As an international freight forwarder and 3PL provider, we are focused on being a source of information on matters that impact our valued customers. In this short update, quickly learn about the new format for packing declarations (mandatory to use by June 2017) and a change in container damage reports.


New format for packing declarations

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has informed BCR that they are implementing a new format for packing declarations for all containerised sea freight consignments arriving into Australia after 16 June 2017. BCR is recommending to our freight forwarding and 3PL warehousing customers to start familiarising your suppliers, shippers and yourself with the new format templates, before the eventual cut-off date to avoid unnecessary delays and costs.

DAWR will be accepting both old and new forms until 16 June 2017. However, it may take a considerable amount of time for your suppliers, shippers and your company to shift to the new versions where required so please start working with them on this. Current annual packing declarations will remain valid until their expiration date when they must be re-issued in the new format.

Please click the links below to find the updated templates for annual and consignment-specific packing declarations which are located on our website.


Consignment Specific:

Feel free to contact the BCR Freight Forwarding team or customs consultancy team for further clarification or if you would like additional information. You can contact BCR by clicking here.

Container damage reports from Patrick Terminals

Patrick Management has issued a notification to that they will no longer issue damage acknowledgments to truck drivers regarding damaged containers. If a container is damaged, the Shipping Line will contact Patrick directly, not the freight forwarder.

This change will shift the responsibility on to shippers, transport companies and freight forwarders to inspect full containers for visible damage. Please make it a regular practice to inspect containers when they arrive at your premises for any damage and notify your freight forwarder with photographic evidence if you suspect damage. Inspecting containers upon arrival at your premises and reporting back to your freight forwarding company will assist in minimising damage compensation claims from shipping lines.

For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).