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Changes to Chinese Certificate of Origin (COO) Issuing Authority

The China - Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into effect 20 December 2015, recently the Chinese Government has changed the authority that is in charge of issuing official government certification.

As of the 21st August 2018, all entry-exit inspection and duties are managed by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC).

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has now been suspended.

As a result of this action, certificates and stamps have changed:

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources advises that:

  • Certificates issued up to 20 August 2018 should be issued by AQSIQ (CIQ logo)
  • Certificates issued from 21 August 2018 should be issued by GACC
  • If CIQ certificates are dated after 20 August 2018 they should be referred to the department as potentially fraudulent
  • The security features have not changed
  • GACC logo, letterhead and stamps will replace the AQSIQ/CIQ logo, letterhead and stamps

Two issuing authorities remain for the ChAFTA Certificates of Origin in China. 

  • The General Administration of Customs of China
  • The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

As your logistics partner, we will advise you should there be any authenticity issues or concerns and will take the necessary action which is to contact the Origin & Verification team of the Department of Home Affairs at http://chafta@abf.gov.au

Seasonal Measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2018-2019

The Brown Marmorated Stink bug is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out to protect our agricultural industries.

Juveniles and adults feed on fruit and vegetable crops rendering them unsellable or reducing production yields, they can also invade vehicles, homes and factories looking for shelter over the winter.

They can arrive into Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April coinciding with late Autumn and Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

In order to protect our shores all importers into Australia MUST comply with seasonal measures implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).

Measures include fumigation of containers prior to export, heightened vessel surveillance and inspections of import cargo.

Goods classified as 'High Risk" or "Risk" from the following countries will need to be treated in accordance with the measures supplied by DAWR

Please see http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs#target-high-risk for a list of High Risk & Risk Cargo.

BMSB seasonal measures do not apply to goods not identified as 'target high risk' and 'target risk'. However, these goods may be subject to the measures if they are part of a consignment that contains target high risk and target risk goods.

Currently the measures only apply to sea cargo. If DAWR suspects risk for air cargo, measures will be set in place as required to reduce the threat.

These measures are effective from the following Risk Countries on or between 1st September 2018 and 30th April 2019.

  • United States of America (USA)
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • Japan (Heightened Vessel Surveillance will be the only measure applied)

Treatments will be required to be done prior to export from the originating countries.

For more information on the Seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season, please follow this link http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs

Emergency Surcharges in June

Please note that carriers are now implementing an EMERGENCY Surcharge with effect from 1st June. All  Export shipment from China & Taiwan are subject to the below charges per Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) which will be added on top of current freight costs as of 1st June 2018: HSUD = USD 60/TEU MAERSK = USD 60/TEU ...

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Possible General Rate Increase Effective 1st July 2018

We are beginning to receive notices from some shipping lines of a General Rate Increase (GRI) of USD300.00/20GP and USD600.00/40GP for all shipments from Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong ports to all points in Australia. The GRI is expected to be applied on top of existing freight rates on the 1st July 2018. At this stage we have not receiv...

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Regulatory changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM)

Scorpion would like to inform our clients of regulatory changes in China. As of the 1st June 2018 you may be asked to provide further information such as your ABN or ACN or your Chinese Customers USCI (United Social Credit Identifier) or OC (Organization Code) Suppliers may request that you provide your Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) st...

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Space Ex China to Australia Update

Kindly be advised that space from China to Australia is getting tight towards the end of April and Early May due to the following reasons: The Dense Fog in Shanghai in early April that caused closures of Terminals and disruptions to Port Operations and Ocean Carrier Services. Collision of the vessel Beijing Bridge on the weekend of...

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Infrastructure Fees

Scorpion International would like to make all of our clients aware of a price increase which will affect both Import & Export containers to and from Australia. All Ports/Terminals have announced a review of infrastructure fee's in 2017/2018. These surcharges are implemented to recover a portion of the costs that relate to: The cap...

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