Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  12 March 2020

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AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Postponed 

The Board of Australian Federation of International Forwarders has decided to postpone the AFIF2020 National Conference, due to be held on May 28-29th at the Novotel Hotel, Brighton Beach, Sydney.  

The decision has been made in support of our members businesses, event sponsors and all attendees, in respect to the current environment where amongst other difficulties, certain restrictions have been placed on company travel and attendance at such events due to the Covid-19 public health threat.

AFIF regrets the inconvenience of this cancellation, which is based upon considered advice.

It will be our aim to work with our partners towards hosting an event at a later date to be advised. 

We sincerely hope that you will decide to participate and support the rescheduled event and we will keep you informed of developments. 

Thank you for your support of AFIF which is appreciated.  



Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Capacity Constraints as Trade Resumes in China. Are Italy and South Korea Next?  

Further to previous updates on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), trade and freight movements are slowly recovering in China. Factories are re-opening in all provinces including Hubei province. The virus continues to spread in significant outbreaks in Italy, Korea and Iran, providing more uncertainty in the reliability of supply chains. In this edition of the Weekly News there is a comprehensive update on the Coronavirus, including Trade Impacts – ocean and air cargo situation in China, Italy and South Korea; Ports and Airports Impacts; Australia Impacts and the Australian Border. Full Report with all the details in Weekly News

Australian Government Announces $17.6 Billion Economic Stimulus Package    

The Australian Government has announced an economic response totalling $17.6 billion across the forward estimates to protect the economy by maintaining confidence, supporting investment and keeping people in jobs. Prime Minister’s full announcement of the economic stimulus package, link in Weekly News

Government Support for Industry Trainees

AFIF is delighted to note that within the Government’s Economic Stimulus Package, announced by the Prime Minister today, there is a specific section whereby the Government is supporting small business to retain their Trainees, which we feel may be of interest to a number of our Members. AFIF has been engaging with the Government to offer business greater incentive to support trainees and this announcement is an encouraging step forward. Details and link in Weekly News

Make Your Move - Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

There has been a surge in interest in the international trade, transport and logistics industry thanks to the Make Your Move campaign funded by the International Trade Development Fund (ITDFund) The campaign has reached over 1.2 million young people across a range of online and offline channels including social media, online advertising, the Make Your Move website, face-to-face presentations to schools and careers advisers, career expos and work experience engagements. Your company can make the most of this interest and increased awareness by hiring a Trainee now and access government support, as appropriate. Details in the Weekly News

CASA – Hand Sanitiser is Considered Dangerous Goods for Movement by Air

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has requested AFIF to remind industry of the requirement to declare and ship hand sanitiser as Dangerous Goods. Sending bulk quantities of hand sanitiser - “Hand sanitiser is considered a dangerous good due to its high alcohol content and must not be sent via post. This product can only be sent via a freight forwarding company and must be declared.” As more hand sanitiser is likely to be shipped in response to Covid-19, please ensure the appropriate personnel in your organisation are aware of this requirement. Details and link in Weekly News

AFIF has a range of Dangerous Goods Training Courses to ensure members remain IATA complaint. Details and links to courses in Weekly News

dnata Customer Notice: COVID-19 Pandemic Measures

dnata has today advised AFIF of a Customer Notice on business continuity plan measures being undertaken. Details on the precautionary details implemented including staff welfare and public welfare. dnata advises that enhanced awareness amongst staff and their recommendation to be conservative at the first sign of symptoms to avoid spreading, may result in our workforce facing increased absenteeism levels. Full Notice in Weekly News

Qantas Announces Capacity Cuts in Response to Covid-19          

Qantas Group has announced significant capacity reductions and flight schedule changes in response to Sydney Coronavirus Covid-19. Full Qantas media release with a table of all of the affected flights in Weekly News

Menzies Aviation Amendment of Terminal Service Fees Schedule – Effective 1 April 2020

