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America to Australia Shipping – Seasonal fumigation guidelines

Posted on October 3rd, 2016

If your looking at moving freight via our America to Australia shipping services,  and New Zealand during the seasonal Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016/2017, the below guidelines and requirements need to be met.

For Cargo travelling via America to Australia Shipping methods, according to details released on the 75-2016 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17, The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has developed proposed measures to manage the 2016-17 seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo shipped from the United States. The 2016-17 measures are largely the same as the 2015-16 measures, with season dates, treatments, and requirements for management of target goods unchanged.

There are some changes to the targeted goods. This is based on detections made and information gathered from surveillance conducted during the 2015-16 response. Before undertaking America to Australia Shipping review the 2016-17 targeted goods will:

  • include machinery parts shipped as break bulk (not containerised)
  • include machinery from additional tariffs
  • exclude lower risk goods such as small all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, canoes and buoys. AQIS Commodity codes will be created to assist with the exclusions of lower risk goods.

The final 2016-17 measures will remain in place for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those implemented during the 2014-15 season. The department is also monitoring the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from other parts of the world and will develop measures if required.

The Season runs from 1stSeptember 2016 through to 30 April 2017 for america to australia shipping. Inclusive and the measures are applicable to Importers shipping Break bulk, boats, machinery, machinery parts, vehicles and containerised cargo from the United States.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Season 2016-17

The measures will remain in place for cargo from America to Australia shipping for the entire season unless pest infestations are detected. Should this occur, the department may impose emergency requirements similar to those implemented during the 2014/2015 season. The department is also monitoring the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from other parts of the world and will develop measures if required. Please check any current updates on the DAWR website here.

For cargo imported into New Zealand, the treatment continues as per current requirement. The treatment for NZ cargo is all the year around. Information for MPI requirements for importing of Vehicles and Machinery can be found here.

Overseas Shipping – Get a freight Quote today

Posted on May 18th, 2016

Overseas Shipping – Seafreight

Do you have more important processes to manage in your day to day role other than overseas shipping or International freight ? Are you looking to have one point of contact to manage and Facilitate the whole process ? Kenter Logistics has a team of woman with attention to detail, highly effective communication skills and a passion to be organised without hassle.  They can provide full service offerings such as customs clearance end to end, or just the oceanfreight component depending on the incoterms. We can communicate with your Buyer once the cargo has left to ensure you continue to give them the very best followup long after the cargo has sailed to ensure they buy from you again and again. Why not start your enquiry today ? Contact us to see if we are the right fit for you

 Sea Freight – ship overseas

From smaller consolidated LCL (Less than Container Load) shipments to large FCL (Full Container Load) shipments, Kenter partners with you to get your product where it needs to be.  We do this via our long standing relationships with all global strategic ocean freight carriers Whether you are looking for a port to port or door to door service, we offer reliable transit time consistently throughout the year. Need to move half a container, a motorcycle or a used construction machine Kenter has a range of options we can breakdown to see the most viable, price wise and transit time wise to meet your needs.

FCL (Full Container Load) Sea Freight

Our FCL option moves full containers globally. Do you have more than 12 cbm of cargo – then its time to price a full container so you can have full control over the entire container shipping process.  Transporting shipping containers when they arrive will be managed through one point of contact till your cargo arrives at your door.

Project Shipping and Bulk Break Cargos

The Machine or static cargo is wider than 2.3m? Then we need to look at RoRo shipping or Flatrack options.  We can balance out the cost of dismantle and containerization in comparison to lashing onto a flatrack and delivering underhook.  Its over 90% of our day to day business.  The ops team at Kenter have over 60 individual years on the ground, through various projects so facilitating over size, out of gauge and complex freight worldwide can be done without hassle, and for the price we quote. Our team can guide you through the process of complex, out of gauge or over dimensional sea freight movements and integration with other services across the entire supply chain. Want one point of Contact ? Why not try us once, what have you got to loose Contact Us Today  

Tradex Scheme and Import GST

Posted on April 11th, 2016

Tradex Scheme – What is it exactly ?

