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NNF 2016/126 Further update on Asbestos Issues!

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.

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URGENT Update on Asbestos Issues (NNF 2016/125)

Update on Asbestos Issues (NNF 2016/125)


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.

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Hanjin Shipping Receivership update

Please note that Hanjin Shipping (Hanjin) has filed for court receivership as announced in the attached Hanjin Customer Notice (PDF)

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NNF 2016/121 Asbestos Update

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

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.”

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Asbestos Update

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.

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New Annual Packing Declaration effective Sept 2016

New annual packing declaration as at September 2016

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New Packing Declaration effective Sept 2016

New packing declaration as at September 2016

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Asbestos Importation Review findings

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

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CBFCA meets with DCCC

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.

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Australian Border Force steps in over potential asbestos importations

20-07-2016 -

The Australian Border Force (ABF) yesterday executed several warrants in response to recent detections of asbestos in imported building materials

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SOLAS final update

Mandatory Verification of Container Mass from 1 July 2016

 

How DPWA will assist you to comply with the new regulations

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SOLAS and VGM - Marine Order 42

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

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:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/ian/16/46-2016

 

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Import Industry Advice Notice 44/2016

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

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New biosecurity legislation commences 16 June 2016

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Illegal Logging Compliance Advice Notice

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.

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"K" LINE (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD - SOUTHBOUND RATE RESTORATION EFFEC 01.07.16

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.

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Patricks - Mandatory Verification of Gross Mass of a packed container from 1 July 2016

Notice from Patricks - Mandatory Verification of Gross Mass of a packed container from 1 July 2016

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.

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Import/Export Budget Implications

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.

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Country of Origin Food Labelling reform for business

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.

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Requirement of Due Diligence for prescribed items of wood and paper

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.

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Customer Advisory- Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) & Verified Gross Mass (VGM)- 1st April 2016

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.

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Container Weight Verification – Fact Sheet

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.

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Lithium Batteries

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.

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NNF 2016/003 China Australia Free Trade Agreement – Update

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

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ChAFTA Certificates of Origin Issues

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.

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Rules of Origin for China-Australia FTA

Rules of Origin for China-Australia FTA

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Tariff Concession Order Revocations

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Imported Building Products

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sample China-Australia FTA

sample China-Australia FTA

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ChAFTA confirmed for 20 Dec 2015

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ChAFTA to commence 20 Dec 2015

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ChAFTA confirmed for 20 Dec 2015

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NNF 2015/159 Prepare for ChAFTA on 20 Dec 2015

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wharf closures

Please note that both DP World and Patrick 1-East will be closed from 10am until 2pm on Tuesday 24/11 due to the MUA AGM

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Charging Guidelines 2015–16

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Trans Pacific Partnership Detail Released

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Interpretation of Tariff Concession Orders

Interpretation of Tariff Concession Orders

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2015-2016

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Australian Trusted Trader

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