Importers encouraged to supply import documents with longer lead time.


The Department of Agriculture (otherwise known as Quarantine) announced that from 15th October 2014 they will no longer be accepting documents for processing over the counter. This applies to all offices Australia-wide.

Customs brokers including Magellan Logistics, will now be required to email all commercial documents subject to quarantine. Previously customs brokers could send a courier to the quarantine office and get documents processed on the spot, which resulted in fast turnaround.

With the new process and requirement now in place to email documents beforehand, the response time will be approximately 24 hours.

Importers should take this additional time into account when preparing their documents to be sent to their customs broker, to ensure that goods can be cleared through Customs and Quarantine in a timely manner.

This will assist in avoiding delays and additional charges once the goods are available.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our Customs team on 1300 651 888.

Importers of Indian goods encouraged to plan ahead

Diwali, the happiest and grandest celebration in India, signifies the start of the Hindu New Year. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, brightness over darkness.

Literally the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by illuminating the whole country with small clay lamps (diyas) and candles, with fireworks being set off everywhere.


Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit words dipa (“light” or “lamp”) and avali (“series, line, row”). Dipavali or Deepavalli thus means a series of lights. A variation of spelling and pronunciation depends on the diverse languages of India, where the popular variation is Diwali.

Diwali is a five day festival that usually falls in October or November, depending on the cycle of the moon. This year Diwali begins on October 21st 2014.

The main festivities take place on the third day and the fourth day is celebrated as New Year’s Day. The fifth and last day is celebrated by family getting together, sharing food, and honouring the bond between them.

Diwali is an important celebration for Hindus and is celebrated all over India, with exception to the state of Kerala where the festival is not widely celebrated. According to IMRB, market research firm in India, 91% of Indians celebrate Diwali, making it the biggest celebration in the country.

The grand celebration creates an opportunity for retailers and consumer goods producers to increase sales domestically. Factories and manufacturers typically double their output in the weeks and months prior to Diwali, as both local and export spending increases prior to the festival.

Planning for surge in demand

Within India, logistics service providers usually see an increase in volumes prior to the Diwali season, with a surge in movement of apparel, consumer goods and automobiles.

The textile and clothing industry for instance, where India is a significant player, boost output in the weeks leading up to Diwali, as export demands increase dramatically. To allow for this surge in demand and possible backlog, importers of Indian manufactured goods are encouraged to plan ahead to minimise possible delays.

Talk to Magellan Logistics today to plan your Indian imported goods shipments in advance.

Call 1300 351 888, email or speak with your account manager directly.

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Throughout August 2014, three of our talented team members, Ashley Schmidt and Chris Bray representing the Victorian team and Beau Ruane representing the Fusion team, attended the Darrell Holt Tenpin Bowling Carnival, held in Hobart, Tasmania.


Ashley Schmidt


Chris Bray


Beau Ruane


Since 2007, Holt Challenge incorporated (known as Holt), has conducted a highly successful event known as the Darrell Holt Tenpin Bowling Carnival, during which numerous challenges and trophy events are hotly contested. Held from 10th – 22nd August at AMF Moonah, the event attracts in excess of 300 competitors and spectators from all states and territories across Australia. The event also attracts interstate followers, who are provided with live score and web feeds.

Below are the results of the carnival, and as you can see, the Victorian team did extremely well, placing first overall in the combined scoreboard and third in the men’s.  Special mention to Ashley who made it to the semi finals of the restricted Masters and placed equal third.


Ashley Schmidt


Victorian Men’s Team 2014











Magellan supported the team’s expenses through making a donation and by way of thanks, our logo appeared on all the VIC team member shirts. On behalf of the management and staff of Magellan Logistics, we warmly congratulate the boys on their fantastic achievement!

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5-percentPositive news for Australian garment importers as legislation passes to reduce duty rate for goods shipments into Australia from January 1, 2015.

The result is a reduction in the general rate of customs duty applicable to a range of garments, homewares and other madeup textile articles, to 5% from January 1, 2015.

For local fashion importers, the news presents a tangible, practical way to reduce expenses and increase profits – a shot in the arm for the fashion retail industry.

