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New border guidance document for testing presence of asbestos
As you are aware, the import of asbestos and asbestos containing products is prohibited unless a lawful exception is applicable. The evidence acceptable to the Australian Border Force that goods do not contain asbestos is grey and continues to cause confusion among lawful importers.
The Australian Border Force has continued to provide additional clarification on the requirements via their webpage:
The department has recently issued a border guidance document outlining the sampling process for testing goods for the presence of asbestos:
We encourage all importers to familiarise themselves with this document, as it outlines the supply chain risks where asbestos could form part of your finished product, unbeknown to you.
The team at Harders are here to assist you to comply with all import conditions. Please contact one of our staff if you require assistance.
New air cargo security requirements
As previously advised, 1st March 2019 sees the start of the new air cargo security requirements for export. All export air cargo from this date will either need to be examined at a piece-level or originate from a Known Consignor. If you require assistance in relation to this matter, please contact your Key Account Manager.
Increase in Patrick Terminal’s infrastructure fee
Patrick Terminal will be increasing their infrastructure fee, which will take effect on 4th March 2019.
Chinese New Year
The market ex China is still experiencing a lull due to the larger vessels not sailing to full capacity, as well as the traditional quiet period as a result of Chinese New Year, given many factories in China only resumed full operations in Week 8.
It is expected that in coming weeks, especially from around mid-March, changes will start to be seen whereby carriers will commence scaling back their larger vessels and replacing them with smaller vessels. This means that the container (teu) capacity will decrease and there will be increased competition for space.
Please plan ahead to avoid any disappointment and delays with bookings.