AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – December 20

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:                                             


AFIF Christmas Message and Office Arrangements over Christmas/New Year Period - Thank You    

Thank you for your support throughout the year and for engaging and participating at events and workshops which all contributes to the well-being of our industry. Full message in Weekly News

AFIF Office will be closed from 5pm Friday 21 December and re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019. For urgent matters during this period please email  or . We wish you and your family the compliments of the season!

Melbourne Airport CTOs - What a Difference a Year Makes!

AFIF Members will recall in November & December 2017, airport CTOs experienced significantly increased cargo volumes. Import and Export volumes were booming and the CTOs were struggling to keep up.  Last week, Brian Lovell, AFIF CEO and Stuart McFarlane, Business Affairs Manager visited Qantas Freight, dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals at Tullamarine and met with Terminal Managers to obtain an update on their terminal operations and preparations for 1 March 2019 air cargo screening. Full report on the 3 CTOs in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – TPP-11/CPTPP - ABF Comprehensive Guide - Product and Preference Rules, ICS 

The CPTPP enters into force for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore on 30 December 2018, and for Vietnam on 14 January 2019. ABF Website has been updated with the Legislation, Product Specific Rules, Notice DHAN 2018-37, Claiming Preference in ICS, What you will need to Support a Claim under TPP -11, Applying for an Advice Ruling. Notice & Links in Weekly News

Draft Guides to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).    

Home Affairs-ABF has developed a Draft Comprehensive Guide for Industry. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released an advanced copy of the Guide to using the CPTPP. The guide contains sample Certification of Origin templates that businesses can choose to use.  Notices and Links in Weekly News.

Working Tariff and Other Changes Commencing on 1 January 2019

The next scheduled reduction of preferential customs duty rates will occur on 1 January 2019 for several Free Trade Agreements. A full schedule of reductions and Links to webpages, including the Online Tariff, AANZFTA Product Specific Rules and Import and export statistical code changes, in the Weekly News

Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation Act) 2018

The Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Act 2018 (the Amendment Act) commences on 14 December 2018. Full details and links on new approach to giving legal effect to PSRs in customs legislation, Claiming preferential treatment and other information in the Notice and link in the Weekly News

ABF-Home Affairs – Current Notices

DAWR – Biosecurity Imports Levy Update - $10.02 per TEU

Further to the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Workshop in Canberra on 28 November 2018 attended by AFIF. Due to significant AFIF and Industry stakeholders’ objections concerning the proposed new shipping line collection model and calculation structure, DAWR is undertaking further consultation on the levy scope and design prior to preparation of an exposure draft. Meetings with industry stakeholders will be held in early January. Details of the specific issues in Weekly News.

DAWR – Another Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider Suspension – Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002B)  

Further to the DAWR announcement last week that the department has suspended Radit Srl (AEI: IT4006SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. IAN 186-2018 – 11 December 2018.  DAWR has announced the suspension of treatment provider suspension: Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002B) Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Another Vessel Directed to Leave Australian Territory – Bugs and BMSB

On November 26 RoRo Vessel Morning Composer, was inspected by DAWR Officers at anchorage off Fremantle. During the inspection, subsequent exotic insects were detected by biosecurity officers. The vessel was directed for thermal py-fogging prior to another inspection conducted by the department. During the second inspection, six different species of exotic insects including BMSB were detected. The vessel was directed to leave Australian waters. No cargo was unloaded at an Australian port. Details in Weekly News.

DAWR – Current Notices


CTOs Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The CTOs have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours and free storage arrangements. Full details and links to CTO’s Notices in the Weekly news.

Stevedores Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The Stevedores have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours arrangements. Full details and links to Stevedores Notices in the Weekly News.

DAWR – Christmas and New Year Operating Hours

DAWR’s Canberra Office will close at the close of business on Monday, 24 December 2018 and will re-open at the commencement of business on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. If you are seeking an appointment during the Christmas period it must be booked and confirmed prior to the close of business on 21 December 2018. DAWR Notice with arrangements in Weekly News

DAWR – Fresh Cut Flowers and Foliage consignments for Christmas 2018 and New Year’s Eve 2018 

Consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage found to be infested with insect pests can have the option to be directed for onshore fumigation and released prior to pest identification by an entomologist. This arrangement is applicable in all states on the 22 December until 26 December 2018, only. DAWR Notice and further details in Weekly News

Invitation to Participate in a Survey

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities as part of the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, is seeking to understand the data requirements of industry and government agencies as they make planning, operational and investment decisions for Australia’s supply chains. You are invited to participate in an online survey that will contribute to a freight data study as part of a response to the need for improved data identified in the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. Details in Weekly News

AFIF launches Make Your Move – The Future of Our Industry – Repeated 

AFIF events in Sydney on November 22, and Melbourne on December 12 marked the days when AFIF launched our new and exciting industry recruitment stimulation program called Make Your Move. Make Your Move is a careers education campaign to raise awareness of the International Trade, Transport and Logistics industry and the job opportunities available for young people. The ambitious program has involved to date - visits to over 3500 high school students in NSW, VIC & QLD; engagement with over 350 Careers Advisors; a sophisticated digital social media campaign including 6 x 1 minute micro-videos of young people working in our industry; links to jobs and training platforms. Full report and links to this exciting program in Weekly News. 


IATA – Air Freight Marks Modest Growth in October, Up 3.1% 

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), rose 3.1% in October 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This pace of growth was up from a 29-month low of 2.5% in September. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight grow by 1.9% in October 2018, compared to the same period last year. Details and link to full article in Weekly News

 FIATA e-Flash No. 190 – 17 December 2018 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 190 – 17 December 2018 covering a range of global trade related matters.  Link in Weekly News

FIATA Review – No 125 - November/December 2018

FIATA has issued its FIATA Review No 125 November/December 2018 covering a full wrap of the FIATA World Congress 2018 sessions in Delhi and Outlook for 2019.  Link in Weekly News


Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria.

Details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released in the New Year.  

FIATA World Congress 2019 Capetown – Website Launch 

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 FIATA Conference website 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

DFAT Guide to using the CPTPP & Certificate of Origin Templates

Home Affairs-ABF - Working Tariff and Other Changes Commencing on 1 January 2019

TPP-11 - ABF Comprehensive Guide - Product and Preference Rules, ICS

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 16 December

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – December 13



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.

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


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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!