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What gets in the way of supply chain visibility

In the global logistics environment, everyone is talking about supply chain visibility and control. Supply chain visibility simply means having the right information, when you need it, so you can act on it. Getting this information is a challenge, or near on impossible when you don’t have the right systems to support you.

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Specialist airfreight: One retailer’s experience

Speed to Market has become so important that the cost to deliver has become a secondary consideration in supply chain logistics and specialist airfreight is now a critical component to delivering Fast Fashion.  However, if you don’t have a partner with super-sized red tape scissors to help you cut through the complexities of Air, then you could be putting you behind your competition.

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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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GST on low value goods imported into Australia

From 1 July 2018, GST will be payable on low value goods (AUD1,000 and under) supplied by overseas retailers to Australian consumers.  Under these changes, the Government will use the vendor collection model for collecting goods and services tax, where vendors (including online stores) will collect the GST on low value imported goods at the time of

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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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UPDATE: NZ Earthquake – impacts on freight movements

NZ EarthquakeCentreport

After Sunday night’s NZ earthquake recovery efforts are underway at CentrePort, Wellington, but the port remains closed to most operations.  Ferry operations from CentrePort resumed on Monday night however, and the Seaview oil terminal reopened yesterday afternoon. Centreport commercial buildings, BNZ and Customs House have withstood the quake with little damage, however two other buildings – Statistics House and Shed 39 – are expected to need extensive damage inspections.

Rail

• KiwiRail said in a statement that the Kaiarahi and Kaitaki ferries sailing between Wellington and Picton would carry freight and vehicle passengers only. Foot traffic has been suspended due to terminal damage. KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy has said while there was still an enormous amount of work to do it was critical for the North Island network to be fixed quickly.

Christchurch

• Further south at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, key infrastructure has been inspected and both bulk and container services, as well as railway links, are back to normal.

Nelson

• Port Nelson incurred no serious damage and open for business as usual.
Meanwhile bad weather has become a factor with heavy rain leading to extensive flooding in some areas. New Zealand Police have warned motorists to delay driving home from work as traffic out of Wellington is gridlocked and key roads are blocked in places.  New Zealand Shippers Council chairperson Mike Knowles said there were disruptions to the supply chain connecting the North and South Islands but government and agencies were doing their utmost to restore routes. “It tends to be the importers that will be greatly affected with a major barrier in place (no road or NZ earthquakerail) to get their goods to the lower South Island via land.”

Magellan Logistics has been navigating global supply chains for Australian businesses for almost 20 years. We have your back on this and any other customs or freight-forwarding topic.  If you would like to discuss your shipping which may be impacted by these events, please get in touch on 1300 651 888 or via steve@maglog.com.au.

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CHAFTA DUTY RATES TO COME DOWN IN 2017

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.

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BE CERTAIN YOUR CARGO IS ASBESTOS FREE

Asbestos declarations may not seem like an urgent concern to those of you who don’t import building or industrial materials.  Nevertheless, we urge you to spare a couple of minutes and read on.  ABF’s recent changes to ensuring asbestos free cargo have already affected importers of textiles, fashion and other retail products.

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G20 China dates announced – implications for Australian importers

Following the release of the summit dates the G20 control measures have also been announced for 2016.  This year’s summit will be held in Hangzhou on the 4th and 5th of September.  Hangzhou is within 2 hours drive of Ningbo and Shanghai ports.

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Become an Australian Trusted Trader

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.

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