Salwey Associates is very pleased to announce Greg Sturrock will be joining Salwey Associates on the 23rd September 2013 as Director - Product.
For any enquiries about global sourcing, procurement, product, Customs and Tariff or import or export please contact Salwey Associates Ltd
2nd December 2012
Salwey Associates is very pleased to announce Hamish McDonald will be joining Salwey Associates in Feb 2013 as Director Procurement, Global Sourcing and Export.
Hamish has an extensive background in direct sourcing, procurement and export having worked for The Warehouse NZ, Woolworths Australia, Mitre 10 NZ Ltd and Foodstuffs Co-operative (Wellington) Ltd.
His experience in procurement and global sourcing will be a tremendous asset to Companies wishing to have access to the knowledge and tools to enable them to set up direct sourcing facilities or offshore procurement. Previously this knowledge has been firmly locked up inside retailers who have used this skill to transform their businesses.
If you are looking for a low risk sourcing strategy, with direct links to the factory, delivering quality products at the lowest cost then you need to speak to Salwey Associates.
For any enquiries about global sourcing, procurement or export please contact Salwey Associates Ltd
23rd May 2012
Australia's Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Craig Emmerson and Malaysia's Minister for Trade and Industry signed the Malaysia - Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) in Kuala Lumpur on the 22nd May 2012.
Negotiations were finalised on the 30th March 2012, consistant with a previous commitment by both Prime Minister Gillard and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib.
Malaysia is Australia's tenth largest trading partner with two way trade worth 16 billion dollars between the two in 2011.
MAFTA will enter into force once Australia and Malaysia have completed their domestic ratification procedures.
For more information about this or any of Australia's six free trade agreements or its nine more proposed Free Trade Agreements contact Salwey Associates Limited.
An increase in road charges is being predicted due to upcoming rises in road user charges and an increase in fuel tax.
In a move signalled in Budget 2012, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed today that road user charges for diesel vehicles will go up 4.1 per cent and petrol excise duty was set to rise 2c a litre from August 1.
Government are also attempting to readdress the estimated $30 million of lost revenue each year to people evading road user fees. Operators will now be charged by their vehicles maximum legal carrying capacity and axle configurations as opposed to the actual weight of their loads.
A key task for APEC trade officials this year is to agree a list of environmental goods that will be subject to the tariff reductions agreed last year (a reduction to 5 percent or less by 2015). The "environmental goods" are goods that directly and positively contribute to APEC's green growth and sustainable development objectives. New Zealand businesses with a trade interest in environmental goods are encouraged to contact Asia Regional Division to ensure their interests are taken into account in the negotiations.
For further information, contact Chris Langley, Asia Regional Division, email@example.com or 04 439 8394
The latest twist in this long saga is that the Port will allow the strikers to return to work next week and continue to go through a mediation process for a few more weeks, until the middle of May.
The Union has not made any public commitment to abandon its wish to keep restrictive work practises and the Port has not abandoned the intention to move to the competitive model used by efficient ports.
There are three scenarios for importers to consider:
1. Shipping companies may not be interested in returning to Auckland until they have assurances that their ships will not be delayed by more industrial action. We expect that they will hold off for a while before making firm commitments.
2. The Union may come to its senses under pressure from political supporters and its own members (who have now lost more than one month's wages) and agree to the conditions offered earlier by the Port. If that happens, the Port's plans to move to a competitive model may go on hold for a while and normal service could be resumed.
3. On the other hand, the Union could well continue to do what it does best, which is to push ahead with strikes and hope for support from sympathetic politicians. If that happens, by mid-May we will be precisely where we are now.
Our main concern is that, after four weeks on strike, other ports in New Zealand are coming to their cargo handling limits not to mention some lines imposing surcharges.
The New Zealand and Australian Productivity Commissions are to study deeper integration between Australia and New Zealand.
Commissioned by Prime Ministers in January, the Commissions' first joint study will look at potential impacts and benefits of closer integration between the two countries. The Commissions have been encouraged to produce "bold" recommendations, in the context of the upcoming 30th anniversary of CER.
The objective of the study is to analyse potential areas for further economic reform and integration to identify where significant benefits can be gained, particularly for business.
The Productivity Commissions want to draw widely on business experiences and expertise, and are seeking submissions on an issues paper that sets out the scope of the study and issues on which they are seeking comment.
Businesses are strongly encouraged to read the paper (www.transtasman-review.productivity.govt.nz) and to contribute their views on how the trans-Tasman economic relationship should develop over the coming decades.
For further information, contact Ken Ryan, Australia Division, firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 439 8075.
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser and Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma announced on 31 January 2010 that all approvals had been secured for Free Trade Agreement negotiations to commence between their two countries.
"A free trade agreement with India offers great promise for New Zealand businesses. India is already one of our fastest growing markets, with New Zealand exports having tripled over the last decade" said Mr Groser. New Zealand's exports to India were valued at NZ$630 million in 2009, a 280% increase on our 2001 exports to India and overall bilateral trade between India and New Zealand grew 180% between 2001 and 2009, from NZ$353 million to NZ$985 million.
The seventh round of free trade agreement negotiations between India and New Zealand was held in Wellington from 24-26 January. Progress at this round was reasonably slow compared to previous rounds, reflecting the fact that the majority of the remaining issues are the most difficult ones, of sensitivity to both sides. The next round is now scheduled for late June. There have been a number of intersessional engagements between negotiators to maintain momentum in the interim. Following the round the Indian lead negotiator and coordinator/goods negotiator spent an additional two days in the country visiting and meeting businesses of interest and enjoying the opportunity to learn more directly from the New Zealand business community about areas of potential mutual benefit. As in previous visits, the programme focused on agriculture and agritech innovation, with visits to a dairy farm, the Fonterra Innovation Centre, Plant and Food Research and Patton Refrigeration – specialists in industrial scale food cold storage. They also visited LanzaTech, an exciting and innovative New Zealand company who are working with partners IndiaOil and Jindal Steel & Power Ltd in India to convert carbon monoxide from steel plants into ethanol and other value-added products. The India New Zealand Business Council hosted a very successful roundtable and dinner for the Indian and New Zealand delegations, which provided a good forum for businesses to hear directly from the lead negotiators about the process, and for the lead negotiators to learn from New Zealand businesses about their expectations for the agreement.
We expect negotiations to be complete before the end of this year