AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 31

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AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus Released  

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria, on Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May.

The venue is a modern purpose built Business and Convention Centre Hotel complex located close to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

Details of Sponsorship and Exhibition packages for this exciting event are available to industry. We are offering last year’s sponsors the chance to reserve the package they chose last year, for a limited time.  

Please direct your sponsorship enquiries to Brian Lovell, or Jodie Murray (02) 93143055 or    The AFIF 2019 Conference Program will be released shortly.

NEWS & ACTIVITIES                                          

AMSD – 1 Month to Go until EACE Security Measures Come into Force on 1 March 2019                                

5 New Approved Off-Airport RACAs (Freight Forwarders) Announced           

In the lead up to 1 March, AFIF has been meeting with AMSD, CTOs and members, obtaining the latest information on the expected operational impact at the CTO’s, including CTOs acceptance times. Menzies Aviation Fee Schedule with acceptance times has been released today.  AMSD has approved the first of the new off-airport RACAs (freight forwarders). Known Consignor numbers are updated. Smiths Detection has updated the equipment supply situation. Update and details in Weekly News.

DAWR – Reminder of New Air Cargo Screening Requirement 

DAWR has issued another reminder Notice to Exporters and Registered Establishments, particularly perishables, on the air cargo security screening for all exports on 1 March 2019. Notice and Details in Weekly News.

AMSD – ‘Export Air Cargo Security is Changing on 1 March 2019’ – Repeated  

AMSD issued a letter to exporters ‘Export Air Cargo Security is changing on 1 March 2019’, which is being distributed via various government agencies. Letter & Details in Weekly News.

AMSD – ‘Phytosanitary Inspections after Air Cargo has been Security Cleared’ – Repeated

AMSD has also issued a Factsheet for perishable exporters in regard to phytosanitary inspections of security cleared cargo. Under certain circumstances, security cleared air cargo that undergoes a phytosanitary inspection will not have its security cleared status revoked. Factsheet and Details in Weekly News

Menzies Aviation Announcement: Known & Unknown Air Cargo Security Procedures & International Terminal Handling Revision - EACE Surcharge 

Today, Menzies Aviation released important information regarding ‘Menzies Aviation Air Cargo Security - Known & Unknown cargo security procedures effective 01 Mar 2019’ and ‘Menzies Aviation Revised Schedule of Fees including Acceptance Times for Enhanced Air Cargo Examination’. (EACE) Full Details and links to the 2 Documents in Weekly News

Qantas Freight – Export Free Storage Period Reverts to 24 hours from 1 February

The 28 hours Free Storage Period for Exports which Qantas introduced in late November will revert to 24 hours from Friday 1 February 2019. Details and link to the latest edition of Qantas Freight e-News provides an update on ‘Export Storage Fees & FAQs’; ‘Global screening requirements are nearly here FAQs’. Details in Weekly News

VICT Increases Infrastructure Surcharge to $85 per Container from 1 March

VICT has announced from 1 March 2019, VICT will be increasing the Infrastructure Surcharge to $85.00 per container (exclusive of GST) and will apply to all full containers, received or delivered to VICT. VICT notes in the announcement - ‘as market pricing shifts towards split waterside and landside tariffs, the Infrastructure Surcharge will be revised accordingly. The rebalancing allows VICT to remain competitive in the market….’ Full Announcement and AFIF Comment in Weekly News

DAWR – Inspector-General of Biosecurity Launches BMSB Review – Repeated

AFIF Members will be aware through regular updates in AFIF Weekly News and Bulletins; as a member of the DAWR Cargo Consultative Committee, AFIF has called for a comprehensive Departmental review of BMSB seasonal measures. AFIF is pleased to receive this afternoon, communication from the Inspector-General of Biosecurity that she has advised the Agriculture Minister she will undertake a comprehensive Review of DAWR biosecurity measures to manage the risk of BMSB and what if any improvements can be made. Full details in Weekly News. 

