SILA Global - Coronavirus Weekly Update 24/04/2020

Coronavirus Weekly Update

Dear Reader,

Please find below weekly update of major international hubs experiencing COVID-19 restrictions:

Canada: Working as normal - limited air space

China: Working as normal - limited space & higher air rates. Permits needed between Hong Kong & Shenzhen.

India: Complete lockdown extended until May– only medical, food & approved items allowed to move subject to medical screening. Air space drastically affected, sea freight affected by limited staff, less capacity, some port closure, quarantine requirements and port congestion. Domestic transport for essential services only. Some agriculture, manufacturing & construction allowed to resume work.

Indonesia: Partial lockdown extended until 31/04 – working with decreased hours/less capacity. Air rates are high with some services suspended.

Italy: Limited air space, Sea freight stable. Essential services not affected and non essential services may operate by special request

Germany: Partial lockdown - space is extremely limited.

Korea: Partial shutdown extended to May 5 – unstable schedule & limited space

Malaysia: Partial shutdown in place extended to 12/05 – essential services are OK however non-essential requires exemption. Less air/sea capacity.

New Zealand: Some lifting of restrictions moving to Level 3 - to be reviewed in 2 weeks.  Essential services OK, some businesses now allowed to open and will allow for cargo deliveries to take place.

Peru: Partial lockdown in effect. Air & sea freight OK however with delays.

Philippines: Partial shutdown extended to 30/04 – some zones have suspended business. There is less space, unstable schedules and transport requires permits. Port congestion in Manila.

South Africa: Government lockdown extended until 30/04. Supply chain for essential services is OK

Taiwan: Working as normal – limited space & higher air rates

USA: Working as normal – some partial shutdown in some areas. Air freight is tight, sea freight is operating as normal.

UK: Lockdown extended with all non essential shops closed. End delivery points impacted by lockdowns but supply chain still open. Air space heavily reduced with no contract rates.

Vietnam: Partial shutdowns in place. Less capacity, subject to blank sailings and limited flights. Transport is subject to health check points. Medical supplies & rice restricted for export.

Please also find below latest update from the FTA:

New Zealand is winding back to "lock down stage 3" providing similar restrictions to those currently in Australia. This means that both governments are still requesting the public to stay home unless needing to access food, health or similar essential services. Whilst a necessary health measure, this will clearly further restrict the recovery of the respective domestic economies until such time as the wider retail outlets can open with certainty of people being allowed to access them. Once restrictions are lifted it is likely that the community will take time to grow in confidence. This aligns with media reports from Europe and China indicating that there is a reticence from some to put their health at risk and venture out unless necessary.

In the interim, many retailers bottom lines will continue to be impacted. Also affecting trade is that Europe and the USA continue to have significant infections impacting their ability to manufacture and supply products, assuming they had the parts and raw materials from China to do so.

Despite the significant growth in online e-commerce transactions, speculation continues that our region is heading towards a recession with a likely extended recovery period. We clearly require ongoing government support and co-operation across our industry to minimise the adverse impacts to the international trade sector.

China - Update
Our sources from China have provided us with the following updates

  • China North East Area is still in big concern. Haerbing (capital of Heilongjiang province is starting a partially lock down. However there is no official news about the effect on Port Dalian’s operation at this stage.
  • According to Ministry of Transport of PRC(April 20), port foreign trade for 2020 is expected to reduce by 6% and foreign trade container throughput will decline by about 10%
  • According to China ports & harbours association, the key ports in China have reduced container throughput by approx 5% year on year.
  • According to Florens Asset Management Company there has been substantial demand for new containerssince March.
  • According to the Global Port Tracker released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, import volume of major container ports in the USA fell to the lowest level in 5 years in March. Forecasts pre COVID - 19 for the period February thru May was 6.9 million TEU. that is now expected to be around 5.7 million TEU a decrease of some 17.3%
  • According to The State Council Information Office of the PRC, April 17. The first Season’s GDP of China has reduced 6.8%, The value of the import/export trade for the same period also dropped 6.4%.

