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Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – December 21

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

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

Here is a BRIEF SUMMARY of the included items: 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the AFIF Team

We would like to wish our members and industry colleagues the very best for a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and New Year season break.

Thank you for your support throughout the year and for engaging and participating at events and workshops which all contributes to the well-being of our industry.

Enjoy this time to take a break and connect with family and friends in a hopefully less stressful time as we look forward to the prospect of one of the best trading environments for many years in this industry, if indicators are any guide.


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. Details of limited sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released in the New Year.  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!


Department of Home Affairs, Portfolio and Minister Established  

The Department of Home Affairs, and the wider Portfolio, was officially stood up on 20 December 2017. References to functions under previous departments are being progressively updated in the first half of 2018. Australian Border Force (ABF), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), Office of Transport Security have transitioned to the new Department. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will join the Portfolio following the passage of legislation. Details in the Weekly News.

Australian Border Force 

Note: Australian Border Force will remain as a separate operational entity within the Department of Home Affairs and email addresses now change from   to: 

Media Release – Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton

Government Ministerial Re-shuffle – Major Appointments Affecting Our Industry

A new Federal Government ministry has been sworn in by the Governor General. Major changes affecting our industry are: Peter Dutton will take over the new super Ministry of Home Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce will leave his Agriculture portfolio to become Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Newly promoted David Littleproud will take over Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Peak Season at the Air Cargo CTOs Update –

Higher Volumes Continue in December  

Further to the updates in the AFIF Weekly News, the CTOs continue to deal with significantly increased volumes. In some cases record volumes.  Qantas Freight CTO and Menzies International CTO contacted by AFIF report zero backlog and no delays at present. dnata CTO is experiencing significant backlogs and delays in Melbourne. dnata CTO Sydney experienced delays earlier in the week but have caught up.  Full report on each of the CTOs as follows in Weekly News

dnata CTO Melbourne – Backlogs, Delays, Truck Queues all Week  

dnata CTO Sydney –  Backlog Delays Earlier in the Week, Settled Down Now

Qantas CTO Sydney – Operating Normally

Qantas CTO Melbourne – Operating Normally

Menzies Aviation CTO Melbourne – Operating Normally

Menzies Aviation CTO Sydney – Operating Normally

CTOs Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The CTOs have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours and free storage arrangements. Full details and links to CTO’s Notices in the Weekly news.

Stevedores Christmas/New Year Operating Arrangements

The Stevedores have published their Christmas and New Year operating hours arrangements. Full details and links to Stevedores Notices in the Weekly news.

AFIF Achieves Removal of $77.00 Fee & AU Number – ‘IATA Registration of Persons Qualified in Acceptance of Dangerous Goods’.   DG Certification Remains Unchanged – Repeated

AFIF on behalf our freight forwarder representation at the IATA Cargo Executive Council (CEC) has successfully proposed and obtained the removal of the IATA DG Registration Fee $77.00. Effective 1 January 2018, the AU Number Registration and Fee with IATA will cease. The AU Number will no longer be shown on AWB. Details in Weekly News

DIBP-ABF – 71 Year old Man Charged with Smuggling Cocaine in Children’s Books

A 71-year-old US national has been charged with attempting to import approximately 700 grams of cocaine into Australia hidden in children’s books. ABF officers located two heavy children’s books inside the man’s bag that revealed anomalies after they were x-rayed. ABF officers drilled into one of the books and discovered a white-powder substance, which returned a positive indication for cocaine. Details in the Weekly News

DIBP-ABF Notices – Links in Weekly News          

DAWR – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Increased Inspections for Goods from Italy

Further to previous updates in AFIF Weekly News in past weeks on the seasonal BMSB threat from USA and which has spread to Italy. DAWR has provided and updated Notice advising of increased inspections of containerised goods from Italy. Details and Notice in Weekly News.

DAWR Notices – Links in Weekly News

Scam Warning – Members Beware

An AFIF Member has reported a scam regarding overseas remittance of accounts.  The example relates to Indonesia, whereby the Member’s Agent in Jakarta had their emails hacked and a request was made of the Australian Agent to remit payment funds into a different account.

Chain of Responsibility - New NVHR Assessment Tool Fills the CoR Gap – Repeated  

Over 1000 Australian businesses have downloaded the NHVR’s Chain of Responsibility Gap Assessment Tool. NHVR Chain of Responsibility Manager, Michael Crellin said the tool, was a hit with businesses and operators preparing for new Chain of Responsibility laws coming in mid-2018. “The tool provides a comprehensive list of questions that allows duty holders to assess their operations against the new laws,” Michael said. “It covers 10 roles in the Chain of Responsibility ranging from schedulers, packers, operators and executive officers. Details and Link in Weekly News

AFIF Office Arrangements over Christmas/New Year period - Thank You

AFIF Office will be closed from 1pm Friday 22 December and re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2017. For urgent matters during this period please email  or Thank you for your continued involvement and support of AFIF throughout the year.  We wish you and your families the compliments of the season!

AFIF Weekly News back on 4 January – Thank You

AFIF would like to thank the many people from industry and government agencies – Federal and State; CTOs; Airports; Airlines; Stevedores; Ports; road and rail; legal; accounting; training; support services and our fellow Industry participants, who have assisted and contributed to the AFIF Weekly News, AFIF bulletins and AFIF National Conferences and AFIF Seminars throughout the year. The updates on issues, events, current affairs and items of interest, has enabled AFIF to keep members informed of industry developments affecting their business operations. AFIF would like to thank you, the reader of the AFIF Weekly News for your support and positive feedback and ideas, it is appreciated.


FIATA – e-Flash No. 167 – 18th December 2017 

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 167 – 18 December 2017, covering a range of global trade related matters    


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

E-Flash No. 167 - 18 December 2017

VICT Update - 18 December - Next Vessel and XMas Opening Hours

VICT Update - 16 December - Landside Operations resumed successfully today 

VICT Update - 15 December - Illegal Picket Being Removed Today 

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings - December 14

VICT Landside Update - 14 December 2017



IMDG Code Change – Renew Before 31 December 2017

The IMDG Code changes every two years and your accreditation is only valid whilst the edition of the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) in which you have been trained is effective. It is very important for you remain accredited you must complete a Refresher (recertification) course by 31st December 2017 in preparation for the code change.  Full details in Weekly News.

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 now 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   Read Full details of changes in Weekly News

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!