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In response to advocacy from Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), the Department of Home Affairs, which manages revenue and payment of liabilities on imports, has confirmed that they will consider requests for payment plans and other leniency measures related to COVID-19.

These requests will be assessed on a “case by case” basis.
“We recognise the impact of the current situation on businesses and cash flows and are responding accordingly. We remain interested in the experiences of your members and their clients through the disruption from COVID-19, and please continue to keep us informed of any developments.”

Paul Zalai – Director and Co-Founder FTA, Secretariat APSA     VICT PRA – GOOD NEWS FOR EXPORTERS     Following a meeting between FTA / APSA and VICT on 15 May 2020, formal advice has been received that from Tuesday 19 May at 09:00, VICT will disable the requirement for a PRA when making a drop off booking.

It is hoped that the ability to book without the PRA, will assist transport operators in planning movements and increasing their box to truck ratio. There will be a limit of 2 x TBA drop off slots in each hour available to all transport carriers. 

As a reminder, the PRA must be added to the booking prior to manifesting and bookings listed less than 2 hours before the start of the time zone will attract a list fee irrespective of another carrier taking that listed slot.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please reach out to the VBS helpdesk team at vbs@vict.com.au

A special note of appreciation is extended to the Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) for their engagement and lead on this advocacy outcome … read more   Sal Milici – Head of Border and Biosecurity – FTA / APSA     MEDIA   12.5.2020 – MHD – AIR CARGO DOMINATING PASSENGER AIRCRAFT   Sal Milici, Head of Border and Biosecurity at FTA, said the industry has seen a stabilisation of the air cargo market. “This has been achieved largely by the supply chain sector effectively communicating and sharing detail of air cargo capacity leading to an increase of freighter services and also a number of cargo only flights,” he said. “Costs are understandably higher than normal without the financial offset of a passenger movements. However, what was shaping up as a disaster for the industry in mid-March, has evolved into an amazing good news story, “We have been able to keep the air cargo sector alive through the collaborative efforts of industry and government … read more     11.5.2020 AFR – GHOST FLIGHTS KEEP AIRPORT SPIRITS ALIVE     Full article available HERE     FEATURED EVENTS   WEBINAR – FREE & EXCLUSIVE TO FTA / APSA MEMBERS
    The risk of a shipping line claim for container detention is nothing new for freight forwarders.  However, in a COVID-19 world the challenge becomes greater as the economic downturn starts to bite. 

There will be a combination of increased abandonment of goods and decreased ability of importers and exporters to pay costs. 

In this webinar Hunt & Hunt will take a holistic view of the issues surrounding container detention and COVI-19 from a customs broker and freight forwarder perspective including: response of shipping lines to COVID-19; force majeure and frustration in respect of container detention; practical steps to reduce detention charges; liability of the freight forwarder to the shipping line; customer issues the contractual relationship with the customer; securing the obligations of the customer; debt recovery steps; Customs issues – abandonment of goods   This session has been accredited for 3 CPD Points in Stream B (code FTA112)   REGISTER HERE     WEBINAR – FREE & EXCLUSIVE TO FTA / APSA MEMBERS
    Mark Sobey,  Director, Legislative Reform and Assessment Policy, Compliance Policy, Compliance Division and

Ben Rowntree – A/g Director, BMSB Taskforce | Compliance Controls | Compliance Division – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
    In this webinar the Department will present the content which was originally prepared for the FTA CPD Border & Biosecurity Compliance Program that has been postponed due to COVID-19.

This session will address the following:

Automatic Entry Processing   Reform overview   AEP lodgements   BMSB lodgements and AEPCOMM   Common compliance issues   Expansion of AEPCOMM scope   CBC period 2020-21   NCCC & AEPCOMM administration   Highly compliant importer project  eCert for imports  
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)  Review of 2019-20 BMSB season  Measures for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season            – Target risk goods
           – Target risk countries
           – BMSB treatments   This session has been accredited for 3 CPD Points in Stream A (code FTA113)   REGISTER HERE   NOTE:
Following the above webinars, an online assessment and resources will be available via www.ComplianceNetFTA.com.au – cost $38.50
Individual members and employees of Members with online CPD packages (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) can access this material at no cost using the current period’s promotional codes.

If you require further information, please contact me on czalai@ftalliance.com.au or 02 9975 1878

Caroline Zalai –  Director and Co-Founder, FTA / Secretariat, APSA     ACROSS BORDERS – AUTUMN 2020   AUSTRALIAN BIOSECURITY

Paul Zalai, Director and Co-Founder, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) was recently asked to contribute to the “In My View” column of the Australian Farm Institute’s quarterly Insights newsletter.

The column looked at 3 questions on Australian Biosecurity. Paul was joined in the article by Melinee Leather, a beef producer from Queensland, whose other roles include. chair of the Farming Systems Committee for National Farmers’ Federation, board director of the Australian Beef Sustainability Steering Group and the Environment Committee for Cattle Council Australia.

