Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 26 April 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Registrations Building Well - Registration Link  

The AFIF 2019 Conference and Gala Dinner numbers are building very well towards another great event.

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 23rd, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 24th May 2019. The event will conclude with our traditional Industry Gala Dinner on the evening of the 24th May 2019.                                            

The Business Program has subjects tailored to deal with matters affecting all of our member’s current business activities. Each week in this News Bulletin we will highlight a different subject of the Business Program. This week we feature:                                          

Business Management – ‘Neuroscience – the Importance of Mindset and Adaptability to Improve Business Results’   

Living and working in the 21st Century can pose many challenges like information overload, doing more with less budget / resources, managing stress, fatigue, huge task lists, loss of focus & attention.  Vannessa McCamley, keynote speaker and facilitator, has earned a reputation for assisting organisations, teams and individuals to achieve impressive results through behavioural change to increase performance, productivity and revenue.                                            

AFIF 2019 Conference Gala Dinner – Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy and their Fabulous Band Confirmed

AFIF is delighted to announce that as part of a fun night of dining and entertainment, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) and Lara Mulcahy will bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the AFIF 2019 Conference Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see...it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!

A great night of dining, entertainment, prizes and dancing included in your AFIF 2019 Conference Registration. 

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER  


NEWS & ACTIVITIES                                             

IATA e-AWB – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth on IATA Top 100 Airports e-AWB Performance – January 2019.   AFIF Members are Top Performers

In November 2018 AFIF advised members of the Notice issued by IATA Global Head Office in regard to e-AWB:  Effective 1 January 2019, the electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) will become the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes, as declared by IATA. IATA has released performance results for e-AWB penetration globally, including SYD, MEL, BNE, PER airports in Top 100, Top Airlines and Top 20 Freight Forwarders in each port. AFIF members are top performers. Full details and links in Weekly News

DAWR – Update BMSB 2019-20 Season – AFIF Attends Industry Workshops

Further to the recent DAWR BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions, AFIF attended 2 BMSB Industry Workshops held by DAWR in Sydney and Melbourne.  1) Proposed 2019-20 BMSB Seasonal Measures for LCL and FAK Containers - 2) Proposed Safeguarding Arrangements. The sessions provided an overview of the major challenges facing DAWR to manage the risk of BMSB entering Australia and afforded attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed measures for 2019-20 season. Full report on the proposed changes affecting industry and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

DAWR – Request for Industry Feedback: Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy Review 

DAWR’s Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy defines the minimum requirements for documentation presented to the department to support the risk assessment of imported goods and non-commodity concerns, whether for biosecurity or imported food safety purposes. DAWR is reviewing the policy again and wants to understand your views of the policy, how you use the information and what can be improved. DAWR Notice with details on how you can have your say in Weekly News 

Home Affairs-ABF – Border Permits Review – Submissions Deadline 30 April

The Dept of Home Affairs has commenced a whole-of-government Border Permits Review into the legislative and business process requirements for border permits and associated licenses for prohibited imports and exports. The Review is subject to a public consultation process. Stakeholders will be able to make initial submissions through an online form – submissions deadline - 30 April 2019.  Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Man charged over Alleged Importation of $34 million of Cocaine from South Africa – Concealed in the Base of a Crate

A man has been charged after a joint investigation by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) into the alleged importation of nearly 70kg of cocaine, concealed in a container of furniture from South Africa. 61 packages containing 68 kgs of cocaine were located concealed within the base of the crate. The shipment has an estimated potential street value of $34 million. Details and photos in the Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

CFMMEU Industrial Action at Hutchison Ports Sydney (SICTL) 1st May 2019

Hutchison Ports has advised that the Maritime Union of Australia Division of the CFFMEU will be holding a stoppage of work at SICTL Terminal Port Botany of 4 hours duration commencing 10am Wednesday 1st May 2019 Details in Weekly News.

New Rules for Road Freight Forwarders, Effective 1 July 2019   

HLB Mann Judd has provided an update on new rules for road freight forwarders that employ contractors, affecting reporting requirements and deductibility of payments to contractors, effective from 1 July 2019. Details in the Weekly News

Extra Chain of Responsibility Pressure Not Required Under CoR Law – Repeated

The latest edition of NHVR On the Road highlighted the issue of customers requiring transport service providers to supply unnecessary information beyond what is required under the current CoR provisions. “Customers need to be aware that the more they seek to micro-manage road transport suppliers, the more they will increase their level of influence and control and in doing so they will significantly increase their own legal liability under the CoR law and unnecessarily increase their own compliance costs.

Legal Recommendation to AFIF Members on CoR Disclosure – Repeated

The item Extra CoR Pressure not Required Under Law addresses the way in which an over-zealous compliance approach can actually have the potential to increase exposures to freight and logistics operators under CoR as well as unnecessarily increasing costs. In many instances, for logistics operators that do not directly own or operate heavy vehicles there is no requirement to extend the costs and exposures of compliance by managing or scrutinising the safety records and practices of a road operator.

Bolloré Logistics Announces a Strategic Agreement to Roll out CargoWise One Globally 

Bolloré Logistics, has signed a strategic agreement with WiseTech Global to roll out its CargoWise One integrated logistics solutions platform globally as of May 2019.

IATA Global Passenger Survey

IATA has just launched its eight iteration of the Global Passenger Survey and provides us travellers with an opportunity to provide the industry with direct feedback on your travel preferences and expectations. Could you please spare a few minutes of your time and provide your valuable input. Details and Link in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 198 – 23 April 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 198 – 23 April 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

Amazon Spreads its Wings in the Air Cargo Sector as it Buys into Atlas and ATSG

Amazon’s hold on the air cargo industry is set to double, as it gets set to take up to 40% of the shares of both ATSG and Atlas Air, providers of Amazon Air operations. ATSG subsidiary CAM will lease 10 extra 767-300Fs to Amazon, five this year and five next, while the leases on the first 767-200Fs will be extended by two years, and the initial 767-300F contracts will run for a further three years. All 20 existing leases have renewal options for up to three more years. Details in Weekly News


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 afif@afif.asn.au

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

New Tax Rules for Road Freight Forwarders

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – April 18, 2019



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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