GST concept with stack of coins and Australian Dollar

Tradex and Import GST 

Under the Tradex Scheme

Eligible goods may be imported without payment of GST or customs duties, provided they are to be subsequently exported, or incorporated in other goods that are to be exported. Export must take place within one year after their entry for home consumption, or such further period as AusIndustry may approve.  This criteria under the Tradex Scheme can be difficult to manage depending on your goods transformation. Importations of Tradex goods (goods covered by the Tradex Scheme Act 1999) are non-taxable importations and, GST is therefore not payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Liability for GST on Tradex goods 

If you are the holder of a Tradex order and you have imported goods using your Tradex order and any of the following occur, you will have an “increasing adjustment”1 in your Business Activity Statement (BAS):
  • you “use or consume”2 the goods in Australia
  • the goods are disposed of (for example by way of sale or lease) or otherwise dealt with in any way by you for the purpose of being consumed or used by another person in Australia
  • any of the requirements of the Tradex Regulations are not complied with in respect of the goods
  • the goods are not exported within one year after their entry for home consumption or such further period as is approved by

Sales, Leases or Other Supplies

Container Shipping

Importing Goods to Australia

Each sale of Tradex goods in Australia under the Tradex Scheme will be a taxable supply if the seller is registered for GST or required to be registered. Sales, leases or other supplies of goods in Australia are subject to GST even if they have been imported GST free under the Tradex Scheme. If you are registered or required to be registered for GST, you will be liable to pay and account for GST on the sale or other supplies such as leases or hiring of the Tradex goods. 1.The amount of the increasing adjustment is the amount of GST that would have been payable on the importation less the amount of any input tax credit you would have been able to claim. You can claim input tax credits if you cause goods to be brought to Australia for application to your own purposes, you complete the customs formalities, and you import the goods for use in your business that is registered for GST. 2.Under the Tradex Scheme, goods are not considered to be “used or consumed”:
  • if they are used for the purpose of being inspected or exhibited before being exported
  • if their use immediately before export is incidental (e.g. product testing)
  • if they are mixed with like or other goods in Australia (this includes processing or treatment undertaken in Australia and incorporation into other goods manufactured in Australia) and then

Example 1: Sales for consumption or use in Australia

I am registered for GST. As part of my business I import goods for export. I make a non-taxable importation of goods by importing them under Tradex. If I had not used my Tradex order, the importation would have been taxable and, I would have been liable to pay $100 GST to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. My plan to export the goods does not work out, so I sell them to a purchaser, who consumes or uses them in Australia, for $1,650 (GST inclusive) as part of my business. Under the GST law I have an increasing adjustment and I also have to account for GST on the sale of the goods. The amount of the increasing adjustment is the tax that would have been payable if the importation had been taxable ($100), less any input tax credit I would have been able to claim. I would have been entitled to claim an input tax credit of $100 because I am using the goods for my business. The amount of the increasing adjustment is $100 – $100 = 0. The amount of GST I pay on the sale and account for on my BAS is 1/11th of $1,650 i.e. $150. As the goods have been sold in Australia and are no longer intended for export, I am also liable to pay Tradex duty to AusIndustry.  

Example 2: Sales to overseas customers

I import goods under Tradex and sell them to an overseas customer. I issue an invoice and then receive payment. I export the goods to the customer within 60 days of issuing the invoice and, within one year after their entry for home consumption. I make a non-taxable importation of the goods because I import them under the Tradex Scheme. I do not use, consume or otherwise dispose of the goods in Australia. I have no increasing adjustment because I have met the Tradex requirements. My sale of goods for export by me is GST-free. I account for the sale on my BAS. There is no liability for Tradex duty under these circumstances.  

