Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 2 May 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Registrations Building Well - Registration Link  

The AFIF 2019 Conference and Gala Dinner numbers are building very well towards another great event.

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 23rd, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 24th May 2019. The event will conclude with our traditional Industry Gala Dinner on the evening of the 24th May 2019.                                            

The Business Program has subjects tailored to deal with matters affecting all of our member’s current business activities. Each week in this News Bulletin we will highlight a different subject of the Business Program. This week we feature:                                          

Aircargo and Security  

Part 1 - Air Cargo update - Local and International.

Melbourne Airport developments affecting Aircargo – Presenter Lil Valente Property & Asset Manager, Melbourne Airport Corporation

Other Aircargo Issues                                            

Part 2 –  Aircargo Security with important information on EACE Early Learnings and Future Direction

AMSD EACE Updates - Compliance checks, Homogenous cargo, Road Transport-White ASIC, Domestic program – Presenter Vanessa Holben, First Assistant Secretary, AMSD
Update on Equipment Supply and Future trends – Presenter Jordan Thrupp, Managing Director ANZ, Smiths Detection

A panel discussion on EACE will follow with Q & A for all delegates 

Participants – Vanessa Holben, AMSD; Jordan Thrupp, Smiths Detection; Matthew Fleming, Group Manager Aviation Security, Qantas; Beau Paine, Regional Vice President, Cargo-Australia, Menzies Aviation; Lindsay Sharp, Key Account Manager, dnata; Geoff Young, Vice President – South Pacific, Air Menzies International (Aust) Pty Ltd
AFIF 2019 Conference Gala Dinner – Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy and their Fabulous Band Confirmed

AFIF is delighted to announce that as part of a fun night of dining and entertainment, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) and Lara Mulcahy will bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the AFIF 2019 Conference Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see...it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!

A great night of dining, entertainment, prizes and dancing included in your AFIF 2019 Conference Registration. 

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER


DAWR – Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season

DAWR has issued an Industry Notice IAN 57-2019 providing details on the BMSB Proposed Seasonal Measures for 2019-20 Season which were presented in the BMSB Industry Information Sessions held in April. Some of these proposed measures are under discussion between DAWR, AFIF and industry stakeholders, including: the possibility of ONSHORE treatment of some FAK/LCL containers; hubbing arrangements for LCL/FAK containers at transit locations such as Singapore and further details on the proposed Safefguarding Arrangements program. DAWR will continue to engage with industry representatives and stakeholders on the final seasonal measures due to be announced by late May. Full details, DAWR IAN and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Dean Merrilees, Assistant Director, Compliance Controls and Chair, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Taskforce, Compliance Controls Branch, DAWR – Speaker at AFIF 2019 Conference

Dean Merrilees, Assistant Director, Compliance Controls and Chair, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Taskforce, Compliance Controls Branch, DAWR has confirmed his attendance at AFIF 2019 Conference, to provide the latest update on BMSB Seasonal Measures for 2019-20 Season, including participation in a panel discussion/Q&A with delegates.

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

e-AWB Performance Results Generated Plenty of Feedback – Australia Can Do Better Than 51% e-AWB Penetration 

Last week’s item in the AFIF Weekly News on the Top airports and forwarders in Australia e-AWB Performance has provided plenty of member feedback. In essence, if a number of airlines aren’t offering e-AWB facility to industry, how can forwarders participate in an e-AWB Performance Top 20 table? Some airline’s excuse is ‘there is little demand from the forwarders for e-AWB in this market.’ It’s a cop out. Australia’s result in March of 51.8% e-AWB penetration exceeds the below 50% annual average, which is a positive. We can do much better, but it takes 2 to tango! Details of how industry can change the e-AWB landscape, in Weekly News.

IATA e-AWB – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth on IATA Top 100 Airports e-AWB Performance – January 2019.   AFIF Members are Top Performers – Repeated  

In November 2018 AFIF advised members of the Notice issued by IATA Global Head Office in regard to e-AWB:  Effective 1 January 2019, the electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) will become the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes, as declared by IATA. IATA has released performance results for e-AWB penetration globally, including SYD, MEL, BNE, PER airports in Top 100, Top Airlines and Top 20 Freight Forwarders in each port. AFIF members are top performers. Full details and links in Weekly News

dnata Sydney T2 Imports Matraville Update 

Further to previous updates in AFIF bulletins and AFIF Weekly News, dnata Head of Cargo, Terence Yong, has provided AFIF with the latest update on Sydney Imports T2 operations. Details on service levels, truck queues, dwell time and progress of the timeslot program, in Weekly News                                                   

Catalyst for EACE 100% Piece-Level Screening – Meat Grinder Bomb Plot Verdict Returned, One Brother Found Guilty of Planning Terror Attack

The disrupted terrorist plot in Sydney in July 2017 to attack an international flight departing Sydney Airport, demonstrated a level of terrorist intent and sophistication not previously seen in Australia. In mid-2018 AMSD announced that the Government has agreed to changes to export air cargo security, including all export air cargo being examined at piece-level by 1 March 2019. One of two brothers charged with conspiring to plan a terror attack by planting a bomb on an international flight from Sydney has been found guilty. A transcript of yesterday’s ABC News report on the verdict the Court Case of the accused, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat – details in Weekly News

WiseTech Global Acquires Messaging Solutions Provider, Xware

WiseTech Global, has announced the acquisition of Xware, a leading messaging integration solutions provider in Sweden. Xware’s secure, interoperable messaging solution, xTrade, is designed to link organisations to their suppliers and partners, allowing them to safely share information across application to application, business to business, managed file transfers, business process management and IoT ̶  essential for real-time messaging, queued business flows and data integration.                                            

Wisetech Founder & CEO, Richard White, Guest Speaker at AFIF 2019 Conference

WiseTech Global Founder and CEO, Richard White will be a guest speaker at AFIF 2019 Conference. Always interesting, come and hear Richard’s thought provoking insights to the future IT landscape, digitisation, deep automation capabilities and wider digitisation of the logistics industry.  

New Rules for Road Freight Forwarders, Effective 1 July 2019 – Repeated    

HLB Mann Judd has provided an update on new rules for road freight forwarders that employ contractors, affecting reporting requirements and deductibility of payments to contractors, effective from 1 July 2019. Details in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd at AFIF 2019 Conference Welcome Reception

AFIF is pleased to confirm HLB Mann Judd is once again sponsoring the Welcome Reception at the AFIF Conference.  Join us for cocktails and conversations at the Welcome Reception on Thursday 23 May at The Atrium, Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, included in your Conference registration, or, as a separately ticketed event

IATA Global Passenger Survey

IATA has just launched its eight iteration of the Global Passenger Survey and provides us travellers with an opportunity to provide the industry with direct feedback on your travel preferences and expectations. Could you please spare a few minutes of your time and provide your valuable input. Details and Link in Weekly News


FIATA & essDOCS – Digital Bill Of Lading 

We have highlighted digitisation initiatives in this issue of AFIF Weekly News, (e-AWB, Wisetech Global purchase of Xware, Richard White speaking at the AFIF Conference). An update on the FIATA & essDOCS digital Bill of Lading and its availability, details in the Weekly News. 

FIATA e-Flash No 198 – 23 April 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 198 – 23 April 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 afif@afif.asn.au

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

DP World - Sydney - Authorised Stop Work Meeting

DAWR - BMSB Proposed 2019-20 Seasonal Measures

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 26 April 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.

AFIF Training – Not for Profit - by the Industry, for the Industry


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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