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Fracht Australia eNewsletter July 2014
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Fracht Australia eNews - July 2014

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July 2014

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, a love of what you are doing.”

Pele -Brazilian Soccer legend

 

NEW WAREHOUSE FOR FRACHT SYDNEY

To cater for its growing logistics and distribution business, Fracht Sydney is opening a new 2000 square metre warehouse at 13 Baker Street, Botany. This is in addition to the existing bonded warehouse at 19 Baker Street. The new facility is in a prime position very close to the CBD, airport and Port Botany and will be fully operational in the middle of July. Please contact us if you wish to discuss your storage and distribution requirements.

 

AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE (ABF)

From 1st of July 2015 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Customs and Border Protection Services will be consolidated into one department. The new AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE (ABF) will be responsible for immigration as well as customs. The ABF will be led by a commissioner who will report directly to the minister. The objective is to harden Australia’s borders against criminal infiltration and at the same time enhance the capacity to manage ever increasing trade and travel across the border quickly, efficiently and professionally.

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (AQIS)

  • DAF HAS HEIGHTENED THE SURVEILLANCE OF TIMBER packing materials from China. DAF intercepted Asian longhorn beetles, brown mulberry longhorn beetles and Japanese sawyer beetles in timber pallets from China even though the pallets were ISPM15 stamped and arrived into Australia with supporting documentation, which confirmed treatment.
  • From 1st of July 2014 the DAF will increase its fees and charges by up to 50%!

 

AROUND THE WORLD

  • RAMADAN, THE MUSLIM MONTH OF FASTING has started and will end around 28th of July. Customs and businesses in most Muslim countries will close for up to one week during Eid al Fitr which is the celebration of the end of fasting.
  • THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAS ABANDONED THE UNPOPULAR “ECOTAX” and will instead impose a less ambitious “Trucks Tolls” effective 1st of January 2015. Truck Tolls will cost heavy vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes EUR 0.13 per kilometre on a stretch of approx.. 4000 km. In contrast the Ecotax would have been applied to approx.. 15000 km of roads.
  • US WESTCOAST PORTS COULD GRIND TO A HALT if the negotiations between the ILWU (International Longshore & Warehouse Union) and the Pacific Maritime Association are unsuccessful. The current 6 year contract expired on the 30th of June. Closure of the ports or work stoppages will trigger a congestion surcharge of USD 800.00 per 20 ft and USD 1000.00 per 40 ft container.
  • ROTTERDAM, EUROPE’S BUSIEST PORT is facing weeks of congestion because one of the main terminals is upgraded. ECT Delta Terminal is adding five new quay cranes, automated guided vehicles and automated stacking cranes.

 

AUSTRALIAN AIRPORTS, PORTS AND TERMINALS

  • MENZIES HAS IMPLEMENTED REDUCED OPENING HOURS at its Sydney import and export airfreight terminals on 28th of June. Not good news for forwarders and truckers who may have to put up with longer waiting times and extra costs.
  • THE SYDNEY, NEWCASTLE AND PORT KEMBLA PORTS CORPORATIONS WILL BE MERGED into one state owned body on 1st of July 2014. The amalgamation of the three corporations is expected to achieve a more efficient and robust ports business for NSW.
  • THE SYDNEY PORTS CORPORATION HAS INCREASED ITS FEES BY 9.64% effective 1st of July 2014! The company considers the increase “fair and reasonable” after a decade of inconsistent CPI increases. Unsurprisingly, the shipping industry is very disappointed to see such fee rises “which are out of step with economic reality”.
  • MELBOURNE PORT FEES HAVE ALSO RISEN ON 1st of July but unlike Sydney, the increases are more moderate.
  • PATRICKS ROLLED OUT NEW TERMINAL ANCILLARY CHARGES in the Port Botany, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle terminals. In Brisbane for example the storage charges per TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) will be AUD 105.87 per day for the first 2 days and each additional day will cost AUD 258.92.
  • DP WORLD IN BRISBANE HAS INTRODUCE A BRAND NEW “CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY FEE” on 1st of July 2014. The fee of AUD 5.10 per container is the first of its kind in Australia.
  • IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE INCREASES NOBODY IS SURPRISED that the shipping lines had to follow suit and also increase their Terminal Handling and Port Service Charges in the new financial year…………. 

 

AIRFREIGHT NEWS

  • EMIRATES STARTED OPERATING WEEKLY B777 freighters between Atlanta and Dubai.
  • ACCORDING TO IATA FIGURES international airfreight increased by 4.5% in the first four months of 2014 compared to 2013. The Asia/Pacific region increased by 4.2% in the same period.
  • ICAO (INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION) proposes to ban lithium batteries on passenger flights. The prohibition will exclude batteries packed with or contained in equipment or those carried by passengers in the aircraft. ICAO’s Dangerous Goods Panel is currently discussing an effective date of 1.1.2015.

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