Kenter Logistics Information Blog

Chain Of Responsibility

Posted on June 30th, 2013

In May 2013, new laws by the name of ‘Chain of Responsibility’ were passed and are expected to be introduced in March 2014 following the preparation of supporting regulations in WA. The Chain of Responsibility legislation is big news that affects all parties involved in the transportation of goods by road. The objectives of the bill are to improve road safety, reduce infrastructure damage and the adverse effect of heavy vehicles on the community, promote a level playing field for industry and improve business efficiency and compliance.

To put it simply, the Chain of Responsibility laws acknowledge that it’s not only the driver and operator who should be held legally accountable for the transport of goods. Legal accountability will be extended to include the whole transport chain, and with increased penalties.

Once the Chain of Responsibility is introduced in 2014 all of those involved in the road transport supply chain from the consignor to the packer and loader to the receiver are held responsible for taking steps to prevent a breach of road transport law.

In the event of a breach they must demonstrate that they had:

  • Taken all reasonable steps to prevent a breach
  • There were no reasonable steps they could have taken to prevent the breach, and
  • There was no way they could reasonably expect to know about a breach

Apart from the legal accountability of all parties throughout the transport chain, Chain of Responsibility will also introduce categories of risk for breaches, a ‘reasonable steps’ defence, container weight declarations and increased sanctions and penalties.

The legislation also provides authorised officers, either police or transport inspectors, additional powers over vehicles, premises and people in order to ensure that mass, dimension and load restraint requirements are met.

Vehicles can be stopped, directed, moved, examined, searched, vacated and grounded by authorised officers if a breach is suspected. Premises can be inspected and any pertinent documents or information can be seized. People may have to give personal information, provide documentation and can be ordered to assist with any enquiries and searches.

State-wide briefing sessions on the Chain of Responsibility laws are planned to commence in September this year. Information will also be available from several locations and in ways that will help explain the reform.

Recent Changes To Importing Requirements

Posted on June 24th, 2013

News of significance in changes to importers requirements comes from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to ICONs import conditions database. Where importers of both new and used machinery and/or equipment have previously practised routine assessment, importers are advised that updated import conditions have recently been passed for both new and used equipment.

Approved in order to maximise the efficiency of national biosecurity measures, these changes are implemented and recommended to update the withstanding risk minimising measures.

Where the previous 14 ICON cases once stood in effect, changes mean these cases have been condensed into 4 adapted cases, which are also available on the ICON conditions database and will be made effective as of June 24, 2013.

As follows, alterations to the ICON cases are limited to each case covering all countries, for all uses other than animal foods, fertilisers or for growing purposes.

Company representatives are now able to sign for and declare the new unused declaration and the commercially remanufactured declaration, which may also occur in the country of import.

Changes also include the declaration for cleanliness in packing requirements has been removed, and machinery profiles have undergone assessment in order to adapt and improve the referral of risk commodities.

Additionally, treatments for contamination have also been engaged for adaptation and streamlining measures.

Appropriate import conditions are the focus in updated search synonyms, with the application of closer monitoring measures of break bulk cargo shipments over long distances.

These changes have been made to action more comprehensive and streamlined import conditions for both imported new and used machinery and equipment.

Relevant parties are advised that there will be no increased financial or administration requirements for the industry, minimising the financial impact of the agreed new conditions on industry counterparts.

Existing import permits are to be updated using a systematic service once the new conditions commence in action.

Further questions and concerns or general information regarding these changes or details about import requirements is available both online and by telephone. Email the ICON administrator or contact your closest DAFF office to clarify any of these updated regulations.

Common Mistakes People Make Importing Machinery Into Australia

Posted on June 22nd, 2013

With all the constraints and considerations to be taken into account when dealing with machinery for import into Australia, a range of avoidable mistakes can affect and interrupt the delivery of your imported machinery.

Kenter have over 45 years shared experience in the trade of freighting goods around the globe and all over Australia, so our team are able to provide real solutions and excellent service to those looking for a freighting logistics organisation that avoids interruptions at all corners.

Some of the potential pitfalls of importing into Australia can be outlined quite simply. It’s a great idea to read the below recommendations to make sure that your intentions to import into Australia aren’t hampered by poor planning, or simple mistakes that could easily be avoided by consulting our expert team.

So what are come of the most common ways in which freighting can go wrong?

Clean machines- do you know the laws?

Cleaning your machinery for Australian standards according to laws set by the government is a precise and extremely important task. Due to the regulations that protect Australia’s Biosecurity, our regulations are among the strictest laws for machinery imports in the world. It is paramount for anyone considering importing machinery into Australia that they consult a professional machinery cleaning service or in the very least are prepared to clean the machine to the exact industry standards. You can read more about cleaning machinery on Kenter’s website.

