A NOTICE has been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in reference to declaring overseas freight and insurance for customs valuation and value of the taxable importation processes.
THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has so far, not conducted any major compliance activity since the implementation of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) legislative provisions on 1 July 2016.
AMSA has informed the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) that compliance activity will immediately escalate with a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC).
THE collapse of Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean freight shipping line is starting to cause chaos and confusion at major ports around the Asia-Pacific region.
What was the seventh biggest shipping company in the world, went into receivership late last week after creditors rejected a restructuring plan. The container operator filed for bankruptcy protection in the US last Friday, with court granting Hanjin temporary protection.
THE Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) has established the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and a single national system of laws for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM. It is expected that national, consistent law and regulation will deliver business and safety benefits to the heavy vehicle industry.
Expect delays in shipping from China due to the G20 Summit, which will be held on the 4 and 5 September in Hangzhou, China.
The Chinese Government has implemented many control measures in an effort to reduce pollution and improve air quality for the event.
STINK BUG season is fast approaching and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed measures to manage the seasonal risk of infestations in break bulk and containerised sea cargo shipped from the United States. The measures reinstate mandatory treatment requirements prior to the shipment of goods.
ON JULY 19, the Australian Border Force (ABF) executed several warrants in answer to the suspected import of Chinese building products containing asbestos.
ABF investigators seized digital and physical evidence from Yuanda Australia and notified the company that all goods imported by the company and its affiliates will be held at the border. This will continue until the goods can be confirmed to be asbestos free through testing by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) laboratory.
KOREA'S Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management came into effect on 4 February 2016 and exporters to Korea need to urgently complete the web-based registration process as the 6-month grace period will come to an end on 3 August 2016.
The Act requires all foreign food establishments that produce, manufacture, process, treat and/or store food, plant products including grains and fresh fruit and vegetables for human consumption intended for export to Korea to complete a web-based registration process.
SHIPPERS have been reminded to take the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations seriously when last week, a freight forwarder was charged $859 after making a typo-error on the VGM of a pre-receival advice form sent to DP World Australia at West Swanson Dock.
The freight forwarder accidentally dropped a zero from 18,000 kg, resulting in an incorrectly declared VGM of 1,800 kg.
THE AUSTRALIAN Trusted Trader Programme (ATT) has already started to display benefits for importers and exporters. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) signed its first Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) at the World Customs Organization’s Council sessions in Brussels on Friday, 15 July.