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.

ATO Clarifies GST on International Freight

The ATO has produced an explanatory document, including practical examples, to clarify the application of GST in relation to international transport and supply of related local services.

APEC Aims to Drive Next Growth Frontier in Asia-Pacific

APEC Senior Officials outlined the priorities for 2016 to the APEC Business Advisory Council, who are meeting in San Francisco - home to the world’s leading technology hub.

Restrictions on Lithium-Ion Batteries

The UN’s aviation agency has prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane-makers that they are a fire risk.

Update on Container Weight Regulations

While the new regulations on container weights are still officially set to commence on 1st July this year, complaints are being heard from shippers internationally – particularly in the USA, where they are calling for a delay of up to a year.

Duty Concessions for Manufacturing Inputs

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is conducting an evaluation of import duty concessions on certain materials such as chemicals, plastics & paper, metal materials and food packaging materials such as aluminium cans.

TPP Signed in Auckland on 4th February

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries, was signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland after 7 years of negotiations.

Food Standards Proposal to Remove Origin Labelling

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for submissions on the removal of country of origin labelling (CoOL) requirements from the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

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