There has been chatter in the shipping industry lately on the subject of container examination holds (CEF) by the Australian Border Force (ABF).
Containers are held by the ABF once shipment details are risk assessed – containers are held and screened based on customs profiling which also includes a percentage of random assessments. According to Section 186 of the Customs Act 1901 this provides the ABF with the power to examine any goods subject to its control.
The number of TEU (twenty foot containers) x-rayed has increased marginally over the years from 101,842 TEUs (in 2003-04) to 102,288 TEUs (2013-14).
CEF delays are a standard process for imported cargo and all importers should be prepared that their shipments could be subject holds if the ABF deem appropriate. Along with any delays that may be associated with a container examination hold, any additional costs for these examinations (ie demurrage) is to be borne by the importer as a cost of business.
EES Shipping Pty Ltd, when acting as your cartage contractor, arrange close monitoring of all ABF container examination holds on import containers. If further extensions are required to meet shipping line deadlines for de-hire (to avoid demurrage charges) EES will apply to the shipping line concerned seeking extension of free days. However, please note that in some instances shipping lines will not agree to waive detention charges – in these cases the demurrage charges per day will apply.
If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are disputing charges associated with the Australian Border Force (ABF) container examination holds, please contact your local member of parliament to lodge the complaint.
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