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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  4 June 2020

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Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Australia Enters Recession as More Restrictions Eased to Bolster Jobs Restoration and Creation

This week the ABS reported the economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the March quarter, on the back of the bushfires, drought and coronavirus pandemic. The March quarter national accounts, released on Wednesday, show growth for the year slowed to 1.4 per cent. The size of the hit was cushioned by increased government spending, which added 0.3 points to GDP, and strong exports, adding 0.5 points. But household spending dropped by 1.1 per cent over the quarter.

COVID-19 Australian Government Update on Recovery and Jobs

All states and territories have reduced COVID-19 transmission, enabling Step 1 conditions to be established. Some jurisdictions have been able to move further than Step 1 due to their local conditions. Successfully removing restrictions under Step 1 is estimated to return 250,000 jobs and increase economic activity by $3.1 billion. States and territories now have plans in place to move to Step 2 conditions. This will allow most businesses to reopen with physical distancing, hygiene and COVID Safe work plans. It is estimated that Step 2 will return an additional $3 billion in economic activity and 275,000 jobs to the workforce.

National Cabinet Job Creation Priority

National Cabinet has agreed to the formation of the National Federation Reform Council and the cessation of the COAG model. The new National Federation Reform Council agreed to by Premiers, Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister, will change the way the Commonwealth and states and territories effectively and productively work together to address new areas of reform. The National Cabinet will be driven by an initial single agenda - to create jobs. A job making agenda.

Freight and Logistics – Border Closures Remain

Borders remained closed in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Supply chains continue to operate throughout the restrictions, with Federal and State governments unanimously affirming the critical role the freight sector plays in providing essential supplies of food, medicine or other goods to communities around Australia, and the need to support the industry in the face of this unprecedented situation. There continues to be a steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

AWE – 2020-21 BMSB Season Measures – 3 Countries Added, Season End Timing and Intervention Clarified

AFIF as a member of the Department of Agriculture Cargo Coordination Committee BMSB sub-group (DCCC-BMSB) has been advised of the forthcoming 2020-21 BMSB Season changes to be effective from 1 September 2020. The list of target risk countries will now include Portugal, Ukraine and Moldova for the BMSB Season, which will apply from 1 September 2020 to arrival in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive). Goods must be treated if exported between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 inclusive. Goods arriving from 1 June 2021 will not be subject to BMSB measures. More details in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

IFAM flights: Los Angeles – Melbourne / Brisbane – Update - Rates Reduced

Austrade-IFAM has released a Notice promoting available space at reduced rates from originally posted, on flights ex Los Angeles to Melbourne and Brisbane over the next 4 weeks. There is capacity inbound (to Australia) on this flight in which medical supplies will be prioritised. Please note there is not currently capacity on the outbound leg of this flight, as Australia Post is also supporting these flights and will be prioritising mail. Details including IFAM Forward Flights Schedule in the Weekly News

IFAM Flights: Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to Hong Kong  

Austrade-IFAM and Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport have announced new flight capacity under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) from Toowoomba (Wellcamp) to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. These flights will operate on Sundays for 6 weeks commencing 7 June.  Details in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne 2020-21 Reference Tariff Schedule Effective 1 July 2020

The Port of Melbourne (PoM) has today published its 2020-21 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) effective 1 July 2020. Tariffs for Prescribed Services will increase by 2.2 per cent in 2020-21. The increase is based on the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12 months to March 2020. Details in the Weekly News 

Port of Melbourne – Industry Study to Inform Faster, Focused and More Productive Supply Chain    

A $1 million industry study will inform Victoria’s future freight and containerised trade logistics to ensure delivery of a more productive supply chain.  The 2020 Port of Melbourne Container Logistics Chain Study (2020 CLCS) will update work undertaken by the port more than 10 years ago, which remains a valuable source of information for the port, government and industry. The study, with support from the Victorian Dep’t of Transport, will analyse the complex logistics chain that enables tens of thousands of containers to move to and from the Port of Melbourne each week. Details in the Weekly News

$11 billion Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Rail Connection

Construction will start this year on the around $11 billion Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport rail, locking in thousands of jobs and providing a long-term economic boost to the Western Sydney and New South Wales economies during the COVID-19 recovery. The Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport rail project will link the airport to the Sydney rail network and includes six proposed metro railway stations. Details in in the Weekly News

APL ENGLAND Arrives in Port of Brisbane

On 24 May, while en-route to Melbourne from China, the APL England lost 50 containers overboard off the coast of New South Wales, causing debris to later wash up on Sydney beaches.  The Port of Brisbane and many stakeholders, played a crucial role in safely receiving the stricken container vessel APL England last week. Details in in the Weekly News