Example 3: Sales to third party exporters

I make a non-taxable importation of goods by importing them under Tradex. If I had not used my Tradex order, the importation would have been taxable and, I would have been liable to pay $100 GST to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. I am the importer but not the ultimate exporter. I sell the goods to a manufacturer in Australia, who subsequently exports them incorporated in the manufactured item. I sell the goods to the manufacturer for $2,200. Under the GST law I have to account for GST on the sale of the goods and I need to pay GST on the sale and account for it on my BAS. The amount of GST I pay on the sale and account for on my BAS is 1/11th of $2,200 i.e. $200. I have no liability for Tradex duty, or for any increasing adjustment for GST, as the goods imported under Tradex have been ultimately exported. Note: this is subject to records that demonstrate traceability of the goods through the supply chain to the final point of export.

Exports Without Sale, Supply Use or Consumption 

Import Documnentation

Tradex Orders and their Relationship to your BAS

Goods imported under Tradex which are exported without being sold, supplied, used or consumed in Australia meet the Tradex requirements and have no liability for Tradex duty. These goods have no liability for GST and therefore no increasing adjustment is needed.  It’s worthwhile to see if you qualify for the Tradex Scheme. If you would like further clarification of your GST responsibilities or your obligations under GST law, contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66 or visit their Website

International Freight Forwarding to USA

Posted on April 8th, 2016

International Freight Forwarding to USA When shipping Freight to the USA its really important to cross and the t’and dot all the i’s.  While import documentation collation and meeting the USA’s ever increasingly stringent entry requirements can be time consuming at origin, port it can be extremely expensive on arrival into the USA if you don’t get it right from the start. Here is a quick glance at what you may need as part of your freight forwarding to USA Check list – Importer Security Filing completed 48hrs prior to vessel departure from Origin Port Power of Attorney nominating a Broker to act on your behalf A one off Single use Bond Copy of Passport Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles EPA Declaration Form Freight Forwarding to USALet Kenter Simplify the process, international freight forwarding , its our business  

Machinery Relocation

Posted on March 6th, 2016

Dismantle Machinery For Export

Dismantled Machinery For Export

Machinery Relocation

We work with individual clients, government departments, commercial enterprises to complete your machinery relocation seamlessly.  We specialise in organising and managing all the different supply chain processes seamlessly, happy to work alongside as part of your team short term to get the job done with the least path of resistance on its global journey.
We work with mining companies, manufacturers, dealers, OEM’s, Earthmoving companies,  to complete all their  machinery relocation requirements all Australian Ports, Internal co-ordination with various transport providers.  From Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia, Western Australia, Kenter International will run the numbers and think outside the square to get you the result that’s important to you.  We may offer Roll on roll off solution on a main unit with a container freight option for accessories. It all depends on what it is, where it is, and where its got to get to ! Click here to fill in a rough requirement and we’ll call you with some quick questions so we make sure we offer you the right solution for your machinery relocation.
Which Direction will the Used Machinery relocation continue on ? The recent survey undertaken by the Fraser Institute of Mining in 2015 found that in Oceania regions, Western Australia is still perceived as the most attractive region for investment based on mineral and policy.  Queensland is not too far behind with its machinery relocation. Currently Kenter is seeing its client contractors using the down turn to liquidate old used machinery and ship the machines overseas into more buoyant markets, while sourcing heavy machinery for importing.  Some of our heavy machinery clients have already signaled to us  they are looking at  shipping machinery to Australia, Trade-in prices are paying top dollar for the Used equipment locally in Australia in anticipation of an increase in demand again.  These are very difficult cycles to pick when there are so many external forces effecting commodity prices so machinery relocation is constantly changing on different routes.  Agreed it will be a long time before Australia sees a boom and machinery imports at any level similar to the last 10 years, if ever and machinery relocation worldwide will stay unpredictable. Click on the link for the full report The Fraser Institute Mining Survey Report 2015


