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Construction Equipment Relocations
Posted on September 19th, 2013
Posted on September 18th, 2013
Australian Quarantine, If you’re importing, it’s your responsibility!If you are importing anything into Australia, you need to make sure you are aware of all the laws that govern that process, especially around any edible/organic goods. It is imperative that you are well aware of the laws that enable you to do so, and follow the guidelines set by Australian Quarantine.
DAFF- Protecting our Biosecurity.DAFF or the Department of Fisheries and Forestry, is the government body that sets these rules out and manages the border controls that allow or disallow these products to pass international ports and from state to state. Daff is a facet of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. DAFF is also responsible for carrying out the inspections and certification of livestock that comes in and goes out of Australia for business.
DAFF Officers monitor the shipment of:
Protecting Australian Assets.Australian quarantine import and export laws are among the strictest in the world, and for good reason. We have one of the most productive export economies and a fragile ecosystem which, under the strict observation and control of authorities, has remained relatively free from biological threats that have caused damage to other countries with less strict laws governing export and imports.
How Passable Goods are Determined.DAFF officers investigate all shipments using a host of tools to implement investigation. X-ray machines, sniffer dogs and manual searches are all applied in order to determine legal shipping conditions. Australian Quarantine is a valuable asset to Australia by ensuring it is free from pests and this in turn plays a vital role in keeping the country’s economy strong. The department regularly undertakes research to determine australia’s import risks. DAFF also administers the Imported Food Programme, which deals with all food imported into Australia, and determines whether it meets our Quarantine Standards and the Food Standards Code.
Non-Compliance- It’s breaking the law.Australian quarantine takes any breach of security very seriously and harsh penalties apply for those who fail to comply with those strict standards. So, how do you make sure that your shipment is compliant under these strict laws? When packing your cargo into a container we can only use certain types of material for dunnage. If you don’t use the right material it will cost you considerably to dispose of and fumigate the timber. If you have any doubts as to whether your shipment is suitable for import or export into Australia, it is important to clarify those concerns at your earliest convenience.
Be reassured.With over 45 years of experience in the field of shipping both at an international and domestic level, Kenter International can provide you with further information and references regarding your unique concerns and Australian quarantine. Please contact our customer solutions desk for further information today. Click here to fill in our form.
Exporting Machinery – Key Things To Consider
Posted on September 15th, 2013
Exporting MachineryJust as the import laws that govern the circumstances under which machinery is accepted into Australia are stringent, so too are the laws that determine the exporting machinery in other countries. The only way to secure your machinery for export is to consider the key factors which make it acceptable for shipment. The threat presented to the biosecurity of other countries is treated as an extremely serious issue and it makes sense for any individual or organization wishing to export machinery into an overseas country to check in on all import laws in that country that dictate whether your shipment will be deemed satisfactory under those legislations.
What is soiled machinery?Vehicles that work the land are susceptible to difficulty in thorough cleaning, with the potential for organic matter to be passed on as it is taken from the land and transferred while remaining in the machinery. As land-working vehicles and machinery harbour the seeds and other living organisms that thrive here in Australia, those organic matters may pose a true threat to the country for export, which is considered as a breech of the biosecurity laws. To avoid the potential fines and likelihood of refused entry, it is imperative that the cleaning process you adopt eliminates any possibility of this occurring. Some of the countries don’t take these issues into consideration, we can guide you which ones when exporting machinery to these destinations. Biosecurity waste needs to be disposed of properly through a licensed QAP. Thorough cleaning is a time consuming process that can be carried out by you or an external cleaning service. The main categories for concern in organic matter include but are not limited to:
Cleaning your machine for exportYou will need:
- High pressure cleaning system, both water and air
- Paint scraper
- Wire bottle brush
- Vacuum cleaner
- Industrial torch
- Stable light source
The three-round cleanRun the machine for a period of time before you begin your clean. This loosens any particles before exporting machinery that would otherwise come away after you finish. Aim to go top to bottom on your machine three times. Start at the top but between each round, start and run the machine again to loosen any material that previously stayed stuck in the machinery.
Work your way down.The best practise is to consider the machine as you clean from top to bottom, and to consider the material you are removing from the heaviest soiling to the lightest.
Keep it dry if you can.Firstly, remove all dirt, from the top of the vehicle to bottom by using the air pressure cleaner. Heavy dirt may be softened with water pressure cleaner and a detergent product if necessary but the process of the clean will be easier if heavy dirt can be removed when it is dry. Particularly stubborn dirt will need extra attention to be sure none is missed.
The finishing touchesThe final stage of cleaning will include an extremely thorough vacuuming of the machinery. The aim is to remove all the material from difficult areas, and the best line of defence to provide a thorough clean here is a high-powered industrial strength vacuum cleaner with long arm extension and a slim suction head for tight crevices.
Be sure.All loosened particles of dirt as they are removed should be accounted for. Any reservoirs or areas that may harbour dropped dirt and be particularly diligent in areas of concern where the design of the machinery is particularly tight. Areas that will be checked the most thoroughly will be hard-to reach areas on exporting machinery. It is up to you to be persistent. Once your machinery is spotless, it is imperative that it is not operated and stored in an environment that does not compromise its neutrality. If you would like more information about preparing your exporting machinery, Kenter is able to offer your expert advice and further information about services available for industry level machinery cleaning. We are happy to assist in your enquiry regarding machinery export, large and small. Please contact our friendly customer service team for more information regarding products and services we can provide to help you get the job done and your machinery on board, first time, every time.
Machinery Relocations – What You Need To Know
Posted on September 5th, 2013
Do you need to relocate your heavy machinery?There are various aspects of machinery relocations that can affect the shipping schedule of your project. In both domestic freighting and international shipment, relocating machinery is a complicated task. It requires excellent planning and a thorough knowledge of industry expectations.
What does ‘machinery relocations’ involve?The terms that define machinery relocations can include the use of multiple services and machinery. It is useful for importers to understand the variety of machines and processes that can be used to assist you in achieving your project objectives. Some of these systems and processes (among many others) can include:
- Container packing and unpacking
- Plant and machinery dismantling
- Plant and machinery assembly
- On-site repositioning
- Customs Clearance
- Straddle Stackers
- Crane trucks
- Forklifts and fitters