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ABF NEWSROOM – ABF target asbestos in imported building products

By |2021-06-30T09:30:11+10:00June 11th, 2021|ABF, News|

ABF are targeting Asbestos in imported building products. The ABF expects importers to be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken adequate assessment for their goods that are known to be at risk of containing asbestos or are supplied from countries with asbestos-using industries. Asbestos has been detected in building materials such as cement

COVID-19 Outbreak in Melbourne impacts already strained resources

By |2021-06-30T09:30:28+10:00May 26th, 2021|News|

Importers will be well aware that we are currently experiencing lengthy delays in functions carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Industry has been advised through Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) that we are to expect the delays to increase further with the current COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne,

Our standard professional charges explained

By |2021-06-30T09:30:41+10:00January 27th, 2021|Importer Information|

What are our standard professional charges and why do we charge them? We always keep charges for customs clearances and professional services as cost-effective as possible for our clients with no hidden or obscure fees.  We provide our clients (importers and forwarders) with professional services and appropriate advice on

Sending us an Authority to Act, Why?

By |2021-06-30T09:30:54+10:00January 26th, 2021|Forms, Importer Information|

When you ask us to do your customs clearance we request you provide us with an Authority to Act. Let's explore the - why? What is the authority to act? This Authority to Act (or Letter of Authority)  is a document that authorises a customs broker to provide customs clearance for your cargo on

The need for compliance with anti-dumping obligations

By |2020-10-26T12:10:59+10:00October 26th, 2020|News|

Dumping investigations are increasing for steel and aluminium goods. It is important that importers and exporters are well aware of their obligations. The most important initial task of an importer is to make sure your supplier is aware of the investigation and the importance of being involved.  This will mean that the importer

Federal budget 2020 & international trade

By |2021-06-30T09:31:14+10:00October 7th, 2020|News|

Australia budget 2020 included some initiatives for importers, exporters, freight forwarders and other freight industry participants. We can only hope for further initiatives particular to help our agricultural industries and other importers/exporters that are recovering after the COVID-19 downturn and international trade changes. In an nutshell these include: To make trade more

Two arrested and meth in cans of coconut milk seized

By |2021-06-30T09:31:23+10:00September 14th, 2020|ABF, News|

Two people have been arrested in Western Sydney and an estimated 600 litres of liquid methamphetamine concealed inside cans of coconut milk has been seized. In August 2020, an air freight consignment with 86 boxes of coconut milk cans arrived into Sydney from Thailand. Australian Border Force (ABF) members examined the consignment and

Commencement of urgent actions for khapra beetle

By |2021-06-30T09:31:34+10:00August 28th, 2020|Dept. of Agriculture, News|

The urgent actions will be applied to the following plant products (in various raw and physically processed forms for any end use), which have been identified as high-risk: Rice (Oryza sativa) Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum) Cucurbit seed (Cucurbita spp; Cucumis spp. and Citrullus spp.) Cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum) Safflower seed (Carthamus tinctorius) Bean seed (Phaseolus

BMSB Season Commences 1 September 2020

By |2020-08-28T14:27:38+10:00August 1st, 2020|Dept. of Agriculture|

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has become Australia’s number one seasonal “hitchhiker” pest and poses a significant risk to Australia’s biosecurity. Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment imposes strict regulations to prevent the BMSB’s presence in Australia, with a failure to comply resulting in costly delays, and possible re-export

ACN 2019/26 LCT Amendments

By |2020-01-15T11:40:31+10:00October 7th, 2019|ABF|

Australia Customs Notice 2019/36 advises the A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 has been amended to remove liability for luxury car tax on cars that are exported and then re-imported following service, repair or refurbishment overseas. Please contact us for further information or assistance. You can view the entire customs notice

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