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Stink Bug Season – 2017

The requirements for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug infestation season for 2017 will be implemented for all cargo shipped from 1 September 2017, until 1 April 2018. 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 …

Importing and Asbestos – No go!

Department of Immigration and Border Protection have recently heightened their surveillance and action in regard to importing of goods that may possibly contain asbestos. Before goods are imported to Australia, importers should ensure that their suppliers are NOT using asbestos in the manufacture of their goods. The onus is on the importer to provide sufficient …

Revised measures Stink Bug imports from USA

The Department of Agriculture have issued revised measures in regard to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on imports to Australia from the USA. We should start to see consignments arriving that have been treated before they depart the USA (all ports). If the cargo is not treated is must be treated within 48 hours of …

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs from the USA

Due to a large number of interceptions of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs being found on and in all containerized and break bulk cargo imported from the US, the Department of Agriculture (the Department) is introducing emergency measures for all cargo shipped from the United States. The current measures for in-transit Break Bulk/RORO cargo include vigorous …

Cargo Transit Insurance

Another example of why you should insure your cargo occurred last weekend. Below is a link to a story on the grounding of the Hoegh Osaka shortly after departing Southampton Port in UK. This is a modern (built in 2000) ro/ro (roll on roll off) vessel that now has millions of dollars worth of vehicles …

Christmas Road Curfews

Dear Valued Customers, Please find information below on Brisbane, and Melbourne road travel restrictions for heavy vehicles over the 2014 Christmas Period.   Brisbane Christmas Road Curfews  This year’s Christmas curfew will start on Tuesday the 23rd of December 2014 at 1600 hrs(4.00pm) for loads wider than 2.5m and up to 4.5m wide until 0500 …

New Exemption for Low Volume Imports containing Air conditioning

  There has been an amendment to the exemptions for importing products which contain Ozone Depleting Substances, and Synthetic Greenhouse Gasses. An ODS/SGG equipment licence is not required if you are importing no more than 5 pieces of equipment containing less than 10 kg in total of HCFC, HFC, PFC, or SF6 in a single …

Brisbane Wharves Increase in Timeslot Fees

As of 7th July 2014, there will be an Increase in Timeslot Fees at Brisbane Wharves. DP World and Patrick Wharves Fees for collecting containers from the wharf will increase. DP World Brisbane have advised they will be increasing their Terminal Infrastructure Levy to Include a Chain of Responsibility Fee. This Chain of Responsibility Fee will cover weight in …

Department of Agriculture Fee Review

The department of Agriculture (the Department), has recently reviewed it’s cost recovery arrangements, and implemented some fee adjustments begining 1 July 2014.   Small increases have been applied to Import delcaration and lodgement fees. You will notice these on your delcarations, and quotations over the coming weeks. More signifigant to Machinery Importers will be the …

ACBPS Infringement Notice Scheme (INS) Update

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has made changes to their Infringement Notice Scheme (INS). From 1 February 2014, new Regulations will be implemented. This is partly influenced by The Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Act 2013 (AusCheck Act). ACBPS have published a guide which outlines in detail changes …

Increased Customs Import Processing Charge 2014

  The Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill 2013 has been implemented by both Houses of Parliament and will commence on 1 Janurary 2014. What does this mean for you as the importer?  This new legislation imposes an increase in the Import Delcaration Charges for goods, particularly those over $10 000 in value. The increases vary, …