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Is your cargo Insured?

The online supply chain publication, Loadstar, recently wrote about the need for shippers to ensure that their cargo was adequately insured, and quoted the catastrophic mid-Atlantic fire on the Yantian Express vessel in January.

The blaze, which broke out while the vessel was en route to Halifax, Canada, destroyed 202 containers and damaged another 460 that were eventually discharged at Freeport in the Bahamas, with the casualty being subject to General Average (GA).

Under the maritime law of GA, all stakeholders in the voyage (including cargo owners) share the cost of the vessel salvage and other associated expenses.

Shippers that had insured their goods simply referred the GA adjustors to their insurance company for security guarantees, enabling goods to be released for relay to the original destination.

However, shippers with uninsured cargo were required to deposit a GA security of approximately 60% of the CFR value (the cost of the cargo plus sea freight charges) before containers could be released.

The financial implications for shippers with uninsured cargo were extremely serious, not only due to the GA expense, but because the whole process can potentially take several years, which includes security bond refunds.

The GA bond process for the Yantian Express took several months to complete, which was blamed on the number of shippers with uninsured cargo who were unwilling or unable to pay the GA security charge and thus remove the lien from the cargo.

If you would like any assistance with Insurance, either on a shipment by shipment basis, or via an annual goods in transit policy, please contact your local MGL representative and we will be happy  to assist you.

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2019/20 BMSB Season Underway

As per the All Customer Bulletin sent out earlier this week, the 2019/20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season is now underway until and inclusive of May 31 2020. This year the Department of Agriculture is targetting imports from the United Staes, Canada, and parts of Europe and Asia, this also affects goods being transhipped in any of these countries. For more information regarding the BMSB season, please refer to the Department of Agricultures website on the matter: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/prepare-import. For more information on what will happen to goods affected by the BMSB season upon arrival in Australia, refer to the Department of Agriculture’s FAQ here: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/arrival

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Further stopages at DP World terminals in Sydney and Freemantle

We have received advice that employees at DP World terminals in Sydney and Freemantle will be undertaking further industrial action as per the below schedule

Sydney: Thursday, 18 July 2019 6am – Saturday, 20 July 2019 6am
Freemantle: Saturday, 20 July 2019 6am – Sunday, 21 July 2019 6am

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DP World Industrial Action

We have received advice that employees at DP World terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Freemantle will be going ahead with protected industrial action as per the below times:

Melbourne: Wednesday July 10 6am – Sunday July 14 6am
Brisbane: Monday July 8 6am – Wednesday July 10 6am & Thursday July 11 6am – Friday July 12 6am
Sydney and Freemantle: Thursday July 11 6am – Saturday July 13 6am

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New Australian Border Force Group established

A new group known as The Customs Group has been established within the Australian Border Force.

The Department of Home Affairs has made a media release about the new group, which can be read at the following link: https://newsroom.abf.gov.au/releases/strengthening-australia-s-customs-service

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Updated Standard Trading Terms Effective July 1 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, MGL Logistics will operate under revised Standard Trading Terms.
The new terms can be viewed at the following link: http://www.mgllog.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/MGL-Standard-Trading-Conditions-July-1st-2019.pdf

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DAWR renamed Department of Agriculture

After the Federal Election in May, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has now been renamed the Department of Agriculture. The department will now be known as the Department of Agriculture and referred to as that name in all correspondence, online and in AIMS documentation moving forward.

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BMSB Target Risk countries expanded from 9 to 32 for 2019-20 season

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) yesterday announced an expansion of the Target Risk countries for the coming September 1st, 2019 through April 30th, 2020 BMSB Season. The number of countries in the program has risen from 9 to 32, with Japan still having a heightened vessel surveillance status in place. Most countries in Central and Western Europe are now caught in the net, as is Canada.

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MUA announce rolling Industrial action at DP World Terminals in Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has tendered notice of legal rolling industrial actions at DP World terminals, including actions such as: bans on overtime, shift extensions and delayed start and finish times. These actions are expected to begin from 22nd March 2019, and continue for an indefinite period at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle.

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Australia signs trade agreement with Indonesia

This past Monday, the 4th of March 2019, Australia signed a new trade agreement with Indonesia, known as the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). This deal creates many new oportunies for economic relations between Australia and Indonesia

The media release made by Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham can be read here: https://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2019/sb_mr_190304.aspx
More information and the full text of IA-CEPA can be found here: https://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/not-yet-in-force/iacepa/Pages/indonesia-australia-comprehensive-economic-partnership-agreement.aspx

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