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April 2024 Issue 1 March 2024 Issue 1 Issue 2 February 2024 Issue 1 Issue...
Logs that have been recently cut down, lay on the ground in a pile.

Update on Illegal Logging Reforms

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has recently completed a review of the Illegal...
Abandoned Ship, Half Sunk

The Future of Shipping is NOT Coming with Budding Australian Container Line FOCUS as They Go into Liquidation

Stand by The future of shipping is coming! A bold and embarrassing statement on the...
Man with Clipboard in front of Moving Boxes

Sea Cargo Reporting Requirements and Inspection Arrangements

The Australian Border Force has published new ACN 2023/01 which is intended to clarify mandatory...
The Chinese and Australian Flag

Australian Exporters Could be ‘Back On The Radar’ In China as Tensions Ease

Over the past couple of years Australia and China’s relationship has been strained with China...
Scales

Pondus Weight Amendment Fee Increase for Import Containers

Patrick Terminals have increased their Pondus Weight Amendment Fee for Import containers which is effective...
A Patrick Terminal with a Hamburg Sud Container ship at Berth

Patrick Terminals – Increase in Landside & Ancillary Charges

We have received notification that Patrick Terminals will be increasing their Landside charges and other...
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AvantiFM Newsletters 2023

December 2023 Issue 1 Issue 2 November 2023 Issue 1 Issue 2 October 2023 Issue...
Christmas Tree with ornament that says Merry Christmas

Industry Working Arrangements Over Christmas 2022

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) The Department have release two industry notices regarding...
Persn Using Machinery

Manufacturing Orders from China Down 40%, Delays Expected

U.S logistics managers are bracing for delays in the delivery of goods from China in...

Australia-India Free Trade Agreement comes into Effect December 29

Advice from the Minister for Trade and Tourism Senator the Hon Don Farrell, has confirmed...
Hamburg Sud Container ship at berth at a Patricks Terminal - Patrick Terminals announce landside efficiencies.

Patrick Terminals Starts Voluntary Landside Efficiency Intiatives

New voluntary landside efficiency initiatives have been announced by Patrick Terminals including the publication of...

Svitzer Industrial Action 2022

Maritime unions have announced Svitzer industrial action which will affect Australia tug masters, engineers and...
Container Terminal with Container Ship Being Unloaded By Cranes.

Plan to Revise Terminal Access Charges in Australia is Met With Anger

Proposed changes to terminal access charges in Australia have been met with criticism from Shipping...
Authorities Walk the Streets in Full Protective Suits

Supply Chain Disruption – Lockdowns in China.. Again

Although a “muted” peak season for shipping, a new wave of Covid-19 lockdowns in China...
Container Park with Containers Stacked Up.

Shipping Lines ‘Exorbitant’ Container Detention Hurts Aussie Shippers

Container shipping lines have been accused of extorting millions of dollars while showing “no compassion’...
The captain of the ship, driving the ship

World Maritime Day – September 29

World Maritime Day is celebrated annually to give thanks to the international maritime industry workers...
The Port of Shanghai

Brand New 3 Million TEU Empty Container Park Opens in Shanghai

Shanghai Port, the world’s largest and busiest container port has commenced operations at a new...
Protesters striking

Strike At The Port Of Liverpool

More UK port disuption to come following the recent strike at the Port of Felixstowe...

Port of Felixstowe at a Standstill, What Does This Mean for the Holidays?

The U.K.’s largest container port, The Port of Felixstowe, is essentially at a standstill after...
Police officers searching the wooden lathe

Fentanyl Warning Following Australia’s Largest Detection of the Deadly Opioid

The AFP has seized the largest shipment ever detected in Australia of the deadly opioid...
Shipping Container Yard with the words SCAM ALERT

Scammers Plague the Shipping Container Industry

Scammers are holding the shipping container industry to ransom, businesses are losing money and thousands...

Biosecurity Threats Affecting Supply Chains

The Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA), the peak industry body representing customs brokers, freight forwarders...
Massive flames engulfing building after an explosion with thick black smoke above the flames

Fire Brought Under Control After Burning for 5 Days at Cuba’s Largest Port for Crude Oil and Fuel Imports

Firefighters on Tuesday finally overcame what officials described as the worst fire in Cuba’s history...

