The One Clause that Makes Contracts with Chinese Suppliers Unenforceable

If business dealings were predictable and everything went perfectly, we wouldn't need contracts. Often a contract is signed and buried in a drawer, only to be seen again if the parties are in dispute. When that time comes, your co...

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Australian Border Force 2018 Customs Compliance Priorities

The Australian Border Force has released a statement setting out its compliance priorities for 2018. While each importer and exporter will have its own unique risk areas, the statement by ABF highlights the areas that should be gi...

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Free Trade Agreements: Increasing Utilisation but Emerging Compliance Issues

Australian traders are embracing the trio of free trade agreements negotiated between 2014 and 2015. DFAT has reported that use of the Japan, Korea and China FTAs is up above 80%. This level of utilisation is a great return on t...

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The Customs Tariff Concession Case that Could be the Last of its Kind

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently handed down a decision as to whether a local manufacturer satisfied the 25% local content test in respect of an application to revoke a tariff concession order (TCO). A case of th...

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Why You Need Both a Tariff Advice and a Tariff Concession Order

When you apply for a tariff concession order (TCO) you have to nominate the appropriate tariff classification. Customs may not dispute the nominated classification at the time of application, but this doesn’t mean that many year...

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Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – What Does it Mean for Australian Traders?

We have all attended meetings where there are 10 agenda items, but its five minutes to go and you realize you are only up to item four. Not so with the first meeting I attended in 2015 regarding the implementation of the WTO Trade...

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