Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  30 April 2020

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Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – First Steps in Amending Restrictions

The spread of COVID-19 and the rate of positive cases detected in the community continues to ease, in the pursuit of flattening the growth curve.  This positive progress is enabling some State Governments to take the first steps to cautiously amend restrictions. The challenge for all governments is striking the right balance in the next phase - allowing more public interaction and activity whilst keeping the rate of positive COVID-19 cases under control. The governments acknowledge the risk of a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 cases with winter approaching. Yesterday, AFIF participated in an update by ABF Commissioner Michael Outram - and other border, trade and health related departments’ representatives, on the next steps in moving from the current arrangements to the path to recovery. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

IFAM - International Freight Assistance Mechanism – Update

Many AFIF members and industry participants attended the IFAM Virtual Briefing Session on Tuesday. Tim Beresford, Deputy CEO Austrade and Michael Byrne, the IFAM Co-Ordinator General covered the aim and objectives of IFAM, how the IFAM panel of providers was established and how all Freight Forwarders can support exporters under the mechanism. The briefing also answered questions submitted by participants. Highlights from the briefing, a link to the briefing recording and FAQs for exporters and freight forwarders including “I am a non-IFAM freight forwarder what do I do?” Details in the Weekly News

IFAM Announcement – Extra Freight Flights Now Available for Exporters

Under IFAM, Qantas has made new freight flights available for Australian exporters. In an effort to get more freight moving, there are three initial Qantas freight flights that can get exporters’ produce to Japan and Singapore starting next Tuesday, 5 May. There will be one flight per week for an initial period of six weeks on each route - Sydney to Japan (Narita Airport); Melbourne to Singapore; Brisbane to Singapore. Details on all of the arrangements in the Weekly News

Government Appoints Freight Controller to Manage Airfreight in the National Interest

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib AM CSC (Retired) to the newly created position of Freight Controller, as part of IFAM. She will work closely with Michael Byrne to ensure that government-supported flights during the COVID-19 pandemic are filled with freight for all legs of their journey. Air Vice-Marshal Staib will focus on inbound freight of national importance, including medical supplies and equipment, while Mr Byrne’s focus will be on commercially oriented freight such as the transport of premium agricultural exports to key international markets. Details in the Weekly News

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Medical Products Export Requirements in China and Import Requirements into Australia

Imports of PPE and medical products have been in the news this week, with Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation importing 10 million coronavirus test kits to Australia in 10 x B787 freight flights, distributed to locations across Australia. More than 550,000 tests have been undertaken across Australia to date. China has regulatory settings on the export of PPE and medical products, involving export permits and physical border checks. Australia has import regulations and processes requiring TGA approval of PPE and medical products. Our colleagues at CBFCA issued a Notice regarding the current arrangements. Details in the Weekly News

ABF – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Medical Products Temporary By-Law – ACN 2020-20 Released

The Government has introduced a Temporary By-Law which provides a Free rate of customs duty for the period of 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020 for hygiene or medical products imported to treat, diagnose or prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Refunds will be available for shipments arrived after 1 February 2020. The items covered by the Temporary By-Law are listed in ACN 2020-20. Link to the ACN and details in the Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News - Links in Weekly News

1)       Charges following cocaine importation

2)       Correcting the record – New Zealand Warriors exemption request

3)       Two charged after shipment containing more than $80 million worth of liquid ‘meth’ seized

4)       Departure of the Ruby Princess

Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Passing Loop Approved as a Priority Project

Infrastructure Australia announced yesterday, the Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Passing Loop project will be added to the independent advisory body’s Infrastructure Priority List. To address constraint and reliability issues, the project, which is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), aims to upgrade the capacity of the Port Botany Rail Line by duplicating 2.9km of the line. Construction of a passing loop at Cabramatta on the Southern Sydney Freight Line will allow freight trains up to 1300 metres in length to pass each other in either direction. More details and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne Rail Project Levy to Commence 1 June 2020

‘Port of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) is set to go ahead with all of the project’s preconditions being completed. The $125 million initiative will involve significant rail infrastructure works and a new rail operating framework inside the port that will provide an alternative to moving containers by trucks. The project is being funded through an increase in the tariff of $9.75 per TEU on full import containers, to take effect 1 June 2020.’ More details and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne Announces Wharfage Fees Increase from 1 July 2020

The Port of Melbourne is now notifying industry that the Reference Tariff Schedule for the Financial Year commencing 1 July 2019 will be amended to increase the Prescribed Service Tariff for ‘Full – inward’ Wharfage Fees from $110.77 (GST-exclusive) to $120.52 (GST-exclusive) on and from 1 June 2020. Under the Pricing Order, tariffs are subject to an annual increase of no more than CPI on the 1st of July each year.  More details and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

AWE – Weekend Diagnostics Trial for Cut Flower Imports Ending on 3 May 2020

AWE’s trial to provide diagnostics for live pest detections during weekend inspections of consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage is ending. The last day AWE entomologists will be available to provide preliminary identifications and same day advice on required treatments and other biosecurity options will be Sunday 3 May 2020. AWE Notice and link in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

COVID-19 Spreading Globally and Disrupting Freight Logistics Flows

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global concern, with public health systems and national economies under increasing pressure from the impacts of the virus. The biggest current impact on trade is space and container availability throughout the world.

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

ATO Assistance for Importers  

The ATO has advised AFIF of an assistance measure to assist small business (under $20 mil turnover) who report GST via quarterly BAS and pay GST on imports at time of importation – by moving to monthly BAS reporting and deferring GST briefly until the first activity statement after the import. Details of the initiative and the deadline for applying, plus AFIF enquiries re deferral of Duty and GST for all importers, in the Weekly News

Barton Deakin Brief: Government Support for Exporters 

The Government has announced a $500 million Export Capital Facility that will offer loans between $250,000 and $50 million to businesses that are unable to secure finance from commercial sources. Barton Deakin has released a Brief outlining Government Support for Exporters. The information provided in the brief may be of benefit to AFIF members’ export customers. 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 – Scholarships of Up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Women in Leadership Australia are offering Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the transport and logistics sector to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs. Further details and registration in Weekly News


FIATA e-News No 222

FIATA has issued latest edition of FIATA e-Flash No 222 covering a range of global trade matters. Details and links in the Weekly News

TM Law Update – Switch Bill of Lading Issues: A Brief Overview

The practice of "switching" bills of lading involves a second bill being issued in substitution for the first bill of lading. Although the practice is widespread and often has a sound commercial basis, potential issues arise as to whether the carrier can and should comply with such request. The issuance of switch bills may involve risk and uncertainty for the carrier. The primary questions are whether the party requesting switch bills has the right to do so, and what a carrier can do to mitigate risk. TM Law update with full details in the Weekly News


In accordance with AFIF Communications Procedures, we have been posting relevant News and Updates on the AFIF Website. Links in Weekly News

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 23 April 2020

AFIF Members Update on AFIF-CBFCA Merging

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’

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.

Course Dates as follows:

7th May                                DG Air Re-certification

14 May                                  DG Air Re-certification

2nd June                               DG Air Re-certification

3-5 June                                DG Air Initial Acceptance

10-11 June                            IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

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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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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