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REGULATORY compliance and the Australian Trusted Trader Program were some of the topics discussed at the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Regional Convention.

The convention, held at Crown Promenade in Melbourne, attracted just under 300 delegates from across Victoria and Tasmania.

CBFCA Victoria and Tasmania president Brad Leonard said they were “committed to being the voice for customs brokers, international freight forwarders and other groups associated with international trade”.

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“Combined, these sessions help keep even the most experienced operator informed of the current issues and requirements that need to be met,” Mr Leonard said.

“On the other end of the spectrum, as a highly regarded Registered Training Organisation, the CBFCA offers practical and relevant customs broking and international freight forwarding diplomas for new industry participants, which is vitally important to maintain professional service levels.”

Key issues discussed included:

•             Regulatory compliance focus and the role of customs brokers and forwarders;

•             Australian Trusted Trader Program and benefits for service providers;

•             BMSB Seasonal Measures 2019/20 and key issues for government and industry;

•             Illegal logging obligations;

•             Chain of Responsibility for customs brokers and forwarders;

•             The DFAT negotiation agenda for free trade agreements;

•             Customs broker obligations – agents of the clients or agents of the government, the conflicting career;

•             Risk management, in customer credit processes;

•             Regulatory compliance from a Customs brokers perspective. Members reportedly continued discussion at the post-convention drinks.

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