Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  23 April 2020

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items: 

AFIF Members Update on AFIF-CBFCA Merging

Further to the announcement to AFIF members in February that the AFIF Board had passed a Resolution - ‘that on July the 1st 2020, the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) will change its current business name to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) Ltd. An interim board comprising five directors each from AFIF and the CBFCA, is to remain in place until July 2022.’

The AFIF Board are delighted that CBFCA Members have endorsed the proposal that both organisations will merge into one – IFCBAA.

Having listened to members over recent years, the Boards of both AFIF and CBFCA have agreed that the industry requires a single peak body to represent all the members’ issues and concerns.

AFIF Chairman Paul Golland said “I believe a single peak body is something industry has been wanting for a number of years. It allows us to speak for industry with a single voice when dealing with Governments, airlines, shipping lines, suppliers and stakeholders in the international logistics supply chain. This has to be advantageous for all of our industry“.

AFIF will keep members informed of progress.

AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’

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.

If you have an appropriate device (desktop computer, laptop, tablet) that is connected to the internet, has camera, speakers & microphone, then you are able to participate in our online courses.

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.

Some feedback so far includes:

“Thanks for organising this. Went very well!”

“Thanks very much for today - I thought it went really well”

“For the first one on-line .... went pretty good....would do again ...!!!!”

Course Dates as follows:

28–29 April                           IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

7th May                                DG Air Re-certification

14 May                                  DG Air Re-certification

2nd June                               DG Air Re-certification

3-5 June                                DG Air Initial Acceptance

10-11 June                           IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

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

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Australia’s Logistics Flows Settle In for the Long Haul

Following the mobilisation by Federal and State Governments in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past weeks, the spread of COVID-19 and the rate of positive cases detected in the community continues to ease, in the pursuit of flattening the growth curve.  Stocks of PPE, ventilators and supplies for health workers continue to grow. Increased supply of a range of scarce goods in supermarkets is leading to a generally less frenetic freight logistics environment here. Although there are still hotspots, such as sourcing more supplies of medical goods, internationally, or, repurposing factories locally to produce medical goods continues.  The engagement and cooperation between Federal and State governments with our industry has been positive throughout, with their commitment to maintain the current arrangements to ensure goods keep moving through the supply chain being upheld. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

New Zealand COVID-19 Transport Information – Moving from Level 4 to Level 3 Restrictions - 1159pm on 27 April: Then All Freight Can Enter and Leave the Country

New Zealand will move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. After then, the movement of all freight is permitted at Alert Level 3, including the ability of business and customers to send, distribute and receive freight. All freight can enter and leave the country. More details and link in the Weekly News

IFAM – ‘New Air Freight Network to Boost Agricultural and Fisheries Exports’

Further to the AFIF Bulletin today Update on Government International Air Freight Assistance Mechanism – Virtual Briefing Teleconference - AFIF Members Invited, the Federal Government has released the following official announcement on the selected forwarders and airlines. Full Announcement and the selected forwarders and airlines list in the Weekly News

IFAM Virtual Briefing Teleconference – Tuesday 28 April – Registration Details

IFAM International Freight Coordinator General, Michael Byrne has this morning advised Brian Lovell, AFIF CEO, that he is arranging a specific Virtual Briefing Session on Tuesday, April 28th, 10.00 – 10.45am, to explain the operation of the IFAM in practical terms to our wider membership and to address a number of questions and concerns he is receiving from our industry about the project process. More details and Registration link in the Weekly News

Airfreight Australia Update

AFIF has been in constant dialogue with CTOs and carriers, assessing the progress of the recovery in airfreight capacity in the Australian market. The number of carriers operating P2C flights and extra freighters - scheduled and full charters - have continued this week. There is a trend emerging of scheduled cargo flights maximising their outbound loads to most destinations, whereas the ad-hoc P2C and freighter flights are often arriving at short notice and are departing with significant capacity available – empty in some cases. More details on the carriers and services in the Weekly News 

CTOs Update

The influx of the additional full freighters and introduction and expansion of P2C flights by several carriers - scheduled and charters - has settled into a more predictable pattern. Although some ad-hoc flights arrive at short notice, the CTOs have set the appropriate levels of manpower on shifts with sufficient resources in place to meet the daily demand. This has been achieved by reinstating some of the employees stood down and some have added casuals to cover the shortfall. All CTOs report this week that they are operating normally and there have been minimal delays and truck queues. More details in the Weekly News

Virgin Australia Enters Voluntary Administration

Virgin Australia Group has entered voluntary administration to recapitalise the business and help ensure it emerges in a stronger financial position on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision comes as the Group has continued to seek financial assistance from a number of parties, including State and Federal Governments, to help it through the unprecedented crisis, however is yet to secure the required support. Virgin Australia will continue to operate its scheduled international and domestic flights which are helping to transport essential workers, maintain important freight corridors, and return Australians home. More details in the Weekly News

Oceanfreight – Australia Update

Stevedores Charges Update  

AFIF members will be well aware of AFIF and industry participants long running efforts to rein in the opaque and unrestrained increases in stevedores’ charges, particularly the infrastructure levy. AFIF in has been engaging with the Federal and State governments and the ACCC on the issue of stevedore charges. Our industry colleagues CBFCA engaged in a teleconference with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack. The Deputy PM provided an assurance that he will relay this issue back to Federal Cabinet this week. Further details in the Weekly News

