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TPP11 starts December 30 – what it means for you?

The TPP11 comes into force for the initial six ratifying countries on 30 December 2018 immediately lowering the 5% tariff on most goods from Mexico and Canada and providing tariff relief by eliminating 98% of tariffs in the TPP11 region with the goal that by the end of 2021 the majority of products will be duty-free under the agreement.

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ChAFTA – All duty free from 2019

As of 1 January 2019, duty rates for all tariff categories covered under the ChAFTA agreement will be duty free.

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Magellan Logistics is now an Australian Trusted Trader

Supply chains today are incredibly complex. The need for trust and confidence between the people and organisations involved has never been more important. That’s why we sought and attained Australian Trusted Trader accreditation.

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New packing declarations for bamboo – 1 July 2018

The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has again changed the format of packing declarations as a result of bamboo being classified as an acceptable packaging material. Bamboo packaging is now acceptable provided it is treated by an approved method prior to export or on arrival and does not need to be declared as unacceptable packaging.

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Illegal Logging – Back on the Agenda

We wrote in August 2015 advising of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ intention to renew its emphasis on ensuring that importers of timber and timber products complied with the Illegal Logging Act 2012 and the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation 2012, by instituting a system of audits.

These regulations aim to reduce the impact of illegal logging on the environment by requiring due diligence in order to reduce the theft, laundering and trade of

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As of the 11th of September the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has increased the allowable time between treatment and export from 21 days to six calendar months for treated manufactured wooden articles. As a result, DAWR will now require an additional declaration for manufactured wooden articles that have been treated offshore by heat, fumigation or irradiation methods depending upon how they have been stored after their treatment.

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has advised that The Biosecurity Act 2015 requires the use of new wording on new packing declarations.

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Changed requirements: Highly Manufactured Wooden Articles

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has announced changes to the treatment requirements for goods considered to be highly manufactured wooden articles as they are deemed to pose a low biosecurity risk and can be released with minimal biosecurity intervention.

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Be clear on your biosecurity reporting obligations

Recently the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (incorporating AQIS) announced changes in biosecurity reporting obligations and penalties that may be imposed for failing to correctly report goods subject to a biosecurity control.

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CityLink tolls to increase significantly for commercial vehicles

The Victorian State Government and Citylink’s owner Transurban have reached an agreement which will see tolls increase for commercial vehicles using Citylink.

The increase is being imposed to help pay for the $1.28 billion CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway widening project.

From the 1st of April tolls increase by up to 125% for all heavy commercial vehicles, including container transporters using CityLink and the Monash Freeway.  This will affect freight moving along the heavily trafficked freight corridors to and from Melbourne’s North and West along Bolte Bridge and the Tullamarine Freeway.

The tolls increase will more than likely result in an increase in transport prices as the container transport operators have resolved to pass the additional costs down the supply chain.  Individual transport operators are in the process of amending their pricing models to accommodate these increases.

Magellan has partnerships with a number of different transport companies and we await advice from them on changes to transport pricing structures after 1 April.  When we have a full picture of what the toll increase will mean for our clients we will communicate with our clients on specific changes that affect them directly.  We expect to be in a position to do this in the next week.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Magellan team member or contact me on 1300 651 888 or

Media release: Container Transport Alliance Australia

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