FTA / APSA Weekly Report 2024/16 - sponsored by OneStop

Tuesday, April 16, 2024




$1.36 billion in incontestable Terminal Access Charges paid to stevedores over the last three calendar years - FTA / APSA are gaining momentum for a Mandatory Code to safeguard exporters and importers. READ MORE




In a formal submission to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, FTA and APSA suggested importers and exporters paid $1.36 billion in TACs over the last three years, with $505.5 million paid in the 2023 calendar year.

"The scourge of TACs, combined with the biosecurity processing delays, is resulting in rapidly escalating supply chain costs directly adding to inflationary pressures and fuelling the cost-of-living crisis," FTA director and APSA secretariat Paul Zalai said.. 

A full list of our extensive ongoing media coverage is available HERE



The Australian Border Force (ABF) have issued ACN 2024/10 to advise industry of the process for updating their Customs Broker Licenses for the period 1 July 2024 thru 30 June 2027. Please ensure your details are up to date and when received you action the renewal paperwork promptly by the deadline. READ MORE.


FTA offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continued Biosecurity Competency (CBC) training online for the customs broker licencing period 1 April to 31 March each year. The cost of an online training package is $150 (excl. gst) for member organisations with bulk discounts available on a sliding scale.

Licensed customs brokers not employed by a corporate FTA member, can purchase an Individual Membership which includes online CPD & CBC training for the cost of only $300 (excl. gst) per customs broker licensing period.

FTA will be transitioning to an upgraded training platform for the new customs broker licensing period. All completion history will be available on the new site. We look forward to launching MYFTACPD with new topics for completion prior to going live. Further details will follow soon.

For further information, please contact Caroline on czalai@FTAlliance.com.au.



FTA, APSA and CTAA are delighted to host a series of upcoming Depot Forums where the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) senior officers will deliver presentations on emerging reforms and current compliance activity to assist in managing your Section 77G Depot and Approved Arrangement facilities. READ MORE

1 MAY 2024: FTA NSW Section 77G & Approved Arrangement Forum 

10 MAY 2024: FTA WA Section 77G & Approved Arrangement Forum 
15 MAY 2024: FTA VIC Section 77G & Approved Arrangement Forum 
11 JUNE 2024: FTA QLD Section 77G & Approved Arrangement Forum 

As outlined in member notices, FTA is seeking further feedback from members on Infringement Notices, licensing and broader related matters to ascertain trends in the ABF focus and areas where concerted informed compliance attention is required.  READ MORE


Early bird rates still available for VIC & QLD

3 MAY 2024 : NSW CPD Border Compliance Program (Early bird rate now closed - places still available)
4 MAY 2024 : NSW CPD Border Compliance Program (Early bird rate now closed - places still available)
11 MAY 2024 : WA CPD Border Compliance Program  (Early bird rate now closed - places still available)
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.



18 APRIL 2024: CTAA / Matchbox Exchange Melbourne Briefing 
2 MAY 2024: WISTA NSW Breakfast & Coffee Chat - Monthly Networking May 
15 MAY 2024: WISTA NSW - Swire Shipping Vessel Tour 
6 JUNE 2024: WISTA NSW Breakfast & Coffee Chat - Monthly Networking June 
26 JULY 2024: 2024 Care-Factor Industry Charity Trade Ball, Sydney        
Garry Yovich - Sales Director, Direct Couriers speaks about involvement in the 2024 Care-Factor Industry Charity Trade Ball on 26 July 2024, Fullerton House, Sydney


In troubled waters, rising tide of costs puts pressure on port fees

Many thanks to Olga Harriton, APSA Chair / Global Logistics Manager - Manildra Group for her commentary in the latest edition of Across Borders.

"Since ancient times, ports have been pivotal to the world's economic development and social change."


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

Sydney AutoStrad Botany Rail Expansion wins Innovation Gong at IPA Awards

Carsten Varming (NSW Ports), Peter Engelen (NSW Ports), Victoria Moore (Patrick Terminals), Peter Fielder (Patrick Terminals), Nick Rowley (Patrick Terminals), Andrew Lincoln (NSW Ports), Marika Calfas (MSW Ports) and Julian Sefton (NSW Ports).

