Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  24 October 2019

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:       

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

Nominations for a Position on the Board of Directors close on Friday 8 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.

Please note that any nomination for positions on the Board of Directors must be received at the AFIF Secretariat office no later than close of business on Friday 8th November 2019.

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

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.

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

DoA Heath Snail Found – 900 Vehicles Being Turned Back at 4 Australian Ports – DoA Response – Current BMSB Seasonal Measures for Vessels not Impacted  

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported on heath snail being detected in 5 shipments of motor vehicles. The 900 vehicles are being stopped at 4 arrival ports in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and West Australia and re-exported for fumigation treatment before being allowed to re-enter Australia. AFIF has contacted senior officials at DoA, who confirmed there is no impact on BMSB measures for vessels at this time. Full SMH article with the details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ABF Commissioner's Opening Statement Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Supplementary Budget Estimates Hearing Monday, 21 October 2019 - Operations Update      

The ABF Commissioner’s Statement to Budget Estimates, includes a summary of the current state of ABF’s operations – including operational results for 2018-19, volumes, detections, ATT program, organised crime, Customs and border modernisation, Working ahead of the border, Professionalisation. Full statement and extracts of highlights in Weekly News.

ABF – Current Notices and News - in Weekly News

ABF – ITTF Stops Brazen Attempt to Import Over 1 million Cigarettes By Aircargo 

ABF Illegal Tobacco Task Force (ITTF) has detected more than one million cigarettes in an air cargo shipment from Korea declared as ‘mini massagers’. On 19 October 2019, the consignment was targeted for examination. ABF officers inspected the shipment which contrary to the declaration, contained nothing other than 5,000 cartons of cigarettes. A total of 1,094,000 cigarettes were seized, weighing more than 1 tonne, which represents more than $1.1 million in evaded duty and GST. Full details and photo in Weekly News

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

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

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.

DP World Melbourne Cup Day Working Arrangements for Tuesday 5 November

DP World have provided details of operating arrangement as their Melbourne Terminal during the Melbourne Cup public holiday. Notice in Weekly News

VICT Wins International Award   

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) was the winner of the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Award for Excellence in Port Management and Infrastructure. The Awards ceremony was held in Singapore. VICT was described as having “been at the forefront of innovation and technology and is the first fully automated container terminal in Australia”. Full DCN article in 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

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA e-Flash No 210 – 21 October 2019 – FIATA World Congress 2019 Edition

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 210 – 21 October 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. This edition covers a range of items arising from the 2019 FIATA World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, October. Link in Weekly News

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

EVENTS 

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.

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

Shipping Lithium Batteries Course Sydney 28th October 2019

Notice of AFIF Annual General Meeting - 2019

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 17 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

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

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