AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 10

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus to be Released Next Week 

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.

Details of sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released next week. In the meantime, please direct your enquiries to Brian Lovell, (02) 93143055 or   


DAWR – Biosecurity Imports Levy Update - $10.02 per TEU – Update from Stakeholder Meeting Today – ‘The Plot Thickens’

Today, AFIF attended the latest Stakeholder Meeting of the proposed Biosecurity imports Levy. There was considerable discussion and conjecture in the meeting. The general consensus was that the Government has miscalculated by proposing the levy without providing enough information as to the detailed rationale for what is - a tax on a specific sector (rather than a broad-based tax on the general population). Industry believe that the scope and design of the levy, as recommended by an independent review without initial industry consultation, is seriously flawed and needs to be addressed and re-presented to industry for serious consideration. Full details of the robust discussions and Next Steps in Weekly News.

DAWR – BMSB - Italian Treatment Providers Potentially Suspending Operations – DAWR Meeting with Italian Treatment Providers in Italy Next Week   

Next week, DAWR and NZMPI will be visiting Italy to meet with the Italian Pest Control Association and each of the 3 suspended treatment providers, to review their performance and possible reinstatement in the program.  The 3 suspended treatment providers represent around 75% of the treatments undertaken in Italy. DAWR last received treatment certificates from Italian providers on 21 December.  How have shipments of target high risk goods been handled since 21 December – have these shipments been treated in another country, or, simply shipped without treatment? Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Onshore BMSB Treatment Taking up to 21 Days – Repeated

DAWR confirmed that onshore BMSB treatment including entry processing and direction, inspection and fumigation can take up to 21 days. DAWR advises BMSB shipment processing is resource intensive in the Department. The treatment by onshore providers across the country will vary and bottlenecking may occur during the current peak season months for BMSB arriving here. A surge in shipments of untreated high risk goods from Italy would further exacerbate the current delays in onshore treatment being experienced by industry (refer above item).  More in the Weekly News.

DAWR-BMSB – Third Vessel Directed to Leave Australian Territory, MV Thalatta

On 4 January 2019, the RO/RO vessel Thalatta and its cargo was directed to leave Australian territory due to unacceptable biosecurity risk posed by Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB). Whilst at anchorage off Fremantle, the vessel reported findings of a large number of exotic insects, including BMSB. This is the third vessel directed to leave Australian territory this BMSB season. Full details in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Goods Compliance Results – Export Declarations: FOB Value - Why is it a Problem?

Home Affairs-ABF have released the December edition of the Goods Compliance Update (GCU). A concerning issue for Home Affairs/ABF is the ongoing high error rate in Export Declarations. July-Sep 2018, the error rate was 37.7%.  Of the total 180 errors detected in audits, 56% of errors are comprised of the top 3 - FOB Value, Gross Weight & Nett Quantity. The highest error area, FOB Value, represents over a third of errors. Why is it so and how can it change? Full details, ABF’s action and AFIF’s Comment in Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF – More than $12 million of GBL Seized as ABF & Police Continue to Target Drug Manufacturers 

Investigations by NSW Police Force detectives and ABF officers has led to one of Australia’s largest seizures of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), preventing at least a million deals being sold at NSW dance festivals and nightclubs. ABF officers targeted a consignment of 20 drums from China, which were declared as liquid fertiliser. The consignment was examined at the NSW Container Examination Facility and presumptive testing returned a positive indicator for GBL, which is also known as liquid ecstasy, fantasy, or coma in a bottle. Forensic analysis determined the drums contained 4000 litres of GBL, which has an estimated potential street value of more than $12 million. Full Report in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices

Menzies Aviation Notice - Driver Safety Induction – Repeated

Menzies Aviation has announced the introduction of a Driver Safety Induction Program. Effective 21st January 2019, ALL drivers wishing to be served at Menzies Aviation Cargo Terminals will need to be inducted. ALL drivers who intend to lodge or retrieve cargo or unit load devices and any other persons who have a need to enter Menzies Aviation warehouses will be required to complete the on-line Driver Safety induction. 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 Demand Flat in November

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 2.3% in November 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. This was the first time since May 2016 that monthly year-on-year demand declined. Details and link to full article 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

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 3

Menzies Aviation Notice - Driver Safety Induction Program

Prawn Review Liaison Officer (PRLO) Update

CPTPP - Trans-Pacific Partnership Originating Goods On-Line Tariff



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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