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Navigating Australian Export Controls: What industry needs to know for compliance.

Navigating Australian Export Controls: What industry needs to know for compliance.

Over the course of the past two years, the Australian government has been working to strengthen export controls in Australia, which includes placing new controls on intangible “exports” such as publications, emails, data access channels, and other “supplies” of technology listed on the Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL). These new controls will have a […]

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The Trusted Trader Programme- is participation worth consideration for your company?

The Trusted Trader Programme- is participation worth consideration for your company?

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ( Australian Customs) has issued a discussion paper on the proposed Trusted Trader Programme. The program seeks to reduce Australian Customs’ administrative costs while conferring certain benefits to program participants that can demonstrate that their entities are “low risk” for supply chain security issues.

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How significant of a priority is anti-bribery and corruption enforcement for Australia?

How significant of a priority is anti-bribery and corruption enforcement for Australia?

Over the past two years we have heard a great deal about Australia’s commitment to combating corruption domestically and overseas. Two new initiatives, the National Anti-Corruption Plan and a review of our anti-bribery legislation, were launched by the Attorney General’s Department in late 2011. The OECD Working Group on Bribery also visited Australia in May […]

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Conducting compliance audits- how does your organisation measure up?

Conducting compliance audits- how does your organisation measure up?

You’ve just learned that on a recent business trip to Singapore, one of your engineers decided to take some components from the warehouse to use as visual aids in the presentation she was giving. The components are controlled under the DSGL and your company has clear procedures concerning the process for obtaining export permits and […]

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Australian Companies need to take a good hard look at their risk management practices related to foreign anti-bribery legislation.

Australian Companies need to take a good hard look at their risk management practices related to foreign anti-bribery legislation.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is coming to Australia to assess how the Government is tracking with its commitment to combating corruption. Australia was quick to ratify both the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the Convention) in 1999 and the United Nations Convention Against […]

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Obama Administration Releases the U.S. National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

Obama Administration Releases the U.S. National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

Davos, Switzerland At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Obama administration’s National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security was unveiled to the global trade community. The U.S. is seeking to foster greater international cooperation to protect global supply chains from disruptions caused by natural disasters and terrorism. The strategy proposes to increase information […]

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Australia’s Anti-bribery and Corruption Laws May Become More Stringent

Australia’s Anti-bribery and Corruption Laws May Become More Stringent

In recent years, there had been a global increase in high-profile prosecutions for bribery and corruption around the world. In 2008, Siemens AG paid a fine of over $450 million for violating the U.S.’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) There were several high profile cases in the U.S. in 2011 including: • IBM paid $10million […]

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Export Law Changes, Tariff Changes and New Tax on Alternative Fuels

Export Law Changes, Tariff Changes and New Tax on Alternative Fuels

Parliament recently passed three bills of importance to the Australian trade community, all of which are now awaiting Royal Assent: Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other Measures) Bill 2011 Customs Tariff Amendment (2012 Harmonized System Changes) Bill 2011, and Customs Tariff Amendment (Taxation of Alternative Fuels) Bill 2011. The full text of the Bills and […]

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