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How will the China – Australia Free Trade Agreement affect importers

17.12.2015

How will this affect Import Duty Rates? Under ChAFTA, import duty on some commodities will drop to 0% immediately, but there are also certain commodities that will have their import duty rate phased out over the next 3 to 5 years. This...

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Changes to Department of Immigration and Border Protection Import Processing Charges from 1st January 2016

17.12.2015

The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) also referred to as Australian Customs, have decided to restructure the Import Processing Charges (IPC). DIBP have advised that the IPC cost recovery will be used to support a number of significant...

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How will the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources Cost Recovery Redesign Affect Importers?

17.12.2015

The Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR), also referred to as Australian Quarantine, has implemented a redesign of their cost recovery measures which have come into place on 1st December 2015. DAWR have indicated that the basis for the...

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Container Weight Verification Meeting

23.09.2015

The CBFCA has circulated a media release relating to a meeting that they attended. Chaired by Shipping Australia Limited, the meeting was held in order to discuss the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, specifically in relation...

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Importing to Australia? 5 reasons why smaller is better….

10.09.2015

  New importers and exporters may wonder whether to use   (a) a large multinational freight forwarder or   (b) a long established, medium sized local family based one, such as Bollinger Shipping Agency.   Despite the marketing ploys of multinationals, medium sized forwarders in general are...

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Importing to Australia? Find out What is a Customs Broker and what they do

19.08.2015

  It is always a fun question at school reunions, family gatherings and when meeting new people:   So what do you do?   I am the Customs Manager at a Customs Brokerage.   Ahhh, Customs, like on that Border Security TV show, yeah I saw that,...

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ACCC CHAIRMAN BLASTS GOVERNMENTS OVER BAD PRIVATISATIONS AND PORT PRICE HIKES

22.07.2015

In a wide-ranging speech at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in Brisbane recently, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims, commented on the contents of the recent Harper report and then spoke against the anti-competitive impact...

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REAL RISKS WITH DUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING MEASURES

22.07.2015

Andrew Hudson of Gadens Lawyers has provided timely advice on the risks associated with dumping and countervailing. As the numbers and size of dumping and countervailing measures have increased here and overseas, so has the importance of the expertise to...

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PERTH FREIGHT LINK

22.07.2015

The Australian and Western Australian governments have invited three proponents to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the $1.575 billion Perth Freight Link project. Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, said this next stage continues...

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BOTANY CRIMINAL TASKFORCE ARRESTS 18 AND SEIZES WEAPONS, DRUGS AND CASH

22.07.2015

A major criminal ring at Port Botany has been busted with 18 people arrested and charged with over 80 offences after the conclusion of an investigation that began in May 2014. According to a joint statement from Federal and State...

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ACCC WILL NOT OPPOSE ACQUISITION OF THE LEASE FOR AUTOMOTIVE TERMINAL AT PORT OF FREMANTLE

22.07.2015

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd (AAT) of a long-term lease to develop and operate the automotive and RoRo Terminal at the Port of...

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AUSTRALIAN PMI®: MANUFACTURING CONTRACTION EASES IN APRIL

22.07.2015

Activity across the Australian manufacturing sector contracted for a fifth consecutive month in April, although the pace of contraction eased, with the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) moving up 1.8 points to 48.0 (readings below...

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EXTENSIVE GEOTECHNICAL ANALYSIS STARTS AT BADGERYS CREEK

22.07.2015

Progress towards a Western Sydney airport continues with the second phase of geotechnical works commencing recently on the site of the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the...

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TRADE AND INVESTMENT DELEGATIONS WOULD INCREASE ACCESS TO GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

22.07.2015

Australian businesses would benefit enormously if Government trade and investment strategies focused more on “country to company” facilitation, according to the Chairman of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, John Pollaers. “The dominance of small and medium sized enterprises in Australia...

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STEVEDORE SLAMMED FOR “TOTALLY UNSATISFACTORY” PERFORMANCE

22.07.2015

John Lines, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ANL has told customers that Patrick Stevedore’s performance recently has been “totally unsatisfactory”. Mr Lines has apologised to his company’s clients for schedule disruptions to its Tranztas service and said the...

