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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings –  7 May 2020

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Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – Amending Restrictions - State to State

As the National Cabinet discussions turn to amending restrictions on a path towards the economic recovery, there appears to be a 2 speed approach by the States. NSW and Victoria, the 2 most populous states where the greatest number of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths have occurred, are continuing to take a cautious approach to amending restrictions and are flagging a slow easing through to late June. Whereas, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory with significantly less positive cases and deaths are commencing the amending of restrictions. The challenge for all governments is striking the right balance in the next phase - allowing more public interaction and activity whilst keeping the rate of positive COVID-19 cases under control.

Freight and Logistics

Following the closing of Australia’s international borders; the spike and decline in positive COVID-19 cases in Australia; China’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown; USA, UK, Europe and the rest of the world contending with the spreading pandemic - supply chains and international and domestic freight logistics were heavily impacted in March and April.  As we enter May, there appears to be a more steady freight logistics environment developing in Australia. More details including Federal and state border updates in the Weekly News

IFAM - International Freight Assistance Mechanism – Update – Flights ex Cairns and Adelaide Added to the Program

Austrade has announced the commencement of IFAM flights departing from Cairns to Hong Kong and Adelaide to Singapore. Qantas will commence a weekly route from Brisbane-Cairns-Hong Kong. This new flight will commence on Thursday, 7 May 2020 and builds on the Qantas Sydney-Cairns-Hong Kong freight route already in operation. Singapore Airlines has commenced a direct freight route from Adelaide to Singapore. There will be one flight per week for an initial period of six weeks. Details in the Weekly News

IFAM Announcement – Extra Freight Flights Now Available for Exporters

Under IFAM, Qantas has made new freight flights available for Australian exporters. In an effort to get more freight moving, there are three initial Qantas freight flights that can get exporters’ produce to Japan and Singapore starting next Tuesday, 5 May. There will be one flight per week for an initial period of six weeks on each route - Sydney to Japan (Narita Airport); Melbourne to Singapore; Brisbane to Singapore. Details on all of the arrangements in the Weekly News

IFAM Freight Forwarders Briefing

Tim Beresford, Deputy CEO Austrade and Michael Byrne, the IFAM Coordinator General presented a forwarders briefing, covered the aim and objectives of IFAM, how the IFAM panel of providers was established and how all Freight Forwarders can support exporters under the mechanism. The briefing also answered questions submitted by participants. Links to the Forwarders briefing; ‘I am a non-IFAM freight forwarder what do I do? Exporters Briefing, in the Weekly News’

PPE Supplies Website / Portal for Industry

The NSW Government has developed and released a new website / portal containing details of PPE suppliers for NSW industry and communities to access. Industry buyers including industry associations, businesses, local governments, private healthcare providers and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to use the PPE supplier lists to secure supplies needed for safe and robust operations in your local communities. Details and Link in the Weekly News

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Medical Products Export Requirements in China and Import Requirements into Australia

China has regulatory settings on the export of PPE and medical products, involving export permits and physical border checks. Australia has import regulations and processes requiring TGA approval of PPE and medical products. Our colleagues at CBFCA issued a Notice regarding the current arrangements. Details in the Weekly News

ABF – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Medical Products Temporary By-Law – ACN 2020-20 Updated Addendum

Further to the announcement in last week’s AFIF News, regarding the Government introducing a Temporary By-Law which provides a Free rate of customs duty for the period of 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020 for hygiene or medical products imported to treat, diagnose or prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. ABF has issued an updated ACN and Addendum. Link to the updated ACN and details in the Weekly News

ABF – Programmed Cargo Examinations Contact Information

Our colleagues at CBFCA have released an update concerning requests from Australian Border Force (ABF) for visual cargo inspection to be undertaken. If your cargo is selected for "visual inspection and verification" and you need to contact ABF to arrange the inspection, please refer to the following programmed cargo examination contact information.  Link to the list in the Weekly News

AWE – Temporary Cessation of Client Facing Front Counter Assessments of Import Documentation 

