New Infrastructure Surcharge at DP World
Starting as of the 17th April 2017, Sydney Ports will introduce an Infrastructure Surcharge Levy on all inbound and outbound FCL containers.
We have been advised this surcharge is caused from a rise in property costs, council rates, land tax and terminal maintenance at the Sydney Terminal over recent years.
We will pass this surcharge on at cost of AUD25.00 per container. This will apply to all FCL containers received or delivered via road or rail to Sydney Port.
Another Shipping Line Acquisition
Maersk Line and the Oetker Group (Hamburg Süd) have reached an agreement for Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd. The acquisition is subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals.
Hamburg Süd is one of the world’s largest container shipping lines and a leader in the North-South trades. They have 130 container vessels with container capacity of 625,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent), and over 250 offices across the globe.
Over the last year, there have been many changes with Shipping Line’s including, acquisitions, mergers and Hanjin Shipping declaring Bankruptcy. We will update you as further developments transpire.
AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE
Asbestos in Imported Vehicles – Customs Alert
Last week, Australian Border Force (ABF) has updated their requirements for vehicles being imported into Australia. Any used vehicle imported into Australia must be free of asbestos. ABF are now heavily enforcing this policy.
Importers will now need to declare their vehicle/s of import do not contain any asbestos before receiving ABF clearance.
Vehicle parts that ABF are most concerned about include: Clutch linings, brake linings, brake pads, seals, head gaskets & transmission components.
As the Importer, it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle/s does not contain asbestos. If you are unsure please enquire with your supplier.
Additional documents now required will be an asbestos declaration, detailing vehicle/parts are asbestos free to provide ABF as supporting evidence. More information can be found by clicking here.
US Air Cargo Security Implementation
Implementation of US air cargo security will commence as of the 1st July 2017. All US bound air cargo from Australia will be required to undergo a screening and examination process to be allowed entry into the US.
The new X-Ray system for screening will be available upon this date. A screening process fee will apply.
The Known Shipper Scheme offers exporters an alternative way to meet US air cargo security requirements.
More information can be found by clicking here.