AvantiFM Newsletters 2023

Welcome to our 2023 Newsletters, you will find Shipping Industry News , Important Updates, ABF findings, Port News, Our Shipping Advice, and Much More!

December 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Adelaide brothers receive costly illicit tobacco bill
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • US man charged with alleged heroin import
  • Scheduled capacity on main box tradelanes still at ‘unsustainable levels’
  • Fleet-heavy ocean carriers also stuck with too many boxes
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Sydney couple charged with drug importation offences
  • Joint operation seizes $2 million worthof unlawfully imported therapeutic goods
  • If not now, when? Cyber breaches in Australian maritime sector
  • Bankrupt retailer Bed Bath & Beyond says MSC owes $315M
  • Modus operandi busted: 154KG of cocaine seized from hull of cargo ship

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Evidentiary requirements for duty drawback claims
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Queensland men arrested over 560KG WA cocaine bust
  • Trio jailed over failed festive plot to import 99KG of meth
  • DP World disruptions to operations and Stevedore charges inflate consumer prices
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • DP World announces new Brisbane container park
  • Victoria International Container Terminal set to complete expansion
  • How does the Panama Canal slowdown affect shipping?
  • Opium imports into Australia on the rise
  • AFP warning after spate of intercepted drug cargo import plots

November 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • DP World calls on Union to return to bargaining table in industrial dispute
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • DP World strives to keep supply chain moving
  • NT man charged over potent opioid mail import, prompts warning
  • DP World industrial action, on-going work bans and stoppages
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Port of Melbourne ranked top of sustainability table
  • Stonepeak buys Textainer
  • RFNSW raises concerns over lack of DP World tax
  • Industry calls for urgent improvementsin rail freight
  • Drug smugglers dive from boxship into the ocean with cocaine bundles

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • DP World urges CFMEU-MUA to return to negotiation table
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Illegal logging update – November
  • Elderly traveller charged over alleged heroin import into Australia
  • QUBE announces acquisition of Stevenson Logistics
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • DP World Australia back online after cyber attack
  • The world’s largest aircraft breaks cover in Silicon Valley
  • World’s first ammonia-powered boxship to deliver in 2026
  • Sydney motorists to pay a minimum $123 billion to tolls by 2060
  • Australian man arrested for threatening tug crew

October 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Illegal logging – requirement for consignment specific importer declarations
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Food Import compliance agreements
  • DP World – notice of intention to take industrial action
  • Qantas Freight delays update
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • MSC wins landmark FMC case
  • CMA CGM adds another eight ships to giant orderbook
  • World shipping council outlines digital solution to contain fires from misdeclared cargo
  • China debuts new container size
  • NSW releases new net zero emissions freight transport policy

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Four men charged after 600KG of Meth hidden in toilet rolls seized in Melbourne
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • ABF set crosshairs on illicit weapon imports
  • The EU will no longer exempt container shipping from competition law
  • Warrants executed across Melbourne targeting illicit tobacco
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • VIC Government begins delivering port reform roadmap
  • Maersk signs up for Elon Musk’s Starlink
  • MSC’s financial results leaked
  • Samsung Heavy debuts tech to counter overboard containers
  • Traveller charged for allegedly importing heroin

September 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania terminal update
  • No holiday for two backpackers on drug charges
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Marine insurers publish recommendations for safe carriage of electric vehicles
  • Weighty seizure leads to arrest
  • Border Force takes aim at illegal firearms
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • MSC and ZIM strengthen shipping alliance
  • Man sentenced over imports of pseudoephedrine
  • Carrier operating margins fall into single digits for first time in years
  • Two Melbourne men charged and approximately 300KG of meth seized
  • HMM stands out when it comes to average boxship sizes

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Pseudoephedrine hidden in candles leads to arrest
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Man fined over the importation of firearm suppressors
  • Bed Bath & Beyond files complaint against Yang Ming
  • Brazilian national charged with importing cocaine through Sydney airport
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • CMA CGM and Maersk team up in decarbonisation drive
  • Border Force arrests two Sydney men over delivery driver syndicate
  • ”Automation breeds efficiency” minister Horne declares
  • VICT sets out infrastructure plans
  • 3D X-ray trial to add another dimension to airport security

August 2023

Issue 3

  • Oceania terminal update
  • Eight tons of cocaine found in Maersk reefer at Rotterdam
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Three charged after 560KG of cocaine seized in WA
  • Cash, vapes and illegal tobacco seized in tobacco raids
  • Melbourne men charged in connection to alleged gun part imports
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Antonov AN-225, the worlds largest aircraft
  • Seasonal measures for BMSB
  • Ford Australia rents ship for three years to reduce delays
  • First Australian hydrogen refueller service station opens in Brisbane
  • Malec opens new container storage facility at the port of Brisbane

