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 regarding Khapra Beetle phase 3 measures.

Phase 3 of the khapra beetle urgent actions will commence on 30 September 2021. To reduce the risk of khapra beetle entering Australia, new import conditions will apply to high-risk plant products exported on or after 30 September 2021. Import conditions will differ depending on the country of export.

Note: The new ...

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

17/08/21

Today over 750 million containers – measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – are moved through almost 900 container ports across 141 countries each year. With the pandemic increasing the amount of time spent at home through lockdowns, this has resulted in a pandemic-led boom in online shopping for the option of next day delivery in high demand.

According to data from the United Nations, in Australia, the online retail sales were $13.5 billion in 2018 and in 2020 this ...

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Meidong Container Terminal at Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan in China Suspends Operations Over Single Covid-19 Case

12/08/21

Operations at Ningbo terminal have been suspended following a single case of Covid-19. Ningbo-Zhoushan port has started to turn ships away in the wake of the positive nucleic test. The worker resides in a dormitory and tested negative on the 8th, before being retested on the 10th of August.

Initially, the ports authority claimed that its operating system was down early yesterday morning before the Ningbo Municipal Health Commission came out with the news. The infected worker was ...

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

05/08/21

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to escalate in China, one of the world’s most important nations for shipping movements.

The delta variant has broken through the country’s virus defences, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks. While the overall number of infections — more than 360 so far — is still lower than Covid resurgences ...

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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 a meeting with the Hon Dan Tehan (minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) on Friday 30th July 2021 to follow up the meeting that was held on 2nd June 2021 regarding the further deterioration in shipping capacity and the rapid escalation in shipping costs.

FTA and APSA again have re-stated its call for the creation of a new federal maritime regulator, similar to the US Federal ...

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Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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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 “detention order” has sunk on the waters in Maryland County.

The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday (17/07) for a port in the West African country’s south, despite being under a detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements.

The vessel sent out a distress signal Saturday afternoon, notifying the coastguard that it had taken on water. By the time authorities arrived, ...

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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 onboard vessels that transport gas between Australian Ports in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus entering the community.

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed this initiative between NSW Health and NSE Ports, which will cover vessels that regularly visit the Port Botany Bulk Liquids Berth, but said the model must be rolled out nationally to reduce the risk of Covid transmission to ...

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