AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – February 14

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Website and Program Released – Registration Now Open

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041.

The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 23rd, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 24th May 2019. The event will conclude with our traditional Industry Gala Dinner on the evening of the 24th May 2019.

AFIF has responded to members’ feedback to continue the same popular format we delivered last year, namely a One Day Business Program focussed on providing vital, topical content, with speakers and panels tackling issues and latest updates that members need to understand.

The Program has subjects that deal with related matters affecting all of business and include the near to medium-term futuristic topics that will soon be commonplace. We recommend this Program and the event for you to consider either a combined Day/Dinner package or to attend the day Business Program only.

Circle Friday 24 May 2019 in your diary, it’s shaping up to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!

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

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 


AMSD – 2 Weeks to Go until EACE Security Measures Come into Force on 1 March 2019

In the lead up to 1 March, AFIF has been meeting with AMSD, CTOs and members, obtaining the latest information on the expected operational impact at the CTO’s, including CTOs acceptance times.

AMSD – EACE Program Update – More RACAs and Known Consignors Approved

AMSD has now approved 11 new RACA with EACE freight forwarders and exporters. There are 165 approved Known Consignors over 234 locations. The RACA and Known Consignor Lists have been updated on the AMSD website. More approvals will be confirmed in the next 2 weeks.  Details in Weekly News.  

Homogenous Cargo – Note the Risks

AFIF Members are reminded of the definition of homogenous cargo for cargo being examined by X-ray. After 1 March will be too late to lodge with the CTO a skid of multiple cartons presumed to be homogenous, then screened by the CTO and revealed to be non-homogenous. There will be likely delays, collection of the rejected cargo and re-lodging as loose cartons, missed flight and double screening fees. Definition and more details in Weekly News

Be Aware – 1 March is a Friday – Deadline will not be Extended

AFIF has raised concerns with AMSD about commencing the new EACE security measures on a Friday, the busiest day of the week for export lodgements. Would AMSD consider holding over the commencement to Monday 4 March to provide a more orderly transition through Week 1? AMSD responded it’s not possible. AMSD response and AFIF recommendation for 1 March in Weekly News

AMSD Guidance Centre

AMSD today advised that the Guidance Centre on Telephone number: 1300 791 581. email: will be the key communications hub for all AACA, RACA, Known Consignor enquiries leading up to and beyond March 1 introduction of the new regulations.  The centre will be operational with office staff throughout the day into the evening and will be diverted to a key departmental person 24/7.

3 CTOs EACE Screening Arrangements, Cut off times, Revised Fees, FAQs Released

The 3 CTOs have released their EACE Screening Arrangements, Cut off times, Revised Fees, FAQs. Qantas, Menzies Aviation and dnata schedules, information and links are in the Weekly News

AMSD – ‘Phytosanitary Inspections after Air Cargo has been Security Cleared’ – Repeated

AMSD has also issued a Factsheet for perishable exporters in regard to phytosanitary inspections of security cleared cargo. Under certain circumstances, security cleared air cargo that undergoes a phytosanitary inspection will not have its security cleared status revoked. Factsheet and Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Interim Measures for Goods Treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation         

Further to previous updates in AFIF Weekly News, regarding DAWR WHS issues with officers’ inspection of containers treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride.  DAWR has released Notice IAN 15-2019 - Interim Measures for Goods Treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation, which passes the gas detection responsibility to Industry. These are Interim Measures, DAWR will be issuing a further IAN soon, regarding the long term arrangements being put in place by DAWR. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Inspector-General of Biosecurity Launches BMSB Review – Reminder

AFIF Members will be aware through regular updates in AFIF Weekly News and Bulletins; as a member of the DAWR Cargo Consultative Committee, AFIF has called for a comprehensive Departmental review of BMSB seasonal measures. AFIF is pleased to receive this afternoon, communication from the Inspector-General of Biosecurity that she has advised the Agriculture Minister she will undertake a comprehensive Review of DAWR biosecurity measures to manage the risk of BMSB and what if any improvements can be made. AFIF encourages Members to send their feedback, comments and experiences to include in AFIF’s submission to the Review by Monday 18 February 2019 – Full details in Weekly News. 

DAWR – Current Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Important Changes to Redline Email Document Submission  

The ABF have changed the way in they communicate the request for Redline documentation. This change has been implemented in response to Industry concerns and has been prioritised to deliver efficiencies for Industry and the ABF. Details of the change in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Australian Investigation Leads to Biggest ever U.S. Meth Seizure - $1.29 Billion Dollars

Australian and U.S. authorities have seized more than 1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine (ice) – equal to more than 17 million drug deals and an estimated street value of $1.29 billion - the largest ever shipment bound for Australia and the largest ever domestic seizure in the U.S. Full details of the bust in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices

Sydney Empty Container Management: Transporters Face Significant Additional Costs / Reconsider Container Detention Policies – CTAA

Our colleagues at CTAA are spearheading a campaign - which AFIF has supports and has been  involved in - on behalf of container transport providers, on the issues of additional costs arising from - Staging of Empty Containers Via Transport Yards – Added Costs; Empty Container Re-directions with Little Notice; Unrealistic Container Detention Timeframes & Claims. Full Report and Actions in Weekly News

Major Stevedores Infrastructure Levy Increases - AFIF Comment

How can Infrastructure Levy increases of 300% in 20 months be justified?

AFIF has analysed the Infrastructure Levy increases at the 2 major stevedores, which reveals increases of between 200% & 300% in 20 months. AFIF CEO Brian Lovell commented in the DCN article of 31 January ‘VICT to Increase Infrastructure Levy’. The comments apply to the principle of the justification, formula and application of the Infrastructure Levy by all stevedores. It seems the stevedores operate in a parallel universe to the rest of the freight industry. Full details and commentary, including the Fremantle Port Stevedoring tender underway now, in the Weekly News

Survey - A Study on the Enablers and Outcomes of Logistics Cluster Benefits

AFIF has been approached by a PhD Candidate, Mr Shanta Hollock, at RMIT University in Melbourne, seeking assistance from AFIF Members in participating in a survey. The aim of Mr Hollock’s research is to understand, what enables the creation of logistics clusters benefits and the consequences to firms of such logistics cluster benefits being created.  There has been little or no research conducted in this field in Australia, making this ground-breaking. Your participation and support is highly appreciated. Details and link to Survey in Weekly News.


IATA – Air Freight Demand Ends Year Up 3.5%, Despite Softening Late 2018  

IATA has released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.  Asia-Pacific carriers posted the weakest growth of any region in December 2018 with a decrease in demand of 4.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 2.6%. Full details and Link in Weekly News


Shipping Australia Golf Day – Wednesday 13 March – AFIF Members Invited  

The SAL New South Wales Golf Day for 2019 will be held on Wednesday afternoon 13th March 2019 at the scenic Coast Course at Little Bay, close to Port Botany and the city. Come along and enjoy a great course and amazing coastal scenery. AFIF Members are invited to participate. Registration details and links in Weekly News

AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055

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 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

Shipping Lithium Battery Courses SYDNEY & MELBOURNE - February 2019

dnata CTO Announcement: Piece Level Screening Information, Cut Off times and Revised Tariff

Qantas Freight CTO Announcement: EACE Screening Arrangements, Cut off times and Revised Fees

Menzies Aviation Announcement: Known & Unknown Cargo Security Procedures & International Terminal Handling Revision - EACE surcharge

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 10 February

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – February 7



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

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