Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  15 August 2019

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AFIF Charity Golf Day 2019 raises Nett Proceeds of $8,273 for Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW 

AFIF raised nett proceeds of $8,273 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of New South Wales (MND NSW) at the 15th AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day on Thursday 8th August 2019.

The event, held at the Macquarie Links Golf Club in Sydney was attended by 89 industry members, sponsors and guests and the funds were raised through playing fees; sale of raffle tickets and games on course during the day. Prizes were donated by industry suppliers and individuals.  Full report including several photos of the Golf Day activities, Winning teams and individuals in the Weekly News


Biosecurity Imports Levy – 1 September Commencement - What’s Going On? Mainstream Media Reporting Today

The Biosecurity Imports Levy was due to commence on 1 July 2019 and then postponed 3 months to 1 September. With 2 weeks to go until the proposed commencement, the Government and DoA are yet to announce their decision or provide an update to industry. Today’s Australian Financial Review (picked up by other media outlets) has reported ‘Biosecurity Levy Delay Could Hit Budget’ - a $300 million-plus hole is opening up in the federal budget due to the government's ongoing inability to introduce a biosecurity Levy that it first promised last year.’ Full AFR Report plus a timeline of the BIL process, AFIF’s involvement in the DoA industry engagement and BIL Steering Committee and what’s going on, in the Weekly News

DoA – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season – 2 Weeks to Commencement!

Update of Progress – Are You and your Import Customers Ready?

Further to updates in AFIF Bulletins and AFIF Weekly News, AFIF is engaging continuously with DoA as a member of the Department’s Cargo Consultative Council (DCCC) on progress of the forthcoming BMSB Seasonal Measures. In the Weekly News is an update of the latest developments in preparation for the 2019-20 BMSB Season, covering – System Developments, Assessment Services, Inspection Bookings, Approved Arrangements, Safeguarding Arrangements, Offshore treatment Providers Scheme and a complaint by a freight forwarder in Italy

DoA Industry Workshops - LCL/FAK Container BMSB Processing – Takeaways

AFIF attended the DOA Industry information workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, for those involved with importing or handling LCL/FAK consignments that require increased intervention during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. DoA explained the new arrangements end-to-end, offshore to onshore and answered many questions. A summary of the key takeaways from the workshops affecting master consolidators and freight forwarders, in the Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Sydney Man Charged with Importing Gun Parts

A man from Sydney’s outer northern suburbs has been charged with illegally importing firearm components as part of a joint operation between the AFP and the ABF. The 44-year-old Berowra man was arrested at Sydney International Airport on 9 August 2019 after returning from a trip to China. It will be alleged in court that the man imported three packages containing two barrels and a frame for a Sig Sauer handgun, upper and lower receivers for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and triggers for a firearm. Full details, photos and video in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Weapons – Amendments to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations – ACN No. 2019/31   

From 10 August 2019 the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Weapons) Regulations 2019 amended the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations) for the lawful importation of weapons (non-firearms). The amendments ensure that the community remains protected from new and emerging weapons technologies, and improves the administrative efficiency of the Regulations. Full Notice in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Mutual Recognition Arrangements – Repeated  

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) allow recognition of Trusted Trader status in countries where Australia has signed arrangements. MRAs assist in reducing delays and decreasing the regulatory burden at the borders of our trading partners. Australia has MRAs in place with 8 countries and others being progressed, including USA & Thailand. Update and Details in Weekly News

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

Australia Post and Qantas Expand International and Domestic Air Freight – 3 Airbus A321 Freighters Added  

Australia Post and Qantas have announced an expanded domestic and international air freight agreement to support the growing demand for parcels. The seven-year agreement valued at over $1 billion will give Australia Post customers access to Qantas Freight’s dedicated freighter aircraft and priority access to the cargo space on up to 1,500 Qantas and Jetstar passenger flights. It will also see the introduction of up to three Airbus A321P2Fs (Passenger to Freighter) to the freighter network used for Australia Post, adding nearly 50 per cent more capacity – or an additional nine tonnes – compared to the existing Boeing 737 freighters Full 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

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


FIATA e-Flash No 206 – 12 August 2019 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 206 – 12 August 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

IATA – Air Freight in Decline for Eighth Consecutive Month – Repeated  

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) decreased by 4.8% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 5.4% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Full Notice and details in Weekly News


Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 – Tomorrow Night - Friday 16 August 

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 will be another great event full of entertainment, raffles and live auctions. This fun-filled evening brings the industry together to help make a difference for a great cause. We look forward to seeing you all there.  Details and Registration Link in Weekly News

CTAA – Port Botany Workshop on the Container Logistics Chain - Wednesday, 28 August 2019 – AFIF Members Discount

The next CTAA Port Botany Supply Chain Awareness Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at the NSW Ports' offices, Brotherson House, Port Botany. AFIF Members receive a discount. Details and registration in Weekly News

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

Tickets are now on sale for the national rollout of Official ICC Incoterms® 2020 Australian Workshops commencing in September, 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


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

Hong Kong Protests Update 2

Hong Kong Protests Update

The ABF announces a new initiative building on an old concept

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 11 August

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – August 8, 2019



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  5 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


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

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