Last year we faced several issues and challenges regarding de-hiring and collection of empty containers, and this year will be no different. Empty Parks across Australia have once again increased their fees, referring to this as a “Peak Season Increase”. As a result, the cost will be increasing across the entire industry. This fee is now effective nation-wide and the rate will vary depending on the carrier, the empty park and the state.
The Department of Agriculture extended a trial to select industry participants to investigate the viability of safeguarding arrangements during the BMSB season.
The scheme offers an alternative pathway for goods during the BMSB season and recognises approved importers that can demonstrate the ability to manage biosecurity risk and seasonal pest risk from the point of manufacture up to the point of embarkation.
The trial was successful, and as a result is now open to industry. If certain eligibility criteria are met, then importers may be able to apply and benefit from reduced interventions at the border leading to fewer delays and less imposed costs.
If you would like to know more, please contact Harders Advisory.
Food importers are still suffering with significant delays for bookings of imported food inspections, particularly in New South Wales. This is largely due to a shortage of sufficiently skilled officers.
There is no way currently to jump the queue, unless the product is perishable.
One way that importers could reduce the burden of these delays is to enter into a Food Import Compliance Agreement (FICA) with the Department of Agriculture. If an importer has a recognised Food Safety Management System and imported product has a record of compliance, then applying for a FICA allows them to handle the administrative requirements of food inspections and testing without the need for intervention from the Department.
For more information please contact Harders Advisory.
The ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) has launched Incoterms® 2020. First introduced in 1936 to establish commonly accepted definitions and rules related to the delivery of goods between trading partners worldwide, the Incoterms have been periodically revised to reflect changes in the international trade system.
The 2020 edition delivers to the market need in relation to bills of lading, with an on-board notation and the Free Carrier (FCA) Incoterms rule. It is more accessible, with more detailed explanatory notes that illustrate the responsibilities of importers and exporters for each Incoterms rule, and how to choose the most appropriate Incoterms rule for each business.
There are currently urgent maintenance works taking place on the local rail infrastructures in Italy. As a result, all rail moves to and from Genoa VTA terminal will be paused during the period from October 13 to November 3, 2019.
Alternatives via trucks will be in place as a result, as the total rail volumes cannot be diverted to alternative ports. Truck capacity is likely to be under pressure during that period, so if you are planning shipments in this area, we suggest you contact our team to find the most suitable solution for your business.
From January 2020, all ships and vessels worldwide will be required to reduce their sulphur emissions. This is part of an effort to reduce the impact of sulphur oxide emissions from shipping, benefiting the environment and human health.
All ships and vessels will be required to use fuel oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% m/m. Vessels will also be able to use an IMO (International Maritime Organisation) approved equivalent method, including exhaust gas leaning systems, providing that the emissions meet the required target. There has been a low sulphur levy applied to fuel for several years now, though this change will be the quantum per container.
The following vessel changes will take place on the NEMO Service:
There are some exciting projects coming up this month that we look forward to revealing soon. Stay tuned to find out more.