Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  1 August 2019

AFIF – Not for Profit, by the Industry for the Industry

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AFIF 2019 CHARITY GOLF DAY – Thursday 8 August 2019 – Next Week - Golf Registration Full

Just 1 WEEK TO GO until the AFIF Charity Golf Day and Registrations are now Full. Thank you to those teams and individuals for your support of this great cause, Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW

Lunch Function – Places Still Available

Join Us for Lunch - This is a great chance to catch-up with industry friends over a meal and a drink and maybe even snap up a great item at the auctions or raffles.

The AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day has become an institution, with over $250,000 raised for the various beneficiary charities. This year, we will return again to the fantastic Macquarie Links International Golf Club on Thursday 8th August 2019 for an enjoyable day of Ambrose golf in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.

Sponsorship opportunities. We will be holding raffles on the day, items donated for inclusion for the raffles are most welcome! Details and registration forms in Weekly News


DoA – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season – Update of Progress

DoA – Industry workshops for LCL/FAK Container BMSB Processing – Melbourne 5 August, Sydney 6 August

DoA will be hosting Industry information workshops in Sydney and Melbourne for those involved with importing or handling LCL/FAK consignments that require increased intervention during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. DoA will explain the new arrangements end-to-end, offshore to onshore and answer all of your questions.  Details and Registration link in Weekly News

DoA – Register as a Master Consolidator Importing LCL/FAK Containers during the 2019-20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season

Further to the update in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, DoA has issued the Notice IAN 119-2019, outlining the Master Consolidator registration process for LCL/FAK containers for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Details and Notice in the Weekly News

DoA – Treatment Providers Must Re-Register for 2019-20 Season 

Treatment providers that were registered under the scheme during the 2018-19 season must complete a renewal application for the 2019-20 season.  DoA has requested industry to reach out to their treatment providers to re-register of 2019-20 season. Failure to re-register will mean that the offshore treatment provider will not be recognised as valid and the goods will be subject to onshore treatment, if permitted. Details in Weekly News

DoA – Overseas Treatment Providers Information Sessions 

DoA BMSB Taskforce members are currently in Europe meeting with treatment providers, approving new providers and undertaking a series of export industry and treatment provider information sessions to discuss the 2019-20 BMSB seasonal biosecurity measures and treatment compliance requirements. Details in Weekly News

New Declaration Form for Lithium Batteries, Effective 1 August 2019 – Air Canada       

Air Canada Cargo is rolling out a new form on August 1 to be filled out for all shipments that include Section II lithium batteries. The form can be downloaded from the Tools and Forms section of the Air Canada Cargo website. It must be submitted, either electronically or physically, when tendering any shipment containing the lithium battery types listed above and will be mandatory as of November 1. Details in Weekly News

DP World Update – CFMMEU Protected Stoppages - Impact to Industry

The ongoing dispute between the CFFMEU and DP World shows no signs of reaching a settlement. Daily Cargo News, with content provided by our industry colleagues at CTAA, reports on the  CFFMEU DP World dispute and impact on vessel movements, receival and delivery of cargo. The stoppages continue in Sydney. DCN Report and DP World Notice in Weekly News  

Home Affairs-ABF – ABF Detects 55kg Cocaine in Industrial Machinery  

A container was targeted by ABF officers at the Sydney CEF after arriving from India. It was X-rayed and ABF officers located a 2300kg plasma cutting machine, traditionally used to cut through electrically conductive materials. Deconstruction of the plasma cutting machine revealed an enclosed metal cavity which contained 110 blocks of white powder hidden within four panels. A total of 55kg of cocaine was seized with an estimated street value of over $20 million. 3 men have been charged. Details, photo and video in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

DoAG – BICON invoicing services, COLS, OPP and PEBS unavailable from 23:00 Thursday 01 August to 00:30 Friday 02 August 2019 (AEST)

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), Online Payment Service (OPP) and the Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS) will be unavailable from 23:00 Thursday 01 August to 00:30 Friday 02 August 2019 (AEST). BICON will be available during this time, however clients may encounter error messages when attempting to view invoices related to previously submitted applications. Clients are advised to await the completion of this maintenance period before attempting to access these services. Details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Freight Forwarding Scam - Business Email Compromised – Repeated    

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a warning to suppliers of goods and to freight forwarders, to be vigilant in their dealings with new customers, cold callers and what may appear to be a ‘legitimate enquiry’. To date, cyber criminals have yielded more than $700,000 through what has been termed freight forwarding scams. ACSC Notice, Scam Example and Actions Advice to Freight Forwarders in Weekly News

Container Detention and Demurrage Court Cases – Repeated

‘Charging container detention – not exceeding the replacement value of the container + 1 year’s detention’ and ‘Charging container detention on Customs seized goods’

The last edition of FIATA e-Flash, highlighted 2 Court rulings on container detention cases in the Courts of Antwerp. AFIF referred these cases to our legal advisors, Danella Wilmshurst, TM Law and Frazer Hunt, Mills Oakley for their views in relation to application of similar judgements in Australia.