AMSA – APL ENGLAND Under Detention – Master Charged in Court

The Master of the APL England appeared before the Wynnum Magistrates court to face two charges relating to the loss of containers from the ship. These charges carry maximum penalties in excess of $300,000. The matter was adjourned to 12 June in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. The APL England remains under detention in the Port of Brisbane and will not be released until its serious deficiencies have been rectified. The unloading of the damaged containers has started and is expected to take several days to complete. Details in in the Weekly News

APL ENGLAND Containers Situation Map

Debris from the 50 containers, including medical equipment and facemasks, foam, food packaging, and ducting material commonly used in heating and cooling systems, was strewn along beaches from Wollongong to Port Stephens. Seventy-four other containers were damaged in the incident but remained collapsed on deck, and AMSA’s aerial surveillance monitored containers hanging precariously on the edge. More details including a containers situation map in the Weekly News

ABF – TTF Seizure of Nearly 10 million Cigarettes Leads to the Arrest of One Man

A Sydney man has been arrested by the ABF led Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) after a shipment of nearly 10 million cigarettes was intercepted at the border. On 16 May 2020, the container was intercepted in Sydney by the ITTF and examined revealing a shipment of 9.75 million cigarettes. The shipment had been mis-declared and was discovered as part of an ongoing ITTF operation. The estimated amount of duty evaded totalled just over $9.1 million. Details in in the Weekly News

Smiths Detection X-Ray Inspection Unit For Sale

AFIF Associate, Smiths Detection have advised AFIF of a unique offer of the sale of an as new HS145180-2iS X-Ray Inspection system. (only 6 months old, very good condition) which they are looking to move on as quickly as possible for a very competitive price. The unit would be sold as new with a new equipment warranty for 12 months. Details in the Weekly News

Transitioning from NICNAS to AICIS

AICIS commences on 1 July 2020 and to assist with minimising any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers, the Department has issued a number of information pages on how the transition process will work including: the transition of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory to the new AICIS Inventory; how applications made under NICNAS (the old scheme) that aren't finalised on 1 July 2020 will transition to AICIS (the new scheme); how NICNAS permits will transition to AICIS; how NICNAS certificates will transition to AICIS; how secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will apply under AICIS. Details and links in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Financial Year-end Strategies

Effective planning and preparation is critical for all taxpayers as the end of financial year approaches. HLB Mann Judd have released their 2020 Year End Strategies newsletter addressing a number of topics relating to 2019/20 tax savings and COVID-19 considerations. In this issue we share: JobKeeper: what to do now; Rent relief for commercial tenants; 2020 end of financial year checklist; COVID-19 employee considerations; Major changes to instant asset write-off; Working from home: what deductions can you claim; Tax tips for property investors. Details and link to the newsletter in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Tax Alert - May 2020

HLB Mann Judd Tax Alert May 2020 provides all of the latest tax news, views and clues for May 2020. This Alert addresses: Federal Budget Night shift; Coronavirus cash flow boost payments; Understanding the JobKeeper scheme; Decline in turnover; Wage condition; Employee conditions; Payment; ATO early release super applications. Details and Link in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Various Governments around Australia have announced a range of economic stimulus measures designed to support businesses in navigating the financial challenges of COVID-19. With all the information out there it is hard to know what businesses should be doing. HLB Mann Judd has provided a high-level summary of recommended actions and available Government support. Details in the Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Final Call: Last Chance to Register - Female Leaders Scholarship Funding

Women in Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.  It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News


IATA– Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets in April but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

IATA released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for international air cargo fall by 28.1% in April 2020, compared to the same period a year earlier. However, the large Asia-North America market recorded less of a decline (7.3%) due to the rise in movement of personal protective equipment (PPE).  International capacity decreased 42.5%. Full details and link in the Weekly News


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

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 28 May 2020

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’ – New Dates Released

AFIF are pleased to advise that we have been approved to conduct selected Air & Sea Dangerous Goods Training Courses via e-learning/’Zoom’ Webinar. This allows you to attend your DG course from the convenience of your location.

Online course benefits include reduction in travel time to the course training room location, no accommodation costs for those travelling from Interstate and all done at the convenience of your office or home.

Our online training course will include access and support from our experienced, qualified trainer, whereby students can ask questions and interact with the trainer throughout the training course.

There are multiple course dates just released for:

  • Dangerous Goods Recertification - Air (DGR)
  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance - Air (DGA)
  • IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea)    
  • Export Air Freight Procedures    

All of the course dates are listed in the AFIF Weekly News  

If you would like more information about booking on these courses, please contact our Training Manager, Jodie Murray, or (02) 9314 3055

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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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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