration for FCL consignments treated in a container.
To address this issue the CBFCA has been in contact with the Plant Import Operations and Assessment Services Group at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and we agreed to update the Timber and timber products BICON case to clarify the departments position by including the following Warnings and Information Notice to facilitate clearance.... read more
Following our recent conversation on the 16th August and as requested, please find attached information on our Asbestos Importation Services.
360 Environmental has been granted exemption by the Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash to import asbestos samples for the purpose of analysis. Accordingly if any of your importers are concerned to the potential for breaching the asbestos prohibited Imports regulations please feel free to pass on our details.
In the meantime if you experience any prohibited import asbestos situations in Australia, especially involving the Australian Border Force please feel to contact as we have specialists available to assist.
Since 31 December 2003, Australia has banned the importation, manufacture and use of asbestos and asbestos
containing materials. In Australia, the importation of asbestos containing materials is prohibited under
Regulation 4C of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956
It is the responsibility of importers to ensure they do not import or export prohibited goods and materials
SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Despite Prohibited Import Regulations, there
are still frequent situations where asbestos
containing material are imported into Australia
Quality Control standards and integrity of the
material or equipment can change with time,
especially when sourced from suppliers in
The definition of what is ‘asbestos free’ in one
not the same as ‘asbestos free’ in
Quality Assurance processes and asbestos free
certification by overseas manufacturers cannot
always be relied upon
We have a clear understanding of the requirements and expectations of the Department of Immigration and
Border Protection concerning asbestos assurance programs.
The following services can be provided for the
purposes of importation products into Australia:
Testing for asbestos content prior or post
shipping the goods to Australia
Initial Site Audits during fabrication
Asbestos Awareness Sessions at Project Start
Up and Material Procurement
Regular Risk Assessments and Quality Assurance
processes will that take into account:
Identifying asbestos-risk activities from
The raw materials used in fabrication
Source of the raw materials
Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Consultant
360 Environmental Pty Ltd
a 10 Bermondsey Street West Leederville 6007
PO Box 14 West Perth WA 6872
t (+618) 9388 8360 f (+618) 9381 2360
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Productivity Commission Inquiry- Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods
As the result of the legislation passed by Government that GST would be collected on low value imported goods effective from 1 July 2018 the Treasurer directed the Productivity Commission (the Commission) to undertake an Inquiry into collection models for GST on Low Value imported goods. In July 2017 the commission released its discussion paper in relation to the inquiry. The CBFCA has been involved in all of the inquiries and discussions that have taken place in relation to high volume low value goods and fiscal issues since 1998. In December 2005 after the introduction of the $1000 threshold the CBFCA commented to the then Australian Customs Service inter alia:
“The CBFCA perceives there will be variances in buying patterns and business arrangements as the threshold becomes more widely known with business and consumers. This will also affect cost recovery arrangements across other regulatory agencies and may require a different approach to cost recovery over and above the existing arrangements in all agency as it is apparent cross subsidisation will continue to expand. To this end it would be appropriate to review the manner, form and quantum of the cost recovery arrangements for the SAC to be reviewed towards the end of 2005/2006 financial year."
Suffice to say even with CBFCA follow up there was no review.
Regional Manager NSW/QLD/NT
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QUBE - International Terminal Fee
Members have recently advised us of correspondence from QUBE Logistics (QL) of a new charge to be levied effective October 9, 2017.
As we are all aware any increases put increasing pressure on industry to manage the administration of same as well as increasing costs to the importer.
Following emails from members seeking clarity and expressing their concern our CEO, Paul Damkjaer, wrote to QUBE Logistics seeking further details and their responses are noted below.
QUBE have also extended an invitation to meet face to face with Paul and this will happen in the coming weeks – if available further information will be provided at that time.
Questions and Responses from QUBE are shown below : (a copy of the initial letter from QUBE is also below)
Regional Manager WA
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International Terminal Fee - Qube Logistics
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have made initial contact with Qube Logistics in context of their recent customer notice introducing an “International Terminal Fee” effective 9 October 2017.
Qube Logistics have committed to a follow up meeting to address the FTA / APSA concerns in relation to the stated cost recovery model – we will keep members up to date on developments.
Paul Zalai – FTA / APSA
Booking Cancellation Fee - AUS Exports
With Maersk Line’s continuous efforts to deliver a reliable and efficient service to our Australian customers, we are revising our Booking Cancellation tariff with effective date 1 October 2017. A fee of AUD250 per 20’/40’ Dry container will apply in the following situations:
- Any cargo bookings which are cancelled, reduced or transferred (at Shipper’s request), within a 12-day period immediately prior to the vessel’s proforma ETD at the Australian load ports
- Any new cargo bookings which are placed within the 12-day period prior to the vessel’s proforma ETD will have a 24-hour window immediately after confirmation allowing Shippers to cancel, reduce or transfer cargo at no charge. Any changes made hereafter will incur a Booking Cancellation Fee
- The Booking Cancellation Fee will apply to the number of containers by which the booking is cancelled, reduced or transferred
Should you have any questions to the outlined information in this advisory, please do not hesitate to contact your Sales or Customer Services Representative.
