If there is one department that causes industry so much frustration, pain and unpredictability – the gold trophy has to go to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).
DAFF have enjoyed at two increases in 2023, 1) on 16 January 2023 and 2) a further increase on 01 July 2023.
Operating a corporate customs brokerage and a freight forwarding business continues to be a challenging operation.
If a business imports fake or counterfeit trademarked goods and if the goods enter the country via air express carriers, general air cargo or sea freight – whether or not the goods are under or over $1000 AUD, a declaration (a communicated statement) is required to be made to the ABF). As the trademark owner has 1) a registered trademark with IP Australia and 2) a Notice of Objection (NoO) filed with the ABF, the ABF should be seizing the goods at the air express carriers depot, the air cargo terminal or at the sea freight depot.