Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  12 June 2020

AFIF – Not for Profit, by the Industry for the Industry

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IFCBAA is Coming on 1 July 2020 – IFCBAA Logo Released

AFIF & the CBFCA are excited to announce the release of the IFCBAA Logo.

The contemporary logo represents the bringing together of 2 not-for-profit specialist industry bodies to form a single peak body to represent the commonality of interest between international freight forwarding and customs clearance functions, in the provision of international trade logistics and supply chain management services.

The merger of AFIF and the CBFCA on 1 July 2020, will combine far-reaching experience in International Freight Forwarding, Logistics, Customs and Border activities, including unparalleled professional development and training for the benefit of members.

The Boards of AFIF & the CBFCA consider that a single peak body will deliver a greater united front for our industry, better placed to respond to members issues and concerns.

IFCBAA will continue to operate as a not-for-profit association for the benefit of members, offering a wider range of services and products, with greater economies of scale

IFCBAA - The Single Voice for Customs Brokers and Forwarders

Brian Lovell


IFCBAA Logo in the Weekly News Report


Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Border Friction: New Zealand Set to Open for NSW, Victorian Tourists before QLD, WA, SA, NT

  • PM Expects WA is the only state which may not have their borders reopened by July
  • Qantas Triples Domestic Flights Capacity from end June
  • Virgin Australia Doubles Domestic Flights Capacity from early July

In a new warning to State and Territory leaders, the Morrison government said it would not allow state border bans to create an “obstacle” to allowing flights to and from New Zealand. The frustration has also spread to New Zealand, where Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters blamed "slow movers" in Australia for preventing a "travel bubble" operating across the Tasman Sea. Mr Morrison said the best way to help airlines including Qantas and Virgin, which is seeking investors after going into voluntary administration, was to scrap the border controls. Mr Morrison told Parliament he wanted state and territory leaders to commit to opening borders in July, "at the earliest possible opportunity".

Second Virus Wave Would Derail Australian Economy: OECD   

The OECD has warned a second wave of the coronavirus would upend Australia's strong response to the pandemic. But it believes more infrastructure spending will be required to support the economy. A second wave of COVID-19 could see Australia's GDP contract by 6.3 per cent this year. Without a second wave, the OECD is expecting the Australian economy to contract by 5 per cent this year. Unemployment is forecast to average 7.4 per cent through the year while private spending is tipped to contract by 7.6 per cent. The OECD then expects a rebound in 2021, with growth of 4.1 per cent, a 5.7 per cent jump in private spending and a 4.5 per cent increase in exports.

COVID-19 Australian Government Update on Recovery and Jobs

All states and territories have reduced COVID-19 transmission, enabling Step 1 conditions to be established. Some jurisdictions have been able to move further than Step 1 due to their local conditions. Successfully removing restrictions under Step 1 is estimated to return 250,000 jobs and increase economic activity by $3.1 billion. States and territories now have plans in place to move to Step 2 conditions. This will allow most businesses to reopen with physical distancing, hygiene and COVID Safe work plans. It is estimated that Step 2 will return an additional $3 billion in economic activity and 275,000 jobs to the workforce.

Freight and Logistics – Border Closures Remain

Borders remained closed in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. 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

ABF  Goods Compliance Update Released 

The latest edition of the ABF Goods Compliance Update has been released, containing updates on COVID-19; Trade Compliance News; Free Trade Agreements; Update from the DAWE; Australian Trusted Trader Update; Customs Licensing Update; Customs Compliance Reminders; Cargo control; Export declaration reporting; Import declaration reporting; Refunds; Drawbacks; Trade Compliance; Compliance program results 1 October 2019- 31 March 2020; Infringement Notice Scheme; Revenue understatements – General and Trade remedies; Supply Chain Integrity Compliance; Refund scheme; Compliance Monitoring Program. Details and Link in the Weekly News

ABF – Modern Slavery Scoping Paper Released

The ABF has released a scoping paper for the first Commonwealth Modern Slavery Statement. The scoping paper provides an example of how to approach the reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2018. The Modern Slavery Act 2018 aims to change the way entities do business to reduce the risk that the goods and services we use every day are the product of modern slavery. The Commonwealth Statement will address the seven mandatory criteria for content set out in the Act at a whole-of-government level. Details of the 7 criteria in the Weekly News

ABF – Review of the Temporary Tariff Concession Measure Introduced to Facilitate the Importation of Hygiene and Medical Goods used to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

AFIF, as a member of the Compliance Advisory Group has been requested to circulate to members an ABF request to provide feedback on the review of the temporary tariff concession measure introduced to facilitate the importation of hygiene and medical goods used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Details in the Weekly News

ABF – CAG Chair, Matt Duckworth Elected Chair, WCO Permanent Technical Committee. Anita Langford Appointed New CAG Chair

Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) Chair, Matt Duckworth, Assistant Secretary, Customs and Trade Policy, ABF announced this week at the CAG Meeting attended by AFIF, that he would be stepping down from Chair of CAG and handing over the role to Anita Langford, Assistant Secretary, Trusted Trader and Trade Compliance. Matt Duckworth has been elected Chair of the World Customs Organisation Permanent Technical Committee. The WCO Permanent Technical Committee develops international standards for Customs procedures to facilitate trade and keep supply chains secure, including the global Customs response to COVID-19. AFIF congratulates Matt Duckworth and Anita Langford on their appointments. 

