Month: June 2010

June 29, 2010 Edward

The Australian Customs Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have advised the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) is unavailable across Australia, and delays are to be expected. The ICS is the interface between all customs brokers and forwarders to affect reporting, clearance and release of cargo for Import and Export consignments. Manual Contingency Plans have been declared which…

June 28, 2010 Edward

After the GFC-induced slowdown, shipping lines are finding that empty containers are in short supply in Asia, forcing Maersk to deploy some of its laid-up tonnage on empty repositioning runs. With the Christmas peak season fast approaching, the shipping line is repositioning empty containers to Asia in order to avoid shortages. Production of new containers,…

June 28, 2010 Edward

The modernisation of the East West rail corridor continues, with the completion of work on the extension of the existing passing loop at Yarrabandai, approximately 60 km west of Parkes, NSW. The $4.8 million project involved extending the existing loop by 1,000 metres, laying new concrete sleepers and installing new signalling. The Australian Rail Track…

June 23, 2010 Edward

ANL Container Line advised that the carriage of import cargo from Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Australia, will increase of US$250/teu and US$500/feu will apply with effect from the 15th July 2010. The above Rate Restoration will be effective to all southbound shipments shipped on or after the above dates. Source: ANL Container…

June 17, 2010 Edward

NOTICE TO TRADE: IMPORTS FROM SOUTH EAST ASIA, JAPAN, KOREA, CHINA, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN TO NEW ZEALAND NYK have advised that the trade they have agreed on voluntary non-binding basis to implement the following RR (Rate Restoration) and PSS (Peak season Surcharge) in the year 2010:- RR of US$250/TEU and US$500/FEU on 15th July,…

June 17, 2010 Edward

Hamburg Süd will introduce a “General Rate Increase” (GRI) on its Southbound Asian Trade to New Zealand with effect from 15th July 2010. The General Rate Increase” (GRI) will be US$ 250.00 per TEU effective 15th July 2010 on the basis of B/L (Bill of Lading) dates. The above GRI will be applicable to all…

June 16, 2010 Edward

The widespread uptake of technology in the road freight industry could improve road safety, reduce transport costs and cut emissions according to a draft strategy released by the National Transport Commission (NTC). The draft National In-Vehicle Telematics Strategy: The Road Freight Sector – developed in consultation with governments, industry and unions – outlines the potential…

June 16, 2010 Edward

At the same time as announcing its purchase of Qantas’ Asian DPEX business, the Toll Group has warned that trading conditions are still challenging. “While operating profit before interest and tax for the current half year is currently expected to be up 5-10% on the same period last year, trading conditions have recently softened across…

June 16, 2010 Edward

FreightLink, the company operating the Adelaide-Darwin railway that went into receivership in 2008, has finally been sold by the receivers to US-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI). The purchase is understood to have cost GWI AUD 334 million as well as taking on some debt. GWI has been operating in Australia since 1997, and has…

June 9, 2010 Edward

Almost ALL carriers are experiencing equipment shortages. Most carriers have advised now of severe shortage of equipment ex China. The situation on space and equipment is not expected to improve dramatically in coming weeks and shipments could suffer delays. Some carriers are considering extra loaders to ease the pressure and move backlog of containers. Other…