Australian plans for a biosecurity levy attacked

The Australian government is coming under pressure to rescind plans for a biosecurity levy for all incoming ships.

The bill has already been twice delayed amid fierce criticism from trading partners, notably Japan, who have described the move as a kind of import tariff.

The levy was budgeted to raise A$325m ($220m) in its first three years of operation.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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