Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  5 December 2019

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AFIF Meets with the Minister for Agriculture, Senator, the Hon Bridget McKenzie – Update on Biosecurity Imports Levy and African Swine Fever

AFIF, as a member of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Steering Committee met in Canberra with the Minister for Agriculture, Hon Bridget McKenzie to obtain an update on the progress of the Biosecurity Imports Levy (BIL). The Minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to introduce the BIL as a means to better fund the departments activities, including combatting biosecurity threats and emerging risks, such as BMSB and African Swine Fever. The Minister advised that the framework of the BIL has progressed and an announcement on the BIL is imminent and will be released soon. Details and photo in Weekly News

Melbourne CTO Delays – dnata & Menzies Aviation Update

AFIF has been reporting in the Weekly News, the ongoing delays in retrieving and delivering cargo at dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals in the past weeks. This week, Members have reported delays at both dnata and Menzies Aviation in Melbourne of up to 5 to 6 hours on Monday and Tuesday. AFIF has been in contact with senior management at both terminals and have been provided an explanation and outlook. Details in Weekly News

Patrick Terminal Sydney – Operations Impacted by Bushfires Smoke

Sydney residents can attest to the thick smoke haze over the city today. Patrick Terminal Port Botany has advised that vessel operations at the Sydney Autostrad Terminal have been impacted by smoke from the bushfires during Thursday 05/12 evening shift. Patrick Notice with details in Weekly News

INCOTERMS 2020 Webinar 11th December 

Further to previous advice on the forthcoming changes to Incoterms 2020 coming into effect on 1 January 2020, AFIF is partnering with the CBFCA and Rigby Cooke Lawyers to present an online webinar on INCOTERMS 2020 on Wednesday 11th December at 12.30pm (AEST). More details and registration link for the INCOTERMS 2020 Webinar in Weekly News.

ACCC – Views Sought on Competition Exemption for Liner Shipping 

Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act permits liner shipping operators to enter into agreements with each other about commercial matters such as freight rates, the vessels to be used, and the quantity and kinds of cargo carried on particular trade routes. The 2015 Harper Review recommended that Part X exemption be repealed and the ACCC develop a class exemption for liner shipping agreements. The ACCC is seeking comments on a possible class exemption for liner shipping from competition laws, in a discussion paper released this week. ACCC Discussion Paper link with all of the details in Weekly News

ABF – Trio Charged over Australia’s largest Onshore Ice Seizure - $1.2 Billion – Trusted Insiders Involved Allegedly

Three people have been charged in relation to Australia’s largest ever onshore methamphetamine (ICE) seizure, worth more than a billion dollars. In total, 1.596 tonnes of methamphetamine and 37 kilograms of heroin (a total of 1633 kgs) were detected with an estimated street value of $1.197b and $18.5m respectively. “It will be alleged that two of the three suspects charged are trusted industry insiders, and that this joint operation has identified and removed serious vulnerabilities from the Melbourne waterfront”. Details, video and photos in Weekly News

AFIF Meets with Bradley Armstrong, Deputy Comptroller-General and Group Manager Customs Group, ABF & Senior Customs Group Management – Repeated

AFIF has met with Bradley Armstrong, Dep. Comptroller-General and Group Manager Customs Group, ABF, and senior Customs Group Managers of the ABF in Canberra to discuss a range of recent developments and current Customs issues. Topics discussed - ABF Operational Activities; IT – ICS Upgrades and Website Enhancements; Customs and Border Modernisation Update - Industry Engagement, Trade Facilitation Industry Working Group (TFIWG), Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) and Agency Alignment – details in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

Trio charged over Australia’s largest onshore ice seizure

Drug and cryptocurrency seizure

DoA – BMSB Updates Newsletter and Master Consolidators Newsletter

DoA will be publishing regular newsletters for general updates in relation to the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The newsletters will provide information, tips and hits and any other relevant information that may be of use to industry to keep informed throughout the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Regular newsletters will also be published for Master Consolidators (MCs) relating to the importation of LCL consignments in FAK containers for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The first 2 Newsletters have been released, links and subscriber details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

VICT Infrastructure Surcharge Increase

Effective 1 January 2020, VICT will increase its Infrastructure Surcharge to $121.80 per container (exclusive of GST). This will apply to full containers, received from or delivered to VICT. A range of ancillary fees will also increase. VICT is the first stevedore to break through the $100 threshold of stevedores’ infrastructure surcharges. The ACCC, AFIF and industry participants have all commented on the inexorable rise in the infrastructure surcharges applied by the stevedores. VICT Notice & AFIF Commentary in Weekly News

Jim Cooper Leaves Port of Melbourne 

The Daily Cargo News reports today that Jim Cooper has confirmed he has left the Port of Melbourne and his position there as Executive General Manager Commercial. Mr Cooper, who had been in the role for 18-months, previously had been with the Port of Portland for 12 years including the past eight as chief executive. Jim Cooper addressed the AFIF 2019 Conference in Melbourne in May. AFIF thanks Jim Cooper for his support of AFIF and we wish him well in his future endeavours. More in the Weekly News

Warning - Spam Email Pretending to be from Hi-Tech Freight Solutions - CyberFreight

Hi-Tech Freight Solutions-Cyberfreight has advised of a spam email doing the rounds. Details of the spam email and erroneous links in the Weekly News

Air New Zealand Trans-Tasman Flights Cancellations 

Air New Zealand is making some changes to its international schedule over summer as a result of ongoing global issues impacting some Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Several trans-Tasman flights have been cancelled. Full listing of the affected flights and days in the Weekly News

DP World - Port of Melbourne Planned Dredging Works        

DP World advise - Port of Melbourne planned dredging works will begin on Monday 2 December 2019 with expected competition by mid-March 2020. The Yarra River Channel closure times will be daily between the hours of 08:00 to 13:00 and 23:00 to 04:00 for a period of up to 10 weeks commencing on 02 December 2019. We will work closely with vessel operators in the event of any delays

HLB Mann Judd End of Year Update 2019 & Tax Alert December 2019

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all businesses as the end of the year approaches. HLB Mann Judd’s 2019 End of Year Update newsletter and December Tax Alert newsletter addresses a number of topics relating to planning for the holidays and New Year. In this issue we share: 2020 vision, planning for the new year; Securing your business over the break; FBT-free gifts this Christmas; How to keep your Christmas party tax-free; Hiring working holiday makers, and; Holiday travel and estate planning. Details and Links to newsletters in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 213 – 2 December 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 213 – 2 December 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

Capacity Cuts on North Asia-Australia Container Trade as Demand Plummets – Repeated  

Loadstar reports - Shipping lines are cutting container services between North Asia and Australia as plummeting freight demand reaches “breaking point”. According to Alphaliner, streamlining services on the North Asia-China-Australia trade will remove around 4,500 teu of weekly capacity and make five classic panamax ships redundant. For example, Alphaliner said, the joint Australia Express service by ONE, Yang Ming, Evergreen, APL and Hapag-Lloyd would be closed in its current form; as will a service jointly operated by Evergreen, APL and HMM, both being replaced by alternatives by the end of this month. Details in Weekly News


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

HLB Mann Judd Tax Alert - December 2019

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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.

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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


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The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for ORDER 

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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.

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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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