We would like to advise Members who are trading to Australia that the Australian Customs Service (ACS) are now insisting upon sighting a confirmation of ships’ P&I entry prior to granting them permission to sail from any Australian port.
We have been advised of cases where ships have been delayed until the P&I Club in question has provided a fax confirmation. ACS has stated that they will accept fax copies of the confirmation until 20th April 2004, after which ships should be able to produce an original Certificate of Entry.
Please advise your operations and insurance departments accordingly.
Source of information:
Middletons lawyers, through Marcus John (TM Sydney)
Tel: +613 9205 2023