Asbestos in motor vehicles - obligations of importers
Please see the following editorial from the DIBP Communication and Engagement Branch reminding importers of their obligations, due to the ABF’s recent detections of asbestos in motor vehicles.
Asbestos—know your obligations
The Australian Border Force (ABF), Australia’s customs service, is reminding importers, especially of motor vehicles and parts, that Australia has zero tolerance for asbestos. Products with any level of asbestos, regardless of age, are prohibited for import into or use in Australia. It is the responsibility of importers to ensure that imported goods do not contain asbestos.
Since 2003, the Australian Government has prohibited the importation of goods that contain any asbestos, and placed a complete ban on the domestic manufacture and use of all types of asbestos and products containing asbestos. As part of the Government’s asbestos prohibition, the ABF actively targets products suspected of containing asbestos.
Recently, the ABF has detected asbestos in a number of motor vehicles and parts, including brake pads and gaskets. Recent detections include a 1981 Chevrolet Corvette (brake pads, water pump and gasket), a 1963 Ford Falcon (gasket) and the brake pads of golf buggies, an electric scooter, a 1954 BAS Bantam motorcycle and a 1971 Mazda RX-2.
It doesn’t matter how old the vehicle is, or what type it is—if we suspect it may contain asbestos, we will request assurances from the importer to ensure that it doesn’t.
In a number of countries, there are few to no restrictions on the use and supply of asbestos. Local standards in some countries may even classify goods as ‘asbestos-free’ when low levels of asbestos are actually present. Many products containing asbestos can be ordered on the internet and will often claim to be ‘asbestos-free’, even though they have some asbestos content. As a result, asbestos can be unintentionally and unknowingly imported into Australia, even in new products.
Our activities are not designed to impose undue inconvenience or cost to importers. Targeting, stopping and testing high-risk goods is an important part of protecting importers and the wider community from the significant dangers of asbestos. We are also focused on ensuring importers are aware of their obligations so we can be assured that goods don’t contain asbestos before they reach Australia.
Goods held at the border for asbestos testing can mean delays and significant costs to importers, including storage of the goods while testing is conducted. The potential for these additional costs can be reduced by ensuring your goods do not contain asbestos before they arrive in Australia.
If you or your clients are importing goods, find out about the assurances you need and requirements for testing for asbestos at www.border.gov.au/asbestos.
Clarification on Storage Declaration for wooden manufactured articles
Further to national newsflash NNF 2017/160 Changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles we have received a number of calls asking for clarification on the definition of export (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) statement in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) industry notice 71/2017.
It is important to note that goods in consignments that have been sealed in a container and exported after treatment (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) do not require a storage declaration.
For more information and to clarify the departments position related to date of treatment and date of export match see below
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2017-18
Further to previous newsflash NNF 2017/171 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has now published its formal Import Industry Advice Notice 76-2017 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2017-18 and is forwarded for your attention.
Click READE MORE below to view the full Notice.... read more
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2017-18 Season
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed the following mandatory measures to manage the seasonal risk of BMSB infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States and Italy.
The requirements are intended apply to target goods shipped from the United States and Italy between 1 September 2017 and 1 April 2018 inclusive.
The mandatory measures apply to target cargo shipped from all ports in the United States, as well as any European ports which load cargo manufactured or stored in Italy after the commencement of the season.
As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and high risk machinery and parts are the target cargo for the mandatory measures and a table list of affected tariffs will be provided.
The department will shortly publish the BMSB Season measures on its website and issue an Import Industry Advice Notice.
Click on the READ MORE button to download the Info sheet to BMSB stakeholders for 2017-18 Season.
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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) invitation to the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia In. (CBFCA) to attend the DIBP Industry Summit 2017 held at Grand Hyatt on Monday 31 July 2017 was attended by CBFCA senior Board and Administration members. This summit is the fourth to be held and provides the opportunity for business and the regulator to discuss key initiatives for policy development for the future.
The theme for this year’s Industry Summit was ‘Border innovation: strengthening our nation’s economy, security and society’. The program focused upon embracing innovation to create opportunities for collaboration, co-design and co-investment in technologies and business processes that will help DIBP respond to the changing global trade, traveller and migration environment.... read more
FW: NNF 2017/160 Changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles
Import Industry Advice Notice 71-2017
Further to CBFCA comments in past NNF 2017/18, NNF 2017/028, NNF 2017/075, NNF 2017/080 we have been in ongoing consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department) and timber and furniture importers Associations to ensure successful implementation of the changes to import conditions and additional storage declaration requirements for wooden manufactured articles to limit any impact on industry.
