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AvantiFM Newsletters 2022

Welcome to our 2022 Newsletters, you will find Shipping Industry News , Updates, ABF findings, Port News, Our Shipping Advice, and Much More!

December 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Patrick Terminals starts voluntary landside efficiency initiatives
  • Urgent strategy needed to transport out freight challenges
  • Maersk ‘test case’ could shift balance of power in container shipping
  • Protests at China lockdowns spread, with supply chains looking vulnerable again
  • Shipping’s attempt to hire more women runs into a male-dominated culture
  • Truckers blockade South Korean container ports in new strike over wages
  • 232 graduates employed from WA’s Australian-first $6.1M heavy vehicle training program
  • Six charged in multinational operation targeting organised criminal networks importing drugs into NSW
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Spanish coastguard finds stowaways on ship rudder

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • AvantiFM Compass – Real Time Shipment Tracking & New Website!
  • Australia-India free trade agreement comes into effect 29 December
  • Manufacturing orders from China down 40%, delays expected
  • Industry working arragements over Christmas and New Year
  • ACCC cargo owners need protection from unreasonable detention fees
  • Ever Forward’s Pilot was looking at cellphone moments before the container ship grounded according to the U.S Coast Guard
  • The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator reminds drives that trucks need space to remain safe
  • New tech detection dogs takig a bite out of crime
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

November 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Australian landside port charges: A 5-Year snapshot
  • Samsung lodges ‘unreasonable D&D fees’ complaint against ZIM with the FMC
  • Management of vessels during the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) risk season: temporary measures for roll-on-roll-off (RORO) vessels from China
  • The National Road Transport Association (NATROAD) says its time to overhaul wharves in the national interest
  • NSW Ports outlines plans expanding freight by rail
  • DP World inks Shanghai free trade zone
  • Carrier complaints stack up at the Federal Maritime Commission
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • With COP27 on the horizon, shipping industry feeling increased pressure to reduce emissions

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Plan to revise terminal access charges in Australia is met with anger
  • Australia backs green shipping at COP27
  • Industrial Action – Svitzer Australia
  • Florida shipper sues, claiming Maersk ‘flouts the law to rake in profits’
  • Maerks warns oil groups are holding back clean energy transition
  • Track cleared after train derailment in Victoria
  • Hyundai heavy industries introduces “lashing-free container ship” concept
  • Authorities seize 1.1 tonnes of Cocaine sent to Syndey labelled as rat poision and plastics
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Ecommerce customers now prefer guaranteed delivery dates to speed

Shipping Industry news October 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Conversion of Cryptocurrencies into Australian dollars – Customs valuation from the ABF
  • Ship shortage, the latest bad news for Australian car buyers
  • Managed decline: ocean carriers face challeneges of keeping pandemic windfalls, Drewry says
  • French tests show trained dogs can sniff-out undeclared lithium batteries
  • The latest on Hurricane Ian’s impact on the supply chain
  • drugs worth $182 million seized in coffee beans shipment
  • AvantiFM’s stance on fast fashion – we do not and will not move scrap plastic, scrap metals and used clothing
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • 130kg of cocaine seized in Sydney

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Shipping lines ‘exorbitant’ container detention hurts Aussie shippers
  • Forwarders hit by huge Detention & Demurrage bills as Pakistan floods prevent box returns
  • 52 motorbikes stolen from shipping container – Marine Insurance matters!
  • Destruction of unregulated animal-based pet food (including rawhide dog chews) in the mail pathway
  • U.S Federal Maritime Commission proposes new Demurrage and Detention billing requirements
  • Supply chain disruption – lockdowns in China.. again
  • The adequacy of Australia’s biosecurity measures
  • Australia-Singapore ‘Green Economy Agreement’ in world-first arrangement
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Hong Kong authorities seize 76kg of Methamphetamine destined for Australia

