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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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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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Vessel Schedule Delays

Recent heavy weather systems off the Australian east coast have impacted vessel arrival dates and turnaround times, creating delays throughout the entire supply chain across all East Coast ports.

In addition to the weather issues, delays to vessels are also being experienced due to Industrial action being taken at major ports by the MUA.

As a result, vessels are currently being impacted by up to 5 days delay in their port rotation times.

Carriers have indicated that if the situation does not improve they may consider imposing a Congestion Surcharge so as to ensure they are able to continue offering Australian shippers a reliable service.

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BMSB Season (20-21) commences on September 1st

The BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) season commences on 1st September 2020 and will remain in effect through to 30th April, which includes goods arriving up to 31st, May 2021.

The list of Target risk countries has now been extended, and includes all of the following countries

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • France
  • Japan (heightened vessel surveillance will be the only measure applied).
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States of America


Further information can be found here –

Quick Reference guide on BMSB – The who, the what and the where:
20-21 BMSB Seasonal Measures factsheet
20-21 BMSB Target high risk goods factsheet

Please feel free to contact our offices, or email us at for further assistance.


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Ongoing Industrial Action at DP World Terminals

The Maritime Union of Australia intends to continue Protected Industrial Action (PIA) against DP World Australia. The PIA has been amended to include 2 x 24-hour stoppages in Brisbane commencing at 7am on the 13th of August, and at 10pm on the 17th of August, and daily work stoppages in Melbourne for 2 hours, commencing at 4am and for 4 hours commencing at 12pm.

Commencement times for 1 hour daily work stoppages in Sydney have been changed to 5am, 1pm, and 9pm. Work stoppages have ceased in Fremantle, however restrictions on overtime, employees doing work above their pay grade, shift extensions and accepting late call-in’s still apply at all ports, including Fremantle.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information comes to hand. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on +61 2 9700 0100 or email if you need further assistance in this matter.

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Melbourne Qantas Freight Terminal temporarily closed

We have received information that the Qantas Freight terminal in Melbourne has temporarily closed until at least midnight tonight (Tuesday August 4, 2020) following recommendations from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Qantas is working closely with the Department to ensure operations can resume as soon as possible. Freight with Qantas cannot currently be collected.

We will continue to keep our clients updated as to the status of their shipments, if you have any concerns please call us on +61 2 9700 0100 or email

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