Month: June 2010

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 will prioritise perishable and lifesaving imports and exports.

We expect the ACPB will advise reinstatement of the ICS in due course; in the meantime we shall continue to prepare submissions to customs ready for transmission.

Source: DHL Global

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, halted during the financial downturn, is also to be expedited.

All this action doesn’t come cheap, however. Maersk has announced it will charge an unprecedented peak service surcharge of USD 750 / 1,000 / 1,200 per 20’/40’/40’ HC container on the Asia to Northern Europe runs from 15 July, and USD 600/800/1,000 to Southern Europe.

Head of network and product Lars Reno Jakobsen said: “We are experiencing a demand surge in most trades, which is a development that is both unprecedented and unexpected by us and our customers.

“For example, the Asia-Europe trade is growing by 23%, compared with the market’s single-digit expectation just six months ago.

“Therefore, we already see a very tight equipment situation. And we expect an even more pronounced and serious shortage of containers in the coming months, as we enter the peak season.”

Source: T and L News

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 Corporation (ARTC) received $42 million to build two new passing loops as well as extend four existing loop on the line between Crystal Brook in South Australia and Cootamundra in NSW – infrastructure able to cater for longer trains.

ARTC CEO David Marchant said the corporation is pushing forward with its plans to upgrade the East-West corridor and make rail more competitive, with the new and upgraded passing loops expected to cut transit time and expand capacity on the line between Perth and Adelaide.

“As Australia recovers from fallout from the global recession, we’re determined to make the interstate rail network a value-adding asset within the national transport logistics system. Already 80 per cent of the freight that moves between Australia’s east and west coasts travels by rail,” said Mr Marchant.

“The investment we’re making in the East West corridor is also been good news for the wider community. Not only has it create jobs in the short term, it will also allow more freight to be transported by rail – which over time means fewer trucks on our roads.”

Every 1,500 metre train can carry as much freight as 100 semi-trailers.

The ARTC delivered the projects in partnership with Transfield Services.

Source T and L News

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 Line

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, 2010
  • RR of US$250/TEU and US$500/FEU on 15th August , 2010
  • PSS of US$250/TEU and US$500/FEU on 15th September, 2010 (not for Japan)
  • RR of US$250/TEU and US$500/FEU on 15th September , 2010 (Japan only)

The above RR and PSS will be applicable to all dry and refrigerated shipments with origins in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

This will be applicable for all cargo loaded on or after the above dates.

Source: NYK Line (New Zealand) Ltd

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 dry and refrigerated shipments with origins in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to ports and points in New Zealand and will be levied on top of prevailing market rates and will be subject to all ancillary surcharges applicable at the time of shipment.

Source: Hamburg Sud

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 of a partnership approach for the use of technology.

“Industry is already investing in technologies to improve truck fleet efficiencies, such as tracking deliveries in real time so the warehouse is ready to unload the truck as it arrives,” said NTC chief executive Nick Dimopoulos.

“A great opportunity exists to harness the potential of ‘real-time” information by encouraging the wider uptake of technology.

“By 2030 we’d like to see 90 per cent of the road freight sector voluntarily using in-vehicle technologies, with information routinely shared between supply chain parties to drive efficiencies and proactively manage fatigue, speed and overloading risks.”

The NTC believes that a national strategy will provide a clear and consistent policy for technology use and give industry the confidence they need to invest.

An over-arching set of national principles will help to better align and guide in-vehicle telematics initiatives – such as standards and regulations – with national transport policy objectives.

In-vehicle telematics encompasses the electronic monitoring and management of vehicles, their devices and their loads.

The draft strategy and supporting discussion paper have informed the NTC’s policy proposal on the use of on board mass monitoring (a type of in-vehicle telematic), which has also been released today.

A policy position paper on the use of electronic work diaries is currently being finalised.

The strategy and accompanying documents are open for public comment until 21 July 2010 and can be downloaded here.

Source: T and L News

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 some parts of the business in Australia and continue to be challenging in New Zealand,” the company said in statement.

“Lower customer volumes are having an impact on the non-express parts of the business in particular.”

On the positive side, the Toll Global Logistics and Toll Global Resources businesses have made strong gains and Toll Global Forwarding is also beginning to see improving volumes and the benefits of recent acquisitions.

DPEX is the second major acquisition for Toll within the space of 30 days, having acquired the assets of Concord Park, a privately owned interstate transport company in May.

With revenue of around A$90 million, Concord Park offers distribution, third party logistics, timeslot deliveries into distribution centres, overnight express deliveries and bulk linehaul services across Australia.

In addition, Toll and Kmart Australia entered into an agreement with Toll in2store to manage Kmart’s new Victorian Distribution Centre last month.

The 76,000 sqm facility is currently being built in Leakes Road, Truganina, and is scheduled to open in April 2011. The distribution centre will warehouse and distribute apparel and general merchandise to 80 stores throughout Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Source: T and L News

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 supplied and managed FreightLink’s rolling stock since the line’s commencement in 2004.

The railway line was one of former prime minister John Howard’s pet projects, who supported the construction of the 1,420 km Alice Springs to Darwin leg with Federal Government funding. The 824 km Tarcoola-Alice Springs section was already in existence.

FreightLink had a chequered career, with minerals and defence contracts its main income source as many intermodal operators, such as Northline, had returned to road freight after a brief trial, as FreightLink put its prices up.

Martin Madden from receivers KordaMentha said the sale process is expected to take up to three months.

“The Foreign Investment Review Board has approved the purchase, with ACCC approval pending,” he said.

Source: T and L News

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 carriers are entering new equipment supply programs, though this will take time to have any effect on the shortages.

Please ensure to make bookings as early as possible and to keep in close contact with your Customer Service Representative.

Source: Rohlig Logistics