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Comment: congestion and other charges choking trade at Port Botany

15 September 2020

This article was first published in September 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

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e-commerce

Facilitating and regulating e–commerce

11 September 2020

This article was first published in September 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

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Licence to move freight

12 August 2020

This article was first published in August 2020 by The Daily Cargo News.

In many countries, some participants in the private supply chain are licensed by government to undertake their roles.

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review

Victoria announces independent review of the operation of Victoria’s Ports

16 July 2020

As an island nation, Australia has always relied heavily on its ports, their wharves and other facilities as well as the associated land–side infrastructure including rail and road access, stevedore operations and empty container parks. Much of the national and international supply chain relies on the efficient operation of the sector.

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IA-CEPA

New Indonesian Free Trade deal up and running

10 July 2020

This article was first published in July 2020 by The Daily Cargo News.

The Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is a positive development for the global free trade agenda writes Customs and Trade Partner, Andrew Hudson.

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IA – CEPA

Guides to the commencement of the IA – CEPA and other duty reductions

02 July 2020

On 24 June, we delivered a webinar to members of the CBFCA (now IFCBAA) which addressed, in part, the terms of the Indonesia Australia – Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (IA – CEPA) which is to commence on 5 July 2020, as well as the outcomes from the Australian Border Force (ABF) Goods Compliance Update from April 2020.

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Supply chain, Australian trade

The Australian trade response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and issues into the future

17 June 2020

This article was first published in June 2020 by Thompson Reuters.

One of the fundamental roles of governments during the COVID–19 Pandemic has been to assist the movement of goods through the international and domestic supply chain as well as to support those providing services in that supply chain. While there has been an understandable focus on movement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related equipment and medication needed to assist in treatment of those affected by the Pandemic, that focus has not excluded the adoption of measures to assist trade in other goods adversely affected by the significant reduction in air and sea cargo options.

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Supply Chain, COVID-19

Supply chain responses to COVID-19

18 May 2020

This article was first published on 12 May 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

I have previously written the effects of COVID-19 in the international supply chain as well as having presented at meetings and webinars. This included a recent webinar with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia, which was attended by more than 300 members.

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Trade, Covid-19,

New Indonesian Free Trade deal to be a bright spot in our trade agenda

11 May 2020

One of the major tasks for government’s around the world are to adopt measures which may assist business to recover and thrive as they plan to move out of COVID– 9 restrictions. As much as national governments have committed to generally keep borders open, there remains the need to actively take action to ensure that commitments are met and that new initiatives are adopted to support further enhancements to the trade environment.

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medical equipment, customs

ABF releases details on exemption from customs duty for medical equipment

01 May 2020

During the current pandemic, the focus of many has been on the manufacture of the medical equipment required for the treatment of COVID -19 and their urgent movement through the international supply chain.

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Brexit has started but the uncertainty remains

07 April 2020

This article was first published on 6 April 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

At last, the UK has finally started its process to depart the European Union (EU). However, there is still some real uncertainty about what will remain at the end of the departure process.

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COVID-19, Exports, Australian Federal Government, Australia

Australian Government support for Australian seafood exporters and other COVID-19 developments

02 April 2020

On 1 April 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced a new financial package to support exports of seafood to overseas markets as well as to increase funding of the Export Market Development Grant scheme (EMDG). This is one of a series of financial support packages released as part of Australia’s response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blockchain technology

The role of Blockchain in the international supply chain

12 March 2020

Andrew Hudson has recently co-authored a white paper with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia, alongside Scott Carson and Gerardo D’Angelo, with additional contributions from Adam Butler, Tim Gray and Taras Lubczyk.

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impacts of the coronavirus

The whole world of trade is getting sick from the coronavirus

18 February 2020

I had previously published an article on 28 January 2020 with some early thoughts on the possible impacts of the coronavirus. However, as matters have progressed, I thought that it warranted an update.

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European Union

Brexit – the formal start but not the practical end just yet

12 February 2020

This article was first published by AirCargo Magazine.

Well, it finally happened. 1,317 days, two elections and a number of pieces of legislation after the UK referendum voted to leave the European Union (EU), the departure procedures commenced.

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brexit

Some current events and future predictions for 2020

06 February 2020

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

As I write these words (8 January 2020), we are swaying on the precipice of escalation of warfare between the US and Iran. We are also stunned by the ongoing bushfire disaster which is taking the lives of animals and people as well as destroying properties and countryside.

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Vita gummies

A predicament? No a medicament!

05 February 2020

The High Court decision on the tariff classification of ‘Vita gummies’ and ‘Garcinia weight-loss preparation’. 

We have previously written at length on decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), or State or Federal Courts on the classification of goods for customs purposes. The classification of goods is a vital process as many things follow from that classification including rates of customs duty, the need to pay dumping or countervailing duty and whether the goods are prohibited or need permits or licences.

