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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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Stink Bugs fromThe USA

Management of seasonal risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs from the USA

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CHAFTA: The Rough Guide for Importers & Brokers

CHAFTA was signed on 17 June 2015 and the text of the agreement has been made public. However, it is unknown at this time as to when this key FTA will commence. It is necessary for CHAFTA to pass domestic ratification procedures in Australia and China and we estimate it to commence operating in late 2015.

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng signed the FTA in Canberra on 17 June 2015. Further details on the processes can be found on the Implementation Processes and Timeline Factsheet

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Australia/China Fair Trade Agreement

Australia/China fair trade agreement update

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Border Fees, Charges & Taxes

Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges & Taxes.

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received correspondence this evening from the Australian Customs & Border Protection Service (ACBPS) in relation the finalisation of the Australian Government's Joint Review of Border Fees, Charges & Taxes

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Illegal Logging Laws E-Update #7 March 2015

The Department of Agriculture is pleased to bring you the seventh Illegal Logging Laws E-Update.

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