Category Archives: News

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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April Newsletter 2016

ICAL International – Lognet Best Partner Award 2015   It is with great pleasure to announce that ICAL has won the Lognet Best Partner award for 2015. The Lognet Global Network consists of 353 Logistic companies worldwide with 626 offices throughout 105 countries. This year, company directors Mark Coleman and Andrew Grima attended the annual […]

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China Australia Free Trade Agreement

China Australia Free Trade Agreement start date – 20 December, 2015 The Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China (ChAFTA) will commence on 20 December, 2015 with the majority of products receiving duty free status from this date as long as a valid Certificate of Origin (CoO) is available.  Importers will need to secure appropriate […]

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Trans Pacific Partnership

The key features of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have now been released. An importer wanting to claim reduced duty rates offered by the TPP will be required to present a Certificate of Origin to justify this reduction in duty, the Certificate of Origin can be supplied by the manufacturer, exporter or importer.  The Certificate […]

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URGENT changes in USA sea freight shipment requirements.

DAFF have introduced emergency measures for all break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres shipped from the United States to Australia due to the significant number of interceptions of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Due to the widespread occurrence of this pest in the United States, all specified break bulk and all […]

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Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement –(JAEPA)

Another year and another Free Trade Agreement, from tomorrow the 15 January 2015, The Japanese Australia Free Trade Agreement will enter into force. On commencement importers will be entitled to duty-free entry for most goods imported from Japan, provided the goods meet the JAEPA Rules of Origin. To claim Japanese originating goods a Certificate of […]

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Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA)

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea will enter into force on 12 December 2014. KAFTA’s entry into force at this time will mean that many Australian importers and exporters will benefit from immediate tariff cuts, with further tariff cuts on 1 January 2015. Given Korea […]

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