Need some help? I’d love to hear from you!

It took years of experience and education to gain my qualifications as a licensed Customs Broker. Not only do I need to make sure that your goods are compliant with several regulatory government departments, but I also need to ensure that you as an importer are as informed as possible and thus understand your obligations. Australian Border Force upholds their position when protecting our borders that ‘ignorance is not a defence’ and should there be any instances of non-compliance, the penalties can be rather severe.

Importing goods into Australia is an extremely complex process and requires a degree of knowledge and understanding. But that’s why we’re here.

I’d like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. My name is Neil McLagan and I am the licenses Customs Broker at Transitainer WA. If you have an inquiry about documentation, legislation, duty and tax rates, quarantine, or anything else that pertains to import border clearance, I’d be happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Email – neilm@transitainerwa.com.au

Phone – (08) 9350 5173 

New Fumigation Regulations in China

To our valued customers, please note a recent message from our agents in China.

 

“Please note, for all shipments exported from Shenzhen ports (i.e. YANTIAN/SHEKOU) which require fumigation, all containers must be fumigated at the fumigation site and are require to wait for 36 hours before leaving.  It takes at least two days for the fumigation process now.

If a fumigation certificate is required to be issued, correct (related) documents must be sent to the Shenzhen CIQ department agent 24 hours before the fumigation process.

Due to a longer waiting time for fumigation, shippers have to arrange their loading earlier if fumigation is required, otherwise the container might miss the original sailing”

 

We will do our best as always to keep you informed on a case by case basis and hope that this does not impact on any of our Customers shipments too heavily.

 

If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us on (08) 9350 5173 

Why Our Borders Matter!

Importing goods from overseas may seem like a costly, complicated and stressful process, especially in terms of compliance. Bringing goods into the country requires risk assessment, especially if those goods have never been imported before. Between Australian Border Force, The Department of Agriculture, The Anti Dumping Commission and various other regulatory bodies, a system exists to protect our borders and for good reason – To keep Australia safe from biological, criminal and economical harm, just to name a few.

Recently, we received an update from Australian Border Force with regards to certain overseas suppliers and shipping agencies looking to circumnavigate that system in order to gain profit or position in the International market. Transitainer takes border protection very seriously, as well as making sure our customers are equally as protected. We look for and would report any suspicious behavior, no matter how minor the potential might seem.

Legislation, taxes, restrictions and policies exist for a reason. Whether they seem fair or not to an individual is another debate, but in general, the overall message is a positive one – they are designed to protect and uphold what we have.

If you notice anything suspicious, or are contacted by any overseas entity offering any type of circumnavigation of the Australian border protection system, please do contact us. Better still, file an anonymous complain with Border Watch 1800 06 1800

We are all in this together and it is our responsibility to ensure Australia is protected from harm!

UPDATE! Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2019-2020

Following on from our most recent post regarding the 2019-2020 BMSB season, please note that the new upcoming seasonal measures have been posted.

In summary, the new season changes are as follows (but not limited to):

  • Several additional high risk countries have been added to the list
  • Several target high risk and target risk goods have been added to the tariff list
  • Changes to the approved treatment providers list
  • Changes to the way FAK/LCL cargo will be managed

We strongly encourage all importers to visit the 2019-2020 BMSB page and familiarise themselves with the requirements. the consequences of goods arriving into Australia that do not meet the requirements could be costly.

For more information, please contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan (08) 9350 5173

China Treatment Provider Certificates

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) continues to recognise GACC as the only issuing body for methyl bromide fumigation certificates from China. In response to a number of fraudulent certificates having been provided from various Chinese entities, DAWR requires that the document must contain a number of security features to be considered as valid. It is important that your supplier understands and complies with this requirement to avoid documents being rejected upon arrival, resulting in potential for delays and added costs.

DAWR industry advice notice 97-2018 refers, as well as information on the required security features.

You can also find a template of the certificate on our website, under the templates & tools page.

Energy Corporation Fined For Asbestos Importation

A large multinational company has been convicted in WA’s District Court for inadvertently importing asbestos into Australia between 2012 and 2013, resulting in fines of $175,000 plus court costs.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is hailing the conviction as a strong warning to other businesses that it is their obligation to ensure goods are completely free from asbestos (and any other dangerous materials) and that “ignorance is not a valid defence“.

Despite the importer had voluntarily disclosed the find to ABF, the court found that they had contravened S233(1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901 and in summary, were guilty of unlawfully importing asbestos into Australia.

We would like to remind our customers that it is the sole responsibility of the importer to ensure that their goods are completely free from any dangerous or unlawful materials, particularly asbestos, before shipping them to Australia. A due diligence undertaking must be an integral part of the purchasing and procurement process for all importers, as the consequences can be severe, whether or not (as was in this case) the importation was performed unwittingly.

For more on what you can do to ensure you follow the appropriate due diligence measures, view our most recent post on the topic.

If you have any further concerns, or questions, please contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan 08 9350 5173

Highly Processed Wooden Articles

 

Did you know that the Department of Agriculture introduced some time ago, special provisions for goods that are considered as highly processed wooden articles?

Highly processed wooden articles are goods which due to their nature are deemed much less of a biosecurity risk and as such, may be released without intervention following the presentation of the correct documentation.

To qualify, goods must fall within one of the descriptions listed here and must meet the specific conditions listed in the BICON CASE for  highly processed wooden articles.

For more information, please contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan (08) 9350 5173 

Online Documentation Suite – Available Now!

Did you know that we have a complete list of documentation templates available online? We understand that in today’s modern international trading environment, time is precious and as most correspondence is now dealt with over email and the internet, having immediate and direct access to the required information is imperative.

As such, we have developed a suite of documentation templates available here on our website in order to assist our customers.

Should you have any questions of course, we are more than happy to help. Please contact a staff member today on (08) 9350 5173 

 

Asbestos – The Requirements!

Who does this notice effect?

All Australian Importers and/or Transitainer WA customers

What has changed?

The way in which we can receive your asbestos free goods due diligence assurance

What is the definition of Asbestos?

The Customs (Prohibited Import) Regulations 1956 in line with current work, health and safety regulations, define asbestos as asbestiform varieties of mineral silicates belonging to the following serpentine or amphibole groups of rock forming minerals :

  • Actinolite asbestos
  • grunerite (or amosite) asbestos (brown);
  • anthophyllite asbestos;
  • chrysotile asbestos (white);
  • crocidolite asbestos (blue);
  • tremolite asbestos; or
  • a mixture that contains one or more of the minerals referred above

Note however, only asbestiform asbestos is controlled at the border. The border control for the importation of asbestos is now applied equally to all of the specified asbestos mineral silicate types. Previously, amphibole asbestos and chrysotile asbestos were treated differently at the border.

What are the current requirements and what is due diligence?

Due diligence is a process of establishing asbestos free assurance as outlined by Australian Border Force here . Up until recently, we have accepted an asbestos free due diligence assurance form, from either the importer or their supplier.

What are the new requirements for due diligence?

As outlined by Australian Border Force on their asbestos page, a rigorous process must have been undertaken, to ensure that any goods which may potentially contain asbestos, are asbestos free. As such, we shall now require a due diligence declaration to have been provided by you before or at the time of shipment, as an assurance that all processes have been carried out and that you remain compliant with the current requirements and legislation.

Do you have any questions or concerns?

Should you have any questions or concerns about this process, or what you obligations are with respect to Asbestos, please do not hesitate to contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan on (08) 9350 5173.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2019-2020

 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has released it’s proposed measures for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, which spans from September 1st – April 30th inclusive.

Sadly this pest has now spread around the globe and is well established in many countries. The new measures are now said to include more target risk countries and more stringent procedures to ensure we keep Australian shores free from BMSB infestation.

To find out more about the 2019-2020 proposed measures, click here . It’s important that as an importer you are aware of the risks and work with your supplier to ensure correct processes and paperwork are in place prior to shipping goods to Australia. Of course we will also work with customers closely to ensure we provide the most cost effective and time efficient solution and also provide updates as more information on these proposed measures come to hand. Stay tuned!

If you’d like to contact our Customs Broker directly for more information, please call our office (08) 9350 5173

 

Telephone Issues!

Please note, since adopting a new telephone system, we have received advice that some people are unable to reach us via our landline number 08 9350 5173. We are aware of this issue and are now working through with our system provider on how to fix the issue.

In the meantime, we can be contacted either via email, or directly with the following people:

Kelly Crossley Director 0419 838 928

Neil McLagan Customs 0451 778 928

Ed Hellsten Sales BDM 0419 888 459

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Preparing to Import During the BMSB Season

The brown marmorated stink bug seasonal (BMSB) measures have been imposed for the past number of years in an effort to protect Australian shores from infestations of the pest.

The season is effective for goods shipped from 1st September – 30th April (inclusive) each year and applies to a range of target risk and target high risk goods shipped from a target risk country. Note that the 2019-2020 proposed seasonal measures are said to include a much wider list of target risk countries.

As an importer, understanding the requirements and obligations can be a very confusing, as well as costly, process. We are happy to assist in providing advice to our Customers with respect to the requirements, please call our Customs Broker on (08) 9350 5173 for assistance.

If at any stage you would like to understand how to prepare for the BMSB season. check out the information provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), via their webpage here

We Accept Credit Cards!

Did you know that we now accept credit card payments? As a new and convenient service offering to our customers, you can now pay your account over the phone or online via the link provided on our webpage making this a simple and easy solution to paying your accounts.

Simply head to our webpage, click the icon and fill out the form, otherwise give our office a call on (08) 9350 5173 to find out more.

***Please note that this service offering only applies to VISA or Mastercard holders and attracts a fee (which we pass on directly from the financial institution) of 2.3%.

We Love Referrals!

If our service makes you happy, why not refer a friend and make them happy to?

As a locally owned Australian business, we really appreciate referrals. It means the world to us to have existing customers who are happy with our service, or friends and colleagues, to refer someone. We would truly be most grateful.

If you’d like to refer someone, have them contact us today on (08) 9350 5173 and we’ll take care of the rest!

Anti Dumping – A Tax You Can’t Afford To Ignore!

“The Anti Dumping Commission (ADC) investigates alleged dumping and subsidisation of goods imported into Australia and imposes duties to address material injury to the Australian Industry that manufactures similar or the same goods. The work of the Commission complies with rules of the World Trade Organization and Australian legislation.” – This is directly from the ADC website.

Unless you have imported goods subject to an anti dumping investigation or measures that are already in place, you may not understand just how financially devastating it could be to receive an account owing for interim, countervailing or dumping duty. The confidential rates set by the ADC could be as much as 50% or more of the total cost of your goods. This is of course perhaps even a generous underestimation and is calculated predominantly by how far the ‘Dumping Export Price‘ falls below the predetermined ‘Ascertained Export Price‘. This is also based on a supplier to supplier basis as have been investigated by the ADC.

So what does it all mean? Well, when you import for example, aluminium extrusions from China, it pays to check with our Customs Broker first to establish if your goods, are ‘Goods Under Consideration‘ and if so, we can perform a draft pre-lodgement to establish precisely what your liability may be. We cannot stress enough to our customers how important this step is, especially in understanding what goods the measures may apply to.

If you believe your goods are subject to ADC measures, please don’t hesitate to contact our office as soon as possible on (08) 9350 5173, we are more than happy to assist. You can contact our Customs Broker Neil McLagan directly also via email neilm@transitainerwa.com.au

Neil also applies his knowledge and experience in providing consultancy services by appointment and can advise on various audit, duty review and free trade measures that may be of an advantage to your business. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today if this service might be useful for your business.

Left to right: Sarah Mullins, Kelly Thomas, Ed Hellsten, Neil McLagan, Kelly Crossley, Lauren Cowan

Important! Transport Rate Increase – Effective Immediately

We wish to advise our valuable customers that unfortunately, due to a new terminal infrastructure fee being introduced, our transport providers have passed on a rate increase for all east cost deliveries effective immediately! Please note that as a result, we shall have to pass on these rate increases and will be as quoted moving forward from today.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our office (08) 9350 5173

Fire Stricken APL Vancouver – General Average Declared!

The 9200 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) M/V APL Vancouver is currently being assessed in a lay-by berth in Singapore following reports of a major fire on board. The shipping line has officially declared a general average (GA) for the vessel and cargo concerned, but at this stage it is unclear how many containers and cargo have been affected.

Of course this comes as a timely reminder to point out to our customers the importance of having marine insurance. Transporting your precious cargo to Australia always carries risk and in cases like these, it could be disastrous should you not have insurance and your cargo is completely destroyed.

Did you know that Transitainer offer marine insurance? Call our office today to inquire how we might be able to help you in making sure you are covered. (08) 9350 5173 or email kellyc@transitainerwa.com.au

Endangered Species and CITES

Did you know that Australia is one of 183 nations worldwide who are a signatory to ‘the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’ (CITES). CITES is an international agreement between governments and it’s aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

At Transtainer, we take the protection of flora and fauna seriously, not just in Australia, but worldwide. We feel it is important to give our customers and perhaps the wider public the most relevant information in order to make informed choices, both in protecting species under threat and in remaining compliant with laws and regulations.

