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Posted on September 19th, 2016

Where do you Need to Ship a Machine

With the Up coming Elections that seem to be hindering a return to growth for America, there is a flood of used machinery on the second hand market for the USA – so it’s time to ask the question -Where do you need to ship a machine ?

Where or where can you ship a machine ?  The downturn in the Australian Economy has been severe and for the past 18 months we have seen a huge number of Used Machinery being off shored.  Whether it be forced due to Liquidation, or companies taking survival measures to ease some cash flow pressure.  We have noticed a scarcity issue starting to appear in Australia on smaller equipment mainly in construction for road works.  This is staring a demand to ship a machine or two back into Australia’s market. Many Kiwi’s have been using us to ship a machine across the ditch for the last 3 months.  Again this is more focused on construction for a growing population, Road works and Housing, not so much commercial development but the Kiwi economy is strong. For the larger equipment we often get requests to ship a machine or packages to Karachi – an emerging economy and strong feeder region to India. India has significant restraints on trying to ensure Used Machinery is not coming in for Scrap and will infact be used for the purpose they were built. Before you consider where you might sell or ship a machine due diligence is vital.  You may originally have a $15,000 profit base from the change in currency and demand after shipping, but that can swiftly be taken away if quarantine, customs, and compliance issues come into play on discharge at destination port worldwide. All countries have their own little idiosyncrasies, in theory they are similar, but there are many market and economy protection issues also in play.  Its worthwhile having a Quick discussion about what’s involved by contacting us. I found the below article in the Wall Street Journal a Very interesting read –

Heavy-Equipment Glut Weighs on Machine Makers

a-ritchie-brothers-auction-photo-codie-mclachlan-associated-press Ritchie Bros. auction in Nisku, Alberta, on April 26. Trends toward leases and rentals are creating larger fleets of used equipment that trickle down the value chain. Machinery gluts can be lengthy because such equipment can last a quarter of a century or longer. PHOTO:CODIE MCLACHLAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Machinery users increasingly turn to secondhand gear, as global market slump persists

Used machinery is flooding the secondhand market, piling more pain on equipment makers battling slack demand from any customer that mines, moves or refines commodities amid a global slump in the value of everything from coal to corn. Instead of buying a new $500,000 bulldozer or $300,000 excavator, many construction firms and other equipment users are renting or entering longer-term leases for machines to expand their fleets or replace worn out equipment, dealers and analysts say. Dealers, in turn, are keeping smaller inventories of new wheel loaders, backhoes and other machinery. That is hurting sales for Caterpillar Inc., Volvo AB, Deere & Co. and other manufacturers. Machinery gluts can be lengthy because such high-price equipment can last a quarter-century or longer. The strong U.S. dollar also is damping demand from developing African and Asian markets that once snapped up used machines. Trends toward leases and rentals are creating larger fleets of used equipment that trickle down the value chain into a crowded secondhand market. “There’s a lot of machinery sitting around,” said Bill Yurkovic, used equipment manager for Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., a Caterpillar dealer in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Demand there for dump trucks that cost more than $1 million and other large earth-moving machinery crashed along with prices for the coal and natural gas the region produces. “It’s as bad as it’s been in my 30 years,” Mr. Yurkovic said. “A lot of renting. Not a lot of buying.” With so much equipment up for grabs, used-machinery prices are down 10% from a year ago, Caterpillar says. Its dealers also are under pressure to keep up with price discounts on competitors’ new equipment. Lower prices for new machines provide further downward pressure on used values. Auctioneers like Vancouver, British Columbia-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc.—North America’s largest—caution that equipment volumes and sale prices can be volatile from month to month. “It’s a lumpy business and you have to be very careful how you manage it,” said Ravi Saligram, chief executive of Ritchie, which last month said it planned to acquire its main rival—Pleasanton, Calif.-based IronPlanet Inc.—for $758.5 million. Rental businesses account for half of new equipment sales in the U.S., and some analysts see that climbing to 60% within five years. Rental businesses typically replace their equipment within three years, providing a consistent supply of late-model machines for the used market. “You see new people coming into an area to do a project and renting all of their equipment,” said Mark Kozik, owner of Scranton Craftsmen Inc., a Pennsylvania-based building contractor. Contractors are increasingly choosing to lease instead of buy new equipment. Leases allow them to pay less up front, especially when the manufacturers’ financing arms offer attractive lease rates—lower than the cost of shorter-term rentals. “A guy can lease a machine for a year or two and pay as little as one-third of what he could get it for as a rental,” said Frank Fowler, senior vice president of used equipment at Ring Power, a Caterpillar dealer in St. Augustine, Fla. While leasing a new construction crane or compact skid-steer loader is as good for a manufacturer’s production volume as selling it outright, a leasing splurge can create unwanted competition for new models by flooding the used market with machines. According to Barclays Research, almost 40% of construction-equipment sales financed by Deere’s credit unit are for leases, up from about 30% two years ago and double a decade ago. Half of Volvo’s financed construction-equipment sales are for leases, up from a quarter 10 years ago, according to Barclays. Volvo declined to comment on its strategy for used equipment and leases. Deere said it has recently lengthened lease terms and raised payments to drive down residual values at the end to of the leases to reflect lower prices for used equipment. Auctioneers are also seeing rising sales from the used-equipment glut. Dealerships, rental companies and equipment-fleet operators are resorting to auctions, where turnover is quick but prices are typically lower, to get rid of equipment they can’t sell themselves. Auction sales of construction and mining machinery tracked by Rouse Services of Beverly Hills, Calif., were up 19% in first half of this year from same period in 2015. The volume of equipment sold at auction rose more than a third in the first half of this year. Mike Jeffries, general manager of United Contractors, a highway-bridge builder in Iowa, has warmed to IronPlanet as a great way to update his fleet more quickly than combing through used models on dealers’ lots. “When the economy is down, that’s a good time to update equipment,” he said. “We’re trying to get rid of our older equipment and then buy newer stuff.” BUSINESS