Port Of Brisbane Chain Of Responsibility Fee From 7TH July 2014

Posted on July 1st, 2014

As of 7th July 2014, the Port of Brisbane will be implementing a Chain of Responsibility Fee on all full import containers. There will be an additional $12.00 + GST charge per import container coming off the wharf for this process. More importantly – Stevedore’s will commence weigh in motion for all import full containers to comply with Chain of Responsibility Legislation. In addition to the standard fee, should the vehicle be given a red light (overweight), it will be stopped, refused exit from the terminal and the container(s) will be required to be removed from the vehicle. If any container is required to be removed from a vehicle then a Chain of Responsibility Overweight fee will apply in the amount of $150.00 per container and a futile trip may also be applicable. The wharf will not release any container that is overweight until it can be loaded on to a vehicle and not set off the lights. Our transport can carry up to about 28T legally on a trailer and 23T on a side loader, the only issues then is the axle weights, if they are over the trucks will be stopped. Please ensure all weight declarations are correct to avoid complications during collection of containers from the wharf.

Scam For Purchasing Used Machinery Foiled

Posted on October 22nd, 2013

Kenter Logistics is an Australian Company, with offices in New Zealand and United States. We wish to advise the public in regards to a seller scam, which we identified in the days preceding our purchase of used machinery. Our experiences as an organisation recounted as follows: Kenter advises all relevant parties to take caution and be proactive in checking dealings with sellers. We recently negotiated the purchase and dismantling of a machine to be packed into a 40HC and shipped from San Antonio, Texas, to Jebel Ali.  The seller asked us to make a USD deposit of 30,000 on the machine to be shipped. Failing this deposit, the machine would be sold to another bidder. We accepted the terms, but informed the seller that a Kenter representative would inspect the machine on behalf of the client prior to any such payment release. Mandatory practise between this client and Kenter is to confirm the machine’s credibility. This is done using the seller’s location and the serial number of the machine. Authenticity was determined. Our Vice President took on the four-hour plus journey to the registered address of the seller. On arrival, he contacted the ‘seller’ who went by the name Alex. Alex apologised for not being there, advised our Vice President that he was in a meeting and would be there shortly. As this is usually a streamlined process without delay, our Vice President acted on growing suspicion and arranged for a caller unconnected to the deal to dial the seller’s number. The unconnected caller dialled, only to be connected with someone who had an entirely different voice with an accent. To add to the concerning nature of this situation, the scammer also had offered a deal on another piece of machinery. Further research on the piece of machinery offered revealed it to be a machine that was still in the possession of a dealer in NSW Australia, which the dealer said he possessed and was visually citing it on his property. All communications have since been pulled and relevant authorities advised. Major alerts would suggest that the seller provided an inauthentic invoice, professional custom until the most crucial points of their service, and had was to our knowledge yet to be uncovered by others in the industry. The concerns from our involvement include the extremely authentic invoice and accrued trust with the dealer. In the wake of what may have resulted in a significant financial loss, Kenter urges all buyers to report suspicious activity and follow best practise meticulously in all areas of buyer’s protocol.

The Basics Of Importing To Australia

Posted on October 7th, 2013

Importing into Australia can be either a smooth and well-planned process, or it can be a nightmare with serious legal ramifications. This article aims to discuss the basics around importing into Australia, and to prepare you for the requirements that come together to ensure the smooth shipping of your goods.  The guidelines that shape what can and cannot be imported into Australia are among the strictest in the world. It should come as no surprise that there are significant setbacks to face if importers fail to conduct a considered and lawful import into Australia.

The Role of your Freighting Company.

Your freighter is there to orchestrate the treatment and preparation, re-routing and delivery of your cargo. They may arrange insurance and packaging of your import as well. Great freighting companies always do their best to alleviate unnecessary stress and hassle while streamlining the shipment process to your specifications. Business for importing to Australia must be conducted under the Australian Terms and Trading Conditions as identified by your freighter. These guidelines are framed by the regulations of the Australian governmental departments that specialise in your cargo classification, for example, the Departments of Industry, Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

What can and can’t be imported?

