An interesting article for all AFA Members about the risks and corporate responsibility when importing poor quality products. The Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Centre for Governance Excellence and Innovation spoke to Dr Richard Welford, chair of consulting firm CSR Asia, about supply-chain risks and the role of directors in managing those risks. Read More . . .
The deferred GST (DGST) scheme allows AFA Members, as importers, to defer payment of GST on all taxable importations into Australia. Read More . . .
The AFA notes that whilst the ACCC’s strategy for 2015 does not include complaints against imported products, including furniture, complaints are in fact on the rise. The new compliance and enforcement priorities for 2015 are on cartel conduct in government procurement, truth in advertising, competition and consumer issues in the health sector and industry codes. Read More . . .
The recent health risks that have come to light over imported berries have simply highlighted quality issues across all imported products. The ACCC puts the onus of the quality of imports onto the importers. They believe with imported consumer products sold in Australia, importers play a vital role in product safety. Read More . . .
A recent consumer enquiry to AFA HQ has raised the issue of ‘Company Deregistration’ relating to after sales care for consumers. The question posed was ‘Who does one contact should the original retailer no longer exist?’ The subsequent enquiries into the closure of a furniture importer and wholesaler based in Perth has led the consumer to also discover the truth about the materials used to produce the product. Read More . . .
The AFA and the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb are encouraging all AFA members to make themselves aware of the potential export opportunities that may exist for the industry with the new trade deals. Read More . . .