Changes to Vehicle Import Permit Applications When you ship a car to Australia

Posted on September 13th, 2016

A new online system see Changes You NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU Ship a car to Australia !

The Department has developed a new online system for processing vehicle import applications and issuing vehicle import decisions so ensure you have applied using the right form before starting the physical process to Ship a car to Australia.

Through a new online client portal, the new system will streamline the process of submitting applications and receiving decisions.  No Changes have been made as yet to the different rulings relating to the personal Imports option.  It is simply the way we go about applying for the Import Permit  before we ship a car to Australia. Changes have also been made to the paper application forms. Please note that applications will no longer be accepted using old versions of the forms. Because the Department of Infrastructure processes the Forms on a ”By Received Date Basis” it is vital to ensure you are submitting the right documentation from the outset.  A really good source of the process can be viewed on the Infrastructure site by following this link. For information on how to import a vehicle, please contact the Department at vimports@infrastructure.gov.au Vehicle importers or their agent will need to register in the online system, when it commences, before submitting their first application. If you are planning to use an agent contact us, they must be registered on the system before you can nominate them, so please ensure that your agents are aware of these changes. Consideration needs to be given about what type of user you wish to register as, the four options are:
  • an Individual—individuals that may be considering to ship A car to Australia one or multiple vehicles;
  • a Private Agent—someone who lodges import applications on behalf of individual applicants; typically, family or friends of the applicant;
  • a Corporation/Organisation—this creates both an organisation and a corporate agent (an individual who submits applications on behalf of one specific organisation). Corporate agents are generally employees of the organisation and do not submit applications on behalf of applicants outside their organisation. Multiple corporate agents can be registered for an organisation; or
  • a Freelance Agent is what Kenter International falls under when we help you to ship a car to Australia—a person who submits applications for individuals and organisations for a fee. Freelance Agents can represent multiple organisations and/or multiple individuals.
Further information can be reviewed by clicking here

What Import Option Can I apply Under ?

