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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Caution over linking Chinese trade measures to Australia’s stance on a COVID-19 investigation

In recent days, China has announced trade restrictive measures in respect of Australian agricultural exports.  Many are linking the measures to Australia being one of the first and most vocal countries calling for a probe into th...

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What is a dumping continuation inquiry and why will it have a big impact on importers of aluminium extrusions?

Dumping duties payable on the importation of aluminium extrusions continues to be a key focus of the Australian Border Force.  This is not surprising given that inadvertent non-compliance remains high and the relevant duty rates ...

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Modern Slavery Act – the implications for businesses in Australia

When we think of slavery, we don't think of Australian businesses. However, more than half of our imported goods come from Asia and the Pacific, an area that accounts for 62% of the global estimate of people in modern slavery.[1] ...

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Coronavirus – The legal impact on international supply chains

The coronavirus outbreak represents an unforeseen and uncontrollable event.  The global focus is rightly on the human impact and in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, Governments are taking measures that are significantl...

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