China / Australia Free Trade Agreement

The China / Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed 17-June-15 with the aim of reducing the cost of trade between the two countries over the next 20 years.

Over 85 per cent of Australia’s goods exports to China (by value in 2013) will enter duty free when ChAFTA enters into force, rising to 93 per cent after four years and 95 per cent when ChAFTA is fully implemented. Some of the key benefits of ChAFTA include:

  • Making our goods exports more ...
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Australian Trusted Trader Program – Key Points

What is it?
The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program is an internationally recognised compliance framework for importing and exporting with Australia.

What is the benefit of the program?
The program will allow organisations accredited as a Trusted Trader access to priority and streamlined services

Who will qualify?
Organisations holding an ABN will need a history of trade compliance, strict security procedures and established business processes to be recognised as low-risk and to become accredited as a Trusted Trader.

When will the program ...

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Tradex Scheme

What does it offer?

The Tradex Scheme provides up-front exemptions from customs duty and GST on eligible imported goods that are intended for direct export or incorporated in other goods that are exported.

 

Who is it for?

Administered by AusIndustry, the business program delivery division of the Department of Industry, Tradex aims to strengthen the international competitiveness of Australian business in export markets.

Normally, importers of goods destined for export later on would have to pay customs duty and GST at the time of ...

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Illegal Logging Laws in Australia

About the Illegal Logging Laws

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into operation in November 2012.

Under the Act, it is a criminal offence to import illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia or to process domestically grown raw logs that have been illegally logged. This prohibition applies to all imported timber and timber products and all domestically grown logs processed in Australia.

‘Illegally logged’ is defined as timber harvested in contravention of laws in force in the place – whether ...

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NOTICE: Emergency Measures on the Import of Break Bulk, Vehicles & Machinery

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released an industry notice about emergency measures on the import of break bulk and containerised vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tyres against the spread of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Extract

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic pest of biosecurity concern to Australia’s agriculture industry. Juveniles and adults feed on and severely damage fruit and vegetable crops, and adults can enter vehicles, machinery, homes and factories in autumn months in large numbers looking ...

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Amazing Photographs of LA Port Congestion

The ongoing labour dispute at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has left cargo ships and trucks with nowhere to go.

Mike Kelly is a LA Photographer who had a unique view of the Port congestion as he flew into LAX on a commercial flight. With an interest in infrastructure Mike couldn’t wait to get back up into the air and photograph these amazing images.


Mike Kelly said on his ...

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US West Coast Congestion Update

Overcrowding continues to blight the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with ships forced to berth outside the harbour because of lack of berth availability, and more than 40 vessels due to arrive over the next three days.
The delays, which continued over the Christmas holidays, come as shippers, ocean carriers and terminal operators await word from labour leaders about whether they will accept mediation on a new contract for US west coast longshore workers.
Employers finally decided last ...

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Gate Installation for Panama Canal Expansion

The new gate measuring 10m x 30m weighing 3,285 tons is the first of 16 new gates needed at both ends of the canal for the expansion.

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The expansion project costing over USD5 billion is now 85% complete and is expected to be finished in 2015. The expansion doubles the capacity of the Canal and will allow ships around 50% larger, with ...

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Containers Lost After Collision

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At least 4 shipping containers were lost overboard after a collision between MV Colombo Express and the MV Maersk Tanjong in the Suez Canal on 29-Sep-2014.

The collision at the northern end of Suez Canal caused serious delays in the Egyptian waterway and left a 20m dent in the side of the MV Colombo Express. Thankfully there were no casualties and that the impact was not serious enough to endanger the vessel.

Incidents like this only ...

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Marine Insurance – Not Just for Your Cargo

What are the chances you will lose a shipment during transit?  Is it worth spending the money to insure it, especially if it’s a low value item?

The cost of losing your shipment may be a lot more than just the cost of your cargo.

A little known fact about maritime law is when you put your cargo on a vessel, you actually enter into a joint venture with the shipping line and every other Shipper with cargo on that voyage.

What this ...

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