WA Resident Charged Over Cocaine Mail Import

Thursday 10/03/22

A 24-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrate’s Court charged over the importation of cocaine embedded in clothing.

Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force launched an investigation after ABF officers examined a package from South America last month and allegedly found a white powdery substance in the fibres of ponchos and bikinis.

Testing of the powder returned a positive presumptive test for cocaine.

Further examination of the items by AFP forensics officers established there was approximately two kilograms ...

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

Thursday 10/03/2022

Two men have been sentenced for wilfully smuggling native lizards from Australia to the United States (US).

The two men aged 39 and 31, pled guilty to the charge in Miami, Florida after investigations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement. Both were sentenced last month.

The 39 year-old was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 300 days of home detention and will pay a $40,000 fine, while ...

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Ukraine Invasion Having Global Impacts on Shipping

Wednesday 9/03/2022

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine snarls regional logistics and rattles the global commodity market, ripples are spilling over into container shipping, resulting in more delays, less capacity and higher costs, according to experts.

The conflict in Ukraine, a country at the nexus of Europe and Asia, is weighing on ocean traffic between the two continents in particular, they said.

Though the world’s major shipping routes do not pass near Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, ...

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Container Lines Suspends Shipments to Russia

Tuesday 01/03/22

Ocean Network Express

Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Monday suspended bookings to and from Russia in response to Western sanctions on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s assault on its neighbour, which Moscow says is a “special operation”, is the biggest state-to-state invasion in Europe since World War Two.

“Booking acceptance to and from St Petersburg, Russia is suspended with immediate effect until further notice whilst we evaluate the operational feasibility,” Singapore-headquartered ONE said in a ...

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

Monday 28/02/22

Be patient and have a back-up plan.

Those were the two key messages to industry from the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) as the severe weather system continues to hammer the south-east part of the state.

“I can’t say with certainty, but with my experience, and everything I see, the Bruce Highway is not going to be going to be open  for some days yet,” said CEO Gary Mahon.

“We’ve already got inbound on the Warrego open and they can go out on ...

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Svitzer Tugs Protected Industrial Action Suspended

Monday 23/02/22

The Fair Work Commission has suspended a series of strikes by Svitzer tugboat masters.

The decision terminates seven work stoppages announced by the Australian Maritime Officers Union. The stoppages were to run for either 48 or 72 hours at Port Botany, Brisbane, and Fremantle.

The industrial action was expected to have significant impact on shipping operations at the affected ports.

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Svitzer Tugs – Protected Industrial Action

Thursday 17/02/22

Tug masters employed by Svitzer Australia (represented by the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU)) are undertaking extensive Protected Industrial Action (PIA) across many ports in Australia.

These strike actions are impacting on vessel arrivals and departures in Port Botany, Brisbane and Fremantle. 

The current notified PIAs in Australian container ports are:

Port Botany:

  • 48-hour stoppage from 00:01 on 17 February to 00:01 on 19 February
  • 48-hour stoppage from 00:01 on 22 to 00:01 on 24 February

Brisbane:

  • 48-hour stoppage from 0600 on 17 February ...
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Good News for Airfreight as Australia Looks Set to Reopen Borders

Tuesday 15/02/22

Australia is set to re-open its doors to international tourists next week, paving the way for a welcome boost to airfreight capacity.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the 21 February reopening after nearly two years of Covid border restrictions, allowing “fully vaccinated” passengers with a visa into the country for the first-time with no prior exemption required.

The news will come as welcome relief to an airline industry left financially dented by Covid travel restrictions – according to ...

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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, the department will be adding China as an emerging risk country for the remainder of the 2021-22 BMSB season.

The increased random inspection activities will apply to the following goods:

  • Goods manufactured in, or shipped from China and,
  • FCL / FCX containers – for goods shipped in sealed 6 hard sided containers and,
  • Goods tariffed as Chapters 39, 68, 69, 70, 73, 84, 85 and 89.

LCL / FAK containers ...

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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 Organised Task Force (QJOCTF) charged him with importing 83kg of methamphetamine allegedly hidden inside hollowed-out timber pallets.

The QJOCTF – which comprises the AFP, Australian Border Force (ABF), Queensland Police (QPS) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA) – arrested the man in December following a five-month investigation named Operation Wirraway.

The operation began in August 2021 after ABF officers at the Port of Brisbane examined a container ...

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