Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  23 January 2020

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IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

IATA Dangerous Goods 2020 61st Edition – ORDER NOW – In Stock - Immediate Delivery

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now 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.

Save the Date – Friday 29 May 2020

AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held in Sydney at the Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach, on Friday 29th May 2020. The 1 Day program will be focussed on providing vital important content and speakers tackling the topics and issues members need. The 2020 Conference organising committee are planning an engaging interactive conference, followed by a sensational gala dinner in the evening.

Details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released in the New Year.  Circle Friday 29 May 2020 in your diary, it’s shaping up again to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!  Of course we will also be hosting a Welcome Reception on the evening of May 28th.

Vale Peter ‘Pete’ Logan

Well known industry figure Peter ’Pete’ Logan has passed away from a long illness. Pete was surrounded by his family at his passing. Pete was based in Melbourne and over his long career held senior cargo management positions with Menzies Aviation, dnata and Swissport. Pete was a passionate advocate for increased bowel cancer screening awareness. Away from the office, Pete was an accomplished radio broadcaster, hosting his own twice weekly show on Sunbury Local Radio. Last year, Pete got to live out a dream, hosting ‘the Peter Logan Breakfast Show’ with Christian O’Donnell on Melbourne’s Gold 104.3.  A web link to this news item and a tribute from Glenn Rutherford, Executive Vice President - Head of Asia - Pacific at Swissport, in the Weekly News 

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Stevedores and CTOs Australia Day Holiday Working Arrangements

Australia Day Holiday and weekend working arrangements at the CTOs and Stevedores will be business as usual. Notices and specific details issued by the Stevedores in Weekly News

VICT Industry Notice - Extension of Landside Opening Hours

VICT has announced an extension of Landside operating hours. Starting at 06:00hrs on Sunday 2nd February 2020, VICT will effectively remain open 7 days a week, closing only between 14:00hrs Saturday and 06:00hrs Sunday. Full Notice in Weekly News

Singapore Airlines Freighter Cancellations – ‘Chinese New Year Holiday Period’  

Singapore Airlines has advised their freighters on 26, 29 and 30 January are cancelled, due to the Chinese New Year holiday period. Notice in Weekly News

DoA – Changes to Inspection Bookings

AFIF Members have experienced longer delays in obtaining DoA inspection appointments, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne during BMSB season. AFIF and Industry representatives on the DoA Cargo Consultative Committee have strongly lobbied the DoA to reduce the delays in obtaining an officer inspection appointment. DoA have revised their system of receiving and allocating inspection bookings and recruited additional officers, which they believe will improve outcomes for industry, in reducing the lengthy wait times for requested inspection appointments.  Notice of the new arrangements in Weekly News

DoA Notice 07-2020 – Changes to Service Standards for Inspection Bookings

DoA Notice of the new procedure for booking a DoA Officer Inspection, including DoA service standard; Your client obligations: and DoA  service target in the Weekly News

DoA-BMSB – Shortage of Methyl Bromide Gas in Singapore – Consolidators Affected   

AFIF has received reports from members of a chronic shortage of methyl bromide in Singapore at present, due to the high volume of transit container cargoes requiring treatment / re-treatment at Singapore. It appears that the main distributor in Singapore for methyl bromide gas is unable to keep up with the high demand and re-stocking may not recover until the end of March 2020. AFIF has referred the issue to DoA Offshore Treatment Compliance Team and is awaiting feedback. AFIF will keep members informed. Details in Weekly News

DoA – General Updates for the 2019-20 BMSB season - Edition #3, 22 January 2020 

DoA has issued the third edition of the ‘Department of Agriculture’s general updates for the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season’. Link to the edition in Weekly News

DoA – Class 4.7 Secure Unpack Approved Arrangement Facilities – Update   

AFIF has received enquiries from members regarding the lack of Class 4.7 Approved Arrangement Facilities for Secure Unpack in places other than the approved facilities in NSW, South Australia and now Queensland. Melbourne importers are particularly inconvenienced by the lack of Class 4.7 facilities. DoA advises there are currently 9 Approved Class 4.7 Approved Arrangement Facilities. 12 applications are received and being processed. - VIC 4; QLD 3; WA 3; NSW 2 DoA are endeavouring to expedite processing and approval of complete and verified applications. More details including a list of Approved Facilities in  Weekly News

