Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 4 April 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Website and Program Released – Registration Now Open

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 23rd, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 24th May 2019. The event will conclude with our traditional Industry Gala Dinner on the evening of the 24th May 2019.

The Business Program has subjects tailored to deal with matters affecting all of our member’s current business activities. Each week in this News Bulletin we will highlight a different subject of the Business Program. This week we feature:                                  

‘Customs & Border’    

 ‘ABF Challenges and Opportunities for Industry’ - Michael Outram, APM, Commissioner, ABF

The Hudson Report – the latest Trade and Customs issues’ - Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke 

AFIF 2019 Conference Gala Dinner – Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy and their Fabulous Band Confirmed  

AFIF is delighted to announce that as part of a fun night of dining and entertainment, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) and Lara Mulcahy will bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the AFIF 2019 Conference Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see...it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!

A great night of dining, entertainment, prizes and dancing included in your AFIF 2019 Conference Registration. 

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER


DAWR – BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions – Major Issues for Freight Forwarders and Border Clearance – No of Countries Expands to 32 – FAKs & LCL Cargo Mandatory OFFSHORE Treatment of Target High Risk Goods

AFIF attended the DAWR BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Session in Sydney today. The 2019-20 BMSB seasonal arrangements commencing on 1 September, includes 32 countries and expanded offshore treatment requirements, which will pose a challenge for industry. Update and implications for members in the DAWR Information sheet, plus AFIF Comment in the Weekly News  

DAWR – Register your interest in attending the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) 2019-20 Season Industry Information sessions

DAWR are holding BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions to outline the planning measures for next season.   DAWR Notice to industry with the session details in Melbourne and Perth NEXT WEEK and webinar TOMORROW, registration details in Weekly News.

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy Update - Revised Start Date 1 September 2019

Further to the Biosecurity Steering Committee Discussion Paper released this week (see below) - in Tuesday night's Federal Budget, fears surrounding a 1 July start date for the imposition of the Biosecurity Imports Levy are now officially off the table. The Government has announced a delay with a new start date of 1 September 2019 and a consequent small loss of revenue associated with a later start date. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee Discussion Paper Released for Feedback

As advised in AFIF Weekly News, on 24 February 2019 the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources released a media statement addressing industry concerns about the implementation of the biosecurity imports levy and announced the establishment of an industry steering committee to provide him with advice on these matters.  AFIF is a participant on the Steering Committee has attended a number of meetings of the Steering Committee and contributed to the development of a Discussion Paper for interested parties.  Members are requested to provide their feedback on the Discussion Paper. Details and link to the Discussion Paper in Weekly News

DAWR – Plant Export Operations – United Kingdom Departure from the European Union and the Impact on Export of Plants and Plant Product

DAWR has issued and Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise that new arrangements may apply to the export of plants and plant products to the United Kingdom (UK) once the UK leaves the European Union (EU). (Will they or won‘t they?) Notice and Link with the details in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Hutchison Ports Sydney & Brisbane Protected Industrial Action – Friday 5 - Saturday 6 April

Hutchison Ports has advised of Protected Industrial Action in Sydney & Brisbane – Friday 5th to Saturday 6th April. Details of the action and affected vessels and arrangements in Weekly News

Industrial Action Lifted at DP World Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle

DP World advise the CFMMEU agreed to lift all forms of Protected Industrial Action (PIA) nationally as of Sunday 31 March so that negotiations for a replacement EA could resume. Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle have honoured the agreement. Sydney has continued to take industrial action in the form of stoppages, including a 24 hour stoppage commencing at our Port Botany Terminal from 0600 Thursday 4 April. DPW Notice in Weekly News

Air Cargo Security - EACE Security Measures Industry Update – ‘Successful Transition’

It has been 1 month since the commencement of new EACE security measures on 1 March. AFIF is pleased to report that feedback from AMSD, CTOs, off-airport RACAs, AACAs, Known Consignors and AFIF members is generally positive. The transition to the new EACE measures was orderly and did not result in major delays or congestion at the CTOs and missed flights. 2 ongoing issues are Homogenous Cargo interpretation and Cargo Security Declarations. Details in Weekly News

RACAs and Known Consignors Approved Lists

There have been no additions to the AMSD lists of approved RACAs and Known Consignors in the past week. The RACA and Known Consignor Lists will be approved and updated on the AMSD website. Links to the updated lists and details in Weekly News

AMSD Acknowledges Industry

AFIF, as a member of Air Cargo Security Industry Advisory Forum (ACSIAF) received written acknowledgment and thanks from AMSD regarding the support from industry in the transition to EACE Measures on 1 March 2019. In addition, AMSD advised the Guidance Centre is reverting to normal hours and AMSD office in Canberra will be moving location in April. Full correspondence in Weekly News

Ongoing Initiatives

AFIF notes the orderly transition of the EACE Security Measures Business as Usual. AFIF continues to work with AMSD and as a member of ACSIAF on further Air Cargo Security initiatives, such as Screener Training and minimum White ASICS for transport providers.  AFIF will continue to keep in contact with the CTOs, RACAs, AACAs and Known Consignors and provide updates to Members on matters as they arise.

