Q1 2021 – State Of The Industry

After a tough 2020, the industry moves into 2021 with some lingering challenges around port congestion, increased surcharges, blank sailings, and equipment shortages. With the Lunar New Year approaching to add to these challenges, Q1 2021 has the potential to be a trying start to the year.

$14.5M Investment in Biosecurity Measures

The Hon. David Litteproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management has announced that there will be a $14.5 million investment over 18 months in new measures at Australian borders.

DP World – Wharf Stop Work Meetings

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is holding a yard meeting at the DP World Fremantle Terminal on Tuesday, 19 January 2021, from 09.30 – 13.30.

ANL Suspending Cargo Bound For South China Ports During CNY 2021

ANL SUSPENDING CARGO BOUND FOR SOUTH CHINA PORTS DURING CNY 2021 In light of COVID-19 and Chinese New Year ANL has announced temporary suspension of cargo bound for South China ports. Suspensions will be running from 5th January to 21st February 2021.   It is not expected that service will resume prior to the 21st Februry …

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Expansion of Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) Waiver Benefit

Expansion of ATT Origin Waiver Benefit The expansion of the Origin Waiver benefit for ATT was announced on 5 November 2020.   Four trade agreements have been added: Indonesia-Australia FTA (IA-CEPA) Australia-Hong Kong FTA (AHKFTA) Peru-Australia FTA (PAFTA) Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Additional benefits for Periodic Payments ATT can now pay ABF-collected …

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VICT Tariff Update

VICT Tariff Update We have received advice from Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have received advice from Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT) that effective 1 January 2021 the following charges will apply: Import Storage Process and Terminal Tariff Late Receival Process and Terminal Tariff Maritime Security Levy …

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Empty Container & Congestion Update – Sydney

Empty Container Returns & Congestion issues – Sydney With container empties surpluses prior to Christmas 2019, COVID and numerous industrial actions the situation of imports to exports has definitely not been balanced causing the congestion issues. Relief to this situation does not seem imminent until such time as “sweeper vessels” are scheduled to evacuate significant …

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Shipping Update – Australia

Shipping Update – Australia The flow on from the Asian situation will be a huge collective operational challenge across the supply chain in Australia over the next month. As previously noted, Shipping Lines are vigorously seeking revenue on empty shipping container returns. Planning will be the key to avoiding financial impacts over the EOY period. …

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Shipping Update – Asia

Shipping Update – Asia Strong demand for containers out of Asia, due to a decrease of imports and a surge on exports, well ahead of the usual peak season. Shipping lines are looking to buy, lease and re-position containers to Asian ports. Right now, there is a shortage of equipment (empty containers) in Asia, and …

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