General  Updates

  • North America-  No major freight changes being experienced. Previous fears of cargo backlogs at the cargo terminals have been eased due the continuing operation of the supply chain and the anticipated downturn in imports from China due to order cancellations.
    NB: On April 20, 2020, the Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be postponing for 90 calendar days the deadline for payment for the deposit of certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees for importers experiencing a significant financial hardship due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • Europe- not dissimilar to the USA, Ports operational in most countries but processing is slow. Italy, some easing of restrictions however the worst affected areas in the North still remain in full lockdown.  Spain, lockdown still in force through to May 9 however some construction and factory workers allowed back to work.
  • United Kingdom- Lockdown restrictions have been continued for another 3 weeks and will be reviewed in May.  All non essential shops close - supply chain still operating but a number of businesses are working from home which is impacting cargo delivery.
  • New Zealand - New Zealand to transition to stage 3 lockdown on April 27 with a further review to take place in two weeks time. At least this will allow businesses to open back up and allow deliveries from cargo terminals to be less impacted.
  • India- Lockdown extended till May 3 - some workers in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and construction allowed to go back to work

Economic Update                              

"The collapse in Oil prices continued to dominate markets, as the impact flowed through into the banking sector and the wider equity markets. US equities have sustained massive losses in equities, in the first two trading days of the week, as markets consider the impact on the banks of the collapse in the Oil and Gas sector."
"Oil has taken the platform from the pandemic temporarily, but the Central issue now is the impact the virus has had on global economies. When can these economies re-open and what devastation this has caused (short/medium/long term), which can only be assessed after the storm has blown over."
- See the full daily update HERE // see weekly update HERE

Please view a presentation a presentation by Collinson Forex on 30 January 2020 showcasing latest technology solutions – refer HERE

Shipping Update

In discussion with a number of shipping lines yesterday the general consensus, albeit one of those contacted indicated they still had strong volumes into mid /late May before fading away, was that trade volumes into Australia from China will decline during the month of May. Public holidays in China, in early May, will have an impact as well as declining orders.

Some lines indicated the downturn could last into June / July and have already factored in blank sailings. Thoughts on decreases ranged from 10% thru 25%. It was also suggested that whilst we are focused on China that trade volumes from other south east Asian countries ( Philippines / Vietnam etc) along with Europe could also decline as infection rates spread and restrictions are put in place.

In relation to our correspondence with shipping lines and stevedores on the matters of demurrage / detention, we continue to get replies that indicate an acknowledgment of the situation and where required a willingness to work with their clients on these matters, on a case by case basis at present.

In addition to those already acknowledged has having replied we have since received  commentary from Hamburg Sud and Flinders Ports.  It is disappointing that the two nationally operating stevedores are yet to reply. FTA will continue to seek commentary from all those who have not answered so that industry can have some certainty on these matters moving forward.

NB: Many businesses are supporting the health needs of communities and health workers by facilitating shipments of a range of items. For shippers and forwarders a note on the Maersk web site is a timely reminder re shipping requirements for "hand sanitiser".

Airfreight Update
The $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is starting to see traction with flights already being arranged for seafood products out of Perth. FTA can also advise that from meetings with Austrade in recent days we expect an announcement later this week on the airlines and freight forwarders who will be tasks with managing the IFAM process to support the agriculture, seafood and perishable market exporters.

If your goods, import / export, do not meet the IFAM guidelines please continue to review the FTA COVID- 19 Air Cargo bulletin board to advertise your space availability or needs.

Transport & Port Updates
Transport for NSW - Coronavirus Update #2
Port of Melbourne - Covid -19  Update #5
Freight & Logistics Council of WA - COVID -19 web site

WCO updates
* Joint WCO-IMO statement on the integrity of the global supply chain
during the COVID-19 pandemic
* WCO and WTO join forces to minimize disruptions to cross-border trade in goods
WCO - Temporary Import Supports and Export Restrictions lists by country

Australian Border Force (ABF)
The ABF through its Border Watch program has recently released two bulletins in relation to the current situation - members may find this information useful both in house and for advice to their clients.