The issuing of a Vehicle Import Approval may be subject to certain conditions. These conditions will be made clear when the Vehicle Import Approval is granted and may be unique to the particular vehicle. Breaching any stated conditions is an offence. Offenders may be prosecuted and fined or have their import approval revoked.
  • This option allows for the importation of road vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989. This option is designed to cater for the importation of older enthusiast, classic or historic vehicles.
  • This option allows migrants settling in Australia or expatriate Australian citizens returning permanently to Australia after a long period overseas, to bring their personal vehicle with them as long as it has been owned for the qualifying 12 month period.
  • This option allows road vehicles originally sourced within Australia but subsequently exported to be re-imported.
  • This option allows for the importation of road trailers that have an Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) not more than 4.5 tonnes.
  • This option allows for the importation of vehicles intended to be used for road vehicle rallies, closed circuit road vehicle racing and vehicles designed to support road vehicle racing or rallying.
  • This option allows for the importation of vehicles which complied with the applicable Australian Design Rules (ADRs) at the time the vehicle was originally supplied to the market overseas.
  • This option allows for the importation of special purpose vehicles including city utility vehicles (fire tenders, garbage trucks, street sweepers), mobile cranes, mobile drilling rigs, and mobile plant and equipment.
  • This option allows for the importation of motor vehicles intended to be used primarily for exhibition purposes.
  • A ‘non-road vehicle’ (often referred to as ‘non-transport equipment’ and/or ‘off-road vehicles’) refers to a vehicle not principally designed for use in transport and/or is not permitted to be driven on public roads.
  • This option allows the importation of vehicles for the purpose of having modifications, repair or other work performed on the vehicle. The vehicle is to be re-exported without being used as transport in Australia.
  • This option allows for the importation of road vehicles in either low or full volume including road trailers that weigh more than 4.5 tonnes Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM).
  • This scheme allows for the importation of vehicles for testing to meet certification standards and evaluation of performance in Australian conditions.
  • Vehicles not covered under other options may be approved with discretion in exceptional circumstances. The approval usually has conditions attached.
  • This scheme allows for the importation and supply to the market of used vehicles. Approved Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWs) import, modify and plate used vehicles in accordance with concessional standards.
  • Listing on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles means that vehicles can be imported into Australia under the Low Volume Vehicles Scheme and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme.
  • This agreement allows for the importation of road vehicles by military personnel temporarily posted to Australia under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement.
  • This ‘Carnet de Passage en Douane’ is an international agreement which allows the temporary import of a vehicle for up to 12 months by visitors to Australia. The carnet is obtained in the country of residence. Carnet is managed by Immigration and Border Protection.
The Above Information can be referred directly on the site https://infrastructure.gov.au.  Kenter International takes accepts no liability for the Import of a Vehicle that does not meet the criteria to ship a car to australia and will not physically start the process to ship a car to australia unless the Import VIA has been sighted.

How to Apply for A Vehicle Import Permit before you ship a Car to Australia ?

Register with the Department

Applications for vehicle import approvals are submitted through a secure client portal. Before submitting an application you must register with the Department. Part of the registration process includes providing photo identification (e.g. driver’s license or the identity page of the passport) to confirm that the applicant or company representative is a genuine person. Vehicle importers range from global automotive manufacturers to one-off, individual importers. You will need to select the approach that is best suited to your circumstances.

Complete and then submit your vehicle import application.

Once you have registered, you may submit your application by logging into your client portal. An overview of the process is available at the Submit your applicationpage.

Receive your vehicle import approval.

Once the Department has assessed your application, you will be notified whether your application has been approved or refused. The Department will send its decision via the email address nominated in your application. Decisions are in PDF format. If you encounter any difficulties with decision documents (including accessibility issues), you may contact the Department. If you have applied to import a vehicle under the personal import option or the letter of compliance option, you may need to plate your vehicle if you wish to register it for road use. An overview of the process is available at the Plating vehicles page.

How Long Will it Take to Get an Import Permit to ship a car to Australia ?

You will generally be notified within 20 working days of receipt of your completed vehicle import application of the decision to approve or refuse your application. The Department aims to process applications sooner than this. Circumstances that may prolong the assessment of an application include:
  • submitting an application using the paper application forms;
  • not submitting all supporting documentation with your application;
  • if your application requires technical assessment;
  • if you or your vehicle is deemed as not meeting the import option initially selected; or
  • seeking special consideration as to why you should be allowed to import your vehicle even if you or your vehicle does not meet any eligibility criteria set out in the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 or the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.
Where you do not comply, you will be sent a query requesting additional information or provided with a Provisional Assessment, which sets out other possible options available under legislation. Applicants should allow at least five working days for any additional information to be reviewed as part of an application. If the information provided is satisfactory, you will be issued with an approval to import the vehicle (Vehicle Import Approval) by email.

NOW YOUR READY TO SHIP YOUR CAR TO AUSTRALIA !

