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 strain”.

This week, local media reported bare supermarket shelves across the country, due to “up to half” of all truck drivers being absent from work, thanks to either a positive test result or isolation rules.

Industry sources say the country’s testing rules, combined with a lack of test kits for transport workers, is at the root of the disruption to supply chains.

According to Michael Kaine, national secretary ...

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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 after a joint agency investigation launched when Australian Border Force officers found the drugs hidden in a 550-kilogram shipment of latex bed pillows.

ABF officers in Fremantle examined the consignment after it arrived on a container ship.  After examining the goods within the container they found anomalies within the latex pillows, which they carefully deconstructed.  Officers located a crystal-like substance which was subsequently referred to the ...

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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 has instigated quarantine and disinfection action for the Beilun district of the city.

Three of Ningbo’s container terminals border Beilun district, where, reportedly, 23 people have tested positive for Covid-19 – Ningbo Beilun Container Terminal (NBCT), Ningbo Beilun Second (NBSCT) and Ningbo Beilun Third (NBTCT) – but there are no reports of infections in the port itself.

According to Maersk Line, loading and discharge operations at the ...

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2021 Shipping Industry Recap

2021 proved to be a very challenging year for shippers, but an exceptionally profitable one for ocean carriers and containership owners.

Soaring freight rates – both short-term and contract – along with a dysfunctional and, at times, broken supply chain heaped more misery onto the shipper community over the past year.

Following the Chinese New Year in mid-February, there was a brief glimmer of hope that rates had peaked and carriers were beginning to regain some semblance of schedule reliability – but ...

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Newsletters 2022

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 ...
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Terminal Working Arrangements Over Christmas 2021

Sea Terminals

Patrick Terminals

DP World

Hutchison Ports

Victorian international Container Terminal

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

Air Terminals

Qantas Freight

During the festive season, Qantas terminals may have slightly different operating hours. So before you arrive at the terminal, it’s recommend you check the lodgement and collection hours to see when Qantas are open. Some terminals will be closed on public holidays.

The below terminals have revised holiday ...

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Shipping Line Detention Policies Christmas/New Year 2021

Wednesday 15th December

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) have reached out to major shipping lines to ascertain their approach to any relief / waivers of detention over the Christmas / New Year period:

BAL Container Line

Will be providing 3 extra free days as aligned with the terminal and depot operations over 25 DEC – Christmas day, 26 DEC – Boxing Day and 1 JAN – New Year’s Day.

ANL & CMA CGM

Have received and reviewed the R&D operations for this period and at this time the ...

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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 measures to further minimise the risk of the introduction and spread of khapra beetle to high-risk rural areas.

As part of this, Full Container Load/Full Container Consolidated (FCL/FCX) containers that are packed in a khapra beetle target risk country and will be unpacked in a rural nut growing postcode of Australia must be treated offshore using an  Continue Reading →

No Relief From Elevated Air Freight Rates in Sight

According to consultants and analysts, shippers hoping for relief in air freight rates early next year can expect to be disappointed.

A host of factors, including the Omicron variant and its likely impact on belly capacity and lockdowns, spurring spending on goods rather than services, as well as a shortage of labour, could see pricing remain high.

“These factors should support persistently elevated air freight rates in our view, and any shippers looking for relief in the seasonal first quarter freight ...

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

Wednesday 8th December 2021

China has imposed a 14-day lockdown at Zhenhai, one of the six districts in Ningbo, amid an increase in coronavirus infections, prompting concerns of port disruptions and worsening supply chain blockages, market sources said.

“Just received an update from our China contacts…Zhenhai district has been locked down due to three positive cases of COVID-19. The lockdown is for 14 days,” a source said. An importer based in the US confirmed the same information, adding that the company’s ...

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