Failure to run a thorough checklist

Running a checklist that keeps a detailed log of all developments and changes to industry standards before you ship is imperative. Keep track of any adjustments to the laws that govern importing machinery into Australia, and check in with your freighting dealer to discuss any changes that may have taken place which could affect you if you have any concerns.

Deal with a reputable freight service

Choosing the right freighting service means the difference between a great seamless experience of importing and a potential nightmare. In an industry with the potential for interruptions and problems to occur through simple miscommunication, it is imperative that your dealer is a reputable and well-known leader. Kenter has provided real solutions to importers all over the world. We know the ins and outs of Australian law regarding imports and we can help you to disseminate from any confusing aspects of your unique importing requirements.

Check and plan according to shipping schedule changes

Failing to ensure your shipping schedule is running as planned can put a sizeable hole in your plan to import into the country. Carriers want schedules to be as efficient as possible but the design of the shipping network can cause problems outside the control of your freighting dealer. Check your shipping schedules to ensure the service route is running on time, or check in with your freighting service to clarify any concerns you might have about the shipping route you intend to import with.

Why you should insure your goods.

Kenter is able to provide you with information and recommendations regarding insurance on your intended shipment. Though freighting logistics in in an extremely high percentage of event free importing, insurance is a vital aspect of importing into Australia. If your machinery is worth the expense of bringing into Australia, it is certainly worth the insurance that gives you total peace of mind.

Failure to check air con permit or regulations

If you want to import air-conditioned machinery into Australia, it is important to find out whether your machinery’s air conditioning facility needs to be de-commissioned or de-gassed. Where this is not usually a significant problem to overcome, it is important to avoid the event in which you may incur the expense of the air conditioning being de-commissioned for you if it is required. Check in with your freighting dealer to be certain about the air conditioner regulations about your specific machinery type.

If you’re importing machinery into Australia, there is a range of strict guidelines and laws set by the Australian government that must be adhered to if you are to successfully import your goods. Failure to comply with these laws and standards can very possibly result in the items for import being re-exported to the country from which they came at your expense. Australian law departments which govern the condition in which machinery is accepted into the country is able to arrange this without consultation at your expense, so it makes perfect sense to ensure all corners are carefully tended to.

Make it easy. Call the experts at Kenter.

Kenter’s reputation for sincere and careful management of freighting goods in Australia means that you can rely on us to run a seamless service for you and the management of your importable goods.  For more information about how we can help you make certain your goods make it into the country without a hitch, please call our friendly customer service team and talk to us about arranging a quote for your unique importing requests.

Are You Preparing To Import A Boat Into Australia?

Posted on June 10th, 2013

Marine imports require a great deal of attention in making sure all levels of quarantine security, customs and transport laws are adhered to.

It’s crucial that you check your boat over with a fine-toothed comb for evidence of any kind that it may not be importable in Australia.

What should I be aware of?

In the business of boat imports, a label we sometimes hear is ‘grey imports’. An import that is sold through unauthorised channels is considered a grey import. So how do you spot them?

Grey Imports are often:

  • Too good to be true on price
  • Short on essential documents
  • Sold with urgency
  • Undetectably damaged

So how can you avoid getting into a sticky deal?

Compliance is Key.

Penalties apply and are hefty for those who fail to comply to the very strict laws in Australia that determine what is able to be imported and what is not. It makes sense to be up to scratch on all your import compliance details.

Insurance companies don’t provide cover for a claim, of course, if the goods are considered to fall under a grey import category.

So How Can I Identify A Grey Import?

There are some questions you can ask to give you a general idea of whether importing your boat is worth the trouble. One of the most important boxes to tick is to ensure your boat holds up to Australian Safety standards. You need to check for safety compliance with Electrical equipment, floatation standards, build and safety standards.

Trailers must be compliant too.

If you’re freighting your boat by trailer and shipping these products together, you need to make sure your trailer can be used on Australian roads. Australia has some of the strictest and most policed road systems in the world, so a trailer that complies with all road standards must be supplied for on road transport of your boat.

Importers take on a great deal of responsibility during shipment. In fact, you continue to be responsible for that product being shipped and for all compliance issues surrounding that object to be shipped for the entire duration of shipment. In the event of an unfortunate circumstance that could well have been avoided with compliance, you are responsible.

If you intend to proceed with importing your boat after checking the very basic list of compliancy fits the product, please call Kenter to speak with one of our consultants regarding the other checks you need to make before purchasing or making further arrangements.

Call our professional team today.

Kenter can be trusted to help bring your prized boat into Australian water.

For more information about boat import requirements and the services we offer that cut hassle and time out of your freighting arrangements, please call us today