FTA / APSA Weekly Report 2023/39 - sponsored by OFX

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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Today marks eleven (11) years since the founding of Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) - we would like to sincerely thank all of the FTA and Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) members, sponsors and partners. We would also like to acknowledge the incredible work of our team (past and present) for their commitment to the international trade sector.

Caroline and Paul Zalai (Co-founders and Directors - FTA)


Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers NEEDED THIS!

Another snippet from the TGL Podcast "Back & Forth" with La Chang this time looking at an ageing workforce and recognition by ANZSCO of the Customs Broking & Freight Forwarding Industry.    LISTEN HERE 

Read the FTA submission HERE

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Impact on competition of vertical integration by shipping lines

On Friday 8 September 2023, FTA / APSA received advice from the ACCC seeking feedback direct from FTA / APSA members about their experience with shipping lines, including those who also provide Freight forwarding | Road transport and Rail transport.

Your responses will assist the ACCC understand shipping and freight markets, including any impact on competition from vertical integration. Read more and complete the survey HERE
Please note that the survey closes on Friday, 29 September 2023.

Proposed changes to Customs Broker Licensing conditions

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has been undertaking a review of conditions on customs broker licenses. Whilst the initial submission by FTA, incorporating previously supplied member feedback, has been incorporated into the revised summary more needs to be done. Please review the summary provided by the ABF and provide commentary as noted. READ MORE


Meeting with Assistant Commissioner

John Park | FTA was privileged to be invited to meet with Chris Waters, Ass. Commissioner - West, Australian Border Force today 26 September. An opportunity to discuss the current international trade scene and the interactions between our members and the ABF. 

Some of the more current topics were the Customs brokers license review, 77G depots, the ageing licensed broker community and the simplified trade system. Also discussed was the FTA submission to the Productivity Commission's review of Australia's Maritime Logistics System. FTA look forward to ongoing discussions.

CTAA - AFL Grand Final Lunch

Sal Milici | FTA was privileged to host the FTA table at the annual Container Transport Alliance Australia  Grand Final Luncheon. Another great event run Neil Chambers with AFL Legend Tony Shaw providing an inspirational and hilarious insight into his long and esteemed career. 

Thanks to our guests (Lto R) Nick Gysberts Salta Properties Clarenzo Perna Salta Properties Sal Milici  Emmanuel Cantsilieris Gilmores - Ubeeco 

Zoran Kostadinoski Vince LoMoro OFX

Retired Customs Brokers Lunch - Sydney

A great opportunity last week to catch up with many industry icons and former Customs executives. An era of great comradery where competitors in business had mutual respect and worked collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes. Many stories, laughs and good times shared.

(left to right) David Katte, Darryl Sharp, Michael Bowen, Keith Smith, Stephen Wright, Andrew Crawford, Paul Zalai

Member Visit - C.H.Robinson

John Park | FTA caught up with Lorin Dillon and Tim Duggan at C.H.Robinson last week to chat about DAFF and ABF matters – also spoke with Angela Buckley on wharf matters as well as saying hi to Steve McMillan. Hot topics were DAFF and the ageing customs broker population.



The Compliant Group - Proudly sponsoring all the FTA Christmas Functions

Customs and Global

Trade Law (CGT Law) - Proudly sponsoring the FTA Victorian Christmas Function


The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has issued Industry Advice Notice 122/2023 with key dates and information for the 2023-24 CBC.

The CBC pre-recorded webinar will be made available on the department's Learnhub platform from Wednesday 6 September 2023 and must be completed by Wednesday 18 October 2023.

Please NOTE it is essential that you log in and set up your Learnhub account prior the session goes live and  complete the topic "Introduction to Learnhub" before September's scheduled activity.



The Australian Border Force (ABF) have advised under the updated Australian Customs Notice No. 2023/23 that the mandatory CPD module is now available for completion.

ALL licensed customs brokers must complete this mandatory module by 31 March 2024

Please NOTE it is ONLY available via the ABF Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) training portal - read more.




27 SEPTEMBER 2023 : Mills Oakley -Industrial Relations Reform Webinar 

3 OCTOBER 2023 : WISTA WA - AMPI & WISTA Panel Discussion & Dinner

6 OCTOBER 2023 : WISTA Australia - Future Fit – Branding & Marketing Yourself 

11 OCTOBER 2023 TechTalk Webinar - Crypto Trends & its Impact on Cross-Border Payments 
31 OCT to 1 NOV 2023: Meat Processing and Export Conference 

29 NOVEMBER 2023 : FTA / APSA 2023 Christmas Networking Function - WA 
30 NOVEMBER 2023 : FTA / APSA 2023 Christmas Networking Function - VIC 
6 DECEMBER 2023 : FTA / APSA 2023 Christmas Networking Function - QLD 


3 MAY 2024 : NSW CPD Border Compliance Program 
4 MAY 2024 : NSW CPD Border Compliance Program
11 MAY 2024 : WA CPD Border Compliance Program 
31 MAY 2024 VIC CPD Border Compliance Program
1 JUNE 2024 : VIC CPD Border Compliance Program
12 JUNE 2024 : QLD CPD Border Compliance Program

By registering for one of the above events you will receive a minimum of 21 customs broker Continuing Professional Developments (CPD) points issued on an attendance basis for the customs broker licensing period 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 and complimentary online CPD and CBC access to meet your licensing and approved arrangement requirements for the period.