Effective 11 May 2020 and until further notice, the department will be temporarily ceasing client facing import document assessments. Documentation for these assessments must be lodged via email to Import Assessment. AWE Notice and link in the Weekly News

AWE – Current Notices - in Weekly News

NSW Ports Announces New Empty Container Park at Port Botany 

NSW Ports has announced the investment in a new empty container park at Port Botany. Located within the port on Simblist Road, the new empty container park is leased by Tyne Container Services and will operate 24/7, providing a full service facility when it opens in June 2020. It adjoins the existing Tyne (MT Movements) container park to effectively ‘super-size’ the site, delivering an additional 5,000 TEU in empty container capacity. Details in the Weekly News

Port of Brisbane Freezes Trade Charges Until June 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has had a severe impact on the economy, and therefore the logistics industry, ports included. Despite our own revenue challenges, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd has communicated to all its Trade and Marine customers to advise them that trade charges will be frozen at current levels until 30 June 2021.  Further details and link to the Port of Brisbane Newsletter 

Port of Melbourne Rail Project Levy to Commence 1 June 2020

‘Port of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) is set to go ahead with all of the project’s preconditions being completed. The $125 million initiative will involve significant rail infrastructure works and a new rail operating framework inside the port that will provide an alternative to moving containers by trucks. The project is being funded through an increase in the tariff of $9.75 per TEU on full import containers, to take effect 1 June 2020.’ More details and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

Port of Melbourne Announces Wharfage Fees Increase from 1 July 2020

The Port of Melbourne is now notifying industry that the Reference Tariff Schedule for the Financial Year commencing 1 July 2019 will be amended to increase the Prescribed Service Tariff for ‘Full – inward’ Wharfage Fees from $110.77 (GST-exclusive) to $120.52 (GST-exclusive) on and from 1 June 2020. Under the Pricing Order, tariffs are subject to an annual increase of no more than CPI on the 1st of July each year.  More details and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

ATO Assistance for Importers

The ATO has advised AFIF of an assistance measure to assist small business (under $20 mil turnover) who report GST via quarterly BAS and pay GST on imports at time of importation – by moving to monthly BAS reporting and deferring GST briefly until the first activity statement after the import. Details of the initiative and the deadline for applying, plus AFIF enquiries re deferral of Duty and GST for all importers, in the Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Federal Government Stimulus Update:

JobKeeper Payment Enrolment – Extension of Deadline Until 31 May 2020

The Taxation Commissioner has extended the enrolment period for the JobKeeper Payment scheme. It has been extended from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Businesses that enrol by 31 May are still eligible to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements for the period. Be aware, however, that all eligible employees must have been paid the equivalent of $1,500 per fortnight for the fortnights ended 12 April and 26 April 2020, and that these payments must be made to them by 8 May 2020, even if the business does not register until after this date. More details 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

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 has been extended until 5pm on June 19. Further details and registration in Weekly News


IATA – Air Cargo Market Analysis – Air Cargo Plunges in March as COVID-19 Spreads Globally

Industry-wide cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) contracted by 15.2% year-on-year in March, driven by sharply weaker demand across all regions as the COVID-19 outbreak extended to become a global pandemic. Industry-wide cargo capacity declined by 22.7% annually due to the reduction in bellyhold capacity, as the passenger fleet were increasingly grounded. Full details and link in the Weekly News

FIATA e-News No 222

FIATA has issued latest edition of FIATA e-Flash No 222 covering a range of global trade matters. Details and links in the Weekly News

Shipping Something Overseas? You Can Do It Fast or Cheap, but Not Both

This week AFIF was approached to contribute commentary for an article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Now, with fewer passenger planes in the air, airfreight costs have risen sharply, tripling in some cases, forcing businesses and individuals to choose between getting items to their destination quickly and getting them there at a price they are willing to pay. Full article in the Weekly News


In accordance with AFIF Communications Procedures, we have been posting relevant News and Updates on the AFIF Website. Links in Weekly News

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