Issue 1

  • Oceania terminal update
  • Maersk line ordered to pay $700,000 to sacked whistleblower
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • To men charged with cocaine yacht import
  • CMA CGM sets course to overtake Maersk in rankings
  • SM Group founder sets limit of $3.5BN for aquisition of HMM
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Perth man sentenced over child abuse material
  • VICT container VGM weight discrepancy fee
  • Piracy attacks on the rise
  • U.S. Coast guard offloads 5 tons of cocaine and pot in San Diego
  • Two children removed from harm in the Philippines

Issue 2

  • Oceania terminal update
  • Biosecurity safeguarding arrangements scheme 2023-24 BMSB season
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • How smart containers are creating efficiencies and streamlining logistics
  • Imported food notice 09-23
  • Sydney man sentenced for 15.3KG meth import
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Fremantle highway successfully towed into port
  • OMCG’S targeted during national taskforce action
  • Five South Korean companies vie to take over HMM
  • ABF seizes dangerous trip alarms after spike in imports
  • Sinking rates and new capacity create crashing waves in box line financials

July 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania terminal update
  • UN Adopts landmark high seas treaty
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • MSC is bleeding the charter market dry
  • Maersk pioneers methanol dual-fuel retrofit
  • When not all freight rates have ”normalised”
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Increase to biosecurity charges
  • Solo rower rescued by tanker in the south pacific
  • Shipping shown path to halve emissions this decade
  • Titan disaser probe faces tricky test of criminal liability
  • Meth in plastic pallets seized in Australia

Issue 2

  • Oceania terminal update
  • Smart container fleet expected to grow six fold
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Drugs seized in new cars shipped to Australia
  • ACFS Port Logistics operates new PBS approved super truck
  • AFP intel leads to record child rescue operation
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Nigeria to destroy tanker caught smuggling crude oil
  • Norwegian shipping company convicted of Marpol violation in U.S.
  • First Australian hydrogen truck launched
  • Sydney man charged for making threats against Sydney airport
  • Evergreen splashes out billions on 24 methanol dual-fueled newbuilds

June 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Global container production to Slump to 14-year low
  • Australia terminal and Port updates
  • Importers warn of $1B fee hit from Stevedores, Ports
  • ALC urges an earlier freight strategy review
  • Landside Port charges index
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Ship suspected of 150-Mile-Long oil slick
  • American Maritime assets targeted by Chinese Malware
  • Hapag-Lloyd tops margins chart as operating losses return
  • More than 300KG of Meth hidden in steel machinery seized in Sydney

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Charting the global Economy
  • Australia terminal and port updates
  • Container dwell time at Chinese ports fall 26%
  • ABS Tackles real-time issues in container shipping landscape with maritime experts
  • Maersk hit with $9.8M FMC fine
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foresty & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Fire breaks out on MSC Containership in UAE
  • Qube completes successful trial of double stacked container vehicle
  • Tension remains high along the US West coast
  • More than 800KG of Cocaine seized in WA

May 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Maersk and CMA CGM look to set up methanol bunkering in Australia’s largest box port
  • Vietnam becomes the biggest importer of Australian cotton
  • Bankrupt retailer Bed Bath and Beyond sues OOCL for $37.65M
  • Chinese companies are moving supply chains out of China to manage risks, with India, Malaysia and Indonesia benefiting
  • VICT- Implementation of the VGM Weight Discrepancy Fee and Reefer Temperature Discrepancy Fee effective 1st June 2023
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Freight movement halted as conflict in Sudan kills hundreds
  • New Government department takes over control of Burdekin River Bridge, Queensland
  • Chinese carmakers confident of overtaking Japan as world’s No.1 exporter this year
  • 120kg Cocaine Border Force seizure at Sydney Port

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Container line schedule reliability returning to pre-covid levels
  • Soaring fuel costs still the top industry concern
  • GSL Agrees ‘Strong’ deal with top tier carrier
  • China imports plunge, Export growth slows
  • US Eararks $4BN for clean port upgrades
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • FTA and APSA unpack federal budget
  • Maritime security: 2022 year in review
  • Man jailed for 22 years after meth found in raw Cow hides
  • Two shipping lines pay civil penalties totaling $2.65 Million

April 2023

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Update on illegal logging reforms
  • A tale of many cities “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
  • Update from Svitzer on national towage enterprise agreement discussions
  • Has China’s trade war with Australia ended?
  • Australian iron ore Port Hedland reopens after cyclone
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • ITF secures over $1 million for abandoned seafarers in Singapore and Australia
  • National biosecurity action plan to tackle evolving threats
  • Western Australian lobster fishers call for respect as cargo ships allegedly run over fishing gear
  • Malburne man charged over 500L meth import