DAWR – On-shore BMSB Treatment Taking up to 21 Days – Melbourne Container Fumigation Services – Updated List

As advised in last week’s AFIF News, L. Arthur Quarantine depot in Melbourne has suspended its quarantine service to non-cartage customers. Further to the list of alternative container fumigation facilities listed in last week’s News, our colleagues at CTAA have issued an updated Notice on Melbourne Fumigation Treatment Providers. Details of the expanded list of providers in Weekly News

DAWR – Reporting Requirements for Goods Treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation   

DAWR requires consignments that have been directed for a rural tailgate or tailgate inspection to have details of Sulfuryl Fluoride treatment included on the entry. From the 30 January 2019 the department will require Self-reporting Importers and Customs Brokers to report containers that have been treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride when lodging the import declaration. Notice in Weekly News

DAWR – Biosecurity Imports Levy Update - $10.00 per TEU – Next Stakeholder Meeting on Monday 4 February – Summary of Key Points 

DAWR are continuing their engagement with industry on a range of potential options for implementing the Biosecurity Imports Levy (the levy). The next meeting is to be held in Melbourne on Monday 4 February 2019. A Summary of Key Points from the 2 Industry Stakeholder Meetings in Canberra and Sydney and Industry concerns expressed in the meetings in Weekly News.

DAWR – Current Notices

Home Affairs-ABF – Four Arrested after $100 million of Heroin and ‘ice’ Seized         

Four men have been charged following a joint agency investigation into the importation of more than 150 kilograms of heroin into Sydney via air cargo from Malaysia. A consignment purporting to be gym equipment and supplements arrived in Sydney from Malaysia. The consignment was x-rayed by ABF officers, who noted anomalies in the packed crates containing various handicraft items and timber souvenirs. During a subsequent deconstruction of the consignment, 400 blocks of heroin with a total weight of 154 kilograms were located concealed in three of four crates. The heroin has an estimated potential street value of more than $77 million. Report and pictures in the Weekly News.  

Home Affairs-ABF – Upcoming Weekend Outage to the ICS - Saturday 2 February 2019

‘Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 6 hour period between Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2019.The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 2 February until 05:00 AEDT Sunday 3 February 2018 and is necessary to promote system changes. Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.’

Home Affairs-ABF – Call for CAG Nominations

The Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) is calling for membership nominations for 2019. The CAG is a collaborative forum including representatives of Government and industry that discusses and co-designs solutions for trade and goods compliance issues. If you wish to nominate for the CAG, details in News

Home Affairs-ABF – Current Notices

Beware - International Scam Targets an AFIF Member Using ‘AFIF Training Survey’ Ruse – Repeated

AFIF has been alerted to an International Scam targeting an AFIF member. The scam involves a purported UK–based market research company ‘B2B International’ used as a trojan, contacting the Australia-based freight forwarder, asking them to participate in a Survey on ‘AFIF Training’. The scammer offers a $500 Amazon voucher for participating. Note - AFIF has not commissioned a Training Survey - Details of the scam in Weekly News


 FIATA e-Flash No. 192 – 29 January 2019 

 FIATA has issued its FIATA e-flash No 192 – 29 January 2019 covering a range of global trade related matters.  Link in Weekly News

Amazon Pushing Hard into Ocean Shipping, Making it Easier for Chinese Goods to get to USA.       

Quietly and below the radar, Amazon has been ramping up its ocean shipping service, sending close to 4.7 million cartons of consumers’ goods from China to the USA over the past year, records show. This marks a significant move into what many believe is the company's overall strategy of eventually controlling much of its transportation network, from trucks to aeroplanes and now to ships. Full Report in Weekly News


Save the Date – Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019

AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner

Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

On behalf of the AFIF Board and the organising sub-committee we are delighted to announce that the AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, Victoria. Details of sponsorship and exhibition packages for this exciting 1 day event will be released next week.

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 FIATA Conference website 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

Patrick Sydney Autostrad Terminal - extreme weather 31/01/19

DP World Notice - Extreme temperatures at Sydney terminal

Menzies Aviation Announcement: Known & Unknown Cargo Security Procedures & International Terminal Handling Revision - EACE surcharge

Customs & Trade Alert: Risks of Transporting Goods by Sea

DAWR - Reporting Requirements for Goods Treated with Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation

Export Air Freight Procedures Course Sydney 12-13 February 2019

BMSB Update - Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme: Italian Heat Treatment Providers Reinstated

DP World Notice - Extreme Temperatures at Melbourne Terminal

Patrick Operations Update - Melbourne extreme weather - 25-01-19

AFIF Weekly News, Activities & Website Postings – January 24, 2019

DAWR – Inspector-General of Biosecurity Launches BMSB Review



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  Read Full details in Weekly News

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