September 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Strike at the Port of Liverpool
  • Shanghai Port opens 3 million TEU empty container park
  • Box handling squeeze in Brisbane as cotton exporters eye 2023 bumper peak
  • EU watchdog calls for better shipping conditions for live animal exports
  • DP World Sydney – Authorised Maritime of Australia yard meeting Wednesday 14th September 1PM to 3PM
  • MSC signed contract to reduce the risk of container loss
  • 161kg of methylamphetamine and 30kg of cocaine have been seized from a vintage Bentley
  • Australia’s largest seizure of ‘ice’ recorded after additional tonne detected in sea cargo
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • First aerial delivery drone granted design approval by FAA

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • World Maritime Day – September 29
  • Australia Post says order presents now for delivery for Christmas
  • Unite Union confirm a second wave of strikes at Felixstowe, overlapping the Liverpool action
  • What is Labor’s plan to clean up the waterfront?
  • MSC reroutes ships further south of Sri Lanka to protect blue whales
  • Two organised crime syndicate members jailed for largest precursor seizure in Victoria
  • Biden hails U.S rail agreement – but unions are not on board yet
  • Shanghai to build a new 11.6M TEU terminal at Yangshan
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • MSC launches air cargo arm with four 777-200Fs

August 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Angry shippers kept in the dark over Vanda stack collapse
  • Key workers threaten to hit global supply chains where it hurts
  • Leak causes 35,000 Gallon diesel spill off the Bahamas
  • Sydney empty container park congestion spikes
  • $150 million worth of cocaine and methylamphetamine seized
  • How flowers are ‘put to sleep’ for long sea voyages
  • Australia bans tanker for underpaying crew, insufficient food and water
  • Menzie Aviation terminal service fee amendment – effective 15th August
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Removal of customs duty on certain electric vehicles

Issue 3

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • REMINDER: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug risk season commences 1st September
  • Biosecurity threats affecting supply chains
  • Full steam ahead for port rail projects in VIC
  • Shipping container industry plagued by scammers impersonating legitimate businesses
  • Australian Federal Police seize 208kf of liquid meth hidden in oil bottles in Sydney
  • Hundreds of boxes damaged in latest container ship blaze off Colombo
  • Amid crew change crisis, International Transport Workers Federation inspectors recovered $37 million in unpaid wages to seafarers in 2021
  • Port of Felixstowe at a standstill, what does this mean for holidays?
  • Fentanyl warning following Australia’s largest detection of the deadly opiod
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania teminal update
  • ‘Broken’ supply chains and ‘burned-out’ workers slowing transit time from Asia
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2022-23
  • Planned strike at the Port of Felixstowe
  • 700kg of cocaine found hidden on cargo ship in Sydney
  • Man charged after allegedly hiding pseudoephedrine in wedding photos
  • Fire brought under control after bruning for 5 days at Cuba’s largest port for crude oil and fuel imports
  • Liner shipping on course to smash last years record profits
  • US East Coast empty container congestion due to ‘lack of accountability’: FMC Commissioner
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

July 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Shippers to pay the penalty as ONE becomes first to apply overweight charge
  • Explosion at Aqaba Port kills 14 after crane drops container of chlorine
  • Feeight forwarder recieves large fine for smuggling 700 litres of Korean alcohol into Perth
  • Singapore’s US $14bn mega-port aims to solve shipping chaos
  • Three arrested over 45kg of cocaine hidden in jukebox from Greece
  • Ships Master and First Officer fined $75,000 for compliance breach in Great Barrier Reef
  • Empty container boxes stuck at Rotterdam may stoke Asia shortage
  • Shipping companies and customs authorities step up fight against drug trafficking by sea
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • 6 things seafarers wish you knew

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Twelve bodies recovered from Chinese ship sunk by typhoon
  • MSC to build a super port in Vietnam, despite ‘poor economic justification’
  • Dnata adjustment of terminal service fees – effective 18th July
  • Container port congestion spreads across the globe again
  • Reuced timeframes for the disposal of unclaimed imported goods
  • Covid-19 restrictions ease onshore but seafarers off Queenslands coast remain stuck aboard ships
  • Ukraine to summon Turkey envoy after Russian grain ship sailed
  • Authorities put the brakes on $24 million cocaine tyre import
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • More than 3000 trucks wait at Chittagong to unload exports

