Lunar New Year 2020
The official public holiday period is 7 days, from 24 – 30 January, but this can vary and with 30 January being a Thursday, for many businesses it is expected that the holiday period could go through to 3 February.
We are also hearing that some manufacturing facilities may be winding down production from as early as 20 January.
We recommend to all customers with shipments from China and most Asian ports in general, to take the necessary steps to ensure that shipment bookings are finalised prior to the LNY period. Not only is it important to get the shipment bookings in place, it is very important that the commercial shipping documentation is finalised well in advance of the holiday period. All documents that are necessary for import customs and quarantine clearances should be obtained from your suppliers as early as possible.
Depending on what is needed for each particular shipment, such documents may include (but not be limited to):
- Commercial Invoices
- Packing Lists
- Packing Declarations
- Import Permits
- Fumigation Certificates
- Manufacturer’s Declarations
- Certificates of Origin
- Original Bills Of Lading or express release confirmations from supplier
If required documents are not received prior to the LNY holiday period, we expect that it will be very difficult to obtain such documents during this time, which has the potential to cause shipment clearance delays and additional costs.
If you have any particular shipments that you think may be impacted with documentation delays during this period, please contact your local FJT Logistics office for guidance and assistance.
Australia – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement
Further information relating to A-HKFTA will be placed on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website as soon as possible to allow businesses to plan ahead.
Despite the looming commencement of this latest FTA, little has come out from Australian Border Force or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in terms of documentary requirements.
For our customers information, we supply the following commentary from our peak Industry body, Freight Trade Alliance, in response to many industry enquiries they have received.
The questions centre around the use of a Certificate of Origin and when they can be issued. Certificates of Origin cannot be issued by an authorised organization until an FTA enters into force, so a supplier would not be able to obtain one before 17 January.
The A-HKFTA however allows the importer, exporter, producer or other authorized representative to make a Declaration of Origin.
Under the link minimum data requirements for such a declaration, importers can be aware of the compliant documentation requirements to comply with A-HKFTA, which should be on letterhead, dated and signed and cross referenced to the consignment / invoice number. It should also be noted that to claim preferential rates under the A-HKFTA goods must be entered either on or after January 17, 2020.
For any enquiries regarding this new Free Trade Agreement, please contact your local FJT Logistics office.