Containers and Receiving

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Containers and Receiving

Freight forwarders in your own countries should have arrangements with a receiving agent here in Melbourne who will arrange Customs and Quarantine clearance and delivery to the Club. However if you need the services of a receiving agent here in Melbourne, we have appointed Stokes and Bell as our recommended agent. Their website can be found here:

http://www.stokesandbell.com.au

The contacts if required are:

Doug Prosser – Manager Transport and Warehousing +61 419 333 373 douglas@stokesandbell.com.au or

Neil McGoldrick – Manager Import Clearance & Licensed Broker +61 3 9933 8488 neil@stokesandbell.com.au

Customs

Carnet – the best and easiest way through Customs is with the use of an ATA Carnet (an international customs and temporary export-import document). If you are sharing a container it would probably be best if there was a separate carnet for each owner of equipment in that container.

Quarantine

Australia has very strict quarantine laws and regulations, especially as it relates to the use of timber as props etc inside containers. Timber should be ISPM 15 compliant. Timber that is not ISPM 15 compliant will require mandatory treatment. For more information please follow this link:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/timber/timber-packaging-and-dunnage-import-requirements as a quarantine inspection will almost certainly take place, most likely at the company depot.

Shipping

We have been advised that if possible get your freight forwarder to arrange a direct service to Melbourne to avoid any possibly prolonged stopovers in foreign ports. We have also been advised to allow plenty of time for your container to arrive prior to the event to allow for any hold ups in shipping delays and possible customs and quarantine delays.

Storage of Containers

The Club has limited space for storage of containers during the event, and there will be a charge for storage outside of the event itself. Therefore we recommend that containers be emptied and taken away and then reloaded into a new container at the end of the events.




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