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28 June 2019 

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Empty Collection Policy
Please note that the below empty collection policy is being implemented by transport operators across Australia:

• The container is only available for collection once it is physically empty.
• Predicted empty confirmation dates will not be accepted by Transport.
• 48 Hours – 2 business days (weekends and public holidays not included) is required by transport to schedule vehicles for collection and secure slot bookings at dehire depots.
• The 48 hours is calculated from the date and time the empty confirmation email is received.
• Emails confirming empty containers after 4pm; the 48 hour collection window will be calculated from the next business day.
• Containers not empty when transport arrives to collect may be subject to extra charges.

Good Relationships
Its imperative to establish and maintain good relationships for success in business. Part of that building that relationship is educating all parties to keep expenses low on each side. We recently had a shipper that picked up a container in China and realised when it arrived at their warehouse that it was damaged. The shipper rang the agent immediately and asked what to do as they didn’t want to pay the extra trucking charges to exchange the empty back to the shipping line. The agent did a favour for the shipper and rang the shipping line to ensure there wouldn’t be damage costs associated with this container.

If clients and agents alike are able to educate suppliers to check empty containers prior to loading (and provide evidence/inform agents of issues), it eliminates damage claims from the shipping line to clients when returning the empty on this end.

New Name for AG Department
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is no longer. Moving forward the department will simply be called the Department of Agriculture.

According to a departmental notice, the change affects importers and customs brokers of imported cargo, transport companies, approved arrangement sites and treatment providers who deal with imported goods.

The name change is actually the result of a dividing up of the various departments. Senator Bridget McKenzie is the Minister for Agriculture in the Morrison government, while David Littleproud has taken on the Water Resources portfolio.

The Agriculture portfolio is a significant player in shipping, given its role with quarantine and Australia’s large grain export task.

New Tobacco Import Laws
The Australian Border Force (ABF) has reiterated that from 1 July, most tobacco products will be declared “prohibited imports”. Such products includes cigarettes, molasses tobacco and loose leaf tobacco. This means that a permit is required from the Department of Home Affairs for any tobacco product to be brought into the country.

From 1 July, tobacco importers must pay all duty and tax liabilities when it arrives at the border.

This is a change from the current system, where importers can import tobacco and store it in licensed warehouses before paying tax. For tobacco products held in licensed warehouses at the start of the measure on 1 July 2019, transitional arrangements are to apply. Eligible affected entities are to be able to pay the liability on the warehoused stock within 12 months.

“Although there is currently no licensed commercial tobacco production in Australia, the taxing point for any future domestic manufacture of tobacco will also be changed to be consistent with the new taxing point for tobacco imports,” the ABF statement read. More information is available from the ATO.

The government says it has adopted this policy in order to ensure public health standards.

“Australian Border Force activities have detected poisons such as formaldehyde, and found rat faeces inside illicit tobacco—posing a health and biosecurity risk to Australia,” the ABF stated.

ITF Request Additional Protection
Attacks on tanker vessels near the Strait of Hormuz are the reason the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) have requested added protection for commercial ships in the region.

A few weeks ago marine tankers, the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panamanian-flagged Kokuka Courageous had to be abandoned after apparent attacks on the ships while transiting the Gulf of Oman. The US blamed Iran for the incidents, but Iran has issued a full denial.

ITF Seafarers’ section chair David Heindel said it was fortunate only one crew member was injured and there were no serious casualties.

“We also urge the naval forces to extend their protection to all ships transiting the area and call for a political solution to ensure seafarers and ships’ safe passage,” Mr Heindel said.

“We commend all involved in the prompt intervention and rescue of the 44 seafarers, but we have grave concerns over the safety of the ships transiting in this area.”

Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Group (an entity representing employers and unions) chairman Captain Koichi Akamine said he was relieved there had been no loss of life.

“We are quite concerned about these incidents and we’re following the situation closely, however, it would be unwise to come to any premature conclusions before receiving more information on these incidents from reliable sources,” Mr Akamine said.

“In the meantime, we would advise all vessels transiting the Straits of Hormuz and operating there to follow safe transiting procedures, increase vigilance, implement security measures ISPS Level 2 equivalent, report all incidents and take extra care of the crew and cargo.”

