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Japanese Shipping Lines Have Big Plans for 2018

We finished 2017 by reporting on Maersk Shipping’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd, and now the major Japanese lines are gearing up for significant industry shake-ups in 2018.

Access Improves for Our Summerfruit to China

Australia and China have agreed to protocols providing market access for the first time for Aussie peaches, plums and apricots and improved access for cherries, table grapes, and citrus.

Home Affairs Portfolio Established

The Australian government’s new Department of Home Affairs and the Home Affairs Portfolio were officially established on 20th December 2017.

Import Biosecurity Changes from 21 December

DAWR has issued Advice 120-2017 concerning amendments to import conditions for certain plants, animals and their by-products, effective 21st December 2017.

Maersk Shipping Acquires Hamburg Süd

On 30th November Maersk Transport & Logistics’ acquisition of Hamburg Süd received final approval by the competition authorities in all relevant jurisdictions globally.

Australia-China Trade MRA Signed

This week the respective Customs ministers of Australia and China signed a landmark Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) at Parliament House in Canberra.

Calls to Strengthen Air Security

The International Air Transport Association has called for aviation security to be further strengthened by addressing key areas of concern.

Stevedores Impose Infrastructure Fees

As concerns grow in our industry about new fees being levied by stevedores, the ACCC this month has released its Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report for the past year.

Peru-Australia FTA Announced

The Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed on Friday will eliminate nearly all tariffs faced by Australian exporters in a boost to our sugar industry, farmers and mining services.

Containerised Drugs from Mexico Thwarted

The arrest of four people today, who attempted to smuggle drugs into Australia in a shipping container, has highlighted the sophistication of transnational crime networks.

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