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MGL employee featured in Nova Employment commercial

MGL Logistics’ own Zac Moore has recently appeared in a commercial for Nova Employment. Managing Director Jim Merrigan also gave an endorsement and spoke on what a great employee Zac is.

 

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Government regulates that all Export air cargo will need to be screened prior to departure, as of March 1st, 2019

Following on from the July 1st, 2018 implementation of mandatory screening of all export air cargo departing from Australia for the USA, the Australian Government has recently announced that, effective March 1st, 2019, all cargo departing Australia will need to be screened at a piece count level prior to departure. This will mean that unless a shipper is a regulated Known Consignor all cargo will need to be x-ray screened at the airport, or at an off-airport approved facility, prior to export. Airlines and ground handling service companies have indicated they are currently unable to handle the projected volume of cargo that will need to be screened, and unless this changes there will be delays for much of the air cargo departing the country.

 

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Maersk Line – Emergency Bunker Surcharge

We have received advice from Maersk Line that they intend charging an Emergency Bunker Surcharge from June 1, 2018 on certain routes, and from July 1, 2018 on all other routes.

The surcharge amounts are as follows, and will depend on the trade lane the cargo moves within :

  • 20 foot dry containers: 60 USD, 50 EUR, 45 GBP
  • 40 and 45 foot dry containers: 120 USD, 100 EUR, 90 GBP
  • 20 foot refrigerated containers: 90 USD, 75 EUR, 65 GBP
  • 40 and 45 foot refrigerated containers: 180 USD, 150 EUR, 130 GBP

 

With global oil costs moving higher we may start to see the introduction of further fuel surcharges from carriers, and also from Airlines in coming months.

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Hutchison Ports Sydney Infrastructure Levy

MGL Logistics has received advice that Hutchison Ports Sydney intends on imposing a $10.45 infrastructure levy on all import and export containers handled by rail or road from June 25, 2018.

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End of Mandatory BMSB treatment from Italy

The DAWR (Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources) have now confirmed that sea containers with a shipped on board date of May 1st, 2018, or later, will no longer be subject to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Legislation.

We understand that the BMSB issue is currently under review by the DAWR, and that as well as the probable re-instatement of the Legislation again from Italy later in the year, there is a possibility of a widening of the Legislation to cover additional markets in the future where the BMSB continues to pose a threat.

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MGL delighted to be involved in Nova Employment’s “100 jobs in 100 days” program.

We were very happy to support the local Nova Employment “100 Jobs in 100 Days” program launched last week in Cronulla. Our thanks to the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader for the generous coverage provided. Please see the link to the article below –

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/5297672/one-hundred-shire-jobs-in-100-days

 

 

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DAWR Issues Illegal Logging 2018 Compliance Plan

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has just issued Industry with guidelines regarding compliance with regards to Illegal Logging. This has now become a high priority of the Department and they have advised it will be strictly policed.

Before you import a regulated wood or timber based product you MUST have a due diligence system in place. The system should be in writing, and key components of the system must contain such information as what procedures you have in place to minimise the risk that your imported products contain illegal timber, along with full details of your Organisation, your activities and the name and contact details of the person, or persons responsible for the due diligence system.

As well as what might be regarded as conventional timber products, the legislation covers newsprint, writing paper, toilet and facial tissue, envelopes, cards, booklets, seats and prefabricated building/materials, for example.

 

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Potential seafreight rate increases – Asia to Australia

We have recently received advice from Shipping Lines that as of January 15, 2018, freight rates for containers from North Asia and Southeast Asia may be increased as follows:

  • North Asia: USD 500 for 20′ containers, USD 1000 for 40′ containers
  • Southeast Asia: USD 300 for 20′ containers, USD 600 for 40′ containers

This will apply to both dry and refrigerated cargo loaded onto vessels from January 15, and will apply on top of existing market rates and  surcharges. This will also apply to any cargo being transhipped through the applicable ports. It is unlikely that increases of this magnitude will get market approval, so we will monitor and update you further as we get closer to the date.

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Supreme Court rules in favour of VICT in union hearing

We were informed yesterday that in the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) v Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and CFMEU hearing in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the court ruled in favour of the VICT, ordering the MUA and CFMEU to cease restricting access to the terminal and adhere to a 100 metre exclusion zone. MGL Logistics hopes that this decision will result in a speedy return to normal working conditions and that customers with import containers in storage at the terminal will be able to access them very soon.

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Port Botany Container Throughput Record Broken

NSW Ports has recently revealed in the latest trade statistics that Port Botany has broken its monthly container throughput reocrds. The previous record of 222,000 20′ containers was set in November 2016, and this has increased to 238,790 20′ containers in October 2017.

This increase is largely due to imports of full containers, which showed an increase of 16.8% on October 2016 to 121.807 20′ containers.

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