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Carriers are continuing to struggle with the “soft market” as the quarter draws to a close. The general thought is that there will be little or no change in the coming months with the market in regards to vessel capacity, space, blank sailings and rates. Traditionally, September is the start of the peak season, though how the market reacts will be heavily reliant on carriers, the economy and importers/consumers. One thing that would be expected is that the “peak” will not be anywhere in the vicinity of the preceding years.
Please contact your Account Manager for assistance or any queries on this matter.
Quarantine Import Permit Application Timeframes
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has advised of delays with the assessment of import permit applications. As you would no doubt be aware, it is an offence to land permittable goods in Australia without a valid import permit, so it is critical to factor these delays into any application or renewal process. The teams currently experiencing delays are:
- Laboratory Team (Laboratory materials, diagnostic kits, microorganisms, culture media, animal fluids & tissues, bioremediation products, fertilisers, baits & attractants).
Minimum 14 weeks for non-standard permit assessments.
- Dairy and Poultry Team (Dairy products, chicken meat, egg products).
Minimum 4 weeks for non-standard permit assessments.
- Meat and Therapeutics Team (Pork, beef, medicines, complimentary medicines, hides & skins, animal fibres, cosmetics).
Minimum 6 weeks for non-standard permit assessments.
These delays are not expected to resolve until August 2019. Henning Harders is monitoring the situation and will issue updates in the coming months.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has announced the end of the 2018-19 season. While this offers some relief to importers, it is only a temporary respite, with the 2019-20 measures already announced. The various categories of risk goods remain unchanged thus far, however due to the rapid expansion of BMSB through North America and Europe, the number of target risk countries have increased from 10 to 32.
These measures will place a huge burden on importers, who now should consider the commercial viability of warehousing product in Australia to avoid costly delays during the season.
The new measures will take effect for goods manufactured in, or shipped from, target risk countries between 1st September 2019 and 30th April 2020 (inclusive).
During the 2018-19 season there were exemptions made available to certain manufactured and stored goods based on the date of manufacture or the date on which they were moved to a non-BMSB country. The Department is currently working to determine its position on whether similar measures will be put in place for the upcoming season. To discuss these exemptions, or any other BMSB matters, please contact your Key Account Manager or Harders Advisory.
Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements
On 1st January 2019 the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (MSA) entered into force. Under the Act, certain large businesses and other entities in Australia are required to prepare an annual Modern Slavery Statement that sets out their actions to address and assess modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. These statements will be made publicly available through an online central register.
The Act has established a reporting threshold of $100 million annual consolidated revenue. If your business exceeds this threshold you are required to prepare the statements as set out in the Act.
For further information regarding this matter please contact Harders Advisory.