Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  5 September 2019

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NEWS & ACTIVITIES                 

IATA Requires IATA Cargo Agents to Submit Employee ULD Handling Certification, or non-Handling Declaration, by 30 September 2019 Deadline – Non-Compliance Action to Commence 

In June, AFIF advised members that IATA had written to all IATA Cargo Agents handling Unit Load Devices (ULDs) to submit details of employees holding a valid ULD Certificate - or a non-handling declaration - by 5 September 2019. This week, IATA issued a Notice to IATA Cargo Agents advising the final deadline for submission of the details is 30 September 2019. Non-compliance will trigger IATA action, with the Cargo Agent placed on review by the Cargo Agency Commissioner. Details in Weekly News

AFIF Adds More Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course Dates  

AFIF is adding more dates for the IATA compliant Load Distribution and Restraint Training Course, for Members requiring to update staff training certification to meet IATA compliance requirements. Bookings can be made on the AFIF Training weblink - Load Distribution and Restraint Course

DoA - ‘Biosecurity Imports Levy Will Go Ahead, Despite Second Deadline Miss – Budget Razor Gang Grapples With Shipping Levy Mess’

Today’s Australian Financial Review reports - ’The federal government insists it will press ahead with a levy on inbound ships to fund biosecurity measures, despite having missed the second deadline for the levy's implementation on September 1. The federal government’s budget razor gang has met to try to sort out the design of a $100 million-a-year biosecurity import levy that is driving widespread anger in the shipping industry. The industry also fears there will be an additional charge based on the tonnage of an arriving ship so all vessels would be captured.Full report and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

DoA – Measures for 2019-20 BMSB Risk Season Underway – Update  

The 2019-20 BMSB Season is underway. 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 – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Protected Industrial Action - Hutchison Ports Brisbane, from Monday 9 September

Employees of Brisbane Container Terminals Pty Ltd T/A Hutchison Ports Australia Pty Ltd who will be covered by the proposed enterprise agreement and who are members of the CFMMEU-MUA will engage in a range of protected industrial action activities from Monday 9 September. Full details in Weekly News

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals Commence Work on $190 million Project to Double ‘On-dock’ Rail Capacity at Port Botany

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have commenced work on a $190 million project to double ‘on-dock’ rail infrastructure capacity at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad™, ensuring a sustainable supply chain that will meet the future trade needs of Sydney’s growing population. The rail project will deliver capacity to handle 1 million TEUs on rail at Port Botany’s Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad™ and improve train turn-around times by 33 per cent. Full report in Weekly News

DP World Sydney - Upgrade Affecting Sydney Terminal Operations 6-7 September 

From 2:00 p.m. Friday 6 September to 6:00 a.m. Saturday 7 September 2019 there will be no road, rail and ship operations at DP World Port Botany terminal. The downtime has been scheduled to conduct an important upgrade to the terminal's wireless network security.

Welcome to the August Edition of the Port of Brisbane News

Port of Brisbane has released their August edition of the Port of Brisbane News.  Link to the News in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Melbourne Precursor Detections

ABF officers in Victoria have prevented the importation of 100 kilograms of prohibited precursor drugs from China. The precursor materials of methylamphetamine (Ice) and amphetaminewere were intercepted at a parcel courier company in two 50 kilogram consignments which were addressed to separate non-existent addresses in Melbourne. Details and photos in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Tobacco Tiles No Match for ABF in Sydney         

ABF officers have detected more than 650 kilograms of rough cut tobacco hidden in a shipment of floor tiles arriving in Australia by sea from China. On 30 August a consignment of tiles was targeted for examination and taken to the CEF in Sydney where the consignment revealed tobacco hidden inside boxes between layers of tiles. The total amount of tobacco seized was 672 kilograms, which represents more than $800,000.00 in evaded duty and GST. Details in Weekly News

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

QUBE Expand Fumigation Capability at Minto 2019

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

2019 DCN 2019 Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards

Freight Forwarder of the Year Award – Have you Nominated Your Company    

THE call is out for nominations ahead of the 2019 DCN Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards, proudly sponsored by Port of Melbourne on Thursday 14 November. Freight Forwarder of the Year Award is for companies displaying excellence in freight forwarding, in terms of service and efficiency in sea, air, road or rail freight. Award nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 9 October. Nomination details in Weekly News

ACCC Wallenius Wilhelmsen Charged with Criminal Cartel Conduct – Repeated  

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

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


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

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


OrangeLime Consulting Workshops and Academy Courses on Tour – AFIF Members 10% Discount

OrangeLime Consulting, a Platinum accredited WisePartner who specialise in CargoWise One consulting and training are putting their premier Workshops and Academy Courses on tour! The Roadshow event is for new users and experienced users. It’s for Operations, Sales, Customs, and Warehouse.  There’s something for everyone!   Come aboard and be trained by the OrangeLime Platinum Accredited team. AFIF members will receive a 10% discount when they use the coupon code ‘AFIF’ when ordering / booking only. Details and link 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

HLB Mann Judd - September Tax Alert

DP World Notice - Upgrade affecting Sydney terminal operations 6-7 September

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 1 September

DoA BMSB Update - Implementation of new and updated approved arrangement classes to support the 2019-20 BMSB risk season, effective 30 August 2019

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



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.

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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 afif@afif.asn.au  Read Full details in Weekly News

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