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Stevedores Will Enforce the VGM Starting 22 June

Stevedores Patrick and DP World have confirmed that they will be enforcing the new VGM (Verified Gross Mass) rules on documentation starting on 22nd June 16.

Customs Industry Involvement in Smuggling

A Fairfax Media investigation has uncovered multiple cases of alleged corruption involving staff from the Australian Border Force, along with maritime industry employees.

New Global Shipping Alliance Announcement 13th May

A new alliance of some of the biggest Asian and European shipping lines will be unveiled in the U.S. today, the third such recent partnership reshaping the maritime industry.

Implications of The Federal Budget for Importers

Last week’s Federal Budget held some important issues for importers, most significantly with more funding for the Australian Trusted Trader Program.

Who is the legal ‘owner’ of goods for Customs purposes?

The Department of Immigration and Border protection (DIBP) has issued a new notice on the definition of ‘Owner’ and who is liable for the payment of duty on imported goods.

Industrial Action Escalates at Ports, Including Brisbane

Following work interruptions at Fremantle and Sydney, the proposed two-day stoppages at Patrick’s port operations in Melbourne and Brisbane have gone ahead this week, with the stevedore deciding to bypass the union.

Latest News on the Trusted Trader Concept

The Trusted Trader Industry Action Group meeting of 13 April 2016 saw some varied positions by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on the Australian Trusted Trader (TT) concept.

TPP May be Imperfect But It’s No Threat to Democracy

"Flawed though it may be, the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) is advantageous to both Australia and New Zealand not only in terms of national economics but also for their freight sectors."

Customs Duty Rate Changes to Goods From Japan

On 1 April 2016, duty rate changes will occur to certain Customs tariff headings, subject to a staged duty rate reduction in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement.

Fact Sheet on Container Weight Verification

Last month we reported on the Container Weight Regulations due to come into effect on 1st July this year. Now Shipping Australia Ltd has released this handy Q & A format fact sheet.

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