Planned Strike in the Port of Felixstowe

A strike will take place for eight days at the Port of Felixstowe as more...
Cocaine Seized From Cargo Ship.

700kg of Cocaine Found Hidden on a Cargo Ship in Sydney

Police are seeking information about the criminal syndicate responsible for 700kg of Cocaine that was...

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season 2022-23 Update

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) published the following Brown Marmorated Stink Bug...

Supply Chains ‘broken’ and ‘burned-out’ Workers Slowing Transit Time from Asia

Despite falling demand, transit times from Asia have failed to improve, signifying a “broken” supply...
Illegal Importation of 10 Million Cigarettes

Victorian Man Sentenced for Illegal Importation of 10 Million Cigarettes

On 11 January 2019, the Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) led investigations which identified a sea...
Workers Walk Out

Global Supply Chain Workers Have Had Enough

The pandemic has put unprecedented strain on global supply chains -– and also on the...
Electric Vehicle Charging.

Removal of Customs Duty on Electric Vehicles

Customs duty on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles with a customs...

Sydney Empty Container Park Congestion Spikes

Empty container park congestion has spiked again in Sydney in recent weeks, leaving importers and...

APL Vanda Stack Collapse Leave Shippers Frustrated

Frustrated shippers and freight forwarders have made an effort to discover what has happened to...

CMA CGM Admits to a Stack Collapse on APL Vanda

CMA CGM Admits to a Stack Collapse on APL Vanda CMA CGM has at last...
Cocaine and Methylamphetamine Seized worth $150M

$150 Million Worth of Cocaine and Methylamphetamine Seized

Detectives have charged three men following a joint investigation into the alleged importation into Sydney...
Cocaine found in the tyres

Authorities Put The Brakes on $24 Million Cocaine Tyre Import

The AFP has charged four West Australians during an investigation into a transnational drug trafficking syndicate...
ABF Uniform

Reduced Timeframes for the Disposal of Unclaimed Imported Goods 

From 1 July 2022, the Australian Border Force (ABF) have introduced a shorter holding period...
Image taken from a Plane Flying Over Many Shipping Vessels Waiting to Berth at a Port.

Container Port Congestion Spreads Across the Globe Again

Boxport congestion is growing across multiple continents. Clarkson’s containership port congestion index shows that as...
Ship Sinking after being Snapped in Half By Typhoon.

Twelve Bodies Recovered From Chinese Ship Sunk By Typhoon

Chinese search and rescue officials pulled 12 bodies on Monday from waters southwest of Hong...
Thick Yellow Cloud Covers Ship After Crane Line Snapped and Dropped a Container of Chlorine.

Explosion at Aqaba Port Kills 14 After Crane Drops Container of Chlorine

Up to 14 people have died and more than 250 injured yesterday after a container...
The Jukebox that Had Cocaine Hidden Inside.

Three Arrested Over 45kg of Cocaine Hidden in Jukebox From Greece

Three men were arrested last week as part of a Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF)...
7000L Alcohol Seized by the ABF.

Freight Forwarder Receives Large Fine for Smuggling 7000 Litres of Korean Alcohol

Soju is a popular Korean Alcohol. A freight forwarder has been fined for smuggling 7000L...

Carriers Are Becoming ‘More Aggressive’ over ‘Unfair’ Container Detention in Australia

Shipping lines calling at Australia are becoming “more aggressive” over container detention, adding to supply...
Firefighters Carry Someone Wrapped Out of The Fire. Burnt Shipping Containers and some Fire Can be Seen Behind Them.

Concerns Mount As More, Old Dangerous Goods Found at Chittagong Port

Chittagong Port is storing dangerous goods (DG) that are up to 28 years old, according...
Smoke Rises from Burnt Shipping Containers Following the Fire at Chittagong Container Depot.

