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Air cargo shipment catches fire moments before being loaded

Last weekend a shipment of Vivo Y20 cell phones and accessories which were made in Guangdong, China, and headed to Bangkok, caught fire as they were about to be loaded onto a Hong Kong Air Cargo aircraft in Hong Kong.

The phones were loaded across three pallets, all of which caught fire, and it reportedly took the emergency services some 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Sources told local media that, while the airport’s operations were not affected, a 24 by 12 metre space on the tarmac was damaged. According to local media, lithium ion batteries were the most likely cause of the fire.

As a result, Hong Kong Air Cargo has embargoed the carrying of Vivo mobile phones, and is not accepting cargo from Cargo Link Logistics HK or Sky Pacific Logistics until further notice.

 

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USA Warehouse Congestion Fees

Due to the current congestion situation throughout the USA our USA agents have been forced to institute a temporary warehouse congestion surcharge applicable from all US origins to all destinations of U$8.00 minimum, or U$8.00 per w/m effective on all cargo sailing on or after March 21st, 2021. The fee will be removed when sailings, space, terminal capacity and dray availability returns to normal.

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DP World signal increase to port charges in May

DP World have advised Industry that they will be increasing their Terminal Access Fees again as of May 1st 2021. Import container handling fees will increase to $124.00 in Brisbane, $139.20 in Melbourne and $126.60 in Sydney. This increase is potentially one of several by operators ahead of the National Transport Commission’s review into infrastructure and access charges, slated for delivery in November 2021.

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Stealth Bikes feature at Abu Dhabi Defence Exhibition

One of our long standing clients, Stealth Electric Bikes, was recently featured as part of the AM General exhibit at the 2021 International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Proudly manufacturing in Victoria, Stealth are a great example of an Australian SME strongly growing their business, and building their brand around the world, even during very tough global conditions.

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Shipping Lines remove Port Botany Congestion Surcharge

We are delighted to advise that Hapag Lloyd have now joined Maersk and Hamburg Sud in advising that they are removing their Port Botany Congestion Surcharges. Hapag LLoyd will remove the surcharge on import and export sailings from a booking date of March 22nd, 2021.

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NSW Ports CEO Port Botany Update

NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas recently provided an update to Industry on the situation at Port Botany. Please find the link below –

https://www.nswports.com.au/nsw-ports-ceo-update-march-2021

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Shipping Line CMA CGM launches Air Cargo Division

French container line CMA CGM has confirmed it has created an air cargo division and acquired four freighters.

As reported in The Loadstar publication, it has launched CMA CGM Air Cargo with four A330-200Fs – a move, it said, that “strengthens the group’s transport and logistics business”.

The aircraft, bought from Qatar Airways Cargo, will be operated by a “European airline”, said the carrier, which is thought to be Air Belgium, although CMA was in talks with Group Dubreuil, owner of Air Caraibes, French Bee and HiLine Cargo, in which it bought a 30% stake last year.

Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM chairman and CEO, said the new division was “a major milestone in the development of our logistics services”.

Some observers were more sceptical, with one company insider grumbling that “CMA CGM now thinks it’s an airline, and I have an issue with that”.

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Hutchison Ports Fee increases

Effective March 15th, 2021 Hutchison Ports will be increasing their Sydney and Brisbane terminal fees. Their Infrastructure Fee will increase from $88.83 to $135.85 per laden container and their Slot Booking Fee will increase from $12.00 to $19.00 per slot.

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MUA action planned at VICT Terminal

The MUA has given VICT Terminal in Melbourne notice of a 4 hour stoppage, planned for Tuesday February 16th, from 16:00 to 20:00. The MUA is demanding wage increases, an increase to penalty rates, and is seeking a paid week off for its members every 10 weeks. The MUA is also seeking to have VICT adopt “industry standard” conditions that govern all manually operated terminals around Australia at their fully automated terminal.

 

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Sydney Port Congestion

Last week, the Loadstar publication reported that rolling MUA stoppages at Sydney’s Hutchison, Patrick and DP World terminals had led to an 11-day backlog of cargo across the port, with congestion spreading to Brisbane and Melbourne as carriers sought to offload cargo elsewhere. That backlog has now blown out to a 14-15 day backlog at Sydney port.

It has also led to a flurry of last-minute schedule changes. ANL recently announced that the 9,400 TEU vessel the CMA CGM Ural will skip its call at Sydney on the AAX1 Asia-Australia service “to mitigate delays due to ongoing berth congestion and industrial action”.

Additionally, the carrier Maersk Line has suspended sailings into Sydney until early October, and the rotation of the PCX service between Australasia and North America has been switched to call at Melbourne, prior to Sydney. While the Europe-Australia Nemo service, jointly operated by MSC and CMA CGM, will also skip a call at Sydney this week.

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