Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  12 September 2019

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:  

NEWS & ACTIVITIES            

DoA - Biosecurity Imports Levy – Minister for Agriculture Releases the Steering Committee Report – Decision Timeline Not Indicated

On Tuesday, the Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie released the BIL Steering Committee Report publicly and a Statement, citing, “This industry report is a critical piece of the puzzle and the government will respond in due course.” As a member of the BIL Steering Committee, AFIF is concerned that there is still no definitive time-frame when a decision will be made on the BIL levy base, rate and collection method and when the legislation will be presented to Parliament. Minister’s statement, link to the Report and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification, or non-Handling Declaration, by 30 September 2019 Deadline – Non-Compliance Action to Commence 

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. This week, IATA issued a Notice to IATA Cargo Agents advising the final deadline for submission of the details is 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

DoA – Commencement of the 2019-2020 BMSB Risk Season - 1 September 2019    

The 2019-20 BMSB Season is underway. DoA has issued a Notice to industry advising the latest situation on – Season duration, Master Consolidator Identification (MC ID) Registration and Declarations, New Request for Inspection Form, Offshore Treatment Providers Scheme and latest list of providers,    Treatment reporting requirements – AEI, Utilising AEPCOMM for target high risk goods, FAQs Links - What happens to your goods on arrival during the 2019-20 BMSB season. DoA Notice and links to  further information in Weekly News 

DoA Notice to Industry - How You Can Help the Department Next BMSB Season – Booking an Inspection Factsheet Released

DoA have put together information about how consolidators, forwarders and importers can assist to help avoid unnecessary delays this BMSB season.  The information relates to document assessment, inspection bookings and the call centre.  DoA has today issued a Booking an Inspection – Factsheet which outlines the requirements for booking an inspection and requesting a priority appointment Full details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

DoHA-ABF – Websites Outage - Saturday 14 September to Sunday 15 September 2019

Dept of Home Affairs and ABF websites will be unavailable between 2pm Saturday 14 September and 9am Sunday 15 September 2019. Full list of affected websites in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports SICTL Sydney – System Outage 13-14 September  

Scheduled Terminal Operating System Outage is required on 13.9.19 2200hrs to 14.9.19 2200hrs. During this time it will not be possible to perform the following processes - Submit or Amend PRA documents; Book or Confirm Appointments; Complete Manifests. Please ensure all of the above items have been completed by 2100 on the 13.9.19 Full details in Weekly News

VICT - Extended Weekend Opening Hours this Sunday 15th September  

Due to vessel bunching over this coming weekend, VICT will be running a full day shift and a full night shift from 06:00 hours on Sunday 15th September. Therefore the terminal will remain open until 14:00 hours on Saturday 21st September

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals Commence Work on $190 million Project to Double ‘On-dock’ Rail Capacity at Port Botany – Repeated

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have commenced work on a $190 million project to double ‘on-dock’ rail infrastructure capacity at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad™, ensuring a sustainable supply chain that will meet the future trade needs of Sydney’s growing population. The rail project will deliver capacity to handle 1 million TEUs on rail at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad™ and improve train turn-around times by 33 per cent. Full report in Weekly News

DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards

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

The call is out for nominations ahead of the 2019 DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards, proudly sponsored by Port of Melbourne on Thursday 14 November. 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. Award nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 9 October. Nomination details in Weekly News

Final Call: Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development

Women currently working in the transport and logistics sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.  Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Deadline for submission 20 September 2019 – EoI registration form and details in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IATA – Trade War Impacting Air Freight Demand – July 2019 Result   

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), contracted by 3.2% in July 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the 9th consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 4.9% in July 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 208 – 10 September 2019  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 208 – 10 September 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

EVENTS 

OrangeLime Consulting Workshops and Academy Courses on Tour – AFIF Members 10% Discount

OrangeLime Consulting, a Platinum accredited WisePartner who specialise in CargoWise One consulting and training are putting their premier Workshops and Academy Courses on tour! The Roadshow event is for new users and experienced users. It’s for Operations, Sales, Customs, and Warehouse.  There’s something for everyone!   Come aboard and be trained by the OrangeLime Platinum Accredited team. AFIF members will receive a 10% discount when they use the coupon code ‘AFIF’ when ordering / booking only. Details and link in Weekly News

Incoterms 2020 Official Workshop, Next Week – SYD, MEL, ADL, PER, DRW, BNE 

Tickets are now on sale for the national rollout of Official ICC Incoterms® 2020 Australian Workshops commencing next week, hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with BDO, in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Brisbane. The national workshops will cover the important changes to international rules contained in the new ICC Incoterms® 2020, a trade publication by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, to be released globally in September. The new publications (book, pocket guide and wall chart) will be included for each ticketholder to the workshops. Link to further details and registration 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

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

Biosecurity Imports Levy - Minister for Agriculture Announcement

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Monthly Update: September 2019

IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification by 30 September 2019 Deadline – IATA Non-Compliance Action to Commence - AFIF Adds Extra LDR Courses

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 5 September 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 – 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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support! 

AFIF Team