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Rules for Recycled Plastic Exports Enforced

Last November we reported on the waste export regulations which took effect at that time for used tyres. In that article it was noted that Australia would introduce rules for the export of paper and cardboard commencing on 01 July 2024 and restrict the export of unprocessed single polymer waste plastic from 01 July 2022 […]

Trade Potential with Brazil

Austrade yesterday issued a release titled Insight – Brazil reduces tariffs on over 6,000 goods. They advise that the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (GECEX) has issued Resolution No. 353 reducing tariffs on 6,190 products arriving there from 01 June 2022. Reductions will be in place for 18 months until 31 December […]

Opportunities at the WTO Trade Conference

The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with and reports on the global rules of trade between nations, to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. They are holding their 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) on 12-15 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva (above). Australia’s Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell […]

Threat Detection Trials at Brisbane Port

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) is undertaking a validation trial of the Biosecurity Automated Threat Detection System (BATDS) in partnership with DP World Australia’s Brisbane Terminal to improve surveillance capability at container ports. The system will enable them to scan shipping containers for contaminants and biosecurity risk material as they are being […]

PM Visits Indonesia with Trade Delegation

Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrived in Jakarta last night (Sunday 05 June 2022), accompanied by other government ministers and a high-level business delegation. Indonesia has been a growing market for Australian goods and services exporters. By some estimates, Indonesia will be the world’s fifth-largest economy by 2030. Trade with this neighbouring country has […]

Improving China Airfreight Connections

Earlier in the year we reported on disruptions to cargo in and out of China due to global events, and then more specifically by their harsh lockdown restrictions. Today we see an improvement of the air cargo situation, with the focus being on movements through Hong Kong. Airlines are set to re-introduce more cargo flights […]

World Customs Organization Holds Conference

The World Customs Organization (WCO) was established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council (CCC) and is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. Today, the WCO represents 183 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. 23rd Regional Heads of Customs […]

The Hazards of Shipping Lithium Batteries

The recent fire aboard the car carrier vessel Felicity Ace in the Atlantic (pictured above) focused all the stakeholders in the auto shipping industry on the issue of what to do about electric vehicles (EVs) that spontaneously combust while being transported at sea. The cars on the ship burned with such intensity that parts of […]

This is Where All the Containers Are

According to a study by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one in five vessels in the global container ship fleet is stuck in congestion at a major port. Vessel tracking images (above) show the scale of the problem, with thousands of ships milling off the coast of China, causing long delays and rising prices […]

National Roadshow for Trade with India

Australia hosts a Roadshow to highlight Indian trade prospects. A month ago we reported on the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement which was signed on 02 April. Once in force it will see tariffs eliminated on more than 85% of Australian goods exports to India (valued at more than $12.6 billion a year), rising […]