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New Bills introduced – food labelling, more AD reform and the beginning of the end for Customs as we know it

Yesterday (27 February 2015) was a big day in Federal Parliament for the Trade and Customs industry yesterday.  No, nothing to do with leadership challenges but all to do with action at the border regulating trade and trading regulators.

Food labelling

In response to the outcry following issues with frozen berries from China which now includes border “holds” on food from certain producers and new requirements to identify producers of that food, the Greens and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon had introduced a new Bill proposing to amend food labelling legislation to further require identification of the origin of imported food.  The presumption would be that consumers would then be in a better position to make an informed decision on whether to purchase goods depending on the origin of those goods.  However as the controversy has increased, the Ministers responsible for such issues in the Federal Government announced that they were undertaking their own review of the laws and would submit a proposal to Cabinet for new laws in March. More…