International Transport of recyclables and electronics: keep up so you don't get caught

We would like to thank The Department of Climate Change, Energy, The Environment and Water (DCCEEW) for their article in the latest edition of Across Borders   


"This regulation relies on you entering the right information into the Integrated Cargo System (ICS)."


Contact John Park to feature your organisation or service in an upcoming edition - prospectus HERE

Warehouse and Depot Security Identification Card (WADSIC)


Inbound connects thousands of participants in licensed Sec 77G Depot and Sec 79 Warehouses around Australia through its technology platform - FTA has partnered with Inbound to provide industry with an easy way to procure compliant WADSICs. -  READ MORE 



25.9.2023 : Price & Speed Public Holiday Monday, 2 October 2023 ... read more
25.9.2023 : Port of Melbourne: Port Capacity Enhancement Program (PCEP) Stage One Completion & Feedback ... read more


Port of Newcastle welcomes first regular container call

The first Trans-Tasman call by Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL) into the Port of Newcastle saw the export of agricultural products to the AusPac region, along with the import of empty containers to ensure readiness for subsequent vessel calls and containerised export growth. READ MORE

PART X Competition & Consumer Act

The Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) is the designated peak shipper body granted status by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport under Part X of the Consumer & Competition Act to represent the interests of Australian shippers generally in relation to liner cargo shipping services. The following notice has been received and is available to members' reference.


22.9.2023 : TasPorts support Tasmanian Export Awards and Emerging Exporters ... read more
20.9.2023 : Port of Devonport leading the way on global environmental and sustainability standard ... read more



Qantas are experiencing intermittent issues and working on resolving the issues as a matter of priority.              READ MORE


25.9.2023 : Qantas CTO Delays ... read more
25.9.2023 : IATA - Airlines operate key hubs for growth and connectivity ... read more
19.9.2023 : IATA - Fuel Efficiency: No Stone Unturned in Quest for Net Zero ... read more



25.9.2023 : WCO calls for greater supply chain visibility at Economist Impact's Global Trade and Supply Chain Summit ...read more
25.9.2023 : NZ Customs Rules for Inward Cargo Reports ... read more
25.9.2023 : AFP - Call for information after 200kg of cocaine seized from hull of cargo ship ... read more
22.9.2023 : NZ Customs Release ... read more
21.9.2023 : ABF - TC Gazette 23-35 ... read more
20.9.2023 : AFP - Hundreds of warrants executed across the country as part of national focus on methamphetamine ... read more


Cargo Operations Snapshot 

The Department has advised industry that the Cargo Snapshot is currently under review for suitability and context.

While this review is undertaken the distribution of the snapshot will be paused. 

We will be in touch soon with further details.

Updates to New Zealand Export Plan 

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise stakeholders of changes to the Export Plan for Fresh Produce from Australia to New Zealand (Export Plan), due to new Import Health Standards by New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). READ MORE


25.9.2023 : DAFF - 202-2023: Scheduled Outage: Thursday 28 September to Friday 29 September 2023 – MARS ... read more
25.9.2023 : DAFF - Have your say about the biosecurity protection levy ... read more
25.9.2023 : DAFF - Meat notice 2023-06: Three additional proposed legislative amendments in consolidated 2023 amendment tranche ... read more
25.9.2023 : Import Industry Advice Notice 202/2023 Scheduled Outage: Thursday 28 September to Friday 29 September 2023 – MARS ... read more
22.9.2023 : DAFF - Thorny end for cactus racket ... read more
21.9.2023 : DAFF - Requirements for grain sampling for laboratory analysis ... read more
20.9.2023 : DAFF - 199-2023: Changes to recycling of select materials for international cruise ships ... read more
20.9.2023 : DAFF - Publication of updated livestock application forms for export permits and health certificates  ... read more
20.9.2023 : DAFF - Three Chiefs Newsletter September 2023  ... read more
20.9.2023 : DAFF - IAN 2023-38: Updated dairy registered operation and dairy category codes for manufacturers  ... read more
20.9.2023 : DAFF - 198-2023: Change in permit validity periods and charging arrangements for laboratory goods  ... read more
19.9.2023 : DAFF - Plant Export Industry Advice 2023-59: Horticulture - Updates to the New Zealand Export Plan ... read more
19.9.2023 : DAFF - Export advisory notice 2023/12 Update to alternative minimum pen space allocation policy ... read more


Trade Data - 19th to 25th September 2023

National ports, the Australian Bureau of statistics and data from other sources  

Anti-Dumping Notices - 19th to 25th September 2023

FTA has compiled a list of Anti-Dumping Notices from the Department of Industry, Science and Resources   LOGIN REQUIRED 

25.9.2023 : Anti-Dumping Commission update week ending 22nd September 2023 ... read more


25.9.2023 : DFAT - Extension of punitive tariffs on Russia ... read more
25.9.2023 : WTO - Members prepare for line-by-line negotiations on draft fisheries subsidies text in October ... read more
25.9.2023  : AANZFTA Second Protocol ... login required
21.9.2023 : ATIC - Agribusiness and Food News ... read more
19.9.2023 : New WTO publication provides insights into the world of export regulations and controls ... read more
19.9.2023 : WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body ... read more


Stay at the cutting edge through participation in live webinars and access to recordings – all are FREE & EXCLUSIVE to Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) members.    LOGIN REQUIRED 


13.9.2023 : Webinars & Recordings ... login required

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