Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for his part in the importation of 1.2 tonnes of Ephedrine

A 23 year old man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty for his part in importing 1.2 tonnes of Ephedrine.

A shipment declared as furniture was X-rayed by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at the Sydney Container Examination facility. During the X-ray, officers noted anomalies in the contents of the container.

A physical examination of the container revealed 127 boxes hidden behind a large amount of wooden furniture which included chairs, tables and couches. The boxes were ...

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Owner of ‘Ever Given’ declares General Average – Marine insurance matters!

As the investigation into the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal began last week, the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen, has declared General Average.

The grounding of the Ever Given is shaping up as potentially the most complex ‘general average’ (GA) claim of all time, with litigation potentially involving 20,000 teu and up to 20 cargo interests per container.

Lloyd’s List has reported that Egypt is looking to claim around $1bn in compensation for the casualty that closed the Suez Canal for six days last ...

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Sea container measures to protect against the Khapra Beetle – An update!

Phase 6A of the Khapra Beetle urgent actions will commence from 12 April 2021. Phase 6A will introduce mandatory offshore treatment requirements for target risk sea containers.

Implementation dates will be staggered and depend on the type of target risk container.

Target risk containers must be:

The target of these treatments is the container and not the goods/commodity being shipped within the container. This ...

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Warnings over spike in banned dog collar detections

An alarming spike in the number of banned ‘pronged’ dog collars detected at the border has prompted a warning from the Australian Border Force (ABF).

The collars are considered dangerous due to the possibility of the prongs causing injury by puncturing or bruising a dog’s neck during use, even if unintentional, and the potential for misuse, and as such are classified as a prohibited import.

The majority of intercepted consignments are of single collars and banned collars have been detected by ABF ...

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Illicit Tobacco Taskforce Targets International and Domestic Tobacco Smuggling Rings

Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) led by The Australian Border Force (ABF) has disrupted the activities of two alleged organised crime syndicates involved in the importation and distribution of illicit tobacco throughout Victoria and Western Australia. 

The first operation occurred when ABF officers from the ITTF executed Customs Act 1901 search and seizure warrants at a number of residential and commercial properties in suburban Melbourne.
The targets allegedly belong to an organised crime syndicate that smuggles illicit molasses tobacco into Melbourne and distributes it throughout ...

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Container ship blocks the Suez Canal in Egypt – One of the worlds busiest trade routes

Tuesday 30th March Update –

Salvage teams have freed the Ever Given container ship stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce. Helped by the high tide, a convoy of tugboats wrenched the bulbous bow of the ship from the canal’s sandy bank.

At least 367 vessels, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle, are backed up ...

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Marine Insurance – Why is it important? How can we help?

What was once thought of as a rare occurrence has turned into a almost fortnightly issue facing shippers. Over 3,000 containers have been lost at sea since the ONE Apus incident late last year which saw over 1800 containers lost overboard and thousands of others damaged.

This particular unprecedented container collapse could end up costing $200 million in cargo damage, according to an estimate from a general average surveyor. Although General average has not been declared as of yet, ...

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Notification of protected industrial action

Svitzer Australia has received notification from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) of protected industrial action being taken by members.

The protected industrial action involves MUA members of Svitzer’s workforce engaging in bans on the performance of work on Maersk shipping line vessels for three days from:

12:01am Wednesday, 24 March 2021 through to 11:59 pm on Friday, 26 March 2021.

“Svitzer recognises that any action taken against Maersk may result in a knock-on effect on shipping schedules and the maritime industry nationally. This action will ...

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Avanti Newsletters 2020

December 2020

December 2020 Issue 2  

  • Merry Christmas from the Management and Team at AvantiFM!
  • Industry Update
  • Import, Export cost goes up as freight rates rise
  • Biggest weather related cargo loss in history
  • Fears more Australian industries will be affected by China’s trade restrictions
  • Agriculture trade matters, December 2020
  • Air CTO’s – Christmas/New Year hours
  • Tasmanian man charged over alleged importation of dozens of child-like sex doll parts
  • NSW man charged over 200KG of Meth importation into Melbourne
  • Pacific agreement for loser and ...
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Avanti Newsletters 2021

April 2021

April 2021 Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Exclusive offer for Avanti clients! – Receive 2 months free on IncoDocs subscriptions
  • Shipping industry clears record volume of empties; Maersk deploys massive empty loader
  • Spotlight on asbestos compliance from The Australian Border Force
  • Egypt impounds Ever Given ship over $900 million Suez Canal compensation bill
  • Hapag address container shortage with large order for new boxes
  • New Zealand bans cattle exports by sea, with two-year phase out
  • Federal Maritime Commission targets refunds for unfair ...
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