Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 5 March 2020

AFIF – Not for Profit, by the Industry for the Industry

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Important Message to AFIF Members  

Dear Members,

At the most recent Board meeting of your industry Association on February 19th, the following two Resolutions were passed. 

1. that on July the 1st 2020, the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) will change its current business name to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers of Australia (IFCBA). 

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 all the members’ issues and concerns. This single peak body will cover the members businesses and operations which include dealing with government regulators as well as the international logistics supply chain. 

The combined entity will be in a position to pass on greater economies of scale, far-reaching experience and a greater united front for our industry.  

2. To give effect to an interim Board, to be in place from 1 July 2020 until the Annual General Meeting of July 2022. 

We will provide further information and detail in due course.  In the meantime, should you have any questions, please put them in writing in an email to my attention at: brian@afif.asn.au  

Kind Regards

Brian Lovell
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) Ltd
Suite 403, Lvl 4, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens, NSW, 2036
Ph: +61 (02) 9314 3055  Email:
afif@afif.asn.au  Website: www.afif.asn.au      

VALE Noel Adams

AFIF is saddened to advise that Noel Adams, formerly of Emery Worldwide and Airborne, passed away on Wednesday February 26.

We have been advised that the funeral was held on Wednesday, March 4th at Olsens Chapel, Sutherland.

AFIF extends our condolences to the family and friends of Noel Adams. 


Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update - Green Shoots of Trade Resumes in China

Further to previous updates on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), trade and freight movements are slowly recovering in China. Factories are re-opening in all provinces - except Hubei province where factories are expected to commence re-opening from next week. The virus continues to spread in significant outbreaks in Korea, Italy and Iran, providing some uncertainty in the reliability of supply chains. In this edition of the Weekly News there is a comprehensive update on the Coronavirus, including Trade Impacts – ocean and air cargo situation in China; Ports and Airports Impacts; Australia Impacts and the Australian Border. Full Report with all the details in Weekly News

CTAA – Cash Flow Concerns Bite as COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis Continues   

Our industry colleagues at CTAA have issued a commentary on the cash flow implications for container transport providers in the current Coronavirus crisis. Cash flow pressures are also affecting freight forwarders as the slowdown impacting China trade continues to disrupt their operations. Inevitably all parties in the logistics chain are impacted by the knock-on effects of cash flow restrictions. CTAA article and AFIF Comment including measures being taken by AFIF members. Details in Weekly News.

ABF – Movement of Goods under Customs Control – Breakthrough for Forwarders 

AFIF has been engaging with ABF on the issue of consolidating movements of under bond goods between CTOs and 77G Bonded Warehouses. An example of this is a sub-contractor transport provider collecting and delivering airfreight consolidations for a number of 77G Bonded Warehouse operators using the same vehicle journey.  Following months of discussions with ABF we are pleased to advise the Department has issued a Compliance Notice confirming the arrangements under strict conditions. Full details and ABF Compliance Notice in Weekly News.

ABF – Over One Tonne of MDMA Seized - Hidden in a Container of Tile Adhesive

More than one tonne of MDMA has been seized and five people charged in relation to its importation and intended distribution. An examination of a shipping container by the ABF found a number of pallets laden with 648 plastic tubs labeled as tile adhesive. Within 176 tubs of adhesive were bags of a powder that presumptively tested positive to the presence of MDMA. Each tub contained approximately six kilograms of MDMA powder. The total weight of the substance seized from the shipment was 1,053kg. Full report and video in Weekly News

ABF – Investigation Underway after $300 Million of ‘ice’ Intercepted at Sydney Aircargo Depot  

An investigation is underway into the importation of 400kg of methylamphetamine, which was intercepted by law enforcement at the border. ABF officers targeted an air cargo consignment which had arrived at a Sydney freight depot from South East Asia last month. During a subsequent deconstruction, it was found to contain about 400kg of a white crystalline substance. The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine, which has an estimated potential street value of $300 million. Full report in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News  

