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Measures Taken for the New BMSB Season

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has made a few changes for the new BMSB ‘Stink Bug’ season which gets underway this week and lasts until 31 May 2020.

Drugs in Imported Garden Lamps

Two men have been arrested after more than $600,000 in street value of drugs (MDMA and Ice) found in an airfreight import of garden lamps from Germany.

Regulations on Weapons Imports

The ABF has amended the regulations covering imports of weapons - those with a lawful need to import weapons into Australia must first meet certain conditions and requirements.

New International Airfreight Agreement

Australia Post and Qantas Freight have renewed an agreement valued at over $1 billion, increasing capacity primarily to support the growing eCommerce market.

Drugs Nabbed in Commercial Import

An airline customer service officer has been charged after an industrial machine in a container form the USA was found to be filled with over 200kg of the drug ‘ice’.

World’s largest Containership

This month Samsung Heavy Industries delivered the world’s largest container ship, MSC Gulsun, to Mediterranean Shipping Company and it is now on its maiden voyage.

Penalties for Undervalued Boat Imports

Importers of undervalued commercial boats have had to pay out almost AUD$2 million in additional demands for duty and GST payments to Customs.

Changes to Export Phytosanitary Certificates

The Department of Agriculture advises that phytosanitary certificates for the Philippines go electronic on 06 August, and that PEMS is now available nationally to all destinations.

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.

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