AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 30 May 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - A Great Success 

Following the change to a 1 day format last year, the AFIF 2019 National Conference held in Melbourne this year has been hailed a great success with over 150 delegates, speakers and guests in attendance.

“The best AFIF Conference ever”

“Well done on a very successful conference. I think the format works well”

“Congratulations on the event on Friday”

“Great organising and it all went off so well. Gala dinner was fantastic!”

Delegate numbers were significantly higher than in recent years. The fast paced program of 10 key topics, updated delegates on a range of issues and specific challenges affecting the international freight forwarding sector in Australia.

Conference Wrap, Photos, Speakers Presentations and Evaluation Survey  

Inside this week’s AFIF Weekly News is a wrap up of the AFIF 2019 Conference and Gala Dinner, photos and links to a selection of Speakers Presentations and the Conference Evaluation Survey.

The AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner has concluded for another year. AFIF and the Conference Organising Committee would like to thank the delegates, sponsors, speakers and guests for their support of the event.

We could not have done it without you.  


DAWR – Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season – Final Season Measures to be Announced

At the AFIF 2019 Conference, DAWR, Chair, BMSB Taskforce, Dean Merrilees advised that the BMSB 2019-20 Final Seasonal Measures will be released in the next few days, in accordance with the DAWR commitment to provide industry with 3 clear months to prepare for the changes next season, effective 1 September 2019. Details in Weekly News

Save the Date – BMSB 2019-20 Final Seasonal Measures Information Sessions – Diarise

DAWR has advised the proposed dates of the BMSB 2019-20 Final Seasonal Measures Industry Information Sessions. Members should save the date in your diary for now. Registration details will be released by DAWR shortly. Details of dates and cities in the Weekly News

Inspector-General of Biosecurity Report into the Effectiveness of Biosecurity Measures to Manage the Risks of BMSB Entering Australia, Released

AFIF members will be aware of the Inspector-General of Biosecurity investigation into the effectiveness of biosecurity measures to manage the risks of BMSB entering Australia. AFIF and other industry participants called for an independent enquiry into DAWR’s handling of BMSB and the effectiveness of the biosecurity measures.  The Inquiry has been completed and the Inspector-General’s Report has been released. More details and link to the Report in the Weekly News.

DAWR – Permits Required from 1 September for Imports of Cut Flowers and Foliage from Countries with High Non-compliance and High Volumes of Trade  

Who does this notice affect? Importers, approved arrangements, freight forwarders and brokers that deal with imported cut flowers and foliage. The number of live pests arriving at the border has remained unacceptably high. From 1 September 2019, DAWR will require the use of import permits to bring shipments of cut flowers and foliage to Australia from certain countries. DAWR IAN in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Qantas Freight – What You Need to Know About Air Cargo Advance Screening to USA (ACAS) FAQs

Further to last week’s item on US Customs Border & Protection (CBP) Air Cargo Advance Screening to the USA – Fines Commence Next Month, (repeated below) Qantas Freight has advised AFIF of the release of an Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) FAQs Document on their website. Details and web link in Weekly News

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 – Search Warrants Executed after more than $140 million Worth of MDMA and Cocaine Intercepted from Spain

ABF officers at the Sydney Container Examination Facility targeted a sea cargo container which had recently arrived from Spain after a BorderWatch referral. The container, which was declared to contain shampoo, was taken to the ABF’s Sydney CEF for x-ray and officers noted inconsistencies. The consignment was deconstructed and found to contain 258 boxes. 49 of the boxes contained a total of 312kg of cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $93.6 million, and 236kg of MDMA, which has an estimated potential street value of $47.2 million. Full report in Weekly News

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

VICT - Truck Driver Suspension Information

To assist transport carriers and truck drivers, VICT have created a truck driver instructional video, which forms part of the VICT induction process on the 1-Stop MSIC induction page. From 1st June 2019, VICT will implement a driver suspension policy that will see non-compliant drivers have their access to VICT suspended. Full details in Weekly News

DP World – Protected Industrial Action at Brisbane Terminal  

DP World Australia (DPWA) has received notice from the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) of its intention to commence Protected Industrial Action (PIA) at our Brisbane terminal. As a result of the PIA by ETU members employed in Brisbane, all terminal operations will cease from 0600 Friday 31 May for a 24 hour period. Details in Weekly News

Consumer Guarantees for Goods and Services Acquired for Business Purposes - you may have more rights than you realise

Businesses often assume that they cannot avail themselves of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) either because they don't consider themselves consumers or because their purchases exceed the monetary limits under the ACL. More information in Weekly News

AMSD 2019 Aviation and Maritime Security Awareness Survey Closes Tomorrow

The 2019 Aviation and Maritime Security Awareness Training Survey is 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. Survey closes tomorrow Details 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


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


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

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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.

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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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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