Category Archives: News

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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Chinese New Year Period 9-16 February

Please be aware the Chinese New Year Festivities from 9-16 February is an extended holiday period in China which concludes with the Lantern Festival. The year of the Snake celebrations do present some issues for the western world as this celebration can create supply chain havoc re stock requirements.

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ICAL’s Men’s Shed Elves

ICAL has donated 110 plywood pallets to the Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed, a community based organisation that provides a safe, social & supportive environment where both skilled & unskilled men come together to provide community based benefits & support.  The plywood pallets have been provided to the organisation to help produce toys & furniture for […]

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Anti-dumping reforms proposed.

The Federal Government has announced reforms to its ‘anti-dumping’ system, to protect Australian industry against foreign companies ‘dumping’ below cost goods in the Australian market place which can be disastrous to local manufacturers. The reforms are aimed at improving the system’s responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness, and reducing costs and complexity to local industry. With the […]

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LA & Long Beach Strike Ends

We are pleased to inform you that the labor strike in Los Angeles / Long Beach has ended. Work is resuming at all terminals. It is expected that there will be significant delays to clear the backlog of vessels and containers.

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New Fumigation Certificate Requirements

AQIS have advised industry that all future Fumigation Certificates from countries who are not recognised under the Australian Accreditation Fumigation Scheme (Non-AFAS Countries) will now require a Plastic Wrapping declaration on the fumigation certificate, the list of Non-AFAS Countries can be provided on request and does include countries such as Brazil, China, Singapore, USA, Pakistan, […]

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Sea freight General Rate Increase

It would not be getting close to Xmas without the shipping companies announcing a GRI.  We have been notified by the Shipping Lines that they have introduced a GRI from the 15th October 2012 ex all South East Asian ports to Australia.  The GRI announced is USD200 – US$250 per container, if you have any […]

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