CTOs’ Easter and Anzac Day Operating Arrangements

AFIF has been in contact with the 3 CTOs to provide their Operating Arrangements for Easter and Anzac Day. Details in the Weekly News

Stevedores’ Easter and Anzac Day Operating Arrangements

AFIF has been in contact with the 4 major stevedores to provide their Operating Arrangements for Easter and Anzac Day. Details in the Weekly News

ACCC - DP World, Hutchison Ports and VICT Remove Likely Unfair Contract Terms

Following ACCC intervention, DP World Australia, Hutchison Ports Australia and Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) agreed to remove or amend terms in their standard form contracts that the ACCC considered were likely to be considered “unfair” within the meaning of the Australian Consumer Law. Full ACCC Notice in Weekly News

AFIF Obtaining Legal Advice on the Effect of the ACCC Decision on AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract

AFIF is considering the impact of ACCC’s ruling on its Model STCs, in particular clauses 12 and 14 which deal with limitation of liability for loss or physical damage to goods unless there was negligence and no liability for indirect losses respectively. AFIF is seeking advice on whether these clauses are reasonably necessary to protect the Member’s legitimate interests and are balanced between the rights of Members and its customers. AFIF will advise members shortly. More details in Weekly News.

Hutchison Ports - Infrastructure Surcharge Increase: Effective 1st May 2019

Hutchison Ports Sydney have conducted a recent review of all capital investment completed, underway and forecast and have determined that the current rate of recovery will not keep pace with future infrastructure requirements and ongoing maintenance. In order to expedite this recovery, effective 1st May 2019 the Infrastructure Levy will increase to: Sydney - $35.84 per full container.

Home Affairs-ABF – Important Update on Tobacco Import Regime and Future Tobacco Importation Requirements, taking effect on 1 July 2019

Minister for Home Affairs and the Assistant Treasurer, jointly announced regulatory amendments to create the tobacco prohibited import control scheme, taking effect on 1 July 2019. Two new Home Affairs notices have been published to explain these regulatory changes to importers and industry. Home Affairs Notice and Links in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

dnata Notice – Relocation of dnata Sydney T2 Import Cargo Facility on 8 April 2019

dnata has advised details of the moving of their T2 facility from Coward St Mascot to Military Rd Matraville on 8 April 2019. Details of the operational and transition and arrangements in the Weekly News



DSV Wins the Battle to take over Panalpina in $4.72bn deal

Denmark’s DSV and Switzerland’s Panalpina announced today they had “agreed to join forces”, in a deal that values Panalpina at about Sfr4.7bn ($4.72bn), excluding debt considerations. It is effectively a takeover of the latter by the former, where significant cost savings will be targeted. This is the largest deal in the transport and logistics industry since Japan Post acquired Toll Group four years ago for $5.1bn. Full Loadstar report in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 196 - 25 March 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 196 – 25 March 2019 covering a range of global trade matters.  Link in Weekly News

NZ Customs Opens the Infringement Notice Scheme for Business on 1 April 2019- Repeated

Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke, outlines the Infringement Notice Scheme introduced by New Zealand Customs and commencing on 1 April 2019. Details and Commentary in Weekly News.


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF is once again looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s AFIF National Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria 3041. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 afif@afif.asn.au

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

Biosecurity Levy Update - Revised Start Date 1 September 2019

DP World Update - Lifting of industrial action at DP World Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle

Hutchison Ports Sydney & Brisbane Protected Industrial Action

Biosecurity Levy Steering Committee Discussion Paper Released

DP World Update - Ongoing Protected Industrial Action at DP World Australia

DP World Update - Sydney Rail Operations Closed until Monday 1 April

Hutchison Ports Sydney (SICTL) – Infrastructure Surcharge Increase: Effective 1st May 2019

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AFIF Training Schedule for 2019

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 for 2019 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)Upcoming Courses listed in the Weekly News.

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


2019 IATA Publications – 60th Edition Dangerous Goods Regulations – In STOCK - 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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