Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 23 May 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner Kicked Off Tonight 

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

We have lift off! The AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner kicked off tonight with the Welcome Reception, followed by the Conference Sessions and Gala Dinner tomorrow.  (photos in Weekly News)

Registrations are now closed for this year’s event which will be bigger than the successful AFIF 2018 Conference. We are looking forward to a great event in Melbourne. 

The Conference program is particularly future-focussed, with presentations and interactive discussions on the topics that matter to AFIF members and future developments affecting the industry. 

Thanks to the myriad of sponsors and speakers supporting this year’s event, AFIF appreciates your support of the industry.




Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) to the USA – Fines Commence Next Month  

AFIF Members will be aware that in June 2018, US Customs Border & Protection (CBP) launched Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pre-load reporting requirements for US-bound carriers loading cargo destined to USA.   Financial penalties for non-compliance commence 1 year later from 12 June 2019. CBP have indicated they will commence applying large financial penalties to airlines, for any non-compliance of ACAS reporting on air cargo shipments destined to or transiting through USA. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Joint Agency Operation Targets Alleged Drug Trafficking Ring Operating Inside Sydney Airport

A criminal syndicate with links inside Sydney Airport has been shut down and three men arrested after Australian authorities discovered illicit drugs were being transported via flights from South Africa. The joint operation, between the AFP, ABF, the NSW Police Force, and Home Affairs, began in February 2019 to target the activities of the alleged criminal syndicate. Extensive investigations revealed a 50-year-old Oran Park man – an employee of a Sydney International Airport service provider – was allegedly using his airside access to import cocaine through the baggage holds of commercial flights. Others linked with the alleged trafficking have been arrested. Full report in Weekly News

Department of Home Affairs Notice (HAN) on the High Court decision in the case of Comptroller General of Customs v Zappia

Home Affairs has issued a link to the recently published Department of Home Affairs Notice – No. 2019/19 Implications of Comptroller General of Customs v. Zappia [2018] HCA 54. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs Time Release Study

The Department of Home Affairs recently published the latest Time Release Study for inbound cargo entering Australian ports on the Home Affairs website. Links in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – ICS Outage Saturday 25 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019

Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable from 23:00 AEST on Saturday 25 May 2019 until 04:00 AEST Sunday 26 May 2019 for system maintenance. Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

Port of Melbourne Rail Access Strategy and $15.00 per Import TEU Proposal  

Port of Melbourne has put a proposal to the government of Victoria for a charge of around $15 per TEU to apply to import containers. The proposal would see investment in the upgrading and construction of rail terminals. The rail access plan is designed to improve road congestion around Melbourne and the port area by removing over 700 trucks from the road. The proposed cost recovery model via a $15.00 per TEU fee for the duration of the Port lease, is partially offset by potentially lower stevedore costs through lower operating costs and rent savings. Details including AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Minister for Ports & Freight, Victoria The Hon. Melissa Horne, MP and Jim Cooper, Port of Melbourne speaking at AFIF Conference TOMORROW

AMSD 2019 Aviation and Maritime Security Awareness Survey Closes 31 May

The 2019 Aviation and Maritime Security Awareness Training Survey is now live, with 15 multiple choice questions to assess the level of security awareness of staff working Australia’s security regulated airports, maritime ports and air cargo facilities. The survey is available online, and via face-to-face delivery in select airports and maritime ports. Details in Weekly News

First Assistant Secretary, Aviation and Maritime Security & Executive Director Transport Security, Vanessa Holben will be addressing AFIF2019 Conference TOMORROW - on ‘Air Cargo Security – ‘Update on EACE Post Implementation and Where to from Here’.     

DAWR – Issuance of 2019-20 Approved Arrangement Annual Levy  

DAWR advises clients who are operating either a Broker approved arrangement and/or a Non-broker approved arrangement, the department will be issuing your 2019-20 approved arrangement annual levy on 31 May 2019. More information about approved arrangements fees and charges is available on the department’s website. To continue operating under your approved arrangement please ensure you pay the approved arrangement annual levy by 28 June 2019. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices

DAWR – Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season – ONSHORE Treatment of FULL FAK/LCL Containers Being Considered by DAWR – Repeated

AFIF attended the latest BMSB Industry Workshop in Sydney yesterday afternoon. DAWR presented a summary of the topics covered in previous Industry Workshops held in Sydney and Melbourne, DAWR has considered Industry feedback for an ONSHORE treatment option and is considering the following options - 1) OFFSHORE Treatment of the FULL FAK/LCL Container by an approved provider. 2) ONSHORE Treatment of the FULL FAK/LCL Container by an approved provider. Master loader must report the container treatment option up to 5 days prior to vessel arrival. Full details on the proposed measures in Weekly News

Safeguarding Arrangement for FAK/LCL Consolidators – AFIF Proposal – Repeated

AFIF has proposed a 3rd option to DAWR, to allow Consolidators/Master Loaders to enter into a Safeguarding Arrangement with DAWR. For those Consolidators/Master Loaders who pack and ship FAK/LCL Containers from a Target Risk Country and can satisfy DAWR there are NO Target High Risk Goods or Target Risk Goods in the container AND report to DAWR prior to 5 days before vessel arrival, that these FAK/LCL containers are released to the 77G premises for unpacking without BMSB impediment. More details and DAWR positive response in Weekly News

DAWR IAN 57-2019 - Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season – Repeated

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.


FIATA e-Flash No. 200 – 20 May 2019  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 200 – 20 May 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News


Dear FIATA Members and FIATA Association Members, Please disregard the email titled "New policy and regulations from International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)" as per below. This message is a fake email. More details in Weekly News

Brexit Deal (Or No Deal): How You Can Plan For Impact on Your Supply Chain   

In 2017, 55% of the international tonnage that travelled through UK’s ports were from the EU. The total amount of customs declarations made at UK ports is expected to grow 5X, from 50M to 250M declarations a year, but declarations are expected to increase 100X at ports like Dover where 99% of conducted trade is with the EU. Links to further information in Weekly News

The KEYNOTE SPEAKER at AFIF 2019 Conference is Steve Parker, Head of Customs - DHL Global Forwarding UK, Chairman CLECAT (European Customs and Forwarders Association), Chairman, Customs Affairs Institute, FIATA
Steve has deep experience in UK & Europe freight and Customs matters and will be speaking on the ramifications of a Deal or No Deal scenario at the Border for Air, Sea and Road Cargo. Brexit – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ – TOMORROW


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

dnata CTO Notice - Melbourne Terminal Equipment is Operating - Update

dnata CTO Notice - Melbourne Terminal Equipment Failure - Update

dnata CTO Notice - Melbourne Terminal Equipment Failure

Year End Strategies from HLB Mann Judd



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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