Category Archives: News

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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Sydney Branch Manager announced

We are delighted to introduce you to ICAL’s newest team member Mr Gregory Good. Greg has been employed as Branch Manager of our Sydney Office, conveniently located at Banksmeadow, close to the airport and docks. Greg brings with him a wealth of experience within the logistics and supply chain industry having been State Manager with […]

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China freight VAT notification

Starting on 1st of August, the Chinese administration is planning to apply a 6% VAT/GST tax on all the freight payable in China, effecting both exports and imports. Hong Kong is excluded as it has a special tax regime & is outside mainland China as is Macau. The tax would not apply if the freight […]

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DAFF New Imported Food Regulations

As of the 20 May, 2013, commercial importers are required to report the overseas producer for all food imports. DAFF’s definition of the Producer is “the commercial or individuals premises where the goods are packed into the final bulk or retail packaging.” The Producer declared on the Import Declaration must be as listed on the […]

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Import Budget Update

Commercial importers hit with increased Customs charges.  The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan announced some dramatic increases in the Customs import processing charge (IPC) to be implemented as of January 1, 2014.  It would seem that the import community has been targeted to pay for the federal governments excesses.  The current IPC fee is sitting at […]

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Little Aussie Battler

The Aussie dollar is seen to be punching above its weight these days with the announcement of Westpac & the ANZ being granted the rights to trade the Australian dollar & Chinese Yuan on the Chinese mainland, this announcement has pushed the Aussie back up over the US$1.05 mark, not a good outcome for our […]

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Parish Pantry Donation

ICAL with the support of Sandvik Mining was able to make a donation of over $700.00 to the St John’s Parish Pantry. ICAL’s NSW office in association with Sandvik Mining was able to offer a helping hand to the St John’s Parish Pantry, the not for profit organisation opens every Monday morning, providing hampers & […]

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