Tariffs on Russian and Belarusian Goods

Thursday 7/04/22

Following the Prime Ministers announcement of an additional 35% duty to apply to goods from Russia and Belarus Australia to impose tariff increases on all imports from Russia | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au), the Australian Border Force published on the Federal Register of Legislation, a “Notice of intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations” Notice of Intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations (No. 3) 2022 (legislation.gov.au)
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Freight Forwarder and Two Other Men Charged Over Plots to Import 100kg of Methamphetamine

Tuesday 5/04/22

A 39-year-old freight forwarder has been charged over his alleged role in a plan to import 100 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada.

He is the third Sydney man charged following a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force investigation into a transnational drug trafficking syndicate. The investigation has also resulted in the seizure of 1 tonne of Methylamine – a chemical compound used to manufacture methamphetamine and MDMA.

Taskforce Vanguard, which comprises AFP and ABF members, launched Operation Dagger in October ...

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Two Men Sentenced After Smuggling Live Lizards From Australia to the United States

Thursday 10/03/2022

Two men have been sentenced for wilfully smuggling native lizards from Australia to the United States (US).

The two men aged 39 and 31, pled guilty to the charge in Miami, Florida after investigations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement. Both were sentenced last month.

The 39 year-old was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 300 days of home detention and will pay a $40,000 fine, while ...

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Trio Charged and 99kg of Meth Stopped from Reaching WA Over Festive Period

The three WA men were arrested by Australian Federal Police officers on 30 December 2021 after a joint agency investigation launched when Australian Border Force officers found the drugs hidden in a 550-kilogram shipment of latex bed pillows.

ABF officers in Fremantle examined the consignment after it arrived on a container ship.  After examining the goods within the container they found anomalies within the latex pillows, which they carefully deconstructed.  Officers located a crystal-like substance which was subsequently referred to the ...

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140kg of Methamphetamine Concealed in Catering Equipment Seized

Three men have been charged by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) for an alleged attempt to import 140 kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia concealed in catering equipment.

The men faced Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday (17 November 2021) and were remanded in custody, accused of facilitating the importation of the drugs from Canada into Melbourne.

The drugs have an estimated value of more than $88 million if sold as individual street deals.

The Victorian JOCTF consists of members ...

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Khapra Beetle Phases 4 and 5, and Extention of Phase 6A Measures

Khapra Beetle Phase 4 and 5 measures

In early 2022, Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions are expected to commence. Phase 4 will introduce revised phytosanitary certification requirements for other-risk plant products exported from all countries. Phase 5 will introduce phytosanitary certification requirements for seeds for sowing exported from all countries and arriving via all arrival modes.

Summary of the new requirements:

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Three Men Charged with Cocaine Inside PlayStation

Three men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court for allegedly importing 1.5 kg of cocaine inside a PlayStation 5, which was bound for the Gold Coast.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $346,500, more than six times the median Australian annual wage.

The men were charged after a suspicious consignment sent from Portugal to Sydney was identified.

On examination of the package by officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) a white powder, which tested as cocaine, was found concealed within a ...

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295kg of Methamphetamine Found in Excavator in NSW

Three men have been charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation into the importation of approximately 295 kilograms of methamphetamine into New South Wales hidden inside an excavator.

The men were arrested at their Sydney homes after an investigation launched in July 2021 following the arrival of an excavator from Hong Kong into Sydney.

AFP investigators and forensic specialists, and Australia Border Force officers examined an excavator that arrived into Port Botany and allegedly found a concealment containing a crystalline substance hidden ...

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Queensland Woman Charged with Importing 14kg of Methamphetamine from Mexico

A 29-year-old Queensland woman has faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with allegedly importing about 14kg of methamphetamine from Mexico.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the alleged drugs concealed inside boxes labelled as Mexican handicrafts that had arrived in international airfreight at Brisbane Airport.

Presumptive testing of a white powder concealed in the boxes returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police and officers created a replica consignment that was delivered to a Surfers Paradise address.

The ...

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BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (khapra measures).

What has changed?

From 30 September 2021, the department will make minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle.

IMPORTANT: There is no change to the ...

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