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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  28 May 2020

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IFCBAA - Single Industry Body Amalgamation - Update

The Boards of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) and Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) have reached agreement to form a single peak body and to change their current business names to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) Ltd, effective 1 July 2020.

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 the commonality of interest between international freight forwarding and customs clearance functions, in the provision of international trade logistics and supply chain management services.

This is also in recognition that when both of these bodies were formed, their business concerns were on a different path.

Since then, many AFIF members have attained Corporate Customs Licences and employ Licenced Customs Brokers.

Customs Brokerages have been offering freight forwarding services, hence the reason that the former CBCA added forwarders to become the CBFCA.

The Boards of both entities recognise they have provided advocacy and input from very experienced and qualified individuals with the National Regulators as well as Training our Members. The merger with the CBFCA will bring together more experience in the Customs and Border area and continued focus on international freight forwarding, logistics and training.

The Boards consider that a single peak body will be better placed to respond to members’ issues and concerns, with far-reaching experience and a greater united front for our industry.

IFCBAA will continue to operate as a not for profit organisation for the benefit of members, offering a wider range of services and products, with greater economies of scale.

An interim IFCBAA board, comprising five current directors from each of both AFIF and CBFCA (ten persons in total), will remain in place for the first two years, until July 2022.

The chairperson will rotate annually during this two-year period. At the conclusion of the two-year period, elections amongst the combined membership will create a new Board of Directors.

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“.

CBFCA Chairman Adam Butler said, “bringing together AFIF and CBFCA to form a single peak body was overwhelming endorsed by members. IFCBAA will provide an increased range of benefits for members and enable international freight forwarders and customs brokers to have a strong representative voice in the areas affecting their interests. Joining forces into a single peak body is a historic achievement for our industry.”

This is truly an exciting time with both entities bringing together a single industry body with a combined experience second to none.

Nothing will change to membership and fees remain same only on an IFCBAA letterhead. On a financial note, those who are members of both organisations will only receive the single invoice of IFCBAA. 

Should you have any enquires please do not hesitate to contact myself via my email address below.

Brian Lovell

Chief Executive Officer

brian@afif.asn.au

Management staff of IFCBAA listed in the Weekly News

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Restrictions Easing as States Continue to Dispute Opening of Borders

As State governments commence easing restrictions and allowing more freedom of movement for individuals, friction continues between the Federal Government and amongst the States on the re-opening of closed borders. Schools have re-opened across the country and further relaxation of restrictions on gatherings in public places and activities commences from 1 June. With restrictions on some activities beginning to ease and people interacting with others more regularly, health authorities have warned the community to prepare for potential increases in new COVID-19 cases. More in the Weekly News

Freight and Logistics

Supply chains continue to operate throughout the restrictions, with Federal and State governments unanimously affirming the critical role the freight sector plays in providing essential supplies of food, medicine or other goods to communities around Australia, and the need to support the industry in the face of this unprecedented situation. There continues to be a steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

COVID-19 Spreading Globally and Disrupting Freight Logistics Flows

Following is a summary of the current conditions affecting trade with China/Asia Pacific, USA and Europe, significantly impacted by the major outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19. The information has been gathered from feedback by a number of AFIF members, formal notices and the Associated Press

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

Menzies Aviation CTO Melbourne Extended Hours of Operation Making a Difference    

AFIF is pleased to report the extension of hours of operation at Menzies Tullamarine has made a difference this week. As we reported in the past months, Menzies Aviation’s previous closing at midday created a congestion pinch point there and a knock-on effect to dnata Melbourne, as drivers prioritised pick ups at Menzies before closure and then moved on to dnata, en-masse.  The extension of Menzies Aviation hours to 2.30pm close combined with dnata terminal operating all day, has eased congestion at both terminals. More details and Menzies Aviation Notice in the Weekly News

APL ENGLAND Containers Overboard

Our colleagues at the Daily Cargo News have reported on the progress of the APL England incident this week, where 40 containers were dislodged and fell overboard in heavy seas. There have been reports of PPE facemasks washing up on Sydney beaches. The DCN report and statement from ANL in the Weekly News.

