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CBAFF Member Communication 20 August 2020   Hi Paul

Please see below the latest member updates and notifications received by CBAFF.


CBAFF Administration Team
  IN THIS EMAIL >  IVS: UUI / Dangerous Goods and much more… Online and Classroom options >  MoT: Supply Chain Covid Update >  WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs >  Draft Australia OMAR update for consultation >  Ports of Auckland, Customer Advisory: COVID-19 Daily Update (Wed 19 Aug) >  Port of Tauranga: Weekly Update >  Useful Links   CBAFF Updates IVS: UUI / Dangerous Goods and much more… Online and Classroom options Received 19 August, 2.03pm

Auckland at Alert Level 3

The latest restrictions don’t need to stop your career moving forward. We have adapted our courses to meet your needs via Online and Webinar training.

Our online webinar training is a great option for you or your staff to work remotely. We run these real-time courses just like normal events but over the internet. You are able to ask our trainers questions and interact as you would in a standard course.
Courses available via webinar or online learning:

– CBAFF Customs UUI Course – Block 1 and 2 NEW – CBAFF Customs UUI Course (Completed 1 day per week for 9 weeks).  This training option allows participants to complete the CBAFF UUI block course in a different format. Instead of attending blocks of 2 or 3 days in duration, this course is run one day per week (usually Thursdays) for a duration of nine weeks.This option is ideal for those who have work commitments that make it difficult to be offsite for several days in a row, or prefer a more continuous model of training. 
  – Online Webinar Dangerous Goods Land This course has been designed for loaders, warehouse staff and office staff.  The purpose of this course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to safely handle, load and store dangerous goods and to give you an understanding of the different classes of dangerous goods and their hazards, along with your health and safety obligations when handling dangerous goods at your workplace. This can be assessed remotely.
– Online Webinar Forklift Training
– Online Accredited person’s Training
– Online Transitional Facility Operator Training
– Online Biosecurity Awareness Training

  Click here for dates, prices and bookings

Are you an essential service? We can come to you, give us a call on 0800 021 169 to organise onsite training at your premises on a date and time that suits you. 

All other Regions at Alert Level 2

What we are doing to keep you safe at Alert Level Two: Hand sanitiser is available in training rooms All food including morning-tea, lunch and afternoon-tea is individually packaged Contact tracing is completed via the course register and Covid Tracer QR code. Classrooms are cleaned between each course  Tables are set up to ensure 1 meter distancing is adhered to Or we can come to you, give us a call on 0800 021 169 to organise onsite training at your premises on a date and time that suits you.   MoT: Supply Chain Covid Update Received 19 August, 6.34pm

I hope you are all adjusting to the new Covid situation as best you can. We know there has been significant congestion around the Alert Level 2/3 border and we are aware of a number of instances where people have been turned away from checkpoints. Police have a difficult job determining what kinds of travel are legitimate so we need to make the process as easy as possible when planning to pass through a checkpoint.
We are aware that some people have been turned away from checkpoints because they have not had clear documentation. The Covid19 website is very clear about what is required. See the attached screenshot from the Covid website highlighting some sections that may be relevant to your business.
While Auckland continues to have a border around it separating the Alert Level 3 area from the Level 2 area, some traffic congestion approaching checkpoints is unavoidable.
Here are some tips you should follow while operating through checkpoints: Plan your journey and expect delays If possible plan to pass through the checkpoints in off-peak hours Use the freight-friendly checkpoints – see below. Have the required paperwork ready before you approach the checkpoint To make things as simple as possible for Police in their enforcement role it is very important to use the same precise language used in the Health Order for any letters issued by employers. Your employer letters need to be dated August and should specifically spell out the relevant part of the Order and ideally attach the Order itself or at least the Covid webpage, highlighting the specific clause so Police can identify it easily. Freight checkpoints
There are just two checkpoints where there is enough space for a freight express lane: SH1/Mangawhai Rd (northern border) and SH1/Bombay (southern border).  
Harriet Shelton
Manager, Supply Chain
Ministry of Transport   WTO issues new report on how COVID-19 crisis may push up trade costs Received 19 August, 5.21pm

The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note warning of possible increases to trade costs due to COVID-19 disruptions. The note examines the pandemic’s impact on key components of trade costs, particularly those relating to travel and transport, trade policy, uncertainty, and identifies areas where higher costs may persist even after the pandemic is contained.

The note estimates that travel and transport costs account for as much as a third of trade costs depending on the sector. Pandemic-related travel restrictions are therefore likely to affect trade costs for as long as they remain in place. For example, global air cargo capacity shrank by 24.6 per cent in March 2020, as passenger flights account for around half of air cargo volumes. The resulting increase in air freight prices is likely to subside only with a rebound in passenger transport, according to the report. While sea and land transport have not faced comparable shocks, maritime transport has seen a decrease in numbers of sailings, while international land transport has been affected by border closures, sanitary measures and detours. Moreover, business travel, which is important for maintaining trading relationships and managing global value chains, in addition to being a significant economic activity in its own right, is being disrupted. The quality of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and digital preparedness will be important in determining how well economies can cope.