Shipping Industry News June 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Covid slows China port volume growth, as Tianjin enters new lockdown
  • Supply chain stakeholder enter ‘uncharted waters’
  • Pacific National welcomes Labor’s oversight of inland rail
  • Ship captain charged over Western Australian 320kg cocaine plot
  • Bulk carrier chief engineer pleads guilty to illegal discharges, cover up
  • More than 30 killed and hundreds injured in Bangladesh container depot fire
  • Terminals around the world brace as Shanghai exhales
  • Pedal power: Colombo dockworkers issues with bicycles as fuel shortages cripple local economy
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Maersk’s towage operator Svitzer sets carbon neutral by 2040 goal

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Shanghai lockdown over, but still a long way from ‘business as usual’
  • Concerns mount as more, old dangerous goods gound at Chittagong Port
  • Carriers are becoming ‘more aggressive’ over ‘unfair’ container detention in Australia
  • New Zealand highlights potential for trans-tasman shipping under Australia’s new Government
  • Ports introduce back-up plans as 25,000 truckers strike in South Korea
  • Shippers have lost up to $10bn from delayed ships during the pandemic
  • Shanghai port waiting times returning to normal: VesselsValue
  • ANL expands Great Barrier Reef recovery program with new coral nursery
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Maersk faces sexual assualt at sea charges

May 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • ‘Unreasonable fees’ send Australian shippers into multi-billion dollar frenzy
  • Hutchinson Ports Sydney – Futher increase to terminal access charge
  • China covid crisis continues
  • Victorian man sentenced for illegal importation of 10 million cigarettes
  • Hapag-Lloyd becomes first liner to equip all its containers with tracking devices
  • Filipino seafarer pleads guilty in gruesome murder of crew member on LA-bound containership
  • Hapag-Lloyd fined in the United States for erroneous D&D charges
  • Know your shipper warns TT cludb, as lithium battery fines spread
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Men charged following failed attempt to smuggle cocaine on containership

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Wood packaging requirements for export cargo
  • China’s lockdown cause worldwide shipping delays
  • Diver dead and 50kg of cocaine found after bulker vessel docks in Newcastle, Australia
  • Shanghai authorities say city will open this week
  • HMM to deploy more vessels as port congestion persists
  • Covid-19 impact on seafarer populations will be felt for years to come
  • CMA CGM launches early container return incentive
  • 320kg of cocaine seized and two arrested in Western Australia
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • CMA CGM and Air France-KLM join forces

April 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Australian depot managers say free box storage time is ‘unworkable’
  • Evergreen declares general average on grounded Ever Forward
  • Ships stranded in Ukraine as conflict slows UN Efforts for ‘maritime corridor’
  • Australia-India free trade agreement
  • Liner pricing investigations multiply across the globe
  • Maersk loses 90 containers overboard
  • Freight forwarder and two other men charged over plots to import 100kg of methamphetamine
  • Supply chains remain in chaos as Shanghai lockdown is extended indefinitely
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Stevedore working arrangements over the Easter/ANZAC period

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Shanghai lockdown causes queues of vessels stuck waiting to enter China
  • Ever Foward is finally free!
  • Cargo diversions from Shanghai start to clog up other major Chinese airports
  • More than 1 tonne of MDMA seized, 6 men sentenced
  • CMA CGM ships to stop loading plastic waste from mid-April
  • Maersk takes top spot on the transpacific
  • Durban port gradually restarts operations after floods
  • Russian and Belarusian imports additional customs duty – 25 April 2022
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • DP World Sydney – Authorised MUA stop work meeting – 1 May 2022

