Sydney Port – Further surcharges, MUA update, delays and more

Dear Valued Clients,

PAE Cost Recovery Charge
Pacific Asia Express have released a notice to trade to advise the introduction of their Cost Recover Charge for Sydney Port.
Due to significant constraints currently being experienced in the port of Sydney, we will be introducing a Cost Recovery Charge of USD300 per teu for all shipments moving through Sydney port as outlined below:
– Effective 21st September – export cargo departing from this date
– Effective 1st October – import cargo arriving from this date
The charge will be applied on a collect (imports) and prepaid (exports) basis only.

PATRICK Terminal MUA Update
Patrick Terminal have a media release available here with the first line of the release summing up their position well “Industrial action by the MUA has crippled Port Botany with production at Patrick’s terminal cut by 40% in the past week” and reading further Patrick indicate that the situation will get worse before it gets better “The shipping schedule has slipped dramatically, with ship delays conservatively estimated at 9 days as at 11 Sept. Shipping schedule delays will grow by approximately half a day for every day this industrial action continues.”

Ocean Network Express (ONE) Port Omissions and Transport Additional surcharge (TAD)
Advise has been received from ONE of 4 vessel sailings omitting Sydney and a corresponding TAD which to quote ONE “to help mitigate the additional operational costs associated with moving the containers from Melbourne to Sydney…”

The TAD will be USD326 per 20ft and USD650 per 40ft container for containers destined to Sydney that are shipped on the following Vessel/Voyages which are now omitting Sydney;

1. NORTHER JAGUAR v. 033S – ETA SYD Was 15/09
2. MAERSK Surabaya v. 034S – ETA SYD Was 24/09
3. SEROJA ENAM v.037S – ETA SYD Was 04/10
4. CMACGM LOIRE v.039S – ETA SYD Was 18/10

OOCL Vessel Delay Notice – COSCO Indonesia v.096s

Notice has been given by OOCL in regard to the COSCO Indonesia “this vessel has been delayed due to continued Industrial disruptions and heavy berth congestion in Sydney.”
SYD – ETA 21/09
MEL – ETA 27/09
BNE – ETA 02/10

Comment: congestion and other charges choking trade at Port Botany
We also recommend reading an article released today by Andrew Hudson of Rigby Cooke Lawyers which provides some commentary on the current challenges “It seems counterintuitive but even as Australia struggles out of recession and pandemic, a number of lines have determined that the state of services through Port Botany, Sydney, require the imposition of an additional ‘congestion charge’ for a variety of reasons…” link

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service