Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  22 August 2019

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BMSB Risk Season – 1 Week 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 – Management of Vessels During the 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season

DoA have released an update of seasonal measures for the management of vessels, to facilitate better management of BMSB risk offshore, at berth and onshore. The measures enable better assessment of a vessel’s BMSB risk prior to arrival; improve the effectiveness and timeliness of mitigation activities and reward shipping lines that take steps to manage the risk of BMSB on board vessels. Details in Weekly News 

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Shipping Lines Implementing Misdeclaration Fines

FIATA is calling for urgent dialogue with the top carriers, in the wake of recent moves by shipping lines to impose penalties on shippers who misdeclared cargoes. The previous week saw Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL confirm to have adopted a practice of charge fines for misdeclarated cargo reaching up to $15,000. Full report from IATA, links to further information and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

NSW Ports Sustainability Hub – 2019 Sustainability Plan    

NSW Ports has launched its Sustainability Hub and 2019 Sustainability Hub and 2019 Sustainability Plan, which outlines the approach to sustainability, what they have achieved since the release of their first sustainability plan in 2015, and their proactive strategy and actions for the next three years to come. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Two Men Arrested after more than $600,000 of Drugs Located in Garden Lamps

On Wednesday 7 August 2019, ABF officers located 5.5kg of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and 500g of methylamphetamine (ice) concealed within a package containing garden lamps. ABF officers identified and examined the consignment, which led to a presumptive test returning positive results for both MDMA and methylamphetamine. The drugs have a total estimated potential street value of more than $600,000. Details in Weekly News

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

WSIA – Freight Industry on Board for Airport Opportunity  

Ten of Australia’s major freight companies have entered MOUs with Western Sydney Airport. The MOUs will see Western Sydney Airport work with the air freight industry to design concepts for an on-airport freight precinct and begin discussions about potential operations from Sydney’s new airport. The first stage of the Airport has the potential to process around 220,000 tonnes of air freight each year through its proposed on-airport freight facility, with multiple dedicated freighter aircraft stands. Details in Weekly News

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) – Load Properly or Face the Consequences, Companies Warned

Companies are being reminded to take loading safety seriously following a judgement by the South Australian Magistrates Court. Following an investigation and prosecution by the NHVR, a national company was convicted for a mass offence under the pre-1 October Heavy Vehicle National Law and fined $9900. The maximum penalty for this type of offence is a fine of $55,000. Details of the case in Weekly News

WiseTech Global Announces Acquisition of US-based Logistics Solutions Company Depot Systems

WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of US-based logistics solutions company Depot Systems. Depot Systems is the leading container yard/terminal management software provider in the US offering container yard management, and container maintenance and repair estimating. It helps manage container bookings, releases and manifests, container lifting and mounting, gate EDI, as well as repair and equipment status. Details 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 – Repeated  

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

WTO – Revamped Trade Indicator Suggests Further Weakening of Goods Trade into Third Quarter

The growth of world merchandise trade volumes is likely to remain weak in the third quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer, released on 15 August. The latest reading of 95.7 from the barometer, formerly the World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), is lower than the previous release and signals that stronger trade growth is not yet in sight. Full details 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

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 15 August 2019

Hong Kong Protests Update 2

Hong Kong Protests Update 



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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