Bangladesh Container Depot Clearing Containers of Chemicals while Fire Rages On

Devastation at the BM Container Depot in Chittagong, following a container fire which was still burning some...
An Illuminated Sign that says OPEN

Shanghai Lockdown Over, but Still a Long Way from ‘Business as Usual’

The Shanghai lockdown is over! However, forwarders have warned that ‘business as usual’ remains a...
Image of a Fire with a Black Background.

More Than 30 Killed and Hundreds Injured in Bangladesh Container Depot Fire

A massive fire and a huge explosion in an inland container depot near the port city...
Image that Shows a Genetic Cell with the Words COVID-19 Overlayed.

Covid Slows China Port Volume Growth, as Tianjin Enters New Lockdown

Container volumes at China’s ports increased slightly during January-April, despite the impact from widespread Covid...
Supply chain stakeholders enter uncharted waters

Supply Chain Stakeholders Enter ‘Uncharted Waters’

As Shanghai slowly prepares to open, the attention of supply chain stakeholders turns to the...
Image of inside a Jail showing Jail Cells.

Ship Captain Charged Over WA 320kg Cocaine Plot

The AFP has charged the 51-year-old Master of an international bulk shipping carrier for his...
Cocaine that Was Seized by the AFP, WA Police, and the ABF.

320kg of Cocaine Seized and Two Arrested in Western Australia

A NSW man and a German national with suspected links to organised crime have been...
Sticker that Says COMING SOON.

Shanghai Authorities Say City Will Open This Week

May 20 has been given as the first official deadline for Shanghai, China’s largest city...
Scuba Diver Swimming.

Diver Dead and 50kg of Cocaine Found After Bulker Vessel Docks in Newcastle

Australian Police and the Australian Border Force are investigating a bulker vessel that arrived in...
Container Ship Sailing.

China’s Lockdowns Cause Worldwide Shipping Delays

Covid lockdowns in China have wreaked havoc at Shanghai, the world’s biggest container port, and are now causing...
Container Yard

‘Unreasonable Fees’ send Australian Shippers into Multi-Billion Dollar Frenzy

Australian shippers are battling a double-whammy of spiralling supply chain inflation, container detention fees and...
Covid Test.

China Covid Crisis Continues

Mass testing is now underway in Beijing, the latest mega city to face to tough...
Men and Women Waiting at an Airport.

Cargo Diversions from Shanghai Start to Clog-up Other Major Chinese Airports

Airfreight diverted from lockdown-hit Shanghai Pudong (PVG) is clogging up China’s other major airports, causing...

Harsh Reality of Shanghai’s Lockdown and the Supply Chain

Since March 27, authorities in Shanghai began a snap lockdown of the city’s roughly 26...
Evergreen Container Ship (Not the Ever Forward).

Ever Forward Finally Free

At 7:12 Sunday morning, the Ever Forward was refloated after being stuck in the mud...
A Smaller Vessel Unloading Containers From The Stuck Ever Forward to Lessen the Weight to Try refloat the Ship.

Ever Forward Container Removal Operation Gets Underway

Container removal began Saturday as part of the Ever Forward boxship refloat operation in Chesapeake Bay. The...
COSCO Container Ship Sailing on the Water.

Shanghai Lockdown Causes Queues of Vessels Stuck Waiting To Enter China

Queues of vessels carrying raw materials have jumped after Shanghai initiated a city-wide lockdown at...

Airfreight CTOs Easter and ANZAC day Operating Hours

Working arrangements for Airfreight CTO’s over the Easter and ANZAC day period. Please see below...
Buckets in a Shipping Container That were used to Hide MDMA.

More than 1 Tonne of MDMA Seized, 6 Men Sentenced

The final member of a syndicate related to an importation of one tonne of MDMA...

Tariffs on Russian and Belarusian Goods

Following the Prime Ministers announcement of an additional 35% duty to apply to goods from...

Easter / ANZAC Day Period – Stevedore Operating Hours

Stevedores working arrangements over the coming Easter / ANZAC Day period. Please see below links...

Supply Chains Remain In Chaos as Shanghai Lockdown is Extended Indefinitely

The Shanghai lockdown has been extended indefinitely, a move that casts further uncertainty over Chinese...
Drugs found in Commercial Dough Mixer by the AFP and ABF.

