Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 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 2019 Conference Gala Dinner – Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy and their Fabulous Band Confirmed

AFIF is delighted to announce that as part of a fun night of dining and entertainment, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) and Lara Mulcahy will bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the AFIF 2019 Conference Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see...it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!

A great night of dining, entertainment, prizes and dancing included in your AFIF 2019 Conference Registration. 

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER



Air Cargo Security - EACE Security Measures Industry Update – Ongoing Issues for Industry

Following the commencement of new security procedures on 1 March, AFIF has been busy discussing relevant issues with the AMSD, CTOs and members, obtaining the latest information and progress. This week, the 3 CTOs report operations at all stations have settled down and processes are being managed effectively. There is a growing percentage of pre-screened cleared cargo received week on week. However, there are some issues which are causing delays for AACAs and need to be addressed to assist AACAs, off-airport RACAs and the CTOs to process shipments more efficiently.  These areas are:

Homogenous Cargo – Cargo Security Declaration Format (CSD) – Cargo Acceptance and Lodgement at CTOs

Updated details in Weekly News. 

More RACAs and Known Consignors Approved                                      

As at Feb 28, there are now a total of 41 RACA businesses. RACA List as at 7 March 2019 There are a total of 222 Known Consignors with a combined total of 305 site locations Known Consignor List as at 7 March 2019   The RACA and Known Consignor Lists will be approved and updated on the AMSD website. Updated details in Weekly News

AMSD Guidance Centre

AMSD has advised that the Guidance Centre on Telephone number: 1300 791 581. email: GuidanceCentre@homeaffairs.gov.au 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 – Repeated

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

DAWR:  Minister David Littleproud Creates Steering Committee to Advise on Biosecurity LevyAFIF CEO, Brian Lovell, Invited. Committee Members Announced

AFIF Members will be aware of the objections raised by AFIF and other industry bodies in regard to the proposed introduction of a Biosecurity Levy on sectors of the industry and our concerns with its flawed approach.  The Hon. David Littleproud MP as the relevant Minister has announced the appointment of a Steering Committee and Brian Lovell, CEO of AFIF, has accepted an invitation to represent our sector of the industry accordingly. DAWR Announcement List of the Committee Members in Weekly News

DAWR – Inspector-General of Biosecurity BMSB Review – Repeated

AFIF Members will be aware through regular updates in AFIF Weekly News and Bulletins that AFIF was pleased to receive advice from the Inspector-General of Biosecurity that a comprehensive Review of DAWR Biosecurity measures would be undertaken and last week, lodged its submission to the review. Click here to view AFIF submission.

DAWR – Detector Dogs to Sniff out BMSB Pests

Australia’s biosecurity detector dogs now have their noses honed on one of the nation’s most unwanted exotic pests — BMSB. Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said the department was working with the University of New England to train the dogs to detect this serious pest in sea cargo. In Brisbane, DAWR are currently trialling the use of detector dogs for the screening of imported cars. DAWR are expanding existing detector dog capabilities to address current or emerging biosecurity risks. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Border Permits Review Commenced

The Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP announced that the Home Affairs has commenced a whole-of-government Border Permits Review (the Review) into the legislative and business process requirements for border permits and associated licenses for prohibited imports and exports. The Review is subject to a public consultation process. Stakeholders will be able to make initial submissions through an online form that will be available on the Home Affairs website in coming days. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – ICS Outage Saturday 16 March to Sunday 17 March 2019

Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 16 March until 05:00 AEDT Sunday 17 March 2019 for system maintenance. Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

Hutchison Ports Brisbane Landside Tariff Revision

Hutchison Ports Brisbane will be increasing its Landside Tariffs from 15th April 2019. Link with the new Schedule of revised tariffs in Weekly News.

Port of Melbourne Infrastructure Pricing and Access Review – Repeated

As covered in previous editions of AFIF Weekly News, Infrastructure Surcharges levied by stevedores is an issue for industry, with increases of 300% in 20 months. The Victorian Government has asked Freight Victoria in the Department of Transport to commence a review into infrastructure charges, pricing and access to and from the Port of Melbourne. Freight Victoria is preparing the Terms of Reference for approval, following which we will soon appoint an expert consultant to conduct the review. Details and link for further information in Weekly News.

Common Issues in the Cool Chain – TT Club  

Whilst perishable cargo is often valuable freight, it can also give rise to higher exposures, which should provide adequate incentive for extra care to be taken by all stakeholders. As the world’s specialised ‘reefer ship’ fleet continues to decline, it is estimated that containers are today utilised for up to 75% of all temperature controlled cargo shipments. The process of correctly packing, handling and monitoring both equipment and cargo is one that will continue to demand attention. The issues leading to claims and the means of mitigating loss are outlined in Weekly News


IATA - Air Freight Makes Weak Start to 2019

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased 1.8% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the worst performance in the last three years. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 3.6% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details and full article in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No. 195 – 11 March 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 195 – 11 March 2019 covering a range of global trade related matters

FIATA AFI Commemorates Half Century of Advocating for the Airfreight Forwarder Industry – Repeated   

The Airfreight Institute (AFI) of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has reached a milestone – 50 years of representing the interests of airfreight forwarders worldwide. In the past half a century, AFI has been following the market development of air freight, addressing its members’ concerns and safeguarding the interests of air forwarders. Paul Golland, AFIF Chairman, is a member of the Committee of the FIATA Air Freight Institute (AFI) and regularly contributes to discussion on the proposed new IATA FIATA Air Cargo program. In addition, he participates in face to face meetings on a number of relevant subjects pertaining to Australian matters at the FIATA half-yearly Headquarter Session meetings and at the Annual FIATA World Congress. Full item in Weekly News


Fremantle Port Supply Chain Awareness Workshop - Tuesday, 26 March 2019  

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is collaborating with the City of Belmont and the City of Canning to facilitate a Fremantle Port Supply Chain Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. The aim of the Workshop is to raise the level of understanding of course participants about the whole Port Supply Chain. The Workshop is designed to be “hands-on” and interactive, with a mix of classroom delivery, as well as a physical visit to an empty container park, a transport yard and to a stevedore terminal. Details and Registration in Weekly News

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 FIATA2019 Conference website


In accordance with AFIF Communications Procedures, we have been posting relevant News and Updates on the AFIF Website. Links in Weekly News

TT Talk – Focus on the cool supply chain

Customs & Trade alert: Please sir, a dog ate my Brexit

Unravelling Liabilities In The Chain Of Responsibility

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 7, 2019



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 afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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