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Long shipping line delays and vessel roll-overs become the new normal

Courtesy of the Loadstar online platform, it was reported overnight by supply chain visibility provider Project44, that container roll-overs at major ocean ports around the world continue to climb.

“Carriers have been watching their rollover rates increase for over a year, and have so far failed to mitigate the situation” .

“Shippers need to accept this as the new reality. They are going to have to start making structural adjustments to their supply chains and enhance their visibility if they want to keep shelves stocked and factories running,” he added.

The research found CMA CGM was the carrier with the highest proportion of rolled containers last month, 56% of shipments, compared with 49% in April 2020.

It was closely followed by its Asia-Oceania subsidiary, Australian National Line (ANL), which saw 54% of container rolled, a 30% year-on-year increase.

The percentage of rolled containers per carrier broadly fitted to which alliance in they were operating – 2M partners MSC and Maersk were the best performers, with 28% and 34% of containers rolled, respectively.

Meanwhile, CMA CGM’s Ocean Alliance partners, Evergreen and Cosco, posted rollover rates of 47% and 44% respectively, and The Alliance partners Hapag-Lloyd and ONE had rollover rates of 51% and 53%, respectively.



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MGL Exports Restored Vintage Race Car

MGL had the pleasure of recently shipping a 1928 Stutz BB Black Hawk Boattail Speedster from Australia to the UK. The vehicle was originally purchased by the owner in the early 1990’s in Tasmania and has been lovingly restored to the current condition. For those interested, some additional information on the 1928 Stutz Speedster can be found here –

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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 –

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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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