Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  10 October 2019

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IATA Dangerous Goods 2020 61st Edition – PRE-ORDER NOW      

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for PRE-ORDER 

Expected delivery is mid-late October 2019 

There are a large number of changes in the new edition of the IATA DGR Manual so make sure you order your new copy to reflect these changes.

To place your order now for the 2020 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications click on the link below:

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Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.                                          

Save the Date – AFIF Annual General Meeting – Thursday 21 November 2019      

AFIF is pleased to announce the AFIF Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Banks Avenue, Pagewood, commencing at 4.30pm.  

To deliver the full benefit of AFIF, your Industry body, we appreciate the participation of all members, both at the forthcoming AGM and by direct participation in the Association's activities. Further details on the AGM and Agenda will follow in due course.

 

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Etihad Introduces a Paper AWB Fee AUD23.00 (USD15.00) on non-e-AWB Exports – to Encourage e-AWB Usage – Effective 15 October 2019

Etihad Cargo is implementing a paper AWB Fee of $23.00 on all export shipments not using e-AWB, effective 15 October 2019. The move is in support of IATA’s e-AWB initiative to encourage the use of e-AWB instead of paper. Etihad Announcement, How it Works and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

DoA – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Underway – Latest Update on Master Consolidator Registration, Declarations, Assessments and Inspections   

DoA has provided an update on progress of 2020 BMSB Season and developments to date, including Master Consolidator Registration, Declarations, Assessments and Inspections; Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme. Links to DoA Notices, FAQs and further information in Weekly News 

DoA – COLS, MARS, OPP, PEBS and PEMS unavailable from 23:00 Saturday 12 October to 05:00 Sunday 13 October 2019 (AEDT) 

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS), Online Payment Service (OPP), Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS) and the Plant Exports Management System (PEMS) will be unavailable from 23:00 Saturday 12 October to 05:00 Sunday 13 October (AEDT). Full details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Empty Container Management Sydney - Extra Operating Hours Welcomed but 24 Hours the Goal

Our industry colleagues at CTAA have provided an update on Sydney Empty Container Parks Hours of Operation and the need for 24 hours operations. AFIF supports CTAA’s campaign and urges operators to open 24 hours on weekdays, to enable greater flexibility and to alleviate congestion on the road system. Details in Weekly News

VICT - Industry Notice – IT System Outage Today – Resolved and Some Delays

VICT performed some essential security updates across 183 of our servers at 23:00hrs last night. The update was successfully completed within the timeframe but unfortunately, the Operating System which runs VICT’s equipment failed to re-start following the update. The system was back online and stable by 07:00hrs this morning, however there were ensuing service delivery delays. VICT notice in Weekly News

VICT Appoints New Chief Executive

VICT has announced Tim Vancampen as new Chief Executive replacing Anders Dømmestrup who has managed the VICT project over the past five years from its inception as a concept and is taking up a new role with parent company ICTSI in Manila. Mr Vancampen, joins VICT in November and comes to the role with a background in senior management in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Details and a farewell notice from Anders Dømmestrup in Weekly News

Melbourne Airport – Notice of Works – Landside Roads Project Airport Drive Reconstruction Works Wednesday 9th October 2019 - 30th April 2020 

Melbourne Airport has issued a Notice concerning roadworks in the airport area between Wednesday 9th October 2019 - 30th April 2020. Stage 1 Airport Drive Reconstruction Works between APAC Drive and Mercer Drive will commence on Wednesday 9th October 2019. Full details in Weekly News

West Gate Tunnel Project – Footscray Rd Works - Road Closures and Detours

Important works are now underway by the West Gate Tunnel Project to build the elevated roadway along Footscray Road and other construction activity in the Swanson Precinct at the Port of Melbourne. Details and link in Weekly News

ABF Detector Dogs – 50 Years Protecting Australia’s Borders

The ABF Detector Dog Program has been protecting Australia’s borders for 50 years; an incredible achievement of continuous service that contributes to security at the border and the protection of all Australians. In the 2018-2019 financial year alone had over 800 illicit narcotic detections, detected over seven million dollars of undeclared currency and interdicted over four tonnes of tobacco products in the air and sea cargo environments. Detector dog teams around the country completed over 24,000 targeted operations in support of ABF priorities in 2018. More information in Weekly News

ABF – Consultation on 'Australia's Maturation Requirements for Certain Unmatured Imported Alcohol'

ABF administers requirements for the importation of alcohol into Australia under the Customs Act 1901.  Currently, brandy, whisky or rum cannot be imported into Australia unless it has been matured in wood for a period of at least two years. ABF would like to consult with industry on Australia’s maturation requirements for imported alcohol and welcomes responses from all sectors that have an interest, including: domestic producers, international producers and importers, peak bodies and other major industry stakeholders, and members of the public. Further information and consultation sessions in Weekly News

Reminder – IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification, or non-Handling Declaration

Deadline 30 September Passed – Non-Compliance Action Commenced

In June, AFIF advised members that IATA had written to all IATA Cargo Agents handling Unit Load Devices (ULDs) to submit details of employees holding a valid ULD Certificate - or a non-handling declaration - by 5 September 2019. IATA issued a Notice to IATA Cargo Agents advising the final deadline for submission of the details, 30 September 2019. Non-compliance will trigger IATA action, with the Cargo Agent placed on review by the Cargo Agency Commissioner. Details in Weekly News

AFIF Adds More Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates

AFIF is adding more dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

CoR – NHVR Chain of Responsibility 1 Year On – Executives Warned to Carry Out Their Due Diligence Obligations or Face Hefty Penalties – Repeated

It has been almost a year since the sweeping changes to the chain of responsibility laws came into force under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). Under the HVNL, executives have an obligation to exercise 'due diligence' to ensure parties in the chain of responsibility comply with their requirements. The  National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is undertaking six investigations of serious offences under the HVNL. In addition to this, another eight cases are being monitored and considered for further action. The role of executives in these offences is part of the Regulator's investigations. Further details in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IATA – US-China Trade War Weighs Heavily on Air Cargo – August Results

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), contracted by 3.9% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the tenth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 5% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Full details in Weekly News

EVENTS 

Save the Date – AFIF Annual General Meeting – Thursday 21 November 2019       

AFIF is pleased to announce the AFIF Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Banks Avenue, Pagewood, commencing at 4.30pm. To deliver the full benefit of AFIF, your Industry body, we appreciate the participation of all members, both at the forthcoming AGM and by direct participation in the Association's activities. Further details on the AGM and Agenda will follow in due course.  

DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards Presentation – Thursday 14 November 2019       

The 2019 DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards presentation, proudly sponsored by Port of Melbourne, will be held at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on the evening of Thursday 14 November. The event brings together a large cross-section of industry. To book your place at the Awards event, please visit the Awards’ website: dcnawards.com.au  More details in Weekly News

AFIF WEBSITE WEEKLY POSTINGS SUMMARY

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 - Monthly Update: October 2019

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 3 October 2019

AFIF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS 

TRAINING

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 30 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

IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

2019 IATA Publications – 61st Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – PRE-ORDER NOW

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for PRE-ORDER 

To place your order now for the 2020 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications click on the link below:

IATA PUBLICATIONS (click)

Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.

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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!     

AFIF Team