News & Notifications

Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) & Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

From 1 July 2016, revisions to the SOLAS Convention, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and applied as law for Australia under the Navigation Act 2012, and subordinate Marine Orders will come into effect. These SOLAS amendments will provide that:
- The shipper will be responsible for verifying the weight of the container and providing the verified gross mass to the Master on the shipping documents. To do this the shipper can use either:

Method 1 Weighing the packed container
Method 2 Weighing all the cargo and all other material loaded into the container then and adding the weight of the empty container (marked tare weight) to calculate the gross mass.
- Weighing of packed containers, or weighing of cargo and other materials if method 2 is used, is to be carried out using calibrated and certified equipment (such as weighbridges, platform scales, pallet or industrial scales) to obtain accurate measurements.

For further Information pease refer to these hyper links;
http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/Containers/Pages/Verification-of-the-gross-mass.aspx
http://www.joc.com/special-topics/container-weights

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JAEPA into force on 15 January 2015 - two rounds of tariff reductions before 1 April

The Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, commonly referred to as the Japan Australia FTA or JAEPA, will come into force on 15 January 2015.

This will provide the benefit of two rounds of tariff reductions for importers and exporters in the first half of next year, the first on 15 January 2015 and the second on 1 April 2015.

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Australia’s Strategy for Managing Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

About the legislation

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and related Acts (the Ozone Acts) protect the environment by reducing emissions of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGGs). The Ozone Acts control the manufacture, import, export and end use of ODS and SGGs and products containing these gases. These gases are commonly used as refrigerant gases in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A03755 )
Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A04976 )
Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A04975 )

The Ozone Acts are supported by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 and related regulations.
•Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F1996B02085 )
•Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Regulations 2004 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2004B00023 )
•Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Regulations 2004 ( http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2004B00024 )

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Santions

Australian Sanction Laws

About Sanctions?

- What are sanctions?
- Aims of sanctions
- Two types of sanctions regimes
- Australian sanction laws
- Types of sanctions measures
- Sanctions permits
- Sanctions offences

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Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) - Safety, Accreditation & Compliance

Safety, Accreditation & Compliance

- Chain of responsibilityAbout the chain of responsibility
- Container Weight Declarations
- Industry codes of practice and accreditation schemes
- Measurement adjustment
- National Compliance and Enforcement Laws
- Reasonable steps defence
- Risk-based categorisation of offences
- Roles and responsibilities of parties in the supply chain


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Closing down of Regional Container Lines - RCL (Australia) Pty Ltd

RCL Management had taken the painful but unavoidable decision to stop the service To & From Australia in December 2014.

The last sailing for RCL (Australia) will be M/V: USAC Jubail Voyage: 1448 S/N.
with an additional "Container Deposit of AUD500/20' & AUD1,000/40' + GST" required.
Container deposit is refundable if empties returne to RCL within the given free time and container is in safe/sound condition.

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Department of Agriculture - New Illegal Logging Laws

​​On 1 December 2014, the Government an​nounced an independent review of the impact of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation 2013 on small business.

The review does not affect or delay the commencement of the due diligence requirements.​

Please refer to ​​Department of Agriculture website: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/forestry/policies/illegal-logging
What do the new laws do?
Small business impact review.
Information for Importers.
Information for Processors.
Information for Customs Brokers.
Information for businesses exporting to Australia.
Further information and resources.
Translated Fact Sheets - in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish & Vietnamese.


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Tariff Reduction on Textile Clothing from 1st January 2015

Australian Customs will reduce the general import duty rates on Textile Clothing, Bed Linen, Terry Towelling, Curtains.

From 1st Januray 2015 - General Import Duty Rate will be reduced from 10% to 5%

Additionally, any products imported under the Free Trade Agreemnts, with Australia has in pace with various various countries,will also be effected by the Tariff Reduction from 1st January 2015

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Australian Free Trade Agreements - for the Full Listing

Full Listing refer Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - "DFAT website" http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/

KAFTA to enter into force on 12 December 2014
Tariff elimination on trade between Korea and Australia will start on 12 December 2014, the date KAFTA enters into force.

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Super Agency for Customs

A super agency is planned for Customs....

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China's New Tax

Please note China is introducing a new tax.
Chinese government has announced the implementation of Cai Shui [2013] Notice No.37(Circular 37) which indicates a value added tax of 6% is applicable for all charges (including freight and China local charges) pay at PRC (People's republic of China) from 1 August 2013.

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Customs' Reforms

Major reforms are mooted for Customs...

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Govt Import Processing Charge

From January next year, a restructure of the Import Processing Charge (IPC) will occur.

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Anti-Dumping to be Clarified

The Government plans to clarify the Anti-Dumping System.

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B-Triple Trucks Get the OK...

To boost freight productivity, the State Government has given the OK for B-Triple trucks to hit the roads....

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Port of Hastings Gets the Nod

The State Government appears to have given an early nod to the Port of Hastings, over a port near Geelong.

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Charity Donation from Hodder Logistics

The Child Protection Society has acknowledged our Christmas Donation in its latest newsletter.

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Customs & Brokers

A recent tribunal decision in regards to a customs brokers' licence proves interesting reading...

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March 11, 2013

Today is a public holiday.

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The ACCC's 2013 Hit List

The ACCC has revealed its 2013 hit list....

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New Powers for Customs

Significant new powers for Customs and a new CEO...

