Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 6 June 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Final Wrap 

The AFIF 2019 National Conference held in Melbourne this year has been hailed a great success with over 150 delegates, speakers and guests in attendance. Last week’s AFIF Weekly News has a wrap up of the Conference sessions, Gala Dinner and photos.

2019 National Conference Presentations are on AFIF Conference Website    

AFIF 2019 Conference and Gala Dinner Feedback Survey.

If you haven’t already done so, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to complete the AFIF 2019 National Conference Evaluation Survey  (click)

Vannessa McCamley - Neuroscience of Leadership and Personal Development


The Business Management session at the AFIF 2019 Conference – Neuroscience of Leadership and personal development by Vannessa McCamley created a lot of interest and AFIF has received a number of calls asking for more information.  Further information, links, videos and podcast on this subject, contact details in Weekly News.            




DAWR – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Announced

Further to the item in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, DAWR has finalised the measures for 2019-20 BMSB risk season. For the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to: goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries from 1 September 2019 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2020 (inclusive). Full details in Weekly News

DAWR - BMSB – Containerised Goods Shipped as Less than Container Load (LCL) Consignments and Freight of all Kinds (FAK) Containers – Consolidators Note  

Consolidators should be aware of the changes affecting consolidated FAK containers. Master Consolidators are required to provide a declaration of the LCL and FAK container no less than five business days prior to the first port of arrival in Australia. Early reporting will provide benefits for consolidators moving FAK containers from the wharf to 77G depots. Full details in Weekly News

DAWR – BMSB 2019-20 Seasonal Measures Industry Information Sessions Next Week – Register Now  

DAWR has confirmed the proposed dates of the BMSB 2019-20 Final Seasonal Measures Industry Information Sessions Next Week. Details of the cities, dates, times of sessions and Registration links in Weekly News

Inspector-General of Biosecurity Report into the Effectiveness of Biosecurity Measures to Manage the Risks of BMSB Entering Australia, Released – AFIF Comment 

The Inspector-General of Biosecurity’s investigation into the effectiveness of biosecurity measures to manage the risks of BMSB entering Australia has been released. AFIF is pleased to advise that most of the recommendations in the AFIF submission to the inquiry have been embraced by DAWR in their preparation of 2019-20 BMSB Seasonal measures. In particular, the changes to Containerised Goods Shipped as LCL Consignments and FAK Containers will assist compliant master consolidators to obtain timely delivery of the FAK container from the wharf. More details and link to the Report in the Weekly News.

DAWR – Permits Required from 1 September for Imports of Cut Flowers and Foliage from Countries with High Non-compliance and High Volumes of Trade  

Who does this notice affect? Importers, approved arrangements, freight forwarders and brokers that deal with imported cut flowers and foliage. The number of live pests arriving at the border has remained unacceptably high. From 1 September 2019, DAWR will require the use of import permits to bring shipments of cut flowers and foliage to Australia from certain countries. DAWR IAN in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Combating Illicit Tobacco – 1 July 2019 Measures 

From 1 July 2019, tobacco will become a prohibited import. Importers will be required to have a permit to import certain tobacco products, including cigarettes, shisha/molasses tobacco and loose leaf tobacco for use in pipes or roll-your-own cigarettes. The permit application is available on the Australian Border Force (ABF) website. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Asbestos Imports - Energy Corporation Fined $175,000 Despite Voluntary Disclosure

District Court of Western Australia has convicted and imposed fines on a multi-national energy corporation for importing gaskets containing asbestos, even though the court found the company had imported the asbestos inadvertently, cooperated and undertook a voluntary disclosure. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $175,000. Details in Weekly News

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

MOUs Pave Way for Qantas and Virgin to Fly out of Western Sydney Airport 

Qantas and Virgin – have entered into Memoranda of Understanding that will pave the way for them to fly out of Western Sydney International Airport (WSIA). The MOUs mean the airlines will work with WSIA to provide design and planning insights, as well as starting early discussions about planning for potential routes. Full announcement and more details on AFIF Engagement with WSIA over the past months, in Weekly News

Qantas Freight – What You Need to Know About Air Cargo Advance Screening to USA (ACAS) FAQs – Repeated

Further to last week’s item on US Customs Border & Protection (CBP) Air Cargo Advance Screening to the USA – Fines Commence Next Month, (repeated below) Qantas Freight has advised AFIF of the release of an Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) FAQs Document on their website. Details and web link in Weekly News

Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) to the USA – Fines Commence Next Month – Repeated   

AFIF Members will be aware that in June 2018, US Customs Border & Protection (CBP) launched Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pre-load reporting requirements for US-bound carriers loading cargo destined to USA.   Financial penalties for non-compliance commence 1 year later from 12 June 2019. CBP have indicated they will commence applying large financial penalties to airlines, for any non-compliance of ACAS reporting on air cargo shipments destined to or transiting through USA. Details in Weekly News

Port of Melbourne Reference Tariff Schedule 2019-2020

The Port of Melbourne (PoM) has published its 2019-20 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS). The RTS outlines PoM’s tariffs (otherwise known as Port charges and fees) for Prescribed Services that will apply from 1 July 2019. PoM also today submitted to the Essential Services Commission of Victoria (ESC) its Tariff Compliance Statement (TCS) for 2019-20. The TCS explains how PoM has complied with the Pricing Order in calculating its 2019-20 tariffs. Details in Weekly News

Sustainability at Port of Melbourne

At AFIF 2019 National Conference, Port of Melbourne’s Jim Cooper, Executive GM, Commercial updating delegates on the long term planning for trade and port growth, increased ship sizes and TEU’s being handled by the port and increasing rail mode share and the proposed rail levy to develop the port infrastructure to accommodate the port rail shuttle. PoM’s mission is to grow the port sustainably and in collaboration with stakeholders networks. PoM has released the Port of Melbourne’s Sustainability Report. Details and Link in Weekly News

VICT - Truck Driver Suspension Information – Repeated  

To assist transport carriers and truck drivers, VICT have created a truck driver instructional video, which forms part of the VICT induction process on the 1-Stop MSIC induction page. From 1st June 2019, VICT will implement a driver suspension policy that will see non-compliant drivers have their access to VICT suspended. Full details in Weekly News.

West Gate Tunnel Project – Road Closures and Detours    

There are several road closures and detours impacting traffic, associated with the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project for the coming week. Full details of all the changes in Weekly News


IATA – Air Cargo Demand Continues Negative 2019 Trend in April

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell 4.7% in April 2019, compared to the same period the year before. This continued the negative trend in year-on-year demand that began in January. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 7.4% in April 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details in Weekly News 

FIATA e-Flash No. 201 – 3 June 2019  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 201 – 3 June 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News


CTAA – Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Awareness Workshop - Thursday, 20 June 2019 - AFIF Members Discount

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is again hosting their unique Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Awareness Workshop on Thursday 20 June 2019. Designed for those wanting a greater understanding of how the container logistics chain really works in practice, the Workshop seeks to demystify the import / export process, while explaining who the major players are and how they interact. 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

TT Club News - Beware of Enclosed Spaces

IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea) Refresher Training Sydney 13th June 2019

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 02 June

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 30 May 2019



AFIF Training Schedule for 2019

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 for 2019 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


2019 IATA Publications – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – In STOCK - 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 afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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