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BUDGET 2015

22.07.2015

Measures announced in the 2015 Federal Budget which have an impact on stakeholders in international trade include: - $5.6 million allocated to start a pilot phase of a Trusted Trader Programme. The pilot will start with four industry partners focusing on...

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‘MAKE OR BREAK’ YEAR FOR BOXSHIPPING

18.05.2015

Container shipping lines are set for a “make or break” year in 2015 with the number of profitable carriers predicted to increase. The latest edition of Drewry’s Container Forecaster report predicts that declining operating costs, thanks in a large part...

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INDUSTRY SUPPORTS TOUGH STANCE ON DUMPED ALUMINIUM

18.05.2015

Manufacturing Australia (MA), an alliance of some of Australia’s largest manufacturers, has welcomed the decision by the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) against PanAsia China that will see significant penalties imposed on the Chinese aluminium extrusions manufacturer and its associated distribution businesses...

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PORT OF MELBOURNE RENT HIKES SLAMMED

18.05.2015

Mr John Mullen, head of Asciano, has declared that if the rent increases announced by the Port of Melbourne Corporation are to go ahead, Asciano will seek to “shrink our port footprint and move all of our non-container terminal activity...

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LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS AND PRODUCERS

10.03.2015

 The Australian Government is bolstering Australia’s anti-dumping system with a range ofreforms to ensure Australian industry is in the strongest position to compete on a levelplaying field, while complying with international trade rules. Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, and Parliamentary...

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BOX THROUGHPUT TO GROW

10.03.2015

 A series of cargo and throughput-related forecasts have been released by the State and Commonwealth authorities for the period  to 2032/33. For Sydney, the volume of full containerised exports is projected to increase to 869,000 teu by 2033. Growth in...

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DELIVERED DUTY PAID (DDP) TRANSACTIONS

10.03.2015

 A new Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice provides general guidance on delivered duty paid (DDP) transactions for the purposes of the Customs Act and the GST Act. Section 68 of the Customs Act requires goods that are imported into...

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AND THE WINNER IS… SHANGHAI

10.03.2015

 The Chinese port of Shanghai, with a throughput of 35.29 million teu, took the crown in 2014 as the world’s busiest container port for the fifth year in succession. Last year's box volumes were 4.5% higher than the 33.77 million...

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STRONG LATE 2014 LEADS TO IATA’S POSITIVE 2015 OUTLOOK

10.03.2015

 Worldwide demand for airfreight should expand by 4.5 percent in 2015, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), besting the expected rise in world trade by one-half percent. However, IATA CEO, Tony Tyler, cautioned that, while he is optimistic,...

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SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS AUSTRALIA TO REAP THE REWARDS FROM JAPAN TRADE DEAL

10.03.2015

From 15 January, 2015, Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from increased access to the Japanese market. Australian businesses should take advantage of the new opportunities opened up by the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA). JAEPA is the...

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MELBOURNE PORT CAPACITY PROJECT UNDER WAY

15.12.2014

 Construction on Melbourne’s Port Capacity Project’s $23m buffer package is well under way with the entire buffer zone around Webb Dock forecast for completion mid-2015.Victoria’s Minister for Ports, David Hodgett and Liberal candidate for Albert Park, Shannon Eeles, inspected the...

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(NON) USE OF FTAS – RELEASE OF HSBC SURVEY

15.12.2014

 An ongoing issue has been the apparent under-utilisation of free trade agreements (FTAs) and how that can be remedied given the work undertaken to put them into place and the very real benefits which can accrue from use of the...

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CUSTOMS STRESSES INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT AT CBFCA CONFERENCE

15.12.2014

 Industry engagement is the key to successful co-design of new approaches,” stated the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS - www.customs.gov.au) presenting at the recent Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) national conference. The conference attracted 220...

