SILA Global Industry News 17/06/21


SILA Global Ancillary Charges

To our valued customers,

As you would be aware through our notices, there have been many ongoing price increases in ancillary charges that affect container transport. Port fees such as Terminal Access Charges, Slot booking fees, Long Vehicle surcharges, Sideloader Fees as well as ongoing increases to return containers to Empty parks are among the growing list of charges both new and increasing in all major Australian ports.

For SILA to provide our ongoing excellence in Customer Service and Transparency in Logistics it has become necessary for us to establish a tariff for these fees so that the costs and any increases are passed on in a timely and transparent manner.

SILA will arrange for our costs to be conveyed to you in a manner which applies to the scope of work being conducted with the ancillary tariff costs applying in addition this and noted on the quote. This will remove the need for our customer rate sheets to be updated monthly saving time in review and we will be providing a link for clients to be able to access these charges at any time.

Therefore, moving forward all customers will be charged as per ancillary tariff updated monthly.

China Congestion Issues

Congestion issues and container shortages continue in China.

Container shortages worsen as carriers omit Southern China ports due to waves of COVID-19 outbreaks. Yantian, Shekou and Nansha ports are most heavily affected at this stage. Read more here:

It’s being reported that as of last week the number of containers in Yantian affected by port congestion is set to surpass those affected by the Ever Given Suez canal incident.

Read more here:

Customs & Trade

A deeper dive into the 2021-22 Federal budget has been provided.

We’d like to draw attention for our clients specifically towards the mention  to the Trade remedies and the Anti-Dumping Commission funding which we hope will provide the much needed support to importers, especially those with ambiguous goods needing to make self-assessment as we have touched on in a previous ASN Industry Insider commentary.

Read more here:

US & North America Congestion

American politicians are discussing taking drastic action to force global liners to take all US export container bookings.

American politicians have been aware of the container shortage issue hampering US agricultural exports for some time. A letter signed by more than 100 members of Congress in March this year called on the chair of the FMC to act quickly to stem the tide of empty containers.

As supply chain issues accelerate with the onset of the peak season and fallout from a Covid-19 outbreak at important export ports in south China, America’s National Retail Federation (NRF) on Monday asked president Joe Biden to step in and help fix port congestion as retailers face up to the trickiest peak season in living memory.

Read the full article here:

Industrial Action Summary

Hutchison Ports Sydney and Brisbane Protected Industrial Action Update

Further to previous updates, Hutchison Ports has advised of new PIA activity.


Please be advised due to MUA Protected Industrial Action (PIA), the yard will be closed 16/06 until 3pm 16/06/21.

All appointments booked for 16/06 0700 to 1400 will be cancelled


All employees of Sydney International Container Terminals Pty Ltd t/a Hutchison Ports Australia Pty Ltd who will be covered by the proposed enterprise agreement, who are employed at its operations at Port Botany, and who are members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union – The Maritime Union of Australia Division, will engage in the following actions:

1. A stoppage of work of 24 hours duration, commencing 06:00 Saturday 19th to 06:00 Sunday 20th of June 2021.

2. A stoppage of work of 24 hours duration, commencing 06:00 Tuesday 22nd to 06:00 Wednesday 23rdof June 2021.

If you have any questions please contact your local SILA representative.


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