AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 12 October 2017

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:                                                   

NEWS & ACTIVITIES                               

Infrastructure Levy & International Terminal Fees at CFS Depots: What for?

Recently a number of CFS Container Unpacking Depots have introduced an International Terminal Fee or an Infrastructure Levy. In an open market, operators have the right to make commercial decisions affecting their business operations. However, what has changed? Is this a new fee for doing the same thing essentially? Details in the Weekly News

ABF – Goods Compliance Update – September 2017                                        

New Commander, Customs Compliance; Home Affairs Portfolio; Terrorist Attack; Recent Arrests of ABF Officers  

The latest edition of the ABF Goods Compliance Update has been released containing significant information about future organisational arrangements; domestic security incidents; recent ABF Officer Arrests; appointment of the new Commander Customs Compliance and updated data that are shaping the means by which ABF will deliver the goods compliance function across government and industry. Details and Links in the Weekly News

DIBP / ABF – Deficient Information and Errors in Cargo Reports - ABF will use Sanction - INS Penalties and Licence Cancellation

AFIF met with Acting Commander Customs Compliance, Stephen Hledik in Canberra on Tuesday and discussed the ABF’s position on cargo reporting compliance. In short, whilst the deficient information in cargo reports is improving, the overall error rate has not improved. The number of errors are still too high. More details on the meeting and ABF’s approach to improve Compliance outcomes in the Weekly News

Liability of Employees for Dutiable Goods - Relief for Australian Warehouses and Freight Forwarders   

Further to the item in the AFIF Weekly News March 2, concerning the determination of the AAT, holding those operating a licensed warehouse liable for amounts equivalent to customs duty. In the case, liability expanded beyond the licensee itself to individual directors and officers of the licensee. This Decision has been overturned in the Federal Court. Thomas Miller Law provides a summary of the case, the decision and implications for AFIF members, in the Weekly News

LLDCN Becomes DCN Again - 'Daily Cargo News'  

Following the purchase of Lloyds List Australia by Sydney-based Paragon Media earlier this year, the new owners have announced the change of publication name back to the DCN acronym. Those with long memories will remember the DCN as the Daily Commercial News until 1993 when it became Lloyds List. The DCN re-launched today as Daily Cargo News. Details in Weekly News.

DCN 22nd Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards

One of the first tasks for the DCN team is the presentation of the annual Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards – now coming up to its 22nd anniversary – making it one of the longest-running national maritime awards event in the world. This year the event will be held at Sydney’s Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Thursday, November 16. Sponsorships, nominations, and bookings are now open. Full details of the 2017 awards links in the Weekly News.

Freight Forwarder of the Year Award – Have you Nominated Your Company

There are several Award categories which members which may be of interest to members. The prestigious Freight Forwarder of the Year Award is for companies displaying excellence in freight forwarding, in terms of service and efficiency in sea, air, road or rail freight. Nominations Close on October 20. AFIF encourages our Members to get involved and nominate for an Award, as appropriate. Full details on the Award Categories and how to nominate for an Award in the Weekly News 

GST on Low Value Goods – Information for Transporters and Customs Brokers – Update

Further to the update in last week’s AFIF Weekly News; Andrew Hudson, Rigby Cooke Lawyers has provided a Commentary on the progress of the Bill – Scope and Conduct of the PC Inquiry; Debate on the model to impose and collect the GST – ‘vendor model’ v ‘logistics model’; Outcomes for the regime. Details in the Weekly News

DP World Logistics Australia’s Improvements to Botany Intermodal's Infrastructure

DP World Logistics has issued an update on the details of the works they are undertaking at the Botany Intermodal site. DP World Notice with details in Weekly News

DAWR - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Risk Season 2017-18 – Update

DAWR has issued a Notice to operators of Approved Arrangement (AA) sites that receive specific goods from the United States or Italy to be extra vigilant for the presence of these BMSB insects when unpacking goods from the Northern Hemisphere during the BMSB risk season.  The season coincides with the period when the insects actively seeking shelter from winter conditions in homes, buildings, vehicles, machinery, often in large numbers. The Notice and more details in Weekly News

DAWR Notices – Links in Weekly News


Next CTAA Container Logistics Awareness Workshop – AFIF Members Discount - Melbourne 18 October 2017                                                         

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is hosting a Container Logistics Awareness Workshop in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 October 2017. The aim of the Workshop is to raise the level of understanding of course participants about the whole Port Supply Chain. The Workshop is designed to be “hands-on” and interactive, with a mix of classroom delivery, as well as a physical visit to an empty container park, a transport yard and to a stevedore terminal.  Discount Registration form & details in Weekly News

Reminder: Shipping Industry Golf Challenge 2017, Sydney, Tuesday October 24th

For the past 18 years, the Shipping Industry golf day has raised funds for the Oncology Unit at the Westmead Children’s Hospital and last year event saw the total donation to the hospital breaking through the $600,000 barrier and confirming the shipping industry’s status as being an Official Benefactor of the hospital. Details including Sponsorship opportunities, Team and Individual Registration form in Weekly News


FIATA e-flash No 162 – 8 October 2017     

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 162 – 8 October 2017 covering a range of global trade related matters. Link in the Weekly News


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

Oct 11  IMDG Code Change - Renew before 31st December 2017

Oct 06  DIBP-ABF ICS Database Issues this Week - Update

Oct 05  AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 5 October 2017



IMDG Code Change - Renew before 31st December 2017  

The IMDG Code changes every two years and your accreditation is only valid whilst the edition of the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) in which you have been trained is effective. It is very important for you remain accredited you must complete a Refresher (recertification) course by 31st December 2017 in preparation for the code change.  Click Here for all course dates before 31st December 2017. Full details in Weekly News

AFIF Training Schedule for 2017 View upcoming training courses dates for 2017 in Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)


NEW 2018 IATA Publications now available for PRE-ORDER – 59TH Edition DGR

The 2018, 59th Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for PRE-ORDER Expected delivery is end October/early November. 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. Details and Order Form in Weekly News

IATA 2017 58th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations Clearance Sale

AFIF is clearing out 2017 stock of 58th Edition Dangerous Goods publications. Check out our low prices - for a limited time only! Including Delivery and GST. Details in Weekly News AFIF is the Official IATA and OAG Publications Distribution Agent for Australia and all publications can be ordered and purchased through dedicated pages on our Website.

Reminder:  AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract Updated for Current Regulatory Changes

The AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract, contains updated conditions in relation to IMO SOLAS VGM and Unfair Contracts Legislation.  AFIF Members can obtain their copy and the accompanying User Guide as an included benefit of their AFIF Membership by contacting   Read Full details of changes in Weekly News

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