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Henning Harders December Newsletter

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) 

Henning Harders Advisory employee, Andrew Crawford has accepted a position on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Cargo Consultative Committee.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) is a committee for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and international trade and international logistics service providers industries to cons​ider practical and strategic biosecurity related international trade/logistics issues. The DCCC was previously known as the AQIS/Industry Cargo Consultative Committee (AICCC).

The aim of the DCCC is to provide the department and industry with a consultative committee to ensure that effective biosecurity outcomes are delivered without unnecessary impediments to trade by facilitating efficient and effective biosecurity regulation across the biosecurity continuum.

Andrew will not only represent our Industry and the importing/exporting community, but he will also actively explore opportunities through trial, initiatives, and superior outcomes for our clientele. Andrew will work with Steve Butler, Head of Advisory in Victoria, to provide timely updates on pertinent matters.

Interruption to Service – COVID issues at Sydney’s Northern Beaches

With the evolving COVID cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and the subsequent public health orders being issued by the NSW Government, this will have implications for delivery of inspections to facilities within the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (NBLGA).

Biosecurity officers are not defined as essential workers under the NSW Government public health order and, hence, will not be able to enter the NBLGA. We have identified a relatively small number of booked appointments between tomorrow and Wednesday and are contacting the respective clients.

At this stage, DAWE do not anticipate issues disrupting service to clients within Greater Sydney, beyond the NBLGA. Of course, this may be subject to change should the situation alter.

COVID issues with cargo inspections

Customers should also be aware that the recent industrial action, vessel bunching, peak season and COVID restrictions are placing enormous pressure on Importers and Exporters obtaining timely inspections. 

Henning Harders Advisory will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep our customers informed.

2020-21 BMSB Season Update

BMSB detections

As of 10 December 2020, the department has 56 BMSB detections for the 2020-21 BMSB Season. 14 of these have been live detections, 8 in air cargo and mail pathways, and 6 across sea cargo and vessel pathways and 42 detections of dead BMSB in sea cargo and vessel pathways.

A good example of how BMSB can congregate in unassuming items is demonstrated through a recent live detection in electronic equipment arriving in air cargo from the USA. Live BMSB were detected by the importer, contained, and notified to the department. Upon inspection by the department, the goods were immediately referred for treatment. A post treatment verification of the equipment found approximately 300 dead BMSB inside the item. It is a good example of the risk posed by BMSB, and how a small space may contain large numbers of bugs.

Live BMSB detected in electronic equipment arriving in air cargo from the USA

This is a good reminder of the hitchhiking and congregating nature of BMSB and for industry to keep a vigilant eye out for unusual pests on imported goods.
During an unpack of containers or goods, if you or your clients detect live insects of any nature please report your detections through our See, Secure, Report channels via www.agriculture.gov.au/report or on 1800 798 636.

Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspension

DAWE has advised  “Following the identification of critical non-compliance, the department and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, they have suspended  A.B.R.A.S SRL (AEI: IT4001SB) and Centro Disinfestazione Livornse (IT4004SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme.”

The companies will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme’s List of BMSB Treatment Providers. The companies may no longer perform treatments on Australian and New Zealand bound consignments. Any consignments treated by A.B.R.A.S SRL (AEI: IT4001SB) and Centro Disinfestazione Livornse (IT4004SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.

If clients and or their Italian suppliers are utilising the services of this treatment provider, we recommend they contact us immediately to discuss treatment options.

Mixed Goods Consignments

DAWE is still seeing a lot of requests for exemptions for mixed goods consignments.
Containers which are packed with a mix of target high risk, target risk and non-target goods, will be assessed for BMSB at the highest risk level.

The department often sees containers that are packed with target risk or non-target goods having promotional or gifts packed in from suppliers in the lead up to the festive season. These goods are often tariffed as target high risk goods and render the container subject to BMSB measures.

Containers that arrive with untreated target high risk goods require mandatory treatment for BMSB and will be directed for treatment onshore. De-consolidation or removal of goods will not be permitted prior to the treatment in Australia. Where this treatment cannot be conducted at the container level, the whole container will be directed for export.

Please be aware of the requirements for BMSB and ensure goods are treated accordingly prior to packing in containers.
Further information can be found on the Departments BMSB webpage –Preparing to import goods.

We highly recommend that our customers alert their overseas suppliers about the issues that “Promotional items and Gift packs” cause. If you need any further information on the classification etc of such products? Please contact one of the team at Henning Harders for advice prior to shipment.

There are alternative methods to manage this pest, DAWE have a scheme known as Safeguarding Arrangements, we would be delighted to discuss this with you if an alternate management method to manage the risk!

Australian Border Force (ABF)

New Australian Trusted Trader benefits announced!

Henning Harders Advisory have received advice from the Australian Border Force (ABF) in terms of expanded benefits for Australian Trusted Traders:  

1. Expansion of ATT Origin Waiver benefit 

The Origin Waiver benefit for Australian Trusted Traders has been expanded to the following trade agreements. 

• Indonesia-Australia FTA (IA-CEPA)

• Australia-Hong Kong FTA (AHKFTA)

• Peru-Australia FTA (PAFTA)

• Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

• Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus Australian Customs Notice 2020/43 provides further detail.

The Hon Jason Wood MP

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs made the following announcement on Friday 6th November 2020.

As part of the Federal Budget 2020-21 announcement and the Simplified Trade System Budget measures, businesses who are part of the Australian Trusted Trader program will be able to improve cash flows and reduce delays in moving goods.

The Periodic Payment benefit will defer payment of Australian Border Force (ABF) collected import taxes and charges on most imported goods.

The Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP, said the change recognises the way modern businesses operate.

“Consolidating payments will free up more money for trusted Australian companies to do business and will further help businesses and the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Wood said.

From mid-2021, the Periodic Payment benefit will allow eligible Trusted Traders to pay on a monthly rather than transactional basis. It will affect the following charges: Import Processing Change, Wine Equalisation Tax, Luxury Car Tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Agriculture Processing Charge and the Wood Levy.

The Periodic Payment benefit extends the Duty Deferral benefit introduced to the program in 2018, with a single monthly payment.

“This joins a suite of other benefits which cut red tape, reduce regulatory burdens, and streamline processes for Trusted Traders. It is another reason why I’d urge businesses to sign up,” Minister Wood said.

The benefit will initially be available to Trusted Traders who defer payment of GST through the GST monthly deferral scheme.

The Australian Trusted Trader program recognises businesses with a secure supply chain and compliant trade practices, rewarding these businesses with a range of exclusive trade facilitation benefits.

Eligible Australian businesses who are not yet part of Australian Trusted Trader are encouraged to visit the ABF website, or submit an application to join the program. To find out more, and to join, visit www.abf.gov.au/trustedtrader.​​

If you are considering participating in the Australian Trusted Trader program, please contact Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler and they will provide valuable insight and assistance.

On behalf of Steve Butler, myself, and all the team at Henning Harders, we wish you all a very safe, happy, and festive break.

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