Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 11 April 2019

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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:

‘Keynote Speaker, Steve Parker – BREXIT - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ’ 

The KEYNOTE SPEAKER at AFIF 2019 Conference is Steve Parker, Head of Customs - DHL Global Forwarding UK, Chairman CLECAT (European Customs and Forwarders Association), Chairman, Customs Affairs Institute, FIATA (Global International Transport Logistics representative body)

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  


Relocation of dnata Sydney T2 Import Cargo Facility Encounters Issues

The transition of dnata’s import operations following the move of the T2 Facility at Coward St, Mascot to the new facility at Military Rd, Matraville has not gone smoothly. Members have complained of service issues and delays at the dnata T2 Import Terminal at Matraville, Sydney. AFIF took up the complaints with dnata Head of Cargo Terence Yong. dnata Explanation and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

CTOs’ 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

Stevedores’ Easter and Anzac Day Operating Arrangements

AFIF has been in contact with the 4 major stevedores to provide their Operating Arrangements for Easter and Anzac Day. Details in the Weekly News

DAWR – BMSB 2019-20 Season – Major Issues for Freight Forwarders and Border Clearance – No of Countries Expands to 32 – FAKs & LCL Cargo Mandatory OFFSHORE Treatment of Target High Risk Goods

AFIF attended the DAWR BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Session in Sydney last week. The session provided an overview of the major challenges facing DAWR and industry to manage the risk of BMSB entering Australia.  The 2019-20 BMSB seasonal arrangements includes 32 countries and expanded offshore treatment requirements, which will pose a challenge for industry. Update and implications for members in the DAWR Information sheet, plus AFIF Comment on the BMSB issues we will be pursuing with DAWR in the Weekly News 

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy Update - Revised Start Date 1 September 2019

Further to the Biosecurity Steering Committee Discussion Paper released this week (see below) - in Tuesday night's Federal Budget, fears surrounding a 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy are now officially off the table. The Government has announced a delay with a new start date of 1 September 2019 and a consequent small loss of revenue associated with a later start date. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee Discussion Paper Released for Feedback – Please Send Your Feedback to AFIF by Friday 12 April

As advised in AFIF Weekly News, on 24 February 2019 the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources released a media statement addressing industry concerns about the implementation of the biosecurity imports levy and announced the establishment of an industry steering committee to provide him with advice on these matters.  AFIF is a participant on the Steering Committee has attended a number of meetings of the Steering Committee and contributed to the development of a Discussion Paper for interested parties.  Members are requested to provide their feedback on the Discussion Paper. Details and link to the Discussion Paper in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

ACCC - DP World, Hutchison Ports and VICT Remove Likely Unfair Contract Terms

Following ACCC intervention, DP World Australia, Hutchison Ports Australia and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) agreed to remove or amend terms in their standard form contracts that the ACCC considered were likely to be considered “unfair” within the meaning of the Australian Consumer Law. Full ACCC Notice in Weekly News

AFIF Legal Advice on the Effect of the ACCC Decision – AFIF Amending Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract

AFIF has completed a legal review of the AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract. (STCs) While AFIF’s Model STCs are generally well balanced, in light of the ACCC’s recent comments and findings, AFIF will be amending clauses 13 and 14 of its Model STCs to provide AFIF Members with further protections against scrutiny for unfair terms by the regulator. A copy of the revised Model STCs are available on request to Members. More details in Weekly News

Extra Chain of Responsibility Pressure Not Required Under CoR Law

The latest edition of NHVR On the Road highlighted the issue of customers requiring transport service providers to supply unnecessary information beyond what is required under the current CoR provisions. “Customers need to be aware that the more they seek to micro-manage road transport suppliers, the more they will increase their level of influence and control and in doing so they will significantly increase their own legal liability under the CoR law and unnecessarily increase their own compliance costs.

Legal Recommendation to AFIF Members on CoR Disclosure

The item Extra CoR Pressure not Required Under Law addresses the way in which an over-zealous compliance approach can actually have the potential to increase exposures to freight and logistics operators under CoR as well as unnecessarily increasing costs. In many instances, for logistics operators that do not directly own or operate heavy vehicles there is no requirement to extend the costs and exposures of compliance by managing or scrutinising the safety records and practices of a road operator.

Hutchison Ports Sydney & Brisbane Protected Industrial Action

Hutchison Ports has advised of Protected Industrial Action in Sydney & Brisbane. A stoppage of work of 24 hours duration, commencing 6am Thursday 11 April 2019. Details of the action and affected vessels and arrangements in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports - Infrastructure Surcharge Increase: Effective 1st May 2019

Hutchison Ports Sydney have conducted a recent review of all capital investment completed, underway and forecast and have determined that the current rate of recovery will not keep pace with future infrastructure requirements and ongoing maintenance. In order to expedite this recovery, effective 1st May 2019 the Infrastructure Levy will increase to: Sydney - $35.84 per full container.

Home Affairs-ABF – Investigation Underway after More Than Half a Tonne of ‘Ice’ Worth Over $400 million Intercepted

On Saturday 30 March 2019, ABF officers at the Sydney Container Examination Facility examined a container. It was declared to contain electronic ovens but was found to contain 11 commercial refrigerators. X-rays revealed inconsistencies within their construction. The refrigerators were unpacked and seven were found to contain a total of 561 packages of white crystalline substance, methylamphetamine, otherwise known as ‘ice’. A total of 585kg of ice, which has an estimated potential street value of $438 million. Full report and photos in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime and Future Tobacco Importation Requirements, taking effect on 1 July 2019

Minister for Home Affairs and the Assistant Treasurer, jointly announced regulatory amendments to create the tobacco prohibited import control scheme, taking effect on 1 July 2019. Two new Home Affairs notices have been published to explain these regulatory changes to importers and industry. Home Affairs Notice and Links in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News


IATA – Air Freight Demand Continues Downward Trajectory in February 2019

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased 4.7% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 11.6% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details and Link to full report in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 197 – 8 April 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 197 – 8 April 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link 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

Port of Brisbane Supply Chain Awareness Workshop - Wednesday, 17 April 2019 

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is again hosting their unique Port of Brisbane Supply Chain Awareness Workshop on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Designed for those wanting a greater understanding of how the container logistics chain really works in practice, the Workshop seeks to demystify the import / export process, while explaining who the major players are and how they interact. 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

Claims Procedures Course Sydney - 16th April 2019

Hutchison Ports Sydney & Brisbane Protected Industrial Action

Dangerous Goods Re-Certification Course Melbourne 15th April 2019

DP World Update - Disruption to Services ceases

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 4 April 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.

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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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!  

 AFIF Team