Shipping Update - Australia
- Christmas Day is on a Friday, so many customers may not want to receive FCLs on Thursday 24th
- Monday Dec 28th is a public holiday (but not in South Aust, who instead get Thursday Dec 31 off).
- Shipping lines typically keep the detention/storage clock ticking throughout this period, except probably Christmas day.
- Many empty container yards (assuming 2019 is repeated), will not be open, or may work reduced hours during Christmas/New Year period.
- Transport companies generally require 48 working hours to return empty containers after notification from importers that they are empty and ready for pick up.
- Typically, from fairly early in December, most transport companies push this out to 72 hours notification period.
- With residual problems of empty container yards holding high volumes and working fewer hours, detention fees are a potentially high risk.
It’s vital that importers work to the above time limitations & keep FJT updated as early as possible regarding deliveries (FCL, LCL and air-cargo) from mid-December through to weeks 1/2 of 2021.