AWE – 2020-21 BMSB Season Measures – 3 Countries Added, Season End Timing and Intervention Clarified

AFIF as a member of the Department of Agriculture Cargo Coordination Committee BMSB sub-group (DCCC-BMSB) has been advised of the forthcoming 2020-21 BMSB Season changes to be effective from 1 September 2020. The list of target risk countries will now include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova for the BMSB Season, which will apply from 1 September 2020 to arrival in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Goods must be treated if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 inclusive. Goods arriving from 1 June 2021 will not be subject to BMSB measures. More details in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

NHVR Freezes Fee Increases

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) yesterday announced it will freeze fee increases on all NHVR-provided services until January 2021. This is being done to help operators manage their way through the COVID-19 pandemic. The fee freeze will also apply to permit applications where the NHVR coordinates more than 70,000 heavy vehicle access permits a year, liaising with state, territory and local governments. Details in the Weekly News

NHVR – Consultation Opens on Heavy Vehicle Road Reform

Although the consultation process planned for earlier this year was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity for industry participants to have their say on Heavy Vehicle Road Reform is now open. The consultation will focus on four proposed changes to the way in which road services are provided by governments. As a first step, interested parties are invited to read the consultation paper and express interest in participating in online small group workshops to gather initial feedback and discuss issues. Consultation paper link and details in the Weekly News

Amazon Australia Building a Multi-Million Dollar Fulfilment Centre in Lytton, Brisbane – Operating by Christmas   

Amazon Australia is building a multi-million dollar fulfilment centre in Brisbane that is set to begin operating by Christmas. The company announced the operational expansion today, with the new facility to be located Goodman’s Port Industrial Park in the Brisbane suburb of Lytton. “The new fulfilment centre will be around the same size as two Rugby League fields, housing more than half a million items from Amazon.com.au,” the company said. Details in the in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne – Industry Study to Inform Faster, Focused and More Productive Supply Chain    

A $1 million industry study will inform Victoria’s future freight and containerised trade logistics to ensure delivery of a more productive supply chain.  The 2020 Port of Melbourne Container Logistics Chain Study (2020 CLCS) will update work undertaken by the port more than 10 years ago, which remains a valuable source of information for the port, government and industry. The study, with support from the Victorian Dep’t of Transport, will analyse the complex logistics chain that enables tens of thousands of containers to move to and from the Port of Melbourne each week.  Details in in the Weekly News

Transitioning from NICNAS to AICIS

AICIS commences on 1 July 2020 and to assist with minimising any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers, the Department has issued a number of information pages on how the transition process will work including: the transition of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory to the new AICIS Inventory; how applications made under NICNAS (the old scheme) that aren't finalised on 1 July 2020 will transition to AICIS (the new scheme); how NICNAS permits will transition to AICIS; how NICNAS certificates will transition to AICIS; how secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will apply under AICIS. Details and links in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Financial Year-end Strategies

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all taxpayers as the end of financial year approaches. HLB Mann Judd have released their 2020 Year End Strategies newsletter addressing a number of topics relating to 2019/20 tax savings and COVID-19 considerations. In this issue we share: JobKeeper: what to do now; Rent relief for commercial tenants; 2020 end of financial year checklist; COVID-19 employee considerations; Major changes to instant asset write-off; Working from home: what deductions can you claim; Tax tips for property investors. Details and link to the newsletter 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 – FIATA and KIFFA postpone 2020 FIATA World Congress to 2022  

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarding Associations, together with the Korea International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA), have jointly decided to postpone the FIATA World Congress (FWC) scheduled to take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 19-24 October 2020. KIFFA will now host the FWC in 2022. The Asociación Panameña de Agencias de Carga will host the 2023 FWC in Panama City, Panama. Link to FIATA e-Flash is Weekly News

IATA– Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets in April but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

IATA released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for international air cargo fall by 28.1% in April 2020, compared to the same period a year earlier. However, the large Asia-North America market recorded less of a decline (7.3%) due to the rise in movement of personal protective equipment (PPE).  International capacity decreased 42.5%. Full details and link 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

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’ – New Dates Released

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.

There are multiple course dates just released for:

  • Dangerous Goods Recertification - Air (DGR)
  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance - Air (DGA)
  • IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea)    

All of the course dates are listed in the AFIF Weekly News  

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

AFIF Training – Not for Profit - by the Industry, for the Industry


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 afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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