Freight Forwarder and Two Other Men Charged Over Plots to Import 100kg of Methamphetamine

A 39-year-old freight forwarder has been charged over his alleged role in a plan to...
2 People SHaking Hands Making and Agreement.

Australia-India Free Trade Agreement

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a trade agreement with India due to be signed...

Shanghai’s Lockdown Extended

China’s authorities are struggling with their latest battle with Covid-19. Having placed the eastern side...

Evergreen Declares General Average on Grounded Ever Forward

Following the failure to refloat the 12,000 teu Ever Forward this week, Evergreen announced, today that, with...
Wall of Shipping Containers.

Australian Depot Managers Say Free Box Storage Time is ‘unworkable’

Exasperated container depot operators in Australia have called on shipping lines to offer “more realistic”...
Shanghai Shutdown - Image of The City of Shanghai at Night.

Shanghai Shutdown – Factories Expected to Suspend Manufacturing

China’s biggest city Shanghai began a two-stage lockdown Monday as authorities attempt different strategies to...
The side of a Maersk Containership with Container Onboard.

Maersk Vessel Loses 90 Containers Overboard

Maersk has confirmed that its chartered vessel Dyros lost around 90 containers overboard in rough seas, in...

As Shenzhen Lockdown Ends Other Regions are Hit By New Covid Restrictions

China’s tech hub city of Shenzhen resumed normal work and production today after a seven-day...

Patrick Terminals Employees Vote up New Enterprise Agreement

After two years of negotiation, the new Patrick Terminals Enterprise Agreement has been voted up...
Scrabble Pieces that Spell LOCKDOWN.

The Shenzhen Lockdown and its Impact on The Supply Chain

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

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

A.P. Møller Maersk, CMA CGM Group, and Hapag-Lloyd have been asked to provide rate information and documents to...

Shenzhen and Shanghai Imposes Restrictions As Covid-19 Cases Jump

Two of China’s largest cities, Shenzhen and Shanghai, imposed stringent restrictions on Sunday on the...
Lizards That were Found in the Smuggling.

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

Two men have been sentenced for wilfully smuggling native lizards from Australia to the United...
Maersk Container Ship Sailing with Sunset in the Background.

Ukraine Invasion Having Global Impacts on Shipping

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine snarls regional logistics and rattles the global commodity market, ripples...
Illegal Drugs That the AFP and ABF Found Concealed in Tea.

Police Seize 69kg of Illegal Drugs Concealed in Tea

More than $55 million worth of drugs have been seized, after 56 kilograms of methamphetamine...
Maersk and an MSC Container ship at Berth.

Container Lines Suspends Shipments to Russia

Ocean Network Express Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Monday suspended bookings to...
Flood Water

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

Be patient and have a back-up plan. Those were the two key messages to industry...

Svitzer Tugs Protected Industrial Action Suspended

The Fair Work Commission has suspended a series of strikes by Svitzer tugboat masters. The...
Image of a Fire with a Black Background.

Abandoned Car Carrier still Burning with 4,000 Cars Onboard

The Felicity Ace, a specialist cargo ship carrying more than 4000 cars, caught alight near...

Svitzer Tugs – Protected Industrial Action

Tug masters employed by Svitzer Australia (represented by the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU)) are...
Plane Being Loaded with Cargo.

Good News for Airfreight as Australia Looks Set to Reopen Borders

Australia is set to re-open its doors to international tourists next week, paving the way...

Addition of China to the BMSB Emerging Risk Country List

As a result of detections of live BMSB in some containerised commodities originating in China...
Meth found in Wooden Pallets by the AFP.

Brisbane Man Charged with Importing 83kg of Methamphetamine Hidden Inside Timber Pallets

A 32-year-old Brisbane man is scheduled to face Brisbane Magistrates Court after the Queensland Joint...

Major Rail and Road Flooding Causes Freight Delays

Supply chains already stretched due to Covid-related staff shortages have been severed after flooding in...

Patrick Terminals and The Maritime Union of Australia Reach 4-Year Enterprise Agreement

The wharfies’ union has given up veto rights over hiring decisions as part of a...
Maersk Container Ship at a Container Terminal.