The Sydney Autostrad Botany Rail Expansion (SABRE) was named the winner of the Innovation Excellence Category at the 2024 Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Awards in Melbourne last week. READ MORE

Port of Brisbane continue to support growth of supply chain infrastructure with DSV expansion

Port of Brisbane and DSV Air & Sea have turned the sod on the logistics giant's new warehouse and container depot. DSV signed a 10-year lease agreement with PBPL last month for a facility that would allow DSV Air & Sea – already a port tenant – to bring its Brisbane city operations to a central location. READ MORE (story courtesy of the DCN)

Leaders in Crisis Management Forum

Michael Outram APM, Commissioner | Australian Border Force recently addressed the above forum in Singapore on Navigating Today's Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) environment. An excerpt from the presentation can be seen HERE  and the full speech can be seen HERE  

Funeral Arrangements - Michael Parker

Further to our notice on 4 April 2024, FTA wish to advise that a cremation service will be held for Michael Parker, CEO Fremantle Ports on Tuesday 23 April at 1000 at Fremantle Cemetery. Please gather at the Carrington Pavilion prior.

Beach Street (Fremantle) Closure

Fremantle Ports stakeholders should be aware that, from today until August, there will be a temporary closure of Beach Street by Main Roads Western Australia. This closure is to allow works to be undertaken in preparation for the new Swan River Crossing. Access to Fremantle Port's Gate 3 will remain unchanged, with cargo and port-related vehicles continuing to have access via the Queen Victoria Street and Beach Street intersection. READ MORE

TT Talk: Taking action to manage your risk exposures

Actions taken in mitigating risks may impact over differing time horizons. Improving the supply of quality water for seafarers can have immediate humanitarian benefit, while strategising for the impact of climate change may be generational. READ MORE

Come along on Thursday 18 April to a free CTAA container logistics issues update in Melbourne, combined with an insightful briefing on Matchbox Exchange's innovative digital platform on empty container reuse and exchange. The briefing will be followed by drinks & finger food - a great opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues in the container transport & freight logistics sector. REGISTER HERE


FLCWA  - April 2024

Review Newsletter 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 




15.4.2024 : International Shipping Line Financial Update ... login required
15.4.2024 : Senate Committee accepts FTA / APSA Submission addressing the Biosecurity Protection Levy & Terminal Access Charges ... read more
15.4.2024 : Rogers Transport cuts the ribbon on its new home in Port West estate ... read more
12.4.2024 : NSW Ports - Sydney AutoStrad Botany Rail Expansion wins innovation gong at IPA Awards ... read more
11.4.2024 : Sod turned for DSV Air & Sea's new port home ... read more
11.4.2024 : FTA / APSA Submission to Senate Committ - Biosecurity Protection Levy & Terminal Access Charges ... read more
10.4.2024 : Simplified Trade System - Third Round of Consultation ... read more
10.4.2024 : Port of Melbourne - Potential Disruptions due to Protests ... read more
10.4.2024 : CTAA - Port of Melbourne - Potential Protest Actions ... read more
9.4.2024 : PortBris 2060 - The Port of Brisbane is looking to the future. Join us as we explore the possibilities ... read more
9.4.2024 : Global Shippers Forum (GSF) Container Cleanliness Working Group - brief 9 April 2024 ... login required
9.4.2024 : Port of Brisbane News April 2024 ... read more


QANTAS Freight Operation

Please refer the Qantas Freight site for updates as below

  • Consolidating International Ground Handling Operations into Terminal 1 ( Sydney)

  • Terminal Service Fee Invoices


12.4.2024 : BSI and TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2023 ... read more
12.4.2024 : Qantas Freight - Consolidating our International Ground Handling Operations into Terminal 1 ... read more
12.4.2024 : IATA - More aircraft are leased than owned by airlines globally ... read more
9.4.2024 : IATA - New Report on Single Use Plastics Products Focuses on Mitigation Strategies ... read more


