Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 13 February 2020

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AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Friday 29 May 2020 – Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach

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 Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach.

The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 28th, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 29th May. The event will conclude with our traditional Industry Gala Dinner on the evening of the 29th May.

AFIF has responded to members’ feedback to continue the same popular format we delivered at the last 2 AFIF Conferences, namely a One Day Business Program focussed on providing vital, topical content, with speakers and panels tackling issues and latest updates that members need to understand.

The Program has subjects that deal with related matters affecting all of business and include the near to medium-term futuristic topics that will soon be commonplace. We recommend this Program and the event for you to consider either a combined Day/Dinner package or to attend the day Business Program only.

Circle Friday 29th May 2020 in your diary, it’s shaping up to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!

To visit the Conference Website, view Program & 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


VALE Anthony Stokes

Official Notice to AFIF

'It is with deep sadness that we advise that Anthony Stokes passed away on Tuesday 11th of February after a short period of illness.

Anthony is survived by his wife Barbara, his two sons Lluna and Ian, as well as two beloved granddaughters.

Anthony Stokes began his working life as a Professional Engineer, working for various companies including a Swedish based multinational firm, before coming into the family business of Customs Broking in the 1980’s.

He followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to obtain his Customs Broker’s licence and to take over the ownership and management of C. Stokes &. Co, now STOKES and BELL Pty Ltd.

Amongst Anthony’s passions was to be of help to others in life.  He was an active Rotary International member.

Anthony and his wife Barbara travelled extensively through their lives, both for pleasure as well as business and industry related conferences.

They combined these passions by travelling overseas on Rotary Assist missions to places in South East Asia to assist those in need in those countries.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Barbara, his family, friends and colleagues.

Funeral details are as follows:

Memorial Service at Cordell Chapel

Fawkner Cemetery, Sydney Road, Fawkner

Monday 17th February

1:15 pm to 2:15pm

Those attending the funeral are invited to stay for refreshments afterwards at Northern Memorial Park.'

"Anthony was a long standing member of AFIF and contributed significantly to our industry. This news is of great sadness having had a particularly good business relationship with Anthony and Barbara over the years, our deepest condolences to Barbara and the whole family" Brian Lovell, CEO, AFIF



Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Further to last week’s update on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) impacts, trade and freight movements continue to deteriorate. The extended Lunar New Year in most provinces officially ended on 9 February, although most factories and offices remained closed or opened with a token level of staff and operations.  In this edition of the Weekly News there is a comprehensive update on the Coronavirus, including Trade Impacts; China Ports and Airports Impacts; Australia Impacts – Vessels, list of Airlines flights cancellations; Impact at the Australian Border – ABF & AWE updates, including legal guidance for freight forwarders from TT Club. Full Report with all the details in Weekly News

ABF Notice – Restrictions on Entry to Australia Relating to the Novel Coronavirus for Commercial Vessels

As outlined in the AFIF Bulletin last week, Novel Coronavirus - Restrictions on Ships Arriving into Australia from China, ABF have released a Notice regarding the 14 days rule on Restrictions on entry to Australia relating to Novel Coronavirus for Commercial Vessels. Full Notice in Weekly News

ABF – Australian Customs Notice No. 2020/08 - Rates of Exchange and the Day of Exportation – Valuation Date Treatment Clarified

For a considerable time, the Valuation Date for applying the rate of exchange on the Import Declaration has been impacted by ascertaining the date at the place of export. ie. where goods are packed in a container, the day of exportation is the day the container leaves the place where it was packed. The Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group, including AFIF, has engaged with the ABF on this issue and we are pleased to advise the ABF has issued ACN 2020/08 clarifying the position and requirements in using ‘shipped on board the vessel date’, to better assist brokers. Details and ACN link in Weekly News

Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) Enters into Force Tuesday 11 February 2020

The Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) enters into force on Tuesday 11 February 2020.  All information on PAFTA including ACN 2020/07 and guides from ABF & DFAT in Weekly News

