GST on low value imported goods
Effective 1st July 2018, consumers in Australia will have to pay GST, on applicable goods with a customs value of AUD1,000 or less (low value goods)
Mandatory revised regulatory changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM)
Applicable for all cargo shipments involving the China Ports (export/import )from 1st June 2018
The following mandatory customer identifier codes must be provided
House B/L Shipper
Shipper Name, detailed address, contact info, including: Telephone number/email address & Enterprise number (for Australia shippers ABN number)
House B/L Consignee
Consignee Name, details address, contact info, including telephone number/email address & Uniform Social Credit Code (USCC)
Note: If consignee is a private individual a passport number must be provided.
A general description of the commodities won’t be acceptable. Shipper must show the specific commodity names on the house bill.
For example, Wooden Products will be rejected but Wooden Photo Frames will be accepted.
Non-compliance with these requirements will ensure cargo will be rejected to discharge/load in China Terminal by the Customs authorities & may incur Customs fines and other associated costs.
Mandatory Country of Origin Requirements on food labelling
From 1 July 2018 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will be ramping up enforcement of mandatory Country of Origin Requirements on food labelling, including a market surveillance check on 10,000 products.
All importers that offer food for retail in Australia will need to comply.
The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 first commenced under Australian Consumer Law on 1 July 2016.
The labelling requirements will vary depending on whether the food is a priority or non-priority food or was grown, produced, made or packed in Australia or another country.
Priority foods include meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, most dairy products (e.g. milk, yoghurt and cheese), breakfast cereal, bread, nuts, honey and non-carbonated fruit juices.
Businesses failing to comply with these new laws face penalties.
For Country of Origin food labelling guidance please Click Here.
New Packing Declaration – 1st July 2018
As per previous notices, the new packing declaration is now in full affect as of 1st July 2018
Please ensure your suppliers are aware of this new format as DAWR will no longer be accepting the old version
To download the new Packing Declaration templates please Click Here.
Adelaide Infrastructure Levy
Following previous notices about infrastructure levies, Adelaide Container Terminal will now follow suit
Please note surcharges will be applied as per below:
FCL Imports/Exports: AU55.00 – Applicable to all Import/Export cargo arriving/departing all Terminals (SYD/MEL/BNE/PER/ADL)
LCL Imports/Exports: AUD2.50W/M – Applicable to all Import/Export cargo arriving/departing all Terminals (SYD/MEL/BNE/PER/ADL)