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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  14 May 2020

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Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update - Restrictions Easing, New Challenges 

State governments have commenced easing restrictions and allowing more freedom of movement for individuals, greater interaction and range of activities. Health authorities have warned the community to prepare for potential increases in new COVID-19 cases. This makes it more important than ever that those delivering frontline services such as freight and logistics for the community take action to protect themselves and their teams by ensuring that workplaces and vehicles are COVID safe. The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and Safe Work Australia have developed a range of planning tools to help businesses develop their COVIDSafe Plan and adapt their operations to meet the requirements of operating during the pandemic. Details and links in the Weekly News

Freight and Logistics

Supply chains continue to operate throughout the restrictions, with Federal and State governments unanimously affirming the critical role the freight sector plays in providing essential supplies of food, medicine or other goods to communities around Australia, and the need to support the industry in the face of this unprecedented situation. There continues to be a steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

Trade Tensions with China and a Free Trade Deal with Indonesia Set to Kick-off on 5 July 

This week, trade tensions with China have emerged over barley and meat exports. Australia’s exports to China are worth over $153 billion or 32% share of the total exports – representing more than we export to our next 5 largest trading partners combined. Indonesia, with a population of over 260 million and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, presents significant trade and investment opportunities for Australian farmers and businesses. From 5 July, Australian exporters will soon start reaping the benefits of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Details in the Weekly News

New Zealand International Airfreight Capacity (IAFC) Scheme

New Zealand has launched a $330 million scheme to support exporters in defending export markets. Whilst the scheme is similar in concept to Australia’s IFAM scheme, the NZ scheme differs in some of the details. NZ Government Announcement and FAQs on the NZ IFAC Scheme in the Weekly News

dnata Handling IAFC Customer Airlines in Sydney and Melbourne

dnata will be supporting IAFC movements in Sydney and Melbourne by providing ramp and cargo handling for our customer airlines, Emirates, Tasman Cargo Airlines and Freightways.

Qantas Freight Operating Hours at Selected Terminals – Update

As Qantas has more certainty regarding the Qantas and Jetstar network over the coming weeks, they have continued to review terminal operations to take into account the revised schedules. In some ports, changes will be made to lodgement and collection times. An update on the affected ports in the Weekly News  

ABF – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Medical Products Temporary By-Law – ACN 2020-20 Updated Addendum

Further to the ABF announcement regarding the Government introducing a Temporary By-Law which provides a Free rate of customs duty for the period of 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020 for hygiene or medical products imported to treat, diagnose or prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. ABF has issued an updated ACN and Addendum. Link to the updated ACN and details in the Weekly News

ABF – Hydroxychloroquine Seized at the Border

Australians are being warned not to import and self-prescribe the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19, following a surge in detections by ABF officers screening medical supplies crossing the border. Dozens of consignments, totalling more than 6,000 tablets, have been intercepted at the border since January. All have been referred to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for assessment. Details on the seizures and photos in the Weekly News

ABF – Anita Langford Appointed to Assistant Secretary, Trusted Trader and Trade Compliance in Customs Group.  

Dr Bradley Armstrong PSM, Deputy Comptroller-General Group Manager Customs Group has announced the appointment of Anita Langford as Assistant Secretary, Trusted Trader and Trade Compliance in Customs Group. AFIF members will be aware of Anita Langford’s recent role as Assistant Secretary, Transport Security Operations in the Aviation and Maritime Security Division during the development and implementation of the Enhanced Air Cargo Examination program. More details and the announcement in the Weekly News

AWE – Regulatory Performance Framework 2018–19 Self-Assessments    

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on its Regulator Performance Framework (RPF) 2018–19 self-assessments. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to read the relevant self-assessments and provide feedback through the ‘Have your Say’ link in the Weekly News.  

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

IATA Dangerous Goods ‘DG AutoCheck’ – IATA Free Trial Offer to IATA Freight Forwarders  

IATA DG AutoCheck is a digital solution that enables airlines, ground handlers and freight forwarders to automatically check the compliance of the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) against all relevant provisions of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. It facilitates as well the verification of the packages' marks and labels on dangerous goods consignments. IATA are currently offering all of its accredited Freight Forwarders free temporary access to their DG Autocheck solution, including the online edition of the 61st DGR. Details in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update:

JobKeeper Payment Enrolment – Extension of Deadline Until 31 May 2020

The Taxation Commissioner has extended the enrolment period for the JobKeeper Payment scheme. It has been extended from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Businesses that enrol by 31 May are still eligible to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for the period. Be aware, however, that all eligible employees must have been paid the equivalent of $1,500 per fortnight for the fortnights ended 12 April and 26 April 2020, and that these payments must be made to them by 8 May 2020, even if the business does not register until after this date. More details in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Various Governments around Australia have announced a range of economic stimulus measures designed to support businesses in navigating the financial challenges of COVID-19. With all the information out there it is hard to know what businesses should be doing. HLB Mann Judd has provided a high-level summary of recommended actions and available Government support. Details in the Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Final Call: Last Chance to Register - Female Leaders Scholarship Funding

Women in Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.  It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News


FIATA E-Flash / Proactive and Motivated for Challenges Ahead

FIATA has issued the latest e-Flash update for the information of members, covering International Trade and Law; Training and Development; Digital Trends and Upcoming Events. Full details and link in the Weekly News.

TT Club – TT Talk COVID-19 Risks

As the TT Club continues to develop the information available concerning the practical implications of operating in the current COVID-19 world, the articles in this edition look at further issues that present a variety of risks. COVID-19 Risks: Unoccupied Premises; Wake Up to Fatigue Risk; Managing Communications Working Remotely. Details and Links in the Weekly News


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

DG AutoCheck access to Freight Forwarders

Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 7 May 2020

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’

AFIF are pleased to advise that we have been approved to conduct selected Air & Sea Dangerous Goods Training Courses via e-learning/’Zoom’ Webinar. This allows you to attend your DG course from the convenience of your location.

Online course benefits include reduction in travel time to the course training room location, no accommodation costs for those travelling from Interstate and all done at the convenience of your office or home.

Our online training course will include access and support from our experienced, qualified trainer, whereby students can ask questions and interact with the trainer throughout the training course.

Course Dates as follows:

2nd June                            DG Air Re-certification

3-5 June                             DG Air Initial Acceptance

10-11 June                         IMDG (DG by Sea) Full Acceptance

If you would like more information about booking on these courses, please contact our Training Manager, Jodie Murray, or (02) 9314 3055

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2020 IATA Publications –

IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

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

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are available IN STOCK.

Order Now for Immediate Delivery.

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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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