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Contact us to showcase your business or service via a member profile, thought leadership contribution or advertising via Across Borders and our associated media.      TRADE STATISTICS   Flinders Trade Report April 2020 … read more Fremantle Port Statistics March 2020 … read more NSW Ports Monthly Trade Report March 2020 … read more Port of Melbourne Trade Statistics March 2020 … read more Port of Melbourne Data … read more Port of Melbourne Quarterly Trade Report … read more Port of Newcastle Trade Report April 2020  … read more     SHIPPING   COVID-19 Shipping Notices 12th to 18th May 2020 … read more Shipping Notices 12th to 18th May 2020 … read more     LOGISTICS   13.5.20 – CTAA COVID-19 emergency space register … read more
14.5.20 – QUAY Shipping Australia – Sydney office – we are moving! … read more
18.5.20 – CTAA welomes export vehicle booking changes at Victoria International container terminal(VICT) … read more     AIRFREIGHT   13.5.20 – FIATA welcomes FMC’S final interpretative rule on demurrage and detention charges … read more
14.5.20 – ICAO promotes COVID-19-free public health corridors to keep vital air cargo moving … read more
15.5.2- FIATA Review 2020 – 132 … read more
18.5.20 – IATA – Recovery in air travel expected to lag economic activity … read more     INTERNATIONAL   15.5.20 – NZ Customs Release 562 … login required     BIOSECURITY   We are delighted to announce that Transfleet Transport is the latest member to join the Alliance !    Transfleet have been delighted with uptake of their new 4.7 treatments facilities –  we are offering a fast turnaround on all fumigations eg. 3-4 days for 4.7 boxes in Sydney! Please click HERE to view the Transfleet promotional flyer .   12.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 65-2020 – Lord Howe Island airport and port of Lord Howe Island no longer first points of entry after 15 June 2020 … login required
13.5.20 – Industry Notices … read more
13.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 67-2020 – Regulatory performance framework 2018–19 self-assessments … login required
13.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 66-2020 – Notification of Phase 1 of revised import conditions for cucurbitaceous seed for sowing commencing from 12 June 2020- login required
13.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Biosecurity Matters, Edition 2, 2020 … login required
14.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Animal Biosecurity Advice 2020-A03 – Interim Import conditions for uncooked prawns and prawn products … login required
14.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 68-2020 – The Department is implementing fresh table grapes from the USA … login required
14.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 69-2020 – Changes to Import conditions for uncooked prawns from ap[roved countries … login required
15.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 2020-23 – Grain and seed exports program – phosphine as quarantine treatment for Australian malting barley to India … login required
15.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 70-020 – Service disruption: from 16:00 to 23:59 Sunday 24 May 2020 (AEST) – BICON … login required
18.5.20 – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – 2020-24 – Plant export operations – Release of the consultation draft export control (Plants and Plant products) rules … login rquired
      BORDER   13.5.20 – Joint WCO-IRU statement on responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on cross-border transport … read more
13.5.20 – WCO – How to establish and utilize essential goods lists during a disaster … read more
15.5.20 – WCO partnership for maritime digitalization to support flow of trade by ship … read more
18.5.20 – Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on cross-border railway transport … read more     INDUSTRY   13.5.20 – ABF -TC Gazette No. 2020/18 … read more     TRADE   14.4.20 – Coronavirus Trade Update … read more
18.5.20 – DFAT – Australia – Japan joint ministerial statement in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic … read more
18.5.20 – DFAT – Australia – Japan joint ministerial statement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic … read more     ANTI-DUMPING COMMISSION NOTICES – ADN   ANTI-DUMPING NOTICES 12TH TO 18TH MAY 2020
2020/048 [pdf 27.4 KB]  Case 532 Hollow structural sections, Extension of time, Thailand, 12/05/2020
2020/047 [pdf 27.68 KB]  Case 529 Hollow structural sections, Extension of time, China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, 12/05/2020
2020/036 [pdf 674.51 KB] Case 524 Silicon metal, Findings in relation to a continuation inquiry, China, 13/05/2020
2020/049 [pdf 216.13 KB]  Monthly Status Report – April 2020, 13/5/2020
2020/051 [pdf 31.23 KB]  Case 520 Grinding balls, Extension of time granted to issue SEF and Final Report, China, 18/05/2020
      BUSINESS SALES   PORT BOTANY OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE TO LEASE   A Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) member, located in Botany, have had a customer move out of their premises and now have professional office space available. The space available is up to 75 square metres, currently setup with 20 workstations, cabling, internet and digital telephone system ready. Meeting rooms also available within the space and there are an accompanying eight car parking spots. The landlord being a forwarder with Bonded warehouse, Department of Agriculture approved area with fumigation, X-Ray facilities with RACA approval plus container and general transport may present an opportunity to customs brokers or freight forwarders with these services onsite. Rates can be provided upon enquiry – call 02 9316 9466.     QUOTE 2020/10 – Looking to buy – Sydney or Melbourne – Sydney or Melbourne based forwarder / broker QUOTE 2020/09 – CS Logistics – Urgent expression of interest – Business Sale QUOTE 2020/07 – Looking to buy – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – ideally perishables QUOTE 2019/05 – Looking to buy – Melbourne, Adelaide or Fremantle Perth QUOTE 2019/01 – Corporate Customs Broker Licence   More about our Classifieds service available HERE     AS EINSTEIN ONCE SAID, “IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY DIFFICULTY LIES OPPORTUNITY.   We represent a local Forwarder / Broker who are looking to discuss and explore options for expansion with likeminded supply chain logistics business owners, either through acquisition or joint venture. Ideally, you’re based in Melbourne and/or Sydney, established with a stable customer base. You might be looking to expand your service offering, merge with a similar business or sell out altogether.   Our client is open to all considerations, sole trader through to large enterprise. Our client is a medium-sized, growth-minded Australian / NZ based freight forwarder and customs brokerage of over twenty years standing looking to explore all options. If you’re also thinking along these lines, please get in touch with me for a confidential discussion about how we can create opportunities for both of us and turn 1 plus 1 into 3. Please include your company name and contact details. Our clients are members of FTA and this is a genuine expression of interest. Des. Carroll Director M +61 (0) 418 511 255 E dcarroll@maesr.com.au     WAREHOUSING AND FREIGHT FORWARDING BUSINESS FOR SALE   • Annual turnover of over $70m • 14 years’ experience in the Australian market • Longstanding Business Partnerships with major Australian Retailers • Extensive global network, covering 90+ countries • Locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane • Urgent Expressions of interest are sought

