Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  9 April 2020

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Happy Easter from AFIF Team

As we move into Easter, we are all having to deal with a very different experience this year. Social distancing at home and forgoing our usual Easter activities will be a challenge. Staying at home for the greater good of our health and supporting the nation in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as possible, is vital to all of us.  

The AFIF Team would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Easter and most importantly, stay safe.

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update –

Green Shoots of Recovery in Airfreight – Looming Challenges for Oceanfreight

The Federal and State governments’ restrictions on movements, gatherings, self-isolation and social distancing rules appear to be having a positive impact on the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 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. The restrictions on intra-state and interstate road movements over Easter do not apply to freight vehicles going about their normal business. State governments have committed to maintain the current arrangements to ensure goods keep moving through the supply chain.

Green Shoots of Recovery in Airfreight  

AFIF has been in constant dialogue with CTOs and carriers, assessing the progress of the recovery in airfreight capacity in the Australian market. Despite the high freight rates, there are import backlogs particularly ex USA, Singapore and Europe. Exports are moving better depending on the destination. The number of airlines converting Passenger to Cargo (P2C) aircraft to carry freight only has increased substantially this week. Full freighter services have been added.

Update on Cargo Stowed on Seats in the Passenger Cabin  

AFIF understands CASA – Civil Aviation Safety Authority has approved cargo being loaded on passenger seats, but has NOT approved the removal of seats and loading bulk cargo in the passenger compartment.  Some airlines are studying the safety and operational implications of loading freight on seats – including the impact on aircraft turn-around times and loading delays in manually loading cargo on seats and securing the load. More in the Weekly News

Australia Air Freight Update

Operators of scheduled freighter services have added capacity to the Australian market. Some wholesaler and retail forwarders are arranging full charters direct with carriers. P2C services have increased substantially in the past week. Passenger services continue with a few airlines and ad-hoc random flights and charters are occuring. More details on the carriers and services in the Weekly News  

CTOs Impacted by Surge in Aircargo

Following the suspension of most passenger flights, the CTOs stood down a large number of employees (varies between CTO and location.) The sudden influx of the additional full freighters and the introduction and expansion of P2C flights by several carriers has required quick reaction by the CTOs. An issue for the CTOs is the fluidity of full freighter and P2C flights - many are unscheduled and the CTOs are advised by the carriers at short notice, or they are delayed, or they fail to eventuate. There have been delays experienced by drivers with truck queues forming in some locations. More details in the Weekly News

Update on Government Announcement ‘COVID-19 Airfreight Rescue Package for Fresh Food Exports, Medical Supply Imports’

Following the Federal government announcement last week, there has been much activity to create the foundation for this to take place.  AFIF has been in regular contact through Austrade with the government appointed International Freight Coordinator General, Michael Byrne, to understand and coordinate with affected members, the mechanism and timeline of how the project will work in practical terms.  Today, the first flight under the program has departed, taking exports of premium Australian seafood into Asia. An update of progress of the program in the Weekly News

Looming Challenges for Oceanfreight

As backlogged orders are fulfilled in China, shutdowns or business limitations in other countries is impacting the supply of products. Cancellation of orders and no re-ordering by retailers and wholesalers due to a lack of consumer demand is leading to overstocked warehouses, less containers moving and more blank sailings. The impact on Australia is uncertain, though the real determinant will be whether there is sufficient domestic demand to drive enough imports to keep the shipping lines going at a level of service capacity and regularity that we have been used to. If services contract, there will be a knock-on effect to exports capacity. Inevitably a supply and demand imbalance will flow through to space and rates. More details in Weekly News

ABF - Update on Border Requirements and Essential Services

Further update on the ongoing issue of the ‘Essential Service’ status of the freight logistics service providers of our industry. Today, ABF issued further information about national and domestic border requirements, including clarification of how the term ‘essential services’ applies to restrictions on the movement of people and goods across borders, and possible exemptions to those restrictions.  on the status & States border access.  Notice on essential service status and links and details on current state border restrictions in the Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News - Links in Weekly News

1)        ABF - COVID-19 - Officers Assurance Declaration for Visiting Premises

2)        Queensland woman to face court on drug importation charges

3)        Transcript: 2GB Interview with ABF Commissioner Michael Outram APM

4)        Transcript: ABF Commissioner Michael Outram APM Press Conference

5)        Transcript: Sunrise Interview with ABF Commissioner Michael Outram APM

AWE – Changes to the Movement of Freight via Air-to-Sea for BMSB

AFIF has been pursuing with AWE the air-sea option of airfreighting shipments from Europe to Singapore, loading them into a seafreight container and shipping to the Australian port. In this way, target high risk goods from target risk countries which would require treatment if carried by sea from point of origin, would instead move by air where there is no restriction and be loaded in a container in Singapore and shipped on to Australia.  AWE has released a policy position.  AFIF put to AWE various scenarios of re-consolidation of cargo loaded in the container in Singapore and their response. Details in Weekly News

