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WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT – THE UK INQUISITION

Australian companies trading overseas face a variety of regulation which governs their operation.  That regulation includes the following:

Australian laws governing trade in Australia;Australian laws governing trade...

Intellectual property pirates to face new border controls

Over time we have provided various updates on the rights of holders of intellectual property to seize goods at the border arising out of alleged breaches of copyright or trademark legislation.  Those holding intellectual...

The door is not closed on container detention fee issues

The issue of container detention fees remains a real problem for freight forwarders, customs brokers and importers.  It has certainly been the subject of many presentations and questions at CBFCA State Conventions and Member...

New Bills to have an impact on industry

Industry needs to be aware of the progress of two new Bills introduced into Federal Parliament on 23 March 2011 which will have an impact on their operations.

The first Bill is the Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other...

The rights and liabilities of the unknowing Consignee

Introduction

 

There has been significant debate and discussion about the right and liabilities of parties to shipping contracts for container detention or damage charges.  In the majority of cases, the parties involved are...

New US food controls create additional issues for Australian food exporters

Introduction

 

The level of food safety regulation in the United States ("US") has risen over recent years as US governments have sought to protect the safety of food consumed in the United States.  According to the US Food...

Customs proposing new regulation of exports, depots and warehouses

By way of Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2011/04 ("Notice") and subsequent announcement on its website, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") sought feedback from industry on the...

Sad SAC's low-value imports and the future of Australian retailing

Introduction

On 18 December 2010, the Assistant Treasurer, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Minister for Home Affairs & Justice and the Minister for Small Business issued a joint media...

Australia in an Anti Dumping quandry

The article from "The Australian" magazine at the link below was penned by a senior Australian Trade Union...

ICC issues new Incoterms 2010

The International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") (not to be confused with the International Cricket Council) has now released its new "Incoterms 2010" which will come into effect on 1 January 2011.

Incoterms are an...

CTT Christmas- New Year Update – 2010

In accordance with seasonal tradition, we thought we would bring you an update as to current developments as we reach the end of 2010.

International Developments

 

Australia has been involved with a number of recent...

New South Wales Supreme Court overturns "container detention" decision

According to various reports, the New South Wales Supreme Court has overturned the decision of the New South Wales Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal ("Tribunal") in the DV Kelly case (see our updates of 7 May 2010, 13 May 2010...

Update on insulation and container detention claims

Background

 

I thought it would be useful to provide the following summary on the status of claims associated with the Federal Government Home Insulation Scheme and efforts to recover allegedly excessive container detention...

A new international regime for intellectual property protection

In an earlier article, I had referred to negotiations regarding the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ("ACTA").  At that time, there were reported concerns that it would introduce additional reporting obligations...

Australian AAT issues decision in major bed linen TCO case and opens the way for major refunds

The Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (“AAT”) handed down an important decision yesterday which opens the way for importers of certain bed linen to claim up to $70 million in customs duty refunds.

 

The case, General...

Australian competition authority closes further on cartel behaviour and issues guidelines on new provisions

On 28 October 2009 the Australian competition authority (the ACCC)announced that it had commenced action against Thai Airways International in the Federal Court alleging that it had also engaged in price fixing overseas which...