Insolvency sans Borders

Introduction Cross-border insolvency is becoming increasingly common in the globalised world.   This article will review the mechanisms available to deal with cross-border insolvencies, as applied in the recent decision of Just...

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New Customs legislation to change the effect of recent Australian cases – However, we still need to learn French

Over the past few years, Customs has had some major, and at times, surprising losses in Australian Courts and Tribunals (including one case where wheelie bins were classified as vehicles!).  The most high profile loss concerned t...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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First dumping, now Australian wine exporters face a countervailing duty investigation by the Chinese Government

Following on from the recently announced dumping duty investigation into Australian wine, the Chinese Government hit the industry with a countervailing duty investigation on 31 August.  Below we briefly set out the claims that wi...

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Steel pipe classification case decided against Customs based on French translation of HS Code

Customs famously went to the High Court arguing that the interpretation of the Australian tariff classification legislation should be interpreted consistently with the French version of the harmonised system (HS) for tariff classi...

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Trade Agreement with Indonesia set to commence in early July 2020

In a move that goes against the negative news surrounding international trade, the Indonesian Government in early May ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.  This free trade agreement (FTA)...

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