Category: NSW

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

Congestion in Sydney is getting worse and it’s costing many businesses up to $10,000 each year, according to a survey of NRMA Businesswise members.

The survey of 382 Sydney BusinessWise members found that 82 per cent believed congestion had worsened over the last 12 months, two percentage points higher than NRMA’s last BusinessWise congestion survey in 2007 (80%).

The BusinessWise survey found 42 per cent of businesses have incurred additional costs as high as $10,000 as a result of congestion, of which 25 per cent had losses up to $5,000.

NRMA BusinessWise provides roadside assistance and support including fuel advice and discounts to more than 21,000 small to medium businesses in NSW and the ACT.

Over one-third (35%) of businesses surveyed have changed the way their business runs as a result of congestion, with 60 per cent changing shift times for staff to start late and finish earlier. Almost 10 per cent have moved the company outside the CBD.

The Businesswise congestion survey also found:

  • 75 per cent said their journey to work is now longer than 12 months ago
  • 67 per cent of businesses said fuel consumption had increased due to congestion
  • 39 per cent experienced a slowdown in productivity
  • 29 per cent experienced a decrease in staff punctuality
  • 10 per cent could not take on more work because of congestion

“From the F6 to the F3 and everywhere between there are countless examples of congestion causing massive delays and the state’s engine room – small businesses – are wearing the cost,” NRMA President Wendy Machin said.

Ms Machin said 75 per cent of businesses surveyed said roads would affect their vote in the next state election.

“The challenge is on for both the government and opposition to deliver solutions to help unclog Sydney’s streets.

“Our BusinessWise Members have made it clear that traffic congestion isn’t just an inconvenience, it is a major cost that is having a dramatic affect on business productivity.”

While large road projects are desperately needed in NSW the NRMA has also proposed a number of simple measures that could alleviate congestion, such as early warning signs for motorists and fixing merging lanes on motorways.

The Businesswise survey found very few businesses (14%) believed the NSW Government’s Transport Plan would improve congestion, with almost 80 per cent (78%) opposed to plans to increase vehicle registration costs to pay for Sydney’s public transport.

“Few people believe the government’s current plan to tackle congestion will work so both parties can go a long way to securing victory by showing they have real solutions to one of the state’s biggest problems,” Ms Machin said.

Source: T and L News

We have received advice from DP World that the Port Botany terminal was closed yesterday from 7am until 1pm and from 2pm until 4.30pm due to a gas odour in the terminal. Delays in loading and unloading containers are still being experienced.

Trans Australia (POTA) is putting on an additional train service into Port Botany that is expected to deliver economic improvements to the port-related supply chain and ease congestion and pollution on major roads such as the M5.

The new service runs between Yennora and Port Botany and means POTA will have three daily return services instead of the current two. The new service has been made possible by the addition of a second train-set, which will enable the company to introduce a fourth service when demand justifies it.

POTA estimates the rail service will remove up to 136 truck trips per day off the M5, which will contribute towards meeting the NSW Government’s long term target of 40 per cent rail modal share to and from Port Botany.

POTA Managing Director Paul Digney said the Yennora to Port Botany service will assist in providing a customised rail solution for the Port Botany supply chain.

“The new service will enhance POTA’s existing rail facilities and services and means up to 136 trucks will no longer go through the M5 tunnel,” Mr Digney said.

“In terms of emissions, this single train service is predicted to remove 900,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions in 2010 alone.”

Mr Digney said POTA’s rail expansion will continue throughout 2010. The company expects its rail capacity, including all POTA metro and regional rail services in New South Wales, to exceed 30% of the total Government’s target of 40% of containers on rail.

The NSW Government has recently signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation to lease the New South Wales interstate track and Hunter Valley rail freight corridors, to attract more freight to rail. The ARTC has recently taken over the Port Botany shunting yards from RailCorp and has made significant infrastructure improvements, enabling trains to be processed more quickly and efficiently in the two terminals.

P&O Trans Australia (POTA) is putting on an additional train service into Port Botany that is expected to deliver economic improvements to the port-related supply chain and ease congestion and pollution on major roads such as the M5. The new service runs between Yennora and Port Botany and means POTA will have three daily return services instead of the current two. The new service has been made possible by the addition of a second train-set, which will enable the company to introduce a fourth service when demand justifies it. POTA estimates the rail service will remove up to 136 truck trips per day off the M5, which will contribute towards meeting the NSW Government’s long term target of 40 per cent rail modal share to and from Port Botany.

POTA Managing Director Paul Digney said the Yennora to Port Botany service will assist in providing a customised rail solution for the Port Botany supply chain. “The new service will enhance POTA’s existing rail facilities and services and means up to 136 trucks will no longer go through the M5 tunnel,” Mr Digney said. “In terms of emissions, this single train service is predicted to remove 900,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions in 2010 alone.” Mr Digney said POTA’s rail expansion will continue throughout 2010.

The company expects its rail capacity, including all POTA metro and regional rail services in New South Wales, to exceed 30% of the total Government’s target of 40% of containers on rail. The NSW Government has recently signed an agreement with the Commonwealth Government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation to lease the New South Wales interstate track and Hunter Valley rail freight corridors, to attract more freight to rail. The ARTC has recently taken over the Port Botany shunting yards from RailCorp and has made significant infrastructure improvements, enabling trains to be processed more quickly and efficiently in the two terminals.

Source: T and L News

We have been advised that a machine that handles aircraft pallets at the Qantas terminal has broken down.

Consequently, there are a number of delays concerning freight collection.

To address the problem staffing levels have been increased to assist in clearing the backlog of freight.

The Sydney Air Freight Terminal is currently experiencing delays in processing import freight as a result of unexpectedly large volumes of freight arriving at the terminal in the last 48 hours.
The situation is expected to continue throughout the day. Qantas terminal 2 is closed for the holiday season so all freight is being processed in terminal 1.
As of this morning QF is about 60 units behind in freight check-in and is expecting further delays as a couple more freighters which arrived yesterday have not been started on yet.
Please be assured that they are committed to doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the current situation and have increased staffing levels to assist clear the current volumes.
Should you require any further information in relation to the above matter, please contact me.

The Sydney Air Freight Terminal is currently experiencing delays in processing import freight as a result of unexpectedly large volumes of freight arriving at the terminal in the last 48 hours.

The situation is expected to continue throughout the day. Qantas terminal 2 is closed for the holiday season so all freight is being processed in terminal 1.

As of this morning QF is about 60 units behind in freight check-in and is expecting further delays as a couple more freighters which arrived yesterday have not been started on yet.

Please be assured that they are committed to doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the current situation and have increased staffing levels to assist clear the current volumes.

Should you require any further information in relation to the above matter, please contact T&DC.

As Australia hosts the upcoming event of World Youth Day in July that is attended by the pope, passenger traffic from around the world to Australia is expected to increase, according to international freight forwarder DB Schenker.

All flights from the US into Australia will experience heavy passenger loads, which will ease up at the end of July and in August loads should be back to normal.

Heavy passenger loads means minimum cargo uplift so Qantas expects they will experience backlogs throughout the month of July. Qantas has one freighter per week ex LAX but that aircraft only has a small amount of free space available for non-allocation holders. At present, Qantas in Los Angeles Airport has a backlog of approx 40,000kg of cargo that will be cleared over the next few days.

DB Schenker says it currently has no backlog in Los Angeles. The company will investigate whether it may obtain still more capacity from other carriers in order not to be caught short.