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Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement scheduled to commence 1st December

Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement scheduled to commence 1st December

Legislation which gives effect to the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been introduced into the Australian House of Representatives. This legislation suggests a commencement date of 1 December 2014. 

On commencement of the FTA, over 90% of tariff lines will be immediately reduced to 0% with almost all remaining lines reducing to zero over the next 5 years.  We list below the key questions importers of Korean goods should consider and what steps importers should be taking now.

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To download the full Korean FTA agreement in pdf please click here

New laws to combat illegal logging

New laws to combat illegal logging

New illegal logging laws are to apply to timber importers from 30th November 2014.

The recently enacted Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 (the Act) prohibits the import of illegally logged timber and timber products into Australia.

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 3 June 2013 and will come into effect in November, 2014. The Regulation sets out what is required of Australian importers and states that before importing a regulated timber product into Australia, an importer must have a due diligence system in place, and retain a written record of that due diligence system, to minimise the risk of importing regulated timber products that are made from, or contain, illegally logged timber.
If you have any questions in relation to this matter please contact your Rohlig Customs Broker or Account Manager.

See attached pdf notification from the department of Agriculture.

Additional information is available at the Department of Agriculture web site here.

Rohlig's Italian Airfreight service offers speed and cost efficiency

Rohlig's Italian Airfreight service offers speed and cost efficiency

Rohlig's Italian Airfreight service offers speed and cost efficiency by smart airline selection and confirmed space agreements.

The service combines competitive pricing with premium blocked space to deliver your cargo reliably and safely.

By transporting your Italian freight with Rohlig, we can offer your business significant advantages including:

  • Pickups from major cities including Torino, Verona, Bologna and Milan
  • Pickup in Northern Italy Thursday and delivery the following Tuesday to Sydney metropolitan areas
  • Market leading rates

For more information and pricing, please contact your Rohlig representative 





Australia’s exports are rising to meet demand

Australia’s exports are rising to meet demand

Despite global economic uncertainties Australia’s exports are increasing as it meets growing demand from major trading partners, said Federal minister for trade and investment Andrew Robb.

Top of Australian Bureau of Statistics trade in goods and services data shows Australian exports rose a further 1% in July to $27.0bn.

This is 2.1 % higher than the same time last year.

The increase in exports in June were revised up from 0.5 % to 0.9%.

“The diversity of Australia’s major trading partners underpins our solid export performance and this will only further strengthen through the trade agreements we have concluded with Korea and Japan,” Mr Robb said.

“Concluding an agreement with China, our biggest trading partner also remains in prospect this year.”

It should be noted that Australia’s trade deficit narrowed to $1.4bn in July from a revised $1.6bn deficit in June.

Australia’s merchandise exports to east Asia rose 3.9% from a year ago to $17bn while exports to the US were up 25.6% to $1.0bn and to the European Union, up 29.3% to $1.3bn.

In east Asia a modest fall in exports to China (down 1.4% to $7.6bn) was more than offset by increases in exports to Japan, up 6.3% to $4.4bn and to the ASEAN-10, up 42.6% to $2.6bn.

Exports to India rose over 10% to $707m.

“India remains one of our most promising markets and the Abbott government is committed to broadening our trade and investment relationship in this rapidly emerging economy.

“In January, I will lead a 300-strong business mission to India to explore new export and other commercial opportunities,” Mr Robb said.

In the month of July, resources exports increased 1% to $12.9bn; rural exports rose 2.2% to $3.4bn; and services exports rose 0.2% to $5.0bn.

Source: Lloyds List

Congestion alert at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports

Congestion alert at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports

Port terminals within the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach area are experiencing severe delays. 

The estimated delay at present is around 10-14 days. Every shipping line is feeling the effect. Rohlig will continue to monitor the situation and update customers accordingly.

Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grew worse over the weekend, with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex.

"The vessels keep arriving and the trucks keep arriving," said John Cushing, president of PierPass Inc., which manages the extended gates program for the 13 container terminals in the port complex.

Cushing said terminal operators are spending millions of dollars and taking extraordinary steps, including running very costly "hoot owl" shifts from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. to relieve congestion in their container yards. But the cargo keeps building up at the terminals.

Source: JOC.com

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Order early to avoid WA Peak Season delays

Order early to avoid WA Peak Season delays

As peak season is upon us, it is important to take precautions to avoid the significant delays experienced in previous seasons.

What Rohlig Australia are doing to avoid delays during peak season

  • We will endeavour to pre-customs clear shipments so we can collect and deliver to you as soon as containers become available at the wharf.
  • Upon scheduling delivery we will advise you in writing when the empty containers need to be returned in order to avoid detention

 What you can do to minimise additional charges during peak season

  • Ensure Rohlig receive all required documentation within minimum 4 working days prior to arrival
  • Consider having flexible opening times for receiving of containers or communicate with Rohlig staff for other alternatives
  • As soon as the container is empty, notify us in writing

Rohlig Australia will endeavour to do everything possible to avoid additional costs for your company over this period. Please be advised that in accordance to our Trading Conditions we will bill container detention charges where applicable.

For additional information please see WA Port Operations Task force media release and attached pdf notification.

Rohlig Sydney team run 9kms to support the Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead

Rohlig Sydney team run 9kms to support the Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead

On Sunday 21st September, thirteen runners from the Rohlig Sydney office ran, jogged, walked and crawled to the finish line at the Blackmore’s 9km Bridge run. The Rohlig team were spurred on for a good cause, running to raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Westmead.

The Rohlig team enjoyed the event, running over the car-free Sydney Harbour Bridge and taking in the beautiful sights of Sydney before finishing at the Royal Botanic gardens. Congratulations to all who participated and a big thank you to everyone who donated.

We look forward to raising additional funds and running again next year!

General Rate Increases (GRI)

General Rate Increases (GRI)

North East Asia to Australia

Effective from 15th October 2014, carriers have announced their intention to implement an increase in freight rates from North East Asia (Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) to Australia as per below:

  • USD 500 per TEU
  • USD 1000 per FFE

For additional information contact your Rohlig Account Manager.







September Global Economic report

September Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.


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