Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  14 November 2019

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Notice of AFIF Annual General Meeting 2019 – Thursday 21 November 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Federation for 2019 will be held from 4.30pm on Thursday, November 21st, 2019, at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Banks Avenue, Pagewood, NSW 2035.

Refreshments and finger food will be served from around 5.30pm.

To deliver the full benefit of AFIF, your Industry body, we appreciate the participation of all members, both at the forthcoming AGM and by direct participation in the Association's activities.

If you are interested in pursuing a direct involvement in your representative body, please consider the areas that interest your organisation and whether you can assist one of the various portfolio sub-committees that exist to benefit our industry as a whole.

Further information and links to the Meeting documents and Nomination form in the Weekly News.

IATA Dangerous Goods 2020 61st Edition – ORDER NOW – In Stock - Immediate Delivery

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now 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.


AMSD – Strengthened Aviation Security Requirements - Piece-level Examination for Domestic Air Cargo 

AFIF Members accredited as RACAs or AACAs will be aware of the intention of AMSD to extend EACE piece-level screening to domestic air cargo. AMSD has advised AFIF of confirmation of piece-level screening from 1 July 2020 and progress. Details in Weekly News

Melbourne CTO Delays – dnata & Menzies Aviation & Qantas Update  

AFIF has been in constant contact with members and Terminal Management. Overall, the 3 CTOs advised that following the spike in volumes handled in the past 2 weeks which led to delays at dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals, the additional resources being added combined with a tapering in volume handled this week, operations have been more settled with improved service delivery and delays minimised. Some delays were experienced at Qantas Terminal on Monday due to 2 charter aircraft of live animals being loaded for export, mid-morning. Operations recovered quickly and returned to normal. More in Weekly News

Qantas Freight Scanning Deliveries of Import Freight Pick Ups from Monday 18 November 

Today, AFIF met with Darren Johnson, Acting Regional Terminal Manager VIC/ACT/TAS. Qantas Freight will commence scanning deliveries of import freight to freight forwarders as of Monday 18th November.  The process will entail scanning AWB bar-code labels on the freight as it is loaded onto the driver’s vehicle. Qantas has advised it is important for forwarders to ensure their drivers information is updated in the Qantas portal. Guidance information from Qantas Freight in Weekly News.

Qantas Cairns to Hong Kong Freighter Service Commenced This Week

Qantas Freight has commenced a Cairns to Hong Kong Freighter service. The first flight left Cairns Airport on Sunday 9 November and subsequent flights are expected to run on most Sundays throughout the six-month trial. Qantas has adjusted its existing Sydney-Hong Kong service to stop via Cairns to give Far North Queensland exporters a direct, same day delivery to Hong Kong. Details in Weekly News

Virgin Australia Confirms Launch of Brisbane-Tokyo, Haneda service in March  

Virgin Australia has confirmed the launch of daily services between Brisbane and Tokyo-Haneda. Commencing on March 29, 2020, Virgin Australia’s daily Airbus A330 flight to Tokyo will offer between 15-20 tons of cargo capacity. Cargo space on the route will be marketed by Virgin Atlantic Cargo under its longstanding international long-haul sales and marketing agreement with Virgin Australia. Details in Weekly News

Wellcamp Airport Toowoomba Export Hub to Boost Region’s Global Potential

A new $10 million export hub is to be built at Wellcamp Airport. The Regional Trade Distribution Centre will add 3,500sq m to the airport, with construction set to start late next year. The new facility will be used to process premium export goods including beef, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, pork and packaged nuts. The hub will capitalise on the region’s global reputation for market-leading agricultural produce, enabling greater opportunities for producers to expand to other markets. Details in Weekly News

Port of Melbourne Releases 30 Years Development Strategy for Consultation

The Port of Melbourne has released its 30-year Port Development Strategy 2050 (2050 PDS) for consultation. Port of Melbourne CEO, Brendan Bourke says the 2050 PDS is a roadmap for the future development of the Port and outlines 10 key projects that will improve capacity at the Port and respond to the needs of a growing Victoria. A key part of the 2050 PDS is a transformative rail project to improve landside transport connections for industry. Details and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

