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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  21 May 2020

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items: 

AFIF CEO, Brian Lovell Announces Retirement

We wish to advise our members that Brian Lovell, CEO of AFIF, decided late last year and advised the Board that he would retire from the business this year and that will happen most likely at the end of September, after assisting with the settling in of the merger of AFIF and CBFCA into IFCBAA. Brian’s decision is a personal one and we know that he has thought long and hard about it. 

Brian joined the airfreight representative Association, AFAFF, in 1994 as its first full-time CEO, having been a Director of the organisation for NSW & Training since 1991. He was appointed to the same position when AFAFF and the ocean freight rep organisation, IFAA, merged to form AFIF in 1996. 

Brian has been a long-time friend and advisor to all AFIF members, as well as running the organisation’s affairs efficiently and successfully. He has been the backbone ensuring that the issues that matter most to our sector of the industry have been covered, with many people not being aware of the amount of effort and skill that is required behind the scenes to achieve this. 

Unfortunately, as this year’s AFIF National Conference had to be cancelled you may not get a chance to personally say goodbye to Brian but he will still ‘be around’ and may attend a future conference as our guest. 

I am sure you will all join me in thanking Brian for all his help, guidance, professionalism and friendship over the years, which have helped make AFIF the success that it has been. 

Paul Golland, AFIF Chairman

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Restrictions Easing as States Argue on Closed Borders

As State governments commence easing restrictions and allowing more freedom of movement for individuals, there is friction between the Federal Government and amongst the States on the re-opening of closed borders. The particular concern amongst the states with closed borders is the high number of COVID-19 cases in NSW and Victoria, relative to the other states and territories. The Federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth has called for states and territories to open up. “I think what we will see in the coming weeks is that those numbers in NSW and Victoria will continue to stay low. I think we have to open up, Australia is in a better position than it could have imagined a few months ago. An important condition of opening up businesses, schools and state and territory borders would be maintaining social distancing.” More in the Weekly News

Freight and Logistics

Supply chains continue to operate throughout the restrictions, with Federal and State governments unanimously affirming the critical role the freight sector plays in providing essential supplies of food, medicine or other goods to communities around Australia, and the need to support the industry in the face of this unprecedented situation. There continues to be a steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

Biosecurity Imports Levy Scrapped – Is 2 Years of Uncertainty Finally Over? Decision Announced by the Department, not the Minister

Following 2 years of industry consultation, whereby AFIF has represented members at various industry engagement sessions, then as a member of the Minister Littleproud appointed Biosecurity Imports Levy Steering Committee, then as a member of the Minister McKenzie appointed Alternative Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group, the Department has advised industry stakeholders that the government will not be proceeding with the Biosecurity Imports Levy. Whilst AFIF supports the decision, it is curious that the decision by the Government was communicated via an AWE Department Media Statement with no reference to Minister Littleproud who has been actively involved since the beginning. Details in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ATO – JobKeeper Payments Being 'Gamed'

Yesterday’s AFR reports businesses are manipulating their cash flows to artificially suppress monthly revenue and ‘game’ the federal government's $130 billion wage subsidies, adding to cost blowout pressures on the coronavirus stimulus program. Treasury is due to review the scheme by June. Tax experts warned the ATO would target firms that artificially contrive their turnover to qualify for the wage subsidies. HLB Mann Judd tax partner Peter Bembrick said the ATO could go after any "schemes" linked to JobKeeper. Full report in the Weekly News

ATO – Definition of Turnover for Freight Forwarders JobKeeper and Cashflow Boost Eligibility

After a number of specific discussions with our Tax Law advisors, HLB Mann Judd recently,  AFIF has submitted a series of questions and scenario’s to the ATO relating to how an international freight forwarder’s Gross Turnover has been impacted by the dramatic increase in freight rates, effectively eliminating particularly those focussed on Export Airfreight from being able to access the Federal Government Jobkeeper and Cash-Flow Boost business assistance packages. The issue for the ATO relates to the Principal/Agent distinction relating to the Forwarder’s actions in various transactions.  Details in the Weekly News

New IFAM flights: Los Angeles – Melbourne / Brisbane  

Austrade-IFAM has released a Notice promoting available space on flights ex Los Angeles to Melbourne and Brisbane over the next 5 weeks. There is capacity inbound (to Australia) on this flight in which medical supplies will be prioritised. Please note there is not currently capacity on the outbound leg of this flight, as Australia Post is also supporting these flights and will be prioritising mail. Details in in the Weekly News

VICT PRA Changes  

VICT has removed the requirement for a PRA when making a drop off booking. It is hoped that the ability to book without the PRA, will assist carriers in planning movements and increasing their box to truck ratio. There will be a limit of 2 x TBA drop off slots in each hour available to all transport carriers. Details in the Weekly News

Federal Court Rules Some Casual Workers Are Entitled to Annual, Sick and Carers Leave

