AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – February 7

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:  

AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus Released  

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, on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May.

The venue is a modern purpose built Business and Convention Centre Hotel complex located close to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

Details of Sponsorship and Exhibition packages for this exciting event are available to industry. We are offering last year’s sponsors the chance to reserve the package they chose last year, for a limited time.  

Please direct your sponsorship enquiries to Brian Lovell, or Jodie Murray (02) 93143055 or   


The AFIF 2019 Conference Program will be released Next Week.


NEWS & ACTIVITIES                                          

AMSD – 3 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.

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

Qantas and dnata CTO Fees and Services Schedules are Imminent

AFIF has contacted Qantas and dnata – both CTOs confirm they are finalising their respective Fees Schedule and Arrangements and will be released by early next week. Menzies Aviation Fee Schedule has been released last week. Details in Weekly News

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

Menzies Aviation have released important information regarding ‘Menzies Aviation Air Cargo Security - Known & Unknown cargo security procedures effective 01 Mar 2019’ and ‘Menzies Aviation Revised Schedule of Fees including Acceptance Times for Enhanced Air Cargo Examination’. (EACE) Full Details and links to the 2 Documents in Weekly News

EACE Program Update

AMSD has approved the first of the new off-airport RACAs (freight forwarders). Known Consignor numbers are updated. Smiths Detection has updated the equipment supply situation. Update and details in Weekly News.

DAWR – Reminder of New Air Cargo Screening Requirement – Repeated   

DAWR has issued another reminder Notice to Exporters and Registered Establishments, particularly perishables, on the air cargo security screening for all exports on 1 March 2019. Notice and Details in 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

AMSD – ‘Export Air Cargo Security is Changing on 1 March 2019’ – Repeated  

AMSD issued a letter to exporters ‘Export Air Cargo Security is changing on 1 March 2019’, which is being distributed via various government agencies. Letter & Details in Weekly News.

Patrick Infrastructure Surcharge Increases Effective 4 March 2019

Patrick Stevedore has announced increases in the Infrastructure Surcharge, effective 4 March 2019. There are no other changes to other Ancillary Charges, but Patrick confirms these charges will be subject to an annual review with any price change to apply from 1 July 2019.

VICT Increases Infrastructure Surcharge to $85 per Container from 1 March

VICT has announced from 1 March 2019, VICT will be increasing the Infrastructure Surcharge to $85.00 per container (exclusive of GST) and will apply to all full containers, received or delivered to VICT. VICT notes in the announcement - ‘as market pricing shifts towards split waterside and landside tariffs, the Infrastructure Surcharge will be revised accordingly. The rebalancing allows VICT to remain competitive in the market….’

AFIF Comment - How can Infrastructure Levy Increases of over 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

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 – BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme: Treatment Provider Suspension: Triveneta Disinfestazioni S.r.l (AEI: IT4005SB)

Following the detection of live BMSB in a treated consignment, DAWR has suspended Triveneta Disinfestazioni S.r.l (AEI: IT4005SB) from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. Any consignments fumigated by Triveneta Disinfestazioni S.r.l (AEI: IT4005SB) will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit. Notice and 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. Full details in Weekly News. 

DAWR – Current Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Call for CAG Nominations – Closing Monday 11 February 2019

The Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) is calling for membership nominations for 2019. The CAG is a collaborative forum including representatives of Government and industry that discusses and co-designs solutions for trade and goods compliance issues. If you wish to nominate for the CAG, details in News

Home Affairs-ABF – Upcoming Weekend Outage to the ICS - Saturday 9 February 2019

Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 6 hour period between Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February 2019. The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 9 February until 05:00 AEDT Sunday 10 February 2019 and is necessary to promote system changes. Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices

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

IATA e-Flash No. 192 – 29 January 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 192 – 29 January 2019 covering a range of global trade related matters.  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 sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released next week.

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

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

DAWR - Interim Measures for Goods Treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 31, 2019

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 3 February and Community notification - intersection work at Botany Road and Wentworth Avenue

Patrick Sydney Autostrad Terminal - extreme weather 31/01/19

DP World Notice - Extreme temperatures at Sydney terminal

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



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.

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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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