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Sydney – Vessel delays due to berth congestion

We have received advice from Hapag-Lloyd that the following vessels due to arrive at Sydney have been delayed at this point due to berth congestion:

  • Maersk Inverness voyage 843 – 44 hours
  • Al Kharj voyage 8141 – 72 hours
  • Ever Develop voyage 134 – 64 hours
  • ANL Warrnambool voyage 812 – 40 hours
  • CMA CGM Rabelais voyage 8142 – 48 hours
  • Northern Precision voyage 1808 – 24 hours

For more information, please contact the office.

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Infrastructure Fee Increases at DP World, effective January 1st 2019

Effective January 1st 2019 DP World have advised they will be increasing their Infrastructure Access Fees in ports around Australia as follows –

Sydney                 From $37.65 to $63.80 per container

Melbourne            From $49.20 to $85.30 per container

Brisbane               From $38.75 to $65.15 per container.

Fremantle Infrastructure fees remain unchanged.


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BMSB / Newly manufactured goods – post December 1st, 2018

If you import goods that fall into the following tariff chapters, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 80, and the goods can be classified as new machinery, vehicles, vessels, and/or new complex parts and equipment, and the “large complex componentry” of the item(s) are manufactured after December 1st 2018, have your supplier provide you with a declaration stating that the goods are new, unused and have not been field tested. That way you can avoid having to meet the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) conditions currently in place.

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Australia adopts Trans-Pacific Partnership

We have received advice from the Freight & Trade Alliance that Australia has become the 6th country to adopt the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.

More on what the TPP is and how it affects you can be found on the FTA website here:

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BMSB – delays fumigating containers at Port Botany

A number of Fumigation facilities in the Port Botany area are currently at, or close to capacity, as they try to work through the growing number of containers requiring Fumigation, due to the recently changed BMSB regulations. One facility (ANJ Containers) has imposed a 2 day hold on container receivals as they try to work through the backlog of containers needing to be moved off site after fumigation.

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No delay to 100% piece count screening effective March 1st, 2019

Contrary to rumours heard last week, the Department of Home Affairs confirms that there has been no change to the start date of March 1st 2019 for all export air cargo to be examined at a piece level, or originate from a Known Consignor prior to export from Australia. The Department has advised they will process Known Consignor applications within 90 days, but with the upcoming year end holiday season fast approaching this commitment may not be met. Customers who wish to ensure that their cargo does not need to be screened at a piece level prior to export should consider applying for Known Consignor status at the earliest opportunity.

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BMSB – Processing delays on arrival

Confirmation has been received from the DAWR that there is a high volume of entries in the queue for processing, primarily caused by the increased workload associated with the commencement of the BMSB season, and the new measures in place regarding Swine Flu. With the high volume of cargo now requiring treatment on arrival for BMSB please anticipate delays in quarantine processing, and longer lead times with deliveries after arrival.

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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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