Definition of ‘Owner’ of Imported Goods

Australian Customs have issued a notice providing advice on who is legally defined as the ‘Owner’ of imported goods and liable for payment of duty.

The new Home Affairs Ministry & ABF

This week the government announced the creation of a new 'Home Affairs' portfolio with responsibility for Australia’s immigration, border protection and domestic security agencies.

Increased Penalties for Commonwealth Offences

As from 1st July, the Australian government has increased financial penalties for committing various Commonwealth infringements, including Customs offences.

Massive Trade Surplus Rebound to $2.5b

A rebound in coal and LNG shipments has boosted Australia's trade surplus to $2.5 billion in May, with the value of exports surging 9%.

Parcel Deliveries Hit by Cyber Attack

The ransomware virus that paralysed airports, banks and companies around the globe over the past week has now brought the delivery of small parcels by major couriers to a halt in Australia.

Cyber Attack Hits Shipping Lines & Airports

A ransomware virus similar to May’s Wannacry attack has paralysed airports, banks and companies in Europe, including the world’s largest shipping line.

Low Value GST: Importers Relieved, but Retailers Rage

The Australian Senate has passed an amended version of the GST Low Value Goods Bill this week, which includes a delay in the commencement of the legislation until 1 July 2018.

Updated Conditions for Imported Prawns

Interim Biosecurity import conditions for uncooked prawns/ prawn meat will be implemented when the ‘suspension of imports of raw prawns’ lapses on 6 July 2017.

Luxury Car Tax Threshold Increase

The Australian Taxation Office has determined there will be an increase in the threshold limit for the Luxury Car Tax as from 1st July, on cars imported or sold at the retail level.

New Imported Food Labelling Laws

If you supply imported food for retail sale in Australia, new country of origin labelling laws will apply to your products under the Information Standard.

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