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Sydney Port Congestion – Update 4

SYDNEY PORT CONGESTION – UPDATE 4 We just wanted to update you on the current situation again with shipping to Sydney. The goods news is that the MUA has ceased…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) measures for 2020-21 season

CFL would like to remind all importers that the 2020-21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season is not far away now and the new measures for this season have been…

Sydney Port Congestion – Update 3

    SYDNEY PORT CONGESTION – UPDATE 3 There has been some good news overnight with the MUA agreeing to temporarily end their industrial action at Patrick Terminals for the…

Sydney Port Congestion – Update 2

Sydney Port Congestion – Update 2 Unfortunately the situation in Sydney is getting worse with many vessels bypassing the port and instead going to Melbourne or Brisbane and discharging Sydney…

Sydney Port Congestion

SYDNEY PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE Please note that we’ve received notification from three carriers that they will be implementing a congestion surcharge for containers being imported and exported through the port…

VESSEL DELAYS TO/FROM AUSTRALIA

We wish to advise our valued customers that shipping/vessel delays are expected to continue as communicated in our previous Newsletter of August 2020. Delays due to congestion currently at the terminals,…

CHINA SHIPPING UPDATE

We’ve received several updates from our agents in China regarding the situation with shipping to Australia during the next few months. Unfortunately the space situation is very bad with most…

EMPTY CONTAINER MANAGEMENT IN SYDNEY HAS REACHED CRISIS POINT

Many empty container parks are at capacity, and several closed their doors yesterday to import de-hires of certain equipment types due to operational safety concerns. Weather disruptions, berth and container terminal…

MELBOURNE AND ADELAIDE EMPTY PARK INCREASES

Empty Container Parks in Melbourne & Adelaide have followed suit and announced increases to Terminal Access/Booking Fees and will also increase by $10 per container from 21st September 2020 and…

NSW Empty Container Parks Over Capacity

Operational conditions are at breaking point in NSW with a surplus of imports over exports in recent months leading to Empty Container Park (ECP) congestion. Subsequently some nominated ECP’s are not…

Empty Container Park Fees

Empty Container Parks have announced increases to Container booking fees, to take place across Brisbane, Sydney & Fremantle (Melbourne & ADL haven’t been mentioned yet, but we anticipate they may…

Melbourne Office Update

Our Melbourne office is still continuing to operate as normal during these stage 4 restrictions that have been put in place in Victoria. As mentioned previously, our industry has been…

Vessel Delays

We just wanted to remind you again that there are continuing delays with shipping, especially from China. Unfortunately the port in Sydney has had to close on several occasions recently…

CFL July 2020 Newsletter

NEW SYDNEY TOLL ON M8 Please note that a new toll has been introduced in Sydney on the new M8 Tunnels that just opened this month and unfortunately very little…

Chain of Responsibility (COR) – Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)

Reminder to Importers & Exporters, that Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) reforms in relation to compliance, are impacted by loading & packing (or lack of). Weights must be accurate and…

Stevedore Related Charges to be Combined on Invoices from 1st August 2019

From 1st August, the invoice line ‘Terminal Infrastructure Surcharge’ will now become ‘Terminal Infrastructure/Booking Charge’.  This will reflect both the TIS & slot booking fee, per container. As the Stevedores…

DP World Industrial Action Update

Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) intends to commence protected industrial action at DP World terminals across Australia. DPWA has been notified of protected industrial action at the following sites: Tuesday…

1 March 2019 – 100% Piece-Level Examination of All Export Air Cargo

The Australian Government has announced a range of measures to further strengthen Australia’s domestic and international aviation security. The current rules requiring piece level examination of all air cargo bound…

Patricks Terminal Infrastructure Increase

It will come as a surprise to no one that following on from DP World’s infrastructure increase that occurred on the 1st January 2019, Patricks have also decided to increase…

BMSB Exemptions Effective 1 Dec 2018

Please find notice below that we have received from FTA regarding BMSB exemptions for certain goods manufactured after the 1st of December 2018 For Further information please contact your local…

New Partner

In recognition of the outstanding contribution that Mike Parker has made to Commercial Freight & Logistics over the past 21 years we have decided to make him a partner in…

New Country of Origin Labelling for Food

New Food standards labelling Laws will become mandatory from 1st July 2018 Information about the new labels is available on the Department of Industry website. General information about country of…

Fuel Adjustment Contribution

We have received notices from Maersk, MSC and CMA advising of a Fuel Adjustment Contribution (FAD). This would appear to be a new terminology relating to the increase in world…

Cartage Invoicing

In our never ending crusade to try and reduce and simplify our invoices we have decided that effective from the 1st July 2018 we will now combine cartage, cartage fuel…

Products Emissions Standards

Do you import, manufacture or supply outdoor power equipment or marine engines? If you do, the Australian Government’s new noxious emission standards will affect you. The standards apply to 1)…

Empty Container Dehire to Wharf

The shipping lines have recently introduced a policy of delivering empty containers direct to the wharf terminals rather than the traditional empty container park. These policies will deliver significant cost…

Goods Arriving without a Quaratine Permit

Effective from the 9th April the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has changed the manner in which they treat non-prohibited goods that arrive in Australia without a permit. Previously…

Patricks Infrastructure Increase

It will come as no surprise to anyone that following on from DP World’s December increase to their Terminal Infrastructure Surcharge (TIS), Patrick has now announced that their TIS will…

Fuel Surcharge Increase

During the past 6 months the average price for diesel fuel has risen form $1.21 per litre to $1.35 per litre. As a result our fuel surcharge will increase by…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug EX Italy

As advised previously the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has implemented the compulsory fumigation of containers ex Italy that arrive in Australia between the 17th January and the 30th April. This…

Trans Pacific Partnership

On   On the 23rd January 2018, 11 countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – reached agreement on the final Comprehensive…

Overcharging on LCL Freight Prepaid Shipments

We are seeing an increase in the number of importers incurring exorbitant local charges on LCL cargo shipped on C&F/CIF terms to Australia, particularly from Asia where suppliers may be…

DPW Infrastructure Surcharge Increase

In April this year DP World introduced a Terminal Infrastructure Surcharge (TIS) to be imposed on the transport company collecting the container. At the time we opposed the introduction of…