For more information on CITES listed species, please click here

Transitainer WA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

We are proud to announce that today is officially our 10 year anniversary. For any organisation that’s a significant milestone and not only are we paying tribute to all of the great times we have had, it also demonstrates our resilience and ability to survive some of the harder times. Our director, Kelly Crossley has worked tremendously hard to build and establish what is a very successful and dedicated business and team and as an organisation, we are immensely proud of everything that we have achieved. So today, we wish Transitainer WA a happy 10th year anniversary and hand over to Kelly, who has a special message:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped myself and Transitainer WA get to where we are today. Its not often I have the chance to sit back and reflect on just how far we have come, but today I’m certainly doing that…It takes a lot of great people, team work and strong relationships to help build a successful business and today I am simply grateful for mine.

On that note, it is with a heartfelt thank you to our local and overseas business partners, service providers, IT providers, staff and support networks, your support is more than I could ever have wished for.

Most Importantly, Transitainer WA and I certainly wouldn’t be here today without having the most loyal customers imaginable. To those who have provided me with their backing and support, trusted us to handle your precious cargo and placed their faith in our business, thank you dearly from the bottom of my heart.

I also would like to thank and acknowledge my family and my friends who have been there unconditionally and supported me in more ways than I can mention.

So again, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I am full with gratitude today – Our 10th Birthday.

Stay humble, WORK HARD, be kind.

Kelly Crossley

Director” 

 

Export Procedures – Updates and Reminders

Marks and Numbers – The importance of correctly marked and labelled cargo.

Please note that subject to new exporting requirements, it is essential that cargo is delivered to our container freight station (CFS) with adequate marks and numbers to avoid being rejected upon arrival. Please ensure that your cargo is clearly labelled with the following information prior to collection or delivery:

  • Consignee name and address
  • Shipper name and address
  • Origin and destination
  • Number of packages in total consignment (ie. 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 etc.)
  • Shipper and consignee reference numbers
  • Anything else to assist in identifying the cargo

 

Screening of air cargo prior to final loading for export

A reminder that as of March 1st, there will be a 100% level security screening of all international air cargo. This is a huge and positive shift in aviation regulation. There are several private cargo terminal operators (CTO) now equipped with new x-ray machines and also have trained personnel ready to help facilitate the process. As such we are confident there will be little to no disruption in our service delivery and believe that this is a positive shift towards tightening air security.

Department of Home Affairs – Asbestos Update

The Department of Home Affairs has recently advised of updates included in their ‘Asbestos Information Page‘, which can be found here: https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/prohibited-goods/categories/asbestos

This serves as a timely reminder in the event you may not have had a moment to read our  regarding asbestos and due diligence. Whilst it is important to seek a due diligence declaration from your supplier, the process of under taking due diligence is important and cannot be over looked. Importing asbestos whether intentionally or unintentionally may be deemed reckless by the department and carries severe penalties.

If you import goods into Australia, it is imperative that you visit the Asbestos Information Page as linked above and read the information carefully. Our Customs Broker Neil McLagan would also be more than happy to discuss with you in detail, please call our office on 089350 5173.

Importance of Due Diligence – Requirements Growing!

Do you completely understand your due diligence requirements? Did you know the legislation stretches far beyond simply providing us with a statement of due diligence and that further ‘evidence’ is required to substantiate such a claim? It’s vital you read this article to ensure you as an importer, completely understand your responsibilities.

Currently there are two specific pieces of legislation that require a process of due diligence:

  1. Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (and regulations)’
  2. The ‘Customs (prohibited imports) regulations 1956’ regulation 4C – Importation of asbestos

You may already be aware that we ask all importers for written confirmation as a form of evidence of having carried out a process of due diligence. However should you be asked by a government officer to provide further ‘evidence’ that your goods are compliant with the legislation, it is NOT limited to simply providing us with a statement, either directly or indirectly (from your supplier). As an importer, you MUST ensure that in all cases you have undertaken a full process of investigation prior to shipping ANY goods to Australia.

It is the explicit position of the Australian Government that the importer is held solely responsible for having ensured a due diligence process has been carried out and all compliance measures have been taken prior to importation of any goods. If an importer is found to be non-compliant or reckless in any way, penalties are severe. 

With respect to illegal logging prohibitions, it is important prior to importation that you have gathered data, such as:

  • Type of product and trade name.
  • Common name, genus and scientific name of tree species in the product
  • Country, region and forest harvesting unit – is this on the Departments Country
    Specific Guidelines
  • Country where the product is manufactured
  • Supplier details
  • Quantity
  • Any documentation
  • Legality Framework Certificates / Licenses including FSC or PEFC Forest Management
    certification numbers and/or FLEGT licence numbers. FSC and/or PEFC Chain of Custody
    certification
  • Documents specified in Country Specific Guidelines (Government document).
  • Evidence that timber in product hasn’t been illegally logged

The above data is to support the further statement we request from you to ensure due diligence has been carried out. For more information on illegal logging, please click https://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/policies/illegal-logging/importers/due-diligence

With respect to asbestos prohibitions, it is important prior to importation that importers have:

  • Contractual obligations with suppliers specifying nil asbestos content
  • Testing for asbestos content prior to shipping the goods to Australia (MUST be NATA authority)
  • Regular risk assessment and quality assurance processes, that take into account:
    – What raw materials are used in the manufacture of the goods;
    – Where overseas manufacturers source their raw materials;
    – Identifying and subsequently minimising asbestos-risk activities at the point of manufacture.

The above data is to support the further statement we request from you to ensure due dilligence has been carried out. For more information on asbestos prohibitions, please click https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/prohibited-goods/categories/asbestos

In an increasing compliance environment, please understand that there will be more prohibitions and requirements for due diligence processes under various pieces of legislation, thus importers must understand what is actually required in undertaking and declaring any due diligence process.

If you are unsure about anything detailed in this article, please do not hesitate to contact our customs broker, Neil McLagan, 08 9350 5173

Product Emissions Standards Act 2017

As you may be aware, the Department of Environment and Energy implemented the Product Emissions Standards Act 2017 (the act) as the date suggests. In accordance with the act, as of 1st July 2018, all new outdoor power equipment and marine engines imported into Australia or domestically manufactured in Australia must meet the emissions standards specified in the Rules. As Customs Brokers, we are asked a Community Protection Question when clearing goods under certain tariff codes and the certain restrictions shall apply at the border to ensure compliance.

As of 1st of July 2019, the rules extend to include that all products supplied in Australia must meet the emissions standards specified in the Rules, therefore becoming illegal to sell or supply goods in any way, that do not meet the standards outlined in the act.

We take regulation and compliance very seriously. Though at times, changes are not always foreseeable, we do try to prepare our customers for changes that may have an affect on the way they perform their business.

For further information on how you or your business can be prepared for the phasing of the rules under the Product Emissions Standards Act 2017, click here

Of course as always, if you have an queries or questions that we can help with, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customs Broker Neil on 08 9350 5173

IMPORTANT – Border Held Containers and Storage at Terminals!

Sea Freight Forwarding Perth

Recently we’ve had some issues where containers that were initially clear, have been subject to a border processing hold several hours after the initial entry for clearance has been submitted to Australian Border Force. This issue has resulted in some containers that were subject to a border hold, beyond the free storage period at the terminal, attracting storage fees prior to final release.

On behalf of our clients, we of course submitted our concerns to Australia Border Force with regards to this situation. Unfortunately, we have been advised that goods are subject not only to a cargo reporting (freight forwarder/shipping line) screening hold of 24 hours, but also an import declaration (customs entry) screening hold for 24 hours post ‘entry’ submission.

What this means is that if the entry is submitted within less 24 hours of vessel arrival, as a result of the screening period, Australian Border Force may apply a border hold after the vessel arrival, subsequently relinquishing all rights to a free storage grace period should the hold exceed the 3 free day storage period at the terminal.

As a result, we’d like to inform our clients that it is critically important we have all of your documentation, complete for entry, at least 48 hours prior to arrival (greater in peak periods) to reduce the risk of you goods being subject to storage charges. We appreciate and thank you for your understanding.

January 2019 News!

As we commence into 2019, the new year brings hope that the most difficult of the economic climates seen in 2017 and 2018, is now behind us. In fact, via reputable sources we have confirmed that Fremantle Ports volumes have increased to a 5 year high, which is positive news indeed. With that, we at Transitainer WA are excited for what’s in store and as always, aim to be at the forefront of local service providers being able to service our clients into more prosperous times. With expanding free trade measures and partnerships unfolding, as well as a reduction in some applicable duty rates under some agreements, we are confident the international trading environment is looking positive. As always, we are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team. Thanks once again for your support into the New Year – Kelly Crossley.

 

Chinese New Year

As you might already be aware, the Chinese New Year is again fast approaching and runs between January 28th to February 19th. During this time most Chinese suppliers and agents will close for their holiday season and as such, it is critically important that we receive all documentation soon before then to avoid any lengthy delays and penalties related to your cargo at the border here in Australia. Please ensure suppliers are aware of these closures and that you as an importer have everything you need from them prior to then, including express/telex release and documents which might prevent release here in Australia. We are happy to work with you in any way that we can.

Notable dates are as follows:

JAN 28TH–FEB 4TH

Little Year

Preparations for the new year begin on January 28th, 2019, and last until New Years Eve.

11 DAYS

FEB 5TH–15TH

Spring Festival

Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th.

4 DAYS

FEB 16TH–19TH

Lantern Festival

Preparations begin the 16th, and the Lantern Festival is held on February 19th.

BMSB Measures and Suspension of Some Offshore Treatment Providers

The 2018/2019 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season is still in force and although critically important that we take this biosecurity threat seriously, there have been a number of complicated issues and as a result, have cost local industry significantly. As of December 17th, without due warning or any ‘in transit’ provisions being applied, a number of Italian treatment providers were suspended due to ongoing investigations and malpractice. We take this very seriously of course and are working on a case by case basis to ensure the best and least time consuming outcome. We must first of all ensure our borders are kept protected from this threat, however also do so by providing as cost effective and time effective a solution as possible. In most cases, target high risk goods from a target country MUST have mandatory fumigation. If your cargo falls within this category, we thank you for you patience in advance in working with us to ensure we remain compliant and that we work out the best possible solution. More on the current measures can be found here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

New Export Screening Measures In Place

March 1, 2019 will see the start of cargo screening for all destinations when exporting from Australia. Whilst industry have had this process applied to US bound shipments in the past we will now see all destinations requiring piece level screening. Note that we are working with our local service providers to help ensure this has as minimal an impact as possible to your operations and delivery times, but in some instances, screening of cargo will likely result in a small delay upon export. We will as always keep you informed and do absolutely everything that we can to provide the most efficient solution.

You Can Now Follow Us on Instagram

Two things in life are certain…. taxes and…… the fact everyone will eventually succumb to social media. In all seriousness we aim to provide some visual insights into our world of freight forwarding and thanks to Instagram we can do so. You can find us at https://www.instagram.com/transitainer_wa/

Staff Spotlight 

At Transitainer, our most valuable asset other than our loyal customers of course, is our people. We tend not to refer to them as our ‘staff‘ but as ‘people‘ who form a very valuable part of our operation. These are the same people that work hard with dedication, pride and with a sense of accountability, taking an approach to handling your cargo very personally. We couldn’t be more grateful for having each of them on board.

For the next few editions of our newsletter, we will share a little segment as a staff member spotlight on each of them so you can get to know a little bit more about each of them.

This month we are pleased to introduce Lauren Cowan, who specialises in Transport and Operations and is the voice many of you will hear when it’s time to delivery your container. We took five minutes to ask Lauren a few questions about her experience being a valuable part of our team.

TTWA – How long have you worked at Transitainer? Lauren – Just short of 2 years and 9 months

TTWA – What’s your favourite thing about working for Transitainer? Lauren – The fantastic team I get to work with, who are more like friends than colleagues.

TTWA – What do you enjoy the most about your role? Lauren – I enjoy being involved in so many different stages of the process and seeing a shipment through, from the tracking stage through to final delivery.

TTWA – What’s particularly challenging about your role?  Lauren – Definitely customs ever-changing documentation requirements, as well as the language barriers with foreign suppliers.

Lauren’s Fun fact: “Born and raised South African who is fortunate enough to get the opportunity to immigrate here 3 years ago.”

 

Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – UPDATE!

In an earlier post this week, we discussed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) in brief summary. We now have further information to elaborate.

So what is CPTPP? Well essentially it’s a type of free trade agreement, which Australia is a signatory to, involving 11 different countries that will agree to certain preferential tariff rates (mostly free). The countries involved in the agreement are as follows:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile 
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam

Commencing on December 30th 2018, there will be immediate cuts to some goods from some of the countries mentioned above. There will then be further cuts then made on January 1st 2019 and again 60 days later as the agreements with other countries are finalised.

What this means is that as an importer, you must address the following key elements to take advantage of the CPTPP:

  1. What goods am I importing?
  2. How are these goods treated under the CPTPP?
  3. Where are my goods produced? Will they qualify under the CPTPP?
  4. Certify the origin of your goods to ensure you can take advantage of the CPTPP.

Whilst we are aiming in every sense to help our customers transition into understanding this agreement, it is still rather complex and to explain it all under this post would be difficult. Addressing the above key points would be our primary recommendation.

