Regulatory Updates

China Waste Import – Proposed Changes

China has advised the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that by the end of 2017 it will no longer accept imports of 24 categories of solid waste as part of a Government campaign against “yang langi” or “foreign waste”. The article which you can read here is an unofficial translation of the WTO notification lodged by China.

For further information, or to be kept up to date on developments, please contact Ben Jarvis, Director China Economic and Trade Section, East Asia Branch, of DFAT at

Known Consignor Scheme

On 1 July 2017, new security requirements for United States-bound air cargo come into force that will affect your business. United States legislation requires that all air cargo entering the US must be security screened at a deconsolidated or ‘piece’ level. This means that from 1 July 2017, the consolidated examination that currently occurs at Australian airports will no longer be acceptable for US-bound air cargo. These new requirements are a significant change to how air cargo is secured. You must be proactive if you wish to prevent disruptions to your US-bound exports after 1 July 2017.




Useful tools and links

e-Ping: Free website e-Ping provides businesses and government with up to date information on regulations affecting export markets around the world. e-Ping allows users to search all World Trade Organisation (WTO) notifications relating to product requirements and standards. To subscribe to alerts visit

DIBP: The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publishes information on Australian Customs Notices (ACNs), Australian Customs Dumping Notices (ACDNs) and Australian Customs Cargo Advices (ACCAs) providing updates on the status of sea and air cargo. To stay up to date with Customs notices and other regulatory changes affecting industry visit

For information pertaining to Goods Compliance visit:
Asbestos compliance factsheet: click here to download or click here to be directed to the website.

DAWR: The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources provides assistance for businesses to understand the export controls placed on exporting goods from Australia. For information on export documentation and specific requirements for certain commodities visit:

DEC: Defence Export Controls regulates the export of defence and dual-use goods. For guidance on compliance with Australia’s export control requirements visit:

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