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New Zealand/Australian natural honey tariff reduction/elimination

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, also known as TPP 11) was signed by the 11 countries which includes Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Under the CPTPP, tariff reduction and elimination will apply if the importing goods meets the agreement requirements (Rules of Origin).

Tariff on New Zealand/Australian natural honey (HS0409) is currently 25.5%. However, tariff will be reduced gradually over 7 years and eventually eliminated in 2025.
Especially for Australian natural honey, which currently has a tariff of 11.6% with QUOTA volume restrictions under JAEPA (The Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement). It remains better value, but the outside of the QUOTA volume restriction, it is still reduced to 19.1% under TPP11.
*Appropriate documentation such as Certificate of Analysis (issued by the local county) must be accompanied at the time of importing honey.

Regulation amendment to cancel a visitor visa for illegal importation into Australia

This new regulation amendment (effective form 17 April 2019) allows immigration officer to cancel a visitor visa at Immigration clearance when you attempt to import illegal goods to Australia. Also if a visa holder has had a previous visa cancelled due to these circumstances will be banned from applying for a temporary visa for 3 years. Please be aware this new regulation amendment.

The new Migration Amendment Regulations 2019


Changes to export air cargo security

From 1 March 2019, all air cargo departing Australia will need to be screened at a piece level prior to departure. This change is made to ensure that Australia is responding to the evolving terrorist threat. All unscreened air cargo needs to be screened at the airport, or at an offsite approved facility. Unscreened air cargo needs to be lodged loose for screening.

Some of the requirements for this new screening measures:
Homogenous Goods – If the goods are pelletized the maximum size will be 1.22m x 1.22m x 1.53m.
Non-homogenous Goods – Should be separately labelled with the AWB and presented ready for small parcel x-ray screening.

For more information, go to Home Affairs website or feel free to contact us.

Positive aspects of Japan’s wine market / consumption

According to the survey of domestic wine market released by Mercian Corporation, consumption figures in 2016 increased about 1.5 times compared to 2006. Australian wine has also been well performing the previous year, it is the fifth largest import quantity in Japan.

In addition, the number of sparkling wine imports has greatly increased throughout the eight consecutive years since
2010, which also helps in the growth in the Japanese market.

Also New Zealand wines are always in the top position for wine imports throughout the UK and the US, which the Japanese market hopes to establish as well.

JSP is experienced in wine specialized air/sea freight delivery services. For the customers who are in wine businesses or consider entering new businesses, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scrum Machine import/export for the Coca Cola Japan

AUS/JPN handled Scrum Machine from AUS to JPN for the Coca Cola Company Japan rugby team between Aug and Sep 2018.

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