Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  17 October 2019

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IATA Dangerous Goods 2020 61st Edition – PRE-ORDER NOW      

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for PRE-ORDER 

Expected delivery is late October 2019 

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:

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Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.                                          

Save the Date – 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.  

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. Further details on the AGM and Agenda will follow in due course.

 

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

FIATA World Congress 2019, Cape Town, South Africa – AFIF in Attendance

AFIF delegates attended the FIATA World Congress 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Paul Golland, AFIF Chairman and FIATA Chair of the Advisory Body, International Affairs and Brian Lovell, AFIF CEO and Chairman elect of the FIATA Advisory Body, Safety and Security (ABSS) were in attendance. A brief report on the FIATA Congress covering: Legal, Airfreight - IATA/FIATA Air Cargo Programme, Technology, International Affairs – Modern Slavery, Security, Customs & BREXIT, FIATA Board Elections - AFIF Representation on FIATA Boards details in the Weekly News

FIATA Updates Model Rules on Freight Forwarding Services 

FIATA has released an updated version of the FIATA Model Rules for Freight Forwarding Services during its 2019 World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. FIATA Model Rules, formulated in 1996, were a critical benchmark for global freight forwarding associations and enterprises to draft their own trading terms and conditions. This revision took into account various changes in the business landscape and legal requirement of the logistics and freight forwarding industry in the past 20 years. Details and link in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports Sydney Infrastructure Levy Revision Effective 18 November

Hutchison Ports Sydney will increase the infrastructure levy from $35.84 to $63.11 + GST for all full containers received or delivered via SICTL Port Botany - effective 18 November 2019. Link to the full list of Landside Charges in Weekly News.

VICT - Driver Suspensions at VICT

Suspensions from entering the terminal have now commenced at VICT for all drivers who don’t follow terminal processes and hold up other drivers.  Any drivers contravening the site rules will have to re-sit their online inductions on the 1-Stop website. Full Notice in Weekly News

 HLB Mann Judd ‘Business Advisor’

HLB Mann Judd have released their Spring Edition of Business Advisor, which provides information and advice on a range of contemporary business matters including: The elements of a sale, Making the most of a business slowdown, Teaching your staff to be social media savvy, Short-term vs long-term financing, Three types of marketing channels. Details and link in Weekly News

ABF – Illicit Tobacco Taskforce Detects More Than 262 Tonnes of Tobacco  

Australia’s new Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) has detected and seized more than 262 tonnes of illicit tobacco, with an estimated excise value of more than $270 million, since it was established in July 2018. At the border, the ITTF has been responsible for the detection of more than 195 million cigarettes and 65 tonnes of loose leaf tobacco - worth over $228 million in evaded duty. Full Report in Weekly News

ABF – Consultation on 'Australia's Maturation Requirements for Certain Unmatured Imported Alcohol' – Session Dates Set, Book Now

ABF administers requirements for the importation of alcohol into Australia under the Customs Act 1901.  Currently, brandy, whisky or rum cannot be imported into Australia unless it has been matured in wood for a period of at least two years Further to earlier advice about consultation by the Australian Border Force on Australia’s maturation requirements for imported alcohol, dates have now been set for consultation sessions being held around Australia. Details and Registration Link in Weekly News

DoA – Service Disruption – 23:00 Friday 18 October to 03:00 Sunday 20 October 2019 (AEDT) – Multiple systems

DoA will be conducting network maintenance from 23:00 Friday 18 October to 03:00 Sunday 20 October 2019 (AEDT). Users may experience intermittent slowness when accessing the following applications during this maintenance period: Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS), Online Payment Portal (OPP), Plant Export Management System (PEMS), Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS). DoA Notice in Weekly News

DoA – New Form to Request Assessment of Treatment Results Outside Business Hours (During “Overtime”)        

DoA has developed a national form for importers/agents/approved arrangements/treatment providers to use to request assessment of treatment result(s) outside business hours. This form replaces various forms/procedures (e.g. phone calls, emails) used in different states to request “overtime” for treatment result(s) assessment. DoA Notice in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Etihad Introduces a Paper AWB Fee AUD23.00 (USD15.00) on non-e-AWB Exports – to Encourage e-AWB Usage – Effective 15 October 2019 – Repeated

Etihad Cargo is implementing a paper AWB Fee of $23.00 on all export shipments not using e-AWB, effective 15 October 2019. The move is in support of IATA’s e-AWB initiative to encourage the use of e-AWB instead of paper. Etihad Announcement, How it Works and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Reminder – IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification, or non-Handling Declaration Deadline 30 September Passed – Non-Compliance Action Commenced

In June, AFIF advised members that IATA had written to all IATA Cargo Agents handling Unit Load Devices (ULDs) to submit details of employees holding a valid ULD Certificate - or a non-handling declaration - by 5 September 2019. IATA issued a Notice to IATA Cargo Agents advising the final deadline for submission of the details, 30 September 2019. Non-compliance will trigger IATA action, with the Cargo Agent placed on review by the Cargo Agency Commissioner. Details in Weekly News

AFIF Adds More Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates

AFIF is adding more dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Good News and Cautious News for Liners in the Run-Up to IMO 2020 Low Sulphur Fuel Regulation

Loadstar reports, fresh concerns have been raised over the liner industry’s ability to recoup the increased fuel costs from IMO 2020. McKinsey partner Steve Saxon said there was “some good and some cautious news” for carriers in the run up to 1 January, when the new low-sulphur fuel regulation kicks in. “The good news is there will be sufficient supply of low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), the caution I have is we’re less optimistic about the industry’s ability to push through the surcharges and BAFs [bunker adjustment factors] for the LSFO, and that’s because there are carriers with very different strategies and significantly lower cost bases. Full Report and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

IATA – US-China Trade War Weighs Heavily on Air Cargo – August Results

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), contracted by 3.9% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the tenth 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 5% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Full details in Weekly News

EVENTS

Save the Date – 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 will be circulated in due course.

DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards Presentation – Thursday 14 November 2019    

The 2019 DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards presentation, proudly sponsored by Port of Melbourne, will be held at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on the evening of Thursday 14 November. The event brings together a large cross-section of industry. To book your place at the Awards event, please visit the Awards’ website: dcnawards.com.au  More details in Weekly News

AFIF WEBSITE WEEKLY POSTINGS SUMMARY

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

Business Advisor Publication - HLB Mann Judd

IMDG Code Change - Refresher course must be completed by 31st December 2019

Seafreight Import & Export Procedures Course - Sydney 6-7 November 2019

HLB Mann Judd - October Tax Alert

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 10 October 2019

AFIF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS

TRAINING

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

AFIF Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates – Reminder

Reminder - Dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements by 30 September 2019. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

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

IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

2019 IATA Publications – 61st Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – PRE-ORDER NOW

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for PRE-ORDER 

 Expected delivery is late October 2019 

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:

IATA PUBLICATIONS (click)

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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!     

AFIF Team