Our Customs Broker can of course assist you in making a determination with reference to points 1-3 above, however as point 4 provides, to certify the process is reliant upon your supplier to also understand their obligations under the agreement and to liaise with their local authority to assist in certifying those goods.

What’s more exciting about the CPTPP is that the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) have also announced some amendments to the Customs Act 1901 to allow for provisions to waive the requirement for certificates of origin and looks as though they may allow a statement which meets the critical required information under the agreement, to be included on a suppliers commercial invoice, whether that be a producer or an exporter of those goods from a CPTPP territory. This development might help to reduce some of the trade barriers imposed by attempting to obtain a certificate of origin in the instance where a supplier is unable to, or incapable of providing one.

For a more detailed scope on the CPTPP, we urge you to read the following guide, which we have included for your reference and understanding. cptpp_guide

The 2018/2019 Holiday Season Begins!

The 2018/2019 Holiday Season Begins!

 

A Word From Our Director

“As next week sees the beginning of what many officially call the holiday season, we appreciate and acknowledge the busiest upturn in volume seen in 5 years. Nevertheless we will still be working hard to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. In light of the many closures and skeletal staffing arrangements across the industry, our team is hoping to have everything in place to help minimise the impact on our customers. Most importantly the factors which can result in heavy and costly delays in obtaining release and delivery of goods from cargo terminals and operators. I’d like to formally thank once again, our valuable customers for their support throughout 2018 and onward to 2019. It is our customers that we have to thank for our 9 years of service in this industry as well as our fantastic team here at Transitainer WA that make it all possible. Have a safe and Merry Xmas and a happy new year!” – Kelly Crossley / Director. 

Documentation

Please work with our team to ensure we have all necessary commercial documentation on hand prior to the end of this week. This will significantly reduce the potential for delays during the Xmas period. Please also ensure that telex release arrangements have been made as this will ensure we are able to collect your cargo from the terminal in the absence of physical documentation. Whilst we do all that we can to accommodate our customers, we can not be held responsible for late or incomplete documentation which will almost certainly result in delays in the clearance or delivery process. The impact could be costly, thus it is in our customers absolute best interests that we stress this point of importance.

Post Season Congestion

As with any other holiday season, it takes some time for the industry to catch up with the backlog. Whilst some businesses are closed, the international service delivery schedule does not and vessels and aircraft continue to arrive on our shores with cargo. It typically takes until mid to end of January to clear much of this congestion. Please work with us as we navigate through through any potential congestion and understand that we will do everything that we can to uphold our service delivery standards to assist our customers.

Border Clearance Implications During the Holiday Period

Quite often change is synonymous with the beginning of a new year. The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) or formerly known as Australian Customs or DIBP, have announced some legislative amendments to commence both on December 30th and January 1st. With the introduction of the TPP-11 (see yesterday’s post) and both import and export tariff classification amendments, these legislative changes will be implemented at a time when most industry participants are on holidays or at a reduced capacity.

Furthermore, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, formerly known as Australian Quarantine or AQIS, are facing several challenges of their own as they work to contain the wide spread brown marmorated stink bug issue, as well as technical system and staffing issues. Again whilst this makes it a very challenging time for industry participants, we are working hard to ensure we minimise the impact to our customers.

The import border clearance environment is complex at best but know that our customs broker and experienced team are working to ensure that our customers will be kept up to date with any changes as they unfold.

Reminder Of Office Hours Over Xmas 

Please note below dates and closure times, however some members of our team will be on call either through email or mobile phone.

  • Xmas Eve             12 noon
  • Xmas Day             Closed
  • Boxing Day           Closed

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  • New Years Eve     12 Noon
  • New Years Day     Closed

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Kelly Crossley, Director                              0419 838 928 / kellyc@transitainerwa.com.au

Neil McLagan, Customs Broker                 0451 778 928 / neilm@transitainerwa.com.au 

Ed Hellsten, Business Development         0419 888 459 / edwardh@transitainerwa.com.au 

 

Once again, from all of the team here at Transitainer WA, please have a safe and Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. We look very much forward to seeing you again in 2019.  

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP-11 enters into force on December 30, with final details and legislative amendments still yet to be published. Here is some brief information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as further information. Note that we will endeavor to keep our customers informed and today have received information on the rules of origin (ROO).

“The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.  The deal was signed by the 11 countries on 8 March 2018 in Santiago, Chile.

This Agreement is a separate treaty that incorporates, by reference, the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement (signed but not yet in force), with the exception of a limited set of provisions to be suspended. The 11 countries have a shared vision of the Agreement as a platform that is open to others to join if they are able to meet its high standards.

Importantly for Australia, the TPP-11 ensures that the substantial market access package secured in the original TPP is maintained (i.e. covering goods and services market openings and commitments on regulations on foreign investment). This market access package will be implemented among the TPP-11 Parties, delivering major new opportunities for Australian exporters, investors and firms engaged in international business. The outcome maintains the ambitious scope and high quality standards and rules of the original TPP.”

 

More information from DFAT can be found here https://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/not-yet-in-force/tpp-11/Pages/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-tpp.aspx  

 

To find out more about TPP-11, please contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan.

Certificates Of Origin – Common Questions Answered!

So often, we receive inquiries about the benefits of free trade agreements and whether goods might be applicable for preferential (reduced as a result of free trade, usually to free) rates of duty under a particular agreement.

Here are a few common questions we receive as well as some answers that might help to alleviate any concerns you or your supplier(s) may have had when attempting to claim goods under a particular free trade agreement.

 

  1. Can I claim preferential rates of duty without having presented a valid free trade certificate of origin, as I am waiting on my supplier to provide me with one? – Unfortunately not, as the legislation applicable to this requirement is clear in that the importer must have on hand at the time of entry, a valid free trade certificate of origin
  2. What happens if I do not have a valid free certificate of origin at the time of entry? – Do not despair, we can still enter your goods and continue with clearance to avoid delays in delivery, however this means that we must pay your duties and taxes upfront to obtain release.
  3. Do I have an opportunity to claim a refund of duties and taxes paid once I have on hand a valid free trade certificate of origin? – Yes, absolutely, in most cases a valid free trade certificate of origin issued specifically for the entered goods may entitle you to lodge a claim for an electronic refund of duties and taxes already paid. Our Customs Broker can facilitate the entire process
  4. What happens if any of the details on my free trade certificate of origin are incorrect or incomplete? – Unfortunately, to be a valid free trade certificate of origin, all required critical fields must be complete and correct. Australian Border Force may accept some small discretionary errors such as a spelling mistake for example, however an accurate goods description, HS code and origin criterion (WP for example) must be provided as are all critical fields.
  5. How do we ensure our document is complete and accurate if unsure? – Whilst the accuracy of information is always the importers responsibility and we urge you to stay informed with regards to free trade matters (DFAT website for example), we also understand that we have the knowledge and expertise to interpret some of the legislation in detail. Please either as an importer or a supplier, send your documents to our office to be checked ‘prior’ to finalisation or shipping to avoid issues upon arrival.
  6. How do I obtain more information about free trade agreements? – Contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan, who will be more than happy to assist. neilm@transitainerwa.com.au or 08 9350 5173 

 

IMPORTANT! – Limited DAWR Services Over Xmas Period

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) formerly known as Australian Quarantine, have notified industry of their Xmas period closures and staffing arrangements.

Please note that this will have a potentially significant impact on how we are able to do business in and around these closures with respect to clearing goods which are under a profile with the department.

To ensure we have as best chance as possible of avoiding any potential delays, please ensure your documents are complete and submitted to our office for clearance at least 7 days prior to arrival and most certainly prior to the Xmas period.

For full details on the DAWR arrangements, please view their full notice here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/175-2018

December News

December News!

 

We believe in connecting with our customers on a personal level, not just servicing them. 2018 has as per the last few years, been a challenging economic and compliance environment but one like always, we have managed to navigate our way through successfully. We owe much of that success to the key people that matter to us the most – YOU and our valuable team who make it all work! As we work together we believe in achieving an outcome that we feel is a product of both a personalised approach and good old fashioned service. Transitainer remain a grass roots local West Australian owned business and we won’t sacrifice our ethics or our morals in favour of simply competing with our opposition. It’s our attention to these factors that we think are integral to our success story and we thank you, our loyal customers for your support all the way through – Kelly Crossley, Director 

 

Peak Season

Please note that as a consequence of the peak season rates continue to increase. Spaces are of course also very restricted with most carriers, however by booking with us as soon as possible you may improve the possibility of securing space at the load port within your preferred time frame. We do however express caution that due to congestion, containers are being rolled onto a later vessel quite often and we advise our customers to expect delays. We will always aim to keep you updated throughout.

 

Port, Stevedore and Transport Issues

Although we aim in all cases to deliver your valuable cargo as soon as possible, please note that we do encounter (especially at this time of year) challenges which forego our capacity to collect your cargo in the expected time frames. Industrial action, stop work meetings and terminal software issues are all common issues that can affect the collection and delivery of cargo.

For example just last week, DP World in Sydney was closed as a result of industrial action. We were also advised of a nationwide 1-Stop issue, which is ultimately the system terminal operators use to check status and release cargo. Patrick Stevedores in Brisbane also advised of a stop work meeting coming on December 6th which will also result in significant delays. We appreciate your patience during these times, but please know we are doing all we can to navigate around these challenges which are ultimately issues outside of our control.

 

Documentation – Timing Matters!

Whilst we do appreciate the challenging environment that is International Trade, we also advise our customers to provide documentation as early as possible. It is not unusual for our Customs Broker and operations team to work at least 7 days ahead of schedule and for good reason. Working this far ahead allows us to foresee and allow for potential issues that may arise and work to resolve them prior to the arrival of that vessel. The closer to arrival or later that we receive documentation, the greater the risk that we may not be able to respond to an issue in enough time to avoid heavy delays and or penalties as a result of late clearance. Please ensure you can provide commercial documentation to us in full as early as possible to avoid potential issues. Furthermore, please ensure Original bills or telex releases are organised in a timely manner in order to save shipments being delayed on delivery.

 

Xmas and Holiday Season Is Upon Us!

It’s that time of year again and of course with that, we must be prepared and organised to minimise the disruption to services and deliveries. Can you please advise us as soon as possible of your Xmas and Holiday Season operating ours and closures, as well as emergency contact details for anyone managing deliveries and cargo over this time. It will help us do what we can to work with you as best as we can in making sure everything runs smoothly.

 

Accounts

Managing accounts is a challenging and difficult role as we’re confident any business would understand. Whilst we always try to help facilitate our customers within the agreed terms, we’d like to make mention as a gentle reminder to attempt to keep your accounts with us up to date, especially over the Xmas period. Note that when most businesses are closed over the Xmas period. we continue to operate and disburse funds which makes it a challenging ledger to keep balanced, especially as duties and taxes must be paid before cargo may be released. We kindly ask that you review your accounts in advance, again especially prior to Xmas and be sure they are kept up to date. Note that we also accept credit card payments.

 

Transitainer – Projects and Break Bulk Specialists!

Did you know that Transitainer have a wealth of experience, knowledge and ability to service your project or break bulk needs? As an example, we recently just successfully  facilitated 3 x 40’ Mafi Loads for Lyttelton where the cargo was over length. We were yet again entrusted by one of our VIP Customers to find the best solution for the over length cargo weighing in at just over 93 tonnes. Partnered with our professional agents and friends in New Zealand, Global Destination Forwarding, we confidently handled the entire process, delivering to site in NZ.  No project is too big or small…

Both Kelly Crossley and Ed Hellsten have depth of knowledge and experience in this area and are more than enthusiastic about taking new enquiries. Out of gauge (OOG) cargo is not something that every service provider can handle and it really pays to have someone confident in making the right decisions for you in this area. Ed also has an MSIC card which is crucial for supervising activities on the terminal itself.

 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update

It’s certainly been a challenging time with respect to the 2018 – 2019 brown marmorated stink bug season. So far there have been many onshore discoveries of the pest, as well as vessel turn arounds, forcing the Department of Agriculture to respond with tightened provisions and strict measures.

Some carriers have also responded with refusal to load and banning of cargo from high risk countries, or containing target or target high risk goods.

We have also recently received advice that until further notice, the entire port of La Spezia in Italy has been banned for loading to Australia. We will of course keep you updated as this continues to unfold, but for now, we cannot take any bookings from that port.

Due to the pest being particularly elusive and having a propensity to breed whilst in transit, it proves significantly challenging to ensure we keep this from our shores.

 

Transitiner Xmas Party!

Last weekend was the inaugural Transitainer team Xmas Party, where the team were treated to an amazing night out at Blue Water Grill in Heathcote. A great night was had by all of our hard working team and here are some photos of the night.

First Photo from Left to Right: Neil McLagan(Customs Broker), Rebecca Hellsten(Ed’s Wife), Ed Hellsten(Projects), Kelly Crossley (Director), Lauren Cowan (Transport), Cara Johnson(Neil’s Partner), Sarah Mullins (Accounts/Operations), Kelly Thomas(Customer Service/Sales), Brad Thomas(Kelly’s Husband).  

 

Our Customs Broker Neil Setting New Goals After Recovering From Horror Crash!

