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Fracht Australia newsletter July 2015
06/26/2015
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“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

Charles Swindoll

 

CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (ChAFTA)

The new FTA between Australia and China was signed on 17th of June by Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng. 85% of Australian exports will be tariff free, rising to 95% upon full implementation. Imports into both Australia or China will require Certificates of Origin or Declarations of Origin to qualify for duty exemptions. Assuming that the Senate review of the agreements and implementation via domestic legislation goes smoothly the commencement of the FTA should be in late 2015. China is Australia’s biggest trading partner with the total two way flow of goods and services exceeding 160 billion Dollars.

 

AROUND THE WORLD

  • APMT OPENED ITS NEW SEK 450 MILLION GOTHENBURG TERMINAL  3 months ahead of schedule. The 900 metre quay is capable of handling the world’s largest container ships and is also equipped with 11 onshore power connections allowing vessels to shut downauxiliary engines and reduce emissions. Gothenburg handles 60% of Sweden’s container traffic and the new terminal establishes the port as the prime hub for Scandinavia and the Baltic.
  • CHINA AMENDED ITS 2009 FOOD SAFETY LAW. The new law provides for much harsher civil, administrative and criminal penalties for offenders and their supervisors from 1st of October. Fines will also increase dramatically. The new law is designed to eliminate food scandals and restore consumer confidence.
  • THE CUSTOMS STRIKE IN CHILE ENDED AT THE END OF MAY (Fracht June News) only to be followed by strike actions by stevedores in some of the key ports in Chile in the month of June!!

 

SEAFREIGHT NEWS

  • SWIRES HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP WITH RICKMERS which allows the shipping line to accept project cargo in the Middle East and India. The monthly multipurpose service has a lifting capacity of 120 tonnes. Load ports are Jebel Ali, Dammam, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and destinations via Singapore are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji, Australia East Coast, Darwin, East Timor and New Zealand.
  • SWIRES NAMED ITS NEWEST VESSEL FOR THE ASIA – AUSTRALIA TRADE. The 1617 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) capacity “Papuan Chief” made its maiden calls in Shanghai, Ningbo and Shekou before proceeding to Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. The new vessel will join the “New Guinea Chief” on the North Asia Express Service.
  • IT’S NOT EASY TO GET LCL-CARGO INTO LIBYA but Fracht Malta makes it possible. Regular departures are offered from Malta with deconsolidation and customs clearance in Tripoli. Cargo can also be accepted in Fracht Nuernberg’s depot.
  • HAPAG LLOYD WILL INCREASE AUSTRALIAN TERMINAL CHARGES for import and export on the 15th of July. CMA CGM will increase already on the 2nd of July.
  • BUNKER SURCHARGES WILL CHANGE AGAIN IN JULY: Hapag Lloyd will charge USD 325.00 per TEU from North East Asia, CMA CGM USD 436.00 per TEU from Europe and Hoegh Line’s BAF for their Roll on / Roll off service from Europe will be USD 9.85 per cubic metre.

 

AIRFREIGHT NEWS

  • QANTAS WILL RESUME SYDNEY – SAN FRANCISCO FLIGHTS FROM 20th December and will offer 6 weekly departures from January.
  • IATA FIGURES PER END OF APRIL INDICATE THAT THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL.  International airfreight increased by 4.8% in the first four months of 2015 compared to 2014 while Asia Pacific improved by 7.8%.

 

AUSTRALIAN PORTS

  • THE FULLY AUTOMATED ‘AUTOSTRADS” HAVE NOW BEEN OPERATING IN SYDNEY’S PATRICK TERMINAL for about 2 months.  Ships are still unloaded by cranes driven by dockworkers but the AutoStrads take over from the moment the containers are on the wharf.There is no more human interface from the moment the truck driver steps out of his cabin – the process is completed by “robots”. Using radar based navigation systems, the AutoStrads traverse the length and breadth of the terminal. According to Patricks the new operation is safer with no injury since the April change-over.

ANOTHER INFLATION BUSTING PRICE HIKE BY PORT PHILIP SEA PILOTS has sparked industry demands for increased competition and independent price regulation for pilotage in Melbourne, Geelong and Western Port. While the latest  hike of 4% is nowhere near the 767% rent increase by the Port of Melbourne the pilotage has still gone up by twice the inflation rate.

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