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FREMANTLE PORTS INCREASES CAPACITY

15.12.2014

 A $65.6m state and Federal investment in three new infrastructure projects to service Fremantle Ports’ container trade has significantly increased efficiency and capacity, according to WA Transport Minister, Dean Nalder. Two rail projects have been jointly funded by the state...

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JAPAN–AUSTRALIA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP BILLS INTRODUCED

15.12.2014

 Legislation to give effect to the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), signed on 8 July 2014, has been introduced into parliament. The Customs Amendment (Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 (the Customs Bill) will amend the Customs Act to...

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CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

15.12.2014

 The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. Australian businesses will have unprecedented access...

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AIR CARGO ACCELERATES ON BACK OF IMPROVED ECONOMY

06.10.2014

 Air cargo growth accelerated in May, with 4.7 percent growth compared to a year ago, according to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This is up from the 3.8 percent year-over-year growth recorded in April. Cargo volumes, measured...

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PATRICK ANNOUNCES NEW TERMINAL CHARGES

06.10.2014

 Patrick Stevedores has rolled out an array of terminal ancillary charges covering items from storage to infrastructure effective from July 1.  New storage charges will be payable on all containers/goods left undelivered after three working days (Monday to Saturday) including day...

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TRADE & ASSISTANCE REVIEW 2012-13

18.09.2014

 The Productivity Commission is required under its Act to report annually on industry assistance and its effects on the economy.  Trade & Assistance Review 2012-13 contains the Commission’s latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.Key points • Government...

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GST MUST BE CHANGED: STATE OF THE NATION 2014

08.09.2014

  Changes to the GST are needed to provide states with additional income, former Victorian Premier and COAG Reform Council Chairman, the Hon. John Brumby, has told CEDA's State of the Nation conference in Canberra. "You do need to give the...

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WWL WINS WEBB DOCK VEHICLE TERMINAL

08.09.2014

Victoria's government has confirmed that the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) subsidiary MIRRAT has won the contract to develop and operate Melbourne’s new Webb Dock West automotive terminal. MIRRAT – Melbourne International Ro-Ro Automotive Terminal – is part of the WWL Terminal...

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BOEING PREDICTS AIRCRAFT DEMAND OVER NEXT 20 YEARS

08.09.2014

  Boeing projects a demand for 36,770 new planes over the next 20 years, an increase of 4.2 percent from last year's forecast. The company released its annual Current Market Outlook, estimating the total value of those new planes at US$5.2...

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AUSTRALIA A TOP 10 FOREIGN INVESTMENT TARGET

08.09.2014

Australia has remained one of the top 10 global destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI) for three consecutive years, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2014. Over the three years to 2013, Australia...

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HISTORIC TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN TO DRIVE GROWTH

08.09.2014

Australia has signed a historic Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) with Japan, our second-biggest trading partner with two-way trade worth over $70 billion. Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, said the agreement will leverage Australia’s strengths to drive economic growth...

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Fantasy over, Sydney man arrested for GBL importation

12.07.2014

A 33-year-old Allambie Heights man will appear before the Sydney Central Local Court today (30 May 2014), charged with importing approximately 30 litres of Gamma-Butylrolactone (GBL), which can be used to manufacture the date-rape drug known as  ‘Fantasy’, into Australia. The...

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PORT OF MELBOURNE TO CLOSE BERTHS FROM JULY

07.07.2014

  Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) will likely close some of its berths from July to make way for construction that will create additional container capacity. Berths 3, 4 and 5 at Webb Dock East will be closed from July 1 for...

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CARGO HANDLED BY AUSTRALIAN PORTS INCREASES BY OVER 9%

02.07.2014

  Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told attendees at the 2014 IAPH conference in Sydney recently that the total international cargo handled by Australian ports increased last financial year by over 9% in value. "Importantly, our container ports have also seen improvements...

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TRUSS ANNOUNCES OVERHAUL OF COASTAL SHIPPING REGIME

29.06.2014

  Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has released an options paper detailing the announcement and overhaul of the Coastal Shipping regime. “Right now our domestic shipping industry is treading water, bound in red tape, and unable to be competitive both domestically and...

