Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  28 November 2019

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AFIF Annual General Meeting Minutes, Reports and Election of Directors 

The AFIF Annual General Meeting 2019 was held last Thursday 21st November at Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Pagewood, NSW. The AFIF Board of Directors for the next year have been confirmed at the AGM.  AFIF thanks our Members for their continued support and participation in the Association's activities. The AGM 2019 Minutes of Meeting, Chairman's Report and CEO Report can be downloaded in the Weekly News

IATA Dangerous Goods 2020 61st Edition – ORDER NOW – In Stock - Immediate Delivery

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AFIF Meets with Bradley Armstrong, Deputy Comptroller-General and Group Manager Customs Group, ABF & Senior Customs Group Management 

AFIF has met with Bradley Armstrong, Dep. Comptroller-General and Group Manager Customs Group, ABF, and senior Customs Group Managers of the ABF in Canberra to discuss a range of recent developments and current Customs issues. Topics discussed - ABF Operational Activities; IT – ICS Upgrades and Website Enhancements; Customs and Border Modernisation Update - Industry Engagement, Trade Facilitation Industry Working Group (TFIWG), Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) and Agency Alignment – details in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

Wetherill Park RES charge two men after 21 kgs of opium found secreted in air cargo

Joint operation stops over 15 million MDMA pills reaching Australian streets

DoA – BMSB Updates Newsletter and Master Consolidators Newsletter

DoA will be publishing regular newsletters for general updates in relation to the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The newsletters will provide information, tips and hits and any other relevant information that may be of use to industry to keep informed throughout the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Regular newsletters will also be published for Master Consolidators (MCs) relating to the importation of LCL consignments in FAK containers for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The first 2 Newsletters have been released, links and subscriber details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

DoA – Expanding Agricultural Exports in the Asia-Pacific 

The Australian Parliament has passed legislation that brings Australian agricultural exporters one step closer to benefiting from the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong. Expanding our market access and reducing red-tape for our agricultural exporters is a key focus of our government. The legislation opens opportunities for increased and more efficient trade of our horticultural, dairy, grain, meat, and agricultural fibre products.” Details in Weekly News

DoA – Digital Drive Smoothes Food Export Path – Digital Export Certification

Australian agricultural and food producers will get an easier path into international markets with digitisation of export processes to lift their global competitiveness. The system will replace use of paper documentation wherever it is used to support, apply or be issued in relation to export certification, with the system expected to begin initial operation before mid-2020 and be fully completed within three years. This initiative is part of the government’s deregulation agenda to make life easier for exporters and will help reach the target to grow agriculture to a $100 billion sector by 2030.

AFIF Comment – DoA and ABF Trade Modernisation – a Parallel Universe? 

It is to be hoped that the focus on building agriculture exports doesn’t distract the government and the DoA’s attention from important import modernisation reforms. There is no holistic, transformational approach to modernising import trade and border processes in the DoA and ABF. The 2 departments ‘doing their own thing’ at the border and funneling the IT clearance processes through the ICS for the forseeable future - with no ICS replacement timeline on the horizon - continues to inhibit best practice for import processing at the border. This flawed ‘parallel universe’ will linger until such time as the government passes legislation amendments to bring the 2 departments onto the same page, to enable development of a transformational, holistic trade modernisation and facilitation strategy at the border. More in Weekly News

Melbourne CTOs – Delays Continue at dnata & Menzies Aviation

AFIF has been reporting in the Weekly News, the ongoing delays in retrieving and delivering cargo at dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals in the past weeks. Again this week, at certain peak times these delays have extended to several hours. The cause is related to fluctuating business volumes and aligning available qualified staffing levels. The peak season has arrived late, following a subdued period and the CTOs have been unable to source an adequate pool of qualified casuals to supplement their permanent workforce resources. More details including comment from AFIF Chair, Paul Golland in Weekly News

Air New Zealand Trans-Tasman Flights Cancellations 

Air New Zealand is making some changes to its international schedule over summer as a result of ongoing global issues impacting some Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Several trans-Tasman flights have been cancelled. Full listing of the affected flights and days in the Weekly News

DP World - Sydney Terminal Crane Rail Repairs 

DP World advise - Crane 6 at our Sydney Terminal will be undergoing scheduled crane rail repairs from 06:00 Sunday 1 December to 14:00 Friday 6 December 2019. The crane will be out of service during this period. We will work closely with vessel operators in the event of any delays.

