Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  7 November 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 Tomorrow 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 – ORDER NOW

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for ORDER

Expected delivery is NEXT WEEK 

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

Melbourne CTO Delays – dnata & Menzies Aviation Update

Further to the update in last week’s AFIF Weekly News regarding the delays in retrieving and delivering cargo at dnata and Menzies Aviation terminals. AFIF has been in constant contact with members and Terminal Management. The public holiday on Tuesday skewed congestion at the terminals this week. Delays were encountered on Monday and Wednesday mornings, with collection of imports before and after the holiday. As at this afternoon there are no delays. Both CTOs advise they are extending employee overtime hours and additional casual staff are being hired. Details in Weekly News

Air Cargo Liability Limits Increase from 19 to 22 SDRs from 28 December 2019

Every 5 years the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducts a review of the Montreal Convention's liability limits based on inflation. Following ICAO’s review this year, ICAO has proposed a 13.9% increase to the current limits of liability. Relevantly for AFIF Members, the limit in relation to cargo will increase from 19 SDRs (approximately A$37.92) to 22 SDRs (approximately A$43.91) per kilogram of cargo lost or damaged. This revision will take effect from 28 December 2019. Details including implications for members in Weekly News.

Stevedores Infrastructure Levies Increases

DP World Hikes Infrastructure Charges Again from 1 January 2019

Hutchison Ports Sydney Infrastructure Levy Revision Effective 18 November

Following on from Hutchison Ports, Sydney increasing their fee on 18 November, is the announcement by DP World of another increase in infrastructure charges at all ports from 1 January 2019.  Details of the Increases in Weekly News    

ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2018-19 – Stevedores Generate $166.6 million Revenue from Infrastructure Charges in 2018-19, an Increase of 63 per cent from 2017-18

The stevedores’ ongoing increases in landside charges, to support “infrastructure investment and rebalancing revenue from water side to land side to account for landside costs”, is a well-worn path and has become a lightning rod for industry. The ACCC Report covers the state of the stevedoring industry - reduced handling volumes, increased costs and the ongoing hiking of infrastructure charges. Highlights of the report and AFIF Comment on Infrastructure charges - what can be done about it and is vertical integration of the stevedores business model the next frontier to challenge the industry? Details in Weekly News

DoA – Service Disruption: As of 11:15 Thursday 07 November (AEDT) – Department of Agriculture Emails

There is currently an unplanned outage affecting the department’s emailing system. This is preventing emails from being sent or received. This issue is also affecting messaging sent from the following applications: The Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system, The Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), The Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS) As a result, clients may not receive confirmation emails and other associated messaging when submitting or progressing lodgements, applications and bookings within these applications. DoA Notice in Weekly News

DoA Notice - BMSB Overseas Treatment Provider Suspended   

Further to the update in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, (below) regarding a significant number of containers treated by some offshore treatment providers for BMSB Seasonal Measures, have been rejected by DoA. DoA has issued a Notice on a treatment provider suspension. Notice in Weekly News

DoA – BMSB – 200 Offshore Treatments Rejected – Onshore Treatment Required - or if Unsuitable, Re-exported

AFIF has been advised of a significant number of containers treated by some offshore treatment providers for BMSB seasonal measures, have been rejected by DoA. The container numbers of the affected consignments are listed in DoA IAN 174-2019   DoA expects further consignments now on the water to be affected and will add the containers numbers to future Industry Advice Notices. IAN and details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Home Affairs - ABF – Industry Summit – Melbourne 19 November - Registration Closing Soon 

This year’s Summit will be the second Home Affairs Portfolio event and will provide an opportunity to hear addresses from: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs; The Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs;  The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management; The Hon Jason Wood MP, Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs  During the event, we will explore the Portfolio’s latest initiatives and collaborate through 11 interactive workshops that cover the breadth of the portfolio’s remit. You will also have an opportunity to network throughout the day with a range of business and government sectors. Registration Details in Weekly News

ABF – 400kg of 'Ice' Located in Hot Chilli Sauce Import via Air Cargo to Sydney

Four men have been charged over the importation of 400kg of methylamphetamine, which was detected by ABF concealed in bottles of chilli sauce imported from the USA. ABF officers targeted an air cargo consignment which had recently arrived at a Sydney freight depot from the United States. The consignment, which was declared to contain hot chilli sauce, was examined by ABF officers and found to contain 768 bottles of chilli sauce, with presumptive testing returning a positive indicator for methylamphetamine (ice). Details, photo and video in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

IMO 2020 – a Global Shipping Revolution Is Weeks Away - Winners and Losers?

The biggest shake-up to the oil and shipping industry in decades is set to come into force in just under two months’ time. On January 1, 2020, the IMO will impose new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by the world’s ships. Amid a broader push toward cleaner energy markets, the IMO is poised to ban shipping vessels using fuel with a sulfur content higher than 0.5%, compared to the present upper limit level of 3.5%. CNBC takes a look at those best placed to cope with the rule change, as well as those likely to struggle with what has previously been described as the “biggest change in oil market history.”

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIATA e-Flash No 211 – 4 November 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 211 – 4 November 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

2019 FIATA World Congress Presentations – Available on FIATA Website  

Presentations from speakers who participated in the 2019 FIATA World Congress are now available on the FIATA Website. Covering topics such as freight security, drone technology, connectivity in customs, freight insurance, modern slavery and much more.  Details and Link in 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 – Next 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

DP World - MUA Stop Work Meeting in Sydney

DoA Notice - BMSB Overseas Treatment Provider Suspended

DP World - MUA Stop Work Meeting in Melbourne and Brisbane

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 31 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

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 – ORDER NOW

The 2020 61st Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available for ORDER 

Expected delivery is Next Week 

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