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Due to the continued “soft” status of the market ex North East Asia, where the vessels are not running to full capacity, the carriers are now in full “repair” mode. The main carriers for this trade lane to Australia (Cosco, EMC, Maersk and OOCL) have issued notices and confirmed blank sailings for the month of July. The main ports affected are Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Shekou, Xiamen into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Please discuss further with your Account Manager for affected sailings and assistance in planning ahead to avoid disappointment and delays with bookings.
Origin Waiver Benefit available to Trusted Trader Importers
Commencing 28/6/2019, Australian Trusted Trader importers will not be required to obtain or present origin certification (Certificates of Origin or Declarations of Origin) for six free trade agreements. The importer must instead hold evidence that the goods qualify as originating goods, and which rule of origin applies. This must be presented to Australian Border Force upon request.
The agreements to which the waiver applies are:
- Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACLFTA)
- Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)
- Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA)
- Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)
- Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)
- Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)
For more information regarding Trusted Trader and the many benefits it offers, please contact Harders Advisory.
Customs Tariff Amendment (Craft Beer) Act 2019
Commencing 1/7/2019, draught beer in containers between 8 and 48 litres designed to be connected to pressurised gas or pump delivery systems will be subject to the same excise-equivalent rate of duty as draught beers in containers exceeding 48 litres.
Excise equivalent duty rates will continue to be indexed bi-annually in February and August each year. Equivalent amendments have been made to the Excise Tariff Act 1928 to ensure domestically produced goods are treated identically.
Changes to the import tariff classifications will be introduced to ensure the new rates are correctly applied. Henning Harders will ensure these changes are made for affected clients at commencement.
For more information regarding this update, please contact your Account Manager.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources change of name
Post the election in May 2019, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has changed name once again. The Department will now be called the Department of Agriculture (DoA). The official word is that the current packing declaration templates will continue to be accepted, despite the old department name appearing in question 3.
Henning Harders is following the situation however if history repeats itself, it is likely that this stance will change. Templates will be updated and provided with the new Department name but in the meantime, packing declarations referencing the old name will continue to be accepted in line with the DoA directives.