AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings May 10, 2018

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AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Friday 25 May 2018

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach

2 Weeks to Go!                                           

The 19th Annual AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner to be held in Sydney at the Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach.  The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 24th, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 25th May.

In the evening, the sessions will have drawn to a close but the Conference is not over. Enjoy the grand Industry Gala Dinner in the Endeavour Ballroom which provides a stunning canvas and extraordinary dining space where we all have the opportunity to enjoy a fine meal, good company and dance the night away. Thanks to our Gala Dinner Sponsor, WiseTech Global.

Thanks to Air New Zealand and Emirates Sky Cargo you will have two opportunities to win overseas flights! We'll have a raffle, so make sure to be there for your chance to win. Thank you to all our generous sponsors for making this possible. Registration link and more details in Weekly News

Attention Conference Day Session Delegates Continuing on to the Gala Dinner

Free Change Room Facilities  

AFIF is pleased to inform delegates attending the Conference Day Session that we have secured a very limited number of short duration hotel rooms at the Novotel for delegates who would like to avail themselves of a change room and shower facility to freshen up prior to the gala dinner.

There is limited availability on a first in best dressed basis (no pun intended!)

Please contact Jodie at AFIF Conference Secretariat to secure your spot -


Federal Budget Announcements Impacting the International Freight Industry

The Federal Government has announced a number of Budget measures affecting our industry. Some of these major items are expanded upon in AFIF Weekly News items. Air Cargo Security, cargo and mail security package; Biosecurity Levy Commencing on 1 July 2019; Port Botany Rail Duplication Home Affairs-ABF initiatives. Details in Weekly News

HLB Mann Judd – Budget Wrap

HLB Mann Judd have provided AFIF members with a copy of their Budget Wrap. Link in Weekly News

Office of Transport Security - Important Information - Air Cargo Security

The Office of Transport Security (OTS) has advised AFIF, as a member of the OTS Air Cargo Industry Advisory Forum, of its intention to provide RACAs, AACAs and Known Consignors with a STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL update on international security arrangements, in the next few days. More details in Weekly News

Qantas Announces Revised Terminal Fees Effective 21 May 2018

Qantas has issued their Schedule of Updated Terminal Service Fees. Note there is a New Fee - Temperature Sensitive Handling Fee applicable to Export and Import Envirotainer ULDs which require special handling. Full details, links to the Qantas Schedule of Fees and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports Sydney Terminal Operations Underway Again - For Now         

Further to updates in the AFIF Weekly News and Bulletins - following Hutchison Ports workers’ refusal to operate the port shuttles, siting a safety issue, Hutchison Ports referred the matter to the Fair Work Commission and obtained a return to work order, whilst the issues raised by MUA-CFMEU are considered further.  For now, the port shuttles are operating and vessels are being worked. More details in the Weekly News.

Federal Government Announces Port Botany Rail Duplication Funding Go Ahead

The Prime Minister has announced $400 million Federal Government funding of the Port Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta passing loop. The announcement is part of an infrastructure investment program to reduce road congestion and increase rail mode share from just under 20% currently to 40%.  Mr Turnbull said every train will take 50 B-Double trucks off the road.

Port of Newcastle Submission to Draft NSW Ports Plan - Repeated   

The Port of Newcastle (PoN) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to provide a report on ‘NSW Container and Port Policy - Port of Newcastle’ in support of the PoN’s submission to the NSW Government’s Draft NSW Freight and Ports Plan. Links to the Reports in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – JOCG Charges Three Men over 200kg Ice Shipment Hidden in Machinery   

A NSW Joint Organised Crime Group (JOCG) investigation into a 200-kilogram shipment of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) hidden inside machinery yesterday resulted in the arrest of three men in Sydney’s south-west. The ABF targeted the container arriving in Sydney on 21 April 2018 from Malaysia. It was examined and x-rayed by ABF officers at the Port Botany CEF upon arrival, and after further examination and deconstruction, the Ice was found concealed within two metal lathes. Details and photos in Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF – Upcoming Weekend Outage to the ICS – Saturday 12 May 

Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 5 hour period between Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May 2018. The outage period will be from 23:00 AEST on Saturday 12 May until 04:00 AEST Sunday 13 May 2018 and is necessary to promote ICS Release 18.4.01 Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours. See Weekly News

Home Affairs – ABF Current Notices – Links in Weekly News  

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy on Import Containers - to be implemented in July 2019

The Federal Budget contained a new Biosecurity Levy Commencing on 1 July 2019. Port operators (stevedores) will be charged a $10.02 levy per “twenty foot container (or equivalent)” and $1 per tonne of non-containerised cargo. DAWR expects this Fee to be passed through the supply chain to importers. The funding will be used to help detect, identify and respond to exotic pests and diseases earlier. Further details and AFIF Comment on the lack of consultation in the Weekly News

DAWR – Conclusion of the 2017-2018 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 

DAWR ceased heightened measures for the 2017-2018 BMSB risk season for goods shipped from 1 May 2018. Goods shipped on or before 30 April 2018 and still en-route to Australia will be subject to BMSB measures. To manage this, the department will assess the shipped on board date to determine if BMSB measures are applicable. Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Key dates for - Class 19.1 NCCC & 19.2 AEPCOMM Approved Arrangements Reform  

New requirements being implemented under the AEP reform project have been made available to prepare BIPs and accredited persons for the changes to the arrangements, including a variation to the class 19.1 and 19.2 approved arrangements. All documents come into effect on 23 of June 2018 along with the phase 2 AEP enhancements to the Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS). Full Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Notices – Links in Weekly News   

