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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  18 June 2020

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IFCBAA – Single Industry Body Amalgamation – Update

IFCBAA Interim Joint Board of Directors Announced

The Boards of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) and Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) have reached agreement to form a single peak body and to change their current business names to the International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA) Ltd, effective 1 July 2020.

Having listened to members over recent years, the Boards of both AFIF and CBFCA have agreed that the industry requires a single peak body to represent the commonality of interest between international freight forwarding and customs clearance functions, in the provision of international trade logistics and supply chain management services.

The Boards consider that a single peak body will be better placed to respond to members’ issues and concerns, with far-reaching experience and a greater united front for our industry.

IFCBAA will continue to operate as a not for profit organisation for the benefit of members, offering a wider range of services and products, with greater economies of scale.

An interim IFCBAA board, comprising five current directors from each of both AFIF and CBFCA (ten persons in total), will remain in place for the first two years, until July 2022.

The chairperson will rotate annually during this two-year period. At the conclusion of the two-year period, elections amongst the combined membership will create a new Board of Directors.

IFCBAA Interim Joint Board of Directors

Paul Golland, Chair

Adam Butler, Vice Chair (Chair July 2021)

Directors (alphabetical)

Peter Andrews

Wade Bollard

Colin Brame

Nicole Couper

David Finnie

Brad Leonard

Jim Merrigan

Robert Wallace

Further details including IFCBAA Management Positions in the Weekly News

IFCBAA - The Single Voice for Customs Brokers and Forwarders

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Border Friction: SA Opens Border Only to WA, NT and Tasmania.

South Australia's borders have reopened to travellers from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, as the State Government again accelerates the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. NSW and Victoria are still closed to SA due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Prime Minister Morrison is urging state and territory leaders to commit to opening borders in July, "at the earliest possible opportunity". "This is about ensuring that our economies can open up." Details in the Weekly News

Australia’s Unemployment Rate Surges to 7.1% in May

Australia’s unemployment rate has climbed from an upwardly revised 6.4% in April to 7.1%, according to the May labour force figures. The ABS estimates another 227,700 jobs were axed in May, following 600,000 losses in the previous month. However, had masses of unemployed Australians not simply given up looking for a job, the unemployment rate would actually be above 11%. But more up-to-date figures, such as job ads and payrolls, suggest job losses bottomed out during May. Details in the Weekly News

Qantas Announces International Flights Scrapped Until Late October – Government Says International Travel Won’t Resume Until Next Year    

Qantas announced it has scrapped international flights until late October – except for services to New Zealand – because of the downturn. Some flights are scheduled across the Tasman in the coming months, with the expected travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.  Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted international travel probably won't resume until next year, as borders had to remain closed to protect Australians from the coronavirus. AFIF Comment and Details in the Weekly News

Freight and Logistics – Border Closures Remain

Borders remained closed in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Supply chains continue to operate throughout the restrictions, with Federal and State governments unanimously affirming the critical role the freight sector plays in providing essential supplies of food, medicine or other goods to communities around Australia, and the need to support the industry in the face of this unprecedented situation. There continues to be a steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

AMSD – EACE Screening Commences for Domestic Cargo on 1 July 2020 - Transhipment Cargo Affected

Yesterday, AFIF participated in a teleconference meeting of the ACSIAF - Air Cargo Security Industry Advisory Forum, convened by Aviation and Maritime Security Division of Home Affairs. The meeting provided an update of the forthcoming implementation of the Domestic EACE Screening Program on 1 July 2020. There are implications for freight forwarders arranging the movement and transhipment of international cargo on domestic flights inbound and outbound. Details and Fact Sheets will be released by AMSD next week. AFIF will advise members as soon as they are released.

IFAM flights: New Outbound Schedule Released Today – New Flights to Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Other Outbound and Inbound Services Extended

IFAM-Austrade has advised AFIF of new flights added Inbound and Outbound. ‘We are pleased to announce new International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) flights. There is capacity on the outbound flights for high-value agricultural and fisheries products and on the inbound flights for medical supplies and medicines.’ Details including IFAM Forward Flights Schedule, inbound and outbound in the Weekly News

Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Kick-off

Australia and the United Kingdom yesterday announced the commencement of negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement, which will start a new chapter in the economic relationship and help to boost export flows between our two nations. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia was ready to help the UK find new beginnings post-Brexit and in doing so, open up new doors for our farmers, businesses, and investors. “Our ambition is to conclude this deal as quickly as possible”. The UK is Australia’s seventh-largest trading partner. Details in the Weekly News

ABF – 360 Kilogram Meth Seizure Worth $180 million in Melbourne  

ABF officers examined a shipping container of furniture, after it arrived into Melbourne via sea from Malaysia. The container was filled with various types of furniture, but the shipment concealed 18 unidentified cardboard boxes, not listed in the consignment. Closer inspection showed the boxes were filled with small packages wrapped in aluminum foil. One of the packets was opened and a white crystalline substance was tested, returning a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine. 3 men have been charged. Details and video in the Weekly News

