Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 25

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Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items:                                         

Save the Date – Friday 25 May 2018

AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach

AFIF has responded to overwhelming members’ feedback to hold the AFIF Conference 2018 in Sydney this year. As the AFIF Conference 2018 will be in a major city, the 1 Day program will be focussed on providing vital important content and speakers tackling the topics and issues members need. Draft program and details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released very soon.  Circle Friday 25 May in your diary, it’s shaping up to be the annual industry event not to be missed and we’re hoping to see you there!


US TSA Announces New Cargo Screening for Middle East Flights to USA – Australia’s OTS Response

The US Transport Security Administration has brought in a new set of rules for air cargo coming from five Muslim-majority Middle Eastern nations. Cargo in planes headed to the US from Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will all face additional screening. AFIF took up this issue with OTS, if there are any implications for cargo from these ports to Australia, or, cargo to USA transhipped through the Middle East. Details in Weekly News

Return of Empty Import Containers to Australian Shipping Terminals (Port Stevedores) Only – Implications for Industry

A shipping line requirement of customers to return empty containers to the stevedore at the port only, instead of the option of an empty container park, is a concerning development for industry, especially if more shipping lines implement the practice. Maersk Line has commenced the practice and issued a Customer Advisory Return of Import Containers to Australian Shipping Terminals’.  Details and AFIF Comment on the implications of this change in Weekly News. 

DAWR: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory Treatment for Containerised Goods from Italy – DAWR Response to AFIF’s Concerns on Implications for Industry – DAWR Issues FAQ Document

Further to the issues raised in last week’s AFIF News, DAWR has released a FAQ Bulletin which should answer all of the questions members may have on this emerging issue. Dep’t of Primary Industries has released a video on what to look out for with BMSB. Details and links in Weekly News

DAWR Notices – Links in Weekly News

DoHA-ABF Notices – Links in Weekly News       

IATA Dangerous Goods 59th Edition ADDENDUM

IATA has issued an Addendum to the 2018, 59th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, effective immediately. Users of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations are asked to note the amendments and advise all concerned Link in the Weekly News. 

IATA 58th Edition Cannot be Used – Out of Date 1 January 2018 - NEW 2018 IATA Publications – 59TH Edition DGR - IN STOCK - IMMEDIATE DELIVERY – ORDER NOW

The 2018, 59th Edition of the DGR and associated products are available from AFIF. Note the 58th Edition is out of date and cannot be used, there are a large number of changes in the 59th edition. To place your order now for the 2018 (59th) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and all other current IATA Publications – Links in the Weekly News    

Agreement Reached on the CPTPP with Signing in March 2018

Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers provides a commentary on the proposed signing of the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Full details and commentary in Weekly News

What's Happening on Sydney’s WestConnex in 2018?

For the long suffering commuters and transport companies dealing with Sydney’s chronic road congestion, especially around Sydney Airport and Port Botany precincts, following is an update from WestConnex on what has been done in 2017 and the works to be undertaken in 2018. Only 5 years to go to completion! Full Report on all the changes in the Weekly News

1-Stop's New Brand

1-Stop has advised they are launching a new visual brand identity, that 1-Stop believes is more reflective of the company they are today and want to be in the future. Part of the new brand identity, will include a new 1-Stop website. The front face of 1-Stop will look different, however, the way you use 1-Stop on a day-to-day basis will be exactly the same. Details in Weekly News


ABF Border Watch Included in AFIF Basic Training Courses from February 

AFIF and ABF have joined forces to provide Border Watch training in AFIF’s basic training courses, to educate new entrants to the industry of the threats posed to the border by criminal activity. From February, local Co-ordinators of ABF Border Watch will provide a Border Watch presentation to students attending the AFIF Basic Import Airfreight Procedures and AFIF Basic Import and Export Sea Freight Procedures courses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Full details including upcoming dates and booking form in the Weekly News

Next CTAA Port Container Logistics Awareness Workshop - AFIF Members Discount - Sydney Tuesday 20 February 2018

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is hosting a Port Container Logistics Awareness Workshop in Sydney on Tuesday 20 February 2018. The aim of the Workshop is to raise the level of understanding of course participants about the whole Port Supply Chain. The Workshop is designed to be “hands-on” and interactive, with a mix of classroom delivery, as well as a physical visit to an empty container park, a transport yard and to a stevedore terminal. Details and Registration in Weekly News


FIATA – e-Flash No. 170 – 22nd January 2018  

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 170 – 22 January 2018 covering a range of global trade elated matters. Link 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

IATA Dangerous Goods 59th Edition ADDENDUM

US Announces New Cargo Screening for Some Middle East Flights

DP World Weather update: Melbourne Terminal operations have resumed

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 18

Patrick Operations Update - Melbourne extreme weather - 19-01-18



AFIF Training Schedule for 2018

View upcoming training course dates for 2018 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)

All January and February Courses listed in the Weekly News.



The 2018, 59th Edition of the DGR and associated products are available 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. Details and Order Form in Weekly News

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

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