Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – March 21

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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.

The Business Program has subjects tailored to deal with matters affecting all of our member’s current business activities. Each week in this News Bulletin we will highlight a different subject of the Business Program. This week we feature:

“Port of Melbourne – Port of Choice – Challenges and Opportunities”

AFIF 2019 Conference Gala Dinner – Rhonda Burchmore & Lara Mulcahy and their Fabulous Band Confirmed

AFIF is delighted to announce that as part of a fun night of dining and entertainment, award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore (OAM) and Lara Mulcahy will bring their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous to the AFIF 2019 Conference Dinner. Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see...it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!

A great night of dining, entertainment, prizes and dancing included in your AFIF 2019 Conference Registration. 

Click here to visit the Conference Website and to REGISTER


Air Cargo Security - EACE Security Measures Industry Update – Ongoing Issues for Industry

Following the commencement of new security procedures on 1 March, AFIF has been discussing relevant issues with the AMSD, CTOs and members, obtaining the latest information and progress. This week, the 3 CTOs report operations at all stations continue to settle down and processes are being managed effectively. There is a growing percentage of pre-screened cleared cargo received week on week. There are minimal delays in processing cargo acceptance and truck unloading.

The areas of concern are:

Homogenous Cargo – Beware of Screening Compliance

Consignments of skids of cartons are being lodged at off-airport RACAs and the CTOs purporting to be ‘Homogenous’ which do not comply with the AMSD definition of Homogenous Cargo. Skids of cartons which do not comply with the AMSD definition of homogenous cargo are to be broken down and each carton labelled and shipped individually.  AMSD will be undertaking regular compliance checks of CTOs and off-airport RACAs. Details in Weekly News.

Cargo Security Declaration Format (CSD)

Cargo Security Declaration (CSD) Format details has been an issue raised by the CTOs, with instances of inconsistent and incomplete information supplied. There are over 300 Known Consignor sites plus over 100 off-airport RACA sites supplying CSDs to the CTOs.  CTOs are finding variations of the CSD format and quality of information being provided, mainly from Known Consignors. Details in Weekly News

Cargo Acceptance and Lodgement at CTOs

Where there is no formal ‘green lane’ for unloading ‘cleared cargo’, the CTOs are unloading trucks in accordance with flight cut-off times. ie. cleared cargo 3 hours prior to flight departure and uncleared cargo 6 hours prior to flight departure. Members are reminded Lodgement Cut-off for Unscreened cargo is 6hrs. CTOs report there have been instances of shipments of unscreened cargo endeavouring to be lodged under 6 hours. Details in Weekly News

More RACAs and Known Consignors Approved 

As at March 15, there are now a total of 44 RACA businesses with a combined total of 142 sites. There are a total of 226 Known Consignors with a combined total of 309 site locations he RACA and Known Consignor Lists will be approved and updated on the AMSD website. Links to the updated lists and details in Weekly News

AMSD Guidance Centre Returns to Normal Operating Hours

The AMSD Guidance Centre on Telephone: 1300 791 581, email: GuidanceCentre@homeaffairs.gov.au is the key communications hub for all AACA, RACA, Known Consignor enquiries.  The centre has been operational with office staff throughout the day into the evening, with calls diverted to a key departmental person 24/7. AMSD advises the Guidance Centre has returned to normal hours.

AMSD Acknowledges Industry

AFIF, as a member of Air Cargo Security Industry Advisory Forum (ACSIAF) received written acknowledgment and thanks from AMSD regarding the support from industry in the transition to EACE Measures on 1 March 2019. In addition, AMSD advised the Guidance Centre is reverting to normal hours and AMSD office in Canberra will be moving location in April. Full correspondence in Weekly News

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

The Catalyst for EACE Changes – Sydney Bomb Plot Court Case Commences

The disrupted terrorist plot in Sydney in July 2017 to attack an international flight departing Sydney Airport, demonstrated a level of terrorist intent and sophistication not previously seen in Australia. In mid-2018 AMSD announced that the Government had agreed to changes to export air cargo security, including all export air cargo being examined at piece-level by 1 March 2019. In the Weekly News is a transcript of the Sydney Morning Herald Report on Day 1 of the Court Case of the accused, which commenced this week.  Details in Weekly News

Update on the Protected Industrial Action (PIA) at DP World Australia

DP World has today provided an update on the Protected Industrial Action underway at their port operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle. The report includes the background, the industrial action and measures DP World are taking to minimise disruption. Full report and details of the PIA at each port in Weekly News

Hutchison Ports Brisbane Landside Tariff Revision

Hutchison Ports Brisbane will be increasing its Landside Tariffs from 15th April 2019. Link with the new Schedule of revised tariffs in Weekly News.

