Patrick Terminals Employees Vote up New Enterprise Agreement

Friday 18/03/2022

After two years of negotiation, the new Patrick Terminals Enterprise Agreement has been voted up by employees across all four Patrick terminals.
The new deal provides Patrick Terminals with increased operational flexibility to better meet customers’ needs and service the changing supply chain landscape. The new agreement provides Patrick Terminals with the right to recruit at their discretion without restrictive union quotas.
Michael Jovicic, CEO Patrick Terminals said, “We are pleased ...

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The Shenzhen Lockdown and its Impact on The Supply Chain

Tuesday 15/03/22

Shenzhen, a Chinese city and a major tech hub, was placed in lockdown on Sunday after an outbreak of COVID cases.

The lockdown is scheduled to last a week while health authorities administer COVID tests to the city’s 17.5 million residents and try to limit the virus’ spread. 

But apart from affecting the people of Shenzhen, who are dealing with more COVID cases and lost wages, supply chain experts say the impact of the lockdown will devastate global imports ...

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Maersk, CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd Asked to Provide Rate Information to US Lawmakers

Tuesday 15/03/22

A.P. Møller Maersk, CMA CGM Group, and Hapag-Lloyd have been asked to provide documents and information to explain the reasoning behind increased shipping rates over the past two years, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy sent the letter asking the carriers to provide requested documents and information by March 16.

Each letter states that the committees are concerned the carriers in question “may have engaged ...

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Shenzhen and Shanghai Imposes Restrictions As Covid-19 Cases Jump

Monday 14/03/22

Two of China’s largest cities, Shenzhen and Shanghai, imposed stringent restrictions on Sunday on the movements of their residents, as a Covid-19 outbreak continued to spread across China’s mainland despite their “zero tolerance” strategy.

“Zero tolerance” requires quarantines and lockdowns on entire communities and sometimes even cities when as few as a handful of cases have been detected. Chinese officials credit the approach — along with a vaccination rate of more than 80% — with helping prevent a ...

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WA Resident Charged Over Cocaine Mail Import

Thursday 10/03/22

A 24-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrate’s Court charged over the importation of cocaine embedded in clothing.

Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force launched an investigation after ABF officers examined a package from South America last month and allegedly found a white powdery substance in the fibres of ponchos and bikinis.

Testing of the powder returned a positive presumptive test for cocaine.

Further examination of the items by AFP forensics officers established there was approximately two kilograms ...

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Two Men Sentenced After Smuggling Live Lizards From Australia to the United States

Thursday 10/03/2022

Two men have been sentenced for wilfully smuggling native lizards from Australia to the United States (US).

The two men aged 39 and 31, pled guilty to the charge in Miami, Florida after investigations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement. Both were sentenced last month.

The 39 year-old was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 300 days of home detention and will pay a $40,000 fine, while ...

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Ukraine Invasion Having Global Impacts on Shipping

Wednesday 9/03/2022

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine snarls regional logistics and rattles the global commodity market, ripples are spilling over into container shipping, resulting in more delays, less capacity and higher costs, according to experts.

The conflict in Ukraine, a country at the nexus of Europe and Asia, is weighing on ocean traffic between the two continents in particular, they said.

Though the world’s major shipping routes do not pass near Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, ...

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Police Seize 69kg of Illegal Drugs Concealed in Tea

More than $55 million worth of drugs have been seized, after 56 kilograms of methamphetamine and 13 kilograms of heroin were identified in a consignment of green tea and magnets from Thailand.

The Australian Federal Police has launched an investigation this week, after Australian Border Force (ABF) uncovered the illegal import.

ABF officers in Melbourne x-rayed a consignment containing 27 boxes of magnets and tea products sent via air cargo from Thailand on 19 February. The x-rays indicated anomalies and further examination ...

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Container Lines Suspends Shipments to Russia

Tuesday 01/03/22

Ocean Network Express

Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Monday suspended bookings to and from Russia in response to Western sanctions on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s assault on its neighbour, which Moscow says is a “special operation”, is the biggest state-to-state invasion in Europe since World War Two.

“Booking acceptance to and from St Petersburg, Russia is suspended with immediate effect until further notice whilst we evaluate the operational feasibility,” Singapore-headquartered ONE said in a ...

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Brisbane Floods: Bruce Highway Closed For Days, Truck Drivers Airlifted From Gympie

Monday 28/02/22

Be patient and have a back-up plan.

Those were the two key messages to industry from the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) as the severe weather system continues to hammer the south-east part of the state.

“I can’t say with certainty, but with my experience, and everything I see, the Bruce Highway is not going to be going to be open  for some days yet,” said CEO Gary Mahon.

“We’ve already got inbound on the Warrego open and they can go out on ...

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