Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 7

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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.

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER


Air Cargo Security - EACE Program Industry Update – Was Industry Ready for 1 March 2019 and What is Happening Now?

Following months of build-up and anticipation of the commencement of EACE Security Screening go-live on 1 March, industry has responded positively to the changes. The feedback from the 3 CTOs is that despite a few rejections of cargo deemed to be homogenous, all stations managed the processes quite well. CTOs report of some issues with incorrect formatting and data of Cargo Security Declarations (CSDs) being lodged with cargo. Off-airport RACAs have been particularly busy handling the surge in screening volumes. More details on Weekly News

Homogenous Cargo is the Main Issue – Note the Risks

The main issue arising from the introduction of the EACE Security measures is the interpretation of Homogenous Cargo. Some ACCAs are not familiar with, or are misinterpreting the AMSD Homogenous Cargo description, leading to skids containing multiple cartons being broken down and each carton labelled and shipped individually. Details in Weekly News

CTOs Cargo Acceptance

The implementation of EACE Security Measures has led to the CTOs re-aligning their cargo acceptance arrangements. The first week of the new arrangements has been managed quite well and better than expected. There have been isolated instances of delays at some CTO terminals. More in Weekly News

More RACAs and Known Consignors Approved

As at Feb 28, there are now a total of 39 RACA businesses. There are a total of 221 Known Consignors with a combined total of 299 site locations The RACA and Known Consignor Lists will be approved and updated on the AMSD Website. Updated Details in Weekly News

AMSD Guidance Centre 

AMSD has advised that the Guidance Centre on Telephone number: 1300 791 581. email: GuidanceCentre@homeaffairs.gov.au will be the key communications hub for all AACA, RACA, Known Consignor enquiries leading up to and beyond March 1 introduction of the new regulations.  The centre will be operational with office staff throughout the day into the evening and will be diverted to a key departmental person 24/7.

3 CTOs EACE Screening Arrangements, Cut off times, Revised Fees, FAQs – Repeated

The 3 CTOs EACE Screening Arrangements, Cut off times, Revised Fees, FAQs. Qantas, Menzies Aviation and dnata schedules, information and links are in the Weekly News

DAWR:  Minister David Littleproud Creates Steering Committee to Advise on Biosecurity LevyAFIF CEO, Brian Lovell, Invited and Confirmed

AFIF Members will be aware of the objections raised by AFIF and other industry bodies in regard to the proposed introduction of a Biosecurity Levy on sectors of the industry and our concerns with its flawed approach.  The Hon. David Littleproud MP as the relevant Minister has announced the appointment of a Steering Committee and Brian Lovell, CEO of AFIF, has accepted an invitation to represent our sector of the industry accordingly. More in Weekly News

DAWR – Inspector-General of Biosecurity BMSB Review – Repeated

AFIF Members will be aware through regular updates in AFIF Weekly News and Bulletins that AFIF was pleased to receive advice from the Inspector-General of Biosecurity that a comprehensive Review of DAWR Biosecurity measures would be undertaken and last week, lodged its submission to the review. Click here to view AFIF submission.

DAWR - Resolved - Delay with invoices and receipts being issued from Post Entry Biosecurity System (PEBS), Cargo Online Lodgement System (COLS), Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) and the Online Payment Portal (OPP)

The department experienced delays with the issuing of invoices and receipts from PEBS, COLS, MARS and the OPP. This service disruption has now been resolved. This delay did not affect the functionality of PEBS, MARS, COLS and OPP applications. DAWR IAN link in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

Port of Melbourne Infrastructure Pricing and Access Review

As covered in previous editions of AFIF Weekly News, Infrastructure Surcharges levied by stevedores is an issue for industry, with increases of 300% in 20 months. The Victorian Government has asked Freight Victoria in the Department of Transport to commence a review into infrastructure charges, pricing and access to and from the Port of Melbourne. Freight Victoria is preparing the Terms of Reference for approval, following which we will soon appoint an expert consultant to conduct the review. Details and link for further information in Weekly News.

‘Make Your Move’ makes an impact! – Repeated

Following the launch of the project in Sydney and Melbourne last year, the AFIF Make Your Move project has reached 547,000 people so far and is expected to reach over 1 million by March! Full update Report in Weekly News.

Casual Workers ‘Double-Dipping’ – Developments in Federal Court & Legislation  

A recent decision in the Australian Federal Court has clear implication for businesses who employ casual workers. Thomas Miller Law has summarised the recent case, which may be of interest to our members and in particular Human Resources Department Personnel and Managers. Details in Weekly News

The Lifecycle of a Cargo Claim – Brilliant Mini-Video Demonstrates the Process

Understanding what happens when cargo loss or damage occurs - in terms of who is responsible for what - can be complicated to explain.  Zurich has developed a simple animation to describe how insurance responds to support the parties in the transport chain, ensuring all of them are adequately protected. This may also be useful for Members’ clients to view! Link in Weekly News

Vale Phillip Callus, founder of Customs Agency Services, Adelaide

We regret to advise of the sad passing of Phillip Callus, founder of Customs Agency Services, in Adelaide. Philip was an ex Customs officer (approximately early 1950’s – 1976) and together with his wife Veronica, founded Customs Agency Services in 1976, one of the then new independent customs brokerages with a focus on International Air and Ocean forwarding. A Funeral Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wakefield St, Adelaide, on Friday, March 8 commencing at 2.30pm. Further details in Weekly News


FIATA AFI Commemorates Half Century of Advocating for the Airfreight Forwarder Industry  


The Airfreight Institute (AFI) of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has reached a milestone – 50 years of representing the interests of airfreight forwarders worldwide. In the past half a century, AFI has been following the market development of air freight, addressing its members’ concerns and safeguarding the interests of air forwarders. Paul Golland, AFIF Chairman, is a member of the Committee of the FIATA Air Freight Institute (AFI) and regularly contributes to discussion on the proposed new IATA FIATA Air Cargo program. In addition, he participates in face to face meetings on a number of relevant subjects pertaining to Australian matters at the FIATA half-yearly Headquarter Session meetings and at the Annual FIATA World Congress. Full item in Weekly News



Shipping Australia Golf Day – Wednesday 13 March – AFIF Members Invited  

The SAL New South Wales Golf Day for 2019 will be held on Wednesday afternoon 13th March 2019 at the scenic Coast Course at Little Bay, close to Port Botany and the city. Come along and enjoy a great course and amazing coastal scenery. AFIF Members are invited to participate. Details in Weekly News.  Click here to Register On-Line

Fremantle Port Supply Chain Awareness Workshop - Tuesday, 26 March 2019  

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA is collaborating with the City of Belmont and the City of Canning to facilitate a Fremantle Port Supply Chain Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. 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 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

Holding Redlich Weekly Brief - Transport contracts under the microscope

Vale Phillip Callus, founder of Customs Agency Services, Adelaide.

Anti Slavery Act; Circular for Australian TT Club Members

Update on Introduction of new Air Cargo Piece Level Screening Rules, from March 1st

Combined Airport East and North Projects - Weekly Update WC 3 March

Changes to the M4-M5 Link project now approved

Weekly Traffic Alert - 28 February - 7 March 2019

Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – February 28



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.

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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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