Stink Bug Season Ends, Prepare for the Next One

DAWE has issued notices concerning the timing of the BMSB risk season that has just ended, as well as upcoming 2020-21 season measures, with three new countries added to their list.

Captain Charged Over Containers Overboard

The captain of a vessel that lost 40 containers off the NSW coast on Sunday is set to be charged over the incident because the ship's cargo-securing was inadequate & corroded.

Shipping Containers Lost Overboard

A container vessel which has lost containers overboard for the second time in Australian waters has headed to Queensland while investigations are launched.

Onshore Biosecurity Levy Scrapped

The Australian Government will scrap the controversial Onshore Biosecurity Levy after industry consultation showed potential significant negative regulatory impact on importers.

Indonesian Trade Deal to Kick-off in July

Australian exporters will see the benefits of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) start to flow from 05 July this year.

Hydroxychloroquine Seized at the Border

Australians are being warned not to import the drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, following a surge in detections by ABF screening imports of medical supplies.

Temporary Bylaw for Hygiene Products

This week the ABF announced a tariff relief measure for imported hygiene or medical products, to support combatting COVID-19. It includes masks, gloves, gowns and test kits - but not hand sanitiser.

Two Customs Warnings to Importers

Importers should heed two important alerts arising from Customs issues this week: one concerning the import of COVID-19 testing kits, and the other on designer bags from Bali.

Keeping Planes – and Cargo – in the Air

Those involved in international trade and shipping are watching with interest as Virgin Australia places itself into administration and oil prices drop to the lowest point in history.

Countries Rethink Trade with China

In the wake of the China/US trade war, the coronavirus has added a layer of trade-dampening implications which might finally push the world to consider a whole new trading order.

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