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VALUE OF AUSTRALIAN IMPORTS FELL 5% IN FEBRUARY

25.06.2014

  Australia imported $20.51bn worth of international trade goods in February 2014, a fall of $1.1bn (5%) on the revised January 2014 merchandise imports of $21.61bn, according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  Meanwhile, the majority of...

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THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S SYDNEY AVIATION STRATEGY

20.06.2014

    The Australian Government has announced that Badgery's Creek will be the site for a new airport for Western Sydney. The Government has established the Western Sydney Infrastructure Unit within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to implement this decision. It will also be...

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Increase in DAFF Charges – Effective 1st July 2014

18.06.2014

  After completing a review of their cost recovery arrangements, the Department of Agriculture is implementing new rates of charge for a number of biosecurity services related to Import Permits, Declarations and Container Clearances. The increase of charges will commence on...

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NSW PRIVATISES NEWCASTLE PORT FOR $1.75BN

16.06.2014

  NSW has agreed to lease the Port of Newcastle to a consortium of financial investors for 98 years in a $1.75bn deal. "Transactions such as this bring enduring benefits to communities and the economy and build on the NSW Government’s success...

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WINNING BIDDER ANNOUNCED FOR MELBOURNE’S THIRD CONTAINER TERMINAL

09.06.2014

  Victorian Minister for Ports David Hodgett has announced Victorian International Container Terminal Limited as the successful contract bidder to operate Melbourne’s third international container terminal at Webb Dock. The consortium comprised of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services and Australia’s Anglo Ports...

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KOREA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

06.06.2014

  On 8 April 2014, Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and his South Korean counterpart, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy, Yoon Sang-jick, formally signed the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) in Seoul. The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR)...

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Three offenders fined over $130,000 for attempting to import performance and image enhancing drugs

03.06.2014

  Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) investigations have resulted in the successful prosecution of three offenders in the Perth Magistrates Court for importing performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) into Australia. A 31-year-old New Zealand man was ordered to pay...

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Three men charged for importing meth in machinery

02.06.2014

  Three men are scheduled to appear at Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing 10 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in machinery. The men were arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) members in Sydney yesterday (15 May) after officers conducted a...

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ECONOMIC GROWTH DRIVES ASIA PACIFIC PLANE DEMAND

02.06.2014

Airbus and Boeing report that Asia-Pacific airlines will need a combined 23,760 airplanes delivered in the next 20 years. Boeing says strong economic and passenger growth will be the main drivers of new airplane demand in the Asia Pacific region....

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HOW KAFTA WILL AFFECT IMPORTS TO AUSTRALIA FROM KOREA

02.06.2014

  The new Korea-Australia Fair Trade Agreement (KAFTA) will create benefits for both Australia and Korea, including creating changes to imports patterns into Australia. The agreement, when in place, will allow 86% of Korea’s manufacturing, resources and energy exports to enter...

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ACBPS and TGA contribute to worldwide crackdown on counterfeit and illegal medicines

26.05.2014

  Between 13 and 20 May 2014, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) contributed to an international week of action to stop the trade in counterfeit and illegal medicines purchased over the Internet. Operation...

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SYDNEY AIRPORT MASTER PLAN APPROVED

23.05.2014

  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, has announced that he has approved Sydney Airport’s 2014 Master Plan. Sydney Airport submitted the plan to the Deputy Prime Minister in December 2013. Mr Truss said the...

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Fifth man charged as part of ongoing investigation into waterfront drug supply

22.05.2014

  A 29-year-old man from Narellan is the latest person to be charged with commercial drug supply as part of an ongoing investigation into serious and organised crime on the Sydney waterfront.The investigation, which is being led by detectives from Operation...

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INFRASTRUCTURE SURCHARGE

20.05.2014

  DP World Melbourne has conducted a review of consistent increases in associated costs of rent, rates, land tax and required infrastructure improvements. DP World Melbourne advised customers that effective from 31st March, 2014 it would be introducing an Infrastructure Surcharge....