Mumbai Maersk Container Ship Refloated

Maersk’s mega-ship, the Mumbai Maersk, which grounded near the German island of Wangerooge in the North...

10 Feared Dead After Oil Vessel Explodes

A 46-year-old Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel TRINITY SPIRIT with a capacity to...

Mumbai Maersk Boxship Runs Aground Near Germany

A giant Maersk containership, Mumbai Maersk has run aground off the German island of Wangerooge in the...
Covid impacting supply chain

Staff Shortages from Covid Heighten Chronic Australian Supply Chain Delays

Australian supply chains are still suffering widespread disruption from Covid-related staff shortages. According to the...

Covid-hit Lufthansa Cargo Cancel all Transit Freight via Frankfurt Hub

Lufthansa Cargo is the latest carrier to suffer operationally from an outbreak of Covid and...

Omicron Outbreak in Australia Wreaking Havoc with Supply Chains

Australia’s Omicron wave has skyrocketed staff shortages in container logistics, putting the sector under “enormous...
31 Year Old Man Being Arrested by The AFP.

Trio Charged and 99kg of Meth Stopped from Reaching WA Over Festive Period

The three WA men were arrested by Australian Federal Police officers on 30 December 2021...

Port of Ningbo Open, but Logistics Services Suffer as Covid Restrictions are Tightened

Services at the port of Ningbo are operating normally – although the Zhejiang Province government...
Shipping Industry Recap 2021

2021 Shipping Industry Recap

2021 proved to be a very challenging year for shippers, but an exceptionally profitable one...

Avanti Freight Management Shipping Industry Newsletters

December 2022 Issue 1 Issue 2 November 2022 Issue 1 Issue 2 Shipping Industry news...
Terminal Working Arrangements Over Christmas 2021

Terminal Working Arrangements Over Christmas 2021

Sea Terminals Patrick Terminals DP World Hutchison Ports Victorian international Container Terminal Flinders Adelaide Container...
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 2021-22 BMSB Season Newsletter Edition 2 AND Biosecurity Matters – Edition 4 2021

2021-22 BMSB Season Newsletter  Mixed Goods Consignments 120 hours post treatment window Offshore treatment and...

Shipping Line Detention Policies Christmas/New Year 2021

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) have reached out to major shipping lines to ascertain their approach to any relief /...

China Cabin Cargo Ban will add to Pressure on Air Capacity and Freight Rates

Cargo in aircraft passenger cabins will no longer be accepted by China in the new...
The Khapra Beetle is a Pest

Upcoming Extension of Sea Container Measures (Phase 6A) to Protect Against Khapra Beetle

As notified here, the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment will be extending Phase 6A...
Omicron could be rising Air Freight Prices

No Relief From Elevated Air Freight Rates in Sight

According to consultants and analysts, shippers hoping for relief in air freight rates early next...

Ningbo Port Could See Disruption as Zhenhai District Goes into a 14-day Lockdown

China has imposed a 14-day lockdown at Zhenhai, one of the six districts in Ningbo...

Prime Minister Announces Enquiry into the Efficiency of our Maritime Logistics Industry

In a presentation on 30th November 2021 to the Australian Industry Group (AIG), the Prime...

Airport Congestion and Staff Shortages Means Cargo is not Getting Picked Up

Attempts by air cargo handlers to encourage forwarders to pick up freight at weekends are...
Supply Chain

Is The Supply Chain Broken?

Peter Cole, owner of Australian ecommerce company Urban Plant Growers is still waiting for his...

Container Shipping Lines Smash Profits Made by Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google

Liner shipping is now earning more dollars than many of the the best known names...

140kg of Methamphetamine Concealed in Catering Equipment Seized

Three men have been charged by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) for an...
Shipping Containers Stacked on a Scale.

Pondus Weighing Solution for Patrick Terminals – Sydney

The Pondus weighing solution will be implemented into Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad operations from...
Congestion Hits Air Cargo

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...
Khapra Beetle

Khapra Beetle Phases 4, 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...
Indonesian Navy

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...