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Dumping and Subsidies Findings

The Minister has order a Customs investigation...

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Malaysian Free Trade Agreement

For detailed information on the free trade agreement...

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Shipping Downturn

A report by Victoria's auditor-general has found the financial gains from the Port of Melbourne's channel-deepening project have been overshadowed by a global downturn in shipping and manufacturing.

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Port Fee

Please be advised that we are just days away from the Port of Melbourne's new fee levy.

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TCOs revoked...

The full Federal Court has instructed Customs to revoke TCOs in relation to reach and lift trucks...

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Port License Fee

A reminder to importers and exporters that the Port of Melbourne is about to introduce a new fee...

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Interim Duties for Aluminum Road Wheels

Customs has announced an immediate interim duty on Aluminium Road Wheels (ARW)

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Claiming GST credits for imported goods

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has sent through detailed advice in regards to GST credits for imported goods.

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Govt to crackdown on waterfront crime

The Federal Government plans to crackdown on organised crime on Australia's waterfront.

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OOCL cheque processing fee

OOCL will follow in Maersk's footsteps and also introduce a fee for people paying by cheque.

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Port of Melb says future is night/weekend container deliveries

The State Government will order the Port of Melbourne to shift more freight on night and weekends to improve truck congestion, a move the port agrees with.

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Maersk Cheque Fee

Maersk will charge a fee of $AUD27.50 to process cheques...

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New Webb Dock Container Terminal

The Port of Melbourne will get a billion dollar facelift, which will include a new container terminal at Webb Dock.

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New container ships drive deliveries

Since the beginning of 2012 tere have been 62 new container ships!

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Customs Prosecutes Over Illegal Cargo Removal

The manager of a Melbourne storage depot has been prosecuted in court over the unlawful removal of imported cigarettes.

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New Port License Fee for Melbourne from July 1

A new fee will be levied by the Port of Melbourne that will be passed on to importers and exporters.

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USA Cargo Push from East to West

There could be a push from the USA's East and Gulf Coast ports to its West Coast ports this year if union contract talks get heated.

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Sydney Port Congestion Charge

Shipping companies are now charging a fee due to the congestion at Sydney port.

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Back Log of Empty Containers

With 2 short weeks around Chrismas we have been advised that demurrage charges from shipping lines may occur.

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MISC exits the box trade

MISC has announced it will exit the box tade after losing $789 million on the business in the past 3 years.

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Doing business with Indonesia is about to get cheaper!

With the appropriate certificates, you will soon save money doing business with Indonesia.

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Record Trade through the Port of Melbourne

Total trade through the Port of Melbourne in October was the highest monthly total on record.

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Anti-Dumping

The Federal Government and Coalition have both committed to reforming Australia's anti-dumping laws.

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Wharf Action Increases

The Maritime Union has put an indefinite ban on shift extensions and overtime at Melborne's West Swanson Terminal.

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Another Shipping Company Adds Congestion Charge

China Shipping will also implement a Port Congestion charge, effective from November 15.

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Sydney Port Congestion Leads to New Cost

The Sydney port is suffering from major conjestion issues with lengthy vessel delays, restrictions on empty evacuation and capped vessel exchanges.

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Dangerous Goods entering Port of Melbourne

The electronic-based Dangerous Goods notification will be fully in place by December 1.

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New Fumo Certs In NZ

Importers who are issued wuth New Zealand's Phytosanitary Certificates (Fumigation Certificates) should contact their overseas suppliers to get the up-dated version...

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Purchase Orders: We can save you money

Involve Hodder Logistics International prior to placing your overseas order, as it can save you plenty!

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Live Cattle Exports Resume

Agriculture group Elders last night shipped 3,000 live cattle from Darwin to Indonesia...

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Fair Imports Alliance says Govt was set to lower GST threshold

The lobby group Fair Imports Alliance says the Federal Government's own advice revealed...

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Could Geelong Become An Import/Export Hot-Spot?

Relocating the car export and import sector to Geelong is one option in a discussion paper released by the State Government today...

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Reporting Dangerous Goods for Export

The reporting of Dangerous Goods (DG) for export from Australia is about to go electronic and you need to sign-up....

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Port of Brisbane charge

The Port of Brisbane is introducing an access charge on July 1 this year....

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Fee at Port of Brisbane

The new fee for accessing the Port of Brisbane will be...

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Customs Clearance

Customs Clearance is an area of international trade that leaves no room for error...

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The budget! Anything in it for us?

So if you are importing or exporting, how is the Federal Budget going to help...or hinder!?

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FCL charge starts Friday week...

The new container depot fee starts Friday week....

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New FCL Depot Fee

Melbourne's container depots are introducing a fee for the return and pick-up of ``empties'' and so there will be a new line-item on your invoice...

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Watch out for Fake Emails purporting to be from Customs

Fake emails have been circulating that target private individuals or small shippers....

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Cartage Increases

Our carriers have increased their prices...

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A new port for Melbourne?

The State Government will establish a new body to manage the development of the Port of Hastings...

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Business Assistance

Did you know we can help you with government assistance packages?

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What is the true cost of your goods?

The correct pricing for your customers is essential so you make a profit but do you really know what they are worth?

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Melbourne's box imports hot spot...

87% of Melbourne box imports were destined for somewhere in Melbourne’s western suburbs, a new study has found.

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New Incoterms For New Year

The standardized international trading terms known as Incoterms have been revised and are now available for download.

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