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WCP, in conjunction with Trusted Trader International (TTI), provides up-to-date news on international trade vicissitudes that can have a deleterious impact on companies trading within the global community. Our news service provides the latest details of important changes within the worldwide declaration environment, as well as ‘trade barrier’ effects, that can have time critical impact on international trade policy and related supply chain cost structures. Our service is complimentary and exclusive to WCP clientele.

WTO issues panel report regarding Korean restrictions on Japanese food imports

We understand the WTO has issued their Panel Report in relation to the previous complaint lodged by Japan. On 21 May 2015, Japan requested consultations with Korea regarding: (a) import bans on certain food products; (b) additional testing…

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WTO MEMBERS CONSIDER INDIA’S REQUEST FOR COMPLIANCE PANEL IN DISPUTE OVER SOLAR CELLS

Please note that at a 9 February special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), WTO members considered India’s request for a panel to be established to examine India’s compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a…

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“Global economy is evolving, we need to adapt” – DG – WTO

The WTO's Director-General (DG) Mr Roberto Azevêdo during his recent visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in the World Government Summit, he took part in the high-level panel on ‘the future of trade and…

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WTO – International Trade growth to sustain momentum in first quarter of 2018

Latest release from the WTO states: "The WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 12 February, suggests that the trade recovery of 2017 should continue, with solid trade volume growth in the first quarter of 2018. The…

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Voluntary Disclosures on the increase – ABF Announces

The Australian Border Force (ABF) announced today that retrospective underpayments of Customs Duty have been increasing over the past 12-18 months. This is consistent with TTI's compliance and risk reviews undertaken over a similar……

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Customs’ recognises Same Sex Marriage for Arriving Passengers Duty Free Concession!

It is with much pleasure we report that the Australian Border Force (Customs) has today announced marriage equality within their duty free entitlements By-Law (Item 15) for arriving passengers into Australia - with effect on and from 1…

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Russia initiates WTO compliance proceedings over pig products import restrictions with the EU

According to the latest WTO's news release, the Russian Federation has requested WTO consultations with the European Union to address Russia’s claim that it has complied with a WTO ruling regarding its import restrictions on live pigs,…

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Pakistan – Anti-Dumping measures on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Film from the United Arab Emirates

REQUEST FOR CONSULTATIONS BY THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  On 24 January 2018, the delegation of the United Arab Emirates submitted and circulated to the delegation of Pakistan and to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body, grounds of…

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1% Pledge Movement

I had the pleasure of attending Atlassian's 1% Pledge Movement today and listen to the impressive and humble Scott Farquhar (Founder) and Mark Reading (Head of the Atlassian Foundation), in relation to the latest progress of the global…

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Martin Luther King Day

Wonderful man, wonderful vision, amazing Dream! To never be forgotten!

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Vietnam files WTO complaint over US Anti-Dumping duties on Fish

Another international trade complaint has surfaced against the US, this time Vietnam has requested WTO consultations with the United States concerning certain US Anti-Dumping laws, Regulations, Administrative Procedures, Practices and…

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Canada files WTO complaint over US trade remedy measures

Published by the WTO yesterday (10/01/2018), Canada has requested WTO consultations with the United States concerning certain laws, regulations and other measures maintained by the US with respect to Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing…

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WTO Establishes eCommerce Agenda

WCP has welcomed this development yesterday as a genuine basis for creating an eCommerce framework of standards and associated implementation plans, with timelines to underpin future development of cross-border eCommerce. "The WCO Policy…

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Another Key Reason to Become an Australian Trusted Trader!

Today, the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with China, designed to considerably enhance trade between our two countries. Mr Dutton, and the Minister of China Customs Yu Guangzhou, signed the…

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Anti-Dumping Changes – Exporter Reviews

The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Mr Laundy, recently introduced the Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Measures) Bill 2017 into Parliament. During his Second Reading Speech, Mr Laundy stated that since…

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WTO – Information Technology Agreement Concessions Transfer – NZ

The New Zealand Customs Service has announced today that the current tariff treatment transfers from Part II to Part I of the Tariff will take place on 1 October 2017. New Zealand has been implementing the agreed tariff elimination under…

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Customs Amendment (Safer Cladding) Bill 2017 No. , 2017

Interesting recent developments post the devastating London apartment fire involving exterior aluminium cladding with synthetic cores. The following material has been identified to be added to the list of Prohibited Imports under the…

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New Zealand – China MRA – Effective 1 July 2017

Well done New Zealand in reaching an agreed Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with China via your current Secure Exports Scheme (SES). The following statement was issued by the New Zealand Customs Service today:- "The NZ Customs and…

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2017 Federal Budget

No real surprises in the last night's 2017 Federal Budget from an international trade perspective. A well balanced Budget in terms of fiscal responsibility and building vital Rail infrastructure for the eastern seaboard of Australia.…

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Operational improvements to the Anti-Dumping Commission in Australia

On 20 January 2017, the Commissioner, Mr Dale Seymour, announced certain streamlining and delegated authority for the operation and administration of the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADN 2017-10 refers). As a result, the Commissioner will now…

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Happy International Customs Day!

Wishing all Customs Administrations, officers, brokers and advisers an enjoyable and peaceful International Customs Day (26th of January). The year ahead poses many challenges and changes as we enter into a new era of international trade…

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Trump’s BAT Conundrum

We have read with interest recently the potential of the Trump Administration to introduce Border Adjustment Taxes against goods being imported into the United States (Exports should be zero rated if implemented). In addition, it seems…

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Australia’s Trusted Trader Update

As mentioned in today's Australian Border Force (ABF) Compliance Update:- "Over the next 12 months, the economic benefits of the ABF voluntary Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme are likely to expand enormously as Mutual Recognition…

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Export Council of Australia announces TTI Alliance!

It is with great pleasure we recognise our formal Alliance with the Export Council of Australia (ECA). Our entire team at TTI are looking forward to assisting ECA's members of Australia's export sector in gaining a thorough understanding…

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DIBP Announce Changes to Overseas Freight & Insurance for Customs Valuation Calculations

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced changes to the calculation of Customs Values involving overseas freight and insurance amounts. Two key areas for consideration are the Customs Valuation impacts and…

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INCOTERMS – Conceived in 1936 – 80 Years On!

I learnt from a recent blog, that the introduction of the all important INCOTERMS was first signed in Paris on the 1st September 1936. So we celebrate the milestone and 80th anniversary of the INCOTERMS - today being the most universally…

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Minister’s Address at the Launch of Australian Trusted Trader Event – Melbourne – 19 August 2016

It was pleasing to see the Minister, The Hon Peter Dutton MP, on Friday acknowledge the 41 pilot partners for their participation in the pilot phase of the Australian Trusted Trader Program, as well as the first four fully accredited…

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Customs Act 1901 – Voluntary Disclosures – New Procedures – Centralised Contact – New ABF Website Link

Today, the ABF announced new procedures in relation to Voluntary Disclosures under Sections 243T & 243U of the Customs Act 1901. Firstly, the Voluntary Disclosures Unit in NSW now has functional responsibility for the management of all…

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Trusted Trader Website Launched!

Dear Linked-In Connections, I am pleased to announce that Trusted Trader International (TTI) has recently launched their website at the following address: www.trustedtrader.com.au Please feel free to check out our homepage containing our…

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Trusted Trader Portal Officially Open

Please note that at 10 am today, the Australian Trusted Trader Program officially opened to all Australian businesses that are actively involved in the international supply chain. DIBP (Customs) are actively encouraging interested…

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