An Alternative Biosecurity Levy for 2020

The Government will not proceed with the Biosecurity Imports Levy proposed in the 2018-19 Budget but instead develop an alternative biosecurity levy, in consultation with industry.

PNG & Torres Strait the ‘Weak Link’

After two attempts to import cocaine in containers of fruit products to Queensland via PNG were thwarted, the court has been told drug traffickers see the Torres Strait as a ‘soft target.’

Changes to Imports of HCFC Equipment

From 01 January 2020 it will be illegal to import any type of HCFC equipment, including refrigerators, air conditioners, fire extinguishers & aerosols, except in certain circumstances.

Expanding Agricultural Exports in Asia-Pacific

Federal Parliament has passed legislation enabling FTAs with Indonesia, Peru and Hong Kong, bringing Australian farmers a step closer to reaping benefits from the trade agreements.

Port of Brisbane Gets Rail Funding

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd has welcomed government funding, at both federal & state levels, to accelerate the planning required in directly connecting Inland Rail to the Port of Brisbane.

Industry Unites to Fight Port Access Charges

This week peak industry organisations, including the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council (CBFCA), have joined forces to fight crippling charges being imposed by stevedores.

Wellcamp Export Hub to Reach Global Potential

Darling Downs (Queensland) producers will have easier access to airfreight for their exports with a new $10 million Regional Trade Distribution Centre to be built at Wellcamp Airport.

Wildlife Import Warning After Pelt Seizure

Australians attempting to import wildlife items have been warned to abide by strict border controls or risk prosecution, following the seizure of a Canadian grey wolf pelt in Perth.

Australia Part of World's Largest Trade Pact

The big news coming out of the ASEAN summit is that Australia will become part of an Asian free trade pact, the RCEP, that effectively covers half the world's population.

Film Records 50 Years of Containerisation

A short film called World in a Box has been released, celebrating 50 years since shipping containers were introduced to Australia with the arrival of the Encounter Bay in 1969.

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