Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 9 May 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Registrations Building Well - Registration Link  

All is taking shape for a fantastic AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner to be held in Melbourne at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields. 

Registration places have grown rapidly for this year’s event and we are looking forward to a strong event in Melbourne.

The Conference program is particularly industry issues focussed, with presentations and interactive discussions on the topics that matter to AFIF members and future developments affecting the industry.


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.

There are still places available for last minute registrations, don’t delay this will be a popular event!

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


DAWR – Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season – ONSHORE Treatment of FULL FAK/LCL Containers Being Considered by DAWR

AFIF attended the latest BMSB Industry Workshop in Sydney yesterday afternoon. DAWR presented a summary of the topics covered in previous Industry Workshops held in Sydney and Melbourne, DAWR has considered Industry feedback for an ONSHORE treatment option and is considering the following options - 1) OFFSHORE Treatment of the FULL FAK/LCL Container by an approved provider. 2) ONSHORE Treatment of the FULL FAK/LCL Container by an approved provider. Master loader must report to DAWR the container treatment option up to 5 days prior to vessel arrival. Full details on the proposed measures in Weekly News

Safeguarding Arrangement for FAK/LCL Consolidators – AFIF Proposal

AFIF has proposed a 3rd option to DAWR, to allow Consolidators/Master Loaders to enter into a Safeguarding Arrangement with DAWR. For those Consolidators/Master Loaders who pack and ship FAK/LCL Containers from a Target Risk Country and can satisfy DAWR there are NO Target High Risk Goods or Target Risk Goods in the container AND report to DAWR prior to 5 days before vessel arrival, that these FAK/LCL containers are released to the 77G premises for unpacking without BMSB impediment. More details and DAWR positive response in Weekly News

DAWR IAN 57-2019 - Preparation for the 2019-20 for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season – Repeated

DAWR has issued an Industry Notice IAN 57-2019 providing details on the BMSB Proposed Seasonal Measures for 2019-20 Season which were presented in the BMSB Industry Information Sessions held in April. Some of these proposed measures are under discussion between DAWR, AFIF and industry stakeholders, including: the possibility of ONSHORE treatment of some FAK/LCL containers; hubbing arrangements for LCL/FAK containers at transit locations such as Singapore and further details on the proposed Safefguarding Arrangements program. DAWR will continue to engage with industry representatives and stakeholders on the final seasonal measures due to be announced by late May. Full details, DAWR IAN and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Dean Merrilees, Assistant Director, Compliance Controls and Chair, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Taskforce, Compliance Controls Branch, DAWR – Speaker at AFIF 2019 Conference

Dean Merrilees, Assistant Director, Compliance Controls and Chair, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Taskforce, Compliance Controls Branch, DAWR has confirmed his attendance at AFIF 2019 Conference, to provide the latest update on BMSB Seasonal Measures for 2019-20 Season, including participation in a panel discussion/Q&A with delegates.

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – List of Trade and Customs Useful Points of Contact

Following recent Department of Home Affairs and ABF restructures and the redesign of the websites, the Department has consolidated publicly available, up-to-date trade and customs phone numbers, email addresses and relevant website links, which they hope you will find useful. Link to the page in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Latest Departmental Management Organisation Charts

The Department has provided the latest updated Home Affairs and ABF Departmental Management Organisational Structure Charts.  Links to both charts in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – 256 litres of GBL Detected by ABF Officers in Sydney

ABF officers in Sydney have stopped approximately 256 litres of the narcotic GBL declared as compressor oil from reaching the Australian community. ABF officers targeted an air cargo shipment consisting of 16 boxes labelled as ‘compressor oil’ for inspection. Each box contained a number of bottles. X-rays revealed inconsistencies in the contents of some of the bottles and revealed 128 litres of GBL secreted throughout the shipment. Next day a second identical consignment was selected for inspection. Upon examination, it was also found to contain approximately 128 litres of GBL. More in Weekly News

Home Affairs – ABF Current Relevant Notices  

Catalyst for EACE 100% Piece-Level Screening – Meat Grinder Bomb Plot Verdict Returned, One Brother Found Guilty of Planning Terror Attack                              

Follow Up: Jury Discharged in Meat Grinder Bomb Plot Case, Fails to Reach Verdict on Second Brother

Further to last week’s item on the court case involving 2 brothers accused of plotting to bring down an Etihad flight departing Sydney in July 2017.  A jury has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the case of one of two brothers charged with plotting to bring down an international flight using a bomb hidden in a meat grinder. A transcript of ABC News report on the verdict the Court Case of the accused, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat - details in Weekly News

e-AWB Performance Results Generated Plenty of Feedback – Australia Can Do Better Than 51% e-AWB Penetration – Repeated

Last week’s item in the AFIF Weekly News on the Top airports and forwarders in Australia e-AWB Performance has provided plenty of member feedback. In essence, if a number of airlines aren’t offering e-AWB facility to industry, how can forwarders participate in an e-AWB Performance Top 20 table? Some airline’s excuse is ‘there is little demand from the forwarders for e-AWB in this market.’ It’s a cop out. Australia’s result in March of 51.8% e-AWB penetration exceeds the below 50% annual average, which is a positive. We can do much better, but it takes 2 to tango! Details of how industry can change the e-AWB landscape, in Weekly News.

IATA Global Passenger Survey

IATA has just launched its eight iteration of the Global Passenger Survey and provides us travellers with an opportunity to provide the industry with direct feedback on your travel preferences and expectations. Could you please spare a few minutes of your time and provide your valuable input. Details and Link in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No. 199 – 6 May 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 199 – 6 May 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News

IATA – Weak Air Freight Demand Continues

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), increased 0.1% in March 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 3.4% in March 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was a significant improvement from the 12.0% decline in growth from the previous month. Details and Link in Weekly News


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

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

Dept of Home Affairs-ABF - Trade and Customs useful points of contact

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 2 May 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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