Australia

Australia fines K Line $34.5 million for criminal cartel conduct

Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) has been convicted of criminal cartel conduct and ordered by the Australian Federal Court to pay a fine of $34.5 million. According to the Federal Court, K-Line took part in a cartel with other shipping companies in order to fix prices on the transportation of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between 2009 and 2012.

Undervalued boats in Australia cost importers $2 million

Companies importing ships from overseas have been put on notice by the Australian Border Force after demands for payments of around $2 million were issued for two undervalued commercial crafts. In the worst case, an investigation by ABF Customs Compliance officers found out that a dredging vessel recently imported into Queensland was undervalued by over $15 million.

Australia cancels live export licence of sheep exporter

After a thorough investigation and show cause process, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the livestock export licence of Emanuel Exports. This comes after 2,400 sheep died from heat stress onboard the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’ in August 2017.

Australia increases marine pollution fines

The West of England P&I Club informed of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters. As of 1 July 2018, the  maximum fine for a spill in Commonwealth waters has increased to $4.2 million for a Master and $21 million for a corporate Owner or Charterer.

Australia suspends live export licence of sheep exporter

Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources suspended the live export licence of the company implicated in the death of 2,400 sheep from heat stress onboard the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’ in August 2017. The licence will remain suspended pending a full review of the company’s response to a show cause notice.

Australia toughens welfare standards on livestock carriers

On the aftermath of the death of 2,400 sheep from heat stress on the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’, Australia will require ships carrying live cattle and sheep exports to have an independent observer to ensure welfare standards. The country will also introduce new legislation to penalise any exporter that violates these standards.

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