Category Archives: News

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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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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