March 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Container lines suspends shipments to Russia
  • Police seize 69kg of drugs concealed in tea
  • International chamber of shipping urges governments to act after seafarers denied urgent medical care
  • Ukraine invasion having global impacts on shipping
  • Felicity Ace Update – Vessel has sunk
  • Sanctions start to wreak havoc on rates, dwell times and fuel prices
  • Hapag-Lloyd hit with spear phishing attack as fake website gathers data
  • Vietnam readies to give China some competition in container manufacturing
  • Two men sentenced after smuggling live lizards from Australia to the United States
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Maersk, CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd asked to provide rate information to U.S lawmakers
  • As Shenzhen lockdown ends other regions are hit by new Covid restrictions
  • Patrick Terminals employees vote up new enterprise agreement
  • U.S West Coast port congestion starts to ease as imports divert to the East
  • Evergreen container ship runs aground near Baltimore – A year after the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal
  • Box ship completes 790km autonomous navigation trial
  • Australia bans Alumina, Bauxite exports to Russia
  • Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to collect clean truck fund fee starting April
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices
  • Soaring fuel costs amid the war in Ukraine, flowing through to freight charges, and Australia’s floods adding to issues with transport and logistics

February 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Staff shortages from Covid heighten chronic Australian supply chain delays
  • Major rail and road flooding causes freight delays
  • Canberra issues shipping licence exemption for flood hit Western Australia
  • Patrick Terminals and the Maritime Union of Australia reach a 4-year enterprise agreement
  • Rapid antigen tests plague at the CTOs in Sydney & Melbourne – Update general airfreight space under pressure
  • 10 feared dead after oil vessel explodes – Video in link
  • Mumbai Maersk runs aground near Germany
  • Wan Hai denies FMC claims of ‘illegal’ D&D charges on 21 containers
  • Brisbane man charged with importing 83kg of methamphetamine hidden inside timber pallets
  • Master of APL England faces trial for operating unworthy ship
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 2

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Good news for airfreight as Australia looks set to reopen borders
  • Omicron ripping through cargo ships may exacerbate shipping woes
  • PIL to fine clients who misdeclare cargo weight
  • Congestion at U.S ports
  • CMA CGM to stop carrying plastic waste cargo
  • Addition of China to the BMSB emerging risk country list
  • Empty container avalanche predicted to cause chaos later this year
  • PIL launches new service between China and Australia – Sino Australia Express (SAE)
  • Abandoned car carrier still burning with 4,000 cars on board
  • ACCC joins ‘Five Eyes’ alliance to prevent supply chain cartel conduct
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Shipping Industry News January 2022

Issue 1

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • How the world’s big shipping lines are spending their pandemic profits
  • Gloomy view of shipping 2022 – it may be ‘the year of the surcharge’
  • 2021: A year of Covid variants and milking the freight rate cash cow
  • Australian Border Force ruins $15 million white Christmas
  • Traveller hailed biosecurity champion after reporting bug
  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement – entry into force
  • More supply chain chaos expected as Omicron forces transport workers to quit
  • Adani’s first Carmichael Mine coal export shipment imminent after years of campaigns against it
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 3

  • Industry Update
  • Yantian restricts container entry to ease overflow
  • Korean antitrust body slaps $81M fine on price fixing liner operations
  • Rapid Antigen Tests – Role of sponsors and distributors
  • Importation of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits frequently asked questions – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Container rollovers look set to continue after December rise
  • Wan Hai and Cosco follow Evergreen and agree more generous bonuses
  • Australian rail track corporation says line closed between South Australia, Western Australia, and Northern Territory due to heavy rain in the outback
  • Rise in phishing attacks related to Omicron
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices

Issue 2 

  • Industry Update
  • Oceania terminal update
  • Port of Ningbo open, but logistics services suffer as Covid restrictions are tightened
  • Trio charged and 99kg of methamphetamine stopped from reaching Western Australia over festive period
  • Omicron outbreak in Australia wreaking havoc with supply chains
  • MSC tops Maersk to become world’s largest container shipping line
  • Shanghai extends its lead at the top of the container terminal rankings
  • Anthony Albanese pledges emergency fleet of Australian ships
  • Increase in terminal access charges – Patrick terminals
  • Maersk provides a snapshot of growing port congestion around the world
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment & Australian Border Force industry advice and notices