Imports to Australia:
General Rate Increase (GRI)
Ocean Carriers operating from North East Asia to Australia have announced a GRI of USD400/20’ and USD800/40’. Release date has been mixed in the market with some Ocean Carriers advising increase effective on 7 January 2014 and some on 15 January 2014.
Ocean Carriers operating from South East Asia to Australia have announced a GRI of USD200/20’ and USD400/40’ effective 15 January 2014.
Even though a number of Ocean Carriers have made these announcements, we will be closely monitoring the situation and ONLY on-charging whatever increases are implemented by them.
Chinese New Year
Just a reminder that the Chinese New Year commences on the 31 January 2014. Chinese New Year Festival runs for 23 days. Our offices will have skeleton staff working during this time.
We highly recommend that you speak with your suppliers and arrange cargo movements prior to the Chinese New Year, ensuring all documents are in order beforehand.
Changes to Customs Processing Fees Effective 01 January 2014
Please be advised Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have announced the following changes to the Processing Fees commencing 01 January 2014 for Goods with a value of $10,000.00 or more.
The Customs Notice 2013/63 can be viewed at:
Below is a summary of the changes for the Customs Fee increases
NOTE: A FCL DAFF Fee applies to the first FCL container listed on an Import Declaration.
Additional containers charged @ AUD24.00 per container