AWE – Commercial Business Branch – Relocation of Melbourne Regional Office

The Department of Agriculture has issued a Notice notifying stakeholders who interact face-to-face with the department that their three Melbourne offices will relocate to a single premises in mid-2021. Full Notice with office details in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

dnata Amendment of Terminal Service Fees Schedule - Effective 1 March 2020

dnata has issued a Customer Notice and Amended Tariff of Terminal Service Fees, effective 1 March 2020. Full details and links to fees schedule and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Patrick Terminals – Landside Access & Terminal Ancillary Charges - Effective 9 March 2020   

As expected Patrick have announced increases to various Landside Access and Terminal Fees including hikes in the Infrastructure Surcharge, effective 9 March 2020. Full details and links to the new fees schedules for each port and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Customer Advisory - Yang Ming's Statement Regarding Media Reports on YM Eternity Arrest Incident 11 February, 2020

Further to AFIF Bulletins this week on the ‘YM Eternity Detained at Port Botany’, Yang Ming Line has released a Customer Advisory Notice, responding to media reports. Full Notice in Weekly News

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia

Women in Leadership Australia are presenting The Australian Women's Leadership Symposia, a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce. Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and September. The events will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a highly captivating range of topics.  An attendance discount of 25% is currently available. Weblink with all the details in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 217 – 10 February 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 217 – 10 February 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

FIATA Welcomes Decision by Ocean Carriers during Corona Virus Breakout

As reported in last weeks’ AFIF Weekly News, FIATA issued its press release calling for carriers to adopt corporate responsibility during the Corona virus crisis. Days after the release, FIATA has welcomed the decision from ocean carriers in not charging demurrage or detention fees during the virus outbreak. More details and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

TT Club Advisory: The Coronavirus and Freight Forwarding - How managing the spread of coronavirus is impacting freight forwarders and logistics operators      

The TT Club has issued a guidance on the impacts of the coronavirus and implication for freight forwarders and logistics operators covering, Commercial Impact; Legal Assessment; Special Contracts and Industry Standard Terms; Communications to Customers; Communications to other supply chain stakeholders; Destination Problems and Claims in China. Full details in Weekly News

IATA – 2019 Worst Year for Air Freight Demand Since 2009

IATA released full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell by 3.3% compared to 2018 while capacity (AFTK) rose by 2.1%. This was the first year of declining freight volumes since 2012, and the weakest performance since the global financial crisis in 2009 (when air freight markets contracted by 9.7%). In the month of December, cargo volumes contracted 2.7% year-on-year while capacity rose 2.8%. Asia-Pacific carriers in December posted a decrease in demand of 3.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 2.8%. The full-year 2019 saw volumes decline 5.7%. Details and link to IATA Report in Weekly News


HLB Mann Judd Breakfast Seminar – Wednesday 19 February – Business Growth Series – Session 1

AFIF members are invited to a HLB Mann Judd Business Growth Series Breakfast Seminar. As the market, economy and environment changes we need to be increasingly focused on the customer as a means to growth and continued innovation. By attending this session you will learn how to: Not waste money solving the wrong problem; How to improve the experience your organisation delivers; Organise yourselves internally. Details and Registration link in Weekly News

SAL Shipping Industry Golf Day – Wednesday 4 March – AFIF Members Invited

The SAL New South Wales Golf Day for 2020 will be held on Wednesday afternoon 4th March 2020 at the scenic Coast Course at Little Bay, close to Port Botany and the city. Come along and enjoy a great course and amazing coastal scenery. AFIF Members are invited to participate. Details and Registration Link in Weekly News.

AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner  

Friday 29 May 2020 – Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach

Registration Open  

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held in Sydney at the Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach, on Friday 29th May 2020. The 1 Day program will be focussed on providing vital important content and speakers tackling the topics and issues members need. The 2020 Conference organising committee are planning an engaging interactive conference, followed by a sensational gala dinner in the evening.

Circle Friday 29 May 2020 in your diary, it’s shaping up again to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!  Of course we will also be hosting a Welcome Reception on the evening of May 28th.

To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here


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

dnata Amendment of Terminal Service Fees Schedule - Effective 1 March 2020

YM Eternity Released from Arrest

YM Eternity Detained at DP World Port Botany - Update

YM Eternity Detained at DP World Port Botany

Patrick Announces Increases in Landside (Infrastructure) Charges

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 6 February 2020

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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.

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

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 –

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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