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“World in a Box” film celebrates 50 years of containerised shipping into Australia

On Tuesday October 22nd, the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, launched the film “World in a Box” at Adelaide University. The film was a project of the 2019 Container Project Committee, a group of former senior shipping executives who were keen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of International container shipping services into Australia. The 20 minute film is a reflection, and celebration of the history of the humble shipping container, and it’s impact on international trade over the past 50 years.

For those wishing to watch the film it can be viewed here –


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900 new Mercedes-Benz vehicles re-exported due to rare snail find.

After detecting a rare snail, never before seen in Australia, the Department of Agriculture has ordered the re-exportation of 900 new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The snail detected is being referred to as the Heath snail and is understood to only be found in south-eastern Europe, and certain places in Canada and the USA. Mercedes-Benz have stated that they plan to re-export the vehicles inside shipping containers to Zeebrugge, Belgium, rather than the usual method of shipping them in roll-on, roll-off ships that are normally used to transport new vehicles. This is to avoid contaminating the roll-on, roll-off ships, or other vehicles on them. Presently, the vehicles are being kept in strict quarantine near the ports they arrived at in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia, while they are measured to be placed on pallets, and loaded into shipping containers.

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Incoterms 2020 are here!

It’s now official, Incoterms 2020 has been released! The ICC website summarises the major changes as follows –

  • Incoterms® 2020 provides for demonstrated market need in relation to bills of lading (BL) with an on-board notation and the Free Carrier (FCA) Incoterms® rule.
  • Incoterms® 2020 aligns different levels of insurance coverage in Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) and Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).
  • Incoterms® 2020 includes arrangements for carriage with own means of transport in FCA, Delivery at Place (DAP), Delivery at Place Unloaded (DPU), and Delivered Duty Paid (DDP).
  • There is a change in the three-letter name for Delivered at Terminal (DAT) to DPU.
  • Incoterms® 2020 includes security-related requirements within carriage obligations and costs.

Copies of the ICC Incoterms publication can be secured from the ICC website.

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#IMO2020 and how it will impact us all

On 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will implement a new regulation for a 0.50% global sulphur cap for marine fuels. Under the new global cap, ships will have to use marine fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% against the current limit of 3.50% in an effort to reduce the amount of sulphur oxide.The end goal is net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

According to Industry estimates roughly 90% of the global vessel fleet will need to rely on compliant fuels when the new rules come into effect on January 1st, 2020. The major shipping lines will be exposed to huge costs, and will need to invest in different technologies to meet the new standards. The global industry forecast has been estimated at approximately U$24B in total to become compliant.

Most of the shipping lines have so far announced that the costs of compliance will be passed on to their customers. Their view is that they should not have to pay for the these costs as the protection of the environment is a cost we must all share. On September 11th, Maersk Line announced it would levy a new EFF (Environmental Fuel Fee) applicable to all spot business, and to existing contracts, with a validity up to 3 months. They have advised that the EFF levy will apply from December 1st, 2019.

As we get closer to the end of the year we should start to see more shipping lines publish their intentions to the market. Once we have this information to hand we will be in touch.

If you have any questions on this matter please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

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CMA CGM launches the world’s largest LNG powered ship

CMA CGM yesterday launched the world’s largest LNG powered ship at China’s Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard The 23,000 teu CMA CGM Jaques Saade is the first in a series of nine vessels that will run on what is considered to be the world’s most environmentally friendly fuel.
The vessel is set to enter formal service next year on the Ocean Alliance’s Asia-North Europe services.
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Innovation key to keeping Amazon at bay, says DHL

DHL has recently said to the supply chain publication Loadstar that the only way to keep e-Commerce companies such as Amazon, Alibaba, eBay and Etsy from becoming competition for existing international logistics companies is for the latter to innovate so the former has no reason to cease using the latter’s services.

In 2015 Amazon launched it’s own airline and recently took delivery of the first 48 of its order for 250 53ft freight containers, as it aims to become both an e-Commerce platform and transport network.

DHL does not envisage Amazon to be a major threat to its operations, with DHL’s chief executive for the Americas, Mike Parra saying “[Amazon] is one of our largest customers globally, so is undoubtedly a friend, and I don’t see that changing any time soon

It will be interesting to see how Amazon’s decisions impact business in Australia in the years to come.

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MGL’s Zac Moore receives freight forwarding certification

Last Wednesday was a very special day for MGL’s Sydney receptionist and IT Support Specialist, Zac Moore, as he received his first formal qualification in freight forwarding. Pictured above is Zac with his trainer from My Freight Career, Nadene. MGL would like to congratulate Zac on a job well done.

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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: 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:

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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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