Covid-19 Creates Chaos in Vietnam and China – What Does This Mean For Shipping?

In China, ports at Shanghai and Ningbo are reportedly facing additional congestion from new Covid restrictions. The two ports were hit hard by a typhoon late last month and have seen productivity slow as new anti-Covid measures are being carried out at most Chinese quaysides in the wake of the sudden spread of the delta variant of Covid-19 over the past three weeks.

Several Chinese cities, including Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou and Beijing have restricted movements such as limiting public transport, locking down specific ...

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Perth Man Arrested for Heroin Hidden in Mascara Bottles

A 28-year-old Perth man was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on 7 August 2021, charged with attempting to possess approximately 440 grams of heroin hidden in mascara bottles.

On 3 August 2021, Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of a consignment from South Africa which tested positive for heroin.

Australian Federal Police investigators were advised of the detection which resulted in officers executing a controlled delivery of the consignment to a residential address in the Perth suburb of Balga.

AFP officers observed ...

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Shipping Industry Braces as China Experiences their Worst Covid Outbreak in a Year

05/08/21

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to escalate in China, one of the world’s most important nations for shipping movements.

The delta variant has broken through the country’s virus defences, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks. While the overall number of infections — more than 360 so far — is still lower than Covid resurgences ...

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Industry Colleagues Call for the Creation of a Federal Maritime Regulator for Australia

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) joined industry colleagues in a meeting with the Hon Dan Tehan (minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) on Friday 30th July 2021 to follow up the meeting that was held on 2nd June 2021 regarding the further deterioration in shipping capacity and the rapid escalation in shipping costs.

FTA and APSA again have re-stated its call for the creation of a new federal maritime regulator, similar to the US Federal ...

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Changes to Khapra Beetle Measures

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 163-2021 advising changes to khapra beetle measures.

What’s changed?

Exclusions list 

The exclusion list for high-risk plant products on the khapra beetle urgent actions webpage has been updated. The exclusions list of high-risk plant products is relevant to Phases 1 to 3 and Phase 6A part 1. 

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Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Measures 2021-22

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has published the seasonal measures for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season which commences on the 1st September 2021.

The list of target risk countries will now include Poland in addition to target risk countries identified for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season include: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • Certain goods manufactured in, or shipped ...
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More Freight Delays Expected In China This Week Due To Typhoon

Written 26/07/21

More freight delays are expected in China this week, after typhoon In-Fa forced the closure of Shanghai’s container port and airport over the weekend.

Last week the typhoon brought a tremendous amount of rainfall that caused flooding in China’s central Henan province, causing disruptions at Zhengzhou (CGO), a major airfreight hub.

A spokesperson for Cargolux airline said on Friday: “Flight delays have been experienced, but things are returning to normal. Although cargo flights are not restricted, customs ...

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Global Port Congestion Worsens, 116 Ports Report Disruption

Written 22/07/21

The port congestion issue has stretched around the globe with large numbers of container ships idling, waiting for berth spaces to open up across five continents.

As of 3.20pm Singapore time today, there were 328 ships idling in front of ports around the world with 116 ports reporting congestion.

Data from the same reporter a month ago showed 304 ships idling in front of ports and 101 ports reporting disruption.

In May this year the time container ...

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Cargo Ship Has Sunk After Sailing While Under A Detention Order in Liberia

17 persons are feared dead and 11 others rescued after a cargo ship under a “detention order” has sunk on the waters in Maryland County.

The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday (17/07) for a port in the West African country’s south, despite being under a detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements.

The vessel sent out a distress signal Saturday afternoon, notifying the coastguard that it had taken on water. By the time authorities arrived, ...

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