Henning Harders September Newsletter

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Australian Border Force (ABF)

The ABF via their “Border Watch” program has provided the following updated information around common indicators of piggybacking!

What is Piggybacking?

A piggyback occurs when an unscrupulous entity uses the identifying details of a legitimate entity on the Cargo Report or the full import declaration (FID) for a consignment, without the knowledge of the legitimate entity.

One way for our customers to protect themselves is by becoming and Australian Trusted Trader.

Being a trusted trader allows the ABF to enhance their profiles and intelligence around a customer’s importing supply chain and approved service providers.

We urge all our customers who are not yet Australian Trusted Traders to review this program as a matter of urgency. https://www.abf.gov.au/about-us/what-we-do/trustedtrader   

We believe that the Australian Border Force (ABF) will ramp up their focus on companies that cannot establish themselves as Australian Trusted Traders.

If you need any additional information, please contact Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler from our advisory team ASAP!


Australian Federal Police (AFP)

AFP – COCAINE IN COFFEE SEIZED IN COLOMBIA, ONE ARRESTED

The Australian Federal Police have arrested a 41-year-old Spanish national in Wollongong after Colombian authorities seized more than 35 kilograms of cocaine bound for Australia.

The AFP and Colombian National Police conduct joint operational activity to combat transnational serious organised crime through officers based in Bogotá. As part of that arrangement, an air cargo consignment labelled as ‘roasted coffee’ bound for the Wollongong area was examined at Bogota Airport late last month by the Colombian National Police. The cardboard box with 67 bags of coffee was found to contain packets of a powdered substance inside the coffee bags.

The substance returned a positive result for cocaine, weighed a total of approximately 35.6 kilograms and was seized by Colombian authorities.

The AFP investigation into the attempted importation, known as Operation Specs, revealed the alleged involvement of a Spanish national residing in the Wollongong suburb of Port Kembla.

AFP officers executed search warrants yesterday (8 September 2021) where the 41-year-old man was arrested at his Port Kembla home. During the search warrants police seized 1.84 kilograms of cocaine and located a clandestine laboratory.

The man was charged with the following offences:

Import a substance, the substance being a border-controlled drug, namely cocaine, and the quantity imported being a commercial quantity, contrary to subsection 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth);

Dealing with property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime, contrary to subsection 400.9(1A) of the Criminal Code (Cth); and

Trafficking a marketable quantity of a controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to s302.3(1) Criminal Code (Cth).

The maximum penalty for importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs is life imprisonment. The maximum penalty for dealing with property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime is two years’ imprisonment. The maximum penalty for trafficking a marketable quantity of a controlled drug is 25 years’ imprisonment.

The man is expected to face Wollongong Local Court today.

The AFP has not ruled out the possibility of further arrests as the investigation into the attempted cocaine importation continues.

AFP Detective Superintendent Craig Bellis said transnational serious organised crime syndicates will continue targeting Australia for its profitable illicit drug trade.

“The AFP works closely with its international law enforcement partners to identify and track the movement of illicit drugs bound for Australia because no one nation can tackle the scourge of illicit drugs alone,” Detective Superintendent Bellis said.

“Our priority remains the same – identify and prosecute the organised crime syndicates and individuals involved and stop the flood of these illicit and harmful drugs from reaching our communities.”

Anyone with information about the supply and distribution of illicit drugs in the Wollongong area is urged to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online. 

Please ensure you have a secure supply chain, one that provides certainty around the inability for criminal gangs to infiltrate your business!

If you would like to discuss your specific supply chain or concerns? please contact Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler from our Advisory Team.


Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE)

BMSB Season 2021 – 2022

DAWE have indicated that the Safeguarding Arrangement program will be retained.

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) has retained the seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from arriving in Australia for the 2021–22 BMSB risk season.

The department is using a range of scientific, intelligence and evidence-based information when setting the measures, including data collected from the 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season onshore verification activities.

As many of our customers will attest, BMSB poses significant direct and indirect cost, disruption and uncertainty to their supply chain.

The team at Harders Advisory, have been working with DAWE to formulate a strategy to self-manage the BMSB risk for next season and beyond.

Last month, Andrew Crawford (who heads up our advisory section in NSW) and Joyce Campbell our (Head of Harders Academy and Training) visited Canberra to meet with Mr. Ben Rowntree A/g Director Seasonal Pest Policy / Pathway Policy – Cargo and Conveyances / Biosecurity Operations Division.

We are pleased to advise Harders Advisory is assisting one of our high-profile customers in applying for accreditation for next season to manage the BMSB risk through the Safeguarding Arrangement Scheme.

