Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  18 July 2019

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AFIF 2019 CHARITY GOLF DAY – Thursday 8 August 2019 – Registration Filling Fast - Be Quick   

As ever, there has been a great response to the AFIF Charity Golf Day with registrations filling fast. If you are registering a team or individual place, be quick!

The AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day has become an institution, with over $250,000 raised for the various beneficiary charities. This year, we will return again to the fantastic Macquarie Links International Golf Club on Thursday 8th August 2019 for an enjoyable day of Ambrose golf in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.

Registration is open for teams and individual players. Sponsorship opportunities. We will be holding raffles on the day, items donated for inclusion for the raffles are most welcome! Details and registration forms in Weekly News


DP World to Shed 200 Jobs in Sydney and Melbourne                           

Protected Industrial Action Update - Stoppages in Sydney and Fremantle

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting this afternoon that DP World will be making 200 jobs in Sydney and Melbourne redundant, due to lost volume and market share since last year. Talks between DP World and the MUA have stalled with each side complaining about the other’s refusal to negotiate. The MUA is continuing its protected industrial action campaign in Sydney and Fremantle. Full details including DP World and MUA positions and comments, link to SMH article, protected industrial action notice and AFIF Comment in Weekly News.

Hutchison Ports Brisbane Infrastructure Levy Revision

Hutchison Ports, Brisbane is the latest stevedore to increase their infrastructure surcharge, effective 19 August. Notice and Details in Weekly News.

DoAG – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season – Update of Progress 

AFIF as a member of the Department’s Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC) is engaging with DoAG on progress of the forthcoming BMSB Seasonal Measures. DoAG-DCCC Update on progress of measures in the lead up to BMSB season commencement on 1 September, including: System enhancements, Engagement with international governments/agencies, Vessels update, Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme, Approved Arrangements, Next steps and priorities, details in Weekly News

DoAG – BMSB Measures LCL/FAK Containers and Hubbed Goods – Update 

Consolidators should be aware of the changes affecting consolidated FAK consolidations, transhipment and hubbed goods.  Update and AFIF Comment in Weekly News.

IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification by 5 September 2019 – IATA Confirms Casual Staff Certification Requirements  

AFIF has received enquiries from members, concerning the IATA LDR certification compliance requirements where outsourced casual labour is involved. AFIF has communicated with IATA Regional Head office in Singapore. IATA has released a Statement of the LDR certificate requirements. Details including AFIF Comment and Scenarios in Weekly News

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    5 September 2019. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

dnata CTO Notice - Melbourne Terminal Equipment Outage – Update    

AFIF has been in contact with dnata CTO Melbourne throughout the equipment outage.  dnata confirms the hoist is being re-installed this afternoon. A crane is on-site to manoeuvre the hoist in position, followed by the engineers reconnecting power and running up the electrics and hydraulics. dnata expects to return to normal operations by tonight. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF– 384kg of Cocaine, Worth $144 Million Seized, Two Charged   

ABF officers intercepted a second-hand excavator which had recently arrived from South Africa. The excavator was X-rayed at the Sydney CEF and anomalies were identified in the X-ray image. Upon further inspection, approximately 384 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $144 million was found to be concealed within the excavator. Details, photos and video in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Common Indicators of Illicit Tobacco Importations – Checklist for Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers – Repeated

From 1 July 2019, tobacco is a prohibited import. Importers are required to have a permit to import tobacco products. Freight Forwarders’ employees involved in front line activities such as Sales, Customer Service, Import Breakbulk, Reception, Freight Counter, Customs Clearance and Warehouse may inadvertently encounter an illegal importation of tobacco. Home Affairs-ABF have issued an Illicit Tobacco Indicators Sheet which may be useful for distributing to your staff. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

DoAG – COLS, MARS, OPP, PEBS and PEMS Unavailable from 23:00 Monday 22 July to 04:00 Tuesday 23 July 2019 (AEST).    

Due to scheduled maintenance, the COLS, MARS, OPP, PEBS and will be unavailable from 23:00 Monday 22 July to 04:00 Tuesday 23 July 2019 (AEST). Clients are advised to await the completion of this maintenance period before attempting to access these services. Details in Weekly News

DoAG – Current Notices - in Weekly News

West Gate Tunnel Project – Road Closures and Detours    

There are several road closures and detours impacting traffic, associated with the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project for the coming week. Full details of all the changes in Weekly News

TT Talk – Claims - Conflicts of Laws and Time-bars – Repeated  

TT Club’s latest edition of TT Talk  provides an interesting reminder for freight forwarders regarding the multi-layered relationships of the maritime supply chain and that care needs to be taken to attend in a timely fashion to securing recourse in all jurisdictions in which a dispute might be brought. Full report and links to other items on global cargo theft, freight crime and AFIF Claims Procedures course in Weekly News.

Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development – Repeated

Women and Leadership Australia is once again offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector the opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development program.  Details in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 204 – 16 July 2019 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 204 – 16 July 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News



Thursday 8 August 2019 – Register Now   

The AFIF Annual Charity Golf Day has become an institution, with over $250,000 raised for the various beneficiary charities. This year, we will return again to the fantastic Macquarie Links International Golf Club on Thursday 8th August 2019 for an enjoyable day of Ambrose golf in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW. Details including Registration and Sponsorship in Weekly News

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 – Friday 16 August

Care-Factor Charity Night 2019 will be another great event full of entertainment, raffles and live auctions. This fun-filled evening brings the industry together to help make a difference for a great cause. We look forward to seeing you all there.  Book early to avoid missing out. Details 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

DP World Update - Stoppages - 48 hours in Sydney and 24 Hours in Fremantle

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 11 July 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.

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 – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – 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

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