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The Budget is released and details begin to emerge

29 May 2018

The Australian Federal Budget for the 2018/2019 year was announced in Parliament on 8 May 2018. Individual summaries for portfolios can be found at the relevant websites for the portfolio agencies.

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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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‘Best (act) Before’ Country of Origin food labelling deadlines are enforceable

09 May 2018

How to prepare to comply

From 1 July 2018 food businesses must comply with labelling requirements set out by the Australian Government which aim to provide consumers with greater transparency on the origin of their food.

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A trade ‘Letter from America’

03 May 2018

This article was first published by AirCargo Magazine.

The renowned journalist Alistair Cooke famously wrote and broadcast ‘Letter from America’ from the US for a period of 58 years. It was a concise and learned spoken piece, around 15 minutes in length in which Mr Cooke delivered observations on developments in the US over the preceding week to a BBC audience in a manner intended to educate the listener and remove some of the confusion usually associated with the US. 

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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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Rigby Cooke Lawyers

Export Council of Australia calls for greater support for SME exporters

02 March 2018

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has released its 2018 Trade Policy Recommendations. The release comes with a clear message that there are not enough small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exporting and that this is an issue that those in government and industry need to address.

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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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Lloyd's List

Rigby Cooke’s Customs & Trade expertise recognised as one of Australia’s ‘true leaders in the field’

12 January 2018

Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Partner, Andrew Hudson has been recognised as one of Australia’s top five ‘true leaders in the field’ by independent research resource, Who’s Who Legal, in their global Trade & Customs list, 2017.

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importance of SMEs and access to e-commerce solutions

The importance of SMEs and access to e-commerce solutions in the global supply chain

19 December 2017

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

Even as the world’s attention is drawn to events including the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the announcement of a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Japan, there also is growing acceptance of the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) globally.

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annual Australian International Business Survey

New insights for Australian businesses who trade internationally

15 December 2017

The annual Australian International Business Survey (AIBS) has been released. This survey is the product of a collaboration between the University of Technology Sydney, Efic, Austrade and the Export Council of Australia (ECA). It is one of the country’s largest and most in-depth surveys of internationally-active Australian businesses.

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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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Finance and insurance keep the supply chain circulating

15 November 2017

This article was first published by DCN.

Much of the focus in the supply chain revolves around the physical logistics of moving goods to their final destination and the regulation of that movement.

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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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A compliant supply chain is an exporter’s best friend

23 October 2017

This article first published in the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Exporters Guide 2017 – 2018.

Sadly, the importance of complying with the requirements of the agencies at the border (which govern the export and import of goods) is often last on a long list of considerations of an exporter – if it appears at all.

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Federal Court decision limits the liability of those operating licensed premises

16 October 2017

In February 2017 the AAT handed down its decision in Zaps Transport (Aust) Pty Ltd, Domenic Zappia and John Zappia ats the Comptroller – General of Customs (Zaps Case). Readers are referred to a previous discussion of this case available here.

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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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Minister affirms ongoing ABF industry engagement and trade facilitation role

20 July 2017

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (and future Minister for Home Affairs) along with the Acting Commissioner of the ABF used their opening addresses at the DIBP Industry Summit this morning (31 July 2017) to address the ongoing role of the DIBP and ABF in facilitating the legitimate trade in goods and movement of people.

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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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Customs and trade

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 the 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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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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Lloyd's List

Global trade market cast in protectionist shadow; Top International Trade Partner joins Rigby Cooke

16 December 2016

Top international trade specialist Andrew Hudson has joined Rigby Cooke Lawyers as a Partner in its fast-growing litigation team.

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Lloyd's List

Senior trade lawyer makes a move, Lloyd’s List Australia

10 December 2016

New Customs & Trade Partner, Andrew Hudson, speaks with Lloyd’s List Australia about his move to Rigby Cooke Lawyers.

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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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