Fracht Australia eNewsletter December 2014
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• QATAR AIRWAYS HAS INTRODUCED A NEW FREIGHTER SERVICE TO STAVANGER from 3 November. The Norwegian energy capital will be served once a week by an A330F freighter making a stop in Brussels before heading to Stavanger.
• QANTAS PUBLISHED ITS 2014 NORTHERN WINTER SCHEDULE and seasonal service update. Qantas will increase the return services to / from the USA to 40 weekly flights. From 21 February 2015 there will be 10 instead of 7 weekly Melbourne/Los Angeles flights. The Sydney to Santiago route has increased from 3 to 4 weekly services on 21 November 2014. Two new Perth – Auckland – Perth A330 services will operate between 5 December 2014 until 26 April 2015. Qantas will also operate a number of supplementary summer services to Tokyo, Honolulu and New Zealand.
• Have you heard about the new BRISBANE WEST WELLCAMP AIRPORT?? This is Australia’s newest airport near Toowoomba, Queensland. Qantas offers narrow body freight capacity on 11 return flights a week between Brisbane West Wellcamp (WTC) and Sydney (SYD).
• ACCORDING TO THE LATEST IATA FIGURES INTERNATIONAL AIRFREIGHT CONTINUED TO GROW in September. The only exception was Europe with a negative -1.7% in September 2014 compared to 2013. This downturn reflects the Russia-Ukraine crisis and to some extent also strikes by Air France. In the first nine months of 2014 international airfreight increased by 4.6% and the Asia Pacific region achieved a 5.1% growth.


• HAPAG LLOYD UPGRADED ITS NEW ZEALAND SERVICES with extended port coverage, improved transit times and increased capacity. The new port rotations are NZA1: Tanjung Pelapas-Singapore-Brisbane-Tauranga-Lyttelton-Port Chalmers-Tanjung Pelapas; NZA2: Tanjung Pelapas-Singapore-Wellington-Timaru-Auckland-Tanjung Pelapas and NZA3: Singapore-Tanjung Pelapas-Auckland-Tauranga-Singapore.
• HYUNDAI MERCHANT MARINE (HMM) WILL TERMINATE ITS SOUTH EAST ASIA – AUSTRALIA SERVICE at the end of the year due to lack of profits. This decision will not affect services to / from North and East Asia.
• In our November newsletter we informed you that shipping lines operating to / from Emission Control Areas (ECA) will have to use Low Sulphur Fuel (LSF) from 1 January 2015. As predicted most SHIPPING LINES WILL NOW INTRODUCE A “LOW SULPHUR SURCHARGE” (LSS). Depending on origins / destination this will cost Australian importers / exporters between USD25.00 and USD75.00 per TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit).
• THE PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION PROJECT IS NOW APPROX 83% COMPLETE. As reported in our September newsletter the Panama Canal Authority expected the project to finish by the end of 2015 but the opening of the expanded canal has now been pushed back to the first quarter of 2016.
• SHIPPING LINES FROM THE USA TO AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND WILL IMPLEMENT ANOTHER RATE INCREASE of USD150.00 per TEU effective 1 December 2014. This will as usual flow on to LCL-rates as well.


• THE SITUATION IN SOME AUSTRALIAN PORTS WAS SOMEWHAT FRAGILE in November. A 12 hour Port Botany strike scheduled by the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) was averted on 20 November. On 12 November the Fair Work Commission stopped a strike in Port Hedland. At the time of printing this newsletter in the last week of November the MUA members were taking part in their annual general meeting nationwide with gatherings staggered on different days across the country. These meetings could result in delays in several ports across Australia. We sincerely hope that there will be no industrial action in the crucial weeks leading up to Christmas!
• THREE AUD65.6 MILLION STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN FREMANTLE have significantly improved efficiency and capacity in the port. AUD38.4 million was spent on the extension of North Quay Rail Terminal and the construction of a rail crossing loop at Spearwood. The third project is the Fremantle Ports’ AUD27.2 million development of roads and services on reclaimed land at Rous Head. Fremantle Port handled AUD28.4 billion in trade in 2013/14 resulting in an after tax profit of AUD37.9 million.
• We experienced considerable DELAYS IN THE QANTAS SYDNEY AIRFREIGHT TERMINALS in early November.
• DANANG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DAD) OPENED A NEW CARGO TERMINAL capable of handling 100,000 tonnes per year. Vietnam’s third busiest airport is located in the centre of the country with direct links to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Laos and Taiwan.
• WORSENING DELAYS IN MANILA HAVE PROMPTED MAERSK TO DOUBLE the port congestion surcharge from USD150.00 to USD300.00 per TEU.
• THE PORT OF ANTWERP / BELGIUM WAS BLOCKED ON 24 November due to strike. Further industrial action was announced for 1st and 15th December.
• THE SEVERE CONGESTION IN US WEST COAST PORTS CONTINUES AND SHIPPING LINES NOW PLAN TO RE-APPLY A CONGESTION SURCHARGE. As late as 18 November most shipping lines announced that the PCS (Port Congestion Surcharge) would be postponed. They performed a “u-turn” on 24 November and announced that the PCS will commence on 27 November. The surcharge will be USD800.00 per 20 ft GP, USD1,000.00 per 40 ft GP and USD 1,125.00 per 40 ft High cube.

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