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Mandatory reporting requirements for Australia to take effect April 1, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

All air and sea cargo is required to be reported electronically by cargo reporters before arrival in Australia.  This information, along with that from other sources, is critical for Customs and Australian Quarantine ( AQIS) to make risk assessment decisions.  In all cases, a cargo report must be made before cargo is released.
As of April 2008 Penalties will be introduced for late or inappropriate reports.  Therefore, Global Forwarding PL require our  valued overseas partners to fax or email pre-alerts no later than:
48 hours prior to arrival for sea cargo automation (first port of call), so say 4 days before (96 hrs)  ETA in AU ports to be safe.
Airfreight: 24 hours to arrival for air cargo.  These timeframes are considered critical for Australian Customs to meet its community protection responsibilities.   Pre-alert documentation should include copies of the MAWB/ HAWB/ Commercial Invoice/Packing Lists/Any Hazardous Cargo Paperwork.
For shipments moving on either PAF or EX-Works Incoterms, we require the HAWB to show all relevant local charges to point of export.
If we receive late or incorrect documentation from our overseas partners, we will be forced to forward the penalty invoice from Australian Customs onto the relevant office.  Up to now we have received ‘warnings;’ as of April there will be penalties.
We require your assistance to ensure that the relevant Australian Customs legislation is observed.
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