Best (act) Before’ Country of Origin Food Labelling Deadlines are Enforceable

Andrew Hudson, Partner, Rigby Cooke, has provided an update and reminder on Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016, which mandates from 1 July 2018 food businesses must comply with labelling requirements set out by the Australian Government. Full update in Weekly News

Westconnex – Toll Point Testing on M4 Motorway, Sydney

Three new toll point structures on the M4 Motorway east of Homebush Bay Drive will be tested from Monday 7 May 2018. Drivers passing through the following toll points should ignore the beep as charges will not apply. Details of toll points in Weekly News

West Gate Tunnel Project, Melbourne - Traffic Impacts w/c Sunday 13 May 2018

West Gate Tunnel Project Traffic Alert: West Gate Freeway, Grieve Parade, Williamstown Road and M80 area – Sunday 13 to Thursday 31 May 2018 – Traffic impacts and changed conditions. Details in Weekly News

Airport East Precinct Upgrade

The Australian and NSW Governments are upgrading roads in the Sydney Airport East precinct to improve traffic flow and access to the airport and Port Botany. A number of roads in the area are affected. Standard construction hours for the project are from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays. Out of hours work will include up to five-night shifts during the week, our night working hours are 9pm to 5am. Details on the construction works in Weekly News.

dnata CTO  Melbourne – Forwarders Complaints on Truck Queues Addressed? New Management, Investment, Staff, Systems and Timeslot Bookings Underway - Repeated

AFIF has campaigned on behalf of Melbourne freight forwarders in addressing truck queues at the CTOs occurring regularly over the past 6 months. Forwarders complain of queues of up to 20 trucks outside the dnata CTO Melbourne gate and waiting hours to pick up cargo. AFIF met with dnata management who in turn met with a number of forwarders to discuss the issues. dnata have responded with a number of sweeping  changes to the terminal operation. Full details in Weekly News.

AFIF Releases Updated Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract Including Heavy Vehicle National Law Chain of Responsibility Provisions – Free to Members

The AFIF executive has recently engaged lawyers to further review the AFIF commercial documentation prepared and regularly reviewed for the benefit of Members to use in their customer agreements. Lawyers, Thomas Miller Law have now completed a review of the AFIF Model Standard Trading Conditions of Contract (AFIF Model Terms) and associated User Guide for protection for Members in connection with compliance with the requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Chain of Responsibility provisions. These will be sent to members as an included benefit of their AFIF membership. Full details in Weekly News

Chain of Responsibility – Is Your Business Ready? – Repeated

Over the past months, AFIF has provided updates on the forthcoming amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law, which will come into effect in September 2018.  We are pleased to confirm, at the AFIF 2018 National Conference on 25 May, Danella Wilmshurst, Principal Lawyer, Thomas Miller Law will present a session on ‘Chain of Responsibility – Is your Business Ready’, outlining:  Practical Steps in preparing your business. Liability of business owners and managers.  Danella will answer your questions on Chain of Responsibility. Details in Weekly News


Digitisation of Supply Chains will Happen in Three years, Boosting Efficiency 30%

The digitisation of container supply chains is likely to happen far faster than many freight transport and logistics service providers realise. One leading Asia-based supply chain head has argued that the next three years would be a significant turning point for the industry. Digitisation’s tipping point is getting nearer, and it is being pushed by consolidation. Full report in Weekly News


AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Friday 25 May 2018

The event will begin with a Welcome Cocktail Reception on Thursday evening, May 24th, with the main Plenary Sessions of the Business Program held throughout Friday 25th May. The event will conclude with a grand industry Gala Dinner the same evening. Circle Friday 25 May 2018 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! To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

Event Invite - Showcasing the Future of Australia's International Trade – Brisbane 29 May

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Port of Brisbane and Price Waterhouse Coopers are developing a Trade Community System. AFIF Members are invited to a free Showcase Event in Brisbane on 29 May. Details 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

Important Information - Air Cargo Security - Office of Transport Security

Operations Resume at DP World Melbourne terminal

Patrick Melbourne Terminal Re-commences Operations

Qantas Announces Revised Terminal Fees Effective 21 May 2018

2018 Federal Budget - HLB Mann Judd Report

DAWR Biosecurity Levy on Import Containers - to be implemented in July 2019

Unprotected Industrial Action - DP World Melbourne Terminal

Biosecurity Levy on Import Containers – Sea and Air – Zero Industry Consultation

Federal Government Announces Port Botany Rail Duplication Funding Go Ahead

Toll point testing on M4 Motorway

Airport East Project – Weekly Update WC 6 May

TT Talk – Trade alerts

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings - 3 May 2018



ABF Border Watch Included in AFIF Basic Training Courses in May

AFIF and ABF have joined forces to provide Border Watch training in AFIF’s basic training courses, to educate new entrants to the industry of the threats posed to the border by criminal activity. Local Co-ordinators of ABF Border Watch will provide a Border Watch presentation to students attending the AFIF Basic Import Airfreight Procedures and AFIF Basic Import and Export Sea Freight Procedures courses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Full details including upcoming dates in MAY and booking form in the Weekly News

AFIF Training Schedule for 2018

View upcoming training course dates for 2018 in the Weekly News (full schedule on AFIF Website)

All April and May Courses listed in the Weekly News.


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 – Links in the 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 of changes in Weekly News

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