Month: July 2009

The Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS) have announced major changes to the current Packing & Treatment Declaration requirements to be effective for consignments arriving in Australia on or after 1 August 2009. The changes are an important initiative supporting risk assessments of imported cargo and non-commodity concerns.

Packing & Treatment Declarations are required to be completed by treatment service providers, suppliers or packers, as appropriate, for consignments imported into Australia by ocean freight. The revised text of the declarations and requirements should be made available to these parties at the earliest opportunity.

You can refer to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services website at the following address for further information: http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/import/general-info/ian/09/23-2009

Toll recently acquired the Asian operations of Deltec in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia to compliment its existing air freight operations in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Toll has previously acquired Kwikmail and Skynet (Hong Kong).
 
It is expected that the new acquisitions will be integrated into the Toll Priority business, which is expanding its Asian-based express courier business. 
 
“As we’ve been saying for some time, our customers increasingly expect Toll to provide them with international solutions to their logistics needs,” said Paul Little, managing director of the Toll Group.
 
“Hong Kong is the busiest cargo airport in the world and Singapore is the eighth busiest and the busiest in South East Asia so boosting Toll’s presence in these markets is an important advantage for our customers,” Mr Little said. Making this acquisition an important strategic move for Toll and it’s ongoing growth and development in the region.

Despite a marginal improvement in sentiment, Australia’s business executives remain downbeat about the local business outlook. Expectations for sales, profits, employment, inventories and capital investment all remain in negative territory indicating that further challenges lie ahead.

See Transport and Logisitics News website for full details of the business servey conducted.

The Federal Government has finalised details of its $195 million investment in Tasmania’s rail infrastructure following the decision by Asciano to cease its rail operations by 30 November 2009.
 
“The purpose of our investment is simple: to put the State’s rail network back on a secure footing for the long term. This investment will support jobs today while building the rail infrastructure Tasmania needs for tomorrow.” said Mr Albanese.
 
The $195 million Federal investment will fund the following projects through the Nation Building Program:

  • Capacity improvements along Main North-South line ($31.6 million) – work will begin this financial year;
  • Capacity improvements at Rhyndaston ($24 million) – work will begin this financial year;
  • Maintenance work on the existing network ($61.13 million) – work will begin this financial year;
  • Upgrade of the Burnie to Melba Flats line ($15.7 million);
  • Upgrade of the Burnie to Western Junction line ($30.3 million);
  • Upgrade of the Hobart to Western Junction line ($20.3 million);
  • Upgrade of the Fingal Line ($5.7 million);
  • Upgrade of the Boyer Line ($1.07 million);
  • Expansion of the Bell Bay intermodal terminal ($5.2 million).

Other projects will be deferred until after the existing network is strengthened.
 
“In order to run operations effectively we need to undertake additional works to strengthen the existing core network before starting work on secondary rail spurs,” said Mr Sturges.
 
“The State Government has come to an agreement with the private operator that will see an orderly transition of operations from Pacific National to the State Government by 30 November 2009.
 
“This will ensure minimal disruption to services and ensure certainty for companies relying on freight rail to move goods across the state.”

Source: Transport and Logistics News