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...
Cocaine hidden inside Playstation

Three Men Charged with Cocaine Inside PlayStation

Three men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court for allegedly importing 1.5 kg of cocaine...

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...

295kg of Methamphetamine Found in Excavator in NSW

Three men have been charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation into the importation of...

Ports in the Shenzhen Region Suspends Operations due to Tropical Storm

Chinese officials have issued warnings and ordered ports in the Shenzhen region to suspend operations...
Positive Covid-19 Case in Melbourne AIrport

Patrick Terminal Melbourne – Positive COVID-19 Case

At Patrick Terminal in Melbourne, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (1/10). The...

Queensland Woman Charged with Importing 14kg of Methamphetamine

A 29-year-old Queensland woman has faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with allegedly importing about 14kg...
Anticipated Permit Application Assessment Delays – The Department

Anticipated Permit Application Assessment Delays – The Department

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment would like to provide an update on...

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) Suspends Operations

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) management has advised that a second employee has returned a...

Where in The World is My Cargo?

Written 22/09/21 It can almost be guaranteed that everyone at least once in their life...

Hutchison Terminal – Port Botany Operations Update

On Saturday 18th September, Hutchison Port Botany reported cancelled slots since 0600 due to an...

BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to...
Firearm

Firearms and Firearm Components Seized

Officers from the WA Police Force’s Licensing Services, Compliance and Inquiry Team and the Australian...

Pair Jailed Over 18kg Methamphetamine Import

Two Adelaide men have each been sentenced to 12 years jail over a plot to...

Get in Early for your Christmas Shopping to Avoid Headaches!

Aussies are being warned not to leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute as...
Lit Cigarette Laying Down.

Man’s Attempt to Import $8 Million Worth of Illicit Cigarettes

The investigation began after ABF officers detected approximately 800 hidden boxes of cigarettes in a...

Khapra Beetle Phase 3 Measures: New Requirements for High-Risk Plant Products Imported via All Commercial Pathways

The Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment has issued import industry advice notice 177-2021...

Man Arrested For Importing Firearms and Firearm Parts

A 54 year old man has been arrested in Adelaide after Australian Border Force (ABF)...

American Airlines Suspends Australian Cargo and Passenger Flights for 2 Months

American Airlines (AA) has announced the suspension of passenger and cargo flights into Australia for...

Increased Online Spending, Demand, Congestion, the Busiest Ports in the World and How the Shipping Industry is Handling the Pandemic

Today over 750 million containers – measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – are moved...
Person Accepting a Package.

Methamphetamine Found in Mail Import, 62 Year Old Man Charged

A 62-year-old WA man has been charged after authorities intercepted approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine...

Meidong Container Terminal in China Suspends Operations Over Single Covid-19 Case

Operations at Ningbo terminal have been suspended following a single case of Covid-19. Ningbo-Zhoushan port...

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...

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...

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

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to...

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...

Changes to Khapra Beetle Measures

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

Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the...

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

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has published the seasonal measures for the...

More Freight Delays Expected In China This Week Due To Typhoon

More freight delays are expected in China this week, after typhoon In-Fa forced the closure...

Global Port Congestion Worsens, 116 Ports Report Disruption

The port congestion issue has stretched around the globe with large numbers of container ships...
Rough Ocean

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...
Person Holding A Stack of Paper.

Documents Required For Fumigation Certificates For Imported Goods

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice Notice 152-2021 dealing...
illegal logging

Australia’s Illegal Logging Laws Review

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has commenced a review of Australia’s illegal...

Container ship explosion in Dubai felt by residents 25km away

A container ship explosion has sent a shock wave through Dubai and damaged one of...
Seized Clutch Purses Containing Cocaine

Two Western Australian Men Charged Over Cocaine Importation

Two Perth men have been charged over the cocaine importation of 3.99 kilograms into WA...
Container Ship Being Pushed By Tug Boats

Yantian Port Returns to Full Operations, Box Backlog Expected to Take Weeks to Clear

Yantian Port has resumed normal operations after a month-long cut in productivity brought about by...
China's Trade Bottleneck - World Globe Stopped on China

