Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  19 March 2020

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Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update –

Australia Closes its Borders to Non-Citizens and Non-Residents

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced a travel ban will be placed on non-residents and non-citizens coming to Australia, effective 9pm Friday, 20 March 2020. This decision has been taken to support measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in Australia. Flattening the growth curve of Covid-19 is important for the health and wellbeing of individuals globally.

Implications for the Air Freight Market

The impact on the movement of air cargo to and from Australia as a consequence of the escalation of measures to tackle Covid-19 cannot be understated. Qantas and Virgin Australia have announced they will be ceasing international services until at least the end of May - Most international carriers have suspended or significantly reduced passenger services to Australia until the end May, possibly longer, depending on the global recovery from Covid-19. The removal from the market of the belly hold capacity of passenger aircraft, leaves a massive capacity shortfall which can’t be filled by freighter aircraft - capacity that is vitally needed to help keep supply chains going, including the delivery of critical medicines and medical equipment.

CTOs Impacted

The consequence of the drying up of passenger services for the foreseeable future will be a considerable impact to the CTOs operations, notwithstanding freighter operations continue.

AFIF Comment  

AFIF would like to acknowledge the impact of these announcements on the management and employees of the organisations affected. These are unprecedented events which affect all of us in the industry and wider community. May we all pull together and support each other during these difficult times through to better times ahead.

Details in the Weekly News

Capacity Constraints Spread Globally as Trade Resumes in China   

The impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been spreading rapidly beyond China in the last few weeks. The biggest current impact on trade is space and container availability throughout the world. The numerous vessel cancellations and blank sailings from China due to very limited available export volumes, have resulted in considerably less space and containers available in all countries trading with China.


As the COVID-19 situation is stabilising in China, businesses are returning to normal operations, with the exception of Wuhan/Hubei Province which is recovering slowly. Hubei Province today reported NO new infections, the first time since Covid-19 emerged there. China’s manufacturing sector is recovering, and is reported to have reached levels of up to 80% of pre-Chinese New Year capacity. Transport movements are also gradually returning to normal. Updates on Ocean and Air Cargo status in Weekly News


Trade impacts will start to arise from significant outbreaks of Covid-19 and regional lockdowns in Italy will spread to other countries in Europe. For now, ports continue to operate normally. As the virus continues to spread across Europe, the first impacts on logistics flows are being experienced. Although European sites and offices continue to operate, delays with shipments are expected due to increased health and safety measures at various borders. Updates on Ocean and Air Cargo status in Weekly News

Restrictions on Entry to Australia for Commercial Vessels Update

Queensland Slams Door on Cargo Ships – Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ)   Exemptions Granted for New Zealand, PNG and South West Pacific                                             

On Tuesday, ABF issued a Notice Restrictions on Entry to Australia for Commercial Vessels, restricting access on-shore by ship's crew and self-isolation requirements. Yesterday, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) issued ‘a ban on all commercial ships from entering ports in Queensland if the ship, or any person on board, has been in any country outside of Australia within the last 14-days.’ Following industry lobbying to the MSQ, today there has been an announcement by MSQ which provides 'country specific' exemptions for vessels departing from New Zealand, PNG and South West Pacific origin. The issue still remains for those vessels departing from overseas ports with only a few days sailing time to Brisbane, ie. Singapore and Malaysia, etc.  Further Details including AFIF lobbying on this issue in Weekly News

Australian Government and State Governments Announce Economic Stimulus Package and Assistance for Business

Billions of dollars are being poured into the Australian economy to offset the damage being done to businesses and employment from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal, NSW, Queensland and W.A. governments have announced various economic stimulus payments and incentives to businesses which may benefit members. A second stimulus package from the federal government is expected soon and more states and territories are looking to introduce stimulus packages of their own to target specific industries and sectors at risk. More details of the packages in Weekly News 

Government Support for Industry Trainees

AFIF is delighted to note that within the Government’s Economic Stimulus Package, announced by the Prime Minister, there is a specific section whereby the Government is supporting small business to retain their Trainees, which we feel may be of interest to a number of our Members. AFIF has been engaging with the Government to offer business greater incentive to support trainees and this announcement is an encouraging step forward. Details and link in Weekly News

