Biosecurity Imports Levy
A new Biosecurity Import Levy has been allocated in the most recent budget, scheduled to take effect 1st September 2019
As the implementation of this levy is approaching, importers will want to ensure they are prepared and have included the levy in budgeting and forecasting.
"The Levy would contribute to onshore surveillance, diagnostic, date analytics, research and adoption of new technology to help us to detect, identify and respond to exotic pest and diseases earlier and ensure we can move people and goods into Australia safely and more efficiently."
The Levy, starting 1st September 2019 will be:
- Imposed on all containerised and non-containerised cargo imported to Australia by sea, except for military equipment
- Imposed on port terminal operators for goods that are unloaded and cleared under Biosecurity Act 2015
- Cost $10.02 per incoming twenty-foot equivalent sea container and $1 per tonne for non-containerised cargo
- Cost provided is subject to change, and may include additional administration fees set by each terminal and/or service provider (and may differ per terminal and/or service provider)
For further information on the Biosecurity Imports Levy please CLICK HERE
Seasonal Measures for the 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season
The Department of Agriculture has finalised the seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) that will apply to certain goods that are manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries arriving as sea cargo.
The Measures will also apply to vessels that berth at, load or tranship in target risk countries and will apply to goods and vessels that voyage between 1st September 2019 and 31st May 2020
Goods that fall within the measures will be subject to mandatory BMSB treatment BEFORE departure. If arrived untreated or treated by an unapproved treatment provider, cargo will need to be treated onshore or denied discharge and directed for export on arrival.
In response to the rapid expansions of the BMSB throughout Europe and North Amercia, the department has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019-20 season to include more countries
Some Countries include:
- Czech Republic
- Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied)
For a list of all countries please CLICK HERE
The department will be monitoring a number of emerging risk countries (watch list countries) throughout the season. Target high risk and risk goods from these countries may be subject to random onshore inspections to verify freedom of BMSB contamination and if BMSB is detected will be directed for onshore treatment.
For all approved treatment providers offshore please CLICK HERE
For all approved treatment providers onshore please CLICK HERE
For further information on the BMSB season please CLICK HERE
Sideloader Levy ex Sydney
Our trucking carriers have sent out notices for an increase of the sideloader levy ex Sydney Ports.
As of 5/7/19 the sideloader levy will be increased to $75 per container
Origin Waiver Benefit for Australian Trusted Traders
As of 28 June 2019, Australian Trusted Trader importers will no longer be required to obtain or present origin certification documents, such as a Certificate of Origin (CoO) or Declaration of Origin (DoO), in order to claim preferential rates of duty under certain free trade agreements (FTAs).
Trusted Trader imports will still be required to keep evidence (generally for a period of at least 5 years from the day of importation) that imported goods comply with the relevant rules or origin and present this if asked.
For more information about Trusted Traders & this origin waiver benefit please CLICK HERE