Menzies Aviation has issued a Customer Notice and Amended Tariff of Terminal Service Fees effective on 1 April 2020. Customer Notice of the changes and the revised rate schedule details and links in Weekly News

AWE – Have Your Say’ in the Review of the 2019-20 BMSB Season – Deadline 15 March

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the department implemented heightened seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from entering and establishing in Australia during the 2019-20 BMSB season - applies to goods and/or vessels from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). The department is inviting industry to provide feedback via a ‘Have Your Say’ online survey as part of the review of the 2019-20 BMSB risk season – Response Deadline 15 March. Feedback collated from the ‘Have Your Say’ online survey will review the 2019-20 BMSB risk season and may be considered for improvement for the 2020-21 season. Link in Weekly News

AWE – BMSB Newsletters No 5 - Master Consolidators and General Updates

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (AWE) has issued the latest editions of BMSB Newsletters.  Master Consolidators BMSB Newsletter No 5 and BMSB General Updates for 2019-20 Season Newsletter No 5  Details and Links in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ABF – Movement of Goods under Customs Control – Breakthrough for Forwarders

AFIF has been engaging with ABF on the issue of consolidating movements of under bond goods between CTOs and 77G Bonded Warehouses. An example of this is a sub-contractor transport provider collecting and delivering airfreight consolidations for a number of 77G Bonded Warehouse operators using the same vehicle journey.  Following months of discussions with ABF we are pleased to advise the Department has issued a Compliance Notice confirming the arrangements under strict conditions. Full details and ABF Compliance Notice in Weekly News.

ABF – Current Notices and News  

Dept of Health - NICNAS Changes to AICIS (new scheme) 1 July 2020

Register for AICIS Information Sessions – Sydney & Melbourne – Full. Brisbane – 1 May 2020 – Places Available

The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) will replace the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on 1 July 2020 as the new national regulator of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. Anyone who imports or manufactures (introduce) industrial chemicals — or products that release industrial chemicals — into Australia for commercial purposes must - register their business with Dept of Health and pay a fee and categorise each chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) into 1 of 5 categories. Details and links to information sessions on the changes in Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – COVID-19 – Challenges Facing Australian Business

As the Covid-19 situation develops there is more uncertainty than assurance that the issue will be resolved in the short term. The severity of economic disruption from the virus and the medium and longer term impact on demand and economic growth will need to be assessed and managed as it evolves. HLB Mann Judd have compiled a summary of issues and potential strategies to try to protect businesses and look for opportunities. The Summary covers operational issues - Revenue/ Working Capital; Customer Management; Employees, Continuity of Supply and Cost Management. Full details in Weekly News

Major Works Begin on Mammoth Western Sydney Airport Project

More than 200 earthmoving machines are rolling onto the Western Sydney Airport site as the next phase of work begins on one of the largest earthmoving challenges in Australian history. The major earthworks will see around 25 million cubic metres of earth moved to make way for construction of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport terminal, runway, roads and rail. Details in Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Scholarships of Up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Women in Leadership Australia are offering Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the transport and logistics sector to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs. Further details and registration in Weekly News

TT Talk – Focus on Cargo Theft and the Importance of Incorporating Standard Trading Conditions

This latest edition of TT Talk looks at the results from the recently published BSI & TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2020 and offers loss prevention advice based on these findings. Also an article looking at the pitfalls of poorly incorporated standard trading conditions (STCs) and a court decision that reiterates the importance of making sure that T&C’s are well drafted as well as correctly incorporated. Details in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 219 – 9 March 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 219 – 9 March 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

IATA – Air Cargo Demand Down 3.3% in January 2020

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs), decreased by 3.3% in January 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air cargo contract by 5.9% in January 2020. Full details in Weekly News


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

AFIF 2020 National Conference Postponed

Qantas Announces Capacity Cuts in Response to Covid-19

Airport North Precinct Project - Monthly Update: March 2020

Menzies Aviation Amendment of Terminal Service Fees Schedule - Effective 1 April 2020

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 5 March 2020

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!



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.

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IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

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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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