The Federal Court has found that some casual workers who worked regular and predictable shifts with a firm advance commitment to work were not actually casuals. Consequently, despite what they were labelled in employment contracts, they are entitled to be paid annual, sick and carer's leave. The ruling changes the common understanding of casuals as workers paid an extra 20 to 25 per cent in lieu of permanent employee entitlements, defining them instead by their pattern of work. Full report in the Weekly News

On-Dock Rail at Port of MelbourneMinister for Ports and Freight Updates AFIF

AFIF has received correspondence from Hon Melissa Horne MP Minister for Public Transport Minister for Ports and Freight Victoria, providing an update of the On-dock rail project at Port Melbourne. Details in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne’s Response to COVID-19 – Update    

Port of Melbourne has provided an update on the port, including container volumes handled in April 2020 compared to April 2019 and an update on investments and projects. Details in the Weekly News

COVID-19 – Innovative Use of Converted Containers for Aged Care Visitor Pods

In this time of COVID-19 and the mainly negative media reports associated with aged care facilities, it is refreshing to see a good news story on how the shipping container industry is helping families visit and connect with their loved ones. Royal Wolf in collaboration with local Geelong builder Mark West and Multicultural Aged Care Services has delivered a quick and creative solution to make visiting elderly family members at the facility possible during the government-imposed restrictions, modifying a shipping container so it could be turned into a ‘visitor pod’. Details and photos in the Weekly News

IATA Dangerous Goods ‘DG AutoCheck’ – IATA Trial Offer to IATA Freight Forwarders 

IATA DG AutoCheck is a digital solution that enables airlines, ground handlers and freight forwarders to automatically check the compliance of the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) against all relevant provisions of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. It facilitates as well the verification of the packages' marks and labels on dangerous goods consignments. IATA are currently offering all of its accredited Freight Forwarders free temporary access to their DG Autocheck solution, including the online edition of the 61st DGR. Details in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd Financial Year-end Strategies 

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all taxpayers as the end of financial year approaches. HLB Mann Judd have released their 2020 Year End Strategies newsletter addressing a number of topics relating to 2019/20 tax savings and COVID-19 considerations. In this issue we share: JobKeeper: what to do now; Rent relief for commercial tenants; 2020 end of financial year checklist; COVID-19 employee considerations; Major changes to instant asset write-off; Working from home: what deductions can you claim; Tax tips for property investors. Details and link to the newsletter in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update:

JobKeeper Payment Enrolment – Extension of Deadline Until 31 May 2020

The Taxation Commissioner has extended the enrolment period for the JobKeeper Payment scheme. It has been extended from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Businesses that enrol by 31 May are still eligible to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for the period. Be aware, however, that all eligible employees must have been paid the equivalent of $1,500 per fortnight for the fortnights ended 12 April and 26 April 2020, and that these payments must be made to them by 8 May 2020, even if the business does not register until after this date. More details in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Various Governments around Australia have announced a range of economic stimulus measures designed to support businesses in navigating the financial challenges of COVID-19. With all the information out there it is hard to know what businesses should be doing. HLB Mann Judd has provided a high-level summary of recommended actions and available Government support. Details in the Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Final Call: Last Chance to Register - Female Leaders Scholarship Funding

Women in Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.  It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA Review No 132 – May 2020

FIATA has issued latest edition of the FIATA Review Edition 132 May 2020 - with a range of topical items of interest for members.  Full details and link in the Weekly News.

TT Club – TT Talk COVID-19 Risks

As the TT Club continues to develop the information available concerning the practical implications of operating in the current COVID-19 world, the articles in this edition look at further issues that present a variety of risks. COVID-19 Risks: Unoccupied Premises; Wake Up to Fatigue Risk; Managing Communications Working Remotely. Details and Links in the Weekly News

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

HLB Mann Judd's Year End Strategies

New IFAM flights: Los Angeles – Melbourne / Brisbane

DAWE - Biosecurity Imports Levy Scrapped

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’ – New Dates Released

AFIF are pleased to advise that we have been approved to conduct selected Air & Sea Dangerous Goods Training Courses via e-learning/’Zoom’ Webinar. This allows you to attend your DG course from the convenience of your location.

Online course benefits include reduction in travel time to the course training room location, no accommodation costs for those travelling from Interstate and all done at the convenience of your office or home.

Our online training course will include access and support from our experienced, qualified trainer, whereby students can ask questions and interact with the trainer throughout the training course.

There are multiple course dates just released for:

  • Dangerous Goods Recertification - Air (DGR)
  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance - Air (DGA)
  • IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea)     

All of the course dates are listed in the AFIF Weekly News   

If you would like more information about booking on these courses, please contact our Training Manager, Jodie Murray, jodie@afif.asn.au or (02) 9314 3055

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IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

2020 IATA Publications –

IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

61st Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – ORDER NOW – In Stock - Immediate Delivery

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are available IN STOCK.

Order Now for Immediate Delivery.

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.

To place your order now for the 2020 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications click on the link below:

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Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.

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