If we applied we’ll let you know we are now getting the shipping underway, or as soon as you have received the Vehicle Import Approval let us know by sending us a copy to logistics@kenterlogistics.com.


International Freight Quote

Posted on September 9th, 2016

International Freight Quotes – Shipper beware

Not only do many businesses commit to their freight provider via their international freight quote based on price alone, they aren’t even aware of the best shipping options and serviceOnce you have your cargo collected, there’s no going back ! The issues and headaches it maybe causing you currently are:

  • Your Goods are never arriving on time to the customer, meaning more time and energy being spent on tracking where the cargo is and trying to give it a hurry along
  • Customers moving to different provider of goods because yours take a trip around the world
  • The Summer has passed and your USD20,000 boat that you are importing has arrived just in time for winter
  • Hidden costs accumulating such as interest on the costs you haven’t been paid for yet slowly but surely eating into your profit
  • A drop in currency while the goods sat on the water for 3 additional weeks and no-one thought to talk to you about hedging
  • The Car you thought would be a great drive can’t be registered in country, you are left with a loss of money but also No Car because it cant get an import permit !
  • Declining opportunities to sell into because you aren’t familiar in the destination country and have no one there to look after your interests.
Kenter helps countless different business owners and personal importers overcome the challenges associated with Importing and Exporting.  Our International Freight Quotes for Express airfreight to Heavy lift cargo is accurate and firm.  We will list all the processes, if you don’t want us to manage them all thats ok. If  you want to manage some of it we will tailor the right International Freight Quote for what you afford, and what you need to prioritize.  If you need us to manage it all and just keep you up to date, we find this places most of our customers in what we like to call the Sweet spot.  True Visibility, no hidden charges and full risk mitigation based on our real life operational experience.  On an International Freight Quote, depending on the cargo and the routing, along with the shipping method, there will be a number of different combinations of likely charges. An International Freight Quote will generally consist of the below charges : Origin Charges International Freight Destination Charges

Ready To Get Started?

Great, Here’s How It Works

  • Get in touch. Use our enquiry form to contact us about your project.
  • Phone consultation. At this stage we’ll discuss your needs and options.
  • Quote and proposal. We send you a proposal and a fixed price quote for your approval.
  • Scheduling. We check cargo readiness, vessel availability and book space.
  • Origin preparation of Cargo. We collate the export documents and schedule the various processes to get your cargo to port.
  • Shipping begins! Our team of freight managers track your project.
  • Collation and editing. Documents are collated and checked for inaccuracies with a careful eye.
  • Draft approval. Ensuring all documents meet the destination port requirements we run this past our destination freight office.
  • Revisions. If needed, you may request two rounds of revisions within 2 days. We’ll happily make any required changes at no additional cost.
  • Payment. Your Freight and Disbursement Invoices are issued within 5 days of vessel sailing, you release the funds and we pay out the various service providers and shipping line we have worked with along the way.
  • Complete! Shipping Documents and cargo are released on time and cargo delivered to the client.
If you want an international Freight quote without the BS – try working with Kenter International Today.


Importing to the USA – Importer of Record

Posted on March 14th, 2016

Importing to the USA 9 Points for the Importer of Record and the process of Reasonable care What can you do to meet requirements:

  • Investigate government requirements in regards to a specific type of product and review the U.S. importer of record requirements
  • Create a tariff database to use, it will minimise errors. Schedule a monthly review and update the database as necessary.
  • Work with a licensed expert or NVOCC/Freight Forwarder for consultation and guidance.  Having someone helping at Origin Port will save a lot of headaches.
  • Have purchase order instructions that match invoice requirements.
  • Train and provide procedures for employees to be compliant at Origin Port, Document processes for classification, valuation, certificates of origin verification, etc.. Simplify procedures
  • Review invoices and documentation to adjust for compliance.
  • Depend on more than one set of eyes. Customs Brokers can make mistakes. It is the responsibility of the business owner to review entries and create processes that reduce the possibility of re-occurrence.
  • Set up clear and comprehensive record keeping. Know the documents to be kept, how they should be stored and how long they should be kept.
International Trade around the Globe means Change, you must make sure you have an internal process that ensures compliance and that the process are updated regularly.  Shipments on a Global basis require multiple parties to work together in a streamlined manner with great communication.  Shipping is easy, Compliance is crucial, mistakes are costly.
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Clear processes and experienced partners can help make importation easier.