 Plan end-of-year shipments & capitalise – ask Magellan Logistics

A little forward planning can be a profitable thing.

If your garment shipment arrives towards the end of December, 2014, you’ll slide in ahead of the potential savings. But ask our experienced team at Magellan Logistics to help and you can arrange to have your fashion freight shipment held for a few extra days so your business can benefit from the duty reduction on (and after) January 1, 2015. You will need, of course, to factor in demurrage and storage fees…BUT, with our Magellan Logistics’ staff on hand to help you crunch the numbers, together we’ll find the most cost-effective way to handle your garment imports.

It’s important to understand that, in your quest to reduce duty costs, you will not be alone. To ensure your business stays ahead of your competition, it will pay to plan for the potential backlog caused by other fashion importers who want to take advantage of post-January 1 deliveries.

Talk to Magellan Logistics today.

We’re here to help you find the garment freight solution that will help your business ship cost effectively.

Call 1300 351 888 or email to further discuss the upcoming duty rate reduction.

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Magellan Logistics are thrilled to be included in the latest Ragtrader magazine August edition, alongside influential fashion powerhouses. We have been serving our fashion, textiles, retail and footwear clients for the past 17 years, and it’s feels great to share our brand with the rest of the fashion world.

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Professionals in the fashion industry and business of exporting & importing garments have a lot to thank Albert J. Parkhouse for, since the employee for the Timberlake Wire And Novelty Co, invented wire coat-hangers back in 1903.


Transporting garments made easy with Garment on Hanger (GOH) fashion freight solutions through Magellan Logistics

Parkhouse’s invention was originally created to make more space to hang bulky coats. As Magellan Logistics are specialists in fashion,
they ensure that the humble clothes-hanger delivers a new level of convenience.
Making shipping garments for international transportation, even easier and more cost-effective with its GOH service.

Benefits of GOH For Your Fashion Freight Needs

If you’re in the business of shipping fabric sensitive fashion garments – such as suits, ladies blouses, leather jackets, evening wear and similar – the option of garment transportation using GOH enables you to receive wrinkle-free clothing with either no or minimal re-work required after your goods arrive, allowing you to reduce costs and lead time.

To protect your garments, lining of containers is also undertaken. You can see the preparation of a container here, which adds peace of mind to your garment delivery and reduces packing and unpacking requirements significantly. Magellan has strategic partner connections across China and Asia, with extensive GOH experience, so your garment freight is in safe hands.

 With Magellan Logistics, You have Options

Not all clients have sufficient volume to fill their own container, so to meet their unique needs, we offer Less Container Load (LCL) GOH shipping. Furthermore, for urgent consignments that cannot be sent by sea, we also offer air freight GOH, utilising airline units fitted out with bars.

We’ve come a long way from the humble origins of that very first coat-hanger and when it comes to fashion freight, rest assured that Magellan is at the forefront.

If you are interested to explore GOH services further for your company, get in touch on
1300 651 888 or and a Magellan representative will further explain how GOH could benefit your business.

Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, announced to the Lowy Institute on Friday 9th May, the formation of the Australian Border Force (ABF). Effective 1st July 2015, a new agency will be established under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, to take over the work of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, which will enforce all customs and immigration laws.

Key points from the announcement are outlined here:

  • Under the Abbott Government, immigration and customs have been combined into a single Cabinet portfolio that has permanent status on the National Security Committee of Cabinet, with a strong focus on law enforcement
  • Australia will have a department of state that is now truly focused on border policy and strategy in an integrated and holistic way, rather than in the traditional silos of immigration and customs
  • Australia is in the middle of a significant period of global trade growth
  • The volume of passenger movements and commercial transactions completed across borders is increasing exponentially, as is the complexity of these interactions and systems
  • The Coalition Government recently concluded two significant free trade agreements with Japan and Korea, of tremendous importance to our nation and the region, and is actively working on another with China.
  • The Abbot government have integrated immigration and customs into a single portfolio
  • In 2014/15  a series of reforms will be implemented and capability improvements to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. On July 1, 2015 the Coalition Government will establish the Australian Border Force (ABF), a single frontline operational border agency, to enforce our customs and immigration laws
  • The measures to support the new agency will also result in improved revenue outcomes for the government. Our customs officers are the second largest revenue collectors in the Commonwealth.
  • Reforms will be completed in line with those completed by UK and US border control administrations
  • A system to allow digital processing of forms will be implemented, further reducing paperwork and red–tape burden on business


