AANZFTA Product Specific Rules of Origin

The Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) is a deal between ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has issued Australian Customs Notice No. 2024/07 with the title, “AANZFTA Product Specific Rules of Origin […]

Australia Supports Indo-Pacific Trade

Ahead of the 13th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC13), the Australian Government has announced more than $20 million to support our region’s trade and development needs. The conference will be held from 26 to 29 February in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A joint media release by Don Farrell (Trade and Tourism) and […]

Import & Export Drug Regs Amended

On 21 February 2024, the Customs Legislation Amendment Regulations 2024 came into effect. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has issued Australian Customs Notice No. 2024/06: “Prohibited Exports and Imports Regulations Amendments – Drugs.” Australia is a signatory to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, the Convention on […]

Kite Flying System for Cargo Ships

This is a step beyond other measures we have reported on under the heading ‘Green Shipping’ e.g. LNG vessels, Hybrids, Lithium-Ion Battery power, Scrubbers and Emissions Surcharges – not forgetting retro-fitting cargo vessels with sails. The latest innovation is an automated kite-flying system called Seawing, and K Line is backing it. Japanese shipping company Kawasaki […]

Expanding Scope of Container Inspections

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is expanding the scope of eligible sea containers permitted to be inspected under the Approved Arrangement Class 14.4 – Rural tailgate inspection. They have issued notice no. 24-2024 titled: Class 14.4 Approved Arrangement – Expansion of eligible containers for Industry Inspection. The notice is of interest to […]

Leading Researcher’s Annual Shipping Check

Drewry is a leading provider of research and consulting services to the maritime and shipping industry, offering insights into ports, shipping lines and containers. They have released their Container Shipping Financial Health Check 2024. In this report they assess the current state of each of the key players in the sector. The keywords of the […]

Global Events and Insurance Premiums

Ongoing events affecting global shipping such as those in Ukraine, the Suez Canal & Red Sea, the Panama Canal and piracy off the coast of Africa are resulting not only in surcharges added to freight costs, but also increased marine insurance premiums. Last month the Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI) made the assessment that the […]

Expect Shipping Delays Via Singapore

Important News Update: Anticipate Significant Shipment Delays via Singapore. We regret to inform you of anticipated continued substantial delays for shipments routed over Singapore in the coming weeks. These delays are attributed to ongoing backlogs stemming from the earlier DP World industrial actions and the lingering effects of the Red Sea crisis combined with the […]

Biosecurity Guidelines for Lunar NY Celebrations

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has issued a media release titled, “Biosecurity guidelines for Lunar New Year celebrations.” They say that, as the eagerly awaited Year of the Dragon approaches, it is important to be biosecurity-aware, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted Lunar New Year celebration. Lunar New Year is a culturally significant […]

Air Service Brisbane to Dallas Nonstop

American Airlines is launching a new service between Brisbane (BNE) and Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) on 27 October, offering a convenient link between Texas and the Sunshine State. This is the longest nonstop flight for American Airlines – which is the world’s biggest airline – and is also the longest direct flight out of Brisbane Airport […]