Just less than a month after returning from his epic ride from Perth to Sydney solo, our Customs Broker Neil McLagan sadly had a very serious crash on his bike resulting in him being just moments away from losing his life at the scene. However Neil was very lucky and has worked hard on focusing on not only recovering from the accident, but using the experience to his advantage…..The West Australian Newspaper publishing an article just this weekend, describing how he has remarkably bounced back and has been able to turn his experience into something positive. Read the full article here https://thewest.com.au/sport/cycling/cyclist-wants-to-cycle-height-of-mt-everest-after-horror-crash-ng-b881018830z 

 

Transitiner Xmas Operating Hours

Please note below dates and closure times, however some members of our team will be on call either through email or mobile phone.

  • Xmas Eve             12 noon
  • Xmas Day             Closed
  • Boxing Day           Closed

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  • New Years Eve     12 Noon
  • New Years Day     Closed

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Kelly Crossley, Director                              0419 838 928 / kellyc@transitainer.biz

Neil McLagan, Customs Broker                 0451 778 928 / neilm@transitainer.biz 

 

Staff Spotlight

At Transitainer, our most valuable asset other than our loyal customers of course, is our people. We tend not to refer to them as our ‘staff‘ but as ‘people‘ who form a very valuable part of our operation. These are the same people that work hard with dedication, pride and with a sense of accountability, taking an approach to handling your cargo very personally. We couldn’t be more grateful for having each of them on board.

For the next few editions of our newsletter, we will share a little segment as a staff member spotlight on each of them so you can get to know a little bit more about each of them.

This month we’ll start with our longest standing team member, specialising in Operations and Accounts, Sarah Mullins. We took five minutes to ask Sarah a few questions about her experience being a valuable part of our team.

TTWA – How long have you worked at Transitainer? Sarah – “5 years in February (can I claim that already haha)”

TTWA – What’s your favourite thing about working for Transitainer? “Our amazing Director and the team/family environment she works so hard to encourage.

TTWA – What do you enjoy the most about your role? Sarah – “The diversity, I am never bored as there is always something new to learn”

TTWA – What’s particularly challenging about your role? Sarah –  “Coordinating and prioritising the various aspects as a results of the diversity of my role”

Sarah’s Fun fact: “I make and sell Macramé pieces in my spare time”

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Please have a Merry Xmas and a safe and wonderful New Year and we look forward to your business in 2019. 

 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – Update!!

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ( the department) has just informed industry participants that the new LCL/ FAK container process was implemented from Tuesday 9 October 2018.

All LCL/FAK containers shipped from France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, and the United States of America will be held by the department under biosecurity control at the wharf.

This is regardless of whether they contain target high risk, target risk or all other goods. The profile the department will use, is the same as the one used to manage containers from Giant African Snail (GAS) countries and will occur as a mandatory measure in Australian Border Force Integrated Cargo System (ICS).

More information can be found on the department webpage Management of LCL and FAK containers during the BMSB season , for goods shipped from both target and non-target risk countries between 1 September and 30 April inclusive.

Of course our team at Transitainer will do what we can to provide advice to our customers who may have goods subject to a hold under these new provisions, but please do expect that there may be a potential for unavoidable delays.

For more information, please contact our Customs Broker Neil McLagan 08 9350 5173.

Important!! – Chinese ‘Golden Week’ Holidays and Closures

As an important notice to our valued customers, next week is Chinese ‘Golden Week’ from the 1st to the 7th October consecutively and as such, most business’s are on holiday, including suppliers and agents. We have noted a surprising number of our customers shipments are still awaiting documentation from China and although we are doing everything that we can to pursue them, many are still outstanding and may be impacted by this widespread closure next week, resulting in potential clearance delays and hefty wharf storage charges.

We ask if you could please ensure to follow up with your supplier as absolutely soon as possible to find out if your documentation is complete and your shipment can be cleared promptly upon arrival here into Australia. This will ensure you can do whatever necessary to avoid potential delays and extra costs.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our office 08 9350 5173

Once again, thanks from the team at Transitainer WA.

ABF Goods Compliance Update – August 2018

As a part of Transitainer WA’s ongoing commitment to border security and goods compliance, we would like to encourage our customers to read the Australian Border Force (Dept. Home Affairs) Goods Compliance Report. The report is typically issued 3-4 times per calendar year and is an important document published by the department in an effort to help raise industry awareness of compliance activities.

This most recent report highlights the most common areas of non-compliance, such as transfer pricing and date of valuation (correct date of export), two things we have focussed on with importers previously. Furthermore, the document also highlights where the department shall increase monitoring and border processing interventions in an effort to strengthen compliance, such as free trade agreements (preferential arrangements), supply chain integrity (reporting of suppliers) and asbestos due dilligence.

If you are engaged in international trade activities, we would urge you to read these compliance reports to help gain an understanding as the principal entity, of the departments approach to compliance.

You can view the ABF’s most recent report here and if you have any questions, our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan is always more than happy to assist.

Seasonal measures for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) – FINAL

The department of agriculture has now published the final brown marmorated stink bug measures (BMSB) for the 2018-2019 season on their recently updated website. To review these measures, click here

To summarise, these measures are both broad reaching and complex and will add an extra element of care in processing shipments from target countries where the cargo is subject to target or risk surveilance. As a snapshot of the requirements, please read below, however note that this is not conclusive and we shall we working with our overseas network of agents to ensure all cargo meets these mandatory requirements. Please stay tuned as we shall bring you more with regards to our approach in managing these measures.

For more information, please contact our Customs Broker – Neil McLagan. 

Vessels

Heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters.

Target risk countries

Any target high risk or target risk goods manufactured in, or shipped from these countries are subject to the BMSB seasonal measures.

Any vessel that tranships or loads goods from these countries are also subject to heightened vessel surveillance.

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

Target high risk goods

Goods in this category require mandatory treatment for BMSB risk.

All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target high risk goods.

36 Explosives, pyrotechnics74 Copper84 Machinery
44 Wood75 Nickel85 Electrical machinery
45 Cork76 Aluminium86 Railway locos
57 Carpets78 Lead87 Vehicles
68 Stone, cement79 Zinc88 Aircraft
69 Ceramics80 Tin89 Ships
70 Glass81 Base metals93 Arms, ammunition
72 Steel, iron82 Tools, cutlery 
73 Steel articles83 Base metal 

Target risk goods

Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention through random inspection. If BMSB is detected the goods will be directed for onshore treatment.

All tariffs under the following chapters are categorised as target risk goods.

25 Salt, minerals31 Fertilisers47 Wood pulp
26 Ores, slag, ash38 Chemical products48 Paper, cardboard
27 Fuel oils39 Plastics49 Printed matter
28 Inorganic chemicals40 Tyres, rubber56 Wadding, felt
29 Organic chemicals46 Straw, basket ware 

All other goods

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk and target risk goods.

Treatments

Treatment options

  • heat treatment
  • methyl bromide fumigation
  • sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

Treatment rates

Heat

  • At 50°C or higher for at least 20 minutes. Note: the minimum temperature of the coldest part of the treated goods should reach at least 50 °C for at least 20 minutes.

Methyl Bromide

  • A dose of 16 g/m3 or above, at 15°C or above, for 12 hours or longer, with an end point reading of 50% or more of the initial concentration. Note: this minimum temperature is 5°C higher than the sulfuryl fluoride conditions.

Sulfuryl Fluoride

There are two sets of rates for sulfuryl fluoride treatments.

  • Treatment providers not using an approved third party program*:
  • A dose of 24 g/m3 or above, at 10oC or above, for 12 hours or longer, with a minimum end point concentration of 12 g/m3

or

  • A dose of 16 g/m3 or above, at 10oC or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point concentration of 8 g/m3
  • Treatment providers using an approved third party program*:
  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m3 or more, while conducting the treatment at 10°C or above, for 12 hours or longer, with a minimum end point concentration of 12 g/m3

or

  • Achieve a CT of 200 g-h/m3 or more, while conducting the treatment at 10oC or above, for 24 hours or longer, with a minimum end point concentration of 8 g/m3

*The approved third party programs are:

  • Douglas Products Fumiguide
  • Ensystex II, Inc Fumicalc

Treatment minimum standards

There are minimum standards for the application of BMSB treatments. Treatments applied for biosecurity purposes are part of managing the risk of introducing exotic pests and diseases. These treatments are only effective when conducted correctly.

It is important that treatment providers understand these requirements to effectively treat consignments for import into Australia.

Our standards outline best practice methodologies for applying biosecurity treatments.

Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers. 

Treatment providers who meet the requirements of the scheme will be added to our approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers.

Treatment providers in target risk countries

All BMSB treatment providers in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United States of America must register with us.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries

Treatment providers in other countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia or the United States of America are also encouraged to register.

Treatment certificates from providers in non-target risk countries who do not register will be accepted. These goods will be subject to increased intervention compared to those treated by approved treatment providers.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who perform multiple BMSB treatments during the season must join the Offshore BSMB Treatment Providers Scheme.

If unregistered treatment providers continue to treat and present treatment certificates throughout the season and have not made any effort to register, future treated goods may be exported or destroyed.

Fraudulent certificates

For treatments conducted in target risk countries, we will only accept BMSB treatment certificates from approved treatment providers.

We have developed a system to monitor and detect the use of fraudulent certificates.

We will identify consignments that arrive in Australia with a fraudulent certificate. We will also target consignments with a certificate from a treatment provider that is not approved.

These consignments will either be:

  • exported, or
  • destroyed, in approved manner.

Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

The below information has been provided to us by the Department of Agriculture can can be found on the BMSB webpage. We shall work with agents in the countries mentioned below to ensure that goods are treated with in accordance with these measures, however as an importer of goods into Australia, it is essential that you correctly inform your suppliers to ensure that they act in accordance with these measurtes below. If there are any questions on the process, please contact our Customs Broker Neil on 08 9350 5173.

THE BMSB WEBPAGE => https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

Risks

The Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It could severely impact our agricultural industries. Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields. Adult BMSB can also be a nuisance, entering vehicles, homes and factories for shelter over winter.

They can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April. This coincides with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Find out how to identify and report brown marmorated stink bug.

2018-19 season measures

You must comply with seasonal measures for certain goods arriving from certain countries that are shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

These measures will include mandatory treatment and increased intervention before arrival into Australian territory.

All goods must still meet standard import conditions in BICON.

Draft measures

We will publish details of final seasonal measures soon. This will include applicable goods and countries, and specific treatment rates.

The proposed seasonal measures apply to certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries as sea cargo.

Draft measures include:

  • heightened surveillance on all roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and general cargo vessels through additional pre-arrival reporting with a BMSB questionnaire and daily checks conducted by vessel masters
  • inspection, treatment or other directions for identified high risk vessels
  • mandatory offshore treatment for target high risk goods
  • increased onshore intervention for target risk goods
  • export or destruction of target high risk goods requiring mandatory offshore treatment and arriving untreated, or treated by an unapproved treatment provider, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.

Target risk countries

  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).

Target high risk goods

Goods in this category will require mandatory offshore treatment for BMSB risk if they are shipped as break bulk, open top or on flat racks.

Containerised goods in this category shipped as LCL (less than container Load) and FAK (freight of all kinds) will require mandatory offshore treatment for BMSB. The option for onshore treatment is being considered for FCL (full container load) and FCX (full container consolidated).

All tariffs under the following chapters are being considered as high- risk goods.

36 Explosives, pyrotechnics74 Copper84 Machinery
44 Wood75 Nickel85 Electrical machinery
45 Cork76 Aluminium86 Railway locos
57 Carpets78 Lead87 Vehicles
68 Stone, cement79 Zinc88 Aircraft
69 Ceramics80 Tin89 Ships
70 Glass81 Base metals93 Arms, ammunition
72 Steel, iron82 Tools, cutlery 
73 Steel articles83 Base metal 

Target risk goods

Goods in this category will be subject to increased onshore intervention.

All tariffs under the following chapters are being considered as target risk goods.

25 Salt, minerals31 Fertilisers47 Wood pulp
26 Ores, slag, ash38 Chemical products48 Paper, cardboard
27 Fuel oils39 Plastics49 Printed matter
28 Inorganic chemicals40 Tyres, rubber56 Wadding, felt
29 Organic chemicals46 Straw, basket ware 

Exempted goods

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as ‘target high risk’ and ‘target risk’.

Treatments

Treatment options

  • heat treatment
  • methyl bromide fumigation
  • sulfuryl fluoride fumigation.

Treatment minimum standards

There are minimum standards for the application of BMSB treatments. Treatments applied for biosecurity purposes are part of managing the risk of introducing exotic pests and diseases. These treatments are only effective when conducted correctly.

It is important that treatment providers in Australia and other countries understand these requirements to effectively treat consignments for import into Australia.

Our standards outline best practice methodologies for applying biosecurity treatments.

Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

The Offshore Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Treatment Providers Scheme (the scheme) sets out the department’s registration and compliance requirements for BMSB treatment providers. 

Treatment providers who meet the requirements of the scheme will be added to our approved list of offshore BMSB treatment providers.

Treatment providers in target risk countries

All BMSB treatment providers in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United States of America must register with us.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries

Treatment providers in other countries who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia or the United States of America are also encouraged to register.

