AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  29 August 2019

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DoA - Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season – Commences Sunday

Latest Update of Progress – Are You and your Import Customers Ready?

The 2019-20 BMSB Season has arrived. Further to updates in AFIF Bulletins and AFIF Weekly News, AFIF is engaging continuously with DoA as a member of the Department’s Cargo Consultative Council (DCCC) on progress of the forthcoming BMSB Seasonal Measures. In the Weekly News is an update of the latest developments in preparation for the 2019-20 BMSB Season, covering – Master Consolidators, Assessment Services, Inspections, Approved Arrangements, Safeguarding Arrangements, Offshore treatment Providers Scheme, Communication Activities, Factsheets and Business Continuity after Go-live. Plus the latest BMSB webpages content and links

DoA Notice to Industry - How You Can Help the Department Next BMSB Season

DoA have put together information about how consolidators, forwarders and importers can assist to help avoid unnecessary delays this BMSB season.  The information relates to document assessment, inspection bookings and the call centre.  Full details in Weekly News

DoA Industry Workshops - LCL/FAK Container BMSB Processing – Takeaways – Repeated

AFIF attended the DOA Industry information workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, for those involved with importing or handling LCL/FAK consignments that require increased intervention during the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. DoA explained the new arrangements end-to-end, offshore to onshore and answered many questions. A summary of the key takeaways from the workshops affecting master consolidators and freight forwarders in the Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – 755kg of Methamphetamine Imported from Mexico to Melbourne in Cow Hides – Street Value $566 million

A container was examined by ABF officers in Melbourne and 18 pallets of frozen, raw and untreated cow skins were located inside. Further inspection revealed 161 silver packages of a high grade crystal methamphetamine. Had it made its way to our streets, this seizure would have an estimated street value of $566.3 million and could have generated more than 7.5 million individual street deals. Details and Video in Weekly News

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

QUBE Expand Fumigation Capability at Minto

To assist Industry in dealing with the 2019-20 Stink Bug fumigation volumes, QUBE have opened an additional area of Hardstand at Minto dedicated to Fumigation services. As part of this solution QUBE will offer a service that includes movement off wharf of the containers requiring fumigation to our Minto depot. Details in Weekly News

ACCC Wallenius Wilhelmsen Charged with Criminal Cartel Conduct 

Following continuing investigations by the ACCC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO, been charged with criminal cartel conduct. The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of certain vehicles to Australia between June 2011 and July 2012. These charges follows convictions against Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), in August 2017 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) in August 2019 for cartel conduct in the same cartel WWO has allegedly participated in. Details in Weekly News

Shipping Lines Implementing Misdeclaration Fines – Repeated  

FIATA is calling for urgent dialogue with the top carriers, in the wake of recent moves by shipping lines to impose penalties on shippers who misdeclared cargoes. The previous week saw Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL confirm to have adopted a practice of charge fines for misdeclarated cargo reaching up to $15,000. Full report from IATA, links to further information and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

NHVR – Chain of Responsibility (CoR) – Load Properly or Face the Consequences, Companies Warned

Companies are being reminded to take loading safety seriously following a judgement by the South Australian Magistrates Court. Following an investigation and prosecution by the NHVR, a national company was convicted for a mass offence under the pre-1 October Heavy Vehicle National Law and fined $9900. The maximum penalty for this type of offence is a fine of $55,000. Details of the case in Weekly News

Final Call: Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development   

Women currently working in the transport and logistics sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.  Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Deadline for submission 20 September 2019 – EoI registration form and details in Weekly News


FIATA e-Flash No 207 – 26 August 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 207 – 26 August 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

US Tech Start-up RPA Labs Set to Disrupt Logistics with AI Bots 

A US start-up is bringing ‘robotic process automation’ (RPA) to the logistics arena, to speed up repetitive processes and customer interaction to free employees for other tasks. Fledgling technology company RPA Labs wants to harness the nascent technology to facilitate processes in logistics and officially entered the arena today, after a year developing its software bots. Details in Weekly News

WTO – Revamped Trade Indicator Suggests Further Weakening of Goods Trade into Third Quarter – Repeated

The growth of world merchandise trade volumes is likely to remain weak in the third quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer, released on 15 August. The latest reading of 95.7 from the barometer, formerly the World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), is lower than the previous release and signals that stronger trade growth is not yet in sight. Full details in Weekly News


Incoterms 2020 Official Workshop, September – SYD, MEL, ADL, PER, DRW, BNE 

Tickets are now on sale for the national rollout of Official ICC Incoterms® 2020 Australian Workshops commencing in September, hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with BDO, in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Brisbane. The national workshops will cover the important changes to international rules contained in the new ICC Incoterms® 2020, a trade publication by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, to be released globally in September. The new publications (book, pocket guide and wall chart) will be included for each ticketholder to the workshops. Link to further details and registration 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

DoA BMSB Update - Management of LCL and FAK containers during the 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season

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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.

AFIF Training – Not for Profit - by the Industry, for the Industry

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

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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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