MORE than 200 delegates attended the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) NSW Regional Convention held last weekend (on 7 April) at the Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel.
The event welcomed speakers from government agencies that impact heavily of the day-to-day activities of licensed customs brokers.
Among the speakers was Carl Halpin from the Anti-Dumping Commission gave an insight into the Anti-Dumping system.
Delegates also heard from Jonathan Purcell from the Australian Tax Office, who addressed the very topical issue of the new GST cross-border issues and how these will impact upon international trade.
Duncan Craig from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources addressed the key requirements for the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.
Amanda Morvell and Patrick McInerney from the Department of the Environment and Energy brought delegates up to date with changes to product emission standards and new arrangements for the import of synthetic greenhouse gases.
And also, the Australian Border Force and DAWR delivered presentations on compliance foci for 2018 and the CBC requirements for the new compliance year beginning on 1 April 2018. The Department of Infrastructure also updated delegates on vehicle import approvals.
Andrew Hudson from Rigby Cooke Lawyers addressed the management of trade remedies and CBFCA vice-chair Sue Danks took an in-depth look at the CPTPP and other free trade agreements.
Great interest was also taken into the new offering of the CBFCA Tariff. A live on screen demonstration was provided to all delegates by CBFCA NSW President Adam Butler and one-on-one presentations during the breaks provided delegates with a more hands-on look at the system.
The CBFCA thanked its sponsors for the day: Air Menzies International, 3DL Logistics, Rigby Cooke Lawyers, DCN and Cyberfreight, which sponsored the much welcome networking drinks at the end of the day.
|Amanda Morvell, DoE||Sue Danks||Andrew Hudson|
|DAWR team||Paul Barfoot, ABF.||Duncan Craig, IFIP|
|Patrick McInerney, DoE||Jonathan Purcell, ATO|
Images supplied by the CBFCA