Please note the below links for up dated information

FURTHER INFORMATION

FTA suggest members / industry maintain close relations with their forwarders, agents, shipping lines, clients and suppliers / agents globally to ensure they have the latest information available. This is a time for review and planning not for panic.

FTA will continue to monitor issues surrounding the coronavirus and keep members updated as necessary.

WORKING TOWARDS A POSITIVE OUTCOME!

John Park - Head of Business Operations, FTA / APSA


The Impact of Coronavirus on Supply Chains

*Please note with the evolving situation, some of this information might be outdated at the time of publication

In February, we published the news that the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) had prompted the Chinese government to enact new regulations to prevent the spread of the disease. Many provincial governments announced an extension of Lunar New Year holidays and some airline carriers temporarily ceased import and export operations to and from China. Despite Coronavirus causing spikes in supply and China being home to one of SILA’s major freight partners, our supply chains are still as robust as ever, largely due to the nature of the goods we carry, but also due to our steadfast systems and technology that provides us with complete visibility of our freight. Not to mention, China operations are coming back to life with the re-opening and restarting of factory manufacturing, and it’s expected to be nearing full production by the end of the month.

However, many other supply chains aren't so lucky, so we're taking a look at some of the most prominent effects of the virus on the Australian logistics industry.

The Panic
At the beginning of 2020, most people thought that Coronavirus was a simple cold taking over China due to poor medical care and resources. Flash forward to now and travellers are being sent into isolation, hand sanitiser has spiked 428% in sales and toilet paper is a hot commodity. Despite the panicked photos of empty shelves and overflowing trolleys telling a story of a crumbling supply chain, the Australian Food and Grocery Council reassures us that this only reflects a short-term stock issue that they are fully prepared for. The panic-buying has called for limitations to be imposed on toilet paper, hand sanitisers and some food staples including pasta, rice, mincemeat and flour. However, this is to combat the short term panic with the supermarkets noting there is still plenty of food and there is no chance that we would run out.

With Australia’s history of natural disasters including floods, cyclones and bushfires, the likes of Coles and Woolworths have faced these massive, sudden demands from consumers before. Right now, supply chains are under more pressure and stress than they are used to; however, this is a short-term response to a sudden spike in demand as people not only begin to panic but also buy into the idea of ‘maybe I should be doing that too.’ It’s prompted Woolworths to suspend online orders in response to the panic, and shorten opening hours to allow for restocking. There are permanent plans that are in place to comprehensively respond across all networks and contingencies including resourcing and product sourcing. Though the demand is higher, it has yet to reach a level that is untenable for our trusted Australian supply chains.

The Closures
There is an undeniable reliance on Asian supply chains for tech companies who are notoriously dependent upon their manufacturing factories. Many Chinese factories had only just started opening after having their Lunar New Year holidays when they were closed again in early February.

The impact is evident through Apple’s delay of the release of the new iPad Pro as they struggle to combat the temporary closing of Foxconn and Pegatron factories which manufacture and assemble Apple devices. Apple went on to make the unprecedented announcement on March 15 that it would be closing all stores outside of China for two weeks. Even with these closures though, CEO Tim Cook notes that there is some optimism given the number of Chinese cases is going down every day.

Fortunately, the factories are opening up again, supplying relief for supply chains, but there are still expected to be more delays as over half of these workers are unable to come in. The re-openings have managed to jumpstart the supply chains as, despite the manufacturers working with 50-60%, they are still able to continue providing and re-invigorate supply chains.

The Ban
The implementation of travel bans in Australia are disrupting some of the biggest supply chains - education and tourism. With airlines cancelling all international flights, they face a massive loss of profit, a surge in employees on leave, and an inevitable freeze on recruitment. Subsequently, tourism and education are being hit with dwindling reservation and enrolment numbers for the next 6 months. International education was a $34 billion sector for Australia in 2018-19, and Chinese students brought in an estimated $12.1 billion that year. Universities are trying to maintain their enrolments and keep their current students as safe as possible by making crucial shifts to providing lectures and tutorials online. However, tourist spots are struggling as many are being forced to close. Combine this with most Australian states now in lockdown and non-essential businesses closed.

