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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Guidance on minor errors or discrepancies on Certificates of Origin obtained for pusposes of the China - Australia Free Trade Agreement.... read more
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
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.”
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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
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
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
·Testing for asbestos
·If asbestos or ACM is detected at the border
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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
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
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.
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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
NNF 2016/126 Further update on Asbestos Issues!
Further to recent NNF communications from the CBFCA, and as a result of the many associated issues raised by members, the CBFCA has engaged once again with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance of the Australian Border Force (ABF) late Friday 2 September to further clarify ABF’s requirements.... read more
Update on Asbestos Issues (NNF 2016/125)
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The CBFCA met with Erin Dale, Commander Customs Compliance of the Australian Border Force (ABF), on Thursday 1 September to obtain clarification on asbestos issues. As background, in 2003 the Australian government imposed a zero tolerance of the sale, use and importation into Australia of asbestos. The policy for asbestos control is administered by the Department of Employment whilst the role of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is to monitor and enforce the ban on asbestos at the border.
Please note that Hanjin Shipping (Hanjin) has filed for court receivership as announced in the attached Hanjin Customer Notice (PDF)... read more
NNF 2016/121 Asbestos Update
Further to NNF 2016/118, the following information is provided courtesy of Digerati in relation to their community protection references in their Inbound product. No information has been received from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)/Australian Border Force (ABF) in relation to which tariff classifications are subject to asbestos questions. The attached is forwarded to members on the basis that it is not the regulator's position however, it provides guidance to members for discussion with their clients in relation to this festering asbestos issue.
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NNF 2016/119 Hanjin Line Receivership
The following article has been written by Sohee Kim & Kyunghee Park for Bloomberg and is forwarded for your attention.
“As reported in Bloomberg today Hanjin Shipping Co. will apply for court receivership after lenders decided to halt all support to South Korea’s biggest container shipping line.
The Hanjin board decided unanimously on the move at a meeting in Seoul Wednesday and will file for receivership this afternoon, a spokesman said. The restructuring proposals submitted by Hanjin Shipping weren’t enough to address a cash shortage, main lender Korea Development Bank said Tuesday, dealing a blow to the revival efforts by a firm that’s been trying to reschedule debt under a voluntary creditor-led program since May.
Hanjin is among shipping lines grappling with a slump in global trade since the 2008 financial crisis and the slowest pace of economic growth in China in a quarter century. The industry worldwide has been forced to sell assets, cut jobs and idle some operations to bolster finances as the slowdown coupled with overcapacity eroded freight rates.”... read more
ASBESTOS UPDATE: The incidence of community protection questions regarding goods containing asbestos has increased significantly. For Customs Brokers to confirm there is no asbestos content in any import declaration line, they must have confirmation from the owner that the owner is certain that the goods are free of any asbestos. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has confirmed that for owners to be certain that any goods are asbestos free, they must have acceptable certification.... read more
New annual packing declaration as at September 2016... read more
New packing declaration as at September 2016... read more
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is maintaining close liaison with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Border Force in relation to asbestos import compliance requirements - as a part of this engagement, please refer to the following editorial provided by the department.
Asbestos Importation Review findings released... read more
CBFCA meets with DCCC
Today, CBFCA representatives attended the DAWR Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) meeting in Melbourne. The CBFCA raised ongoing issues with COLS to obtain effective resolutions to some ongoing issues.... read more
The Australian Border Force (ABF) yesterday executed several warrants in response to recent detections of asbestos in imported building materials... read more
Mandatory Verification of Container Mass from 1 July 2016
How DPWA will assist you to comply with the new regulations... read more
SOLAS and VGM - Marine Order 42
Do you have policies/procedures in place with your exporters? If not, do it now as Australia has now passed legislation locking in 1 July 2016. If you do not have a VGM document trail you will be liable if a situation arises. Stevedores are using 22 June as the start date for PRA receivals as a precaution against vessel sailing date roll overs.
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Import Industry Advice Notice 46/2016
Reminder: import permits required prior to arrival of goods
has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:
Import Industry Advice Notice 44/2016
Changes to import requirements for mined fertilisers – bags containing no more than 100kg and liquid mined fertiliser
has been published on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website... read more
Important changes to Australia's biosecurity system come into effect on 16 June 2016 with commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015. There are new requirements that will affect how the biosecurity risks of goods, people and conveyances entering Australia are managed.
Find out what this means for you.
Illegal Logging Compliance Advice Notice
The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and is forwarded for your attention.... read more
RE: Southbound Rate Restoration ex China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea to East Coast Australia
In order to restore freight rates to a viable level, “K” Line will be implementing a rate restoration programme from the 1st July 2016 for all shipments from North East Asia into East Coast Australia.... read more
Notice from Patricks - Mandatory Verification of Gross Mass of a packed container from 1 July 2016
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From 1 July 2016 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will implement revisions to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention. The changes to the SOLAS convention will require shippers to provide 'Verified Gross Mass' (VGM) of a container before it can be loaded on-board a vessel.
The 2016/17 Federal Budget was handed down last night and as usual, buried away amongst changes to superannuation and minor tax breaks were decisions that are important for those involved in the import and export of goods.
Top of the list for many will be the scrapping of the EPBS and the confirmation of duty deferral for Trusted Traders from 2017/2018.
Food labelling laws 25-2016
This notice applies to Australian businesses that sell food in retail stores in Australia and may include manufacturers, producers and importers.... read more
Illegal Logging ACT and due diligence is mandatory from 30/05/16
A FSC Chain of Custody certificate from the supplier is not sufficient alone to meet the due diligence requirements.... read more
Effective 1st July 2016, an amendment covering Export Container Weight regulations will be implemented by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) under the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Convention.... read more
In accordance with IMO Circular MSC. 1/Circ. 1475, from 1 July 2016 a packed container should not be loaded onto a ship unless the master or his representative and the terminal representative have obtained, in advance of vessel loading, the verified gross mass (VGM) of the container.... read more
Lithium Ion Batteries
The following information has been provided by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and is forwarded for your attention as to the carriage and cargo of lithium ion batteries on passenger aircraft.... read more
China Australia Free Trade Agreement – Update
Notwithstanding the commentary provided in NNF 2016/001, the need to be mindful as to issues relating to Certificates of Origin or classification under ChAFTA and in terms of resolution of any certification/classification issues, the only source for such resolution is the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) (details as to that one of reference being provided in the NNF). One this issue, your industry Association was addressing, on average, 15 calls a day on ChAFTA since the commencement of the Agreement on 20 December and referred these issues to the DIBP for their information and commentary... read more
ChAFTA Certificates of Origin Issues
While the China Australia Free trade Agreement may only be nine (9) days old some key problems are being experienced by industry as regards certificates issued in China by the relevant regulatory or certification agencies. There has been a high level of enquires to the CBFCA as to the origin criteria being used for manufactured goods on Certificates of Origin ( CoO’s).From anecdotal evidence particularly as to Wholly Obtained Goods (WO) as referenced in Article 3.3 below it would appear that the certificate issuing authorities may be misreading sub article( j) of the Article.... read more