Category Archives: News

June Newsletter

GST collection on low value goods has been deferred until July 1st 2018 Changes to the GST threshold were scheduled to take effect from July 1st 2017, however the proposed law has been delayed one year to allow retailers time to ensure they will comply. The bill which passed the Senate last week will see overseas […]

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City Link Toll Increase

To our valued customers, Following on from our February newsletter advising of the proposed upcoming price increases affecting heavy vehicle road transport in Melbourne, we would like to alert our customers of the below increases to all container bookings from April 1st onwards. Melbourne Wharf Infrastructure Fee – $36.00 per container + GST City Link […]

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Important Notice – Spanish port strike

Spanish port strike / 6-25th of March Spanish port workers have called a nine day strike after Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law to liberalise the hiring of port labour. The strike will commence on March 6th and will effect handling operations, vessel sailings and cause serious delays. Please contact us for further information if […]

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February Newsletter

Imported goods under $1,000 to face GST Goods imported into Australia with a customs value that does not exceed $1,000 are not subject to GST.  New draft laws propose that from July 1st, GST will be applicable to goods below the threshold. The bill was introduced to parliament on Thursday, Treasurer Scott Morrison told parliament “These changes are about ensuring Australian businesses, […]

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January Newsletter

News Update: Five men have been charged with drug importation following a seizure of 300kg of pure pseudoephedrine, worth $42 million. The pseudoephedrine was hidden in 167 boxes in a shipping container filled with 900 boxes of washing powder. Between 22 December 2016 and 2 January 2017, there were 33 signification detections of varying illegal items and illicit drugs […]

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Christmas Newsletter

Wishing you a festive holiday season Merry Christmas! With Christmas around the corner, ICAL would like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year! We appreciate your support in 2016 and look forward to continuing to do business together in 2017. If you require assistance with […]

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ICAL’s Insurance policy

On August 31st this year, Hanjin shipping, the world’s seventh largest shipping line filed for bankruptcy, causing disruptions to the international trade market, as ships, cargo and crews were stranded after being denied access to ports around the globe. In light of this, we would like to remind our clients about the importance of insuring […]

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Cargo Compliance Verification

ICAL would like to inform our clients about the Cargo Compliance Verification survey commencing on Monday the 14th of November. Over a two week period, Quarantine will conduct a survey on imported commercial air cargo consignments. During this time, consignments that would not typically be referred for bio security consideration will be selected for a […]

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New Laws and controls relating to Asbestos in imported products

Increase in Asbestos monitoring procedures Since 2003, Australia has had a zero tolerance towards the importation of products containing asbestos. However, due to an increasing number of imported products found to contain asbestos, the Australian government, through our Australian Border Force (ABF), are enforcing a much stronger control of this area. Border offences relating to […]

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VGM SOLAS Container Weight Verification

Industry Update Container Weight Verification – Effective from July1st, 2016 ICAL International wishes to inform our customers the global requirement for container weights has recently changed. As of July 1st, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires a verified gross mass (VGM) declaration as a condition for loading a packed container onto a […]

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