It is critical to be informed about duty, import permits, customs, quarantine permits and treatments that must be finalised before importing to Australia. Major goods for Importing to Australia include:

Heavy Machinery, Vehicles and Boat Imports

The potential of contamination in machinery and vehicles is classed as high risk in Australia. Strict laws exist around the condition of that machinery in order to ensure that zero transference of foreign material into Australia. The Australian Government has the power to turn back your import at your expense if those laws are not adhered to, so it is critical that you’re well versed by your freighting company if you’re considering a heavy machinery/vehicle import to Australia.

Food and Food products

DAFF issues the documents that are required for many consumables, as with the importing of any wooden objects, supplementary vitamins and protein powders, dairy and dairy products, tyres, trailers, and machinery. For the importing of Food, this Department deals with over 20,000 import conditions for plants, animals, microbial, human and mineral products. An exhaustive list for prohibited and passable imports to Australia is available on the Australian government website.

Live imports.

In regards to live importing to Australia, the CITES species list is split into Part 1, for specimens that can be brought into Australia without a permit and Part 2. Specimens which require a permit. Other common imports are wide and varied. The Australian Government website outlines very clearly what is allowed for import, and restrictions apply for goods that are not passable by Australian law. Though your freighting company assists in juggling your import, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-requisites for import are met.

Ensuring your import is fit for shipment.

Once all statutory documents are settled, preparing your import is the next step. In regards to importing machinery, for example, machinery that works the land, the preparation of this machinery dictates whether or not it will be accepted into Australia. It must first undergo industry-grade cleaning. Food and live imports are prepared for import under extremely strict quarantine conditions. Material that becomes lodged in machinery poses the risk of organic material transferral. Packaging and preparing goods for import is extremely strict, particularly in the business of importing heavy machinery. A quarantine officer will conduct an assessment of point by point checks which ensures machinery is acceptably clean and will then be passed for receiving.

Cleaning Machinery for Import.

To ensure your import will be passed for freighting, you may clean your machinery according to requirements or elect to have your freighting organisation arrange an industry grade clean down for you. This ensures your machinery shipment is acceptable for hygiene import conditions in Australia. Machinery is often wrapped in bulk plastic protective sheeting that buffers it against transferring of organic material in transit.

Protecting Australian Biosecurity.

The reasons for tight laws on importing to Australia are largely due to a fragile ecosystem. A biological threat can be disastrous for health and environment in Australia, and an excellent track record in preserving a fragile ecosystem motivates these strict laws. Australia’s biosecurity is addressed by DAFF, the Department of Forestry and Fisheries. DAFF manage the risks associated with the harm which introducing an unsolicited import could result in. The nature of importing into Australia requires careful consideration and organization, in order to ensure a problem free shipment. Making certain your freighting logistics team is more than capable of the task at hand may be the highest priority in your shipping project.

Shipping to remote locations.

Imports can be shipped from almost anywhere in the world to Australia. In fact, the routes that bring your imports into the country also extend to some of the most remote and far off places on the map, so in most times even the most secluded of destinations can be reached successfully. Transport that delivers your cargo to destination can include sea freight, air freight and road freight.

Be Confident- Choose A Great Freighting Team. 

A reputable logistics company will cover all queries for you and provide thorough and transparent dealings for your import needs. A freighting team worthy of your money is always recognised for trustworthy, and relied upon dealings, at the same time as making your needs a priority while finding a way to get your shipment where it needs to be, on time, every time. Excellent freighting teams hold agents all over the world so that your shipment can be dealt with internally and quickly, without the hassle of unnecessary changeovers and transitions. Importing to Australia is strict and the laws are extensive, but it should not serve as a deterrent for those who comply with the laws. Granted that all guidelines and requirements be met, then there is no reason that your import should not be delivered on time, ensuring an easy pick-up and smooth transition through customs and quarantine checks. A trusted freighting logistics team always streamlines the process of importing to Australia. We make it easy. If you require any information regarding imports to Australia, or if you would like to speak with one of our consultants about the extra services the Kenter provide on importing to Australia, please call one of our consultants today.

