Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  6 February 2020

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IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

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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Your order will be sent as soon as the Publications become available and payment has been made.

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.                                              

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Novel Coronavirus Update

AFIF has been in constant contact with government departments, shipping and airlines, CTOs, stevedores and our international affiliate association contacts to obtain the latest situation on the Novel Coronavirus (Coronavirus) impacting trade and freight movements. In this edition of the Weekly News there is a comprehensive update on the Coronavirus, including Trade Impacts; China Ports and Airports Impacts; Australia Impacts – Vessels, Airlines; Impact at the Australian Border – ABF & DoA updates, including guidance on missing shipping documentation for cargo en-route.  Full Report with all the details in Weekly News

Coronavirus Raises Tension on Shipping Line Position on Container Charges

FIATA has issued a Media Release on the significant downstream effect of the Coronavirus on the movement of goods, which raises issues for international freight forwarders, especially noting the position which may be adopted by shipping lines as to their position on container demurrage or detention charges. FIATA Media Release and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

ABF Notice – RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY TO AUSTRALIA RELATING TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS

As outlined in the AFIF Bulletin on Wednesday, Novel Coronavirus - Restrictions on Ships Arriving into Australia from China, ABF have released a Notice regarding the 14 days rule on Restrictions on entry to Australia relating to Novel Coronavirus for Commercial Vessels. Full Notice in Weekly News

Airline Notices on Service Changes in the Weekly News

  • Qantas Freight - An Update to our Australia - China Services
  • Air China - Flight Cancellations
  • Etihad - Temporary Suspension of Chengdu and Shanghai Passenger Flights

Department of Agriculture Changes Name and New Minister Appointed 

The Department of Agriculture has been expanded into a super department - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – AWE. Hon. David Littleproud MP is the newly appointed Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Agriculture. The Secretary (CEO) of the new super Department is Andrew Metcalfe AO.

As the Department abbreviation has changed, AFIF will refer to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as AWE in future AFIF bulletins.

AWE – Master Consolidator Newsletter for the 2019-20 BMSB season - Edition #3, 28 January 2020  

AWE has released the latest edition of the Master Consolidators Newsletter No 3 which includes information on Lodging a declaration – A container can only have one declaration type. Link to Newsletter in Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - 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

Part X on the Chopping Block (Exemption)?

Richard Arrage, Special Counsel, Colin, Biggers & Paisley provides an interesting perspective on the ACCC Review of Part X and potential shift in the exemptions landscape. Full details in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IATA – 2019 Worst Year for Air Freight Demand Since 2009

IATA released full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell by 3.3% compared to 2018 while capacity (AFTK) rose by 2.1%. This was the first year of declining freight volumes since 2012, and the weakest performance since the global financial crisis in 2009 when air freight markets contracted by 9.7%. In the month of December, cargo volumes contracted 2.7% year-on-year while capacity rose 2.8%. Asia-Pacific carriers in December posted a decrease in demand of 3.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 2.8%. The full-year 2019 saw volumes decline 5.7%. Details and link to IATA Report in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 216 – 27 January 2020

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 216 – 27 January 2020 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan – Implications for Trade and Industry

Andrew Hudson, Rigby Cooke Lawyers, has written an interesting commentary on the likely implications for trade and industry of a widespread outbreak of the Coronavirus. Details in the Weekly News

EVENTS 

HLB Mann Judd Breakfast Seminar – Wednesday 19 February – Business Growth Series – Session 1

AFIF members are invited to a HLB Mann Judd Business Growth Series Breakfast Seminar. As the market, economy and environment changes we need to be increasingly focused on the customer as a means to growth and continued innovation. By attending this session you will learn how to: Not waste money solving the wrong problem; How to improve the experience your organisation delivers; Organise yourselves internally. Details and Registration link in Weekly News

SAL Shipping Industry Golf Day – Wednesday 4 March – AFIF Members Invited

The SAL New South Wales Golf Day for 2020 will be held on Wednesday afternoon 4th March 2020 at the scenic Coast Course at Little Bay, close to Port Botany and the city. Come along and enjoy a great course and amazing coastal scenery. AFIF Members are invited to participate. Details and Registration Link in Weekly News.

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 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

HLB Mann Judd Breakfast Event & Business Advisor Newsletter

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 30 January 2020

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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

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 –

IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date

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

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are 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:

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