Class 19.2 (AEPCOMM) - Approved Arrangement - Have Your Say

Your Voice Matters:
Participate in Our Survey to 
Shape the Future of AEPCOMM

As communicated on Friday March 8 2024, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) participated in a briefing hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). One of the outcomes from that meeting was that FTA gave a commitment to work with DAFF, members and fellow industry colleagues to examine methodologies for a more measured compliance regime and other pragmatic strategies to increase the uptake of AEPCOMM.  TAKE SURVEY

Cargo Operations Snapshot 

The Department has advised the return of the Cargo Operations Snapshot. Members will see a few changes one of which is the addition of a section on Cargo Compliance. When viewing the report we suggest members note the Data Definitions on page 3.


April 15 Report   LOGIN REQUIRED 

Horticulture Exports Program - Updates to the published list of horticulture protocol treatment facilities

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN 2024-19) is to advise industry of a review to the published list of Approved Australian horticulture export protocol treatment facilities and seeking input from managers of registered establishments on the treatment types they hold. READ MORE


12.4.2024 : Draft documents for Industry comment - revised conditions for approved arrangement classes 1.1 and 1.3 ... read more
11.4.2024 : FTA / APSA Submission to Senate Committee - Biosecurity Protection Levy & Terminal Access Charges... read more
11.4.2024 : DAFF - Class 19.2 (AEPCOMM) Approved Arrangement - Survey to Shape the Future of AEPCOMM ... login required
11.4.2024 : DAFF - Animal Biosecurity Advice Import risk review for dehydrated and pre-sterilised microbiological media - final report 2024-A04 ... read more
10.4.2024 : DAFF - Import Industry Advice Notice 66/2024 Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme: treatment provider suspended - Lanodir USA Inc (AEI: US4059SB) ... read more
10.4.2024 : DAFF - 2024-19: Horticulture Exports Program - Updates to the published list of horticulture protocol treatment facilities ... read more
10.4.2024 : DAFF - 2024-18 Horticulture Export Program – Changes to import conditions for Fiji to address fall armyworm ... read more


The Multi-Domain Requirements of an Australian Maritime Strategy – Maritime Strategy Perspectives

On Thursday 11 April, 2024 - Commissioner Michael Outram APM  delivered a speech at the Sir Richard Williams Foundation event at the National Gallery of Australia. During the speech, the Commissioner spoke about the importance of our maritime environment and the economic and security value it represents to the Australian community – including highlighting the trillion dollars in two-way trade that is transacted across the Australian border every year. READ MORE.

Depot penalties - FTA seeking member feedback for informed compliance program

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is receiving advice from members indicating an alarming increase in the number of Australian Border Force (ABF) Infringement Notices being issued against Depot facilities licensed in accordance with Sec 77G of the Customs Act. FTA is seeking further feedback from members with details of the Infringement Notices to ascertain trends in the ABF focus and areas where concerted informed compliance attention is required.

Please send details of the Infringement Notice and associated circumstances to Tom Jensen (Head of International Freight & Logistics - FTA / APSA). All material will be treated on a confidential basisREAD MORE


15.4.2024 : AFP - $94 million cocaine import plot foiled in Brisbane ... read more
12.4.2024 : NZ Customs Release 739 ... read more
10.4.2024 : ABF TC Gazette 24-14 ... read more
10.4.2024 : Simplified Trade System - Third Round of Consultation ... read more
10.4.2024 : WCO Publishes a Handbook on Performance Measurement ... read more
9.4.2024 : ABF - Australian Customs Notice No. 2023/12 Application for Customs Broker Licences ... read more


Trade Data Updates Week Ending 15th April 2024

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

Anti-Dumping Notices Update Week Ending 15th April 2024

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


15.4.2024 : Anti-Dumping Notice Update 11th April 2024 ... login required
12.4.2024 : Anti-Dumping Commission Notices Week Ending 12th April 2024 ... login required
11.4.2024 : WTO forecasts rebound in global trade but warns of downside risks ... read more
8.4.2024 :  ATIC - Export Update ... read more
4 .4.2024 : WTO - Australia and China announce mutually agreed solution in dispute over wine duties ... read more


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