Category: Domestic

We have been advised of a new initiative that improves transit times from Brisbane to Cairns, and further increases freight availability into the Mackay and Cairns regions.

Commencing 1 August 2011, QR National will be offering Seafreighter services six times a week from Brisbane to Cairns. The transit time to Cairns will now be two days.

Also the Superfreighter service departing from the Acacia Ridge terminal each Wednesday and Saturday, and arriving at Mackay and Cairns each Friday and Monday,will have additional capacity, providing up to an extra 12 TEU each week.

This complements our advice on 11 July relating to increased freight availability, which together with today’s announcement will result in an increase of 114 TEU per week on our Queensland services.

We have been advised of the following announcement:

As you are aware, earlier this year the Parcel Direct Group (PDG) Board announced that it was undertaking a review of its investments with a potential outcome of divesting all or parts of the group.

I am now in a position to update you on the progress of this process.

Today we announce that Allied Overnight Express Pty Ltd has entered into an agreement to purchase the businesses of VicFast Parcel Direct and Hills Parcel Direct.

This includes the VicFast operation, the Hills operation in NSW and Queensland, and the Parcel Overnight Direct (POD) business in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

This transaction is due to take effect on 18 July 2011.

Source: CEO Parcel Direct Group

We have received confirmation that the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has been granted permission for a 24-hour strike this weekend at Patrick’s four container terminals.

Qantas Airways has finally closed the book on its involvement in a 6 year cartel to fix air cargo prices after it agreed to pay a fine of NZ$6.5 million ($4.8 million) to New Zealand’s commerce commission.

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Qantas will increase international fuel surcharges in response to rising oil and jet fuel prices, while Jetstar will adjust its ticket prices instead of a fuel levy. The changes will apply to tickets issued on or after 19 February.

Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said oil and fuel prices had increased sharply in recent months. (more…)

Australian Industry has demonstrated outstanding support for those individuals and businesses affected by the floods that had devastated large tracts of Queensland.

All roads are now open and operations are running, however, we find ourselves in a situation as unexpected as the flooding. The sheer volume of products being moved North is creating huge cost imposts on the transport industry as a whole. We are keen to support the replenishment of goods into Queensland, and need your support to achieve this goal. (more…)