AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings May 24, 2018

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AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Kicks Off Tonight

Novotel Sydney – Brighton Beach


All systems GO! All is in readiness for AFIF 2018 National Conference and Gala Dinner kicking off tonight with the Welcome Reception, followed by the Conference Sessions and Gala Dinner tomorrow.  

Registrations are now closed for this year’s event which will be the strongest in years. We are looking forward to a great event in Sydney.

The Conference program is particularly future focussed, with presentations and interactive discussions on the topics that matter to AFIF members and future developments affecting the industry.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference and Gala Dinner!

Thanks to the myriad of sponsors and speakers supporting this year’s event, AFIF appreciates your support of the industry

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.

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

Conference Kick-off Event Tonight

Welcome Reception

Conference delegates will meet for cocktails and conversations at the Welcome Reception, 6.00pm at the Vela 3 Bar - located on Level 3 of the Novotel Brighton Beach.

Thanks to our sponsor HLB Mann Judd.

Visit AFIF Conference website for more details of our pre and post conference events:


Office of Transport Security - Important Information – ‘Air Cargo Security – Confidential Update to AACAs’ being Sent to AACA’s Today

Further to the previous AFIF Bulletin and AFIF Weekly News item, the Office of Transport Security has confirmed the Confidential Update is being sent by email to AACA’s today. Please note the contents of the letter.

Menzies Aviation Announces Revised Terminal Fees, Effective 1 June 2018

This week Menzies Aviation announced their revised Terminal Fees, effective I June 2018. Menzies Aviation Notice and Schedule of Charges and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News.

Hutchison Ports Sydney Terminal Outage 29 May 2018 – 0900-1400 hrs

Please be advised there will be a terminal outage on the 29th May from 0900-1400. Extra slots will be allocated to allow for the outage.

Hutchison Ports Sydney Announces Infrastructure Levy, Effective 25 June 2018

Hutchison Ports has released a Notice advising of the implementation of an Infrastructure Levy at SICTL Sydney, effective 25 June 2018. Notice and Details of the levy and AFIF Comment in the Weekly News

dnata Appoints Cargo Manager Sydney

dnata has  announced the appointment of Hasny Hashim as Sydney Cargo Manager with effect from June 18th 2018. Hasny Hashim replaces Andrew Tonna in the role permanently. Details in the Weekly News

China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Regulation – Inbound Cargo To/Via Chinese Mainland – Maersk Customer Advisory

Further to the Notice on China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Regulation – Inbound Cargo To/Via Chinese Mainland, in last week’s AFIF Weekly News (repeated this week). Maersk Line has issued a Customer Advisory on Maersk’s requirements for complying with this regulation. Notice in Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF - Application for Renewal of a Broker Licence (Nominee, Sole Trade, Corporate) due by 29 June 2018

Customs broker licences are due to expire on 30 June 2018.  Applications for Renewal and Payment must be received by the Department by 29 June 2018. Details on the application process and Fees in the Weekly News.

Home Affairs-ABF – Man Charged after $8 million worth of Heroin Seized Concealed in a Consignment of Children’s Clothing  

A joint investigation undertaken by NSW Police Force and the ABF through Strike Force Weenamana has resulted in the identification of 16kg of heroin imported from Asia, concealed within a consignment of children’s clothing. ABF officers targeted a package sent via air cargo from Thailand, which arrived in Sydney on Tuesday 1 May 2018. The package was examined and x-rayed where anomalies where noted. Full details in Weekly News

Home Affairs – ABF Current Notices – Links in Weekly News  

Low Value Imported Goods – ATO Updated Fact Sheets - New Fact Sheet for Transporters and Brokers Home Affairs-ABF – GST on Low Value Imported Goods from 1 July 2018 – Repeated         

Further to AFIF Bulletins and AFIF Weekly News updates on low value goods imported from overseas by consumers in Australia will attract Goods and Services Tax (GST), from 1 July this year. Australian Tax Office has provided updated Fact Sheets for Merchants selling through an online marketplace and Transporters or customs brokers. Details and links to Fact Sheets in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – GST on Low Value Imported Goods from 1 July 2018 - Repeated  

From 1 July this year, low value goods imported from overseas by consumers in Australia will attract Goods and Services Tax (GST). This means that vendors—including merchants, electronic distribution platform operators and re-deliverers—with sales subject to GST of AUD75,000 or more each year will need to register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), collect GST at the point of sale and remit that GST to the ATO. Are your customers ready for the change? More in the Weekly News

‘Aussie Hass Avocados ‘Smash’ Soon Available in Japan’

DAWR – Horticulture Exports Program – New Market Access for Avocado Fruit to Japan   

In May 2018, Japan released a new protocol agreement for Hass avocado fruit to Japan. DAWR have issued an Industry Advice Notice (IAN) to advise of the new protocol requirements for the export of fresh Hass avocado fruit to Japan. Details of the Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Biosecurity Levy on Import Containers - to be implemented in July 2019 - A Sleight of Hand? AFIF Commentary Printed in the ‘DCN on-line’ Monday 21 May.

Further to the issue raised in last week’s AFIF Weekly News on the introduction of a Biosecurity Levy on import containers from 1 July 2019, AFIF has issued a Media Release. ‘The Announcement in the Federal Budget of a Biosecurity Levy of $10.02 per TEU to be introduced on 1 July 2019, is an ill-considered measure which has implications for the freight forwarding industry and importing community.’ Full Media Release in Weekly News 

DAWR – Country of Origin Labelling from 1 July 2018 – Repeated

DAWR has issued a Notice to advise food importers that the new requirements for declaring the country of origin on food labelling will be verified during border inspections from 1 July 2018. Full Notice in Weekly News.

DAWR – Current Notices – Links in Weekly News   

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

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

WiseTech Global Acquires Turkish Logistics and Customs Solutions Provider, Ulukom    

WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of Ulukom, a leading logistics and customs solutions provider in Turkey. Headquartered in Istanbul, Ulukom offers a range of logistics, customs, freight forwarding and warehouse solutions included in its Logistics Information Management System, which is designed to carry out financial and operational transactions on an integrated platform. Details in Weekly News.


FIATA e-Flash No 176 – 22 May 2018

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 176 – 22 May 2018 covering a range of global trade related matters. Link in Weekly News.

Update On China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Regulations (Export & Import) – Repeated

The China General Administration of Customs ("GAC") has released the Announcement [2017] No.56 to provide clarity on adjustments to the regulation of import/export cargo via sea freight and airfreight, which comes into effective from 1 June 2018. AFIF recommends members contact their respective carrier for specific arrangements. Details in Weekly News


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

CTAA Port Container Logistics Awareness Workshops – 2nd Half 2018 Dates - AFIF Members Discount

Our fellow industry association in Supply Chain, CTAA have released the dates of their Port Container Logistics Awareness Workshops for 2nd Half 2018, in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 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 


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

Menzies Aviation Announces Revised Terminal Fees Effective 1 June 2018

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings May 17, 2018

Customs & Trade alert: High Court opens the way to an appeal on liability for amounts equivalent to duty



AFIF Training Schedule for 2018

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

All May and June 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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