Treatment certificates from providers in non-target risk countries who do not register will be accepted and goods may be subject to onshore verification.

Treatment providers in non-target risk countries who perform more than three BMSB treatments during the season must join the Offshore BSMB Treatment Providers Scheme.

After an unapproved provider’s third certificate is received, future treated goods may be exported or destroyed, unless exceptional circumstances are granted.

Fraudulent certificates

For treatments conducted in target risk countries, we will only accept BMSB treatment certificates from approved treatment providers.

We have developed a system to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates.

We will identify consignments that arrive in Australia with a fraudulent certificate. We will also target consignments with a certificate from a treatment provider that is not approved.

These consignments will either be:

  • disposed of in an approved manner, or
  • exported.

Information sessions

We held information sessions in Sydney and Melbourne for industry. This included outlining our draft seasonal measures.

You can download and read:

  • our powerpoint presentation
  • industry questions and our answers.

 

Meet our business development manager – Ed Hellsten!

We would like to welcome the newest member to our team – Edward Hellsten

Ed joins us bringing with him 30 plus years experience and a wealth of industry knowledge, specifically with with breakbulk, roll on roll off and heavy lift cargo and has successfully helped develop many well known oil and gas and project specific clients, where he has established a very strong ‘can do’ reputation.

Ed’s role as our business development manager is one which we are excited to announce as not only will he add valuable skills to our portfolio, but will be building on our projects division, namely in the resources and industrial cargo sector.

Moving forward, we welcome any opportunities to offer breakbulk, heavy lift, out of gauge (OOG) specialist cargo services and would like to forward your enquiries through Ed directly.

Ed can be contacted via email – edwardh@transitainer.biz or mobile – +61 419 888 459.

Mid Year Newsletter

Whilst 2018 has seen a positive shift in the economic environment and recovery in some sectors from recent years, the international trading environment is still challenging and complex. Whilst we seek to keep our customers as informed as possible and assist in every way we can, we also understand that especially with regards to compliance and border clearance processes, the requirements can be difficult and confusing to navigate. That’s why we are more than happy to help in any way that we can, either in direct liaison with our customers, or with suppliers overseas via our agents. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to let us know – Team Transitainer WA.

GST ON LOW VALUE TRANSACTIONS

As you may or may not be aware, GST is now applicable to all low value transactions. A low value transaction is considered as a transaction or customs value of less than the threshold of $1000AUD. Vendors or suppliers overseas subject to certain conditions, are required to register for GST with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and subsequently collect GST via the international sales transaction with an Australian importer. More details on how this scheme works can be found https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/cargo-support-trade-and-goods/importing-goods/duty-rates-and-taxes/low-

NEW PACKING DECLARTION REQUIREMENTS – JULY 1ST

For our customers and suppliers who may not yet be aware, as per our earlier reminders this year, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has now implemented changes to the ‘minimum documentary requirements policy’ and as such, a new packing declaration requirement has been issued. If you have not yet received the new template, it can be found here (as well as links to other templates) and must be applied to all import clearances from July 1st https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates

2017-2018 BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG SEASON CESSATION 

The 2017-2018 brown marmorated stink bug season (BMSB) and measuresd imposed by the DAWR have now ceased. The meaures applied to certain FCL and break bulk shipments from the USA and Italy. For more information on these measures and to find out more about the 2018-2019 seaons, please click here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

CHINA TEMPORARY BAN ON SCRAP EXPORTS 

Recent news on China’s ban on exported ferrous scrap metals has possibly placed pressure on local Australian Exports.

“States and councils around the country have been struggling since the imposition of import restrictions that exclude 99% of the recyclables that Australia previously sold to China. Hopes are high that the federal government will step in and take a clear role. Proposed solutions include investing in onshore processing facilities and local markets, incentives or mandates to use recycled content, and grants and rebates for innovative approaches that go beyond recycling to designing for prevention and reuse. 

The “ban” is actually a set of import restrictions imposed by China under its Blue Sky/National Sword program. This follows its previous Green Fence program, introduced in 2011, which progressively tightened inspection efforts to reduce the amount of contaminated materials entering the country.

National Sword takes this a step further by restricting the importation of 24 streams of recyclable material. It does this by setting stringent “maximum contamination thresholds” and limiting the number of import permits provided to Chinese businesses”….

To view the full article published by ‘The Conversation’ click here https://theconversation.com/chinas-recycling-ban-throws-australia-into-a-very-messy-waste-crisis-95522

CHANGES TO CHINA ADVANCED MANIFEST

As of June 1st 2018 carriers must submit manifest details to China Customs at least 24 hours prior to loading, for all vessels which are going to, via or out of any of the mainland ports in China. For more details on this as issued by an Australian carrier ANL, please click here https://www.anl.com.au/news/679/changes-to-china-customs-advance-manifest-ccam-for-all-inbound-cargo-to-china

ANL OFFERING DIRECT SERVICS TO JAKARTA

Australian National Line (ANL) are now offering direct services to Jakarta. If you would like more information on this direct service, please contact our friendly customer service team.

‘OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS’ – ONE SERVICE 

Ocean Network Express was established on July 7, 2017 by the integration of ‘K’ Line, MOL and NYK. the alliance, known as the ONE service and further details can be found here https://www.one-line.com/en/standard-page/ocean-network-express

PEAK SEASON

The 2018-2019 peak season will soon be upon us. As a result of increased volumes and demand, congestion at ports and terminals as well as limited space on carrier vessels will directly affect shipping times and space availablity, as well as the typical rate increase. Whilst we will work with our customers as best as we can during this period, we do strongly advise to book with us and arrange all paperwork as early as possible to minimise the impact on your business. For more information on how we can help, please contact our office and customer service team.

DO YOU KNOW OUR TEAM? 

During this past 12 months, we have undergone a couple of staffing and structural changes to improve our services. As such you may not be up to date with who your valid points of contact may be within our organisation. Please see below:

Kelly Crossley – Operational Director

Kelly Thomas – Customer Service

Sarah Mullins – Operations / Customer Service 

Lauren Cowan – Operations / Transport Logistics Coordinator 

Neil McLagan – Customs Broker & Consultant 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and one of our friendly staff with your enquiry who would be more than happy to assist.

STAFF ANNIVERSARIES 

At Transitainer, we are proud of our staff. Not only are they the face of our business, but are our family. We wish to congratulate the folllowing staff members on their recent anniversaries with us and look forward to many more years of service as part of the Transitainer family.

Lauren Cowan – May 9th 2018. 2 years of service.

Kelly Thomas – July 20th 2018. 3 years of service. 

Sarah Mullins (4 years) and Neil McLagan (3 years) also celebrated their anniversaries in February this year. 

Once again team, congratulations!!!

CROSSING FOR A CAUSE AN ABSOLUTE SUCCESS

For those that may have missed the news, Neil McLagan’s solo and unspported ride from Perth to Sydney was a success. As promised, Neil made the brutal 4011km journey in 20 days which is a remarkable average distance of 200 kilometres per day. It was no easy feat, as he battled pain and discomfort, wind and harsh elements and many other daily challenges along the way. Neil set out to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, which he also lives with himself, which alongside completing this using a low carbohydrate wholefoods diet, makes this mammoth task even more unique. Neil’s ambtion was to raise funds for the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre and was succesful in raising a whopping $17,000 for the centre.

Of Course Transitainer were with him all the way… Kelly Crossley our director being a crucial member of Neil’s support and team, took time out of her own busy schedule and life to set up, arrange and liaise with each destination, securing Neil’s accomodation along the way and speaking with him on the phone daily to offer her support. Kelly was instrumental in the social medai campaign and was even there to meet him on arrival in Sydney, filming it all live on the Crossing For A Cause facebook page. Neil said Transitainer and Kelly’s friendship and support was absolutely crucial to his success.

We wish to congratulate Neil again and what was an amazing campaign and a huge acheivement.

Did you know we offer consultancy services?

Do you engage in International Trade? Are you fully aware of how Australia’s international trade and taxation system works? Did you know the several schemes exist which may offer the potential to minimise your duty liability and that you may also be eligible for a refund if overpaid.

Transitainer not only offer a full suite of customs brokerage and border clearance services, but are also experienced consultants, offering services such as:

  • Tariff concession applications
  • Tariff advice
  • Free trade assessments
  • Duty drawbacks
  • Audits and review services 

If you’re concerned that you may in fact have paid too much duty, are looking for a second opinion or would simply like to find out your potential liability (if any), contact us today and ask how our consultant can assist you and your business.

Contact Neil McLagan, our licensed customs broker – 08 9350 5173 or neilm@transtainer.biz

Crossing For A Cause – Our Customs Broker’s epic journey!

It’s been 12 months of full scale planning and preparation, but the time has almost finally arrived for our Customs Broker Neil McLagan who is due to set off, riding solo and unsupported from Perth to Sydney, this coming Sunday March 25th at 5:30am from South Mole Lighthouse in Fremantle. There is no denying that this will be a tough challenge, but one Neil has ultimately prepared for in every aspect.

Neil’s campaign Crossing For A Cause is set to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, which he lives with himself, making ths challenge all the more epic. He’s also doing this by wearing what’s called a continuous glucose monitor, or Dexcom CGM, provided to him by AMSL Diabetes where he can monitor his blood glucose levels 24/7, even whilst on the bike. This device can be cost proihibitive, as it isn’t subsidised for those over 21 years old, which is why Neil wishes to demonstrate how crucial this technology is and should be available to everyone. 

Neil also aims to raise funds to support the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre and so far, has already managed to raise a whopping $6060, which is fantastic. The centre itself provides clinical and psychosoclal support for young people living with type 1 diabetes as well as offering a support network for their families, which is crucial when dealing with such a difficult disease.

Transitainer has been right behind Neil since his first decision to embark on this journey and will continue to fully support his efforts as he takes the next step in jumping on the bike this coming Sunday, March 25th. As a part of that support, we are reaching out to all of our valued customers and clients, suppliers and partners to assist in supporting Neil in any way that you can. We welcome any donations you may wish to make, which are of course tax deductible and beleive that even a little goes a long way in suporting this cause. If you would like to donate, you can donate directly here and on behalf of Neil himself and Transitainer, we would be immensely grateful for your support.

If you wish to follow Neil’s journey, please do head over to his website or Facebook page, where you’ll find all the details of this epic adventure.

Thanks for your support – Transitainer Team.

 

Illegal Logging Prohibition – An Update!

A recent update has been received on the importance of compliance with regards to the illegal logging prohibitions and relevant information for importers on what is required in terms of completing the due dilligence process. Please note that as a phasing arrangement, cases of non-compliance are also no subject to penalties. Please head to the Department of Agriculture’s website for more information on what due dillgence means and why we as your customs broker and forwarder are requesting an illegal logging due dilligence declaration from you and/or your suppliers. https://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/policies/illegal-logging/compliance

Important BMSB update – Sulfuryl Fluoride treatment certificates from Italy will no longer be accepted

The Blue Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season is still in full swing, with numerous shipments being found to have contained these nasty pests. The measures have been heightened as a result.

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) in Import Industry Advice Notice 23-2018 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy and is forwarded for your attention.

The department has found significant numbers of BMSB on arrival in Australia in various types of goods arriving from Italy. The department has recently reviewed the risk of failed offshore treatments of goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy with detections of live insects including BMSB.

To manage the risk posed by these goods, any sulfuryl fluoride treatment certificates issued by ANY Italian treatment provider that is presented to the department from 9 March 2018 will no longer be accepted.

Any Italian goods shipped on or before 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved BMSB treatment onshore unless they have been treated offshore using an approved BMSB treatment. Treatment certificates for approved BMSB treatments, other than sulfuryl fluoride, from Italy will still be accepted.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please feel free to contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan 

Important Reminder – Packing Declaration Requirement Changes

Important Reminder – Packing Declaration Requirement Changes

The following information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Import Industry Advice Notice 12-2018 – Reminder of Packing Declaration Requirement Changes and is forwarded for your attention. Please note this also includes access to templates for the new packing declarations, as well as other documents, which may be a very convenient option.

For more information, please click here

January 2018 Newsletter

  We’ve Had A Few Staff Changes 

As some of you may already know, Kylie Trantino is no longer working with Transitainer WA.  We wish Kylie all the best in her future endeavors. Please note that this will not affect our high standards of service that we aim to deliver to our customers and that Lauren and Sarah are handling all of your transport requirements as we speak.  We do ask that as a result of this change, if you could please send all transport emails to the new email address – transport@transitainer.biz

Peak Season Issues Continue

Please note that vessel space allocations are still tight and as such, rates are also still increasing in what has been a very busy period. With the fast approaching Chinese New Year, we wish to remind you to consider these potential factors when when placing future orders.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) BMSB – Heightened Measures!!

As a result of several recent findings, the Department Of Agriculture and Water Resources have heightened measures for goods departing from the USA and Italy, as well as other various European destinations. Please note that at this stage, all containers and break bulk cargo not treated by an approved BMSB treatment provider and with a valid certificate, WILL be subject to treatment upon arrival here in Australia. Please see the BMSB webpage here for more information https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/season-measures

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PLANT PEST

Brown marmorated stink bug

Exotic to Australia

Life form: Insect
Origin: East Asia
Distribution: East Asia, North America and Europe
Features: Shield shape, adults are mottled reddish-brown,
white bands on antennae, legs, and rear margin of body
Pathways: Hitchhiker on imported goods, vessels and aircrafts
At risk: Over 300 agricultural and ornamental plants​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Brown marmorated stink bugs pose a high biosecurity risk to Australia because of their tendency to hitchhike, highly mobile nature and the lack of effective lures.

