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Vital Link in New Silk Road

The New Silk Road: Russia agrees to build 2,000km highway linking Europe and China, which will be an important link in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Newly Formed Customs Group within ABF

This week a new Customs Group has been established in the Australian Border Force (ABF) within the Home Affairs Portfolio to better align trade and customs policy.

New Flights between Brisbane and USA

It has been announced that Qantas will start non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco from April next year under a deal secured by the Queensland Government.

Caution on Sports Food Imports

The Dept of Agriculture has issued notice IFN 09-19 – Formulated supplementary sports food (updated), adding to the list of substances considered to pose a risk to human health.

Origin Waiver for Australian Trusted Traders

The Department of Home Affairs has issued Notice 2019-23 advising that Australian Trusted Trader importers will no longer be required to present origin certification documents.

Fines Serve as Warning on Asbestos Imports

The District Court of Western Australia has imposed fines on a company for importing gaskets containing asbestos, even though they had imported the asbestos inadvertently.

DoHA’s Annual Time Release Studies

The Department of Home Affairs undertakes annual Time Release Studies to assess Australia’s trade facilitation performance.

Robots Delivering Freight

Ford Motor Company has partnered with Agility Robotics in the USA to explore a possible future where autonomous vehicles transport delivery robots around city and urban locations.

Ports Boss Sacked

The head of Gladstone Ports has been sacked over his handling of a disciplinary matter. He had been under investigation since last year due to concerns raised about conduct.

Updates on Horticulture Exports

DAWR announces reinstatement of PFAs following successful eradication of ‘Qfly’ and postpones implementation of phytosanitary standards for the export of fresh produce.

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