Australian Customs Import Processing Fees set to Increase

The Australian Government has recently announced a change to the Import Processing Charge (IPC) as part of the 2015-16 Commonwealth Budget. The changes are effective from the 1st of January 2016 and see a standardization of the fees for all cargo channels (Air/Post and Sea) to $50 for consignments with a value between $1,000 and $10,000 […]
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Checking and Approving International Freight Forwarder Invoices for Payment

It’s a tedious process but when it forms a disciplined part of the overall third party logistics service provider management process you will be surprised at what you might find. Industry research suggests that up to 30% of freight invoices are incorrect, although this seems like a high percentage of errors my own experience confirms […]
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Understanding Customs Clearance Costs

As is the case with International Freight Forwarding Costs, there are a myriad of fees being charged by the customs broking companies. Apart from the universally accepted Agency Fee which represents the professional service fee to determine the correct duty rate, to create and lodge the customs entry and to coordinate the delivery of the […]
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Understanding International Freight Forwarding Costs

The task of comparing international freight costs has become increasingly more difficult. When undertaking this task it is important to ensure that all components of the overall cost are taken into account. For Sea Freight shipments, comparing only the base rate may prove a costly error. In many cases the combined value of the most […]
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Understanding 3rd Party Logistics Service Provider Costs

The complexity of comparing the competitiveness of one 3rd Party Logistics Service Provider’s costs against another will vary depending on the type of service that is being provided. Logistics costs can broadly be categorised under the following headings: International Freight Forwarding Customs Clearance Warehousing and Transportation Before being able to effectively evaluate these costs it […]
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