Jul 2020 – Newsletter


Welcome to Across the Ocean Shipping’s July newsletter.

In positive news, states around Australia are now opening borders to each other which is great news for the Australia economy. Victoria however seems to be going the other way with an increased spike in cases and their borders being closed to NSW and SA.

All international passenger flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July. This will limit options for air freight capacity into Melbourne for the next few weeks.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will formally enter into force on Sunday 5th July 2020.

The department has finalised the seasonal measures for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season. The measures remain consistent with the 2019-20 BMSB risk season with three countries added to the target risk countries list. The list of target risk countries will now include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Effective 1st Aug. 2020, Victoria International Container Terminal will be increasing the infrastructure charge. In the absence of regulatory monitoring of such charges, stevedores continue to increase charges to cover their lease increases.

Australia has committed to progressively reducing the rates of customs duty on eligible Japanese originating goods under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership. In accordance with this commitment, the fourth reduction of customs duty rates occurred on 1st April 2020.

Remember as an “essential service” Across the Ocean Shipping will be here to keep your supply chain moving 24/7. Call us or email today, we will be delighted to hear from you or go to our website: www.atoshipping.com

All the best

The team at Across the Ocean Shipping.



Here at Across the Ocean Shipping we have an awesome team!

It takes Management, Sales, Customs Brokerage, Operations, Accounts and Admin to ensure the best quality of service is provided to all our clients and shipments are looked after from quote to delivery.
Our team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and in this newsletter we are introducing you to two of our valued team members in the Melbourne Office – make sure you check out future newsletters for more intros to our amazing team!

Who?!
Suzette Gibbens

Role at Across the Ocean Shipping:
Operations Manager

What do they do?!
You will find Suzette in our Los Angeles office. The chances are you will hear Suzette before you see her, thanks to her infectious laugh and sunny nature.
Suzette’s day to day role covers a whole range of import & export Sea / Air operations. Including, speaking with shipping lines & trucking companies, dealing with US customs, negotiating with port authorities for late receivals, quoting clients, liaising with our overseas partners, sending pre-alerts for shipments and most importantly keeping our clients appraised of the status of their shipments. With over 14 years of Freight Forwarding experience Suzette has been key to the smooth running of the operations department in USA for the last two years.

That’s the serious stuff but what about the fun stuff?!
Family is big deal to Suzette; in more ways than one! Suzette is the youngest of ten siblings and has 2 beautiful children of her own. Between spending time with her husband and family Suzette has a garden full of fantastic colourful flowers and can be found enjoying watching baseball (Go the Dodgers!), college football and basketball games. She also has a huge crush on Adam Levine and loves a cold beer and listening to rock music after a hard day’s work – but don’t tell anyone!!



Who?!
Vu Nguyen

Role at Across the Ocean Shipping:
Sales Support

What do they do?!
After studying Foreign Trade and acquiring knowledge in International Transport Vu spent 9 years working in Sales before moving into a Sales Support role at Across the Ocean Shipping Melbourne Office. Within her Sales Support role Vu spends time liaising and quoting overseas agents; talking with shipping lines, transport companies and co-loaders to secure the best possible rates for our clients. Vu is working on building her own client portfolio and assists the other members of our sales department with quotes and following up with clients ensuring they received an excellent service from our team.

That’s the serious stuff but what about the fun stuff?!
Vu is a quiet member of the team and softly spoken but at lunch time Vu sets the kitchen alive with her amazing Vietnamese cooking, with a love for nutrition, cooking and eating Vu often spends her weekends cooking for hours and hours. Alongside her passion for cooking Vu loves to exercise you can find her perfecting the skill of cycling on her exercise bike while watching TV and eating her dinner!! Whilst living in Vietnam Vu sharpened her scooter riding skills, navigating traffic for 45 minutes in rush hour traffic and never falling off – touch wood she says!

The Melbourne Office have been lucky enough to taste Vu’s delicious Cassava Cake and she has kindly shared the recipe (photo and recipe at end of newsletter) – have a try at making it and let us know what you think;




Freight and Logistics is an Essential Service

NSW border with Victoria has closed from Wednesday 8 July 2020.

NSW Government COVID-19 Health Order for Victorians – Logistics is an Essential Service.

Only permit holders, emergency services workers, freight drivers and returning travelers will be able to cross into New South Wales from Victoria.



Passenger Flights into Victoria

All International Passenger Flights Suspended to Melbourne until 14 July – Freighters and P2C Services Continue.

All international passenger flights to Melbourne Airport are now suspended until the middle of July to help combat a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases.

The Federal Government later responded to a request from Premier Dan Andrews with a directive banning all overseas passenger flights from arriving into Melbourne between 12.01am Thursday July 2 and 11.59pm Tuesday July 14, 2020.

Inbound flights are permitted if they carry only freight, but they can take on board passengers for the flight out of the country.



Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement – Entry into Force

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will enter into force on 5 July 2020.

Click on the link below to read more

https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/free-trade-agreements/indonesia#


2020-21 Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

The department has finalised the seasonal measures for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season. The measures remain consistent with the 2019-20 BMSB risk season with three countries added to the target risk countries list. The list of target risk countries will now include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

The BMSB risk season is for goods and vessels that arrive in the Australian territory between 1 September 2020 and 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Goods must be treated for BMSB if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 (inclusive).

Click on the link below to read all about it

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs


Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will formally enter into force on Sunday 5 July 2020.

IA-CEPA creates a framework for Australia and Indonesia to unlock the vast potential of the bilateral economic partnership, fostering economic cooperation between businesses, communities and individuals.

Read more at the below link

https://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/in-force/iacepa/Pages/indonesia-australia-comprehensive-economic-partnership-agreement



VICT will be increasing its Infrastructure charge in order to cover the 2020 lease increase!

Effective 1 August 2020, customers are advised that VICT will increase its infrastructure charge per container (exclusive of GST). This will apply to full containers, received from or delivered to VICT.



Vu’s Cassava Cake

Ingredients
• 500 grams frozen grated cassava, thawed
• 4 tablespoons of steamed mung bean (optional)
• 5 teaspoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons coconut milk
• 50 grams melted salted butter
• 2 tablespoons condense milk

Directions
• Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
• Transfer the thawed cassava into a colander and allow to drain for 15 minutes.
• In a large bowl, add the drained cassava, mung bean, sugar, condense milk, coconut milk and 45 grams of melted butter. Mix well making sure the batter is free of lumps.
• Coat a 23 cm round baking pan evenly with 5 grams melted butter.
• Pour the batter into the coated baking pan. Holding the sides of the pan, jiggle the pan gently and tap on the counter a few times to settle the batter.
• Bake for 45 minutes until the cake is golden on top.
• Check to see if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick. It should come out clean.
• Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.
• Run a spatula around the cake to loosen it from the pan. Remove the cake from the pan using a large spatula.
• To serve, cut into small wedges or bite-sized pieces.

We hope the information contained in our monthly Newsletter keeps you informed of the latest news and affairs.

Please do not hesitate to contact our offices if you have any queries.

If you have any Customs or Quarantine specific matters, Donna will be happy to assist – her details as below.

Thank you
Donna Harford
Customs Brokerage Manager
Mobile: + 61 420 273 537
Tel: + 61 3 9427 0015
Email: donna@atoshipping.com

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