Stereo Speakers Sound Suspicious
Australia's largest onshore methylamphetamine (ice) seizure of nearly 1.6 tonnes was found in a container of stereo speakers from Bangkok.

When the container arrived at Melbourne's Container Examination Facility, ABF officers x-rayed the container and found discrepancies within the stereo speakers. They were subsequently taken apart to reveal vacuum-sealed packages of methylamphetamine and heroin. In total, 1.596 tonnes of methylamphetamine and 37kgs of heroin were detected with an estimated street value of $1.197billion and $18.5million respectively.

So far there have been no arrests and ABF and the Australian Federal Police are continuing investigations.

Regional commander Victoria Craig Palmer said the record detection would have a significant impact on drug supply in the state.

“Without the sophisticated targeting and detection capabilities of the ABF, these drugs would have made it to the streets of Melbourne and beyond,” Commander Palmer said.

“This is the largest meth bust we’ve ever seen in this country and demonstrates not only the brazen nature of those involved in this criminal activity, but the resolve of the ABF in Victoria and around the country to stop these imports.”

New X-Ray Unit at Melbourne Airport
A new 3D x-ray unit has been installed at Melbourne Airport to protect our horticultural and agricultural industries from pests and diseases.

Agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie said the new unit was automatically detecting biosecurity risks in fruit and vegetables and could be expanded to target high-risk seeds and meat.

“Biosecurity is an investment in protecting jobs and the economy,” Senator McKenzie said.

“The new x-ray units are part of a $7.5m investment in the 2018–19 Budget. They are helping to protect the 73,000 jobs in the horticulture industry, using 3D images to automatically detect risk items in luggage and alerting biosecurity officers to the threat.”

She said the 3D x-ray at Melbourne Airport had screened 18,000 bags and detected more than 1200 risk items, at a detection rate of 7%.

“This is helping keep out diseases like citrus canker, which has led to extensive production losses in citrus industries across the globe and would wreak havoc on our million-dollar citrus industry if it established here,” she said.

“Now the technology’s proven it is being trialled at the Melbourne International Mail Centre to detect fruit and other biosecurity risks in mail items.”

Senator McKenzie said her department was looking to use it to target other biosecurity threats such as high-risk seeds and meat that could carry African swine fever and foot and mouth disease.

“FMD is one of the world’s most serious livestock diseases and could cost our economy billions and take a decade to eradicate,” she said. “Fragments of FMD were recently detected in pork products intercepted at Australia’s airports and mail centres, so the risk is real.”

This innovation is part of a joint project with Biosecurity New Zealand, which is trialing the same unit at Auckland Airport.

The x-ray images generated from both the Melbourne and Auckland units are to be combined to create a biosecurity risk image library.

Friday Funnies
We can't guarantee that these jokes are funny but we hope they'll ease you into the weekend!

Why are frogs always so happy?
They eat what ever bugs them.

Boy: The principal is so dumb!
Girl: Do you know who I am?
Boy: No...
Girl: I am the principal's daughter!
Boy: Do you know who I am?
Girl: No...
Boy: Good! *Walks away*

I proposed to my ex-wife. But she said no. She believes I’m just after my money.

8PM get an SMS from my girlfriend: "Me or football?!"
11PM I SMS my girlfriend: "You of course."

Speed Limit
A police officer stops a minivan full of elderly ladies being driven by an old gentleman because they’re only going 25 kmph, stopping the mid-day traffic.
The policeman asks the driver why is he going so slow.
“Well that’s the speed limit, isn’t it! There was a sign saying 25 and everything!” the driver defends himself.
The policeman sighs, “No, sir, that’s the number of the highway you’re on. It has nothing to do with the speed limit.”
“Oh, so that’s what it means…” says the driver, looking shocked.
The officer looks at the rest of the van and notices the grannies are looking somewhat frozen and stiff.
“What’s up with the ladies?” he asks the driver.
“Um…” the driver scratches his head, “you see, we just got off highway 150…”

How can they call it "Alcoholics Anonymous" when the first thing you do is you stand up and say, ‘Hi, my name is John and I am an alcoholic?'