West Gate Tunnel Project – Road Closures and Detours    

There are several road closures and detours impacting traffic, associated with the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project for the coming week. Full details of all the changes in Weekly News

Traditional Freight Forwarders the 'True Architects' of Transport

Loadstar report - Traditional freight forwarders are the “true architects” of transport and, with the right tools, can beat fresh competition from digital disruptors and shipping lines. According to digital logistics start-up Qwyk, freight forwarders are well-positioned “to provide superior customer service to their rivals”.  “Every shipper will choose a good customer experience over an average one, and from my point of view, this is where a digitised freight forwarder can score.” More in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 205 – 29 July 2019 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 205 – 29 July 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

FIATA Pledges to Lead Forwarders Through the Digital Age 

FIATA Acting director general Steve Morris, says “FIATA is fit for purpose in terms of deliverables for all its members. But there is clearly a new world order coming up, an IT revolution”. Do forwarders need to see this as a challenge? Yes. Is FIATA aware? Yes, FIATA is aware of its need to equip members and the forwarding community with tools, training, platforms, expertise and much more to ensure a healthy and competitive industry that continue to promote trade and provide economic prosperity. More in Weekly News



Thursday 8 August 2019 – Next Week – Golf Registration - Full

Lunch Function – Places Still Available

The AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day has become an institution, with over $250,000 raised for the various beneficiary charities. This year, we will return again to the fantastic Macquarie Links International Golf Club on Thursday 8th August 2019 for an enjoyable day of Ambrose golf in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW. Details including Lunch Registration and Sponsorship in Weekly News

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 – Friday 16 August 

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 will be another great event full of entertainment, raffles and live auctions. This fun-filled evening brings the industry together to help make a difference for a great cause. We look forward to seeing you all there.  Book early to avoid missing out. Details and Registration Link in Weekly News

FIATA World Congress 2019 Capetown 

The FIATA World Congress will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa and will bring together global leaders, a comprehensive program and sessions by industry leaders, presenting innovative and relevant discussions. The 2019 Congress theme is "Where Technology and Logistics Meet" and the Congress Program will focus on new technology and disruptive innovation and how this affects the Logistics and Freight Forwarding Industry worldwide. Link to FIATA2019 Conference website


In accordance with AFIF Communications Procedures, we have been posting relevant News and Updates on the AFIF Website. Links in Weekly News


Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 28 July

DoA Notice – Register as a Master Consolidator importing LCL/FAK containers during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season - Consolidators Note – Industry Workshops

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 25 July 2019



AFIF Training Schedule 

As part of our commitment to this industry, AFIF offers a wide range of regulatory and non-regulatory training for Forwarders and other parties in the International supply chain. Please click on the relevant course link to view more details of 2019 dates and locations in the Weekly News. View upcoming training course dates in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)Upcoming Courses listed in the Weekly News.

AFIF Training – Not for Profit - by the Industry, for the Industry

AFIF Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates – Reminder  

Reminder - Dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements by    5 September 2019. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea) Training Validity/Expiry   

If you or your staff hold IMDG Certification under IMDG Code 2016, the expiry date is 31st December 2019 - then you must complete a 1 day IMDG Re-certification course BEFORE 31 December 2019, to remain certified.  Failure to do so will require undertaking the 2 day IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea) Full Acceptance Course. Full details and AFIF Training Courses links in Weekly News


2019 IATA Publications – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – ORDER NOW

The 2019, 60th Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available. Note the 59th Edition will be out of date and cannot be used after 1 January 2019.  To place your order now for the 2019 (60th) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications click on the link in Weekly News

Reminder:  AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract Updated – Free to AFIF Members  

The AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract, contains updated conditions in relation to IMO SOLAS VGM, Unfair Contracts Legislation and Heavy Vehicle National Law - Chain of Responsibility amendments.  AFIF Members can obtain their copy and the accompanying User Guide as an included benefit of their AFIF Membership by contacting afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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