Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 13 June 2019

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IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification by 5 September 2019 

IATA has written to IATA Cargo Agents handling Unit Load Devices (ULDs) to submit details of employees holding a valid ULD Certificate. ‘In accordance with IATA Resolutions, your Company is required to have full-time employee(s) holding a valid Unit Load Devices (ULDs) certificate. Kindly note that all Unit Load Devices (ULDs) certification process will be conducted every 3 years.’ 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 

AFIF Model Standard Terms and Conditions Amended in Response to ACCC Findings 

On 2 April 2019, following an investigation in unfair terms in contracts between container stevedores and land transport operators, the ACCC released its findings. Following these findings, AFIF has considered the AFIF Model STCs and amended clauses 12 and 13 to provide AFIF Members with further protections against scrutiny for unfair terms by the regulator. Details on the changes and AFIF members access to a free copy of the updated AFIF Model T&Cs in Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF – Certificate of Origin Waiver Benefit for Australian Trusted Traders 

As of 28 June 2019, Australian Trusted Trader importers will no longer be required to obtain or present origin certification documents, such as a Certificate of Origin (CoO) or Declaration of Origin (DoO), in order to claim preferential rates of duty under certain free trade agreements (FTAs). Details of the countries involved and the Home Affairs Notice in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Upcoming Weekend Outage to the ICS – Saturday 15 June 2019 

Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 6 hour period from 23:00 AEST on Saturday 15 June 2019 until 05:00 AEST Sunday 16 June 2019 and is necessary for system maintenance (ICS Release 19.4.02). Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.  

Home Affairs-ABF – Largest Ever Onshore Ice Seizure

Australian authorities have seized the country’s largest ever onshore methylamphetamine (ice) consignment, after ABF officers in Melbourne detected almost 1.6 tonnes of the illicit drugs – equal to almost 16 million drug deals – in stereo speakers originating from Bangkok, Thailand. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Combating Illicit Tobacco – 1 July 2019 Measures – Repeated  

From 1 July 2019, tobacco will become a prohibited import. Importers will be required to have a permit to import certain tobacco products, including cigarettes, shisha/molasses tobacco and loose leaf tobacco for use in pipes or roll-your-own cigarettes. The permit application is available on the Australian Border Force (ABF) website. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Asbestos Imports - Energy Corporation Fined $175,000 Despite Voluntary Disclosure – Repeated

District Court of Western Australia has convicted and imposed fines on a multi-national energy corporation for importing gaskets containing asbestos, even though the court found the company had imported the asbestos inadvertently, cooperated and undertook a voluntary disclosure. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $175,000. Details in Weekly News

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

DOAG – Change of Department of Agriculture Name and Logo on AIMS Directions  

After the federal election in May 2019, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) was renamed the Department of Agriculture. (DOAG) The department will now be referred to the Department of Agriculture in all AIMS documentation and the logo replaced by the new department logo. Details in Weekly News

DOAG – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Announced 

Further to the item in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, DOAG has finalised the measures for 2019-20 BMSB risk season. For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to: goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). Full details in Weekly News

DOAG – BMSB - Containerised Goods Shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) Consignments and Freight of all Kinds (FAK) Containers – Consolidators Note  

Consolidators should be aware of the changes affecting consolidated FAK consolidations. Master Consolidators are required to provide a declaration of the LCL and FAK container no less than five business days prior to the first port of arrival in Australia. Early reporting will provide benefits for consolidators moving FAK containers from the wharf to 77G depots. Full details in Weekly News

DOAG – BMSB 2019-20 Seasonal Measures Industry Information Sessions – Register

DOAG has announced the dates of the BMSB 2019-20 Final Seasonal Measures Industry Information Sessions. Details of the cities, dates, times of sessions and Registration links in Weekly News

DOAG – Current Notices - in Weekly News

DOAG – Biosecurity Matters – Issue 2 June

The current edition of Biosecurity Matters has been released. Link in Weekly News

Biosecurity in the Freight and Logistics Sector Survey

Freight, logistics, transport and warehouse workers are in a unique position to spot and report signs of pests and disease early. NSW Department of Primary Industries is keen to better understand the freight and logistics industry and how we can work together to reduce the risk of pests and diseases finding their way into NSW. Take our online survey and be part of our project to protect our industries, environment and community from pests and diseases today. Details in Weekly News

Dep’t of Primary Industries Biosecurity Newsletter    

The Winter edition of the Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity Newsletter has been released. Link in Weekly News

MOUs Pave Way for Qantas and Virgin to Fly out of Western Sydney Airport 

Qantas and Virgin – have entered into Memoranda of Understanding that will pave the way for them to fly out of Western Sydney International Airport (WSIA). The MOUs mean the airlines will work with WSIA to provide design and planning insights, as well as starting early discussions about planning for potential routes. Full announcement and more details on AFIF Engagement with WSIA over the past months, in Weekly News

3% Increase to the Minimum Wage from 1 July 2019 – Mills Oakley

The Fair Work Commission has delivered its decision with respect to the 2018/2019 annual wage review. Following its review, the Commission has decided to increase minimum rates from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019. Employers must review their rates of pay to ensure that employees are at all times being paid no less than the minimum wage.  Harsh penalties of up to $126,000 apply to employers who fail to meet their minimum wage obligations. Mills Oakley provides a summary of the Details of the increase and obligations in Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd - Tax Alert - June 2019   

The HLB Mann Judd Tax Alert - June 2019 has all of the latest tax news, views and clues. Link to details in Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd - 2018-2019 EOFY Super Planning     

HLB Mann Judd have provided a comprehensive summary of Super planning measures to maximise your tax and retirement benefits for the 2018-19 year. Link to details in Weekly News

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


Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road 

Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden, in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first. “This public road permit is a major milestone and it is a step to commercializing autonomous technology on roads.” Full report, pictures and video in Weekly News

IATA – Air Cargo Demand Continues Negative 2019 Trend in April – Repeated

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell 4.7% in April 2019, compared to the same period the year before. This continued the negative trend in year-on-year demand that began in January. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 7.4% in April 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details in Weekly News 

FIATA e-Flash No. 201 – 3 June 2019  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 201 – 3 June 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News


CTAA – Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Awareness Workshop - Thursday, 20 June 2019 - AFIF Members Discount

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is again hosting their unique Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Awareness Workshop on Thursday 20 June 2019. Designed for those wanting a greater understanding of how the container logistics chain really works in practice, the Workshop seeks to demystify the import / export process, while explaining who the major players are and how they interact. 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


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

EOFY Super Planning

Export Air Freight Procedures Course Melbourne 25-26 June 2019

Tax Alert - June 2019

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 11 June and Weekend work notification for Airport North

DAWR – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Announced – LCL & FAK Containers - Consolidators Note – Information Sessions Next Week

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 6 June 2019



AFIF Training Schedule for 2019

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 for 2019 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)Upcoming Courses listed in the Weekly News.

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2019 IATA Publications – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – In STOCK - 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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