COVID-19 Spreading Globally Continuing to Disrupt Freight Logistics Flows

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global concern, with public health systems and national economies under increasing pressure from the impacts of the virus. The biggest current impact on trade is space and container availability throughout the world

Updates on China, South Asia Pacific, USA and Europe including the Impact on Ocean Cargo, Impact on Air Cargo - in Weekly News

AWE – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice 

AWE advises they are working to keep the agriculture, fishery and forestry industries strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes maintaining production, supply chains and access to workforce. Find advice on COVID-19 and how it affects your activities, including: Industry support, Whole of government advice, staff, State and Territory restrictions. More in AWE Notice and links in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ABF – Changes to Australian Border Force Customs Group Structure

ABF is working closely with industry and whole-of-government partners to respond to COVID-19. Customs Group is working to ensure Australia's customs and border policy settings support the efficient movement of legitimate goods across the border and for prohibited goods to be stopped. In February 2020, 120 customs compliance officers joined Customs Group from Operations Group. This expanded remit and the re-focusing of work to address COVID-19 has required structural changes to Customs Group. Full details of the changes in the Weekly News

ABF Border Watch Member Bulletin – COVID-19 Test Kits

ABF has intercepted hundreds of COVID-19 testing kits at the border amid concerns they could pose a serious risk to the public. The ABF Border Watch bulletin covers - How is the supply of COVID-19 testing kits regulated? Which test kits are approved for legal supply in Australia? Who can import COVID-19 diagnostic tests that aren’t on the ARTG? What about self-test kits? What about exports? Where can I get more information about test kits? How do I report suspicious activity? Full details in the Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News - Links in Weekly News

1)       Buyer beware after Bali bags bust

2)       Malaysian man jailed for attempted internal heroin importation

3)       Large haul of drugs seized from yacht off the coast near Lake Macquarie (including photos)

ATO Assistance for Importers

The ATO has advised AFIF of an assistance measure to assist small business (under $20 mil turnover) who report GST via quarterly BAS and pay GST on imports at time of importation – by moving to monthly BAS reporting and deferring GST briefly until the first activity statement after the import. Details of the initiative and the deadline for applying, plus AFIF enquiries re deferral of Duty and GST for all importers, in the Weekly News

Barton Deakin Brief: Government Support for Exporters

The Government has announced a $500 million Export Capital Facility that will offer loans between $250,000 and $50 million to businesses that are unable to secure finance from commercial sources. Barton Deakin has released a Brief outlining Government Support for Exporters. The information provided in the brief may be of benefit to AFIF members’ export customers. Details and link in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update:

JobKeeper Payment Enrolment Opens – Completion Deadline by 30 April

Enrolment for JobKeeper Payment opened on 20 April 2020 and must be completed by 30 April 2020 to claim JobKeeper payments for April. Please note: incorrectly claiming would leave the business with the obligation to repay the JobKeeper benefit received eventhough it has been paid to the employee. There also can be penalties for improperly obtaining JobKeeper benefits. To complete the process yourself, you will need a myGovID which has been linked to the ABN of the business in Relationship Authorisation Manager. Full details in the Weekly News

SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, The Hon Scott Morrison announced a set of “good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies” and “to aid the management of cashflow for SME tenants and landlords on a proportionate basis” through the implementation of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME commercial leasing principles during COVID-19. Unlike other COVID-19 measures previously announced by Mr Morrison, the code is generally not prescriptive in nature and more principles-based:“…the circumstance of each landlord, SME tenant and lease are different, and are subject to negotiation and agreement in good faith”. Full details of the Code of Conduct and what landlords and tenants should expect of each other in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Over the last fortnight, 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 – Scholarships of Up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Women in Leadership Australia are offering Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the transport and logistics sector to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs. Further details and registration in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IATA Media Briefing on COVID-19, 21 April 2020 - Remarks of Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO  

“The economic impacts of planes not flying are devastating - $314 billion loss of passenger revenue - 25 million jobs at stake - And a Q2 cash burn of $61 billion. Our message this week is that we are aligned to beat COVID-19. We must fight the battle as efficiently as possible. And we must prepare confidence boosting measures—including those for safety and economic stimulus—so that aviation can play its critical role in driving the economic recovery.” Full report and recommended initiatives in the Weekly News

FIATA e-News No 221 – 8 April 2020 - Government Actions to Help Soften Global Trade Disruptions During COVID-19

FIATA has issued latest edition of FIATA e-Flash No 221 – 8 April 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. 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 

AFIF Members Update on AFIF-CBFCA Merging

Update on Government International Air Freight Assistance Mechanism – Virtual Briefing Teleconference Registration Details - AFIF Members Invited

Update on Government International Air Freight Assistance Mechanism – Virtual Briefing Teleconference - AFIF Members Invited

Updates - Virgin Cargo Flights BNE-HKG & Govt Announces Support of Qantas and Virgin Domestic Flights

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 16 April 2020

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’

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.

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. 

Course Dates as follows:

28–29 April                           IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

7th May                                DG Air Re-certification

14 May                                  DG Air Re-certification

2nd June                               DG Air Re-certification

3-5 June                                DG Air Initial Acceptance

10-11 June                            IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

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

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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.

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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