Federal Budget Impacts on our Industry

The Australian Federal Government handed down its annual Budget this week and there are a number of measures that affect the import, export and international forwarding industries.

The Importance of Small Business Exports

Lecturers in economics and international trade law have spoken out about the importance of Australia’s small and medium business exporters and the possible fallout from a trade war.

Update on Flowers Imported for Mothers Day

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, imported flowers found to be infested with live pests will be directed for onshore fumigation, prior to identification by an entomologist.

Alert for New Import Pest: Tramp Ants

Tramp ants are an invasive and aggressive species of exotic insect that have established widely across the globe but were not, until now, found to be present in Australia.

U.S. Has Second Thoughts About Joining TPP

On his first day as president Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the TPP. A little more than a year later he has instructed his staff to look into re-joining the multilateral trade agreement.

Tariff Cuts to Boost Trade with Japan

New tariff cuts under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) came into effect on 1st April and will boost our trade and investment relationship with Japan.

Blockchain Set to Revolutionise Trade

Blockchain technology is poised to revolutionise operations across the freight and logistics sector by cutting down on the amount of documentation needed in imports and exports.

Speculation of New Fee on Low Value Imports

Last week we reported on the impending GST on low value imports. Now an ‘Online shopping tax’ of up to $7.00 per package for overseas purchases is under consideration.

GST on Low Value Imported Goods

From 1st July this year, low value goods imported from overseas by consumers in Australia will attract Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Stink Bugs: Update on Treatments from Italy

This week DAWR updated information about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season, with focus on acceptable treatment of imports from Italy.

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