Issue 1

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • Extra biosecurity screening wreaks havoc on dealership wait times
  • Project Iron Boomerang rail connection Pilbara, Bowen Basin’s iron and coal to face senate committee
  • Shipping container scams are on the rise, as ACCC calls on providers like Facebook to act
  • 72-2023: Proposed changes to biosecurity fees and charges – public consultation
  • First Australian zero emissions heavy vehicle trial successfully completed
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • UK Parliament approves free trade agreement with Australia
  • Liner profits smash all records
  • Unions grill Maersk over labour issues
  • AFP seizes 336kg of Heroin in largest ever Queensland detection

March 2023

Issue 2

  • Oceania Terminal Update
  • New features coming to AvantiFM Compass!
  • Australia’s fuel cost crisis
  • Why the global shipping industry is struggling to clean up its act
  • Australia bans Dutch ship amid crackdown on ‘poor performers’
  • Export Supply Chain Service – supply chain snapshot
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Wan Hai cops fine from Federal Maritime Commission
  • Brazil, Australia open talks for agriculture trade agreements
  • Ship captain believes ChatGPT told him to change course
  • CMA CGM eyes car-carrier market boom as liners are ready to invest
  • MSC enhances Kiwi service connecting Australia, New Zealand and Thailand
  • Anti-dumping notices
  • Biosecurity advice 2023

Issue 1

  • Oceania terminal update 
  • New features coming to AvantiFM Compass
  • Five MSC ships detained in Australia in first two months of 2023
  • Importers fined for illegally harvested timber 
  • FIATA calls for reasonable free time for container usage 
  • Blank sailings see container volumes collapse 
  • Sealand to commence regular, direct service to South East Asia 
  • Department of Agriculture and Australian Border Force notices
  • How Australia managed to eradicate it’s zebra mussel infestation
  • Artworks seized and returned to Mexican Embassy 
  • Air Menzies Aviation 2023 Australian terminal service fee amendments – Effective 1st April 
  • ABF expansion of duty deferral benefit for Australian Trusted Traders 

February 2023

Issue 2

  • Oceania terminal update
  • Maersk sues Evergreen over the Suez Canal Ever Given grounding
  • Major carriers commit to 100% electronic Bills of Lading by 2030
  • The future of shipping is NOT coming with budding Australian container line Focus as they go into liquidation
  • Australian coal cargo bound for China diverts amid Customs uncertainty
  • Top carriers join forces to investigate scourge of fires at sea
  • Patrick Terminals boost Post Botany rail capacity
  • Space X abandons plans to convert offshore oil rigs into rocket launchers
  • Empty containers accumulate in Chinese ports, highlighting weak demand
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Meth in statues seized at Sydney airport

Issue 1

  • Terminal and port update
  • AvantiFM Compass New Updates
  • “The Pendulum has swung” – Now it’s the Forwarders turn
  • When is a contract not a contract
  • Sea cargo reporting requirements and inspection arrangements
  • Of fumes and freight: why Australian cargo is increasingly being sent on trucks, not trains
  • Dnata terminal service fee increase & Flinders Adelaide container terminal access charge increase
  • Maersk to consolidate brands
  • “The party is over” for container shipping, says Hapag Lloyd CEO
  • Australia seeks to boost hydrogen exports to EU as part of green push
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Deadly earthquake damaged Turkiye’s energy infrastructure, major port

January 2023

Issue 3

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • AvantiFM Compass
  • Why shipping costs can potentially stay down this year
  • Robbers pull off multimillion-dollar copper heist in Chilean port
  • Arrest in bomb threat against MSC container ship
  • Major China port banks on robots to beat post-Covid disruptions
  • Ever Forward’s Maryland pilot permanently surrenders license
  • Governments must act to slow the flow of illegal drugs through supply chains
  • Works to commence for $400M intermodal terminal in Melbourne
  • Liner shipping digests the news of the 2M alliance divorce
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Hapag Lloyd’s new dual-fuel container vessel floated by DSME

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Changes to biosecurity cost recovery – Commencement of cost recovery to manage the risk of hitchhiker pests and diseases starts 16 January
  • Customs Tariff changes 1 January 2023
  • Shanghai Port strives to keep global trade moving as Covid wave sweeps China
  • Corroded lashings to blame for 2020 APL box spill off Sydney
  • Uncertainty for family owned tug boat operator in WA
  • Man jailed for 2 years and 10 months after more than three million cigarettes seized
  • Crowds rush to loot goods from beached shipping containers in Israel
  • Stowaway attempts that didn’t end in tragedy
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Productivity Commission releases final report into Australia’s maritime logistics system
  • Natroad says stevedore profits don’t add up
  • Australian exporters could be ‘back on the radar’ in China as tensions ease
  • Patrick Terminals – increase in landside & ancillary charges effective 6 March 2023
  • Pondus weight amendment fee increase for import containers
  • FMC ruling could be crucial in other ‘unfair D&D fee’ complaints
  • Container line schedule reliability improves in second half of 2022
  • 30 Filipino seafarers abandoned by Chinese vessel employer
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • DAFF entry processing fees for sea freight shipments increase from Monday 16 Jan 2023