There has been a recent surge in interest in the international trade, transport and logistics industry thanks to the Make Your Move campaign funded by the International Trade Development Fund (ITDFund). The campaign has reached over 1.2 million young people across a range of online and offline channels. Traineeships are a proven, and very cost-effective way to grow the capabilities of your business and create a life-changing opportunity for a young person.  You can find out all of the information about how to hire a Trainee and engage a Registered Training Organisation (Self Managed Traineeship), or about how to access Industry Managed Traineeships via a new industry search tool – details in Weekly News

DoA – Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Treatment Conditions – What You Need to Know About Your Regulatory Obligations Industry Information Sessions

DoA is hosting a series of industry information sessions to advise treatment providers (specifically methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride fumigators, and heat treatment operators) as well as any other interested stakeholders on: complying with the department’s treatment methodologies; how to avoid non-compliance; new approved arrangement (AA) conditions; BMSB specific treatment requirements. In particular the session will cover: consignment suitability, monitoring line and temperature sensor placement, packaging and wrapping, recording of information to demonstrate that each treatment complies with the requirements. Details, sessions and Registration in Weekly News

DoA Notice – Consignments Treated Offshore Prior to Approval Under Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme

DoA has identified that a German offshore treatment provider, Bertram GmbH (AEI DE4004SB), has conducted approximately seventy BMSB treatments prior to their 2019-20 registration approval under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. The company was approved on 12 November 2019. To address this non-compliance and to ensure that any potential biosecurity risk is adequately addressed, the affected consignments will require re-treatment on arrival in Australia or export where the consignment is not suitable for re-treatment onshore. Notice and further details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs - ABF – Industry Summit – Melbourne 19 November - Registration Closing  

This year’s Summit will be the second Home Affairs Portfolio event and will provide an opportunity to hear addresses from: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs; The Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs;  The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management; The Hon Jason Wood MP, Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs  During the event, we will explore the Portfolio’s latest initiatives and collaborate through 11 interactive workshops that cover the breadth of the portfolio’s remit. You will also have an opportunity to network throughout the day with a range of business and government sectors. Registration Details in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

Stevedores Infrastructure Levies Increases – Repeated

DP World Hikes Infrastructure Charges Again from 1 January 2019

Hutchison Ports Sydney Infrastructure Levy Revision Effective 18 November

Following on from Hutchison Ports, Sydney increasing their fee on 18 November, is the announcement by DP World of another increase in infrastructure charges at all ports from 1 January 2019.  Details of the Increases in Weekly News    

ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2018-19 – Stevedores Generate $166.6 million Revenue from Infrastructure Charges in 2018-19, an Increase of 63 per cent from 2017-18

The stevedores’ ongoing increases in landside charges, to support “infrastructure investment and rebalancing revenue from water side to land side to account for landside costs”, is a well-worn path and has become a lightning rod for industry. The ACCC Report covers the state of the stevedoring industry - reduced handling volumes, increased costs and the ongoing hiking of infrastructure charges. Highlights of the report and AFIF Comment on Infrastructure charges - what can be done about it and is vertical integration of the stevedores business model the next frontier to challenge the industry? Details in Weekly News

Air Cargo Liability Limits Increase from 19 to 22 SDRs from 28 December 2019 – Repeated

Every 5 years the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducts a review of the Montreal Convention's liability limits based on inflation. Following ICAO’s review this year, ICAO has proposed a 13.9% increase to the current limits of liability. Relevantly for AFIF Members, the limit in relation to cargo will increase from 19 SDRs (approximately A$37.92) to 22 SDRs (approximately A$43.91) per kilogram of cargo lost or damaged. This revision will take effect from 28 December 2019. Details including implications for members in Weekly News.


IATA – September Air Freight Volumes Remain Weak

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 4.9% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Air freight capacity increased by 2.7% over the past year.  Details in Weekly News

FIATA Critical of Detention and Demurrage Process    

In its submission to the United States (US) Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Review of container detention and demurrage charges FIATA supported a more transparent, equitable and business orientated process as regards the determination and levy of such charges not only in the US but in other economies where industry operated under similar processes. It also questioned the rationale for such charges in achieving the orderly movement of containers to, and from, ports, terminals or depots rather than being pure finance generators. Details in Weekly News


AFIF Annual General Meeting – Thursday 21 November 2019      

AFIF is pleased to announce the AFIF Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Banks Avenue, Pagewood, commencing at 4.30pm.  Meeting papers have been circulated to Members.  Links and details in the item at the top of the News Bulletin above.


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

DP World - CEPU Stop Work Meeting in Brisbane

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 7 November 2019



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.

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

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available 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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