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TEN POINT PLAN FOR A STRONG AND DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY

14.05.2014

  The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has released a Ten Point Plan setting out the key policy steps that are required to lift our economic growth and resilience. In publicly releasing the Plan, which has been presented to government, Australian...

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Growing number of container terminal operators for Australian ports are using unmanned automated straddle trucks

13.05.2014

  Please note that a growing number of stevedores (container terminal operators) for Australian ports are using unmanned automated straddle trucks which can only load containers onto trucks with doors facing towards the rear of the vehicle. If needed, the later...

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AUSTRALIA’S TRADE SURPLUS HITS 30-MONTH HIGH IN JANUARY

08.05.2014

  Australia recorded a large A$1.4 billion trade surplus in January 2014 in seasonally adjusted terms, the largest since August 2011, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australia has now been in a trade surplus for three...

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NSW CLAIMED THE LION’S SHARE OF 2012/13 IMPORTS WITH 34.3%

06.05.2014

  New South Wales claimed 34.3% of Australia’s total imports in 2012/13 (down from 36.6% in 2011/12) and was responsible for 20.8% of total Australian exports (up from 19.3%), according to up-to-date data from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

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Cruise passenger attempts to import liquid cocaine in lava lamp

02.05.2014

  A 22-year-old UK woman is scheduled to appear in Central Local Court today (Thursday, 27 February) charged with importing approximately 1.5 litres of liquid cocaine into the White Bay Cruise Terminal, Sydney. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers selected...

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Customs and Border Protection seize over 86,000 Xanax and Valium tablets

02.05.2014

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has seized over 86,000 Xanax and Valium tablets at Sydney Airport. ACBPS officers selected a 29-year-old Australian man for a baggage examination on Monday (10 February, 2014) when he arrived home on a...

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers stop ‘ice’ smuggler at Melbourne Airport

01.05.2014

  The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) seized approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine (‘ice’) at Melbourne Airport on Monday, 24 March 2014. ACBPS officers selected a 66 year-old South Korean national for a baggage examination, when he arrived on a...

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Man to face court on drug smuggling charges

01.05.2014

A 66-year-old Canadian national will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today, charged with attempting to import more than one kilogram of methamphetamine into Australia. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers selected the man for a baggage examination after...

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BPC intercepts foreign fishing vessel north west of Darwin

29.04.2014

Border Protection Command (BPC), working closely with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), has apprehended a foreign fishing vessel approximately 180 nautical miles north west of Darwin, suspected of illegally fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone. The vessel was detected and...

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Man arrested for importing meth in labelling machine

28.04.2014

A 32-year-old US citizen is scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing 14.9 kilograms of methamphetamine in a labelling machine. The man was arrested in Kensington, Sydney yesterday by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers. The investigation began...

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Man fined over $37,000 for importing pseudoephedrine

28.04.2014

An Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) seizure has resulted in the conviction and fining of a 54-year-old Sydney man in the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday (23 April 2014). The man was ordered to pay $37,300 in fines and...

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service – 40 kilogram seizure a mood killer

28.04.2014

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers seized approximately 42.5 kilograms of the aphrodisiac Yohimbine in Queensland last week. Yohimbine is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is typically contained in body image products and supplements. ACBPS officers at Queensland Air...

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Man before court in Adelaide on cocaine smuggling charges

23.04.2014

A 24-year-old Brazilian national will appear before the Adelaide Magistrates Court today charged with attempting to import approximately five kilograms of cocaine into Australia. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers selected the man for a baggage examination after he...

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ACBPS FIGHTS CORRUPTION WITHIN THE SERVICE

23.04.2014

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) CEO, Michael Pezzullo, spoke at a recent Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee meeting to give an update on progress in fighting corruption within the service. Several officers now face criminal charges...

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PORT BOTANY’S RAIL LINE UPGRADE TO CONTINUE

23.04.2014

Part of a $125m freight productivity boost from government will go towards the next stage of the Port Botany rail line upgrade. Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, has advised the Australian Rail Track Corporation that $50m of the $125m sum...

