AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 18 April 2019

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Conference Registrations Building Well - Registration Link  

The AFIF 2019 Conference and Gala Dinner numbers are building very well towards another great event.

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:

‘Keynote Speaker, Steve Parker – BREXIT - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ’ 

The KEYNOTE SPEAKER at AFIF 2019 Conference is Steve Parker, Head of Customs - DHL Global Forwarding UK, Chairman CLECAT (European Customs and Forwarders Association), Chairman, Customs Affairs Institute, FIATA (Global International Transport Logistics representative body)

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’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 - Update BMSB 2019-20 Season – AFIF Attends Industry Workshops Yesterday

Further to the recent DAWR BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions, AFIF attended 2 BMSB Industry Workshops held by DAWR in Sydney yesterday.  1) Proposed 2019-20 BMSB Seasonal Measures for LCL and FAK Containers - 2) Proposed Safeguarding Arrangements. The sessions provided an overview of the major challenges facing DAWR to manage the risk of BMSB entering Australia and afforded attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed measures for 2019-20 season. Full report on the proposed changes affecting industry and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Relocation of dnata Sydney T2 Import Cargo Facility Improved this Week – Timeslots Being Rolled Out    

As advised in last week’s AFIF Weekly News, dnata encountered issues during the transition of the relocation of their import cargo facility to 4 Military Road Matraville. This week the situation is much improved with normal business as usual service standards achieved. AFIF spoke with dnata Head of Cargo Terence Yong, regarding the introduction of timeslots. dnata are rolling out the timeslots now and there are timeslots available from 4am onwards. More in the Weekly News

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

AFIF has completed a legal review of the AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract. (STCs) While AFIF’s Model STCs are generally well balanced, in light of the ACCC’s recent comments and findings, AFIF will be amending clauses 13 and 14 of its Model STCs to provide AFIF Members with further protections against scrutiny for unfair terms by the regulator. A copy of the revised Model STCs are available on request to Members. More details in Weekly News

Extra Chain of Responsibility Pressure Not Required Under CoR Law

The latest edition of NHVR On the Road highlighted the issue of customers requiring transport service providers to supply unnecessary information beyond what is required under the current CoR provisions. “Customers need to be aware that the more they seek to micro-manage road transport suppliers, the more they will increase their level of influence and control and in doing so they will significantly increase their own legal liability under the CoR law and unnecessarily increase their own compliance costs.

Legal Recommendation to AFIF Members on CoR Disclosure

The item Extra CoR Pressure not Required Under Law addresses the way in which an over-zealous compliance approach can actually have the potential to increase exposures to freight and logistics operators under CoR as well as unnecessarily increasing costs. In many instances, for logistics operators that do not directly own or operate heavy vehicles there is no requirement to extend the costs and exposures of compliance by managing or scrutinising the safety records and practices of a road operator.

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

Qantas Announces 2 Boeing 747-8F Freighters to Join Qantas Freight Fleet  

Qantas Freight has announced it will lease two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft, offering greater capacity and improved efficiency for its global freight customers. Expected to commence services from late July 2019, the 747-8F freighters will carry cargo on Qantas Freight’s existing network between 10 key cargo hubs in Australia, China and the United States. Details in Weekly News


IATA – Air Freight Demand Continues Downward Trajectory in February 2019

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased 4.7% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight contract by 11.6% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details and Link to full report in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No 197 – 8 April 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 197 – 8 April 2019 covering a range of global trade matters. Link 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

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

DAWR – Update BMSB 2019-20 Season Industry Information Sessions – AFIF Attends Stakeholders Industry Workshops

New Tax Rules for Road Freight Forwarders

VICT Landside opening hours for the Easter Weekend Period.

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – 11 April 2019



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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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