AWE – BMSB Newsletters No 6 - Master Consolidators and General Updates

 AWE has released BMSB Newsletters No 6 for the current season. Details and links in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

CTOs’ Easter Operating Arrangements

The 3 CTOs released their Easter operating hours Notices. AFIF acknowledges dnata allowing Good Friday as a Storage Free Day. Details and links in Weekly News

Stevedores’ Easter Operating Arrangements

AFIF has been in contact with the Stevedores to provide their Operating Arrangements for Easter. Details have been provided by Patrick, Hutchison Ports and VICT. No details received from DP World. Details and links in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports Targeting Resumption of Work at Port Botany on the Weekend   

Hutchison Ports operations at Port Botany have been suspended since the weekend, apparently due to 2 of the workforce testing positive for COVID-19. Vessels have been redirected to DP World for service. Hutchison Ports have extended free storage time for cargo caught up in ‘Unforseen Event’. Hutchison is targeting a resumption of operations on Saturday, subject to agreement with the MUA. Details in the Weekly News

DP World Announces Revised Access and Ancilliary Charges Commence in May 

DP World Australia will begin differentiating Access Charges for laden import and export containers, with lower charge for exports for road operators. The change is designed to support Australian farmers and exporters, while global trade continues to be impacted by the crisis response to COVID-19. Details of the increases affecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Terminals in Weekly News

AFIF Comment

“The stevedores’ ongoing increases and re-working of the opaque calculation of landside charges, to support “infrastructure investment and rebalancing revenue from water side to land side to account for landside costs”, is a well-worn path. The parallel universe inhabited by the stevedores has captured the attention of the Ministers for Transport in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia and there appears to be a willingness by State governments to take action beyond the Pricing Reviews and Inquiries. AFIF and industry participants will not give up and continue to lobby governments to legislate a cap to this unrestrained practice.” More 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

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update: SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, The Hon Scott Morrison announced a set of “good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies” and “to aid the management of cashflow for SME tenants and landlords on a proportionate basis” through the implementation of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME commercial leasing principles during COVID-19. Unlike other COVID-19 measures previously announced by Mr Morrison, the code is generally not prescriptive in nature and more principles-based:“…the circumstance of each landlord, SME tenant and lease are different, and are subject to negotiation and agreement in good faith”. Full details of the Code of Conduct and what landlords and tenants should expect of each other in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – JobKeeper Program

This week, the Federal Government has passed the JobKeeper payment program through both Houses of Parliament. The program is designed to support employees and businesses affected by COVID-19. This is a long awaited stimulus measure that assists employers in retaining their workforce. In summary, the proposal is for a wage subsidy, dubbed the JobKeeper payment, to be made to employers of $1,500 per fortnight per employee to help businesses retain workers through this period. Key points for employers, sole traders and links to the government factsheets in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Over the last fortnight, 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


FIATA e-News No 221 – 8 April 2020 - Government Actions to Help Soften Global Trade Disruptions During COVID-19

FIATA has issued latest edition of FIATA e-Flash No 221 – 8 April 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Details and links in the Weekly News

IATA – Air Cargo Demand Slumps in February as COVID-19 Takes Hold     

IATA released February 2020 data for global air freight markets showing that seasonally-adjusted demand was down 9.1% month-on-month in February. Asia-Pacific airlines saw seasonally-adjusted cargo demand fall by 15.5% compared to January 2020, to levels last seen in early 2014. The drop in demand was largely due to the impact of COVID-19. Capacity decreased 17.7% - the largest fall since early 2013. Cargo capacity in China dropped sharply in February, driven in large part by the collapse of belly-hold capacity. Full report and link 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

Airport North Precinct Project - Monthly Update: April 2020

ABF - COVID-19 - Officers Assurance Declaration for Visiting Premises

OAG Aviation Worldwide Webinar - COVID-19 and Air Travel #2

CTOs - Easter Hours of Operation Announcements

Transport for NSW - COVID-19 Freight Industry Update

dnata Terminal Melbourne Delays Update

NSW incentives - HLB Mann Judd

Latest communication - HLB Mann Judd

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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 2020 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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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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