China’s Trade Bottleneck Could Be Worse Than the Suez Canal Blockage

After tens of trillions of dollars in government stimulus around the globe, the demand for...
Protected Industrial Action

Protected Industrial Action Being Taken by the Maritime Union of Australia

Maritime Union of Australia Agrees to Withdraw Industrial Action Thursday 11th November: As per the...
77kg of heroin seized in WA - Man behind Bars

Five Arrested and 77kg of Heroin Seized in WA – The Biggest in the State’s History

Five men have been arrested in Western Australia over the importation of 77 kilograms of...
Warning Asbestos Sign

Australian Border Force (ABF) Target Asbestos in Imported Building Products

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is undertaking a targeted period of action against imported building...
Cocaine In Food Warmer

Two Sydney Men Arrested for Importing Cocaine

Two Sydney men have faced Central Local Court after allegedly importing cocaine worth $1.25 million...
Fire In Engine Room On NYK Delphinius

General Average.. What Exactly Is It?

Imagine a cargo ship full of containers on its voyage and something unexpected happens during...
Wall Of Shipping Containers Stacked Together

Update on the Situation at Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

As of 2/06/21 from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC): “There is an ongoing congestion issue...
XPress Pearl Cargo Ship Burnt After Fire

Sri Lanka Faces ‘worst beach pollution’ in History From Burning Cargo Ship

A fire onboard a cargo vessel off Sri Lanka’s coast continues to rage for the...
Wrists in Handcuffs

230kg of Methamphetamine Seized in Helical Gear Drives

A 37-year-old Newcastle man is due to face Sydney Central Local Court charges with importing...
Cargo Ship X-Press Pearl On Fire

Marine Insurance is Important!

I hope the owners of cargo on board this ship have Marine Insurance…  The 3...
Covid19 Vaccine

Australian-first Covid vaccinations for foreign seafarers in Port Botany

New South Wales Health will provide Covid-19 vaccinations to a small number of foreign seafarers...
$100 Mil Worth of Methamphetamine Seized.

Close to $100 Million Worth of Methamphetamine Found in Heaters and Barbeques on Sydney Cargo Ship

Close to $100 million worth of methamphetamine (ice) been found concealed in electric barbeque grills...
22Kg Of Heroin Seized From Perth Teenager

Perth Teenager Charged with Drug Smuggling for Allegedly Trying to Import 22kg of Heroin from China

A 17-year-old girl has been charged over her alleged role in a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling...
Hands in Handcuffs behind back.

Two More Australians Arrested in Connection to an International $301 Million MDMA Bust

Two more Australians have been arrested and charged in connection to a major joint international...

$2.7 Million Worth of Cocaine Concealed in Clay Bricks

A Sydney man has been charged as part of ongoing investigations into the alleged importation...
Seized Oil Bottles Containing Liquid Meth

Victoria’s Second Largest Liquid Methamphetamine Haul Worth $80.7 Million Seized

540kg of liquid methamphetamine worth an estimated $80.7 million was seized after the border controlled...
Caution Asbestos

Asbestos Compliance

Some great information about Asbestos provided from the Australian Border Force (ABF) was included in...

1kg of Heroin, Cash, and Firearms Seized in Joint Investigation, Gold Coast

A Robina man has been charged in connection with attempting to import a kilogram of...

4 Dead, 9 Missing After Cargo Ship Runs Aground in the Philippines

Four crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the southern Philippines have...

Man Charged After Police Seizure of 34kg of Drugs from Melbourne ‘safe house’

Joint Taskforce Icarus members have arrested and charged a 35-year-old Melbourne man, in connection to...

Two Men Charged After 63kg of Meth was Found Hidden in Shipping Pallets

Two men from Sydney have been charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of...

Australian Trusted Trader

Reducing red tape for Trusted Traders at the border, improving certainty in export markets, and...

Number of Men Set to be Charged in International $47 Million Cocaine Investigation

Five men allegedly connected to 188 kilograms of cocaine seized by Australian authorities in 2019...

Owner of ‘Ever Given’ Declares General Average – Marine Insurance Matters!

As the investigation into the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal began last week...