The Department today has released an update industry notice to advise importers and customs brokers that on 11 September 2017, amendments will be made to the manufactured wooden articles pathway of the timber and timber products BICON case.
From this date, consignments of manufactured wooden articles treated offshore by heat, fumigation or irradiation methods will be required to be exported within six calendar months of the required treatment and be accompanied by additional storage certification in the form of a manufacturer’s, supplier’s or exporter’s declaration.
Goods in consignments that have been sealed in a container and exported immediately after treatment (i.e. date of treatment and date of export match) do not require a storage declaration. Refer to the department’s Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy for what evidence is required to prove date of export.
Consignments that are exported before 11 September 2017, will need to meet current import conditions that are available in BICON.
We commend the Department for consulting with the CBFCA and taking on board our recommendations to keep the storage declarations simple, exempt goods treated and sealed in containers prior to export as this aligns with the Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements polices which will hopefully result in consistent documentary assessment on arrival of goods into Australia.
For more information as to what statement is required on the manufacture, supplier and exporter declaration download the Import Industry Advice Notice 71/2017 Timber and timber products BICON case: changes to import conditions for manufactured wooden articles by clicking on the READ MORE button.
For further information of the upcoming changes please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email Imports.
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Members will be aware as to the ongoing DIBP intervention on the importation of asbestos and/or goods perceived as containing asbestos. In DIBP Notice No. 2017/21 a restatement of the DIBP policy as it relates to the requirements of importers and licensed customs brokers should be noted.
NOTE: The above mentioned DIBPN replaces and repeals DIBP Notice No. 2016/30.
This DIBPN should be communicated immediately to all clients noting the difficulty in determining what goods may contain asbestos. In addition reference should also be made to the DIBP website Managing the risk of asbestos at the border.
The CBFCA is aware that strict liability offences have been imposed on importers as either the import declaration or declarations by importers that the goods in question did not contain asbestos, have been found to be incorrect with regard to the community protection question (CPQ) on goods containing asbestos.
Particular note must be had to the commentary by the DIBP/ABF as to licensed customs brokers (LCB), individuals and corporate entities. The CBFCA sees that the DIBP/ABF is clearly signalling that unless the service provider exercises due diligence to ensure that the information provided by the importer, which they report to the DIBP/ABF, is correct then there is the opportunity for the DIBP/ABF to impose strict liability offences on licensed customs brokers.
This position is reinforced by the additional comment that : ” licensed Customs brokers have an obligation to declare accurate information to the ABF” . This aspect combined with the due diligence (an aspect which the service provider would have to prove to the regulator that it acted with due care and diligence) needs to be clearly understood in terms of any information provided by the client in relation to the goods not containing asbestos.
Unfortunately in relation to DIBPN No. 2017/21 and in a manner similar to NNF 2017/059, when a CPQ was introduced in relation to vehicles, the issue as to stakeholder engagement has again not materialised in relation to how industry can work with the regulator through shared responsibility on this particular community health and safety issue.
In addition the CBFCA as a member of the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG), which only met last month, would have seen that this forum would have been the ideal place for the discussion on this restatement of policy however can confirm that there was no discussion as to policy and/or outcomes of the DIBP/ABF intervention over the last 12 months (so as to support a workable framework for industry), other than acknowledging the increased focus on asbestos.
It should be noted that this issue was an agenda item for the CBFCA/DIBP Bi-Lateral meeting which was scheduled for 26 July, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the inability of the DIBP/ABF Chair to attend. This meeting has been rescheduled and this aspect in particular the CBFCA’s position paper Asbestos Importation and a Workable Framework, will be addressed.
The CBFCA is also seeking early discussion with Mr Stephen Hldedik A/g Commissioner Customs Compliance Branch (who has replaced Erin Dale) and Mr Josh Hutton A/g Assistant Secretary Trade and Customs Branch (both, as will be noted are acting in their roles and are new to these capacities) to address this and other compliance issues.
Please click READ MORE for the full content of DIBPN No. 2017/21.... read more
Non compliance remains high regarding the misdeclaration of export container weights on weight declarations.... read more
Asbestos in Collector cars
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Maersk Line looks at costs due to cyber attack... read more
Check-weighing at terminal reveals industry non-compliance
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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.
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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.
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."
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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PACKING DECLARATIONS
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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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
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017-01-30 - Final - Notice to shipping lines.pdf
2017-01-31 - Letter to Freight and Trade Alliance.pdf
Paul Zalai - FTA
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.
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.
- 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
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
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.
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
These links are to items of interest on YOUR industry and the latest world and national news, international updates, and exclusive articles.... read more
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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