ABF – Border Watch – Scammers Target Industry

ABF Border Watch has seen an increase in scammers targeting industry members, using sophisticated methods to defraud customs brokers, freight forwarders, warehouses and depots, shipping and transport companies. More details on How scams work; Protecting Yourself and Examples of 2 scams in the Weekly News

Scam Alert - Scam Targeting Freight Forwarders Using University of Sydney’s Name    

Today, an AFIF member has alerted us to a scam which purports to be an enquiry from the University of Sydney, requesting a cross-dock and reforwarding service.  Following is the un-edited email request to the forwarder. Whilst it is obvious to the experienced eye that it is a scam, it is nonetheless a useful working example to demonstrate to less experienced staff who may be sent it. Details in the Weekly News

AWE – Melbourne Regional Office Relocation – Site Change

The department has issued a Notice advising industry that it will no longer be relocating its existing Melbourne offices to the Younghusband Woolstore site in Kensington, Victoria. A further notice will be provided once a new site for relocation has been secured. Full Notice in the Weekly News

Biosecurity Imports Levy Scrapped – Is 2 Years of Uncertainty Finally Over? Decision Announced by the Department, not the Minister

Following 2 years of industry consultation, whereby AFIF has represented members at various industry engagement sessions, then as a member of the Minister Littleproud appointed Biosecurity Imports Levy Steering Committee, then as a member of the Minister McKenzie appointed Alternative Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group, the Department has advised industry stakeholders that the government will not be proceeding with the Biosecurity Imports Levy. Whilst AFIF supports the decision, it is curious that the decision by the Government was communicated via an AWE Department Media Statement with no reference to Minister Littleproud who has been actively involved since the beginning. Details in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Transitioning from NICNAS to AICIS

AICIS commences on 1 July 2020 and to assist with minimising any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers, the Department has issued a number of information pages on how the transition process will work including: the transition of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory to the new AICIS Inventory; how applications made under NICNAS (the old scheme) that aren't finalised on 1 July 2020 will transition to AICIS (the new scheme); how NICNAS permits will transition to AICIS; how NICNAS certificates will transition to AICIS; how secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will apply under AICIS. Details and links in the Weekly News

IFAM flights: Los Angeles – Melbourne / Brisbane – Reminder

Austrade-IFAM has released a Notice promoting available space on flights ex Los Angeles to Melbourne and Brisbane over the next 4 weeks. There is capacity inbound (to Australia) on this flight in which medical supplies will be prioritised. Please note there is not currently capacity on the outbound leg of this flight, as Australia Post is also supporting these flights and will be prioritising mail. Details in in the Weekly News

IATA Dangerous Goods ‘DG AutoCheck’ – IATA Trial Offer to IATA Freight Forwarders    

IATA DG AutoCheck is a digital solution that enables airlines, ground handlers and freight forwarders to automatically check the compliance of the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) against all relevant provisions of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. It facilitates as well the verification of the packages' marks and labels on dangerous goods consignments. IATA are currently offering all of its accredited Freight Forwarders free temporary access to their DG Autocheck solution, including the online edition of the 61st DGR. Details in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Financial Year-end Strategies

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all taxpayers as the end of financial year approaches. HLB Mann Judd have released their 2020 Year End Strategies newsletter addressing a number of topics relating to 2019/20 tax savings and COVID-19 considerations. In this issue we share: JobKeeper: what to do now; Rent relief for commercial tenants; 2020 end of financial year checklist; COVID-19 employee considerations; Major changes to instant asset write-off; Working from home: what deductions can you claim; Tax tips for property investors. Details and link to the newsletter in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Tax Alert - May 2020

HLB Mann Judd Tax Alert May 2020 provides all of the latest tax news, views and clues for May 2020. This Alert addresses: Federal Budget Night shift; Coronavirus cash flow boost payments; Understanding the JobKeeper scheme; Decline in turnover; Wage condition; Employee conditions; Payment; ATO early release super applications. Details and Link in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update:

JobKeeper Payment Enrolment – Extension of Deadline Until 31 May 2020

The Taxation Commissioner has extended the enrolment period for the JobKeeper Payment scheme. It has been extended from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Businesses that enrol by 31 May are still eligible to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for the period. Be aware, however, that all eligible employees must have been paid the equivalent of $1,500 per fortnight for the fortnights ended 12 April and 26 April 2020, and that these payments must be made to them by 8 May 2020, even if the business does not register until after this date. More details in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

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 – Final Call: Last Chance to Register - Female Leaders Scholarship Funding

Women in Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.  It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA New Digital Strategy Approved by the Presidency

The FIATA Presidency has approved the new digital strategy for the coming years. The digital strategy involves several projects to promote a freight-forwarders trusted network, share and distribute standards such as the FBL in a digital world and finally foster interoperability and data analysis. The Advisory Body of Information Technology (ABIT) and the Director General will launch two initial projects in June 2020 where the help of FIATA members will be key for their realization: the trusted digital members registry and the digital document library. Full details and link 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

Menzies Aviation CTO Melbourne Extends Hours of Operation

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 21 May 2020

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TRAINING

AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’ – New Dates Released

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.

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.

There are multiple course dates just released for:

  • Dangerous Goods Recertification - Air (DGR)
  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance - Air (DGA)
  • IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea)    
  • Export Air Freight Procedures    

All of the course dates are listed in the AFIF Weekly News  

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

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