Sea Container Measures to Protect Against the Khapra Beetle – An Update!

Phase 6A of the Khapra Beetle urgent actions will commence from 12 April 2021. Phase...

Warnings Over Spike in Banned Pronged Dog Collar Detections

An alarming spike in the number of banned ‘pronged’ dog collars detected at the border...

Illicit Tobacco Taskforce Targets International and Domestic Tobacco Smuggling Rings

Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) led by The Australian Border Force (ABF) has disrupted the activities...

Ever Given Container Ship Blocks The Suez Canal in Egypt – One of the Worlds Busiest Trade Routes

Tuesday 30th March Update – Salvage teams have freed the Ever Given container ship stuck...
ONE Apus Container ship with collapsed stacks of shipping containers onboard.

Marine Insurance – Why is it important? How can we help?

What was once thought of as a rare occurrence has turned into a almost fortnightly...

Notification of Protected Industrial Action

Svitzer Australia has received notification from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) of protected industrial...

Avanti Newsletters 2020 – Industry Updates

AvantiFM Newsletters 2020 – Industry Updates December 2020 December 2020 Issue 2   Merry Christmas...

AvantiFM Newsletters 2021

December 2021 December 2021 Issue 1 December 2021 Issue 2 November 2021 November 2021 Issue...
Side of container ship with containers loaded.

Industry Update- October 2020

The Shipping and Logistics industry has been hit by a number of things resulting in...
Opened shipping container with cargo spilling out.

Packaging Pain – Avoid Damaged Goods in Transit

One of the most common complaints we hear about relates to damaged goods; most of...

GST on Low Value Imports – UPDATE

From July 2018 Goods & Services Tax (GST) will be applicable to low value imports...
Plane flying

New Requirements – US Bound Air Cargo

From 1-Jul-17 all air cargo to the USA must be screened per piece or be...

GST on Low Value Imports Expected Soon

For years Australian shops have complained that online or overseas retailers had an unfair advantage...
Hanjin Container Ship at Berth

Hanjin Troubles to Cause Delays

Earlier this week Hanjin Shipping announced that it is filing court receivership after its main...
ANL Container ship on the water.

New Requirements – Verified Container Weight

Effective 1-Jul-2016 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have adopted amendments requiring the containers’ gross weight to...

Changes to Australian Customs & Quarantine Import Charges

Customs ‘Import Processing Charges’ – Effective 1-Jan-2016 Starting from 1-Jan-2016 Australian Customs and Border Protection...

China / Australia Free Trade Agreement – Now in Effect

Six months ago the China / Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed with the...

GST on Online Purchases

Earlier this month NAB released their analysis of online retail sales for August 2015 showing...
Landed Plane

Acceptance of Australian Air Cargo in the US

Requirements that all US bound air cargo is examined at a piece level means that...

China / Australia Free Trade Agreement

The China / Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed 17-June-15 with the aim of...

Australian Trusted Trader Program – Key Points

What is it? The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program is an internationally recognised compliance framework...
A Maersk and MSC Container Ship At Berth

Tradex Scheme

What does it offer? The Tradex Scheme provides up-front exemptions from customs duty and GST...
Pile of Logs

Illegal Logging Laws in Australia

About the Illegal Logging Laws The Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 came into operation in...
A Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on a Leaf

NOTICE: Emergency Measures on the Import of Break Bulk, Vehicles & Machinery

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released an industry notice about emergency measures on the...
A large number of trucks carrying containers wait atto drop containers off at LA Port.

Amazing Photographs of LA Port Congestion

The ongoing labour dispute at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has left...
A large number of trucks carrying containers wait atto drop containers off at LA Port.

US West Coast Congestion Update

Overcrowding continues to blight the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with ships forced...
Cargo Ship In Rough Waters Losing Containers

Marine Insurance – Not Just for Your Cargo

Marine Insurance – Not Just for Your Cargo What are the chances you will lose...

Understanding Incoterms – FOB (Free on Board)

Understanding Incoterms – FOB (Free on Board) If you are an importer or exporter there...

Duty & GST on Imported Goods

Duty & GST on Imported Goods What duties and taxes will be applied to the...

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