For a full transcript of Scott Morrison’s announcement



When importing your goods into Australia, you must include commerce markings (import labeling) on your goods, or risk substantial penalties and/or your goods seized and forfeited to the Crown for incorrectly labelled products.  In Australia, the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 and the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905, outline all the requirements for imported goods.  The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) oversee this legislation.   Together with these regulations, Standards Australia also set out labelling requirements which must be adhered to including AS/NZS 2392:1999 Textiles – Labelling of clothing, household textiles and furnishings.


What are commerce markings?

Commerce markings are any descriptions, indications, statements or suggestions, direct or indirect with regard to the nature, quantity, quality, purity, grade, gauge, measure, size, and weight, country of origin, the manufacturer or ingredients of goods, among other specifications, which are applied directly on the items or on their packaging.  More detail available here.

The above acts prohibit imports that have false commerce descriptions or those likely to mislead. Commerce markings are meant to give a factual description of the goods in question, to inform the customer about the nature of products.

All trade descriptions must

    • be in English
    • be in prominent and legible characters
    • be on a principle label or the brand, attached in an obvious and permanent position.
    • Include the name of the country where the product is produced


Commerce markings for clothing


Sample commerce markings

All textile products and articles of apparel are required to bear true descriptions and their country of origin. Trousers, shorts and skirts should bear their description in their waistband, whilst shirt labels should be affixed in the collar and facing outwards. These labels should be obvious and not masked by other labels.  An example of a correct description is ‘100% cotton’ on a shirt, providing this description is correct. If affixture to the goods is impracticable, the description must be added to the coverings containing the goods. Whilst customs may permit re-labelling of contravening goods where it is considered that the breach was neither intentional nor reckless, you may be asked to provide evidence that you have instructed your suppliers to correctly label goods in future.Click here for more information on labeling requirements for clothing.

To get more information on commerce markings specific for your products, contact our customs brokerage team on 1300 651 888.

On 7th March 2014, Magellan Logistics attended the Melbourne Port System Industry Induction (MPSII) Workshop and Tour offered by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.


Port of Melbourne – Swanson Dock

The program provides an introduction and overview of the Melbourne Port System, giving the participants solid understanding of how the port operates. The program also gives information on how service providers work together and integrate with each other, resulting in more efficient freight movements.Participants received valuable information during the workshop and were given a tour in the port’s different facilities. During the event, our team learned these interesting facts:

  • 9 vessels berth at Melbourne port every day
  • 27 shipping lines call into Melbourne port
  • More than 7000 containers are discharged into Melbourne Port every day
  • 40% of Australia’s freight volume comes from the state of Melbourne, of which 60% of imports are from the retail sector
  • To date, Australia and New Zealand make up the 7% of total shipping trade worldwide.
  • By 2025, an estimated growth of 5.5 Million import containers will be handled annually at the port of Melbourne alone.
  • If all integrated transport services are combined, 250,000 people are employed to manage freight movements across Australia.
  • Melbourne will play an important role in the country’s future shipping industry as the city is projected to have the highest population in Australia by 2028.
  • The port of Melbourne is 150 years old and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The workshop enables those in the supply chain business to learn about current trends within the shipping industry, particularly in Melbourne.

Magellan team members on tour

Magellan team members on tour

Following the visit, a team member shared, “There was a panel of experts speaking, with time for Q&A, followed by a tour of the port. Listening to this panel gave some valuable insight on the challenges faced in the shipping environment, and the importance of partnerships between the major stakeholders including the importer/exporter, shipping lines, port operators, the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Australian Customs, customs brokers and freight forwarders.”

“It was great,” added Ashley Schmidt, Customs Broker at Magellan logistics. “I can see it would be really great for trainees to attend in future too.”

Click here for a copy of the course materials

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