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March Newsletter

Just over a year after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining countries have signed the agreement in Chile, with hope to ratify it by 2019.

Whilst there has been criticism on the overlap between Australia’s existing free trade agreements, we currently have agreements in place with eight of the 10 other TPP members, it will have a big impact on Australian importers and exporters, some advantages include:

  • Opening up of the Canadian and Mexican markets
  • Easier certification requirements, it will be easier to qualify for lower duty rates under the TPP than under Australia’s existing free trade agreements.
  • New Countries are able to join, the more countries that join, the more likely the TPP could become the default free trade agreement.
  • One of the biggest benefits appears to be for farmers, the elimination on dairy products into Japan will be a highlight as in the past, the US has been a real cost competitor.

The TPP may also weaken the advantage Australia had over other countries, for example, not all TPP members had existing agreements with Japan. The entry of the TPP will mean Australia will again be on level pegging with other TPP members.

We will continue to monitor the progress of the agreement and once further information is available, we will be able to review  and recommend options for our clients importing or exporting to/from a TPP member country.

TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement is a free trade agreement (FTA) seeking to establish new trade and investment opportunities for 11 countries on the Pacific Rim: Australia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

The TPP will reduce customs tariffs on a range of goods and will offer comprehensive trade provisions concerning trade in services, investment and the environment.

The TTP was ratified and is now in force effective from 30 December 2018, in accordance with the Customs Act 1901 and the CPTPP Rules of origin.

The rules are contained in the following link, listing the full required details in order to claim duty free status.

If you import or export to any of the parties included in the TPP agreement and want to know more about how this agreement may benefit you, please contact your ICAL representative.

Chinese New Year Holiday

Febuary 4th – 10th 2019 

We would like to inform our clients of the upcoming Chinese New Year Holiday from Feb 4th-10th. Based on the Lunar Calendar, 2019 represents the year of the Pig, symbolizing productivity and wealth. Whilst the holiday officially begins Feb 4th, we expect operations will be winding down earlier as people begin to head home for the week-long holiday.

If you have plans to move any cargo before the holiday, please let us know this week so we can start the booking process.

Infrastructure Levy – January 1 increase

As advised in our November newsletter, DP world have notified the industry of their new fee structure beginning January 1 2019. Along with an increase of $12 to the timeslot booking fee, there has been another significant increase to their infrastructure charge effective on all container movements within the port.

Beginning January 1, the wharf infrastructure fee will increase to $104.50 per container + GST for all import and export container movements. Please note the above increases will be introduced for all containers arriving / departing after Jan 1 2019

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact us

December Newsletter

Wishing you a festive holiday season!

The team at ICAL would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We appreciate your support in 2018 and look forward to continuing to do business together in 2019.

If you require assistance with storing your cargo over the Holiday period, please contact your ICAL representative to see how we can assist you.

Kindly note, our office will be closed December 25th & 26th and will re open on Thursday 27th. We will be closed again on January 1st and will reopen January 2nd.

Happy Holidays!

November Newsletter

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Update
Exemptions effective 1 December 2018


Goods that are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 may be exempt from the seasonal measures providing they meet the following requirements:- Goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018
– Goods are classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessel and/or new complex parts and equipment. This includes goods classified under the tariff chapters, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89
– Evidence can be provided to show that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 (including a manufacturers declaration or a statement on the commercial invoice)
– A declaration can be provided stating the goods are new, unused and not field tested.

The BMSB measures will not apply if all the above conditions can be met.

We will continue to monitor and keep you informed of any changes throughout the remainder of the risk season.

Infrastructure Levy Increase – DP World Australia
DP World Australia will increase the Infrastructure Access Charge along with a number of ancillary charges from 1 January 2019. The charge will be passed on to road and rail operators for access to its three east coast terminals in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We anticipate an increase of approximately $60.00 per container however final costs are still to be confirmed. Confirmation of final increase will be advised prior to January 1.


