Increase to the Wharf Infrastructure Fee
Please note for all containers arriving / departing after January 1st 2020 there will be an increase of AUD$49.50 + GST to the Wharf Infrastructure Charge. Whilst we understand these increases are never welcome, unfortunately these charges are incurred at the terminals and are compulsory for ICAL to pay to transit your containers from / to the vessel.
Changes to importing HCFC gas and equipment
From January 1st 2020, the Department of Environment and Energy will introduce changes to the import and manufacture of HCFC gas and equipment. The importation of all types of HCFC equipment (including HCFC aerosols and HCFC fire protection equipment) will be banned, except in certain circumstances, where a licence may be granted. Low volume imports of HCFC equipment without a licence, will no longer be allowed, unless it’s for personal use. There will be no changes to the import of equipment containing synthetic greenhouse gases such as HFCs. For further information, please see the below website link. http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/publications/quick-facts-hcfc-gas-equipment
Increase to the Biosecurity Fee
The Australian government has expanded the types of biosecurity activities to be recovered under the cost recovery guidelines. The changes will take effect January 1st 2020. Increase to the following charges: Full Import Declaration charge—air from $33 to $38. Full Import Declaration charge—sea from $42 to $49. For further information, please see the below website link. https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2019/211-2019
Charity Rally 2019
ICAL recently sponsored one of our clients in a charity event. The car rally is the largest independently run fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia. Travelling from Melbourne to Townsville, the event raised more than $2.3 million for cancer research.