Even the most substantial and intricate supply chains are experiencing the consequences of the spread of Coronavirus, and there may be another wave of disruption to come. This crisis highlights the importance of each component in the chain and the run-on effects they have. We are fortunately prepared for any issues that may arise as a result of the virus and are grateful to have our strong network connectivity and SV3 system to ensure that our clients are still getting the best-uninterrupted service.

Australia
Email sales@sila.net.au
Phone +61 7 3908 1690

New Zealand
Email sales@sila.net.nz
Phone +(07) 3733 2685


Top 5 Ways to Cut Supply Chain Costs

When it comes to increasing profits, there are two avenues to choose from; increasing revenue, or decreasing costs. Your business may find that it is in your best interests to increase profits by reducing your supply costs. To get a grasp of where you can cut costs in your supply chain, you must figure out what can be eliminated, improved, or changed to improve efficiency. At SILA, we combine SV3 technology with our hands-on expertise to shine a light on any issues within a supply chain. This enables us to provide our clients with smart solutions based on real-time data and analytics. To get you started, we have compiled our top five tips to cut costs in your supply chain. 

 

1. Utilise available space

 

On a micro level, the use of space in the packaging and shipping of your products will make all the difference in avoiding damage or property loss. On a larger scale, how you utilise your space can be extremely important to overall supply chain costs. You are paying for every inch of space in your warehouse or on-site, one way or another. If you are paying for space that is - or could be - empty, you’re throwing money away. 

Plan out a method of storage that is the most efficient, but also the most logical for your organisation. Organise things efficiently and make the most of less space, but be clever about how it’s laid out: if employees are struggling to locate particular goods, your money is wasted on their time also. 

A great example of a storage strategy that is tailored to a particular business model is online retailer Amazon. The Amazon warehouse utilises a system called “chaotic storage.” This is based on barcodes, rather than product category, which allows employees to find items easily and makes operations more accurate and efficient. 

2. Streamline ordering

Make your ordering process as efficient as possible. Firstly, if you’re still using a paper checklist, throw it away and use a single software package for completing orders. This will help avoid situations where employees use different applications and order too much of specific products or supplies. Implementing an approval process that requires consent from designated admins will also help avoid unnecessary orders. 

This won’t work for all businesses, but if you can implement a Just In Time (JIT) inventory management strategy, you can reduce waste and cost from excess stock. JIT is a strategy to increase efficiency and decrease waste by receiving goods only as they’re needed, with the main goal of reducing costs on inventory. 

By having a supplier expedite shipments for your business, you will be able to order closer to the time you need the supplies and order a more accurate number of units. Ordering far in advance incurs warehouse costs, as you have to store the products longer - this accounts for more space, as well as a higher risk that items are damaged or stolen. 

3. Monitor demand

A JIT Inventory management strategy relies on accurate forecasting of consumer demands, meaning you may need to dedicate more energy to analysing consumer demand. Not only will this create efficiency in ordering, but you will also be able to shape your supply chain strategy and structure based on your findings. 

By ensuring you provide customers with what they actually want, you will avoid costs associated with things that they see no value in. Although this sounds simple, companies get it back to front all too often. A great example is offering next-day delivery to all customers - even though not every customer needs or wants it. This wastes money on express transport by “overservicing” some accounts. By only offering next-day delivery to those who actually want it, costs are lowered and customers are more satisfied across the board.

4. Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a great option to consider if you're looking to improve efficiency in your supply chain. You can bring on board a company to take over a particular process if there is an area you are struggling to improve. Generally, these service providers will specialise in the field, and you will find your efficiency increase immensely. Of course, it’s important to properly research and screen service providers to ensure they can provide enough productivity and efficiency benefit to justify the expense. Under the right circumstances, outsourcing certain processes can lead to significant savings and a well-functioning supply chain.

5. Measure performance

The only real way to see how your supply chain is performing is to measure outcomes and key performance indicators (KPI’s). You’ll have a hard time determining how much you’re improving your processes if you don’t have any idea how you are performing in the first place. Select critical KPI’s to track short and long term to see how you’re doing. Set goals based on these KPI’s, and watch yourself hit them as you continue to improve your strategy.  