VICT – Extended Operating Hours to 24/5 and Longer Hours on Saturday and Sunday

From Monday 1st April, VICT will be extending Landside operating hours to run 24/5, closing only from Saturday 14:00hrs to Sunday 06:00hrs and once again on Sunday 14:00hrs to Monday 06:00hours. VICT will review this arrangement after four weeks (26th April) to assess whether there has been sufficient uptake of slots across the nightshift to warrant a continuation of these operating hours. Full details including commentary in Weekly News

VICT – MSIC Induction Update

VICT has updated its MSIC induction on the 1-Stop website where a Driver Induction video has been added. All new drivers coming to use the terminal will be required to watch this video in its entirety in order to become MSIC-inducted at VICT. Details in Weekly News

IMO 2020 Global Sulphur Cap – Low Sulphur Surcharges 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content from 1 January 2020, lowering from the present 3.5% limit. As IMO 2020 low-Sulphur Fuel Regulations approach, shipping lines are flagging significant increases in rates and Low Sulphur Surcharges to recover their increased costs of compliance. At AFIF 2019 Conference, there will be a session on ‘Current Trends in International Shipping and Outlook for the Australian Market’ which will provide an update on Sulphur Cap 2020 and beyond – what it means for Australia, Low Sulphur Surcharge, etc. Details in Weekly News

Older, Gas-guzzling Box Ships Bound for Scrapyards as IMO 2020 looms

Loadstar reports this week, with the IMO 2020 low-sulphur fuel regulations looming, containership owners are keen to offload as many older gas-guzzling vessels as possible, with the current high scrapping rates providing added incentive. 12 vessels with a capacity of 36,000 teu have been sold for demolition in the past 30 days, taking the year-to-date number to 30, for 52,000 teu. This compares with just 48 vessels for 88,000 teu sent to breakers’ yards last year. More in Weekly News

DAWR:  Minister Littleproud Creates Steering Committee to Advise on Biosecurity Levy – Committee Meets and Discussions Underway

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 announced the appointment of a Steering Committee including Brian Lovell, CEO of AFIF. The Steering Committee met in Canberra last week and further meetings, consultations and discussions are continuing under the Terms of Reference to meet the 1 June 2019 reporting deadline set by Minister Littleproud. 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 – Clearance of Fresh cut Flowers and Foliage Consignments on Long Weekends and the Lead up to Mother’s Day 2019  

Over the long weekends, and in the lead up to Mother’s Day, consignments of fresh cut flowers and foliage found to be infested with live insect pests can have the option to be directed for onshore fumigation and release prior to pest identification by an entomologist. DAWR Notice including all of the affected dates in Weekly News

DAWR – Detector Dogs to Sniff out BMSB Pests – Repeated

Australia’s biosecurity detector dogs now have their noses honed on one of the nation’s most unwanted exotic pests — BMSB. Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said the department was working with the University of New England to train the dogs to detect this serious pest in sea cargo. In Brisbane, DAWR are currently trialling the use of detector dogs for the screening of imported cars. DAWR are expanding existing detector dog capabilities to address current or emerging biosecurity risks. Details in Weekly News

DAWR – Current Relevant Notices

Home Affairs-ABF Aluminium Importer Fined for Dumping Duty Deception  

A Sydney-based fabrication business has been ordered to pay more than $67,000 in penalties and recovered Duty and GST following an investigation by the Australian Border Force (ABF) into the importation of Chinese aluminium products though Thailand.  The investigation uncovered three false and misleading statements, which included a false declaration regarding the origin of the goods, to avoid the payment of Countervailing Duty, Dumping Duty and Customs Duty. Details in Weekly News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices and News

Port of Melbourne Infrastructure Pricing and Access Review – Repeated

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.


IATA - Air Freight Makes Weak Start to 2019

IATA released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), decreased 1.8% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the worst performance in the last three years. Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 3.6% in January 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Details and full article in Weekly News

FIATA e-Flash No. 195 – 11 March 2019

FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 195 – 11 March 2019 covering a range of global trade related matters


AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner - Registration Open

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

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. To visit the Conference Website and view all information and to REGISTER - Click Here

If you would also like to consider a Sponsorship and/or Trade Exhibition package, please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus, or contact Brian or Jodie  (02)93143055 afif@afif.asn.au

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

TT Talk – Focus on the cool supply chain

Customs & Trade alert: Please sir, a dog ate my Brexit

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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.

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


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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