Thanksgiving Holiday Notice

Please be advised that offices in the US will be closed on Thursday 22nd of November in observance of Thanksgiving day Holiday. There will also be limited operations on Friday 23rd of November.

DP World Melbourne – Terminal Operations Interruption

We have been advised that there is a planned stop work meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday 23rd of October between 9.30am and 2pm.

The below has been issued by DP World Australia;

“Please be advised that there will be an approved stop work meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 October 2018 from 9.30 am – 2.00 pm. All terminal operations will be stopped during this time.”

Please contact your ICAL representative if you require further information.

China National Holiday & Chain of Responsibility Changes

China National Holiday Notice

Please note there will be a National Holiday in China from Monday October 1st – Sunday October 7th. During this time, businesses will be closed. If you are expecting a shipment during this period, please ensure you have notified ICAL and we have received the commercial documents required for customs clearance, in order to avoid any delays next week.

Chain of Responsibility Changes

Beginning October 1st 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. For those of you involved with any part of the supply chain, we would like to direct you to the below links for further information on the changes.

Heavy fines are possible for any companies in breach of their Chain of Responsibility obligations, so please take the time to read through this information to ensure you are aware of your role and responsibilities in the transport supply chain.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season & Fuel Surcharge Update

Dear Valued Customer,

Following on from our previous newsletters, please note the 2018/19 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) how now commenced for consignments shipped from September 1.

For the full list of target countries and target high risk goods, along with the latest update from DAWR, please refer to the following link

As a result of the recent change to the departments policy, which now allows the treatment of goods on arrival in Australia, ICAL will assess each FCL consignment individually to determine if treatment should be arranged at origin or on arrival in Australia. Due to the expanded target list of countries and goods this season, we anticipate an increase in clearance delays and container detention on arrival in Australia.  At this stage for LCL consignments treatment will be carried out at origin prior to departure to Australia. Costs will be provided at time of booking by your ICAL representative.

If you have concerns regarding your imported goods, and the affect any treatment may have on them, please let us know and we will be able to investigate further.

Part of ICAL’s responsibility in managing the risk during the BMSB season, effective 1 September 2018 through to 30 April 2019, is requiring our Customs Brokers to ensure that treatment details contained on the certificate meet or exceed the departments minimum BMSB treatment requirements. In addition, after assessment of these documents, the Customs Broker must record the AEI ( Entity Identifier number) in the appropriate field in the Integrated Cargo System (ICS).

This extra level of Quarantine compliance remains in place for all shipments shipped during the BMSB season, where the category and origin of goods falls within the guidelines. In order to recover our costs for additional compliance and provide further training to our staff to correctly assess treatment certificates, there will be an additional $37.50 AUD ex GST, levied per bill of lading.

This levy will only remain in place during the BMSB season. It will not be levied on goods not considered to be high risk.

Updated Fuel Surcharge

Please take note our Fuel surcharge is currently at 17% for the month of September, as usual we will continue monitoring and update when necessary.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug 2018/19 Risk Season Update

Risk Season 1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019

Every year the department of agriculture review import conditions in time for the BMSB season, which begins in September each year. These bugs are not found in Australia and need to be kept out due to the severe impact it could have on our agricultural industries. They can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The next BMSB risk season will see an expanded target list of countries including USA, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Japan. Increased measures will include mandatory treatment and increased intervention before arrival into Australia.

Target high risk goods

  • break bulk, including vehicles, machinery, equipment and parts
  • bricks, tiles, ceramics, steel, stone and cement
  • goods likely to be stored in a manner that provides access for BMSB to overwinter.

Target risk goods

  • chemicals, chemical products, salt, minerals, fertilisers
  • plastics, wadding, tyres
  • wood pulp, printed matter, straw, paper, cardboard.

Please refer here for further information including;

  • Draft measures
  • Target risk countries
  • Target risk goods
  • Target high risk goods
  • Treatment options
  • Registering offshore treatment providers

For further information on the requirements, please contact ICAL on 1300 00 4225