Several shipping lines operating in the North East Asia to Australia trade-lane have announced Rate restoration in full on top of existing market rates and will be subject to accessorial surcharges. Rate Restoration – USD 300/TEU effective for all Bills of Lading Dated 15th July 2019. Stockwells have also been notified of additional rate increase of USD300/TEU effective 1st August 2019.
For LCL shipments, effective 15th July 2019 ex North East Asia to Australia a rate increase of USD$12 per cbm / minimum will be applicable.
Weighbridge Fee – Port of Sydney
From 1st July 2019, a weighbridge fee of $10 will be implemented per container. This fee is to recoup costs for the installation and maintenance of 5 new weighbridges at the Sydney Port.
We have received notification from sea freight carriers that Singapore is facing heavy congestion and there is a possibility of 2-3 week delays for all Southbound shipments to Australia. Many North East Asia services can transit to Australia via this port so please contact your customer service representative if you have any concerns.
Differentiated Examination Benefit for Trusted Traders
Australian Trusted Trader reduces red tap for Trusted Traders at the border, improves certainty in export markets, and expedites the flow of their cargo in and out of Australia, which means faster access to market. Administered by Home Affairs with the Australian Border Force, Trusted Trader is free and accredits Australian businesses with compliant trade practices and a secure supply chain. Once accredited, businesses have access to a growing range of benefits that simplify their customs processes.
Fundamental to supporting a lighter touch at the border for Trusted Traders, differentiated examinations for cargo has now been entrenched and automated in departmental processes and systems.
A lighter touch reflects the thorough accreditation process and a comprehensive compliance and monitoring framework which Trusted Traders are subject to. Through demonstrating supply chain security and compliant trade practices, Trusted Traders can access a range of benefits through the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program.
Changes to import documentation requirements for Trusted Traders
Trusted Traders are required to ensure that their import documentation included their Australian Business Number (ABN) on the Cargo Report. The ABN is a critical piece of information to ensure the cargo is identified as belonging to a Trusted Trader and receives the benefit. For CIF/DAP terms this means you must ensure the overseas forwarder reports the ABN on the cargo report. All other terms are required through the Australian Forwarder.
Upcoming BMSB Season
In response to the rapid expansion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bunk (BMSB) throughout Europe and North America, the Australian Goverment has strengthened the seasonal measures to manage risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season.
For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or trans-ship from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). The seasonal measures do not apply to goods entering Australia as air cargo.
Mandatory treatment must take place on high risk goods being imported from a number of countries including Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, USA. To avoid additional and unnecessary costs, please make sure you notify your suppliers of approved fumigators in each region. A list of approved treatment providers can be found here. Treatments conducted by an unapproved treatment provider in a target risk country will not be recognised as valid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment (if permitted), or be directed for export.
Full details regarding high risk goods and target risk countries can be found by clicking the link below.
Upcoming Public Holidays
14th August- QLD (Ekka Wednesday)
27th September- VIC (AFL Grand Final)
7th October – NSW & QLD (Labour Day)
25th, 26th December – Christmas/ Boxing Day
1st January – New Years Day