Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 28

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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.

The Business Program has subjects tailored to deal with matters affecting all of our member’s current business activities. Each week in this News Bulletin we will highlight a different subject of the Business Program.

This week we feature:                                            

Customs & Border’    

 ‘ABF Challenges and Opportunities for Industry’ - Michael Outram, APM, Commissioner, ABF

'The Hudson Report – the latest Trade and Customs issues’ - Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke 

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 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 continue to settle down and processes are being managed effectively. There is a growing percentage of pre-screened cleared cargo received week on week. There are minimal delays in processing cargo acceptance and truck unloading.

The areas of concern are:

Reports of CTOs and Off Airport RACAs Screening ‘Homogenous Cargo’ and ‘Oversize Cargo Secondary Screening’ Inconsistently

This week AFIF has received reports from AACAs who have lodged cargo at CTOs which the AACAs believe to be homogenous, but are told is not homogenous. Homogenous Cargo ExampleWine packed in cartons on skids. Oversize Cargo Secondary Screening Example – AACA’s Shipment Rejected. Details in Weekly News

AMSD Guidance Centre                                                            

If you have examples of cargo which is being refused acceptance under the new EACE rules and you wish to seek clarification from AMSD, contact the AMSD Guidance Centre. Contact details in Weekly News

More RACAs and Known Consignors Approved

There have been additions to the AMSD lists of approved RACAs and Known Consignors in the past week. The RACA and Known Consignor Lists will be approved and updated on the AMSD website. Links to the updated lists and details in Weekly News

AMSD Acknowledges Industry

AFIF, as a member of Air Cargo Security Industry Advisory Forum (ACSIAF) received written acknowledgment and thanks from AMSD regarding the support from industry in the transition to EACE Measures on 1 March 2019. In addition, AMSD advised the Guidance Centre is reverting to normal hours and AMSD office in Canberra will be moving location in April. Full correspondence in Weekly News

CTO’s Easter and Anzac Day Operating Arrangements

AFIF has been in contact with the 3 CTOs to provide their Operating Arrangements for Easter and Anzac Day. Details in the Weekly News

dnata Notice – Relocation of dnata Sydney T2 Import Cargo Facility on 8 April 2019

dnata has advised details of the moving of their T2 facility from Coward St Mascot to Military Rd Matraville on 8 April 2019. Details of the operational and transition and arrangements in the Weekly News

Update on the Protected Industrial Action (PIA) at DP World Australia 

As reported in AFIF Weekly News last week, members of the CFMMEU are undertaking a campaign of protected industrial action at DP World Australia Terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle. Latest update from DP World Australia in Weekly News. 

DAWR – Register your interest in attending the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2019-20 Season Industry information sessions

AFIF attended the DAWR Industry Cargo Consultative Committee Meeting in Melbourne last week. An overview was provided on BMSB planning underway for the forthcoming BMSB season commencing in September 2019. The number of target risk countries is greatly expanded for 2019-20 season. DAWR advised they would be holding BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions to outline the planning measures for next season.    DAWR Notice to industry of the proposed dates of the information sessions NEXT WEEK and to register your interest to attend in Weekly News.

DAWR – Clearance of Fresh cut Flowers and Foliage Consignments on Long Weekends and the Lead up to Mother’s Day 2019  

Over the long weekends, and in the lead up to Mother’s Day, consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage found to be infested with live insect pests can have the option to be directed for onshore fumigation and release prior to pest identification by an entomologist. DAWR Notice including all of the affected dates in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

ABF – Three Arrested as ABF Dismantles Tobacco Smuggling Ring in Sydney

Three people have been arrested after Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators smashed a highly organised criminal syndicate in an operation which also netted 2.9 tonnes of loose leaf tobacco, more than 300,000 cigarettes and $97,000 in cash. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

NZ Customs Opens the Infringement Notice Scheme for Business on 1 April 2019

Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke, outlines the Infringement Notice Scheme introduced by New Zealand Customs and commencing on 1 April 2019. Details and Commentary in Weekly News.

VICT – Extended Operating Hours to 24/5 and Longer Hours on Saturday and Sunday

From Monday 1st April, VICT will be extending Landside operating hours to run 24/5, closing only from Saturday 14:00hrs to Sunday 06:00hrs and once again on Sunday 14:00hrs to Monday 06:00hours. VICT will review this arrangement after four weeks (26th April) to assess whether there has been sufficient uptake of slots across the nightshift to warrant a continuation of these operating hours. Full details including commentary in Weekly News

IMO 2020 Fuel Rules Set to Change Ocean Freight Landscape  

Next year will be a pivotal year for the container shipping market, with the imminent the IMO 2020 low-sulphur fuel deadline set to trigger more slow steaming and transhipment - and be potentially disastrous for some container lines if they fail to recover enough of their cost increases from customers, according to industry analyst Drewry. Details in Weekly News

IMO 2020 Global Sulphur Cap – Low Sulphur Surcharges – Repeated

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content from 1 January 2020, lowering from the present 3.5% limit. As IMO 2020 low-Sulphur Fuel Regulations approach, shipping lines are flagging significant increases in rates and Low Sulphur Surcharges to recover their increased costs of compliance. At AFIF 2019 Conference, there will be a session on ‘Current Trends in International Shipping and Outlook for the Australian Market’ which will provide an update on Sulphur Cap 2020 and beyond – what it means for Australia, Low Sulphur Surcharge, etc. Details in Weekly News

Older, Gas-guzzling Box Ships Bound for Scrapyards as IMO 2020 looms – Repeated

Loadstar reports this week, with the IMO 2020 low-sulphur fuel regulations looming, containership owners are keen to offload as many older gas-guzzling vessels as possible, with the current high scrapping rates providing added incentive. 12 vessels with a capacity of 36,000 teu have been sold for demolition in the past 30 days, taking the year-to-date number to 30, for 52,000 teu. This compares with just 48 vessels for 88,000 teu sent to breakers’ yards last year. More in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 196 - 25 March 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 196 – 25 March 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News 

UPS Makes First Commercial Drone Delivery

And so it begins, commercial drone use is happening in the US as UPS, with drone company Matternet, today delivers medical samples to a hospital and campus in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC). Details in Weekly News


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

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. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 afif@afif.asn.au

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

Menzies Aviation CTO - Easter Operating Hours and Storage Arrangements

DAWR - Register your interest in Attending the BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions

DP World Update - Ongoing Protected Industrial Action

dnata Notices - Relocation of Sydney T2 Import Terminal. National Easter & Anzac Day Operating Arrangements

Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 21



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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