AWE – Have Your Say’ in the Review of the 2019-20 BMSB Season

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the department implemented heightened seasonal measures to manage the risk of BMSB from entering and establishing in Australia during the 2019-20 BMSB season - applies to goods and/or vessels from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). The department is inviting industry to provide feedback via a ‘Have Your Say’ online survey as part of the review of the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Feedback collated from the ‘Have Your Say’ online survey will review the 2019-20 BMSB risk season and may be considered for improvement for the 2020-21 season. Link in Weekly News

AWE – BMSB Newsletters No 5 - Master Consolidators and General Updates

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (AWE) has issued the latest editions of BMSB Newsletters.  Master Consolidators BMSB Newsletter No 5 and BMSB General Updates fro 2019-20 Season Newsletter No 5.  Details and Links in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Dept of Health - NICNAS Changes to AICIS (new scheme) 1 July 2020

Register for AICIS Information Sessions – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) will replace the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on 1 July 2020 as the new national regulator of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. Anyone who imports or manufactures (introduce) industrial chemicals — or products that release industrial chemicals — into Australia for commercial purposes must - register their business with Dept of Health and pay a fee and categorise each chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) into 1 of 5 categories. Details and links to information sessions on the changes in Weekly News

BluJay Solutions Acquires Expedient Software

BluJay Solutions, a global provider of supply chain applications, networks, and data solutions, today announced it has acquired Expedient Software. Expedient is a leading provider of customs and forwarding software for the logistics market in Australia and New Zealand. Full details in Weekly News

Patrick Terminals – Landside Access & Terminal Ancillary Charges - Effective 9 March 2020   

As expected Patrick have announced increases to various Landside Access and Terminal Fees including hikes in the Infrastructure Surcharge, effective 9 March 2020. Full details and links to the new fees schedules for each port and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Scholarships of Up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Women in Leadership Australia advises, 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

St George TAFE Announces Freight Forwarding & Supply Chain Courses Dates

St George TAFE has contacted AFIF advising of 2 courses that may be of interest to members. Basics in International Freight Forwarding, starting 12 March. Managing a Supply Chain, starting 9 May. Details and links in Weekly News

TT Talk – Focus on Cargo Theft and the Importance of Incorporating Standard Trading Conditions

This latest edition of TT Club’s TT Talk looks at the results from the recently published BSI & TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2020 and offers loss prevention advice based on these findings. Also an article looking at the pitfalls of poorly incorporated standard trading conditions (STCs) and a court decision that reiterates the importance of making sure that T&C’s are well drafted as well as correctly incorporated. Details in Weekly News

NHVR Commences First Prosecution Under New Chain of Responsibility Laws 

The NHVR has commenced its first prosecution under new Chain of Responsibility laws, laying charges against a company director for failing to exercise due diligence to ensure the company complied with its safety duty. NHVR Investigators conducted a safety duties investigation into a Victorian trucking company in relation to fatigue management of its drivers. Full report in Weekly News


IATA – Air Cargo Demand Down 3.3% in January 2020

IATA has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs), decreased by 3.3% in January 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air cargo contract by 5.9% in January 2020. Full details in Weekly News

FIATA Review Edition 131, March 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA Review 131, March 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Details and link in Weekly News

FIATA – Cancellation FIATA Headquarters Session  

On 27 February 2020, the FIATA Presidency took the decision to cancel the FIATA headquarters meetings scheduled in Zürich for 24-28 March 2020 after the recent changes in the contagion of COVID--19 in Europe. It regrets the inconvenience of this cancellation based upon best advice, but it demonstrates that FIATA is a responsible organisation aware of its duty of vigilance towards its members, staff and civil society.


AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner  

Friday 29 May 2020 – Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach

Registration Open  

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held in Sydney at the Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach, on Friday 29th May 2020. The 1 Day program will be focussed on providing vital important content and speakers tackling the topics and issues members need. The 2020 Conference organising committee are planning an engaging interactive conference, followed by a sensational gala dinner in the evening.

Circle Friday 29 May 2020 in your diary, it’s shaping up again to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!  Of course we will also be hosting a Welcome Reception on the evening of May 28th.

To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here


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 

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


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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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