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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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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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Chinese New Year 2018 – Plan Ahead

Happy New Year and of course, Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

China’s most important festival, also known as Spring Festival will be here before you know it. Most businesses in China and Hong Kong (as well as many other Asian nations) close for a week and sometimes longer in order for staff to travel to be with their families for the celebrations. This can cause delays in obtaining Customs Clearance documentation for Australian businesses importing cargo from China and elsewhere in the region.

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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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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – shipping lines on notice

It’s that time of year again.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is spreading throughout Europe and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is now monitoring all cargo originating in Europe.

These bugs represent a considerable threat to Australia’s agricultural industry, not to mention what a nuisance they can be when the invade homes and buildings seeking warmth. Due to the cooperation of shipping lines, port authorities, importers and manufacturers, Australia is free from this damaging pest.

So let’s keep it that way

So far this season the pest has only been detected at low levels in shipments, but should that change the Department will institute pre-shipment treatments similar to what’s in place for the US.  It is hoped that this, and the ensuing delays it causes won’t be necessary.

To that end DAWR has issued a letter to shipping lines outlining some of the preventative steps they and their clients can take to halt the spread of the pest.

We understand that the Department is also preparing an Industry Notice to inform importers and other interested parties of the preventative measures that shipping lines may be adopting, and the reasons why.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug or the preventative measures, please get in touch with me via or call your Magellan Customer Service Team member on 1300 651 888.

2017-01-30 – Final – Notice to shipping lines.pdf
2017-01-31 – Letter to Freight and Trade Alliance.pdf

Freight & Trade Alliance

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Last Friday 27 January 2017, APSA received notification of an indian service tax on pre-paid imports into India.

It appears that a significant service tax (4.5%) is to be levied by the Indian Ministry of Finance for all cargoes landed in India on or after 22 January 2017. The tax is to be collected by the foreign-owned shipping lines, who have already attempted to start collecting the tax from Australian exporters. Up until recently an exemption was given on pre-paid ocean freight.

APSA (Australian Peak Shippers Association) has not yet received any advice from the Australian Government and it is unclear whether or not the tax should be collected from the Australian shippers or from the local consignees. If is to be collected from Australian shippers then we do expect an outcry from the export community.

We are awaiting clarification from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), but in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly or your Magellan Customer Service team member for further information on 1300 651 888.

Please refer to the official notices from the Indian Ministry of Finance below:
Service Tax Amendment Jan 2017.pdf
Notification No 1-2017-ST.pdf
Notification No 2-2017-ST.pdf
Notification No 3-2017-ST.pdf

Freight & Trade Alliance

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The nature of retailing is continually changing.  If it’s not the recent growth of online retail and rapidly changing consumer preferences that is keeping you on your toes; then it will be the need to stay on top of distribution chain productivity improvements to remain competitive that’s keeping you up at night.

Although the cost structure of retail goods has been broadly stable over the last 10 or so years, this is in spite of an upward trend in the prices of inputs to the retail supply chain; in particular, those involved in distributing goods.  With roughly half the cost of getting goods from factory to the consumer attributable to distribution, any relief on this front is good news.

The good news – ChAFTA duty rates to come down

As of 1 January 2017, there will be a change in duty rates for most tariff categories covered under the ChAFTA agreement.

For simplicity, we have summarised the tariff classifications as follows:

chafta duty rates

To take advantage of the new reduced tariffs on your imported cargo you will need to lodge entry after 1 January next year.

With this in mind, now might be a good time be thinking about the cost of goods sold in your upcoming shipments and your available options.  Moving your goods into bond until after the New Year might be worth your while.

When the time is right, talk to us to find out if it is the right solution for you.

Magellan Logistics has been navigating global supply chains for Australian fashion, footwear, textiles and retail businesses for 20 years.

We have your back on this and any other customs or freight-forwarding topic.  If you would like to discuss the ChAFTA duty rates reduction and how you can take early advantage of them with me further please get in touch on 1300 651 888 or via

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Become an Australian Trusted Trader

On 1 July 2016 the Australian Trusted Trader Program (ATT) commenced following a successful pilot phase that commenced on the 1st July 2015.

