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Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)
The IA-CEPA will enter into force on 5th July 2020.
While Australia and Indonesia are both signatories to the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), clients are urged to investigate whether the IA-CEPA brings into existence any benefits not available under AANZFTA.
If you would like more information on the Agreement and would like to investigate the benefits for your imports or exports, please contact Harders Advisory.
New Anti-Dumping Commission Investigations
The Anti-Dumping Commission has initiated investigations into the alleged dumping of the following products:
- Aluminium zinc coated steel (≥600mm) from Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam – Submissions due by close of Business 6th August 2020.
- Aluminium zinc coated steel (<600mm) from China and Vietnam – Submissions due by close of business 6th August 2020.
Interested parties are invited to lodge submissions with the Anti-Dumping Commission by the above dates. If importers or suppliers require assistance with these matters please contact Harders Advisory.
Launch of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme
Effective from 1st July 2020, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has transitioned to the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS).
Stakeholders should have been contacted by AICIS to discuss the changes, and registration should have been automatically rolled over to AICIS.
The new scheme is expected to allow for a more streamlined approach to chemical introductions.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – New Target Risk Countries
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has finalised measures for the 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug risk season.
There have been no changes to the schedules of target risk goods or risk goods, however three new target risk countries have been added, bringing the total number of countries to thirty-six. The new countries are Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova.
Our Website will be updated soon with the full measures for the season, however should you require any information in the meantime, please contact Harders Advisory.
Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Launched
Australia and the United Kingdom held the first round of talks on 29th June 2020. The announcement indicates a strong desire by the UK to have agreements well underway with its key trading partners prior to their exit from the European Union at the end of 2020.
While it is likely to be a few years before the agreement will be in place, the UK has announced that it is pursuing accession into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Henning Harders is following the situation with interest and will continue to update as more information comes to hand.
Port Infrastructure Fees
Earlier last month, Hutchison Ports announced an increase in their Infrastructure Levy, effective the 27th July. The new charge will increase by over 90% to $94.78 per container in Sydney and Brisbane port.
The port claims that due to a number of major challenges that has impacted the terminal in 2020, it has now become necessary to adjust the Infrastructure Levy. This will apply to both import and export trade.
In Adelaide, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal will also increase their access charge to $29.60 per full container from the 1st July 2020. Vehicle booking fees will also increase to $15.50 per slot booking from the 1st July 2020.
New Sydney Tollways
The NSW Government has released information concerning new Tollways in Sydney which will schedule to open in the coming weeks. The M5 East and M8 tolls will be applied for any vehicles utilising these roads for deliveries. It is also a reminder that Tolls in Sydney are reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Please ensure you make contact with your Account Manager if you have any questions concerning the above.