Month: July 2010

July 29, 2010 Edward

Due to the heavy rains in upper Yangtze River, Chongqing is encountering another flood peak on July 26th. In order to ensure the route safety, Chongqing Maritime Safety Administration has temporarily closed Tongluo Strait, which is 16 KM downriver from Chongqing. Meanwhile, Three Gorges Dam might also be closed, depending on the situation. Under these…

July 29, 2010 Edward

Work has begun on a major expansion to the Eastern Creek distribution centre of Costa Logistics, a specialist temperature-controlled third party logistics provider. The $5 million extension will add 4,500 square metres to Costa’s existing 14,000 square metres. The extension will be used primarily to cater for the company’s expanding national business. It also comes…

July 26, 2010 Edward

We have been advised that due to rising equipment and service costs associated with higher volume in the period from August – December, Hamburg Süd will introduce a “Peak Season Surcharge” (PSS) in the trade from Southeast Asia to Australia. The fee will apply to all shipments effective from 15 August 2010 and in the…

July 23, 2010 Edward

Please be advised that a nationwide strike is in place at all Australian sea ports as of this morning. The strike is in relation to the fatality of one of their employees at Appleton Dock last Wednesday. The funeral is taking place today and the MUA are striking in protest of the safety issues on…

July 23, 2010 Edward

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has announced a change to their requirements for packing declarations as of July 2010. The change is an addition to the current requirements. All packing declarations must now state the cargo type covered under the packing declaration. ie FCL/X or LCL This applies to consignment specific and annual packing…

July 23, 2010 Edward

Beginning 1st of August 2010 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement 100% cargo security screening on cargo transported on passenger aircraft. Every shipment of cargo carried on a passenger aircraft will require screening at piece level, prior to being transported on any passenger aircraft. Skids and pallets will have to be taken apart, screened…

July 21, 2010 Edward

We have received advice from DP World Fremantle that continuing problems associated with the stevedores are beginning to affect service levels. Slot cancellations and congestion are adversely affecting the ability to clear cargo. Please also be advised that delays are also being experienced at the Patricks terminal due to the upgrading of the current berth…

July 15, 2010 Edward

Yesterday there was a fatal accident at the DP World Terminal in Melbourne. As a result the Maritime Union has called for strike action to be taken, which may or may not effect some ports. Confirmed details are yet to be announced. Source: DHL Global

July 1, 2010 Edward

Member lines of the Asia Australia Discussion Agreement (ADDA) have announced a “voluntary and non-binding” Peak Season Charge to take effect from July 1, 2010. In a “notice to the trade” the following will be implemented: Charges will apply to dry and reefer cargo from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Phillipines and the India sub-continent…