Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  9 January 2020

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


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Happy New Year to AFIF Members

The team at AFIF would like to wish all AFIF Members a Happy New Year and prosperous 2020.

AFIF will be continuing to represent our members on a range of live issues from last year and attending industry engagement forums and meetings on future developments in our industry.

Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers & Promotions

The bushfires have been truly devastating and affected so many people and communities.

20 human deaths and thousands of wildlife deaths. Over 1870 houses destroyed and 753 damaged.

Support and donations from around the world and locally are providing assistance to fire ravaged communities.

AFIF members and industry supporters are undertaking initiatives to provide their support.

AFIF is including a dedicated section in the AFIF Weekly News ‘Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers Promotion’   to promote free of charge, AFIF members, supporters and not for profit groups’ good deeds or offers, to support the bushfire appeal.

See inside the Weekly News for the latest fund raising offers.

Please send your offers and promotion content to stuart@afif.asn.au

IATA Dangerous Goods 60th Edition is Out of Date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

Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers Promotion

AFIF is including a dedicated section in the AFIF Weekly News ‘Bushfires Appeal Support – AFIF Members’ Fund Raising Offers Promotion’   to promote free of charge, AFIF members, supporters and not for profit groups’ good deeds or offers to support the bushfire appeal. Details of the first 2 Bushfire Appeal activities by SCLAA & Globelink in Weekly News.

Please send your offers and promotion content to stuart@afif.asn.au

Alternative Biosecurity Levy Industry Working Group Formed – Including AFIF

Biosecurity Charges Increase from 1 January 2020

Minister for Agriculture, Hon Bridget McKenzie has announced that the Government will not be proceeding with the Biosecurity Imports Levy as announced in the 2018-19 Budget. Instead the way forward will include expanded cost recovery fees and charges from 1 January 2020 and an alternative Biosecurity levy will be developed in consultation with industry. An Alternative Biosecurity Levy industry Working Group including AFIF, has been formed to work with the Department of Agriculture and advise the Minister for Agriculture in the design and implementation of an ‘Alternative Biosecurity Levy’. The first meeting is next week.  DoA Notices on the new charges from 1 January 2020, Biosecurity Import Levy and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Qantas CTO Sydney - Empty ULD Storage and Timeslot Bookings from 6 January 2019

Qantas CTO has issued a Notice on ULD Storage facilities and Timeslot bookings from 6 January 2019.  Full details and implications of the new arrangements in Weekly News

Declaration Form for Lithium Batteries – Air Canada – Reminder      

Air Canada Cargo introduced a new form to be filled out for all shipments that include Section II lithium batteries. The form can be downloaded from the Tools and Forms section of the Air Canada Cargo website. It must be submitted, either electronically or physically, when tendering any shipment containing the lithium battery types listed above and was mandatory as of November 1. Details in Weekly News

MUA Picnic Day Melbourne – Tuesday 14 January 2020 

AFIF has received Notices from Patrick and DP World advising arrangements for the MUA Picnic Day on Tuesday 14 January 2020. Details in Weekly News.

DoA – Updates to the Master Consolidator Declaration and Treatment Certificate Lodgement Forms

The department has made updates to the online forms relating to Master Consolidator declarations and Treatment Certificate lodgement forms to assist clients with providing information to the department and enhanced reporting. Areas affected - Treatment Certificates lodgement form, MC Declaration form, Treatment Certificate and MC Declaration forms. Full Notice and details in Weekly News

DoA – BMSB Updates Newsletter No 2 and Master Consolidators Newsletter No 2

DoA will be publishing regular newsletters for general updates in relation to the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The newsletters will provide information, tips and hits and any other relevant information that may be of use to industry to keep informed throughout the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. Regular newsletters will also be published for Master Consolidators (MCs) relating to the importation of LCL consignments in FAK containers for the 2019-20 BMSB risk season. The second edition of the 2 Newsletters have been released, links and subscriber details in Weekly News

DoA – Current Notices - in Weekly News

ABFIllicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) Arrests Alleged Major Tobacco Trafficker in Melbourne

The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) has arrested a key person of interest as he returned to Australia as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged illicit tobacco syndicate.  The man is alleged to be responsible for attempting to import almost 16 tonnes of loose-leaf tobacco and more than 20 million cigarettes over the past 24 months, with an estimated evaded duty of more than $24 million. Details in Weekly News

Message of Thanks to Industry from ABF Border Watch Team - Border Watch Notice: Scammers Targeting Industry

The ABF Border Watch Team has thanked industry for their continued support to the Border Watch Program over the past year. The Program continues to achieve some fantastic results in NSW with detections due to Border Watch members identifying suspicious indicators including: 1,371 kg of border controlled drugs; 16,490kg of Tobacco; 5,112,923 sticks of cigarettes. Full details and a Border Watch Notice on 'Scammers Targeting Industry', in Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices & News - in Weekly News

INCOTERMS 2020 – Summary of Changes - Repeated  

For those members unable to attend the Incoterms 2020 Webinar, a summary of the changes and implications is provided by TT Club. ‘1 January 2020 will witness the introduction of Incoterms® 2020. Revised every ten years, in common with previous editions, this latest revision has been assessed against current business practices, taking into account new technologies and challenges faced through the intervening period.’ Full details 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

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IATA – Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 3.7% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the sharpest drop in freight demand of any region for the month.  Capacity increased by 1.8%. Full details and link in Weekly News

Rising Low-Sulphur Fuel Costs Begin to Bite Shipping Lines in Asia 

The Loadstar reports, although the 1 January switch to maximum 0.5% low-sulphur fuel for shipping appears to have passed without major disruption, liner consultancy Alphaliner has reported instances of idle containerships waiting for compliant fuel. The consultant said it had recorded “several cases of laden ships at anchor, apparently waiting for LSFO [low-sulphur fuel oil] bunkers”. Particularly impacted is Singapore. Details in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 214 – 16 December 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-Flash No 214 – 16 December 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link in Weekly News

IATA – Industry Steps Up Efforts Against Rogue Lithium Battery Shipments  

IATA are renewing calls for governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labelled and non-compliant shipments introduced into the supply chain, by issuing and enforcing criminal sanctions on those responsible. The campaign includes three specific initiatives; new incident reporting and alert system for airlines, industry awareness campaign on the dangers of shipping undeclared and mis-declared lithium batteries and facilitation of a joined-up industry approach.

AFIF Training Course - Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

AFIF supports the IATA initiative to ensure the safe transportation of Lithium Batteries shipments. AFIF Training provides a Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air Course for Shippers and Freight Forwarders.

A one day course designed to give Shippers of Lithium Ion and Lithium Metal Batteries the skills and knowledge to pack and ship lithium ion and lithium metals cells and batteries by air transport, in compliance with Australian Legislation and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

EVENTS 

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

Qantas CTO Sydney - Empty ULD Storage and Timeslot Bookings from 6 January 2019

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 19 December 2019

Hire a Trainee - the Easy Way!

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