AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – June 21

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AFIF Industry Air Cargo Security Workshops

Free of Charge – All Industry Welcome

100% Piece-level International Air Cargo Screening 1 March 2019 – Are you Ready?

AFIF is presenting Air Cargo Security Workshops around the country to provide briefings to industry on the forthcoming changes to 100% Piece-Level Screening of International Air Cargo. The Workshop is designed to be interactive and to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions to AMSD, Smiths Detection, 3 CTOs and AMI. Due to the importance of the changes impacting Air Cargo Security piece-level screening and the potential far-reaching impact to the air cargo market, a whole of industry response is required. AFIF is presenting these Air Cargo Security Workshops free of charge to AFIF members and all industry participants. Details in Weekly News. 

AMSD – 100% Piece-level Screening of ALL International Export Air Cargo from 1 March 2019.  Serious Implications for Industry

The Government’s decision to expand the current 100% piece-level screening to USA, to all international destinations from 1 March 2019, will provide significant business challenges to freight forwarders, AACAs, RACAs, Known Consignors and CTOs. Doing nothing is not in the best interests of your business and customers. An outline of the issues facing industry in Weekly News.

US Customs & Border Protection - USA Air Cargo Advance Screening Program Goes into Effect – Repeated

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration announced that the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program went into effect on 12 June 2018, requiring the submission of advanced air cargo information on shipments arriving in the United States from a foreign location. Details in Weekly News

American Airlines Implementing a New Airfreight Surcharge on June 28   

Starting June 28, 2018, American Airlines will implement a new airfreight surcharge. A variable airfreight surcharge (VSC) will apply for all freight on American Airlines Cargo with a 001 Air Waybill (AWB).  This new surcharge will be coded as VSC on the Air Waybill (AWB). Details of the surcharge its treatment in the Weekly News.

‘YM Efficiency’ Discharging & Loading Containers at DP World Port Botany – Update

Vessel Yang Ming (YM) Efficiency which lost 83 containers overboard and 26 damaged on board, is alongside at DP World, Sydney and is continuing to discharge damaged Sydney import containers.  Export Sydney containers continue to be loaded. The vessel is intended to depart on Saturday 23rd June bound for Melbourne. Yang Ming have provided an update of the status of the ship and damaged containers. Update in Weekly News.

What to do if you have Cargo Lost or Damaged on ‘YM Efficiency’ - Repeated

AFIF has some advice to members from Insurance Advisors on what action to take if you have cargo lost or damaged on ‘YM Efficiency’. Full details in Weekly News

DAWR – Biosecurity Imports Levy - $10.02 per TEU – AFIF Attends Industry Consultation Discussions in Canberra

On Friday 15 June, AFIF joined other industry representatives at a meeting with DAWR in Canberra to discuss the proposed Biosecurity Imports Levy, (levy) announced in the Federal Budget. The Industry Consultation Meeting of stakeholders was the first step in DAWR’s consultation, design and implementation of the levy. Details of the discussions and AFIF’s recommendations to the meeting on behalf of members in Weekly News.

DAWR – Preparation for the 2018-2019 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season

DAWR have issued a Notice advising on the increasing risk posed by BMSB to Australia, due the spread of BMSB to other countries. DAWR will mandate additional measures during the 2018-19 BMSB risk season (goods shipped to Australia between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive). These measures will require certain goods arriving from certain countries of risk to be treated or subject to increased intervention before arriving into Australian territory. Details in Weekly News.

DAWR – No Import Permit, Goods will be Exported

DAWR will not facilitate the clearance of goods that require an import permit under Biosecurity legislation, as stipulated in the Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system, where those goods arrive in Australian territory without a valid import permit. Goods that require a permit, but arrive without one, will be directed for export or required to be destroyed in an approved manner, at the importer’s expense. Details of the Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices – Links in Weekly News   

Home Affairs-ABF – Depot and Warehouse Licence Renewals Must be Paid by 30 June 2018  

Depot & Warehouse licence renewal invoices have been sent to the respective licensed establishments for payment by 30 June 2018. If you haven’t received your licence renewal invoice please contact National Depot & Warehouse Licensing at

Home Affairs-ABF – Renewal of Customs Broker Licences   

It is recommended that renewals are paid, associated documentation completed and returned as soon as possible to assist with the process.  A renewal received after 29 June will not be processed, resulting in the licence expiring on 30 June. Ideally all licence renewals should be completed and lodged no later than 22 June 2018.

Home Affairs-ABF – Third Chinese National Charged in Milking Machine Ephedrine Bust

ABF officers at the Sydney Container Examination facility targeted a consignment from China for examination. X-ray screening revealed anomalies in the milking machines and after deconstructing them, officers located more than 60 foil packages containing ephedrine, a precursor used to manufacture methamphetamine or “ice”. ABF officers executed Customs Act warrants on multiple residential addresses in the Hobart area.  Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs – ABF Current Notices – Links in Weekly News 

International Freight Forwarding and Customs Broking 2018 Industry Snapshot Released  

The 2018 International Freight Forwarding & Customs Broking Industry Snapshot has been released by HLB Mann Judd, AFIF and Front-Line Resources-My Freight Career Group. Printed Copies of the report are available from AFIF – Contact  Link to Weblink Version in the Weekly News 

DP World Australia - Closure of Coode Road West – Port Melbourne – Repeated

DP World Australia have advised the closure of Coode Road West will commence next week as part of the port’s broader plans. The closure of Coode Road West will create additional truck marshalling capacity, increase gate capacity and be the first step in creating an integrated multi-modal terminal with increased yard capacity at DPWA’s Melbourne Terminal. Details and link in the Weekly News.


FIATA e-Flash No 177 – 15 June 2018

FIATA has released FIATA e-Flash No 177 – 15 June 2018. Link in Weekly News

Australia – EU Free Trade Agreement – Negotiations Underway 

The Australian Government has launched negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. A trade agreement with the EU will open the door to a market of half a billion consumers and a GDP of US$17.3 trillion - making it one of Australia's biggest trade agreements once concluded. As a bloc, the EU is Australia's second largest trading partner, third largest export destination, and second largest services market.  Details in Weekly News


HLB Mann Judd Training Session on Xero Single Touch Payroll – 28 June 2018

As a Xero platinum partner, HLB Mann Judd Sydney invites you to an intimate training session to help you successfully process Single Touch Payroll in the new financial year. The event will be held at HLB Mann Judd Sydney office on 218 June. Details in Weekly News

AFIF Industry Air Cargo Security Workshops – BNE, SYD, MEL, ADL, PER – July-Aug

100% Piece-level International Air Cargo Screening 1 March 2019 – Are you Ready? AFIF is presenting Air Cargo Security Workshops around the country to provide briefings to industry on the forthcoming changes to 100% Piece-Level Screening of International Air Cargo. Details 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 Industry Air Cargo Security Workshops - Free of Charge

Patrick Operations Update - Sydney Terminal impacted by High Winds and Heavy Swell

Airport East Project – Weekly Update WC 18 June

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – June 14



AFIF Training Schedule for 2018

View upcoming training course dates for 2018 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)

All June & July Courses listed in the Weekly News.


IATA 58th Edition Cannot be Used – Out of Date 1 January 2018 – NEW 2018 IATA Publications – 59TH Edition DGR - IN STOCK - IMMEDIATE DELIVERY – ORDER NOW

The 2018, 59th Edition of the DGR and associated products are available from AFIF. Note the 58th Edition is out of date and cannot be used, there are a large number of changes in the 59th edition. To place your order now for the 2018 (59th) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications – Links in the 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 of changes in Weekly News

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