If it established in Australia, this pest would be extremely difficult and expensive to manage, partly due to its broad host range. Preventing an incursion in the first place is a high priority for government and industry, and we need your help.

Safe Loading

This serves as a timely reminder on safely loading your containers and loads onto transport vehicles.

Coastal Service

ANL have announced  they are reinstating coastal service from Brisbane to Fremantle (via SYD). The service will operate on a fortnightly basis. The first sailing is mid February. Please contact our office should you have any coastal Inquiries.

Documentation Requirements 

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you as an importer, to ensure you have made the arrangements in advance to receive all documents required to clear your goods upon arrival. This isn’t just exclusive to Chinese New Year of course, as being the Importer, you are ultimately responsible for providing these documents to our customs department for clearance as soon as possible and a minimum of a week in advance to avoid potential for any costly delays. We will do our best to assist in providing feedback should they be incorrect or invalid and where possible, help to obtain or intervene with your supplier following your agreement, however please note that we cannot be held liable for any extra costs as a result of late documentation. Please do contact our office if you need assistance or further clarification and thank you in advance for your support.

Did you know that Transitainer WA offer Credit Card payment services?

Did you know that through our ‘FastPay‘ machine and online app, we now offer the option of paying your invoices via credit card? Simply visit our office to make a physical payment, or ask us for a copy of our credit card authorization form and our accounts team can process the payment on your behalf. Please note that credit card payments do incur a 2.6% processing fee, however have found many clients to enjoy the added convenience of this option. If you have any questions or if you wish to process a payment using this method, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

 Reminder Chinese New Year 

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday, the 16th of February (16/2/2018).

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is China’s most important traditional festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.

China’s Spring Festival public holiday starts on the Chinese New Year, and lasts for 7 days.

We urge all customers to ensure they are prepared by having the  correct documentation issued from suppliers prior to factory closures.

Congratulations !!!

Congratulations to Lawson Thomas, the son of our very own Kelly Thomas, your loyal customer Service representative, who competed in the Taj Burrows Small Fries Surf Competition In Yallingup over the recent weekend, 27-28th January and placed a fantastic second!!

This was no easy acheivement and an epic milestone, especially when competing against some very well know talent from QLD, NSW and even Brazil.

Under 12s Runner Up

  

We wish Lawson all the best with his Surfing and can see an amazing future for this talented young Surfer. You can follow his progress via his Instagram page and YouTube Channel which was assembled with the support of his older brother Kai and proud parents, Kelly and Brad. If you are a local City of Melville resident, we have it on good advice from a little birdy who advised us to check out the coming local newspaper.

Crossing for a Cause!

 

The count down is on!! With a little less than 2 months to go, we again want to draw your attention to Neil’s Crossing For A Cause. Nei’s official departure date is March 25th, where he will be leaving from Perth to head to his first stop – Kellerberrin. Neil, who llives with type 1 diabetes himself, aims to ride from Perth to Sydney, solo and unsupported in 20 days or less, folllowing a very strict low carbohydrate dietary regime he uses to successfully manage his type 1 diabetes. Neil is also raising funds for the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre and the official fundraising ‘Everyday Hero’ page is now open.  Please follow the link and help support this great cause by sending a donation, which is deposited directly to the centre.

You can also follow Neil’s progress via his website and Facebook page!

URGENT UPDATE! New Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Measures Ex Italy!

Mandatory Blue Marmorated Stink Bug Measures Imposed – Effective 17th January 2018

 

Further to Import Industry Advice Notice 04-2018 (NNF 2018/008) the Compliance Controls Branch at the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources have provided advice regarding the following questions and scenarios raised by industry members.

  • The department has assessed the related biosecurity risk, and as a result is not able to delay these measures for a later time.
  • These measures have been put in place in response to the existing risk of BMSB importation in a variety of cargo from Italy, and these have been implemented as an emergency response to prevent incursion of BMSB and potential damage to Australia’s $9.4 billion horticultural industry.
  • All containerised goods shipped via sea cargo from Italy that arrive in Australia between 17 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 will be required to undergo an approved treatment onshore.
  • Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the department, will not require further treatment.
  • The measures apply to all target goods originating in Italy during BMSB season. This includes goods that may subsequently be loaded/transhipped to Australia through other countries in Europe for goods originating in Italy.
  • Due to increased risk measures, profiles have been created to refer relevant entries to AIMS on 17 January 2018.
  • Any shipments cleared prior to the new profiling will not be subject to further entry processing. The department is not actively reviewing releases that have been issued prior to 17 January 2018.
  • Exceptions from treatment also apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups: Fresh produce, including nursery stock and live plants, live animals, food for human consumption and seeds for sowing.
  • All other containerised goods (FCL, FCX and LCL) arriving from Italy (including new and unused goods), including those already on route to Australia, will require treatment on arrival using methyl bromide, or another approved treatment for BMSB.

For further information on the 2017-18 measures, please see the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs webpage or contact Air and Sea Cargo.

Update – Department of Home Affairs

Department of Home Affairs / Australian Border Force
The following has been provided by the Australian Border Force for information.

“The Department of Home Affairs, and the wider Portfolio, was officially stood up on 20 December 2017. References to functions under previous departments are being progressively updated in the first half of 2018.

Further information on the Department can be found at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Following the establishment of the Department of Home Affairs, staff and Command email addresses have been updated to firstname.lastname@homeaffairs.gov.au

The Australian Border Force (ABF) forms an integral part of the new Home Affairs Portfolio, reflecting its role as Australia’s frontline border law enforcement agency. The Australian Border Force is responsible for operational border, investigations, compliance, detention (facilities and centres) and enforcement functions, and continues to be Australia’s customs service. Staff and Command email addresses have been updated to firstname.lastname@abf.gov.au

For an overview, refer to the organisational structure for the Department of Home Affairs (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/CorporateInformation/Documents/home-affairs-org-structure.pdf)

Australian Border Force (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/CorporateInformation/Documents/abf-org-structure.pdf).

Please inform your technical areas of the change to ensure that any IT security measures (whitelisting, email filtering, email rules, trusted sites) currently in place, are updated to account for the new departmental email addresses.

Emails sent to @border.gov.au will be re-directed.”

Important update on Illegal Logging

As referenced in Import Industry Advice Notice 95-2017 – Reforms to Australia’s illegal logging laws, with the conclusion of the Regulation Impact Statement process, and announcement of the reforms, the department will also end the existing ‘soft-start compliance period.

From 1 January 2018, businesses and individuals may face penalties for breaches of the Regulation’s due diligence requirements. Failing to comply with due diligence requirements may attract a penalty of up to 300 penalty units ($63,000).

We have communicated in the past the following illegal logging information however these useful links are provided to you again for your reference.

Information for customs brokers – illegal logging this provides details on the community protection questions to be completed as part of the import declaration process and other useful fact sheets.

Illegal logging laws – guidance for importers – This section provides explanatory information and guidance on the four key elements of the due diligence requirements as outlined in the Regulation.

For more information, visit the department’s website, email illegallogging@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1800 657 313.

I hope you find this information useful as a reference point to refer affected importers to ensure they can meet the due diligence requirements.

Department of Home Affairs

Department of Home Affairs

Please note below update received from the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA). In summary, what this means is that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP / Formerly Australian Customs), has now been rebranded under the umbrella of the Department of Home Affairs.

Business will of course continue as normal, however there may be some structural and administrative changes within the Australia Border Force (who fell under the DIBP umbrella previously) which may have some effect.

We understand that this may all seem confusing, however essentially we shall be dealing with the Department of Home Affairs and their subsidiary department, Australian Border Force with respect to border clearance processes.

“This is further to NNF 2017/317 and the media release regarding the establishment of the Department of Home Affairs.

The Home Affairs Portfolio, including the Department of Home Affairs, was formally established, yesterday 20 December 2017.

The Hon Peter Dutton MP was sworn in as the Minister for Home Affairs and remains Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

The Australian Border Force, (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre) will remain operationally independent with the Department providing strategic and policy leadership.

To view the new website which replaces the “border.gov.au” website click here.

The establishment of the Portfolio brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.

The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General’s Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

References to functions under previous departments are being progressively updated in the first half of 2018.”

For any questions, please don’t hesistate to contact our Customs Broker, Neil McLagan, 08 9350 5173 or neilm@transitainer.biz

December News

Peak Season  !

As you would now be aware, we are into the full swing of our peak season! Over the past two and a half months, we have faced some significant challenges, but as always our team have managed well. Whilst we appreciate your patience, we are still experiencing issues with the folllowing (not limited to):

  • space constraints at port of loading
  • congestion and delays at transshipment ports and
  • Ocean Freight rates which continue to increase

Please be mindful of these issues when placing your orders with us and how this may impact your stock levels into store. Should you have any deadlines, please advise us when placing bookings and we can try our best to accomodate your needs  as best as possible.

Port Stats

As a new inclusion to our monthly newsletter, we would now like to add in some port statistics to give you an idea of how congested or at ease the terminals may be.

As for November, itbeen reported that there was a containerised trade of 67,832 TEU – ( Twenty Foot Equivalent unit ) through the port.  Import containers made up 36,648 TEU, whilst for September Imports stood at 33,666 TEU and October 32,489 TEU.

Did you know Transitainer WA offer Credit Card payment services?

Through our ‘FastPay‘ machine and online app, we offer the option of paying our invoices via credit card. Simply visit our office to make a physical payment, or ask us for a copy of our credit card authorisation form and our accounts team can process the payment on your behalf. Please note that credit card payments do incur a 2.6% processing fee however have found many clients to enjoy the added convenience of this option. If you have any questions or if you wish to process a payment using this method, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Chinese New Year 

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday, the 16th of February (16/2/2018).

According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2018 is the year of the Dog. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day.

Dog years are believed to be the most unlucky for people born in previous years of the Dog.

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is China’s most important traditional festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.

China’s Spring Festival public holiday starts on the Chinese New Year, and lasts for 7 days.

Factories are closed and can be from 1 – 4 weeks. Please do keep this in mind again when placing new orders and ensuring documents are received in a timely manner for customs clearance.

 Transitainer WA Office hours

Please note our office hours during the festive break.

Opening hours and after hour contacts

Please advise us of your opening and closing hours during the Christmas and News Year break if you have not already. Should you also wish to nominate a particular staff member for us to contact, please send our team a contact name and phone number or email and we’d be happy to get in contact with them directly.

Facebook

Did you know we have a Facebook page? Social media is becoming a growing trend for business to engage with their audience and of Transitainer like to add their own personal touch not only including up to date industry news, but some personal inclusions and humour along the way. Please head over, like and share our Facebook page with your friends and followers and we’d be happy to keep you up to date with all the latest information and news.

Crossing for a Cause 

Are you up with the latest news? If not, you’re missing out!  This is something you DON’T want to miss!  Neil McLagan, our very own Customs Broker, has announced the date he will set off on his bike to ride across this great big country of ours, riding some 3900km from Perth to Sydney in order to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, raising funds for charity along the way. Neil having lived with type 1 diabetes himself for 20 years now, is passionate about this cause and you can be sure Transitainer will be there to support him…

You can also follow Neil’s progress via his website and Facebook page!

Thank you, our Valued Customers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our valued customers.  We sincerely appreciate the continued support and Look forward to another great year in 2018.

Merry Christmas

From all the staff, we would like to wish all our customers, overseas partners, service providers and there families a very happy and Safe Christmas and New year !

Crossing For A Cause

For those of you that don’t know, our very own Customs Broker, Neil McLagan, is emabrking on an extremely difficult challenge to ride his road bike from Perth to Sydney in March of 2018, which he has named Crossing For A Cause. Neil is riding in an effort to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, which he lives with himself, as well as other autoimmune related conditions, which is a significant challenge in itself.

Neil is also raising funds for the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre, the only faciltity of it’s kind in Australia, which offers peer support and clinical services for young people living with type 1 diabetes, as well as support to their families. He will be opening an Everyday hero page shortly, where supporters can donate to the centre directly, so stay tuned.

In addition, Neil wears a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as a method in helping him control his blood glucose levels. His Dexcom CGM system is a state of the art device which sends blood glucose readings directly to his mobile phone 24/7 giving Neil superiour visibility. Neil hopes to demonstrate just how critically important this technology is as part of his campaign. For more information on the Dexcom system, head on over to AMSL Diabetes’ Dexcom page.

Transitainer WA has been right behind Neil since the beginning of this campaign and we continue to support him in every way that we can. You can too, by heading to his website and following him on Facebook as well as taking part in a recent giveaway he is offering as a thankyou to all of his supporters.

New Packing Declaration Template – Effective 1st July 2018

We have been notified today by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) that there has been a further amendment to the packing declaration template accepted by the department. Changes were made to the ‘Non Commodity Information Requirements policy and the Non Commodity BICON Case‘ with respect to how the department now views and treats bamboo packaging. This change will be effective on the 1st July 2018, however we suggest making this change now in the lead up and to avoid last minute discrepancies and delays. We can also work with you directly, or via our agents overseas in order to help provide the new templates and help to distribute these out to suppliers.

