Korea free trade agreement to take effect on 12 December

Korea free trade agreement to take effect on 12 December

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea will enter into force on 12 December 2014.

Mr Robb said seeing KAFTA enter into force before the end of the year was an important objective of the Abbott Government.

“KAFTA’s entry into force at this time will mean that many Australian exporters will benefit from an immediate tariff cut by Korea, and a further tariff cut on 1 January 2015; shoring up our competitiveness in our third largest export market,” Mr Robb said.

KAFTA is one of three landmark trade agreements concluded by the Abbott Government since taking office, with Japan and China FTAs completing the trifecta.

A guide for exporting and importing goods under KAFTA, including customs procedures, and step-by-step advice for business ahead of entry into force, can be found at:


What does the China-Australia free trade agreement mean for you

What does the China-Australia free trade agreement mean for you

When it is signed and fully implemented, which will take a number of years, 95 per cent of Australian exports to China will be tariff-free.

This means Australian service providers, manufacturers and agricultural producers who already export to China will have much greater access to the markets in which they operate.

Under the agreement, Australian services providers will be given priority access to the Chinese market, including allowing Australian tourism operators to buy hotels and restaurants, and insurers to access the third-party insurance market.

For Australian business owners, this will create the potential for increased volumes into China - and increased profits.

Australian consumers will also benefit from the deal.

They will enjoy cheaper household goods, electronics and clothing from Chinese companies, while Chinese vehicles and component parts will also cost less, reducing the cost of living in Australia.

Economists have also focused on the potential benefits from the deal for Australia's businesses, particularly those in the services sector given services account for the bulk of Australia's output.

HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham says Australia's services exports to China are currently worth about $A7 billion but there is now "significant scope" for those exports to pick up in coming years.

"The free trade agreement should help to encourage growth in Australian exports of agricultural products and services to China's rapidly growing middle classes.

Commsec chief economist Craig James said Australian businesses stood to benefit from the deal.

"The opening of the Chinese services market would provide the potential for new growth markets for a raft of Aussie businesses, potentially boosting revenue and profits," he said.

Source: SMH.com.au

For more information visit:  http://dfat.gov.au/fta/chafta/fact-sheets/

Rohlig Melbourne compete in Australian Corporate Games

Rohlig Melbourne compete in Australian Corporate Games

Back L-R: John Stathopoulos, Hamilton Orellana, Sam Ventura, Brad Behrendt, Richard Begovic, Simon Li, Kyri Christodoulou, Pietro Cosenza. Front L-R: Jose Pean, James Harty, Mark Van Heer, Stephen Di Luca Lachlan Demarchi, Quentin Mercier

On November 22nd for the fourth consecutive year, the Rohlig Melbourne team competed in soccer and netball at Australia’s largest annual multi-sport championships, the Australian Corporate Games.

Our Rohlig ladies netball team played three games of netball against veteran teams Ernst and Young, ANZ and RACV. The team played at a fantastic level this year and showed great sportsmanship considering they had no training before the event. Jodie Bull, Rohlig Melbourne Receptionist says  “we didn't win but we had a heap of fun and we are really looking forward to playing again next year”.

Our men’s soccer team completed five weeks of intensive training for the event with Pietro Cosenza, Rohlig Forwarding Supervisor leading as team coach. The men’s soccer team lost out on three very close and fiercely competitive games against Sports Bet, Aurecon, and BUPA.

Both the ladies netball team and men’s soccer team showed fantastic team spirit and most importantly, supported the theme of the corporate games, the pursuit of a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Congratulations Rohlig teams on a great result and we look forward to the same enthusiasm next year!

For further information visit: www.corporategames.net.au



Rohlig moves a Comme des Garcons Pocket pop-up store to Brisbane

Rohlig moves a Comme des Garcons Pocket pop-up store to Brisbane

The pocket pop up store at The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Pocket Comme des Garcons staff member at the opening

In October 2014, Comme des Garçons Pocket opened a pop-up Pocket store, stocking playclothes, wallets and fragrances, in The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. This ‘shop in gallery’ project is the first of its kind for Comme des Garçons and Rohlig Australia proudly managed the logistics for this project.

Clothing and fragrances for the project were fast shipped from Japan and wallets from Paris - direct to Brisbane. The timelines were tight and stock had to be delivered within specific timeframes to ensure the pop up store frame was built and stocked in time for the opening of the Future Beauty Exhibition.

Managing Director of Comme des Garcons Pocket store, Christine St Clair said: “We were working against time with this shipment and I knew we had to meet specific timeframes so I chose Rohlig as our logistics provider. Because of their reliability with meeting tight deadlines, there are rarely holdups”.

“Without Rohlig I wouldn't have had the confidence to do something like this. It was peace of mind and knowing that everything would be delivered on time that builds our successful partnership”

Pocket Comme des Garcons are opening a second store in Melbourne in 2015 and Rohlig will also manage the logistics for this shipment.

For additional information visit: http://cdgmelb.com/



General Rate Increases (GRI)

General Rate Increases (GRI)

United States West Coast to Australia & New Zealand

Effective December 1, 2014, a General Rate Increase (GRI) will be applied to all cargo moving from the United States West Coast to Australia & New Zealand in the following amounts:

  • USD 150 / 20' container
  • USD 300 / 40' Container

United States West Coast Ports to Australia and New Zealand

Origin Terminal Move Charge

Effective  January 1, 2015 carriers will introduce an Origin Terminal Move Charge (TMO) for all container types from the United States moving via the U.S. West Coast ports of loading to Australia and New Zealand as follows:

  • USD 75 per 20' Container
  • USD 150 per 40” Container

 Emissions Control Area

Low Sulphur Surcharge

Effective 1st January 2015, Ocean Carriers operating within the Emissions Control Area (ECA) in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, English Channel, and the Coasts of Canada and USA, will be required to utilise fuel with significantly lower sulphur content. This requirement is set out by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and regulated by MARPOL under annex VI.

Accordingly, Rohlig will be passing on the Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS) at cost where applicable.

 For additional information please contact your local Rohlig Account Manager.

November Global Economic report

November Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.


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