Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  8 August 2019

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AFIF 2019 CHARITY GOLF DAY Underway Today

AFIF 2019 Charity Golf Day in support of Motor Neurone Disease NSW got underway this morning at The Macquarie Links Golf Club Course under sunny, blue skies and 15 degrees. The course is in great shape with breezy conditions making it a challenge for players.

A full report on the AFIF 2019 Charity Golf Day and money raised in next week’s AFIF Weekly News.

AFIF is endeavouring to raise as much money as possible for this great charity. If you would like to help out with a cash donation, please contact Jodie@afif.asn.au


DoA – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season – 3 Weeks to Commencement!

Update of Progress – Are You and your Import Customers Ready?

Further to updates in AFIF Bulletins and AFIF Weekly News, AFIF is engaging continuously with DoA as a member of the Department’s Cargo Consultative Council (DCCC) on progress of the forthcoming BMSB Seasonal Measures. In the Weekly News is an update of the latest developments in preparation for the 2019-20 BMSB Season, covering – System Developments, Assessment Services, Inspection Bookings, Approved Arrangements, Safeguarding Arrangements, Offshore treatment Providers Scheme and a complaint by a freight forwarder in Italy

DoA Industry Workshops - LCL/FAK Container BMSB Processing – Takeaways

AFIF attended the DOA Industry information workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, for those involved with importing or handling LCL/FAK consignments that require increased intervention during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. DoA explained the new arrangements end-to-end, offshore to onshore and answered many questions. A summary of the key takeaways from the workshops affecting master consolidators and freight forwarders, in the Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Mutual Recognition Arrangements

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) allow recognition of Trusted Trader status in countries where Australia has signed arrangements. MRAs assist in reducing delays and decreasing the regulatory burden at the borders of our trading partners. Australia has MRAs in place with 8 countries and others being progressed, including USA & Thailand. Update and Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Airline Customer Service Officer Charged after Industrial Machine Filled with 200kg of Ice Intercepted at Border

An airline customer service officer has been arrested over his alleged role in the importation of $155 million worth of methylamphetamine. ABF officers targeted a container from the USA for examination at Sydney CEF and anomalies were noted in the X-ray image. The container was opened, revealing two large industrial machines inside and seven plastic garbage bags concealed inside two internal voids. Within these bags, were about 200 clip seal bags containing a white crystalline substance, with a total weight of 207kg. Full details and Video in Weekly News

Qatar Airways Notice – Lithium Batteries Shipments   

Qatar Airways has advised agents – ‘With immediate effect ANY goods that contain any Lithium Batteries must be declared at time of booking and we must be sent an MSDS containing the declaration that the batteries have been tested as per UN38.3’ Please be proactive with Personal Effect bookings that may contain laptop, camera etc. Notice in Weekly News

Air Canada Notice – New Declaration Form for Lithium Batteries, Effective 1 August 2019    

Air Canada Cargo is rolling out a new form on August 1 to be filled out for all shipments that include Section II lithium batteries. The form can be downloaded from the Tools and Forms section of the Air Canada Cargo website. It must be submitted, either electronically or physically, when tendering any shipment containing the lithium battery types listed above and will be mandatory as of November 1. Details in Weekly News

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

DoA –– BICON invoicing services, COLS, OPP and PEBS and PEMS Unavailable from 23:00 hursday 08 August to 05:00 Friday 09 August 2019 (AEST)

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), Online Payment Service (OPP) and the Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS) will be unavailable from 23:00 Thursday 08 August to 05:00 Friday 09 August 2019 (AEST). BICON will be available during this time, however clients may encounter error messages when attempting to view invoices related to previously submitted applications. Clients are advised to await the completion of this maintenance period before attempting to access these services. Details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - 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

Traditional Freight Forwarders the 'True Architects' of Transport – Repeated

Loadstar report - Traditional freight forwarders are the “true architects” of transport and, with the right tools, can beat fresh competition from digital disruptors and shipping lines. According to digital logistics start-up Qwyk, freight forwarders are well-positioned “to provide superior customer service to their rivals”.  “Every shipper will choose a good customer experience over an average one, and from my point of view, this is where a digitised freight forwarder can score.” More in Weekly News


IATA – Air Freight in Decline for Eighth Consecutive Month 

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 4.8% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 5.4% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Full Notice and details in Weekly News

Digital Aviation Freight Services to Exceed $1.7 billion in Revenue by 2024 

Escalating trade wars, industry consolidation, over capacity, and rising consumer expectations are adding tremendous pressure to both freight forwarders and air freight services. These forces are driving air freight technology services adoption to rise by a 17 percent CAGR, with connection revenues alone rising by 25 percent from 2018 to 2024, according to the report by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research. Details in Weekly News

FIATA Pledges to Lead Forwarders Through the Digital Age

FIATA Acting director general Steve Morris, says “FIATA is fit for purpose in terms of deliverables for all its members. But there is clearly a new world order coming up, an IT revolution”. Do forwarders need to see this as a challenge? Yes. Is FIATA aware? Yes, FIATA is aware of its need to equip members and the forwarding community with tools, training, platforms, expertise and much more to ensure a healthy and competitive industry that continue to promote trade and provide economic prosperity. More in Weekly News



Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 – Friday 16 August 

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 will be another great event full of entertainment, raffles and live auctions. This fun-filled evening brings the industry together to help make a difference for a great cause. We look forward to seeing you all there.  Book early to avoid missing out. Details and Registration Link in Weekly News

CTAA – Port Botany Workshop on the Container Logistics Chain - Wednesday, 28 August 2019 – AFIF Members Discount

The next CTAA Port Botany Supply Chain Awareness Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at the NSW Ports' offices, Brotherson House, Port Botany. AFIF Members receive a discount. Details and registration 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

DoA Notice 128-2019 - Treatment requirements for the 2019-20 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 4 August

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 1 August 2019

DP World Update - All Industrial Action Withdrawn



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

AFIF Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates – Reminder  

Reminder - Dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements by    5 September 2019. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

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


2019 IATA Publications – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – 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 afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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