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PORT FUNDS SHOULD BE RECYCLED TO FUND LOGISTICS INFRASTRUCTURE

23.04.2014

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomes confirmation the Victorian Government is investigating the privatisation of Victorian ports but is encouraging the government to ensure the funds raised from the process are recycled into productive logistics infrastructure. “The decision taken by the...

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ACTION NEEDED ON PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

23.04.2014

A draft report by the Productivity Commission has found an abundance of flaws, mythologies and forgone opportunities in infrastructure financing, funding and procurement. The Commission draft outlines a proposed process for improving infrastructure investment across all levels of government; and,...

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Know Before You Go – learn the do’s and don’ts this holiday season

04.12.2013

Customs and Border Protection is reminding holiday-goers to learn the do’s and don’ts before travelling overseas during the Christmas and holiday period. During 2012/13, Customs and Border Protection officers seized a range of prohibited goods in airports across Australia including: performance and...

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Increase in import duty on Tobacco

02.12.2013

From 1 December 2013 the excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco and tobacco products has increased by 12.5 per cent. For further information please visit http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/2013-58.pdf

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Four arrested for smuggling heroin into Melbourne

20.11.2013

Three Canadian nationals and one Dutch citizen are scheduled to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and the Melbourne Children’s Court charged with importing up to 17 kilograms of heroin into Australia. The two men and two women, carrying two bags...

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Two arrested for importing 18kgs of methamphetamine

31.10.2013

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Two Taiwanese men have been arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly importing 18 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden inside machinery from...

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Rebuts Negative Drewry Report

30.10.2013

 Hyundai Merchant Marine said it expects to return to profitability after a long interval of operating losses.In response to a negative report on South Korean shipping lines last week by Drewry Maritime Research, South Korea’s second-largest carrier said it is working through various...

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Cosco Reports $366 Million First Half Loss

29.10.2013

Cosco Container Lines reported a loss of $366 million for the first half of 2013, China Cosco Holdings Co. said in a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange Thursday. Cosco’s revenue from container shipping fell 1.4 percent even though its container...

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Volume at Top Three Chinese Ports Drops

29.10.2013

China's top three ports of 2012 saw year-over-year declines in the volume of containers handled in September.  The Port of Dalian, ranked eighth in China in 2012, had the largest increase among the top ports for a seventh straight month,...

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Three arrested for importing more than 200kg of methamphetamine in truck tyres – 11 October 2013

17.10.2013

A multi-agency taskforce has seized more than 200kg of methamphetamine concealed in truck tyres, and arrested three men following an operation in Melbourne this week. The methamphetamine has an estimated potential street value of up to $200 million. Further forensic testing...

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Two men fined $60,000 for illegally importing steroids

14.10.2013

A 29-year-old Armadale man and 26-year-old Mount Pleasant man have been ordered to pay a combined fine and legal costs of $74,946 for illegally importing approximately 745 grams of steroids into Australia. On 5 September 2012, Australian Customs and Border Protection...

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Three Perth men arrested following attempt to internally import drugs

11.10.2013

Three men in Perth have been charged with drug offences following an attempt to import methylamphetamine into Australia. A 44-year-old Perth man is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today for allegedly importing 608 grams of methylamphetamine concealed inside his...

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One very big week: Customs seizes over 30kg of drugs in Sydney

05.10.2013

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has seized over 30 kilograms of precursor and performance and image enhancing drugs in New South Wales (NSW) over the past week. Since last Friday (27 September 2013), ACBPS officers in the NSW...

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Two charged for importing firearm hidden in computer

26.09.2013

A 21-year-old Banksia Grove woman and a 21-year-old Greenwood man are scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today (24 September 2013) charged with importing an illegal firearm into Australia. Both persons were arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) following...

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THE AUSTRALIAN ANTI-DUMPING COMISSION STARTS WORK

23.09.2013

The Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare has officially launched the new Australian Anti-Dumping Commission inMelbourne. He also announced the appointment of Mr Dale Seymour as the new Anti-Dumping Commissioner. The new Commission was the primary...

