Notice of DIBP Protected Industrial Action - 4 December 2015

Good Morning,

We have received notice of Department of Immigration and Border Protection Industrial action to commence next week and expect possible disruptions and container examination facilities.

“Some employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection including the Australian Border Force, who are members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), will take part in protected industrial action at various work sites over 7-9 December 2015.The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) have given notice of 24 hour work bans over 7-9 December 2015, which will impact container/ cargo examination facilities and international mail facilities nationally."

Our team at SILA will inform you should this adversely affect your shipment. Further info about the action can be read here

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service


Container Detention During Holiday Period Dec 2015

Dear Valued Clients,

The holiday season is upon us we thank you for your support over past year and hope that you and your family have a great Christmas and festive season. We take this opportunity to advise you of the terms that will apply to container collection and dehire over the upcoming Christmas / New Year period .

Please note these terms will apply from 15th December 2015 to 15th January 2016.

SILA will not be held accountable for detention during this period 15th December 2015 to 15th January 2016 customers will need to have a minimum of 10 free days from date of vessel availability to assist in minimising any detention however customers who purchase under C&F , CFR terms will need to request shippers longer detention free periods as needed.

Customers where SILA manages shipping we will provide 10 free days container detention, however should detention be longer than 10 free days then this will be to customer account.

There are various issues that result in container detention at this time: • Availability days include weekends and public holidays • Empty parks require time slot bookings and many only operate business days and limited hours • Receivers operate limited non-public holidays, limited business hours and in some cases are closed for all public holidays and some non-public holidays during this period • Receivers operate on Skelton staff and cannot receive as much cargo. SILA thankyou for your support and look forward to a prosperous new year !

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

AUSTRADE Advice - China New Food Safety Law

Dear Exporter,

Don’t risk your reputation and the success of your product, talk to a reliable partner as recommended by Austrade. Click to read Austrade advice in regards the new Food Safety Laws.

AUSTRADE Recommended DON’Ts and DO’s:


  • Disregard  the compliance
  • Avoid a less experienced importer
  • Relying Too much on the importer
  • Deal with the incompliance after export


  • Be cautious of the compliance
  • Find a reliable partner
  • Be familiar with the regulations
  • Do consider the compliance issues BEFORE exporting
  • Get help from government associations or professional consulting companies Sinotrans limited is China largest state owned logistics company with established Food supply chain services.
  • SILA in partnership with Sinotrans PFS (chilled and frozen supply chain) and Sinotrans Limited ambient supply chain. Provides a complete services for Australian exporters wanting to succeed in China.

Please contact  Mia Lu SILA China Representative for all enquiry:  02 95564866

China Refrigerated Supply Chain

SinoTrans PFS has appointed SI Logistics Australia Pty Ltd trading as Sinotrans Integrated Logistics Australia (SILA) as exclusive Australian representative.

SinoTrans PFS is a joint venture between China largest logistics company Sinotrans Limited and USA refridgerated supply chain specialist Preferred Freezer Services, 35 USA facilites, 1 Vietnam. SinoTrans PFS China is led by Managing Director / Chairman Mr Tim McLean.

SinoTrans PFS operate three CIQ approved warehousing and distribution facilities within China, with another facility under construction.

SILA as exclusive representatives of SinoTrans PFS will provide Australian exporters & importers with a local contact to assist with the challenges of providing a secure supply chain that is compliant to China new “Food Safety Law of the Peoples Republic of China”, Putting Prevention First.

In addition to our warehouse storage, distribution,customs clearance, CIQ and quality control services. SinoTrans PFS operate a fleet of company owned refrigerated vehicles providing inter-city line haul and distribution services. Each vehicle is fitted with temperature controlled device recorders to insure product is delivered in the condition it is intended.

Please direct all inquiries to SILA Marketing Co-ordinator MIA Lu 02 95564866


Anti Dumping Update

Dear All,

SILA would like to inform you that there have been some recent updates published by the Anti-Dumping Commission, they can be found here

Notice of Investigation into Chrome Bars from Italy and Romania

  • Findings of an exemption inquiry to AD Case in relation to Galvanised Steel from China, Korea and Taiwan
  • Various Public Record updates in regards to above mentioned cases as well Hot Rolled Plate, Reinforcing Bar and Hollow Structural Sections

As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the SILA Team.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

DAFF - Protected Industrial Action

Dear All,

We have received notice of further DAFF Protected Industrial Action. Please see the following link for specific details here.

As always the SILA team will be in contact should any of this have an effect on your shipment.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

Changes to the Department of Agriculture Cost Recovery Arrangements

We have received advise that the Department of Agriculture will be implementing changes to their cost recovery arrangements effective 1 December 2015. In depth information can be for on the DAFF website here and our summary of key changes for Importers is below which is reflected by 3.1 of the Biosecurity Cost Recovery Statement.

Import Declarations
Under the Current fee structure import declarations attract a flat fee plus an additional charge per container (or part of)
• FCL: $15.00 + $30.00 per container
• LCL: $15.00 + $8.00
• BBK $15.00 (nothing further)
• Air: $16.00 (nothing further)
Under the new Structure there will only be a Flat fee and nothing further Per container, however the flat fee has increased to;
• FCL: $42.00
• LCL: $42.00
• BBK: $42.00
• Air: $33.00

Goods Subject to Quarantine or Referred for further processing
Currently an electronic lodgement fee of $10 is payable plus $40.00 which covered the initial assessment up to 30minutes.

Under the new structure there will no longer be an electronic lodgement fee and the assessment fee has been reduced to $30 however only covering 15 minutes.
Following is an extract from the document “The department expects most AIMS entries will only require a 15 minute assessment. There is no longer a fee if the department requires additional information to process a consignment, but if an assessment takes longer than 15 minutes, it will be charged at $30 for each additional 15 minutes.” While it is expected that consignments will only take 15mins to process it would be prudent to note that more complex entries involving permits and many lines of cargo may go beyond this allotted amount of time and extra costs could apply.

We understand there is a fee structure review also being tabled by Australian Border Force in which we will bring further details once finalised.

As always if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact the SILA team.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

Australian Border Force Protection – Notification of Protected Industrial Action

Dear All,

The following notification has been made by the Australian Border Force (ABF) in regards to protected Industrial Action.

While there are various work stoppages over the next few days a 24hour Stoppage on the 9th of November at International Ports and container examination facilities would likely add a further delay to cargo which is held for screening at this time. It is essential that import documents and pre-alerts are received early enough to lodge declarations well in advance.

As always our team is here to help and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service


Hello Everyone,

It would appear that the details of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA) has been agreed upon in parliament. The opposition proposed certain changes in relation to wages and the 457 VISA which can be read in further detail here however it appears our current government has accepted the proposal allowing the FTA to move forward. Ultimately it is another advancement toward implementation, however there is still long way to go until we know an implementation date.

I would like to draw your attention to this informative commentary made by Andrew Hudson which further details some of the hurdles brokers are likely to face and the processes that still needing to be finalised before business is able to benefit from the agreement.

As always if there is anything to you would like to know further please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

SILA - Marine Cargo Insurance

Dear SILA Customer,

We are pleased to announce that SILA is now offering Marine cargo insurance to our customers. SILA Marine Cargo Insurance covers all forms of transit and all types of commodities and interests. Import and /or Export Cargo and Inland transit of goods by Sea, Road, Air, Rail and Post are all encompassed.

For a competitive quote please contact your SILA sales representative.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service