You can keep supply chain expenses down by analysing every phase of the process. Break the chain down into its essential elements, and you can see ways to make it work more efficiently. Our team at SILA can show you how using our SV3 system can give you real-time data and analytics to revolutionise your supply chain and enable greater agility and growth.

SV3 stands for SILA Visual 3 and encompasses our systems, people and processes. The combination of these 3 assets allows us to provide a powerful and transparent logistics solution that gives our customers an edge, allowing them to work smarter and faster. 

For more information on how SILA can revolutionise the way you manage your supply chain, head to our website www.sila.net.au or get in touch with our friendly teams in Australia or New Zealand:

Australia
Email sales@sila.net.au
Phone +61 7 3908 1690

New Zealand
Email sales@sila.net.nz
Phone +(07) 3733 2685


Corona Virus Update: Impact on Freight Industry

Dear Clients,

As you would be aware the coronavirus that has emerged from China is now having an impact to freight industry globally.

Many provincial governments in China have announced that the Lunar New Year holidays have been extended until Feb 9th with most offices currently due to resume work on February 10th. The Wuhan and Hubei governments at this stage however are in lock down and there is every possibility that the lock down may extend beyond February 9th.

Over the last 24 hours we have received advice that many of the airline carriers will be ceasing their import and export operations to/from China up until March 1st, however this is subject to change at anytime and we will keep you updated in due course.

Currently the Ocean carriers have not advised on any changes to their current export scheduling ex China to Australia, however it has now been confirmed that there are restrictions being applied to the arrival of vessels from China into AU.

For vessels that have called China and calling a NSW port, effectively immediately, the vessel will be held from berthing because as at this stage no pilot will be allowed to embark a vessel unless it has been at sea for a Minimum of 14 days.

For all other Australian ports it has been agreed that any vessel that sailed China on or after February 1st will again not be able to berth for until 14 days have eleapsed from departure.

 

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service


Project Cargo Explained

Project Cargo is a term used to describe the transportation of large, heavy, complex or high-value pieces of equipment or materials, both domestically and internationally. They’re often parts intended for a certain project, and most commonly in the construction, engineering, mining, oil, rail and energy industries. Project cargo, also referred to as Heavy Lift, is categorised by its complex shape, size or weight that makes movement of the item difficult. It will require an individual transport plan that could involve multiple channels and specific treatment.

Project or heavy lift cargo generally weighs between 1-1000 tonnes, and can have a width or height that exceeds 50 metres. It can be moved by land, sea, or air, and involve forms of transportation from planes, trucks, rail, cranes, ships or barges - sometimes a combination of these.

Project cargo tends to have a particular time-frame or specified delivery date that makes these shipments some of the most complex and detailed projects in the logistics industry. Not to mention, the cost involved with loss or damage of most project cargo can be very large, possibly millions of dollars. Typical Heavy Lift items include generators, turbines, wind blades, boilers, locomotives, boats, satellites, military equipment, and parts of oil rigs and production platforms.

In the last several decades, globalisation has increased the demand for large infrastructure projects worldwide and has supported a boom in manufacturing industries on almost every continent. Companies are seeking the most efficient transportation methods as they embark on large and expensive project cargo operations.

SILA provides door-to-door logistics services for project cargo both nationally and internationally, with proven capabilities in energy, construction, rail, metallurgical and mining industries. Our partner Sinotrans owns and operates a fleet of over 50 breakbulk vessels, as well as weekly container liner services ex-North Asia & China to Australia.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you have project cargo to be moved:

Planning is key

Complex cargo operations require attention to detail, and oftentimes a detailed engineering process in order to stay within the projected budget and delivery timeline. Pre-planning is the crucial step that leads to an effective operation, including the elimination of risks and reduction of costs.

Working with a transportation expert such as SILA Global can add an immense amount of value at every stage. We will advise on weight and dimension restrictions, manage possible risks or unforeseen events, and ensure detail-oriented pre-planning. We’ll also explore routing options and select the best option based on the cargo size, as well as undertake a budget projection to ensure you avoid extra duties, taxes and other miscellaneous costs.

