Category Archives: News

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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AQIS amends Packing Declarations requirements

AQIS in their wisdom have decided to amend the Packing Declaration requirements for all future sea freight shipments re timber packaging material. The underlying push from AQIS would seem to be for all future wooden packaging material to be ISPM15 marked & compliant when imported.  Please also remember Plywood & Veneer packaging material is not […]

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New Container Detention Rules

Effective in August / September major shipping lines have advised that they will be reducing the free container detention time down to 7 calander days. This means that from the first day of availablity importers will have only seven days to have their container collected from the wharf, unpacked and returned to the designated empty container […]

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ICAL Newcastle Appointment

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Wilkinson as our Business Development Manager in our Newcastle Branch. Most recently, Dan has been working in the pharmaceutical industry in an export market development role and offers us a wealth of experience and local knowledge & networking experience within the Sydney & Newcastle areas. […]

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Implementation of Melbourne Port Licence Fee

The Port of Melbourne will apply increased wharfage charges on all Shipping lines in response to the $75 Million PORT LICENCE FEE as passed into Law by the Victorian State Government on February 28th 2012.  Effective July 1st 2012, ICAL is forced to introduce a Port Licence Fee for Melbourne containers.  The surcharge level will […]

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Airline Handling Fee Increases

Due to an increase in charges from the airlines cargo terminal operators around Australia as of July 1st, airline import terminal fees will raise by A$0.05 per kg and the Airline Document fee will rise by A$4.00 per shipment. For a full list of our local airfreight charges please email by return to nicholas @ […]

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Incoterms 2010 Rules

Incoterms® 2010 rules came into force on 1st January 2011. The delivery terms DAF, DES, DEQ and DDU will be replaced by new delivery terms DAP and DAT. If you require assistance in how this will affect your business please contact ICAL on 03 9335 2566.

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Melbourne to Build New Container Terminal

The Victorian Government announced that it will proceed with a A$1.2B redevelopment of Melbourne’s container facilities to provide short- and medium-term coverage for trade growth ahead of a completely new box port at Hastings, which is expected to take 15 years to complete. The centrepiece of the announcement is the conversion of Webb Dock, at […]

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Drawback of Customs duty & returned goods

The Australian Government has a number of assistance schemes operating for industry operating in overseas markets.  The Duty Drawback scheme allows exporters to claim back the duty paid on the imported components of goods when these components form part of an export product. The system is designed to reduce costs for exporters and a drawback […]

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