Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Changes to Quarantine Packing Declarations

Dear All,

We would like to again bring to your attention a key change that will affect clearance of goods through the Department of Agriculture and Water Recourses (Australia Quarantine formerly DAFF / AQIS). It is related to “Prohibited packaging material statement” on packing declarations.

‘Prohibited packaging material statement’ as required by Department of Agriculture and Water Recourses (DAWR) policy has been replaced by the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’.

DAWR has received legal advice that the ‘unacceptable packaging statement’ must only be used under the new Biosecurity Act 2015.

The DAWR will continue to accept the prohibited packaging statement until 16 June 2017.

A new packing declaration template is now published on the DAWR website to reflect this change. To download the new packing (Packer/Supplier – Combined FCL/LCL packing declaration or annual packing declaration) templates click HERE.

It is important that suppliers/packers are informed of this change to ensure they comply after 16 June 2017.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

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National Seaport and Airport Strikes on the way – Expect Delays to Freight

Dear Customers,

AN ACROSS-the-board strike by Border Force officers who are also members of the Community & Public Sector Union will likely delay air- and sea-freight.

Notice has been given by the Union to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection that a 24 hour strike across the country will take place in mid-August. CPSU members in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, including quarantine and biosecurity at airports, will also strike for a one hour stop-work meeting on that day.

CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said: “This strike by workers in Immigration, Border Force and Agriculture reflects the frustration that continues to grow across the Commonwealth public sector. These people have been fighting for more than two years now as the Turnbull Government’s sought to strip their rights, conditions and take-home pay.”

“As with past strikes, the impact of this action is likely to vary from place to place, but may cause delays for international air passengers. Despite Border Force’s cynical tactics in the Fair Work Commission prior to the election, our members are 100% committed to national security and their action will not compromise the safety of passengers in any way.”

“Across the public service, around 75% of staff still don’t have new enterprise agreements; that’s more than 100,000 workers and their families who have now gone three years without a pay rise while struggling to hold on to basic workplace rights and conditions, particularly the ones that allow them to balance work with family commitments.”

Details of the strike(s) are as follows:

MARINE / INTERMODAL TERMINALS

All CPSU members at DIBP workplaces in 10 Cooks River Rd, NSW
A stoppage of work starting at 21:45 hours local time and ending at 24:00 hours local time on Thursday 11 August 2016

All CPSU members in all States and Territories
A stoppage of work starting at 00:00 hours local time and ending at 24:00 hours local time on Friday 12 August 2016

All CPSU members in “Maritime Operations, Regional Command” at 1010 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne, VIC
A stoppage of work starting at 00:00 hours local time and ending at 02:21 hours local time on Saturday 13 August 2016

AIRPORTS

All CPSU members in “Team 1” at the International Terminal of Perth Airport
A stoppage of work starting at 21:15 hours local time and ending at 24:00 hours local time on Thursday 11 August 2016

All CPSU members in Melbourne International Airport in the “C Shift”
A stoppage of work starting at 00:00 hours local time and ending at 01:00 hours local time on Saturday 13 August 2016

All CPSU members in Brisbane International Airport
A stoppage of work starting at 00:00 hours local time and ending at 04:30 hours local time on Saturday 13 August 2016.

All CPSU members in Cairns International Airport
A stoppage of work starting at 00:00 hours local time and ending at 00:30 hours local time on Saturday 13 August 2016.

Forecasting the impact of the strike is difficult as industrial action is available to every member of the CPSU in every area where border force staff normally work. Any response by the Department would have to be taken into account which, we understand from the CPSU, has “resources” that it can deploy.
However, it seems likely that air- and sea-freight and cargo operations will be affected.

Some roles are exempt from the strike on safety and national security grounds e.g. employees on vessels at sea, employees with intelligence responsibilities, counter-terrorism units and so on.

Comment has been sought from the Australian Border Force which responded:

“The Department has received notice that some employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including the Australian Border Force, who are members of the CPSU may take part in protected industrial action at international airports, sea ports, container examination facilities, client services, visa processing sections and international mail facilities.

“We will be working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on business, the travelling public and on cargo and mail operations. We also have appropriate contingencies in place for visa and citizenship services.

“The Department is working hard to deliver a revised enterprise agreement offer that addresses many of the key issues raised by employees.”

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

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National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey Underway

Dear Customers,

HEAVY vehicles on Australian roads may see delays over the next two months, as the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey – a “national health check” – gets underway.

National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto said heavy vehicle operators need to advise their drivers and clients to allow appropriate time and have contingencies in place for potential vehicle inspections.

“If a vehicle is selected it will have a comprehensive visual inspection which, depending on the condition of the vehicle, may take on average 30 minutes and in certain case around 45 minutes,” he said.

“Operators must be prepared for a potential delay. We understand the importance of time in the supply chain and with drivers’ cooperation we will ensure minimal disruption occurs.
“Several pilots across the nation were conducted during July to ensure that inspections were completed as quickly as possible.
“We met with 130 inspection staff in 12 workshops across Australia in preparation for the survey. The health check will deliver a clear picture of roadworthiness. We’re doing it right, not rushed.”

An industry webinar on July 26 also answered questions from more than 440 participants regarding how and why the health check is being conducted.

The National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey is the first time the same inspection would be undertaken at the same time to the same standard nationally, according to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.

“For the first time we’ll have a single approach and set of rules for inspecting and assessing the safety condition of heavy vehicles,” Mr Chester said.

“The National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual now provides a nationally-consistent approach to assessing compliance to the vehicle standards.

“From today heavy vehicle health check inspections will be conducted by authorised officers at roadside check points and in depots throughout Australia to the same standard.

“This snapshot of the fleet’s condition will identify factors that increase the risk of incidents, assist to develop a national risk-based inspection approach and identify high-risk components, systems, vehicles or operators.”

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

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