DP World - Port of Melbourne Planned Dredging Works        

DP World advise - Port of Melbourne planned dredging works will begin on Monday 2 December 2019 with expected competition by mid-March 2020. The Yarra River Channel closure times will be daily between the hours of 08:00 to 13:00 and 23:00 to 04:00 for a period of up to 10 weeks commencing on 02 December 2019. We will work closely with vessel operators in the event of any delays

HLB Mann Judd  End of Year Update 2019

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all businesses as the end of the year approaches. HLB Mann Judd’s 2019 End of Year Update newsletter addresses a number of topics relating to planning for the holidays and New Year. In this issue we share: 2020 vision, planning for the new year; Securing your business over the break; FBT-free gifts this Christmas; How to keep your Christmas party tax-free; Hiring working holiday makers, and; Holiday travel and estate planning. Details and Link in Weekly News

Air Cargo Liability Limits Increase from 19 to 22 SDRs from 28 December 2019 – Repeated

Every 5 years the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducts a review of the Montreal Convention's liability limits based on inflation. Following ICAO’s review this year, ICAO has proposed a 13.9% increase to the current limits of liability. Relevantly for AFIF Members, the limit in relation to cargo will increase from 19 SDRs (approximately A$37.92) to 22 SDRs (approximately A$43.91) per kilogram of cargo lost or damaged. This revision will take effect from 28 December 2019. Details including implications for members in Weekly News.

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

There has been a recent surge in interest in the international trade, transport and logistics industry thanks to the Make Your Move campaign funded by the International Trade Development Fund (ITDFund). The campaign has reached over 1.2 million young people across a range of online and offline channels. Traineeships are a proven, and very cost-effective way to grow the capabilities of your business and create a life-changing opportunity for a young person.  You can find out all of the information about how to hire a Trainee and engage a Registered Training Organisation (Self Managed Traineeship), or about how to access Industry Managed Traineeships via a new industry search tool – details in Weekly News


Capacity Cuts on North Asia-Australia Container Trade as Demand Plummets 

Loadstar reports - Shipping lines are cutting container services between North Asia and Australia as plummeting freight demand reaches “breaking point”. According to Alphaliner, streamlining services on the North Asia-China-Australia trade will remove around 4,500 teu of weekly capacity and make five classic panamax ships redundant. For example, Alphaliner said, the joint Australia Express service by ONE, Yang Ming, Evergreen, APL and Hapag-Lloyd would be closed in its current form; as will a service jointly operated by Evergreen, APL and HMM, both being replaced by alternatives by the end of this month. Details in Weekly News

FIATA Appoints New Director General      

FIATA President Mr. Basil Pietersen has announced the appointment of FIATA’s new Director General. “After an extensive recruitment process, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Stéphane Graber as the new Director General of FIATA who will take up his role in Geneva on 1 January 2020.” More details in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 212 – 18 November 2019 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 212 – 18 November 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link 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

HLB Mann Judd End of Year Update

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 21 November 2019

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!



AFIF Training Schedule 

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 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)Upcoming Courses listed in the Weekly News.

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IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea) Training Validity/Expiry   

If you or your staff hold IMDG Certification under IMDG Code 2016, the expiry date is 31st December 2019 - then you must complete a 1 day IMDG Re-certification course BEFORE 31 December 2019, to remain certified.  Failure to do so will require undertaking the 2 day IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea) Full Acceptance Course. Full details and AFIF Training Courses links in Weekly News


2019 IATA Publications – 61st Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations ORDER NOW - In Stock – Immediate Delivery      

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for ORDER 

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There are a large number of changes in the new edition of the IATA DGR Manual so make sure you order your new copy to reflect these changes.

To place your order now for the 2020 61st Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications click on the link below:


Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.

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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