DoA – Adjusting Goods and/or Packaging Prior to Onshore BMSB Treatment 

DoA has issued a Notice about the current process for remedial action to packaging. The process that must be followed when an onshore department approved treatment provider has assessed the suitability of a consignment for BMSB treatment and determined that remedial action (e.g. adjusting shipping packaging) is required to make the consignment suitable for treatment and the remedial action can be performed within the container, without removing any contents (including packaging) from the container. Details and Notice in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABFGuide to the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China (A-HKFTA) – Entered into Force 17 January 2020

Further to the announcement last week’s AFIF Weekly News, the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China (A-HKFTA) entered into force on 17 January. All the information on the A-HKFTA is included in a Guide, which is available on the ABF website. Links and details in Weekly News  

dnata and Toll Deliver Air Cargo Expertise to Western Sydney International Airport

Western Sydney Airport has partnered with an additional two freight industry leaders, dnata and Toll Group, to collaborate on the design of its freight precinct, adding to the 10 freight industry partners already signed up.  Details on the signing of the MoU and photo in Weekly News

WestConnex – WAZE is Now Live in the New M4 Tunnels

Waze Beacon navigation technology has now been enabled in the New M4 Tunnels, giving you access to reliable navigation even when travelling underground. Users will benefit from the new technology when using the Waze app, which can be downloaded for free and is available to anyone with an Android or Apple device. The technology works by sending Bluetooth signals from beacons throughout the tunnels, in place of GPS signals which can’t reach underground. Details in Weekly News

NVHR Bushfire Recovery Information Bulletin 3: Released on 16 January 2020

Bushfires are continuing to impact heavy vehicle operations across Australia. NVHR Bulletin includes: Road Closures; Heavy vehicle access across bushfire affected areas; Understand emergency fatigue provisions – what you can and can’t do; OSOM Restrictions lifted in Southern NSW; Personal Use Exemption available; National Bushfire Recovery Agencylink and details in Weekly News

Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers Promotion

AFIF is including a dedicated section in the AFIF Weekly News ‘Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers Promotion’   to promote free of charge, AFIF members, supporters and not for profit groups’ good deeds or offers to support the bushfire appeal. Some of the efforts undertaken by industry colleagues to date.

This week we highlight ‘Logistics Company Goes Into Bat for Fire-Affected Communities’ – (DCN article reproduced) regarding the efforts of 2 individuals raising donated sporting and cricket equipment which filled a full container and was transported to fire ravaged communities.  Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) - Australian Bushfire Recovery – Can you help?; 1-Stop and Globelink industry offersDetails in Weekly News

ACCC – Views Sought on Competition Exemption for Liner Shipping - Repeated     

Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act permits liner shipping operators to enter into agreements with each other about commercial matters such as freight rates, the vessels to be used, and the quantity and kinds of cargo carried on particular trade routes. The 2015 Harper Review recommended that Part X exemption be repealed and the ACCC develop a class exemption for liner shipping agreements. The ACCC is seeking comments on a possible class exemption for liner shipping from competition laws, in a discussion paper released this week. ACCC Discussion Paper link with all of the details in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA e-Flash No 215 – 15 January 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 215 – 15 January 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

TT Talk – TT Club Magazine

The latest edition of TT Talk profiles two new publications from TT Club seeking to address different aspects of risk. The first coincides with the mandatory application of the latest amendment to the IMDG Code, the second reiterates the importance of conducting due diligence on counter-parties to improve certainty of outcome. We close with a comment on a procedural point. Weblink in Weekly News

TT Talk – Due Diligence to Increase Safety and Security

Whether in the context of dangerous goods, specialist services or less complex tasks there is an inevitability that freight forwarders, haulage companies and other actors in the supply chain, by the very nature of their business, rely on other contractors in order to fulfil their valuable services. Given the global nature of the supply chain, in many instances this involves contracting with unfamiliar business entities, frequently domiciled in other countries. Due Diligence is vital.  Full Report in Weekly News

EVENTS 

Save the Date – Friday 29 May 2020

AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held in Sydney at the Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach, on Friday 29th May 2020. The 1 Day program will be focussed on providing vital important content and speakers tackling the topics and issues members need. The 2020 Conference organising committee are planning an engaging interactive conference, followed by a sensational gala dinner in the evening.

Details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released in the New Year.  Circle Friday 29 May 2020 in your diary, it’s shaping up again to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!  Of course we will also be hosting a Welcome Reception on the evening of May 28th.

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

DoA - Changes to Service Standards for Inspection Bookings - IAN 07-2020

Dangerous Goods by Air (Acceptance) Course Melbourne 4th-6th February 2020

Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 16 January 2020

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AFIF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS 

TRAINING

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

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

IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

2019 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:

IATA PUBLICATIONS (click)

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