ABF – Current Notices and News

360 kilogram meth seizure worth $180 million in Melbourne

Man jailed over nearly 300kg of MDMA concealed in coffee beans

Central Coast man charged after allegedly importing 1.6kg of ‘ice’ by post

Second man charged as investigations into alleged importation of GBL and anabolic steroids continue

AWE – Current List of Countries Able to Meet Australia’s Interim Import Conditions for Uncooked Prawns from 1 July 2020

All imports of uncooked prawns (including marinated) arriving on or after 1 July 2020 must be deveined and accompanied by appropriate health certification to manage the biosecurity risks associated with EHP. All non-compliant consignments must be treated, exported or destroyed. Countries which are able and unable to meet the requirements are listed in the IAN details in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports Brisbane – Infrastructure Levy Increase Effective 27 July 2020

Hutchison Ports Brisbane has advised effective from 27th July 2020, an Infrastructure Levy of $94.78 will apply to full containers handled at Hutchison Ports Brisbane. Notice in the Weekly News

Transitioning from NICNAS to AICIS

AICIS commences on 1 July 2020 and to assist with minimising any disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers, the Department has issued a number of information pages on how the transition process will work including: the transition of chemicals on the NICNAS Inventory to the new AICIS Inventory; how applications made under NICNAS (the old scheme) that aren't finalised on 1 July 2020 will transition to AICIS (the new scheme); how NICNAS permits will transition to AICIS; how NICNAS certificates will transition to AICIS; how secondary notification obligations under NICNAS will apply under AICIS. Details and links in the Weekly News

Australian Trade Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic & Issues into the Future

Andrew Hudson, Rigby Cooke Lawyers has provided a comprehensive and informative summary on the Australian trade response to COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered include: Government engagement with industry; Support for Australian exporters; Support for Australian importers; Additional measures as we move on from the pandemic. Full report in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Financial Year-end Strategies

Effective planning and preparation are critical for all taxpayers as the end of financial year approaches. HLB Mann Judd have released their 2020 Year End Strategies newsletter addressing a number of topics relating to 2019/20 tax savings and COVID-19 considerations. In this issue we share: JobKeeper: what to do now; Rent relief for commercial tenants; 2020 end of financial year checklist; COVID-19 employee considerations; Major changes to instant asset write-off; Working from home: what deductions can you claim; Tax tips for property investors. Details and link to the newsletter in the Weekly News

JobKeeper Still Available to Employers Who Didn’t Qualify in April or May – Register for June Payments by 30 June

Now that JobKeeper is live, some key considerations going forward are: Employers who didn’t qualify for April or May could still access it for future periods, with the deadline for registering to receive June JobKeeper payments being 30 June; Pay employees $1,500 per fortnight from first period of JobKeeper claim; Monthly payroll cycle is still acceptable as long as average out to $1,500 per fortnight; Lodge monthly reports with the ATO by the 14th day of following month, including current employee numbers, current and projected turnover for the month; Warning – employers must keep good records as ATO enforcement action is coming. Details and link in the Weekly News

What Government Stimulus Can Your Business Access?

Various Governments around Australia have announced a range of economic stimulus measures designed to support businesses in navigating the financial challenges of COVID-19. With all the information out there it is hard to know what businesses should be doing. HLB Mann Judd has provided a high-level summary of recommended actions and available Government support. Details in the Weekly News

Women in Leadership Australia – Final Call: Last Chance to Register - Female Leaders Scholarship Funding – Deadline Closing Tomorrow 19 June 2020

Women in Leadership Australia are offering women currently working in the transport and logistics sector a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.  It is unsure when this funding will be available again, and the registration deadline is closing tomorrow 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Shipping Lines Tighten up Credit Terms for 'Financially Risky' NVOCCs – Loadstar    

Ocean carriers are tightening up their credit terms with thousands of smaller NVOCCs and forwarders due to mounting fears that many could go bust due to Covid-19. One senior management carrier source told The Loadstar it was now in the process of “urgently reviewing” all its credit agreements with the smaller NVOCCs in the light of what it considered an increased risk of default. He advised that a “new instruction” from head office was to take a “tough line on credit” and, in some circumstances, refuse or rescind credit facilities for customers deemed most at-risk. Further details and AFIF Comment in the 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

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 12 June 2020

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AFIF Training by ‘Zoom’ – New Dates Released

AFIF are pleased to advise that we have been approved to conduct selected Air & Sea Dangerous Goods Training Courses via e-learning/’Zoom’ Webinar. This allows you to attend your DG course from the convenience of your location.

Online course benefits include reduction in travel time to the course training room location, no accommodation costs for those travelling from Interstate and all done at the convenience of your office or home.

Our online training course will include access and support from our experienced, qualified trainer, whereby students can ask questions and interact with the trainer throughout the training course.

There are multiple course dates just released for:

  • Dangerous Goods Recertification - Air (DGR)
  • Dangerous Goods Acceptance - Air (DGA)
  • IMDG (Dangerous Goods by Sea)    

All of the course dates are listed in the AFIF Weekly News  

If you would like more information about booking on these courses, please contact our Training Manager, Jodie Murray, jodie@afif.asn.au or (02) 9314 3055

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

IATA & OAG PUBLICATIONS 

2020 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:

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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