Trade policy barriers and regulatory differences are estimated to account for at least 10 per cent of trade costs in all sectors. They include tariff and non-tariff measures, temporary trade barriers, regulatory differences and the costs of crossing borders, as well as other policies that impact trade, such as a lack of investment facilitation or of intellectual property protection. The report notes that while COVID-19 has motivated both trade-restricting and import-facilitating changes in tariffs and regulatory practices, these measures have so far affected only a small subset of products. A crisis-induced shift towards the digitalization of customs and regulatory procedures to reduce physical contact could potentially lower the associated trade costs in the long-term.

The report also points to uncertainty as a factor that magnifies the impact of existing trade-related costs, weighing on trade finance flows and dampening the appetite of businesses to invest in researching new markets, acquiring language skills and prospective partners, and conforming with foreign standards. It  notes that in the first quarter of 2020, a widely used measure for the global level of uncertainty registered levels 60 per cent higher than those triggered by the Iraq War and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. In mid-March, a separate index of financial market volatility came close to highs last seen in 2008 after the failure of Lehman Brothers.

Looking ahead, the report notes that many governments have implemented measures to mitigate pandemic-related disruptions to economic activity, for instance by exempting certain transport crew from travel restrictions, or by enhancing the quality of and the access to ICT. While many of the changes in trade costs can be expected to revert once the pandemic is brought under control, the report observes that some effects may persist. For example, aviation industry consolidation and shifts in passenger appetite for air travel could lead to higher air transport costs. In addition, government policy choices — which could either reduce or increase trade policy uncertainty — will be important in shaping uncertainty-related trade costs in the future.

The full report can be found here.   Draft Australia OMAR update for consultation Received 20 August, 7.04am

MPI have recently signed an E-cert cooperation arrangement with Australia.
From 31 August 2020, the E-cert exchange will become paperless for all commodities covered by the Australia OMAR except for certificates accompanying travelers or products sent via mail. Certificates received from Australia will be paperless for many (but not all) commodities on the same date. Further work is to be completed to include the remaining Australian certificates in the paperless exchange. 
The AU300 template will be updated to make the Approved Certificate Email Addresses field mandatory. This is to ensure E-cert extracts for New Zealand and/or Australian origin fish products that are cleared by approved Australian brokers/importers are automatically emailed to them, as they do not have access to the Australian electronic system.
I have amended the Australia OMAR (attached) to capture the changes, can you please comment and get back to Cathy.Webb@seafood.org.nz by midday on Wednesday 26th August.
There will also be a change to the process for uploading certificates received from Australia into E-cert for onward certification.   Ports of Auckland, Customer Advisory: COVID-19 Daily Update (Wed 19 Aug) Received 19 August, 12.18pm

Please find attached our COVID Update for Wednesday, 19 August.

As per NZ Government instruction, the Auckland region will remain at Level 3 lockdown until midnight Wednesday 26th August 2020.

We hope that you find this daily update of use and it provides some clarification with regard to the Port’s operations in these challenging times.

Kind regards

Craig Sain
GM Commercial
Ports of Auckland   Port of Tauranga: Weekly Update Received 20 August, 8.52am

TEU Capacity percentage – Imports at normal levels.
VBS/E-Gate challenges – No VBS issues.
Access Issues –  There is still a diversion on North Road due to the demolition of Shed 11. Please ensure drivers are vigilant around this area with temporary roadways and demolition related traffic entering/exiting the Shed 11 fenced off area. Please adhere to the normal 10kph speed around the Shed 11 loop and be aware of these and other vehicles.
Please ensure new/expired drivers complete the on line Port Site induction prior to coming on site https://www.port-tauranga.co.nz/health-safety/port-inductions/ especially important again now we are in Covid level 2.
General information –
There have been some weather delays this week that has slowed working of vessels. No impact to truck grid other than imports discharging 6-10 hours later than they normally would.
Safety Reminder – Covid level 2 – we are reintroducing the 3 person limit in the TCT R&D for drivers and strongly encouraging transporters to use E-gate to help reduce face to face contact to keep everyone safe. For more information on signing up to E-gate email vanessab@port-tauranga.co.nz . Follow government guidelines around hygiene practices and if your drivers are unwell, please have them stay at home.
DG Process Reminder – Please ensure DG paperwork is emailed to TCTR&D@port-tauranga.co.nz ahead of the container arriving at TCT with the container number in the subject line of the email.   Useful Links Please review the links below:

Air freight options:
Website: https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/air-freight-option-for-immediate-export

Unite against COVID-19:
Website: https://covid19.govt.nz/​

NZ COVID Tracer App:
Website: https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/protect-yourself-and-others/keep-track-of-where-youve-been/#contact-tracing-for-businesses-and-services
Website: https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/contact-tracing/

MPI email address and website for Covid-related trade issues:
Website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/covid-19-coronavirus-information-and-advice/exporting-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
Email: Covid-19.Trade@mpi.govt.nz       

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