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Department of Agriculture announces increased quarantine fees and charges over Christmas and New Year Period

(Below information provided by CBFCA – Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc.)

Further to NNF 2014/169 Quarantine Fees and Charges Guidelines (the Guidelines) the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA) has been advised that the Department of Agriculture (the Department) will apply specific  increased fees and charges over the Christmas/ New Year period.

Members should note in  particular  the overtime charges, and the prescribed times that are considered as overtime in Section 8.5 of the Guidelines.

It should be noted that overtime rates will  be applied for any transactions that are performed during the period 27 December to 31 December of each year.  This period is considered as a Departmental holiday.

As  service starts outside of ordinary hours, it is considered as non continuous overtime, with a minimum number of hours to be charged.

Therefore any inspections, or AIMS entries required to be processed during this period will attract the normal fee for service, plus overtime of $288.00 per service provided.

In addition on other issues the Department has  also confirmed that in accordance with Section 8.6 of the Guidelines , reprints of directions involving a change to the direction will incur a $40.00 per quarter hour unit fee from the 25th of November 2014.  Where a reprint of a direction occurs during the Departmental holiday period, the fee will be $40.00 plus $288.00.

Reprints of directions where no changes have occurred are considered as part of the initial payment, and will therefore not incur any additional costs.

Where an inspection is booked with the Department, and subsequently  cancelled with 24 hours notice or more, there will be no fees payable.  However where less than 24 hours notice is given, a fee of a 15 minute service fee unit will be charged for manned depots, and 30 minute service fee for unmanned depots.  Please refer to Section 8.7.8 of the Guidelines .

As bookings are made as AM or PM only, the cancellation must occur more than 24 hours before the corresponding AM or PM slot, for no fees to be charged.

Members should clearly note and understand the implications of this provision  implemented for the Departmental holiday period, as if less than 24 hours notice is provided, the cancellation will also attract $288.00 in overtime fees.

Further information

Refer to below Quarantine Fees and Charges Guidelines link or download attachment.

www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/import/general-info/fees-charges-import/quarantine-fees-and-charging-guidelines

CBFCA – National

Download Quarantine Fees and Guidelines November 2014

For more information please contact the Magellan Logistics customs team on 1300 651 888.

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Australia Korea FTA in effect 12 December 2014

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea will enter into force on 12 December 2014.

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) was signed in Seoul, South Korea, on 8 April 2014 and KAFTA will enter into force when both Korea and Australia have completed their domestic legal procedures.1

Below is an outline of top imports from Korea into Australia in 2012-2013.2  For Magellan customers, this agreement may also affect those importing textiles or other similar products from Korea.

There are a range of products that will have reduced duty rates under this agreement, and to get access to these lower rates, suppliers will have to provide importers a KAFTA certificate.

Four steps to using KAFTA

Step 1: WHAT goods am I exporting or importing? (tariff classification)

Step 2: HOW are these goods treated under KAFTA? (tariff treatment)

Step 3: WHERE are my goods produced? (rules of origin)

Step 4: CERTIFY your goods with a Certificate of Origin

For further information on what items will have reduced rates and the detail behind the KAFTA stepped process above please refer to this media release and/or speak to your friendly Magellan Logistics Customs Broker who can provide more detail on 1300 651 888.

To read more about Free Trade Agreements and how they help Australian exporters, read our recent blog

 

Sources:

1 Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. – CBFCA

.2 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/kafta/

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Customs charges increase, effective 1st Jan 2014

 

The Budget papers released in May, 2013 stated that the Government will restructure the Import Processing Charge (IPC) to recover the costs of import related cargo and trade functions undertaken by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBP).

This Import Processing Charges Amendment Bill has now been passed through both Houses of Parliament without amendment.

On Magellan invoices IPC this shows up as “Declaration Processing Charge”. On a Customs Declaration/Entry, IPC forms part of the customs “other charges”, seen at the bottom of every electronic entry – Please note that the AQIS container and processing charges which also make up part of the other charges, will not change at this stage.

The Bill will increase the import declaration and warehouse declaration processing charges levied on air, sea and post consignments with a value of $10,000 and above effective from 1 January 2014.

For jobs valued over $10,000, please see the guide below for increase values.

FCL Other charges – Currently $88 will increase to $190.60

LCL Other Charges– Currently $70 will increase to $172.60

Airfreight Other Charges– Currently $55.20 will increase to $137.10

For consignments valued from $1,000 to $10,000 the customs “other charges” will remain at the current level of $88.70 for sea import declarations and $55.20 for air import declarations.

Clients should note these increases will become effective on 1 January 2014.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Daniel Crawford – Daniel@maglog.com.au

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