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DP World Industrial Action

We have received advice that employees at DP World terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Freemantle will be going ahead with protected industrial action as per the below times:

Melbourne: Wednesday July 10 6am – Sunday July 14 6am
Brisbane: Monday July 8 6am – Wednesday July 10 6am & Thursday July 11 6am – Friday July 12 6am
Sydney and Freemantle: Thursday July 11 6am – Saturday July 13 6am

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New Australian Border Force Group established

A new group known as The Customs Group has been established within the Australian Border Force.

The Department of Home Affairs has made a media release about the new group, which can be read at the following link:

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Updated Standard Trading Terms Effective July 1 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, MGL Logistics will operate under revised Standard Trading Terms.
The new terms can be viewed at the following link:

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DAWR renamed Department of Agriculture

After the Federal Election in May, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has now been renamed the Department of Agriculture. The department will now be known as the Department of Agriculture and referred to as that name in all correspondence, online and in AIMS documentation moving forward.

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BMSB Target Risk countries expanded from 9 to 32 for 2019-20 season

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) yesterday announced an expansion of the Target Risk countries for the coming September 1st, 2019 through April 30th, 2020 BMSB Season. The number of countries in the program has risen from 9 to 32, with Japan still having a heightened vessel surveillance status in place. Most countries in Central and Western Europe are now caught in the net, as is Canada.

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MUA announce rolling Industrial action at DP World Terminals in Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has tendered notice of legal rolling industrial actions at DP World terminals, including actions such as: bans on overtime, shift extensions and delayed start and finish times. These actions are expected to begin from 22nd March 2019, and continue for an indefinite period at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle.

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Australia signs trade agreement with Indonesia

This past Monday, the 4th of March 2019, Australia signed a new trade agreement with Indonesia, known as the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). This deal creates many new oportunies for economic relations between Australia and Indonesia

The media release made by Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham can be read here:
More information and the full text of IA-CEPA can be found here:

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Big costs ahead as shipping prepares for fuel post-2020

A recent article in the shipping publication the DCN quoted senior figures from Maersk and ANL as saying that industry must be ready for significantly higher costs as the shipping sector prepares for a low-sulphur fuel world.
Maersk Line Australian sales and country manager Ms Therese Blank and ANL chief commercial officer Shane Walden spoke as part of a panel organised by the Australian Peak Shippers Association and held at Port of Melbourne Education Centre.
Fuel sulphur content is currently capped at 3.5% but from 1 January 2020 the cap is reduced to 0.5%, the limits being an effort to reduce health and environmental impacts.
Ms Blank told the gathering Maersk expected around 90% of the global fleet to adopt low sulphur fuel, as opposed to deploying scrubbers or switching to liquefied natural gas.
“This is a significant change to the industry and we expect significant cost as a result,” she said.
She noted Maersk had already arranged a joint venture allowing for 20% of the low-sulphur fuel that they needed. Meanwhile LNG is seen mainly as an option for new vessels coming onto the market “not retrofitting or upgrading current vessels”.
Ms Blank said Maersk predicted costs of around $15bn per annum in additional costs for the industry and for Maersk that to be around $2bn
“It is a huge increase in costs for shipping companies,” she told the gathering.

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Statement from the Minister for Agriculture regarding the biosecurity Levy

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, The Hon. David Littleproud MP, has recently released a statement on the new biosecurity levy, due to come into effect on July 1, 2019. He talks about how Australia’s agriculture industry is worth $60 billion, and at least 300,000 jobs, and how if a foreign pest or disease made it past our borders, that it would result in at least $50 billion dollars in losses, increasing food prices for consumers. He goes on to further say that it makes sense that those creating risk should contribute proportionately to the cost of biosecurity screening, and that most stakeholders accept this. As a result of hearing concerns of importers around various levy designs, Mr Littleproud is establishing an industry steering committee so the industry itself can help design the levy.
The full statement can be read on the Ministerial website here:

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Mandatory Export Air Cargo Screening – effective March 1st 2019

March 1st sees a major Industry development in terms of our changing National Air Cargo Screening regulations. All export air cargo, regardless of destination, will need to be screened prior to departure, unless the cargo originates from an approved Known Consignor. For general cargo, X-ray will be the primary screening method, with Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) being the secondary screening option for cargo that cannot be X-rayed due to size, or other reasons, such as sensitivity to X-ray.

All of the airlines, forwarders with screening equipment, and screening depots have now issued their charges for screening services. Please contact us for our a copy of our National Export Air Cargo Screening Tariff which will cover all of the depots and airlines we tender cargo to for export on a National basis.

The new legislation dictates that cargo must be “homogenous” for consolidated screening. As an example, a pallet full of computer monitors and keyboards would not be considered homogenous (and would therefore need to be screened at a piece-count level) a pallet of monitors alone would be classified as homogenous, and could therefore be screened as one piece, and need not be broken down. Where cargo is tendered to us palletised and cannot be deemed homogenous, the cargo must be broken down and screened at a piece count level, and the costs to X-ray and re-pack the pallet are also listed on the above mentioned tariff.

If we can assist you further on this please do not hesitate to contact us or email us at

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