Email cbergin@rodgersreidy.com.au for a Confidentiality Agreement and Information Memorandum.     FINANCE REPORT
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Weekly Market Commentary
European markets continue to re-open and infection rates remain under control, thereby boosting market sentiment.

The shocking economic data releases across the globe is being digested and interpreted.

German GDP contracted 2.2%, while EU GDP contracted 3.8%, in the first quarter. The European markets rallied to close the week, despite the data, as viral infection rates appears to remain contained … read more

Weekly Market Calendar 18/9 NZ Services PMI, Japan GDP, Bundesbank Report … read more

Paul Bettany
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paul@collinsonfx.com CANDIDATE OF THE WEEK
  Melbourne – Senior Account Manager
An incredibly impressive candidate whom possesses over 10 years ‘hands-on’ industry experience, including Customer Service, Sales, Procurement & Business Development. … read more Contact: Leanne Lewis
Managing Director
leanne@insyncpersonnel.com.au 0439 542 022    Sydney – Import Air Freight Operations
After recently being made redundant due to a downturn in work, our candidate is available immediately for either temp or permannt opportunities. … read more Christian Merrigan
Branch Manager – Sydney
1300 467 962     UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAINING     27.5.2020 – How to Lead Your Business Out of COVID-19 with Strength & Agility – further detail and registration HERE
4.6.2020 – FREE WEBINAR How to Stay Strong & Sane During COVID-19 – further detail and registration HERE
17.9.2020 – SYDNEY World Class Teams – Optimise your Influence and Impact at Work – further detail and registration HERE     FTA CPD BORDER COMPLIANCE PROGRAM POSTPONED & NEW DATES ANNOUNCED Please note that our revised dates for our events fall within the new 2020 /2021 CPD period (1 April 2020 to  31 March 2021) and will continue to provide 24 CPD points. 

CPD Border Compliance Program – (1 April 2020 to  31 March 2021)
NSW: Friday 5 & Saturday 6 February 2021 – Novotel Brighton Le-Sands
VIC: Friday 12 & Saturday 13 February 2021 – Hyatt Place Essendon Fields
QLD: Wednesday 17 February 2021 – Novotel Brisbane Airport
WA: Saturday 20 February 2021 – Hyatt Regency Perth
These dates have been chosen with coronavirus, winter, peak season, Christmas and school holidays in mind. We have also considered the very fluid nature of this situation. No one at this stage can safely put an end date on the restrictions to travel and meetings that are currently in place. We have looked for the period that provides as much flexibility to allow for the situation to improve and allow us all to resume normal business interactions.

Over the coming weeks and months FTA will be providing free webinars to keep members up to date with any important information to ensure you stay at the forefront of emerging issues.
We thank you for your continued support and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on czalai@ftalliance.com.au or 02 9975 1878.

Caroline Zalai – Director,  FTA / APSA Secretariat     ONLINE Centium – COVID-19 Government Aid Webinar … read more Understand Incoterms® 2020 …read more Sec 77G Depot …  read more Chain of Responsibility …  read more Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) NCCC & AEPCOMM … read more Free weblnar and event recordings (MEMBER ONLY) … login required     SPONSORS   FTA and APSA are proud to connect members with the following sponsors as leading suppliers of services to the freight and trade sectors.

2020 sponsorship prospectus is available HERE



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