Make Your Move - Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

There has been a 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 including social media, online advertising, the Make Your Move website, face-to-face presentations to schools and careers advisers, career expos and work experience engagements. Your company can make the most of this interest and increased awareness by hiring a Trainee now and access government support, as appropriate. Details in the Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News  

1)       Man charged over alleged importation by aircargo of $170,000 of ketamine

2)       Indonesian man refused entry into Australia for smuggling cigarettes

3)       Transcript of Sky News interview with ABF Commissioner, Michael Outram APM, Monday 16 March 2020 - Links in Weekly News

AWE – Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport Determined as a Biosecurity First Point of Entry

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is now determined as a biosecurity first point of entry (FPOE) for: Freighter aircraft, and Goods carried on a freighter aircraft, except live horses. A non-first point of entry application is required for any other proposed arrivals. AWE Notice in Weekly News

AWE – BMSB Newsletters No 5 - Master Consolidators and General Updates

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (AWE) has issued the latest editions of BMSB Newsletters.  Master Consolidators BMSB Newsletter No 5 and BMSB General Updates for 2019-20 Season Newsletter No 5.  Details and Links in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

CASA – Hand Sanitiser is Considered Dangerous Goods for Movement by Air

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has requested AFIF to remind industry of the requirement to declare and ship hand sanitiser as Dangerous Goods. Sending bulk quantities of hand sanitiser - “Hand sanitiser is considered a dangerous good due to its high alcohol content and must not be sent via post. This product can only be sent via a freight forwarding company and must be declared.” As more hand sanitiser is likely to be shipped in response to Covid-19, please ensure the appropriate personnel in your organisation are aware of this requirement. Details and link in Weekly News

AFIF has a range of Dangerous Goods Training Courses to ensure members remain IATA complaint. Details and links to courses in Weekly News

dnata Customer Notice: COVID-19 Pandemic Measures

dnata has today advised AFIF of a Customer Notice on business continuity plan measures being undertaken. Details on the precautionary details implemented including staff welfare and public welfare. dnata advises that enhanced awareness amongst staff and their recommendation to be conservative at the first sign of symptoms to avoid spreading, may result in our workforce facing increased absenteeism levels. Full Notice in Weekly News

Menzies Aviation Amendment of Terminal Service Fees Schedule – Effective 1 April 2020

Menzies Aviation has issued a Customer Notice and Amended Tariff of Terminal Service Fees effective on 1 April 2020. Customer Notice of the changes and the revised rate schedule details and links in Weekly News

Dept of Health - NICNAS Changes to AICIS (new scheme) 1 July 2020

Register for AICIS Information Sessions – Sydney & Melbourne – Full. Brisbane – 1 May 2020 – Places Available

The Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) will replace the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on 1 July 2020 as the new national regulator of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. Anyone who imports or manufactures (introduce) industrial chemicals — or products that release industrial chemicals — into Australia for commercial purposes must - register their business with Dept of Health and pay a fee and categorise each chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) into 1 of 5 categories. Details and links to information sessions on the changes in Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – COVID-19 – Challenges Facing Australian Business

As the Covid-19 situation develops there is more uncertainty than assurance that the issue will be resolved in the short term. The severity of economic disruption from the virus and the medium and longer term impact on demand and economic growth will need to be assessed and managed as it evolves. HLB Mann Judd have compiled a summary of issues and potential strategies to try to protect businesses and look for opportunities. The Summary covers operational issues - Revenue/ Working Capital; Customer Management; Employees, Continuity of Supply and Cost Management. Full details in Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Scholarships of Up to $5,000 for Current and Aspiring Female Leaders

Women in Leadership Australia are offering Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the transport and logistics sector to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs. Further details and registration in Weekly News


IATA – Air Cargo Essential to Fight Against COVID-19  

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, air cargo has been a vital partner in delivering much-needed medicines, medical equipment (including spare parts/repair components), and in keeping global supply chains functioning for the most time-sensitive materials. The dramatic travel restrictions and collapse of passenger demand have severely limited cargo capacity. IATA calls on governments to take urgent measures to ensure that air cargo will be available to support the global fight against COVID-19. Full details in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 219 – 9 March 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 219 – 9 March 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News


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

Queensland Slams Door on Cargo Ships - MSQ Exemptions Granted for New Zealand, PNG and South West Pacific



Australian Govt. Industry Guide for Travellers

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 12 March 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.

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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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