ABF Goods Compliance Update shows holes in regulation and compliance The latest Australian Border Force (ABF) Goods Compliance Update has been released, showing up holes in importing regulations and follow-up compliance audits that is bleeding revenue from the...read more
As an importer, timelines and commitments are vital for your business, and these can be severely disrupted by public holidays. Easter is almost upon us, and that means that cargo will accumulate at the wharf if not cleared beforehand. Quarantine and Customs will be on skeleton resources from Good Friday on April 14th through and including Easter Monday on April 17th.read more
The Australian Border Force is failing importers and construction companies by refusing to test all building products from China for asbestos.
Peter McRae from Platinum Freight® explains…
Most importers will be well aware the Christmas rush is almost upon us. Each year it seems the festive season, (and the increase in consumer purchasing that comes with it) starts sooner. And with that, so does the Christmas shipping rush and subsequent clearance delays. So what does this mean for your business?read more
End of financial year is a great time to take stock of the previous year and look at ways to save in the next. If you’re serious about saving money now and in the next financial year, then you need to look at taking advantage of all the Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) on offer and look at your previous 5 years of shipments for possible refunds.read more
A 72-hour strike by the Maritime Union of Australia at Fremantle Terminal announced yesterday brings strong possibility that importers’ budgets will blow out by as much as thousands, making them the real losers in the dispute. Today the union has confirmed the industrial action will also affect Port Botany operations from April 13. Importers should consider if other ports might also be affected in the coming weeks and plan accordingly.read more
Leading Australian Customs clearance agency Platinum Freight® Management will reach further into the international market this month with the appointment of Kumar Karuppusamy to lead the development of new Indian Region business services from the company’s Sydney office.read more
From July this year, all container shipments will be assessed by Port authorities under new conditions. Called Container Weight Verification, the process checks the weight of contents of all shipping containers before they are cleared to load onto ships and leave port. This change was designed by authorities to improve safety standards on container ships.read more
The China Australia Free Trade Agreement that came into force on December 20 last year represented a massive advantage to Australia, according to DFAT, “by securing markets and providing Australians with even better access to China across a range of our key business interests …”read more
What happens when your import arrives, is assessed by Customs and found to be inconsistent with its paperwork, or inconsistent with Australian trade requirements?
To better understand the Customs process and where delays (and costs) stack up, we’ve put together this infographic to explain things simply, using a footwear shipment as the example. But the same principles can be applied to imports across all consumer channels.read more
Over Christmas we saw a huge surge in hover-boards flooding the market. They were flying through the mail centres, shipping yards are air freight terminals across Australia. But the result was dangerous.
Suppliers and importers have acted fraudulently to import these goods, declaring low value to avoid tax. Plus, knowing this would mean the goods suffered less scrutiny than more expensive imports, some – in fact, many – haven’t acquired an import permit from www.infrastructure.gov.au.
Fast-forward to the Victorian house fire. When importers act fraudulently and don’t gain the relevant certificates checking safety, people can get hurt. It also leads to a higher overall cost to taxpayers. In the end, we’re all the losers.
Leading independent Australian Customs clearance agency Platinum Freight® Management today celebrates 15 years of operation. The company has undergone impressive geographical and financial growth in this time, and this month was named one of the top brokers in the country.read more