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Page 18 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 The key to DAILY NEWS in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINE, ON TARGET, ON US. More help offered for FTA trading WORKING out what to do when seeking duty refunds on goods imported under Austral- ia’s various free trade agree- ments can be complicated. Each FTA has its own pro- visions and many of these vary depending on the type of goods covered by the applica- tion, the documentation held and other considerations. The Traveller, Customs and Industry Policy Division of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has issued a Customs notice that provides guidelines for each FTA. Joshua Hutton, the Division’s acting assistant secretary, cau- tions that the document “is merely intended as informal guidance to the trading community and does not purport to offer legal advice. “Refund circumstances will con- tinue to be assessed on the facts and merits of each case.” Hutton stresses that “traders must be familiar with the Customs Act 1901, Customs (Internation- al Obligations) Regulation 2015 and Customs Regulation 2015 to understand the legal basis for refunds”. However, the international obli- gations regulation does not apply to some FTAs. The document (notice 13/2017) is available online at www.border. gov.au. The Australian government has also expanded the widely-praised FTA portal developed by the De- partment of Foreign Affairs and Trade: https://ftaportal.dfat.gov.au/. This facility is designed to provide practical and user-friend- ly information on exporting to countries with which Australia has FTAs. Nine additional markets are now included: Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. These together represent almost A$75 billion in two-way trade (2015-16) for Australia. The portal already covers FTAs with China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand. All of Australia’s active FTAs will soon be available, with the United States and Chile to be added later this year, according to Trade minister Steven Ciobo. “The latest update to the portal also includes an interactive tool to help businesses decide whether a bilateral or plurilateral FTA offers the best access to an export mar- ket, since in some markets more than one FTA is available.” Ciobo says the portal is being accessed around 2,000 times a week. Steven Ciobo (centre) leading a trade delegation to Japan GAC up in Malaysia GAC Malaysia has opened a new warehousing and distribution fa- cility which more than doubles its previous capacity. The 4,000-pallet position ambi- ent-racked facility in Bukit Raja, Selangor, replaces the company’s previous facility in Shah Alam. Its features include a selective pallet racking system, hydraulic load- ing bays and 24-hour monitored security and fire protection.