Australia is one of the few countries with an absolute ban on asbestos – ‘Zero Tolerance’ – and the Australian Border Force (ABF) is tightening controls on offending vehicle imports.
Last week the Australian Federal Government announced it will introduce changes to the management of imported food safety risks through a package of reforms.
The Department of Agriculture has issued a statement on the illegal logging laws that affect importers of timber & timber products, pulp, paper and paperboard and furniture.
The AFP and ABF have seized 540 kilograms of methamphetamine in Sydney following a ‘controlled delivery,’ in one of the 10 largest drug hauls in the nation's history.
Back on 11th January we reported on the spread of the ‘white spot’ disease in the prawn industry. On 1st March the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources issued an update.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has concluded negotiations on the landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) following ratification by two-thirds of its members (112 out of 164). It entered into force on 22nd February 2017.
On Thursday 16th February Australia’s Federal Treasurer introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 into Parliament’s House of Representatives.
Using hi-tech X-ray equipment that has only been in operation for 4 months, border officials have intercepted a haul of cocaine and ice hidden in a containerload of mining machinery.
A huge rebound in Australia’s commodity exports has delivered a bumper trade surplus of $3.51 billion in December, and is likely to keep doing so for at least the next six months.
The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) has issued an alert about increased incidences of counterfeit shipping containers appearing in Australia.