Roro Machinery Shipping Rates

Posted on March 7th, 2016

RoRo Machinery Rates

RoRo Machinery Rates

Transit time is Money

Transit time is Money

RoRo Shipping Rates for Shipping Heavy Machinery When negotiating rates if you receive a bargain on freight that’s too good to be true, it probably is. It could cost you hundreds of dollars a day in lost dry hire revenue while your heavy machinery rides around the world on a RoRo ship for 180 days because you went with the lower price but longer transit service. Service from a Freight Forwarder means ensuring freight will move along “line of least resistance”. This takes experience and commitment, not always easily achieved, but the mark of someone is how they deal with your shipment when its hit some difficulty through the supply chain, rather than when its all going well. Here’s some thoughts to consider :
  1. Theres always someone willing to ship it cheaper
Managing uncertainty is part of the game in managing your freight-rate negotiations. In a supply-demand volatile industry such as this, the routing options keep moving, some shipping lines have monopoly, some shipping lines need volumes increased because they have entered a new trade lane. The role of your forwarder is to understand these changes in international machinery shipping on RORO vessels and match the best option to your goals and price point. Pricing can be changeable if there hasn’t been an independent or realistic measurement taken on heavy machinery to ship, longevity and previous service benchmarks can have a major impact over the lifetime of shipping heavy machinery as you well know.
  1. Research and Compare
Before you make that booking research market roro machinery rates, the numbers that get presented can be thousands of dollars different. Know where your estimate stands within the freight move you need completed, is there border crossing, are road permits for High and heavy cargo to pass through states. Review all relevant disbursement and freight invoices, bill of ladings, carrier contracts and accounting systems that your business accumulated in the past to benchmark your gut instincts against.  Collaborate with your freight forwarder to ship machinery Roro, ask where or how you can save on freight charges, there may be a reason someone else offered a cheaper service, it could be  3 transhipment ports along the way.
  1. Vessel Space and Availability
Naturally again this comes down to supply and demand for shipping routes. Depending on the nature of your goods, there are slow and heavier seasons and prices reflect supply and demand. With the Chinese New Year or Ramadan, for example, upsurge of Roro machinery shipping is evident at certain times of the year in preparation of these festivities or holiday seasons. With resulting space problems for cargo to get on to the vessels, rates may rise or space may mean you cant ship heavy machinery for 4 weeks. In any niche good’s “peak season” where there is a big demand for cargo, rates are high; in turn you need to adjust, and readjust, your expectations.
  1. Órigin Documentation
A real headache for your company is when they have shipped heavy machinery roro, the cargo arrives at the destination port, and your forwarder didn’t tell you that it needed a Certificate of Origin or the chassis number needed to be noted on the House Bill of Lading. Keep to your goal to be cost-saving hero without having to shoulder extra fees charged because the documentation caused you extra charges in demurrage and detention.
  1. Timely Updates
Freight managing companies can be called upon to improve the management of rates, routes, schedules and ultimately your entire contract. Choosing a reliable third party with sophisticated software tools can open your door toward selecting the freight rates and services that will more than compensate for your having made the investment in outside assistance.   Give us a Quick call to run through the routing options for your Roro Machinery – just click on the number at the top and click on Çall


Where are we shipping heavy mining equipment ?

Posted on March 6th, 2016

The Investment Attractiveness Index takes both mineral and policy perception into consideration.  An overall Investment Attractiveness Index is constructed by combining the Best Practices Mineral Potential index, which rates regions based on their geologic attractiveness, and the Policy Perception Index, a composite index that measures the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment. While it is useful to measure the attractiveness of a jurisdiction based on policy factors such as onerous regulations, taxation levels, the quality of infrastructure, and the other policy related questions that respondents answered, the Policy Perception Index alone does not recognize the fact that investment decisions are often sizably based on the pure mineral potential of a jurisdiction. Indeed, respondents consistently indicate that roughly only 40 percent of their investment decision is determined by policy factors. – See more at:The Fraser Institute Annual-survey-of-mining-companies-2015 What will be interesting will be how this affects the supply and demand of used machinery.  Currently when we ship heavy equipment to canada from the UK we see large State to State Haulage permits effecting the overall cost proposition on used machinery.  But with increases in demand will that translate to higher prices on used machinery.  Always know your Transport Dimensions on heavy machinery, it can make or break a machines viability.