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coronavirus

China catches a coronavirus and the global economy and its trade may get very ill

28 January 2020

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

As I write this article, news of the spread of the ‘coronavirus’ becomes worse on a regular basis. According to today’s media, nearly 60 million people in China’s largest cities are in lockdown, there are 2700 confirmed cases and 80 people have died.

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Phase One

The US and China trade agreement – Phase One

20 January 2020

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

Only the beginning of the end of tension?

In much the same way that Australia welcomed rain this week, the release of ‘Phase One’ of the US and China Agreement had led to some degree of relief and confidence in the commercial and financial world.

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Australia - Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A - HKFTA)

Australia – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A – HKFTA)

17 January 2020

The Australia – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A – HKFTA) starts today, 17 January 2020. This will include preferential rates of customs duty for certain classifications of goods along with more opportunities for investment and trade in services.

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rare defeat at the WTO

Australia suffers a rare defeat at the WTO

16 December 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

While much debate surrounds the operation of our anti-dumping legislation in practice, it may be a surprise to some that we did not create the regime unilaterally. Our regime takes its origin from Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT).

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CBFCA Conference

Thoughts and themes from the CBFCA National Conference

10 December 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

I have been in the fortunate position of being involved with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) for a number of years.

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freight contracts

When the fine print matters in freight contracts

04 December 2019

The decision of the Victorian County Court in Technology Swiss Pty Ltd and Ecology SRL v Famous Pacific Shipping Pty Ltd which was delivered on 30 September 2019 and published on 13 November 2019 has already received some attention and commentary within industry.

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Australian Trusted Trader Programme

The rise and rise of the Australian Trusted Trader Programme

11 November 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

The Australian Trusted Trader Programme (ATTP) is one of the lead offerings of the Australian Border Force (ABF) and represents an example of how industry and government can work closely together to co-develop a program which has largely delivered on its intended outcomes and is actively supported by industry.

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Agreement reached to finalise the RCEP

Agreement reached to finalise the RCEP

11 November 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

As much of Australia’s focus was taken by the Melbourne Cup carnival, the leaders of 15 of the 16 nations negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) announced the conclusion of ‘text-based’ negotiations with formal signing now expected in 2020.

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Brexit

Brexit – are we any clearer on the outcomes or effects?

10 October 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

I wrote an earlier article on Brexit for this publication and thought it may be a good time to review the situation and whether there was any further clarity on the position.

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free trade

School is back in Canberra and it’s time to complete the homework on free trade and trade facilitation

11 September 2019

This article was first published by AirCargo magazine.

Now that the 46th Federal Parliament has resumed and the commencement formalities have been completed, it is a good time to review the status of our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) agenda along with other new initiatives aimed at facilitating trade.

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supply chain issues

Can the ‘Blue Highway’ of Australian coastal shipping provide a viable option to remedy some of our supply chain issues?

11 September 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

Even with the current political pressures around global trade and the supply chain, there seems to be little prospect that there will be no reduction in goods being moved through the international supply chain.

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The ABF announces a new initiative building on an old concept

09 August 2019

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

The start of a new financial year is often used by the business community to launch new initiatives into the market. However, in this case, by media release on 1 July 2019, the Australian Border Force (ABF) as a division within the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) provided details of the establishment of a new ‘Customs Group’ within the ABF.

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How blockchain may affect practices in the supply chain – nowhere to hide!

23 July 2019

The term seems to have first arisen in the early 1990s with reference to an ‘open distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way’ and was developed to serve as a ‘public transaction ledger’ for the bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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Recent Ministerial decisions on trade measures investigations and the consequences for industry

15 July 2019

This article was published in the July print edition of Daily Cargo News and updated for recent events

In the week leading to the recent Federal election, the Minister for Industry Science and Technology (Minister) released her decisions as to the imposition of interim dumping and countervailing duties on steel pallet racking and PVC covered electrical cabling

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Stevedore infrastructure charges remain a concern for industry and government

01 March 2019

Australia depends heavily on sea cargo and the efficient movement of goods through the supply chain both for exports and imports. The benefits of the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs) and other initiatives aimed at facilitating trade and reducing barriers and costs, can be compromised when access to the infrastructure is limited, delayed or made more expensive, especially where there is little recourse against those practices.

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The High Court confirms real and present financial danger for those handling goods under customs control

01 March 2019

When most goods enter the country, the completion of customs formalities usually includes the payment of customs and excise duty. However in a number of cases, the duties are not paid on import and the goods are moved under “customs control” to “licensed premises” which are secured facilities, whether bonds or warehouses where goods are held pending payment of the duties and release into “home consumption” for wider use, often for retail sale.

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freezing orders

High Court opens the way to an appeal on liability for amounts equivalent to duty

14 May 2018

Those operating premises licensed for the handling and retention of goods ‘under customs control’ face a number of significant challenges:

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The proposed new charge on LVTs – when a processing charge is not a tax

26 March 2018

This article was originally published by Daily Cargo News.

There has been significant commentary on the proposal for the introduction of a processing charge on certain low-value import transactions (LVT) which are transacted through a Self-Assessed Clearance Declaration (SAC).

