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December 24


Export Airfreight Security

The Federal Government announced new international export screening requirements will apply from March next year.

How you can best prepare:

Only pre-screened freight will be accepted in consolidated format for bypass at the freight terminal. The Department of Home Affairs have outlined what you'll need to do when sending freight from March 2019:

  • For export air cargo to the US there will be no change, as this cargo is already examined at piece-level.
  • For export air cargo to destinations other than the US, there will be an increased level of screening required.
  • Businesses approved as known consignors (KCs) will be able to use their KC security program for air cargo they export to all international destinations, not just the US.



Infrastructure Levy Increase

Following previous notices about infrastructure levies, terminals have now increased their fee as of 1st January 2019.

Please note surcharges will be applied as per below:

SYD/MEL/BNE/FRE/ADL FCL Imports/Exports: AUD130.00 – Applicable to all Import/Export cargo arriving/departing all Terminals (SYD/MEL/BNE/FRE/ADL)

SYD/MEL/BNE/FRE/ADL LCL Imports/Exports: AUD14.50W/M – Applicable to all Import/Export cargo arriving/departing all Terminals (SYD/MEL/BNE/FRE/ADL)

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

With the season still in full force, we have seen 3 Italian treatment providers suspended by Australian Quarantine.

Nuova Cianidrica SRL & Radit SRL & La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT)

Also a few breakbulk/RORO vessels have been turned away by Quarantine as bugs (including BMSB) we’re found dead and alive on board.

With many onshore treatment facilities still playing catch up it is imperative that treatment, where possible occurs overseas to avoid any detention charges once arrived.

All LCL cargo still to be fumigated at origin.

DAWR have identified emerging risk countries include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Serbia. They are also targeting other countries of BMSB concern and include all remaining European countries, Japan, China, Korea, Canada and Chile. Shipments from these countries may be selected for random onshore inspection.

Some good news, there are some conditions where goods may be exempt from the BMSB requirements:

Goods that are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 may be exempt from the seasonal measures providing they meet the following requirements:

  • The goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018
  • The goods are classed as new machinery, vehicles, vessels and/or new complex parts and equipment. This includes goods classified under the following tariff chapters only: 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89.
  • Evidence can be provided to show that the goods are manufactured on or after 1 December 2018. (Evidence can be in various forms such as a manufacturer’s declaration, commercial invoice)
  • A declaration can be provided stating the goods are new, unused and not field tested.
  • The goods can be verified they have been manufactured on or after 1 December 2018 (Evidence can be supported by labelling on the goods)

BMSB measures will not apply if all the above conditions can be met.

If you think your goods meet the above criteria please give our Customs Brokers a call so we can confirm for you.


Vietnam Customs

Vietnam customs have implemented a new regulation that states that all Bills of Lading must show the HS Code following the description and consignee’s tax ID. Please ensure we receive this information when submitting your Forwarding Instruction.

If the above information is not included on the Bill of Lading, cargo may face delays.

Machinery Imports

All machinery importing into Australia will require a new and unused declaration.

If you don’t have a blank copy on file please call our friendly customer service or sales team and we will send through.