Fracht Australia eNewsletter June 2014
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June 2014

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein



  • GARUDA INDONESIA PLANS TO BEGIN ITS RETURN TO EUROPE later on this year with daily B777-300ER services to Amsterdam and on to London Gatwick.
  • EMIRATES INTRODUCED A NEW WEEKLY B777 FREIGHTER on the Dubai-Abidjan-Tunis-Dubai route. This is in addition to the belly hold freight capacity which the carrier offers on daily passenger aircraft. The B777-300ER freighter has a maximum capacity of 103 tonnes.
  • ACCORDING TO THE LATEST IATA STATISTICS international airfreight grew by 4.9% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. Thanks to the resumption of business activity after the Lunar New Year the Asia Pacific Carriers grew by 6.9 per cent in the first quarter.



  • CHINESE CUSTOMS IN SHANGHAI started carrying out pre-quarantine checks at Shanghai Airport. All wooden crates imported into China must have an IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) stamp on them. Crates without this approval stamp will be considered as infested and will be disinfected and/or destroyed.
  • FOLLOWING THE PEACEFUL COUP D’ETAT IN THAILAND, the Thai Army has imposed a curfew between 5am and 10pm. This could lead to some delays in export shipments, eg if completion of packing is late and drivers are unable to deliver to the ports or airports before 10pm.
  • THE IMMINENT MERGER OF HAPAG LLOYD AND CSAV (Fracht April Newsletter) now results in fear and uncertainty amongst the 177 Hamburg based CSAV staff and some of the 1,100 Hapag Lloyd employees in Hamburg. The Hamburg regional Government is a 36.9 per cent stakeholder in Hapag Lloyd after buying into the business on the grounds that it had to support local employment.



  • COASTAL SHIPPING AROUND AUSTRALIA PLUNGED BY 7.6 MILLION TONNES in 2013 as a result of the introduction of the previous Labour Government’s “Coastal Trading Act”. This 17.6 per cent drop now reignited the discussion in Canberra about the much criticised act which resulted in massive increases in overland transport. This in turn led to increased costs and a huge increase in carbon emissions.
  • SEAROAD PLANS TO DEPLOY AUSTRALIA’S FIRST LNG-POWERED VESSELS on the Melbourne-Devonport route in 2016 / 2017. The two ships built by Flensburger-Schiffbau in Flensburg on the German / Danish border will have significantly more capacity and “tick all the right boxes” in terms of environment.
  • HAPAG LLOYD SEEMS TO BE EXPECTING CONGESTION IN US PORTS due to potential strikes, lockouts or work stoppages. If this indeed becomes reality the shipping line plans to apply a congestion surcharge after 10 June 2014. The surcharge will be USD 800.00 per 20 ft and USD 1,000.00 per 40 ft GP. Other shipping lines will no doubt follow suit.
  • ANOTHER GENERAL RATE INCREASE FROM US PORTS TO Australia and New Zealand has been announced by most shipping lines. This will be USD 250.00 per TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) applicable from 1 July 2014. This will also lead to a USD 10.00 w/m increase for LCL cargo.



  • THE AUSTRALIAN GROUNDHANDLERS TOLLdnata and Menzies have (again) increased their local charges effective 19 May respectively 26 May 2014.
  • DOMESTIC AIR CARGO IN AUSTRALIAN AIRPORTS DROPPED 7.9% in 2013. The total volume was 415,300 tonnes. Sydney handled the most volume with 122,300 tonnes closely followed by Melbourne with 115,900 tonnes and Brisbane in third spot handled 71,300 tonnes.
  • THE TOP FIVE BIGGEST CARGO AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD IN 2013 were Hong Kong with 4.16 million tonnes, Memphis 4.13 million, Shanghai 2.93 million, Incheon 2.6 million and Dubai 2 .46 million tonnes.



  • THE NSW GOVERNMENT HAS LEASED THE PORT OF NEWCASTLE for 98 years to a consortium of financial investors. The deal made with “Port of Newcastle Investments” is worth AUD 1.75 billion. The consortium is comprised of two members – Hastings Funds Management and China Merchants. The NSW Government will continue to retain regulatory oversight of the port as well as responsibility for a range of maritime safety and security functions.
  • THE PORT OF MUSCAT / OMAN WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED ON 31 August 2014. The port is located in the heart of the city and will be converted into a tourism area. All shipping activity for all shipping lines will be transferred to Sohar which is located approx 230 km North West of Muscat.
  • ALGECIRAS WITH 4.366 MILLION TEUS IS NOW THE BIGGEST PORT in the Mediterranean. In other words, this Spanish port handles roughly the same amount of containers as Sydney and Melbourne combined. The number two port in the Mediterranean is Valencia with 4.327 million TEUs followed by Ambrati (Istanbul) with 3.405 million TEUs.
  • THE VICTORIAN INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL LIMITED has won the bid to operate Melbourne’s third Webb Dock Terminal. VICTL is owned 90% by the Philippines based International Container Terminal Services Inc and 10 per cent by Australia’s Anglo Ports.
  • THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF DP WORLD’S NEW SEMI-AUTOMATED Brisbane Terminal was attended by approx 200 dignitaries from all over the world. The AUD 250 million Dollar upgrade project has increased the ports capacity from 550,000 TEUs to 900,000 TEUs.






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