Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  19 December 2019

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Save the Date – Friday 29 May 2020

AFIF 2020 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach

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.

Details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released in the New Year.  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.

AFIF Office Arrangements over Christmas/New Year Period - Thank You

AFIF Office will be closed from 5pm Monday 23 December and re-open on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent matters during this period please email Brian@afif.asn.au  or Stuart@afif.asn.au . Thank you for your continued involvement and support of AFIF throughout the year.  We wish you and your families the compliments of the season!

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:

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NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Alternative Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group Being Formed

Biosecurity Charges Increase from 1 January 2020

Minister for Agriculture, Hon Bridget McKenzie has announced that the Government will not be proceeding with the Biosecurity Imports Levy as announced in the 2018-19 Budget. Instead the way forward will include expanded cost recovery fees and charges from 1 January 2020 and an alternative Biosecurity levy will be developed in consultation with industry. An Alternative Biosecurity Levy industry Working Group including AFIF, has been formed to work with the Department of Agriculture and advise the Minister for Agriculture in the design and implementation of an ‘Alternative Biosecurity Levy’. DoA Notices on the new charges from 1 January 2020, Biosecurity Import Levy and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

NSW Government - Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Roads - Stevedores Told to Think Twice About Price Hike

Stevedores at Port Botany have been warned against slapping higher port surcharges on transport operators and exporters who are battling crippling drought in NSW. Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said it would be completely unacceptable for stevedores to increase their infrastructure levies anytime soon. The Minister has referred the matter of rapid price increases to the NSW Productivity Commissioner to investigate the impact on the supply chain. AFIF Comment including rebuttal of stevedores’ comments and counter-claims in Weekly News  

Melbourne CTO Delays – dnata & Menzies Aviation Update – 1 Week to Go?

The ongoing delays in retrieving and delivering cargo at dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals in the past weeks improved this week at both CTOs. dnata experienced the usual post weekend delays on Monday and returned to normal service standard on Tuesday continuing through the week. Menzies Aviation encountered delays through until Wednesday, returning to normal service standard now. Heavy export volumes are being experienced at present with flights fully booked. Import volumes are easing slightly as Christmas/New Year approaches. More in Weekly News

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR OPERATING ARRANGEMENTS NOTICES

CTOs Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The CTOs have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours and free storage arrangements. Full details and links to CTO’s Notices in the Weekly News.

Stevedores Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The Stevedores have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours arrangements. Full details and links to Stevedores Notices in the Weekly News.

DoA – December 2019 / January 2020 Holiday Shut Down Operating Hours

The Department of Agriculture Canberra Office will close from cob Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and will re-open at the commencement of business on Thursday, 2 January 2020. The Department’s general inquiry line (1800 900 090) will not operate during the periods noted as ‘Closed’ in the table in IAN 217-2019. Regional offices are operating as per the table in the IAN 217-2019. Full Notice and details in Weekly

DoA – Updates to the Master Consolidator Declaration and Treatment Certificate Lodgement Forms

The department has made updates to the online forms relating to Master Consolidator declarations and Treatment Certificate lodgement forms to assist clients with providing information to the department and enhanced reporting. Areas affected - Treatment Certificates lodgement form, MC Declaration form, Treatment Certificate and MC Declaration forms. Full Notice and details in Weekly News

DoA – BMSB Updates Newsletter No 2 and Master Consolidators Newsletter No 2

DoA will be publishing regular newsletters for general updates in relation to the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The newsletters will provide information, tips and hits and any other relevant information that may be of use to industry to keep informed throughout the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Regular newsletters will also be published for Master Consolidators (MCs) relating to the importation of LCL consignments in FAK containers for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The second edition of the 2 Newsletters have been released, links and subscriber details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ABF – 645kg of MDMA Hidden in Barbeques Seized  

A joint law enforcement operation spanning six months and three countries has resulted in the seizure of 645kg of MDMA in Sydney, and the arrest of two people. This investigation has involved the AFP, ABF, the Cyprus Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) and the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCA). ABF officers intercepted a container from Cyprus. It was found to contain 200 aluminium barbeques. Deconstruction of the barbeques revealed a large portion had false base plates, each concealing multiple packages of MDMA, totalling 645kgs. Full report and Video in Weekly News

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

645kg of MDMA hidden in barbeques seized by authorities

Solar companies burnt $1.3 million for duty evasion

Over 39 million illicit cigarettes seized in Melbourne

ABF patrol boat apprehends fleeing criminal

INCOTERMS 2020 – Summary of Changes - Repeated  

For those members unable to attend the Incoterms 2020 Webinar, a summary of the changes and implications is provided by TT Club. ‘1 January 2020 will witness the introduction of Incoterms® 2020. Revised every ten years, in common with previous editions, this latest revision has been assessed against current business practices, taking into account new technologies and challenges faced through the intervening period.’ Full details in Weekly News.

ACCC – Views Sought on Competition Exemption for Liner Shipping - Repeated     

Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act permits liner shipping operators to enter into agreements with each other about commercial matters such as freight rates, the vessels to be used, and the quantity and kinds of cargo carried on particular trade routes. The 2015 Harper Review recommended that Part X exemption be repealed and the ACCC develop a class exemption for liner shipping agreements. The ACCC is seeking comments on a possible class exemption for liner shipping from competition laws, in a discussion paper released this week. ACCC Discussion Paper link with all of the details in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA e-Flash No 214 – 16 December 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 214 – 16 December 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

Self-Driving Truck Completes First USA Cross-Country Freight Delivery  

Silicon Valley start-up Plus.ai announced that a self-driving truck packed with a payload of 40,000 pounds of Land O'Lakes butter successfully made an over 2,800 mile trip cross-country from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The pilot run saw the truck navigate a variety of terrain, traffic and weather conditions during the day and at night. A licensed driver and safety engineer were on board at all times to fulfil legal requirements for operating autonomous vehicles on public roads, otherwise, the journey was completed autonomously. Report in Weekly News

IATA – Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October - Repeated    

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs), rose by 2.2% year-on-year in October 2019. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 5.3% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Capacity increased by 0.6%. Full report in Weekly News

IATA – Industry Steps Up Efforts Against Rogue Lithium Battery Shipments  

IATA are renewing calls for governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labelled and non-compliant shipments introduced into the supply chain, by issuing and enforcing criminal sanctions on those responsible. The campaign includes three specific initiatives; new incident reporting and alert system for airlines, industry awareness campaign on the dangers of shipping undeclared and mis-declared lithium batteries and facilitation of a joined-up industry approach.

AFIF Training Course - Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

AFIF supports the IATA initiative to ensure the safe transportation of Lithium Batteries shipments. AFIF Training provides a Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air Course for Shippers and Freight Forwarders.

A one day course designed to give Shippers of Lithium Ion and Lithium Metal Batteries the skills and knowledge to pack and ship lithium ion and lithium metals cells and batteries by air transport, in compliance with Australian Legislation and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

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

Department of Agriculture December 2019 / January 2020 Holiday Shut Down Operating Hours

NSW Government - Stevedores Told to Think Twice About Price Hike

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 12 December 2019

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AFIF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS 

TRAINING

AFIF Training Schedule – 2020 Dates Released 

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 2020 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

IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

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

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

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:

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