Congestion Hits Air Cargo Flows – ‘Not seen this bad in 25 years’

Severe congestion across major airports appears to be hindering air cargo volumes.

Dynamic week-on-week global load factors fell 1.5% the week starting the 8th of November, according to the latest research from Clive Data Services.

The same week saw a 5.5% fall in global capacity, which should indicate higher load factors – but it seems demand fell.

While forwarders are reporting strong demand for air freight as the peak season takes off, the data suggests congestion on the ground is curbing volumes.

“There is ...

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Khapra Beetle Phases 4 and 5, and Extension of Phase 6A Measures

Khapra Beetle Phase 4 and 5 measures

In early 2022, Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions are expected to commence. Phase 4 will introduce revised phytosanitary certification requirements for other-risk plant products exported from all countries. Phase 5 will introduce phytosanitary certification requirements for seeds for sowing exported from all countries and arriving via all arrival modes.

Summary of the new requirements:

Shipowners Make Payoffs to Free Vessels held by Indonesian Navy Near Singapore

This article is originally from Reuters.com

More than a dozen shipowners have made payments of about $300,000 apiece to release vessels detained by the Indonesian navy, which said they were anchored illegally in Indonesian waters near Singapore, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The dozen sources include shipowners, crew and maritime security sources all involved in the detentions and payments, which they say were either made in cash to naval officers or via bank transfer ...

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The 2020-21 ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report Causes a Stir Between Shipping Australia and The Container Transport Alliance Australia

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) recent container stevedoring monitoring report 2020-21 is causing a stir between Shipping Australia Limited’s (SAL) CEO, Melwyn Noronha and The Container Transport Alliance Australia’s (CTAA) Director, Neil Chambers.

A high-level meeting was subsequently called by the Department of Home Affairs to discuss the issues in the ACCC report, including port congestion, port performance and industrial relations. Also present were a wide range of representatives from industry and also government officials from bodies ...

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Three Men Charged with Cocaine Inside PlayStation

Three men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court for allegedly importing 1.5 kg of cocaine inside a PlayStation 5, which was bound for the Gold Coast.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $346,500, more than six times the median Australian annual wage.

The men were charged after a suspicious consignment sent from Portugal to Sydney was identified.

On examination of the package by officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) a white powder, which tested as cocaine, was found concealed within a ...

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Releases Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2020-21- Revealing that Supply Chain Disruptions are leaving Australian Businesses Vulnerable

The disruption to the container supply chains has left Australian businesses vulnerable, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC released its annual container stevedore monitoring report which looks at the impact of the current global logistics crisis on Australia’s container trade, as well as the prices, costs, and profits of stevedores at Australia’s international container ports. This report showed that delayed shipments and rapidly rising freight rates were putting “intense pressure” on importers and exporters.

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Container Ship Catches Fire After Containers Lost Overboard

The Zim Kingston, a 2008-built 4,253 boxship, lost 40 containers overboard on Friday (22/10) in rough seas 70 km west of the Juan de Fuca Strait, which runs between Canada and the US south of Vancouver Island. The Coast Guards of both countries have issued warnings for ships in the area to watch for floating containers. They are also working together to monitor the containers.

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295kg of Methamphetamine Found in Excavator in NSW

Three men have been charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation into the importation of approximately 295 kilograms of methamphetamine into New South Wales hidden inside an excavator.

The men were arrested at their Sydney homes after an investigation launched in July 2021 following the arrival of an excavator from Hong Kong into Sydney.

AFP investigators and forensic specialists, and Australia Border Force officers examined an excavator that arrived into Port Botany and allegedly found a concealment containing a crystalline substance hidden ...

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Ports in the Shenzhen Region Suspends Operations due to Tropical Storm

12/10/21

Chinese officials have issued warnings and ordered ports in the Shenzhen region to suspend operations as a strong tropical storm approached the region after bringing heavy rain to the Philippines. At least nine people have been killed in the northern and western Philippines and 16 others are missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.

Hong Kong’s weather department issued a No 8 warning signal, the second typhoon warning for the city in days. Over the ...

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Patrick Terminal Melbourne – Positive COVID-19 Case

12/10/21

At Patrick Terminal in Melbourne, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (1/10). The contract tracing process has identified 22 close contacts and 31 casual contacts. The close contacts will need to isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. In total, this represents approximately 20% of the workforce and will have a significant impact on Melbourne operations. 
 
Michael Jovicic, CEO Patrick Terminals, said: “On Friday, we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 ...

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