Please find the new templates here

For any questions please don’t hesitate to call our office or email us neilm@transitainer.biz 

Important Update – Anti Dumping Commission – Steel pallet racking and parts thereof!

It is with due urgency that we wish to inform all clients of the Australian Anti-Dumping Commissions decision to initiate an investigation into the importation of Steel Pallet Racking from China and Malaysia. 

The goods are described as follows:

Steel Pallet racking, or parts thereof, assembled or unassembled, of dimensions that can be adjusted as required (with or without locking tabs and/or slots, and/or bolted or clamped connections), including any of the following – beams, uprights (up to 12m) and brace (with or without nuts and bolts).

Please note, more information on this investigation and an event timeline can be found on the Anti-Dumping Commission website here

If you import goods meeting this description from China and or Malaysia, it is critical you read this information, as it could have a significant impact on your business.

We are seeking advice from the Anti-Dumping Commission and will have more information for you in the coming days/weeks.

URGENT NOTICE TO ALL OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!!

As most of our clients may already be aware, we are in the midst of the inaugural peak season. As a result, vessel space is extremely restricted, especially in particular from major ports in China, but also with application to Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia and to all Australian ports. With that regard, we ask kindly that you consider these delays at load and transhipment ports when placing your bookings with us.  We expect the congestion to continue throughout this peak season, but wish for you to feel confident that we will be doing everything that we can to secure the soonest possible solution for you.

Please also note that as a result of the peak season and space constraints, carriers are already applying GRI ( General Rate Increases ), some in the range of USD 500 per TEU.   We are however working with all carriers and agents to monitor this situation closely and will advise at the earliest should this have any effect on your freight movements.

We will continue to keep you updated and ensure all our valued customers individual requirements are as always, a paramount consideration.

Again however, we do strongly suggest that you consider the above when making requests for bookings throughout this peak period and try to notify our staff of your booking as early as possible. 

Thankyou for your continued patience and for your business as always.

 

August News

 

Importance Of Timely Documentation 

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

At Trainsitainer WA, we believe in being informed, working ahead, working hard and making sure that we cover the potential for any small problems to become big problems in the future. As we work slowly towards the peak period, we also work with the rapidly changing environment that is international trade. We realise that dealing with oversees entities can be a difficult process, as not only are their rules potentially different, but there may also be an interpretation barrier. That’s why we’d like to help. Receiving paperwork for clearance as early as possible, as well as being complete in full, is absolutely essential as this significantly reduces the risk of incurring problems and extra charges as a result of late submission of that documentation. Every document we request is critical in nature, both from an operational and regulatory perspective. Please ensure you liaise with your suppliers as early as possible and can receive this documentation as soon as available. We are also happy to be placed in touch with your suppliers directly to help with liaison and facilitate the documentation on your behalf. Please contact our team.

DP World – Hours of operation

We wish to remind our clients that DP World only provide operational access on weekdays. If by some chance for example you may have a container that has been subject to a border hold, only to be released on a Friday afternoon, we can only arrange to deliver on Monday once the terminal reopens. Please understand these are matters out of our control and should you have an queries regarding this issue, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Did you know Transitainer WA offer Credit Card payment services?

Through our Fast Pay machine and online app, we offer the option of paying our invoices via Credit Card. Just simply visit our office to swipe your credit card or ask us for a copy of our credit card authorisation form so our accounts team can process the payment on your behalf. Payments of this kind do incur a 2.6% processing fee but we have found many clients prefer the convenience of this option. If you have any questions or if you wish to process a payment, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Increase to Commonwealth Penalty Unit Value

With an increase in the Commonwealth penalty unit value, it is no more critical a time than ever to ensure you remain compliant with all Government legislation, rules and regulations. That’s why we are here to help.

On 1 July 2017, the value of a Commonwealth penalty unit increased from $180 to $210. Consequently, the maximum financial penalties for committing various Commonwealth offences also rose from this date. Under most Commonwealth laws, financial penalties are generally expressed in terms of ‘penalty units’ instead of dollar figures. As an example, a maximum fine would generally be expressed as ‘10 penalty units’ as opposed to a dollar value of $2,100. The official Customs Notice can be read here https://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-19.pdf

Definition of “Owner” and the compliance approach for the purposes of
revenue recovery and duty demands

A new notice has been released by DIBP, which provides a detailed explanation of the department’s approach to compliance with specific regard to an “Owner” of goods for the purposes of collection of government taxes and revenue. Please ensure you read this notice carefully here https://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-16.pdf

The ongoing asbestos issue and required assurances

DIBP has released a further notice on the requirements for providing absolute assurance that goods do NOT contain any asbestos. We urge to read this recent notice to ensure you understand what it means to provide assurance https://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2017-18 Season Mandatory Measures

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed the following mandatory measures to manage the seasonal risk of BMSB infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States and Italy.

Season dates – The requirements are intended apply to target goods shipped from the United States and Italy between 1 September 2017 and 1 April 2018 inclusive.

Affected ports – The mandatory measures apply to target cargo shipped from all ports in the United States, as well as any European ports which load cargo manufactured or stored in Italy after the commencement of the season.

Goods – As per last season, new and used vehicles, vessels and high risk machinery and parts are the target cargo for the mandatory measures and a table list of affected tariffs will be provided.

Mandatory measures – The department will shortly publish the BMSB Season measures on its website and issue an Import Industry Advice Notice.

Click here to download the info sheet https://www.cbfca.com.au/documents/Stink_Bug_Season.pdf

Italy Summer Holiday Notice 2017

We would like to advise that most of suppliers, factories and trucking companies will be closed for Summer Vacations from August 7th up to August 25th.

Standard schedules might suffer some delays, in particular for trucking deliveries & pick-up. More information on this below:

Italian Regions:

Valle D’Aosta, Liguria, Piemonte, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia

Giulia, Emilia Romagna & Toscana: Closed from August 12th to August 18th

Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania: Closed from August 12th to August 18th

Puglia, Basilicata: Closed from August 11th to August 21st

Lazio, Calabria, Sicilia, Sardegna: Closed from August 2nd to August 18th

Heavy goods vehicles totally banned from roads on:

July 28th: From 16.00 Pm

August 4th: From 14.00 Pm

Recent notice received from Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A (MSC) 

“MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is pleased to resume calling at CentrePort Wellington, New Zealand, in September, when the port will return to full operational capacity after repairing damages from last year’s earthquake. MSC’s Capricorn Service will recommence its weekly call at CentrePort on 27 September 2017, starting with M/V HOPE ISLAND voyage FC738 R. The Capricorn Service operates from Singapore, with a rotation of ports spanning Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. We invite customers to contact local MSC offices for further details”

Transitainer proud to announce WCA projects membership

We are proud to announce as testament to our hard work and dedication, that we are now officially a WCA Projects member. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our full potential in the projects and logistics sector. We have a host of experience and with several key advantages of being an WCA member, you can be sure your cargo is in the right hands. For more information, please review our slide here https://transitainerwa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Transitainer-WA-WCA-Projects-Partnership.pdf

Birthdays and Anniversaries

We would like to wish Kelly Thomas, Sarah Mullins and Neil McLagan all a very happy birthday, who are each celebrating bithdays through the month of August

Also congratulations to Kelly Thomas, who is celebrating 2 years of service with Transitainer. We look forward to many more years of service and are very fortunate to have Kelly as a valuable member of our team.

News and Media from around the Industry 

https://www.cbfca.com.au/CBFCA/Member_news/2017/201707/Industry_News_Media_Releases_7_July_2017.aspx

 

 

July Newsletter

“It always seems impossible until it’s done – Nelson Mandella”

July marks the beginning of the 2017/2018 financial year. As we move towards more times of uncertainty, we acknowledge that where many struggled or encountered difficulty, many have also succeeded and grown. Transitainer WA are fortunate to have been one of those entities that have succeeded and grown. Our success is a testament not only to our service delivery and standards, but also to our teamwork and attention to detail, as well as our staff who really care about what they do and how they do it. We hope that as we continue to grow, our valued clients continue to grow with us. 

Meanwhile, as an additional marker of our success, Transitainer WA has been announced as a member of the WCA network projects division. This is an exciting milestone for us as we continue to stretch our wings and provide these services to a wider network of International clients.

Industry News

Maersk Customer Advisory – Cyber Ransom Attack

We received a recent customer advisory from Maersk Shipping that on the 27th of June, they were involved in the global cyber attack and cyber ransom that was published in several media reports. As a result of this attack, Maersk advises that several of their services have been compromised and are temporarily unavailable. As a result we have been unable to receive some EDO’s and will be endeavouring to contact those of our clients involved as a result. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience and rest assure our clients that we will be doing everything we can to work through the situation.

OOCL Customer advisory – Suspension of bookings to/from Qatar

We received a recent customer advisory from OOCL Shipping, that until further notice, all bookings to/from Qatar have been suspended. Whilst this may have a minimal impact on most of our clients, we wish to keep you informed and will work with you to keep you updated on this situation should it affect your operations.

Patrick Ancillary and Infrastructure Charge

Though generating much controversy and question, Patrick Terminals have advised that from 10 July 2017  there will be a new schedule of Ancillary and Infrastructure Surcharges at their Australian Terminals as well as the commencement of an Infrastructure charge at their Sydney and Fremantle terminals. To view the notice, please click here https://Infrastructure-Notice-to-Customers-final-June-2017

Department Of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

Guidance on eligibility to apply for refund of duty – Free Trade Agreements

Australia is now a signatory of many new free trade agreements. The International trading environment is now as complex as it streamlined as a result of  these agreements. We understand that at the time of clearance, many importers either do not have in their possession, an eligible free trade certificate of origin, or are not in possession of a compliant or accurate document. Whilst in many cases, there are provisions under the Customs Act 1901, which allow us to submit an application (for a small fee) for refund of that duty (and in some cases GST) paid at the initial time of entry and clearance, there are also strict considerations and regulations that we must first consider to remain compliant. Please review the attached customs notice which provides a table and summary of requirements and regulations for each country. https://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-13.pdf

GST on low value transactions (LVT)

There have been several updates since 2016 and the introduction of the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017. We can now confirm through recent industry reports that this bill has passed through the senate and now awaits royal ascent. In summary this bill seeks to impose GST on low value transactions, which are typically goods with a customs value of <$1000AUD. This change to the GST system will have a significant impact on international trade and we shall continue to keep you updated on the implications of the new bill once it has been legislated.

Reminder on accuracy of reporting correct overseas freight and insurance amounts

We wish to again remind our clients on the importance of full disclosure of all amounts related to your import transactions. We must present the accurate and actual figures to DIBP in all instances to remain compliant with requirements and regulations set out in the Customs Act 1901. As such in order for us to complete the import declaration in a timely manner, please ensure you provide all actual and accurate amounts, at or before the time of clearance, that may or may not be related to your import transaction. We also would like to make mention of the importance of providing accurate international freight and insurance amounts, including details of any open and annual marine insurance policy amounts. For any further information, please contact our Customs Broker Neil McLagan who would be happy to work with you.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)

New Packing Declaration Requirements

We wish to again remind and advise our clients of the recent packing declaration requirements introduced on the 16th of June. This new requirement now imposes legislative changes made to the prohibited packaging statement, now known as and replaced by the unacceptable packaging materials statement.

Further to that, we have just today been advised that a change to the cleanliness statement on all annual packing declarations has also been made.

The new templates for both of these documents, as well as all other DAWR acceptable templates can be found here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates

Final Reminder!! – New Packing Declaration 16th June 2017

New Packing Declaration Implementation –  June 16th 2017

 

We wish to advise all of our valuable clients, as a last and final reminder, that as of June 16th 2017, that the new packing declaration will come into effect. As of June 16th, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will no longer accept under the Biosecurity Act, the old version.

You may find the template here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates, as well as other documentation templates. Please make sure your suppliers are informed and aligned with the new arrangements.

For any further enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Transport and Industry News

Shipair Closure

It is with great sadness that we wish to advise the closure of Shipair Pty Ltd and cessation of their services at the end of May 2017. Shipair has been a valuable service provider for 29 years and has assisted us since the beginning of our operations. This is a tremendous loss within our industry and within the local Western Australian community. We wish the team all the very best for their future endeavours. Please be advised that in light of this news, we have made the necessary changes to ensure business transitions as smoothly as possible over to a new provider.

