Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 11

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: 

As many AFIF members were on leave last week, we have repeated excerpts of last week’s AFIF Weekly News in this week’s edition                                     

Happy New Year from the AFIF Team

The team at AFIF would like to wish all AFIF Members a Happy New Year and prosperous 2018.

AFIF will be continuing to represent our members on a range of live issues from last year and attending industry engagement forums and meetings on future developments in our industry. In this week’s News we provide an outline of the forums and activities at which AFIF represents members.

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!


Hutchison Ports Commences Sideloader Fee in Sydney

AFIF has been advised by Hutchison Ports of the commencement of the Sideloader Fee in Sydney on 9 February. AFIF discussed the fee with a Hutchison Ports representative, confirming “the fee has been in the Hutchison Ports tariff since 2015, but has not been applied until now”. Details in Weekly News

Department of Home Affairs – DoHA-ABF Update

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) has issued an update on the agencies and functions of the Department and the role and responsibilities of the Australian Border Force (ABF) as an integral agency within the Department. Links to organisational structures and personnel of DoHA & ABF are included. Details in the Weekly News.

Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) – Change of Email Addresses

As outlined in AFIF Weekly News on 21 December, the amalgamation of several departments and functions into the Department of Home Affairs, has meant changes to email addresses for former DIBP, ABF and OTS departments. Full details of the new addresses in the Weekly News.

Border Agencies Working Together to Combat Maritime Security Threats

Australia and the Republic of Indonesia have further reaffirmed their mutual commitment to combatting international maritime border security threats, under a new information sharing arrangement signed between the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA).

DoHA-ABF Notices – Links in Weekly News          

DAWR – AFIF’s Formal Response to Proposed Changes to Cost Recovery Charges for Approved Arrangements – Broker classes & Non-Broker Premises

In November, DAWR released Notices to industry seeking comment on proposed changes to cost recovery charges for Approved Arrangements.  Members will be aware that AFIF has lobbied DAWR to review the current charging structure of a flat rate $2900 per annum. The issues related to perceived inequality across users and the appropriateness of the charge. AFIF’s formal response to DAWR in the Weekly News

DAWR - Changes to Import Conditions

On 21 December 2017, a variety of updates occurred to the Biosecurity Goods Determinations which specify whether import permits, or alternative conditions for import, must be met to bring particular goods into Australia and its territories. The majority of the changes apply from 21 December 2017 with the exception of alternative conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage. These new conditions will not commence until 1 March 2018 to allow DAWR time to work with industry on transitioning to new requirements. Details of commodities and Notice in Weekly News.

DAWR Notices – Links in Weekly News

Air Cargo CTOs Update – Repeated

Further to the Peak Season updates in the AFIF Weekly News over the past weeks, the CTOs report, post-Christmas and New Year, their terminals are all operating normally, without backlogs or truck queues.   AFIF, on behalf of members has worked with the CTOs to seek improvements to service delivery. The CTOs have been positive to AFIF’s approach and have tried various initiatives to achieve improved outcomes. Though the root cause issues remain, which are explored in the Weekly News.

Management Changes at Menzies Aviation – Repeated

Menzies Aviation has announced the appointment of Kayla Moa, Cargo Manager NSW & ACT. Kayla Moa will report Beau Paine who moves from Cargo Manager NSW & ACT to the newly created role of Regional Vice President, Cargo - Australia. Beau Paine will be responsible for Menzies Aviation cargo businesses and services, Australia-wide. AFIF congratulates Beau Paine and Kayla Moa on their appointments. 

General Average Judgments of 2017

TM Law’s marine team frequently advises clients on General Average and related issues. Here, Nico Saunders reviews three interesting decisions from among a spate of recent cases on General Average.

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                                          

Effective 1 January 2018 - 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


FIATA – e-Flash No. 169 – 8th January 2018

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 169 – 8 January 2018, covering a range of global trade related matters   

Reminder - Participate in the 2017/2018 Logistics Performance Index Survey

The World Bank invites you to take part in the Survey on Logistics Performance 2017-18. The LPI is based on a survey where freight forwarders assess logistics performance, such as the efficiency of the clearance process, the quality of transport-related infrastructure or the ability to track and trace consignments. The index is sponsored by FIATA. Details on the Survey and Link to participate in Weekly News.


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

FIATA E-Flash No. 169 - 8 January 2018

Thomas Miller Law - Legal Update Jan 2018

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings - January 4, 2018

Traffic changes: Sydney Park Road roundabout, Alexandria

Save the Date – Friday 25 May 2018 - AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner



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.


2018 IATA Publications – 59th Edition DGR - NOW IN STOCK - IMMEDIATE DELIVERY - ORDER NOW

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

Thanks for your continued involvement and support!