VESSEL DELAYS PORT BERTHING AUSTRALIA
Recent Industrial action at DP World terminals in Australia has resulted in a knock on effect to container arrival times. Some carriers are rotating ports to mitigate the overall delay, while still impacting the particular ETA for the port being omitted. We are following up each and every container to ensure we secure the first available slot off the wharf. Please be advised our customer service teams and cartage teams will be ensuring you have the latest information available, though this has been a moveable feast in recent days.
BIOSECURITY IMPORTS LEVY
The Biosecurity levy was announced by the Australian Government in its 2018 budget, with aims to improve strategic biosecurity. The levy implementation was anticipated and originally published for a July 1 2019 effective date . During this time Department of Agriculture and Water Resources commissioned an independent review by Pegasus Economics – this report was publicly released on Friday 29 March 2019 . The report may well have been the final evidence required for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to announce the formation of the Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee tasked with recommending the possible scope and design for a levy. The Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee has today (1 April 2019) released a Discussion Paper to interested parties. The Discussion Paper summarises developments since the 2018 Budget, incorporating key references from the Pegasus report, and seeks input from potentially affected stakeholders on the impacts, advantages and disadvantages of differing levy collection options. In line with the above timeframes, it is increasingly unlikely that 1 July 2019 as a commencement date will be achievable.
We anticipate release of further details in terms of levy commencement in tomorrow nights’ 2019 Federal Budget – and shall keep you updated as information becomes available.
Please contact our office directly should you have any queries on the above subject matter.