DIBP

GST on LVT

We would like to draw your attention to a recent article from Andrew Hudson, a respected lawyer from Rigby Cooke servicing clients in the freight forwarding and international trade industries. This article addresses the delayed implementation of the federal Government’s plan to impose GST on low value transactions (LVT). More here https://www.rigbycooke.com.au/latest/a-big-day-in-government-the-federal-budget-and-more-on-gst-on-lvts?utm_term=Read%20the%20full%20article%20%2526gt%3B%2526gt%3B&utm_campaign=Customs%20%2526%20Trade%20alert%3A%20A%20big%20day%20in%20Government%20%5Cu2013%20the%20Federal%20Budget%20and%20more%20on%20GST%20on%20LVTs&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-Customs%20%2526%20Trade%20alert%3A%20A%20big%20day%20in%20Government%20%5Cu2013%20the%20Federal%20Budget%20and%20more%20on%20GST%20on%20LVTs-_-Read%20the%20full%20article%20%2526gt%3B%2526gt%3B

 Reminder Asbestos Requirements 

We would again like to take the opportunity to remind our clients about the requirements for due diligence with regards to ensuring all imported goods are free from asbestos. Please note as an importer, you are responsible for ensuring your goods do not contain any asbestos or asbestos containing products. More information on the process can be found on the DIBP / Australian Border Force website here https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/cargo-support-trade-and-goods/importing-goods/prohibited-and-restricted/asbestos

Reminder ChAFTA requirements 

With the increasing complexity of the free trade (FTA) agreement between China and Australia, there is an increasing importance to present correct and accurate information along with your import declaration to DIBP. You must in all instances ensure that your supplier provides a certificate of origin that is compliant with all legislative requirements under the agreement, otherwise it will be deemed invalid and general rates of duty must be applied. For more information on precisely what is require, please visit the ChAFTA page here https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Free/China

Notices

https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/cargo-support-trade-and-goods/dibp-notices/customs-notices#2017

DAWR

Reminder – new packing declaration templates 

We wish to remind all clients that as a result of the change in legislative requirements and as such, documentation format, we can no longer accept previous versions of the supplier/packer declarations. You must advise your suppliers of these changes as soon as possible and ensure they are using the currently acceptable template. For all DAWR documentation templates, please see here https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates

Reminder – delayed implementation of change to BICON case for wooden articles / timber and timber products 

As per our previous advice, DAWR revised the BICON case for wooden articles. The changes can be found here, which are said to include a new manufacturers declaration and assurance. https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017/34-2017

Fumigation Certificate Requirements

Please note that as a result of receiving invalid fumigation certificates lately, we wish to remind our clients on the importance of having a valid and accurate certificate issued by an approved treatment provider and in accordance with the correct standards and conditions outlined either in your permit or on BICON. More information on fumigation certificate requirements can be found here, by clicking on your treatment scheme and type https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/prepare/treatment-outside-australia

Notices

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2017

Transitainer News

Transitainer Directors recent attendance at the CGLI conference

Our directors Kelly Crossley and Stephen Vassie recently attended the CGLI conference in Croatia. CGLI represents a strong network of International service providers and agents, which Transitainer WA are a signatory to. An advantage which allows us to provide the most competitive services in the industry to our valued clients. A notice from the CGLI

Bookings / customer service contacts

The level of we service we provide to our valuable clients is important to us and something we at Transitainer WA pride ourselves upon. In order for us to continue to provide this, we wish to ask our clients to advise our customer service staff as soon as an order has been placed with their supplier. This allows us to provide our clients with the added service on monitoring order availability with their suppliers, ensuring orders are shipped without delay and that shipments are routed to meet required in store deadlines and the most cost effective services are utilised. We thank you for your assistance.

PLEASE NOTE – due to an increase in congestion at certain load ports in China, Europe and South Africa, there is an expectation that some cargo may unfortunately be re-routed and delayed as a consequence. Whilst our team will do their very best to keep you informed, please note we have no control over the situation and in all instances, best to account for this in your schedule when ordering your goods.

Drafting documents for verification

As an added service to our clients, our team are experienced in ensuring that your documents are correct for border clearance and delivery purposes. Should you require us to verify your documents, please ask your suppliers to provide our staff, directly or indirectly, draft copies of your documentation for assessment. We can advise of any necessary changes that may be required sooner rather than later, which could help in avoiding heavy delays and subsequent costs upon arrival.

Lauren’s anniversary – 1 year

We wish to congratulate Lauren, our operations officer on completing her first year of service with Transitainer WA. Lauren is a valuable asset to our team and we look forward to her continued success and growth within our organisation.

Office Structure

To ensure you are informed, up to date and familiar with our team at Transtitainer WA, please find the below office structure.

Kelly Crossley – Director

Neil McLagan – Customs Broker / Consultant

Kelly Thomas – Customer Service Operator

Sarah Mullins – Operations / Customs Service Operator

Kylie Trantino – Transport Operator

Lauren Cowan – Operations

Neil McLagan and ‘Crossing For A Cause’

For those that may not be aware, Neil McLagan is embarking on a challenging venture in early 2018. Crossing For A Cause is a campaign initiated by Neil, where he has promised to ride his bicycle from Perth to Sydney, raising awareness for type 1 diabetes and funds for charity along the way. For more on Neil’s epic campaign and to support him, click here https://crossingforacauseat1djourney.wordpress.com/

Of course Transitainer WA has been an integral part in supporting Neil’s campaign. We are proudly sponsoring Neil and provided him with all the essential technology, including a GoPro camera, to help him along on his journey and gain exposure with his campaign. Expect to see some footage soon!!

DAWR – Biosecurity Import Permit Applications

Biosecurity Permit Applications

 

Did you know that as part of our list of services, we can now send and submit applications for Department of Agriculture and Water Resources biosecurity permits? This takes much of the time and stress out of the process for our clients. Neil McLagan, our experienced Customs Broker is highly credentialed and understands how to ensure you have the correct permit application for your goods.

For more information, ask us how today.

Reminder of the new packing declaration – June 2017

Reminder of the new packing declaration – June 2017

Following our recent post earlier this month, please again find further advice to remind all clients of the new packing declaration requirements as of 16th June 2017.

https://www.cbfca.com.au/CBFCA/News/NNF/2017/NNF_2017_076.aspx

Please note that as a result of this change, no prior format of the packing declaration will be accepted by the department. To avoid subsequent delays and additional costs, we must have all suppliers present this new format after this date. Our advice is to advise your suppliers of this change now, as soon as possible to avoid re-educating suppliers too close to this cut off date.

New templates are found here https://agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates

If our Customs Broker Neil can assist in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact him on (08) 9350 5173 or neilm@transitainer.biz

Empty Container Parks

Notice from the CBFCA

 

As members of the customs brokers and forwarders council of Australia (CBFCA), we receive industry updates and advice on a frequent basis. The CBFCA are at the forefront of industry bodies who represent customs brokers and freight forwarders and are the benchmark for up to date and informed advice. Below is a recent notice regarding empty container parks and short week delays, which will have an impact in up and coming weeks.

“All members would be aware that we are currently facing 3 short weeks with Easter and Anzac day holidays upon us. We have already started to notice delays at parks and through the West Australian Port Operations Task Force (WAPOTF) / Fremantle Ports have been discussing various options with Empty Container Park (ECP) managers. To advise members what has been done and also some suggestions on how this period could be managed I have attached a media release from the Chairman of the WAPOTF, Mr. Graeme Wilson
 
John Park Regional Manager WA”

April News

 

Transport News

Toll Surcharge

Please note that as a result of a state government and Transurban (Citylink) review, transport operators have been advised that there may be up to a 225% increase in truck provider toll charges in the port of Melbourne Victoria. We will of course update you when the charging structure becomes apparent, but this has been a proposal said to take effect in April.

Ocean Carriers

2016 was an interesting time frame, which saw the first ever bankruptcy of a major shipping line, Hanjin Shipping. There are now only 7 carriers in 2017 of the 15 operating in 2015. This provides food for thought in that we must work closely with existing carriers to secure space as early as possible. We must also also work ahead to secure empty equipment and keep costs to you, our valuable clients down.

Easter Terminal Trading

PATRICK Terminal Fremantle Good Friday 14th April – Public Holiday, subject to demand **

Easter Saturday 15th April – Open 0700HRS – 1500HRS

Easter Sunday 16th April – Open 0700HRS – 1500HRS

Easter Monday 17th April – Public Holiday, subject to demand **

Tuesday 18th April – Normal R&D

**Transport to check directly with PATRICK or via 1-Stop

QUBE Container Parks

Good Friday 14th April – Public Holiday, CLOSED

Easter Saturday 15th April – TBA**

Easter Sunday 16th April – CLOSED

Easter Monday 17th April – Public Holiday, CLOSED Tuesday 18th April – Business as usual, standard trading hours apply

**Transport to check directly with Container Chain

ICS Container Depot

Good Friday 14th April – Public Holiday, CLOSED

Easter Saturday 15th April – CLOSED

Easter Sunday 16th April – CLOSED

Easter Monday 17th April – Public Holiday, CLOSED Tuesday 18th April – Business as usual, standard trading hours apply

DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

Please note that a recent proposal by DP World to implement an infrastructure surcharge, scheduled for 3rd April, has been delayed indefinitely whilst the ACCC investigate an appeal lodged by the CBFCA in opposition to it’s implementation. We will endeavour to keep you informed of the unfolding situation, but for now, the process has been suspended and/or delayed.

Verified Gross Mass – 9 Months On!

A good article worth reading on VGM 9 months on from it’s implementation https://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/tt-talk/article/tt-talk-vgm-nine-months-on-137664/?dm_i=2RU,4V0SI,7QPIJ,IDQAZ,1

Further Useful Industry News and Information via the CBFCA

https://www.cbfca.com.au/CBFCA/Member_news/2017/201704/Industry_News_Media_Releases_6_April_2017.aspx

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

New packing declaration

Please note as a reminder, that the DAWR will implement changes to ALL packing declarations as of the 16th June 2017. We will no longer be able to submit old and redundant versions of packing declarations from this date. Please note the key changes to take effect below:

– Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by the Non commodity information requirements policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement.

– Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has received legal advice that the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’ must only be used under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

We have of course uploaded and will provide a template of the newly accepted packing declaration. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff should you require a copy, however you may download the new template here
** https://agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates (https://agriculture.gov.au/import/arrival/clearance-inspection/documentary-requirements/templates)

Delayed Implementation of Timber/Timber Products BICON case

Please note that DAWR has advised there shall be a delayed implementation date of amendments made to timber and timber products BICON (Import Conditions) case. The changes will not take effect now until September 2017. In brief summary, the proposed changes are as follows:

– Extension of post fumigation shipping time frame from 21 days to 6 months.

– Additional documentation requirement for manufactured wooden articles: to supply a manufacturer’s or supplier’s declaration​ on in addition to a treatment certificate to provide assurance that goods have been stored to minimise risk of re-infestation by pests of concern

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide advice as soon as possible, however in the meantime, recommend all importers of timber/timber products (formerly described as wooden articles), request a manufacturers declaration proving compliance with the above as soon as possible. This will avoid educating suppliers closer to the deadline.

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Asbestos

Please note that as a result of the ongoing trade review by the Trade Compliance Advisory Group into asbestos and asbestos containing risk products, we shall continue to implement a mandatory due diligence process for most commodities. Evidence of due diligence by request for a statement from your supplier will continue at pre-clearance stage. We thankyou for your patience and ask that you continue to work with our staff on this process which ultimately looks to improve compliance and to ensure you as an importer and our client and Transitainer WA are not placed at risk of breach of compliance with these measures.

GST On All Imported Goods

Please note that as a reminder, the Federal Government announced in 2016, a likely change to goods under the Low Value Transaction (LVT) threshold ( FOB value <$1000 AUD) and as such, all goods imported on or after June 2017, would be subject to GST. Andrew Hudson from Rigby Cooke Lawyers presents a very good article on this topic here https://www.rigbycooke.com.au/latest/gst-on-all-imported-goods-is-on-its-way-despite-unanswered-questions (https://www.rigbycooke.com.au/latest/gst-on-all-imported-goods-is-on-its-way-despite-unanswered-questions)

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Our Customs Broker Riding Perth to Sydney to Raise Funds For Diabetes

Our Customs Broker Neil McLagan has decided to embark upon an adventure to ride his bike from Perth to Sydney to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes and to raise funds for the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre. Neil is a type 1 diabetic himself and manages his condition with a low carbohydrate high fat, ketogenic diet. This has been a breakthrough for Neil and combined with regular exercise, has lead him to achieving some great results. Neil will be aiming to cycle 4000km within an 11 day time frame sometime in March/April 2018.

Neil was also lucky enough to find a friend in Australia’s celebrity chef, Pete Evans, who shares Neil’s passion for a low carbohydrate, wholefoods lifestyle for better health and wellbeing. Pete recently helped promote Neil’s campaign on Facebook and also made a substantial donation to his cause.

We at Transitainer WA wish Neil every success in completing his ride and fulfilling his dream and will support him all the way.

If you wish to support Neil and find out more about his campaign, please visit his GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/3jmmra8

Neil also manages his own Facebook page on low carbohydrate living and type 1 diabetes  https://www.facebook.com/Mylowcarbdiabetes/ (https://www.facebook.com/Mylowcarbdiabetes/)

New website announcement

New Website Announcement!

Welcome to our new Transitainer WA Pty. Ltd. Website. We’ve been working furiously on this for some time and are delighted to be able to finally share this with you. You’ll find improvements on our old website to include easier navigation, better information presentation and all of our reliable services in one convenient location. What this means for our customers is a seamless and efficient portal to access everything they require from us and also to help new potential customers learn all about us and our capabilities. From all the team at Transtainer WA Pty. Ltd., we hope you enjoy using our new website and please, if there is anything we can do to assist, please do let us know.

 

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