The 2021-22 BMSB season will be here before we know it!

We encourage other customers to seriously consider this initiative and discuss their options with our Advisors, Andrew Crawford or Steve Butler. Both gentlemen can assist you through the program and provide all the necessary support through our experienced advisory services.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs on leaves
Brown Marmorated Stink bugs on fruit
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Let’s keep Khapra Beetle out!

Khapra is a serious agricultural pest that poses a major threat to our grains industry. This exotic pest comes in second on Australia’s most unwanted plant pest list, and we need your help to keep it out.

What to look for

  • Adult beetles (1.6-3mm long) are reddish dark brown, oval-shaped with faint dark lines and do not fly.
  • Larvae (1.6-4.5mm long) typically appear very hairy and are golden brown.
  • Cast larval skins are the most obvious indicator of infestation.
Adault Khapra Beetle
Adult Khapra Beetle

To support the implementation of khapra beetle urgent actions, Agriculture.gov.au have developed two short videos to communicate:
• the risks Khapra beetle poses to Australia
• how to identify Khapra beetle
• the importance of sea container cleanliness
• how to maintain sea container cleanliness.

We welcome you to watch and share the content with your contacts. You can watch the videos here:

• The risks of khapra beetle
• Sea container cleanliness

Impact on the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (updated)

Date of effect: 14 September 2021

To advise importers and brokers that we are working to manage risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to provide an update on current operations under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Key points
• The IFIS is currently fully operational including inspection officers and documentation assessment staff
• A range of safety practices have been implemented, including virtual inspections and the use of personal protective equipment in accordance with recommendations made by the Australian Department of Health to border agencies.
• These measures ensure adequate safeguards for inspectors, staff at businesses where inspections take place and other interactions with the broader community.
• Appointed analysts have advised there are currently no changes to the testing of food samples.
Kindly refer to the attached link for further information: https://www.agriculture.gov.au


Shipping Update

Europe

Carriers have made various General Rate Increase (GRI) announcements to take effect mid-September / beginning of October. It is expected they will follow with Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) announcements in the not-too-distant future, as the demand on shipping shows no signs of relief.

European ports continue with challenges in berth waiting times, labour shortages and high terminal density. This place pressure on shipping line schedule integrity and makes it difficult for shippers to plan the loading of containers, owing to a continual shift of vessel arrival & departure dates.

Europe to New Zealand bookings remain difficult. We continue to rely on MSC as one of the very few carrier choices available. Most other shipping lines have announced booking suspensions, owing to congestion at transhipment ports or ongoing Auckland port congestion.

China

Carriers are implementing a PSS of approx. US$300 / TEU from 1st October.

Shipments to West Coast Australia (Fremantle & Adelaide) remain difficult to arrange owing to the transhipment, or in some cases double transhipment, that is required. Containers on the first leg of the journey often compete with other trades, which travel at far higher freight rates than China – Australia trade.
Whilst some shipping lines had announced booking suspensions for West Coast cargo in recent weeks, we have been informed of COSCO lifting this in the past days and accepting some FAK bookings dependent on load port.

Carriers are continuing to adjust their vessel schedules because of significant ongoing delays caused by port congestion, weather and increases in COVID-19 outbreaks. This causes vessel bunching and blank sailings.

China’s busiest container shipping ports Ningbo and Shanghai terminal operations resumed after a brief shutdown last week due to typhoon Chanthua.

Chinese Golden Week 1st to 7th October 2021 may see additional vessel schedule adjustments and potentially blank sailings.

South East Asia

Carriers implemented a GRI of approx. US$200 / TEU from 15th September.

Carriers continue to report increased congestion and vessel delays at Singapore. This is relevant for cargo originating at Singapore as well as any cargo transhipping through Singapore.

Vessel schedules are suffering due to COVID-19 lockdowns, particularly Vietnam. Some schedules are “out” by about 2 weeks.

USA

West Coast USA terminal operations continue to experience port delays due to and congestion issues.
Long Beach: At last reports there is upwards of nearly 70 vessels waiting to berth at the terminal. Waiting time now exceeds 14 days due to high import dwell and labour shortage.
Los Angeles: Vessel waiting time 12-15 days due to yard congestion, high import dwell and labour shortage. Terminal is a 70% of capacity.
Oakland: Vessel waiting time is 4-6 days due to high import volume and labour shortage.
Seattle: Vessel waiting time is 10-12 days due to high import volume and labour shortage. Terminal is at 120% capacity.

It is pertinent during this time to provide advance notice of any orders or bookings that you may be planning from anywhere in the world. Please keep in touch with your Key Account Manager to avoid disappointment.

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