One minute with Edoardo Checcacci
Adelaide Branch Manager
After 5 years I moved to the Shipping Division where I saw in more detail the actual job of the freight forwarder, the rhythm of the Shipping Division was faster and I had to learn all from zero in a short time.
I was never tired to learn and tried my best to make customers happy.
After 3 years in the Shipping Division in Italy, I was offered an opportunity to join FJT AUS as part of the Melbourne team. I didn’t think twice and I accepted.
A few months later I landed in Australia, Melbourne. It was amazing for me. A new life to start at 24 years old.
After 3 years in Melbourne I moved to Adelaide. I fell in love with the lifestyle in Adelaide and found my partner too.
FJT represents for me more than a company, it’s a family.
FJT Italia 2009
Me and my dog Ponce
1. What is something we don’t know about you?
I like cook and when I have time during the weekend. I like to prepare real Italian dishes for my partner and myself. I cook also for my dog, it’s the best companion I ever had!
2. If you could time travel where would you go?
I’d like to go back to The Renaissance period in Florence trying to meet Leonardo Da Vinci. I will have a few questions to ask him.
3. If you could dream up a holiday home in another country, where would it be and why?
I’m in love with Tuscan Countryside, maybe when I retire I’ll be able to buy a small country house there to live my lasts years.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug [BMSB] update
As we move rapidly towards the 2019/2020 BMSB Season commencement date of Sept 1 departures, please note the following rates.
- Revised Treatment Options & Specifications details have been released: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/#what-are-the-treatment-options-and-rates
- FCL cargo loading – tightly packed containers – There has been much discussion regarding the best practice cargo loading model required to achieve effective BMSB treatment. In the 2018/2019 season there was many unsuccessful BMSB treatments of FCLs detected during destination side operations. This resulted in FCLs needing to be re-fumigated, and in several cases, to then be unpacked, inspected to confirm the effectiveness of the process. Tightly packed FCLs were identified as being a contributing factor, and we can expect more scrutiny in this area. We have been advised that the Dep’t of Agriculture is considering options that many allow ‘enclosed partial FCL unpacks’ prior to treatment. This is yet to be confirmed. Some of the target areas are:
- Free airspace – including under the cargo on the FCL floor
- Timber thickness and spacing
- Impervious wrappings, coatings and surfaced
- Impervious wrapping perforation requirements
- Safeguarding arrangements: The Dep’t of Agriculture is developing a new BMSB scheme to recognize certain goods & high-level Biosecurity risk management supply chain models that could manage biosecurity risk offshore. This scheme is focused on importers, not freight forwarders. The application process will be rigorous. With thanks to our industry group, Freight & Trade Alliance, the link to the application form can be found at http://www.ftalliance.com.au/data/news_attachments/safeguarding%20arrangements%20application%20form.pdf The scheme is being trialed with a small number of select importers before being opened to all other importers, however it is unlikely the scheme will be available for the start of the BMSB season. We will monitor and update accordingly. http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/#safeguarding-arrangements
Should you have any queries regarding BMSB processes & restrictions, please contact your local FJT Logistics office for specific advice, before you cargo is booked/loaded..
BIOSECURITY IMPORT LEVY update
The Biosecurity Import Levy was announced in the 2018 Federal Budget, with an aim to collect $325M over 3 years from a commencement date of 1 July 2019.
This is a fee to be allocated as an import destination levy of $10.02/20’ FCL & $20.04/40’ FCL.
Since the 2018 budget announcement, the matter has dragged on, with questions on the justification of the charge, why it should only be applied to sea cargo and not air cargo or passengers, and also how and when the Import Levy will be collected.
Suggestions have been to charge the fee to the shipping lines or the stevedoring companies at the container terminals, and then that would be repeatedly uplifted with a processing surcharge until the inflated Levy was invoiced to the Importer.
The import trading and logistics industry’s general view is that if the levy is to go ahead it should be collected on the Import Clearance Declaration, with no uplifts.
Like all good government departments, they formed a committee on how this was to proceed… that has not gone well.
As we all know, a donkey is a horse made by a committee!
The commencement date went from 1 July 2019, to 1 Sept 2019, and we have been advised from the industry body Freight & Trade Alliance that the 1 September commencement date is not achievable.
At this point there are no decisions finalized on the next proposed implementation date, the amount of the Levy and the collection mechanism.
As this is a federal budget item, there may be a pint where the implementation date delay will result in the Import Levy amount increasing to meet the budget requirements. We will monitor and update on this bureaucratic nonsense as new information is available.
David W. Browne
National Operations Manager
HONG KONG – Anti-government strike action UPDATE
The protests that have been impacting Air Cargo due to flight cancellations in Hong Kong have settled. The situation has settled to a more normal position. Hong Kong still remains on a ‘watch alert’ level at the moment.
FJT Logistics are monitoring this situation and will update accordingly.