Category Archives: News

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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Industrial Action Update December 2014

The Maritime Union of Australia industrial action at DP World will affect the following ports Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. The details of the industrial action are as follows: Melbourne: operations will cease at 6am on Thursday,11th Dec and resume at 1400 on Friday,12th Dec. Sydney: operations will cease at 10am on Thursday 11th Dec and […]

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Changes to heavy & oversized vehicle laws

Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have adopted the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and Regulations for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.  For further detail please refer to the below; https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/heavy-vehicle-national-law-and-regulations Oversize/over mass (OSOM) vehicles that are in excess of 2.5 in width, 19 metres […]

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North America – Trucking & Congestion Issues

Ongoing congestion and inland transportation problems in North America have worsened drastically over the last month and continue to deteriorate. Demand for trucking services at major US ports now far exceeds capacity. Compounding the issue, several major North American ports have become severely congested, including: Los Angeles / Long Beach, Vancouver, Norfolk, New York Los Angeles and Long […]

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DAFF Timber Import Requirements

The new due diligence requirements for imported wood-based products comes into effect on 30 November 2014.  This new requirement relates to most timber and wood-based products such as sawn timber, veneer, moldings, wood panels, plywood, pulp, paper products and wooden products. Importers should be arranging their processes to confirm that they will comply with these […]

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Chinese National Holiday 1 Oct – 7 Oct

Please note China’s upcoming National Holiday will be from the 1st October until the 7th October 2014 As the entire industry in China will be closed for the whole week we expect vessels and flights to be quite full leading up to the holiday and in the weeks following.   Please ensure you have sorted all […]

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Chinese New Year Period 2014

Please be aware the Chinese New Year Festivities commence January 31and is an extended holiday period in China which concludes with the Lantern Festival. The year of the Horse celebrations do present some logistic issues for Australian importers and exporters as this extended celebration can create considerable supply chain delays.

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Customs Import Processing Fee Increases.

The Government has announced a restructure to the import processing charge (“IPC”) to recover the cost of all import related cargo and trade functions undertaken by Australian Customs.  For consignments valued over $10K or more, The IPC for electronic sea import declarations (both FCL and LCL) will be increased by $102.60 to $152.60 per consignment.  […]

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Chinese General Freight Rate Increases

The news we are getting from the shipping lines is a general rate increase (GRI) will be announced in the first half of September, the GRI is generally announced at US$300 / Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU). Please keep an eye on the Latest ICAL News on our website which we will keep updated re […]

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