Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  27 June 2019

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AFIF 2019 CHARITY GOLF DAY – Thursday 8 August 2019 – Registration Open  

The AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day has become an institution, with over $250,000 raised for the various beneficiary charities. This year, we will return again to the fantastic Macquarie Links International Golf Club on Thursday 8th August 2019 for an enjoyable day of Ambrose golf in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.

Registration is now open for teams and individual players. Sponsorship opportunities. We will be holding raffles on the day, items donated for inclusion for the raffles are most welcome! Details and registration forms in Weekly News

Important Notice – 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



Moorebank Logistics Park IMEX Terminal Commencing Operation in Q3 2019

The Moorebank Logistics Park IMEX Terminal is expected to commence operations in Q3 2019. AFIF attended an information session at the Moorebank Logistics Park IMEX Terminal, presented by Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC), Qube and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) to explain the open access arrangements for industry. Details in the Weekly News

Moorebank Logistics Park IMEX Terminal Open Access Protocol   

Industry feedback on the new Moorebank Terminal development is positive, though is seeking further details of the open access protocols to allay concerns about SIMTA (Qube) developing and operating the facility and how this may impact other users of the site, commercially and operationally. The Open Access Protocol documents have been released to the public for comment. Details and links in the Weekly News

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport – Massive Million Tonnes Milestone Reached on Airport Site

Construction of Western Sydney International Airport has reached a major milestone, having moved one million cubic metres of earth on site. One million cubic metres of earth down, with a whopping 21 million to go – that’s enough earth to fill 8,800 Olympic Swimming pools. Update on the works and project milestones achieved to date in Weekly News.  

Ground Broken in Record Investment at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is expanding its airfield asset by developing a new taxiway network worth $300 million.  The construction project will see the development of more than 250,000 square metres of new taxiway pavement and is designed to be completed without significant interruption to a single one of the airport’s daily flights during the three-and-a-half-year construction project. Details in Weekly News

Potential Disruption at DP World Australia Terminals from 1 July 2019

DP World Australia (DPWA) has received notices from the CFMMEU that Protected Industrial Action will resume at their terminals from Monday 1 July 2019. Monday 1 July – Melbourne & Fremantle; Tuesday 2 July – Brisbane; Wednesday 3 July – Sydney. Certain working bans and limitations will occur within 29 June to 8 July at their terminals. Full Notice & details of stoppages in Weekly News

DOAG – Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme and Application Forms  

DOAG and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries have introduced a joint Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. The scheme sets out the minimum registration and compliance requirements for treatment providers conducting BMSB treatments offshore. Applications to join the scheme are now open for new and renewing treatment providers. Notice with details and Registration links in Weekly News

DOAG – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Announced – Repeated  

Further to the item in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, DOAG has finalised the measures for 2019-20 BMSB risk season. For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to: goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). Full details in Weekly News

DOAG – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – ABF Tightens the Screws on Aluminium Dumping

ABF has issued duty demands of more than $15 million to combat duty evasion on aluminium from China. The ABF announced these results as part of an ongoing two year investigation into the dumping of aluminium extrusions, mostly used to mount solar panels, in the Australian marketplace. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Goods Compliance Update – Repeated 

The latest edition of the ABF Goods Compliance Update contains a number of feature articles. Included are the latest Compliance Program Results - 1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019, covering Cargo Reporting, Import and Export Declarations performance. Details in Weekly News

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

Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development

Women and Leadership Australia is once again offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector the opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development program.  Details in Weekly News

IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification by 5 September 2019 – Validation – Repeated  

Further to the item in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, regarding the IATA letter and attachments sent to IATA Cargo Agents. If an IATA Cargo Agent handles the loading of ULDs - complete the details of the certified staff in the ‘Agent LDR’ Excel attachment provided by IATA and return the form to IATA. If an IATA Cargo Agent doesn’t handle the loading of ULDs - sign the ‘Self-declaration of non-handling ULD Agent’ attachment provided by IATA and return the form to IATA. Full details in Weekly News.

AFIF Adds More Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates

AFIF has added 9 more dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

Qantas Non-Stop Flights Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco from April 20

Qantas will start non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco from April. The flights will operate four times a week to Chicago and three times a week to San Francisco. Details in Weekly News 

NHVR – New South Wales Class 3 Port Botany Container Transportation Mass Exemption Notice 2019 – (Stevedore to CFS) – Repeated

The New South Wales Class 3 Port Botany Container Transportation Mass Exemption Notice 2019 allows eligible heavy vehicles carrying over-mass freight containers to operate above General Mass Limits (GML). This concession only applies when transporting standard shipping containers from an approved Stevedore Terminal to an approved Container Freight Station (CFS) along an approved route. Full Notice including list of stevedores and CFS operations 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

AFIF Model Standard Terms and Conditions Amended in Response to ACCC Findings – New Version Emailed to AFIF Members Last Week

AFIF has sent to AFIF Members last week, the revised AFIF Model Terms and Conditions and User Guide. If you have not received a copy please send your contact details to afif@afif.asn.au  AFIF has considered the AFIF Model STCs and amended clauses 12 and 13 to provide AFIF Members with further protections against scrutiny for unfair terms by the regulator. Details on the changes and AFIF members access to a free copy of the updated AFIF Model T&Cs in Weekly News.


FIATA e-Flash No. 202 – 17 June 2019  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 202 – 17 June 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link 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

Home Affairs-ABF - Australia's new tobacco import laws - Fact sheet

IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification by 5 September 2019 – Validation

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 23 June. Notification - Wentworth Avenue Underpass Opening

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – June 20, 2019



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


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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