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.

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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.


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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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Understanding Incoterms – FOB (Free on Board)

If you are an importer or exporter there are a number of International Commercial Terms (otherwise known as Incoterms) you should be familiar with. In this article we’re going to look at what FOB (or Free on Board) means.

When buying goods FOB basically the seller is responsible for getting the goods on the vessel ready for export. For a shipment to qualify as FOB the following terms needs to be met:

  • The seller must load themselves the goods on board the vessel nominated ...
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Duty & GST on Imported Goods

What duties and taxes will be applied to the goods I have purchased from the internet when they arrive?

Low value consignments up to AU$1,000 are imported free of Customs duty and taxes.Consignments of alcohol and tobacco products are excluded from this and will be charged Customs duty and taxes.

Consignments valued over AUD $1000 will be assessed for Customs duty and taxes. Duty rates vary from 0% to 10%, however most goods attract a 5% rate of import duty and ...

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Drilling Down on Illegal Drug Importation

Two people have been charged and 5kg of methamphetamine seized in a joint Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police investigation. The drugs were concealed in a large metal drill shaft, arriving at the Melbourne Container Examination Facility in an air cargo consignment originating from Dubai. The consignment was referred to the AFP who arrested a 35 year old woman and a 39 year old man from Glenroy, Victoria.

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