ALTHOUGH regulation banning the import of all types of asbestos and products containing asbestos has been in place for over a decade, increased overseas manufacturing means businesses are now at risk of importing the mineral fibres.
Recently Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe brought attention to the issue by stating he was aware of 64 sites where concrete fibre sheeting containing asbestos has been used in construction. It is believed that the building materials containing the banned substance were imported from China.
The importer of any given material is fully responsible for ensuring the materials are asbestos free before they reach Australia. The penalty for non-compliance is large, either three times the value of the goods or 1000 penalty units of $180 each, making a total of $180,000.
A FLEXIBLE and efficient tracking platform is critical to logistics, especially as supply chains become more complex and potential disruptions increase. In order to deliver excellent service to clients we need to build excellent relationships with their them whilst managing complex execution processes. The logistics industry has relied on innovation since the advent of the telephone and each wave of technology has resulted in improved productivity, customer service and profitability for the industry and its clients.
The ideal logistics system smoothly delivers goods where they are required, when they are required, with the least amount of cost, energy and harm. This involves reducing wait time and handling during the transport of goods to their final destination. The smooth flow of information in every part of the system is vital for ensuring the smooth flow of freight and online service channels are now steadfastly part of our daily lives and are often the ideal service option. my.Seabridge the Integrated Web Tracking System used at Seabridge delivers significant benefits and service improvements, allowing for complete transparency throughout the supply chain, consistent service, increased productivity, greater control and most importantly, it is easier to keep our clients happy.
AUSTRALIANS who buy goods online from overseas should be wary of scam emails requesting they pay 'Customs' a range of fees, duty or taxes before their goods are released to them.
The fake emails may use old seizure notices from the former Australian Customs and Border Protection Service or signature blocks to legitimise the email, and request payment in US dollars.
The Department and Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) will NEVER contact Australians via email requesting the payment of duty, GST and/or other charges in order for the purchaser to receive their goods. The Department will never ask you to send your personal or bank details via email.
ILLEGAL LOGGING is a significant global issue, it destroys forests, diminishes biodiversity, weakens government regimes and revenues, adds to greenhouse gas emissions and robs local communities of opportunities to improve their quality of life.
For Australians, the trade in illegal timber also handicaps legitimate Australian businesses, destabilising market prices and threatening local investment, profitability and jobs. Similarly, it is in the interest of Australians to protect plants and animals and the environment, encourage sustainable forest management and reduce the use of exhaustible natural resources that are threatened by illegal logging.
The Australian Government is committed to opposing illegal logging while also supporting the trade in legally harvested timber and timber products, both locally and globally.
ON JULY 1 of this year, new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations will come into force. From this date forward it will be mandatory for each container loaded onto a ship engaged in an international voyage to declare Verified Gross Mass (VGM).
It is predicted that a large number of countries are not ready to implement the change in regulations. This will cause major headaches worldwide for shippers and other stakeholders in the container supply chain.
Seabridge has the expertise and the experience required to advise on the new SOLAS regulations. Please contact us with any queries about how this will affect you.
The Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China will commence on 20 December bringing with it an immediate round of tariff cuts and a further round of cuts on 1 January 2016. With only few days’ notice of commencement, importers and exporters need to act quickly to prepare.
Whether it’s shoes made in China or crude oil from India, the ability for businesses to ship materials and goods overseas by sea has brought about worldwide economic benefits. Each year billions of tonnes of goods are transported along principal trade routes, but have you ever considered how ocean freight works?
Have you ever wondered how air freight works? Today, almost anything can be transported by air. People, pets, food, cars and even helicopters can be shipped by plane. Beyond the logistics of getting to and from the airport, often freight operators share very little on their methods or machines.
For our first in a series of articles on how freight works, we look at the three main categories of air freight and the amazing flying machines that do the job.