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CUSTOMS ENFORCES RULES FOR REPORTING MULTIPLE SUPPLIER SHIPMENTS

20.09.2013

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has recently been more active in enforcing its policy on the initial reporting of cargo where single shipments comprise orders from multiple suppliers, sometimes referred to as assembly order shipments. Cargo reports...

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Customs welcomes its 10 millionth passenger through SmartGate

19.09.2013

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) welcomed its 10 millionth passenger through SmartGate last week. The passenger arrived on Saturday, 7 September 2013. SmartGate is a self-service system which uses cutting-edge biometric facial recognition technology to allow e-passport holders...

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Over 1900 prohibited tablets seized at Brisbane Airport

11.09.2013

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers seized over 1,900 prohibited tablets at Brisbane Airport on Saturday (7 September 2013).A 27-year-old man and 29-year-old man, both from the Gold Coast, arrived on a flight from Hong Kong on Saturday...

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SYDNEY AIRPORT MASTER PLAN’S FREIGHT FOCUS A ‘GOOD THING’

30.08.2013

The draft Sydney Airport Master Plan contains a number of proposals that have the potential to improve freight efficiency in and around the airport, according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC). ‘ALC welcomes Sydney Airport’s renewed focus on freight in...

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BEGINNING OF THE END FOR NZ AIRLINE CARTEL BLITZ

25.08.2013

  After Air NewZealandcalled for ‘common sense to prevail’ in the long-running air cargo cartel allegations case pursued vigorously by the NZ Commerce Commission, the two parties have come to an agreement for settling the proceedings. Air NZ has now withdrawn...

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BOX LINES FACE ‘MAKE OR BREAK’ PEAK SEASON, SAYS DREWRY

20.08.2013

Container lines are under ‘severe strain’, according to Drewry’s latest analysis of the sector’s financial health, which shows that total industry debt has doubled in the past five years to US$100bn. Drewry Maritime Equity Research senior analyst, Rahul Kapoor, says...

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AUSTRALIA SETS UP $36M CENTRE TO SUPPORT BUSINESS IN THE ASIAN CENTURY

14.08.2013

Australia’s unique position as a platform to access the dynamic high-growth Asian region has been strengthened with the establishment of a new $36 million centre to support business in the Asian Century. The establishment of the National Centre for Asia...

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AUTHORITIES TO CLAMP DOWN ON CARGO-CRIME AND CORRUPTION

12.08.2013

A series of moves to harden international trade, and the border, against cargo-related crime, corruption and infiltration have been announced.   An expansion of the counter cargo-crime task force into Brisbanewas announced by Justice Minister, Jason Clare. Task force Jericho,...

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SYDNEY PORTS REPORTS FIGURES OF 27.2M MASS TONNES

07.08.2013

Figures released by Sydney Ports Corporation show that its ports handled 27.2m mass tonnes of throughput, a decrease of 1.9%, in its final year before Port Botany was leased to a private operator. ‘Mass tonnes’ includes both containerised and non-containerised...

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AUSTRALIAN PMI®: MANUFACTURING NUDGES GROWTH IN JUNE

05.08.2013

The manufacturing sector nudged growth in June, according to the latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) which recorded 49.6 - up 5.8 points from the previous month (readings below 50 indicate a contraction in activity). The improvement...

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EXPORTERS TO RECEIVE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FROM EMDG

03.08.2013

A total of 3,045 small and medium-sized businesses will receive their full entitlements for the second year running under the Export Market Development Grants Scheme (EMDG), run by Austrade to help exporters with their marketing expenses. Parliamentary Secretary for Trade...

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CHINA’S NEW VAT STARTS 1ST AUGUST

29.07.2013

The Chinese Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation has issued Cai Shui Chinese National Fiscal and Tax Policy [2013] No.37: 'concerning the nationwide transport and part of the modern service industry business tax reform vat pilot tax policies’ The...

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