The Australian Trusted Trader is a voluntary program that recognises Australian businesses that meet international supply chain security and trade compliance standards.  The program has been designed and developed in partnership between the Australian Government and industry with the aim to create a fast and seamless trade experience for Trusted Traders.  The ATT is a move towards modernisation of the border environment with the aim of fostering streamlined, reliable, predictable and most importantly secure trade.

By the end of 2020 the program envisages 1000 participants from across all sectors of the supply chain.

What are the benefits of being an Australian Trusted Trader ?

International standing and recognition:  Sixty four countries (including all of Australia’s major trading partners) have some form of trusted trader program with over 40,000 international business participants. A further 16 countries are developing Trusted Trader programs.

Enhancing supply chain security and global competitiveness:  The ATT will contribute to economic growth and prosperity and was included in the Australian Government’s G20 growth strategy.  Through the ATT the Australian Government will develop bilateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements. This will enable participants to access faster clearance times for goods entering our trading partners markets.  Currently the Australian Government is working on Mutual Recognition Arrangements with China, New Zealand, Korea, Canada, the USA, the European Union, Japan and Singapore.

Reduced intervention for legitimate trade:  The introduction of the ATT is a step away from the one size fits all approach to the clearance of goods crossing the border. By removing unnecessary burden to compliant entities and increasing focus on high risk and unknown entities, the ATT will ensure accelerated clearance of low-risk transactions and increased resources allocated to high-risk and unknown entities.

Industry benefits of ATT:  Trusted Traders will be offered a number of benefits which will help foster trade including;

Dedicated Account Manager:  Trusted Traders will receive a dedicated account manager who will be the primary contact between the Trusted Trader and the Australian Border Force.

Priority trade services:  Trusted Traders will have access to advanced rulings for requests on tariff advice, valuations and origin rulings.

Differentiated and prioritised examinations:  Trusted Traders will be recognised as low risk and will be subject to faster border clearance.

Mutual Recognition Agreements:  Trusted Traders will have access to trade facilitation benefits in countries with which Australia has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Streamlined reporting arrangements (from 2017-2018 financial year):  Alternative clearance arrangements will be available to trusted traders which will reduce the administrative burden on clearing goods.

Duty Deferral (from 2018-2019 financial year):  Duty payments on imported goods will be deferred for a set period from the beginning of 2018-2019 financial year.

What are the costs?

There are no application or ongoing accreditation fees associated with Australian Trusted Trader. However, there might be some business costs associated with meeting the required standards for the program.

How to become part of the ATT?

The ATT program is open to all Australian Businesses that hold an ABN, that are actively involved in the international supply chain and have two or more years of trading and compliance history.

      1. Check that the ATT is right for your business
      2. Complete an expression of interest form
      3. Complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ). Once the expression of interest is complete, an ABF account manager will help you complete an SAQ. The questions in the SAQ explore the business’s international supply chain activities and trade compliance practices
      4. An Australian Border Force officer will visit the business site to undertake a physical validation.

If accepted, the business will be offered a range of benefits designed to enable easier interaction within the international supply chain regulatory environment.

Magellan Logistics is well placed to assist you with gaining ATT acceptance through the provision of expert advice and guidance.  If would like to discuss whether the ATT program is right for your business please get in touch with me on 1300 651 888 or via

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Your obligations when importing timber products into Australia from China

All imported timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products (whether for commercial or personal use) must comply with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON).  It should be noted that this includes timber packaging and pallets. The types of timber, wooden articles, bamboo, and related products page has definitions and links to the applicable import conditions in BICON for different types of timber, wooden articles, bamboo and related products.

In order to ensure a smooth importation process, importers of timber products from China that require fumigation prior to entry, must provide a Chinese Fumigation Certificate to Magellan Logistics on or your customs broker.

We have prepared a useful guide to outline the types of timber products and treatments required with links to the relevant information on the Government’s site as well as the process around the application for and provision of Chinese Fumigation Certificates.

If you would like some more information on importing timber products from China and Chinese Fumigation Certificates, please contact me or a member of our customs team at Magellan on 1300 651 888 or via email

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