Port Of Brisbane Chain Of Responsibility Fee From 7TH July 2014

Posted on July 1st, 2014

As of 7th July 2014, the Port of Brisbane will be implementing a Chain of Responsibility Fee on all full import containers.

There will be an additional $12.00 + GST charge per import container coming off the wharf for this process.

More importantly – Stevedore’s will commence weigh in motion for all import full containers to comply with Chain of Responsibility Legislation. In addition to the standard fee, should the vehicle be given a red light (overweight), it will be stopped, refused exit from the terminal and the container(s) will be required to be removed from the vehicle. If any container is required to be removed from a vehicle then a Chain of Responsibility Overweight fee will apply in the amount of $150.00 per container and a futile trip may also be applicable.

The wharf will not release any container that is overweight until it can be loaded on to a vehicle and not set off the lights. Our transport can carry up to about 28T legally on a trailer and 23T on a side loader, the only issues then is the axle weights, if they are over the trucks will be stopped.

Please ensure all weight declarations are correct to avoid complications during collection of containers from the wharf.


Scam For Purchasing Used Machinery Foiled

Posted on October 22nd, 2013

Kenter Logistics is an Australian Company, with offices in New Zealand and United States. We wish to advise the public in regards to a seller scam, which we identified in the days preceding our purchase of used machinery. Our experiences as an organisation recounted as follows:

Kenter advises all relevant parties to take caution and be proactive in checking dealings with sellers.

We recently negotiated the purchase and dismantling of a machine to be packed into a 40HC and shipped from San Antonio, Texas, to Jebel Ali.  The seller asked us to make a USD deposit of 30,000 on the machine to be shipped. Failing this deposit, the machine would be sold to another bidder.

We accepted the terms, but informed the seller that a Kenter representative would inspect the machine on behalf of the client prior to any such payment release.

Mandatory practise between this client and Kenter is to confirm the machine’s credibility. This is done using the seller’s location and the serial number of the machine. Authenticity was determined.

Our Vice President took on the four-hour plus journey to the registered address of the seller. On arrival, he contacted the ‘seller’ who went by the name Alex.

Alex apologised for not being there, advised our Vice President that he was in a meeting and would be there shortly. As this is usually a streamlined process without delay, our Vice President acted on growing suspicion and arranged for a caller unconnected to the deal to dial the seller’s number. The unconnected caller dialled, only to be connected with someone who had an entirely different voice with an accent.

To add to the concerning nature of this situation, the scammer also had offered a deal on another piece of machinery. Further research on the piece of machinery offered revealed it to be a machine that was still in the possession of a dealer in NSW Australia, which the dealer said he possessed and was visually citing it on his property.

All communications have since been pulled and relevant authorities advised.

Major alerts would suggest that the seller provided an inauthentic invoice, professional custom until the most crucial points of their service, and had was to our knowledge yet to be uncovered by others in the industry. The concerns from our involvement include the extremely authentic invoice and accrued trust with the dealer.

In the wake of what may have resulted in a significant financial loss, Kenter urges all buyers to report suspicious activity and follow best practise meticulously in all areas of buyer’s protocol.


The Basics Of Importing To Australia

Posted on October 7th, 2013

Importing into Australia can be either a smooth and well-planned process, or it can be a nightmare with serious legal ramifications. This article aims to discuss the basics around importing into Australia, and to prepare you for the requirements that come together to ensure the smooth shipping of your goods. 

The guidelines that shape what can and cannot be imported into Australia are among the strictest in the world. It should come as no surprise that there are significant setbacks to face if importers fail to conduct a considered and lawful import into Australia.

The Role of your Freighting Company.

Your freighter is there to orchestrate the treatment and preparation, re-routing and delivery of your cargo. They may arrange insurance and packaging of your import as well. Great freighting companies always do their best to alleviate unnecessary stress and hassle while streamlining the shipment process to your specifications.

Business for importing to Australia must be conducted under the Australian Terms and Trading Conditions as identified by your freighter. These guidelines are framed by the regulations of the Australian governmental departments that specialise in your cargo classification, for example, the Departments of Industry, Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

What can and can’t be imported?

