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        AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 14 April 17

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Please find attached PDF Weekly News and Website Postings report (Click)

Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:       

 AFIF 2017 National Conference – 10-12 May 2017 Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast 

Registration is now open! Discounted early bird registration fees are available until Monday, 10 April 2017. For more information on registration fees and packages, visit the Conference Website

Super Sale Fares to Gold Coast

Jetstar - ex Sydney $45 e/w - ex Melbourne $75 e/w

Virgin Australia ex Sydney $85 e/w - ex Melbourne $119 e/w

Qantas - ex Sydney $109 e/w - ex Melbourne $163 e/w

NEWS & ACTIVITIES

DP World Hikes Port Access Infrastructure Surcharge – ACCC Update on AFIF Complaint    

DP World intends to implement Infrastructure Surcharge Changes on 17 April. AFIF has joined with other industry bodies in seeking ACCC intervention, launching an investigation and regulatory action if necessary on this matter. AFIF has spoken to a senior ACCC representative handling the industry submissions and explained the negative effect of these changes on industry. ACCC has provided an update in the Weekly News.  

DIBP-ABF - Trade and Goods Compliance Meeting - Target Areas of Compliance in the Next 3 Months

DIBP-ABF have released the Minutes of the Industry Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group Meeting (CAG) at Customs House Canberra on 17 March, which AFIF attended. Key Compliance Areas to be targeted by ABF in the coming months and Cargo Reporting Compliance details in the Weekly 

Single Window Study – Your Chance to Participate

DIBP and DFAT have partnered to undertake 2 research studies on the Domestic Single Window Study and the International Single Window Study. Further studies to identify opportunities to streamline regulatory reporting for businesses, such as the Digitising Origin Data Study (DODS) with consultants KPMG, will continue in 2017. KPMG met with AFIF and updated progress on the DODS study. KPMG is identifying options for digitising the exchange of Certificate of Origin (COO) and Declaration of Origin (DOO)) data for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). KPMG would like to engage with interested parties to provide input to this study. Details in Weekly News.

Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Construction Begins

Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann and Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Darren Chester MP, marked the official commencement of construction at the Moorebank Logistics Park, (formerly Moorebank Intermodal Terminal) on 6 April, following months of pre-construction and remedial works. Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qube Holdings will develop and operate the open access freight terminal and warehousing precinct of up to 850,000sqm. Details of the project and challenges for industry to overcome in the Weekly News

DAWR – Implementation of New and Revised Approved Arrangements for the Management of Imported Perishable Plant Products, Effective 10 April 2017   

Industry stakeholders that deal with imported fresh fruit and vegetables, nursery stock and cut flowers (perishables) consignments including importers, Approved Arrangement (AA) Class 1.2 and 2.4 operators, freight forwarders and brokers re advised of changes to perishable consignment verification of packaging inspections from 10 May. Full Notice and details in the Weekly News

DAWR – Imported Food Reforms - Exposure Draft Legislation – Reminder

The Australian Government has decided to introduce changes to the management of imported food safety risks through a package of legislative and non-legislative reforms. The exposure draft amendment bill and regulations to enable the legislative reforms is available for public consultation. Members of the public, food importing companies and Australia’s trading partners are invited to provide comments on the draft bill and regulations. See Weekly News for Details and Links

DAWR Notices – Links in Weekly News

Easter Arrangements Air Cargo Terminal (CTOs) and Port Stevedores 

AFIF has contacted the major Air Cargo Terminal operators (CTOs) and Port Stevedores regarding their operational arrangements over Easter. Details and Links in the Weekly News 

Port of Melbourne - Reference Tariff Schedule - Comment from Industry

As part of the process to set new prices effective 1 July 2017, which are published in the Reference Tariff Schedule (“RTS”), Port of Melbourne is seeking to engage with industry and has prepared a paper which provides a summary of the Pricing Order. Comments are invited from industry by 24 April 2017. More information in the Weekly News

INTERNATIONAL

Successful 2017 FIATA HQ Session in Zurich 31 March-2 April – AFIF Attended

AFIF Chairman Paul Golland represented AFIF at the 2017 FIATA HQ Session in Zurich, in his role as FIATA Vice President representing Asia Pacific and Member of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA. Over 250 FIATA members gathered at this year's Headquarters' Sessions, to discuss industry developments. There was a much anticipated update on the new global IATA / FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) agreed with the airlines and IATA, which is now rolling out starting in Canada. Paul will an update and implications for IATA agent members at the AFIF 2017 Conference. More in the Weekly News.

FIATA e-flash-no 148 - 10 April 2017 

FIATA has issued its e-Flash Bulletin covering a range of global trade related matters. Link in the Weekly News.

EVENTS

AFIF 2017 National Conference. May 10-12, Gold Coast

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this years' conference on the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from 10th - 12th May 2017. For more information on registration fees and packages, visit the Conference Website    Details in Weekly News

Shipping Australia Golf Day – Wednesday 3 May 2017 – AFIF Members Invited

Shipping Australia invites AFIF Members the SAL NSW Golf Day on 3 May 2017. This year, the Golf Day has relocated to the scenic Coast Course at Little Bay, close to Port Botany and the city. Come along and enjoy a great course and amazing coastal scenery. Registration details in Weekly News.

AFIF WEBSITE WEEKLY POSTINGS SUMMARY

In accordance with AFIF Communications Procedures, we have been posting updates from stevedores concerning the bad weather and high seas which affected operations at Port Botany this week. Operations have returned to normal.

Apr 12  Update: Port Botany Pilotage Resumed 0830 hours

Apr 11  Patrick Sydney Autostrad Terminal - adverse weather - 11/04/17 **update**

Apr 11 DP World Update: Port Botany pilotage still suspended due to adverse weather (as at 1600hrs)

Apr 11  Patrick Sydney Autostrad Terminal - adverse weather - 11/04/17

Apr 11  DP World Update: Port Botany pilotage suspended due to adverse weather

Apr 11  FIATA e-Flash No. 148 - 10 April 2017

Apr 10  Weekly Imported Prawn Suspension Update

Apr 07  AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – April 7

AFIF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS

TRAINING 

AFIF Training Schedule for 2017

View upcoming training courses dates for 2017 in Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)

IATA and OAG PUBLICATIONS 

58th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods by Air Regulations 2017 and Associated Products - Available for Delivery Now – Place Your Order 57th Edition is out of date                                

The 2017, 58th Edition of the DGR and associated products are now available! 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. AFIF is the Official IATA and OAG Publications Distribution Agent for Australia and all publications can be ordered and purchased through dedicated pages on our Website.

Reminder:  AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract Updated for Current Regulatory Changes

The AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract, contains updated conditions in relation to IMO SOLAS VGM and Unfair Contracts Legislation.  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 of changes in Weekly News

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!     

AFIF Team