Construction Equipment Relocations

Posted on September 19th, 2013

Best in the Industry.

The process of moving construction equipment from one site to another is a job that requires expert knowledge in the moving industry. With a reputation that spans 45 years and acknowledgement around the country for excellence in freighting logistics, Kenter has provided solutions for all freighting requirements with professional knowledge of the industry and a hassle–free mission to get satisfying results for each of our clients in their unique needs. Our experience crosses the field in the smallest and simplest of jobs right through to the most expansive mine-site relocations and we continue to grow our reputation for great service regardless of job size.

Cross Border Experts

Do you need consultation regarding cross border processes? The Kenter team realises cross border processes are a complex and time consuming process. We understand that it is easy to make mistakes in this industry- even the tiniest mistakes can lead to significant interruptions in your intentions to freight machinery. Kenter will provide the smoothest and most reliable exports and imports of your goods and take care of the red tape where government regulations can often slow the process down. The most unfamiliar territory in cleaning and correct form evaluation is second nature to us, and our experiences mean that we can get to work on getting your goods in transit, giving you back the time your need to get moving on other projects.

Protecting your Assets.

The transporting of construction equipment is a task that requires a thorough understanding of equipment in which we are dealing with. Often, construction equipment can be classed as sensitive and delicate and special care must be taken in relocations to avoid interruptions or damages that can result in an unsatisfactory outcome for all involved.

Coordinating Seamless Transitions

We deal with a range of heavy equipment transportation and machinery relocations and our services span the field of lifting, rigging, safety and other services for both short term and long term projects. Our aim is to your productivity stands to benefit from our services and that your agenda is never affected by avoidable circumstances.  We work with the coordination of your machinery exhibitions anywhere around Australia and can offer international solutions through our team as well.

Crane Positioning.

As one of the most complex and time consuming aspects of construction machinery moves, crane construction equipment in particular requires special attention and Kenter is able to provide planning and the carrying out of the positioning of these high maintenance vehicles and machinery. Heavy duty professionals can position cranes on site according to your organisations direct specifications, which means less hassle for you and a seamless transition from site to site where construction is about to take place.

Unpacking and Unloading

We also specialise in the uncarting and unpacking of construction materials and vehicles. Where a great deal of this type of machinery is classed as sensitive, Kenter take great pride in managing unpacking as a vital aspect of the job. We are able to quickly and easily bring down crates and out loading materials to your specifications, decreasing onsite time for you and increasing productivity in the meantime.

From the ground Floor to Top Level

If your construction site requires a relocation either up or down stairs, we can also assist in managing a solution for you using our state of the art equipment and drawing on our many years of experience in the field.  Most areas to be unloaded and unpacked are able to be assessed and carried out by our team. If your construction site is proving to be an awkward and tight fit, Kenter can help to make the job easier with our understanding of your machinery needs and by using our technology, designed to get the job done perfectly every time.

Growing Policies

Kenter is up to date with all regulations, changes and recent administrations which affect our clients and their intentions to import or expert goods. Very recent changes may affect the way you prepare your machinery for shipment and we can help you to make sure all the boxes are ticked if those regulations should apply to your unique freighting process.

Keeping Safe.

Kenter works specifically to the requirements of Work Safe standards. Kenter recognises an outstanding record in compliance to safety policy is central to an excellent service. We target an incident and injury free workplace.  We recognise the imperative of keeping you safe, and our priority is and always will be to complete our assigned charges with full dedication to getting the job done well.

Need a professional? Call Kenter.

If you require the services of construction site relocation, please call the friendly Kenter customer service team for more information regarding our ability to navigate the perfect solution for you and you organisation.