It is critical to be informed about duty, import permits, customs, quarantine permits and treatments that must be finalised before importing to Australia.

Major goods for Importing to Australia include:

Heavy Machinery, Vehicles and Boat Imports

The potential of contamination in machinery and vehicles is classed as high risk in Australia. Strict laws exist around the condition of that machinery in order to ensure that zero transference of foreign material into Australia. The Australian Government has the power to turn back your import at your expense if those laws are not adhered to, so it is critical that you’re well versed by your freighting company if you’re considering a heavy machinery/vehicle import to Australia.

Food and Food products

DAFF issues the documents that are required for many consumables, as with the importing of any wooden objects, supplementary vitamins and protein powders, dairy and dairy products, tyres, trailers, and machinery. For the importing of Food, this Department deals with over 20,000 import conditions for plants, animals, microbial, human and mineral products. An exhaustive list for prohibited and passable imports to Australia is available on the Australian government website.

Live imports.

In regards to live importing to Australia, the CITES species list is split into Part 1, for specimens that can be brought into Australia without a permit and Part 2. Specimens which require a permit.

Other common imports are wide and varied. The Australian Government website outlines very clearly what is allowed for import, and restrictions apply for goods that are not passable by Australian law. Though your freighting company assists in juggling your import, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-requisites for import are met.

Ensuring your import is fit for shipment.

Once all statutory documents are settled, preparing your import is the next step.

In regards to importing machinery, for example, machinery that works the land, the preparation of this machinery dictates whether or not it will be accepted into Australia. It must first undergo industry-grade cleaning. Food and live imports are prepared for import under extremely strict quarantine conditions.

Material that becomes lodged in machinery poses the risk of organic material transferral. Packaging and preparing goods for import is extremely strict, particularly in the business of importing heavy machinery. A quarantine officer will conduct an assessment of point by point checks which ensures machinery is acceptably clean and will then be passed for receiving.

Cleaning Machinery for Import.

To ensure your import will be passed for freighting, you may clean your machinery according to requirements or elect to have your freighting organisation arrange an industry grade clean down for you.

This ensures your machinery shipment is acceptable for hygiene import conditions in Australia. Machinery is often wrapped in bulk plastic protective sheeting that buffers it against transferring of organic material in transit.

Protecting Australian Biosecurity.

The reasons for tight laws on importing to Australia are largely due to a fragile ecosystem. A biological threat can be disastrous for health and environment in Australia, and an excellent track record in preserving a fragile ecosystem motivates these strict laws.

Australia’s biosecurity is addressed by DAFF, the Department of Forestry and Fisheries. DAFF manage the risks associated with the harm which introducing an unsolicited import could result in.

The nature of importing into Australia requires careful consideration and organization, in order to ensure a problem free shipment. Making certain your freighting logistics team is more than capable of the task at hand may be the highest priority in your shipping project.

Shipping to remote locations.

Imports can be shipped from almost anywhere in the world to Australia. In fact, the routes that bring your imports into the country also extend to some of the most remote and far off places on the map, so in most times even the most secluded of destinations can be reached successfully.

Transport that delivers your cargo to destination can include sea freight, air freight and road freight.

Be Confident- Choose A Great Freighting Team. 

A reputable logistics company will cover all queries for you and provide thorough and transparent dealings for your import needs.

A freighting team worthy of your money is always recognised for trustworthy, and relied upon dealings, at the same time as making your needs a priority while finding a way to get your shipment where it needs to be, on time, every time. Excellent freighting teams hold agents all over the world so that your shipment can be dealt with internally and quickly, without the hassle of unnecessary changeovers and transitions.

Importing to Australia is strict and the laws are extensive, but it should not serve as a deterrent for those who comply with the laws. Granted that all guidelines and requirements be met, then there is no reason that your import should not be delivered on time, ensuring an easy pick-up and smooth transition through customs and quarantine checks. A trusted freighting logistics team always streamlines the process of importing to Australia.

We make it easy. If you require any information regarding imports to Australia, or if you would like to speak with one of our consultants about the extra services the Kenter provide on importing to Australia, please call one of our consultants today.


Department Of The Environment – Compliance Report Form

Posted on October 4th, 2013

For your information and reference, please find attached the revised Compliance Report form under the new name of the department.

Please refrain from using any previous versions you currently hold.

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