AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 3

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Happy New Year from the AFIF Team 

The team at AFIF would like to wish our members a Happy New Year and prosperous 2019.

AFIF will be continuing to represent members on a range of live issues from last year and attending industry engagement forums and meetings on future developments in our industry. In this weeks News we provide an outline of the forums and activities at which AFIF represents Members.  

Air Cargo CTOs Update

Following a relatively orderly peak season with minimal disruption and delays, the CTOs report that post-Christmas and New Year, their terminals are all operating normally, without backlogs or truck queues.   This is a positive outcome given the issues our industry has encountered in previous peak season periods. The CTOs are charging for their service and customers have a right to expect reliable, timely and efficient service. More in Weekly News

DAWR – BMSB - Italian Treatment Providers Potentially Suspending Operations  

Further to the DAWR announcement in December of the suspension of 3 Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers in Italy, AFIF has been in contact with DAWR. DAWR has heard that some Italian treatment providers were concerned by the suspensions and that some may stop treating goods. DAWR will be meeting with the Italian Fumigation Association in Italy at their request on 14 January. More details on DAWR Treatment of Consignments in Transit from a Suspended Provider and implications for forwarders and importers in Weekly News.

BMSB Update - DAWR Management of Non-compliant and Untreated Break bulk Goods and Break bulk Cargo Treated by Suspended Treatment Providers 

DAWR have released 2 Notices on Updates to BMSB Management of non-compliant and untreated break bulk goods and break bulk cargo treated by suspended treatment providers. Links in Weekly News

DAWR – Onshore BMSB Treatment Taking up to 21 Days 

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. More in the Weekly News.

DAWR – $120,000 fine for Serious Biosecurity Breaches

A Brisbane company and its director have been fined a total of $120,000 for biosecurity breaches associated with the transport and storage of imported uncooked pig meat during 2014 and 2015. They were found guilty of 76 separate offences relating to “dealing with landed cargo in quarantine” contrary to s44B(3) of the Quarantine Act 1908. The company was required to transport the imported containers directly to an approved arrangement site or to the processing facility of the importer, to ensure effective biosecurity control was maintained, but the containers were being stored at a non-approved site, in contravention of DAWR directions. Full details in Weekly News

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 – Current Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Goods Compliance Update (GCU) December 2018 Released

Home Affairs-ABF have released the December edition of the Goods Compliance Update (GCU) Looking to 2019, the ABF will continue to strengthen its capabilities to detect non-compliance and to focus resources on those threats, while further streamlining procedures for those demonstrating strong voluntary compliance behaviours. Details of Compliance Program Results including Cargo Reporting Performance, INS Penalties and more in the Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF – Important - Disclosure of Cargo Information held by the ABF    

AFIF and Industry Groups at the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) requested Home Affairs-ABF to provide definitive guidelines on the disclosure by industry of cargo information held by ABF. This is particularly pertinent when a consignment is on hold for CEF or other ABF inspection or interest. Home Affairs-ABF have released the Notice today, in Weekly News

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

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) – Repeated

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 – Repeated  

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 January 2018 – Repeated  

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

Home Affairs-ABF – Christmas Drug Haul Found at the Border

Between 23 and 30 December a range of drugs including methamphetamines, MDMA, ketamine and ephedrine were stopped at the border, some packaged to look like Christmas goods and other festive treats. Significant seizures included more than 60 kilograms of methamphetamines, 10kg of ephedrine, 37 litres of MDMA and 5 litres of GBL. Some were concealed inside boxes of specialty chocolates, clothing, champagne bottles and Christmas spice packaging. Details and Photos in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices

Menzies Aviation Notice - Driver Safety Induction

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

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% - Repeated    

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 – Repeated  

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 – Repeated

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

Menzies Aviation Notice - Driver Safety Induction Program

Prawn Review Liaison Officer (PRLO) Update

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

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 2 January 2019

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – December 20



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!