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The new Trump tariffs – the tip of the trade iceberg

The new Trump tariffs – the tip of the trade iceberg

13 March 2018

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

After several months of uncertainty and speculation, President Trump has finally announced his intention for the US to introduce additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imported into the US. To adapt a famous comment from former US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, it’s time to work out what we know we know, what we think we know and what we know we would like to know.

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CPTPP

The CPTPP – the TPP back from the (near) dead and coming your way

22 February 2018

This article was first published on the 20 February 2018 in Air Cargo Asia-Pacific Magazine. and has been updated on 22 February 2018 to reflect the release of the CPTPP text.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was an ambitious 12 nation free trade agreement (FTA) which was entered into some time ago but had never been formally implemented even though its entry into force had been approved by New Zealand and Australia.

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CPTPP

Agreement reached on the CPTPP with signing in March 2018

24 January 2018

Many of you would be aware of the tradition from Papal elections where white smoke from the Vatican indicates the election of a new Pope.

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Australia initiates WTO action against Canadian restrictions on wine exports

Australia initiates WTO action against Canadian restrictions on wine exports

18 January 2018

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

On 17 January 2018 a series of media stories announced that Australia had initiated the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ‘disputes’ process against Canada in relation to measures maintained by the Canadian Government and a number of Canadian provinces governing the retail sale of wine.

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VTA

GST collection method for low value transactions passes test

16 November 2017

Those within the customs and international trade industry have been following ongoing narration on the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on low-value transactions (LVT) closely.

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Bills of Lading

NSW District Court decision shows the risks in the issue of Bills of Lading

14 November 2017

A decision of the NSW District Court delivered on 16 October 2017 has created massive levels of concern in the freight forwarding industry as it led to an order for significant damages against a freight forwarding company based on bills of lading (BL) which it had issued but were used for purposes other than originally intended.

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free trade agenda

The free trade agenda continues on its spin cycle

13 November 2017

This article was first published by Air Cargo Asia-Pacific Magazine.

To misquote someone, the free trade agenda is a ‘many-splendored thing’.

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The new Trump tariffs – the tip of the trade iceberg

The Trans-Pacific Partnership “re-imagined” no longer a mirage?

13 November 2017

To adapt one of the literary world’s great quotes it would appear that ‘the news of the death of the TPP had been greatly exaggerated.’

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Australian Border Force Goods Compliance Update

27 October 2017

This update was first published by CBFCA Australia.

On 12 October 2017, the Australian Border Force (ABF) released the September 2017 edition of the ABF Goods Compliance Update (Update).

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GST on LVTs

GST on LVT – the Bill that keeps on giving

12 October 2017

This article was first published by Daily Cargo News.

A previously reported, the Bill to impose GST on low value imported goods (LVTs) has recently passed through our Federal Parliament. However, by no means have all the issues associated with the Bill been resolved with certainty.

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Netflix tax’

Australia introduces GST on low value imported goods and services: what you need to know

06 July 2017

This article was first published by New Zealand Trade and Enterpriseon 3 July 2017..

Australia is introducing new goods and services tax (GST) legislation relating to ‘low value’ imported goods and services.

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buying goods online from overseas

GST on all imported goods is on its way despite unanswered questions

09 March 2017

This article first published in Air Cargo Asia Pacific magazine: Issue 247, March 2017.

For many years, Australian consumers buying goods online from overseas have not been obliged to pay either customs duty or GST on ‘low value transaction’ (LVT) imports where the value of the consignment being purchased was less than $1,000.

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oppressed

Operators of warehouse found liable for amounts equal to duty on stolen cigarettes

02 March 2017

This article was originally published by the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia and Australian Federation of International Forwarders.

The decision of the AAT in Zaps Transport (Aust) Pty Ltd, Domenic Zappia and John Zappia ats the Comptroller – General of Customs continues the long line of judgments holding those operating licensed warehouse liable for amounts equivalent to customs duty.

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TPP

The first 7 days of the Trump administration ‒ revolutionary or a naughty boy?

06 February 2017

This article was written by Rigby Cooke Lawyers Trade and Customs Partner Andrew Hudson, and was originally published by Lloyd’s list Australia on 6 February 2017. For further information, please contact Andrew Hudson

The first week of the Trump administration delivered a number of the outcomes promised during the election campaign and put to rest the theories that the outcomes were only rhetoric.

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Welcome to 2017 – real change or more of the same?

24 January 2017

This article first published in Air Cargo Asia Pacific magazine: Issue 246, January 2017

With the inauguration of the new US President in the rear view mirror and the first run of executive orders signed, sealed and delivered, it is looking likely that we may see a new world order focussed on ‘local interests’.

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World Customs Organization

2017 on the horizon and already full of challenge

08 December 2016

This article first published in Air Cargo Asia Pacific magazine: Issue 245, November 2016

As we edge inexorably towards 2017, it is worth considering some of the developments which are already in place for those in the supply chain and which will have an immediate impact from the start of 2017.

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