Execution

The precise execution of the planned route is crucial to successful delivery. The shipment should be managed from start to finish, with proactive communication with the client. Your project cargo manager should meticulously execute the transport plan while also maintaining liability and client transparency throughout.

Contingency plan
Sometimes unforeseen events can void the initial transportation plans so it’s important to have a contingency plan so as to still make a timely delivery. Initial planning should address major risks or predicted issues, and contingency plans should prepare for any unforeseen or worst-case-scenario changes that may occur pre or mid-shipment.

Improvement

Given that Project Cargo is a complex (and expensive) exercise, it’s important to track and analyse the results of the transport plan post-delivery to ensure continuous improvement going forward. At SILA we’re always looking to produce better outcomes and continued improvement in performance for all of our clients, and projects.
SILA makes global project management easy with expert staff, experienced partners and our suite of SV3 products that provide us with complete visibility of your item throughout the entire supply chain.

Our combination of people and capabilities along with systems and processes make SILA Global an excellent choice for your project cargo needs.

For more information on how our visualisation products can take your project cargo to the next level, click here or or get in touch with our friendly teams in Australia or New Zealand:

Australia
Email sales@sila.net.au
Phone +61 7 3908 1690

New Zealand
Email sales@sila.net.nz
Phone +64 9 390 7942


What's the latest on autonomous vehicles?

Here at SILA we love all things transportation, and the innovation that’s constantly occurring in our industry. We need to stay on top of the latest trends and assess how it can assist with our business, and that of our clients. Autonomous vehicles (and robots) are currently a hot topic, and will have a profound effect on the logistics industry, so we thought we’d bring you the latest! 

The technology for completely autonomous vehicles that can navigate highways, congested metroplexes, or harsh driving conditions does not yet exist; but plenty of clever brains are working on it, and we’re closer than ever. The year 2025 has been thrown around as a realistic time frame for working fully-autonomous transportation technology. Currently, there are no legally operating, fully-autonomous vehicles. There are, however, partially autonomous vehicles - cars and trucks with varying amounts of self-automation - from conventional cars with brake and lane assistance to highly-independent, self-driving prototypes.

Although autonomous tech cannot better human drivers just yet, the technology that is being developed by industry leaders is powerful: LiDAR, cameras, radar, and microphones work together much like the human senses to create an intelligent system for self-driving. Hopefully soon, self-driving cars will be a worthy match, if not superior to us.

So how are those clever researchers going? Let’s have a look at some of the latest developments in intelligent vehicles. 

MIT ShadowCam

MIT researchers are teaching self-driving cars to see around corners to prevent collisions. ShadowCam can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to work out if an object is approaching from around a corner, without having to see it directly. This technology will help driverless cars avoid hitting cars or pedestrians, and help guide robots working in shared spaces with people, such as in hospitals.

Hitachi Road Sensors

The next stop for our modern cruise control is Hitachi who are investing in analytics that help with preventative maintenance and measuring wear and tear. One example is their road sensing camera tech. It uses two cameras to detect potholes in the road and changes your suspension before reaching them. Not only does this mean a smoother and safer driver, it can also improve cargo transportation and vehicle damage on long trips. Eventually, Hitachi says this technology will be able to detect speed bumps and slow down your car accordingly.  

BMW iNext

Typically we look forward to getting OUT of the car, but many companies are looking to make the car our favourite place to be by integrating it into our lives, beyond just transport. BMW iNext is a concept that encourages lounging, rather than driving, on your morning commute. BMW is developing a car that will become the customer’s favourite space; putting people, their emotions and desires, at the forefront. The car’s mixed reality display system allows the driver to make video calls, manage their to-do list, read a book, and even watch TV, all from the comfort of their car. The iNext includes other new BMW technologies including smart fabrics, touch-sensitive door handles, and an AI-driven voice assistant. The car is designed to provide drivers - or rather, riders, - with a calm and luxurious experience. 

Self-driving trucks

American startups such as TuSimple and Starsky are working valiantly on technology for self-driving trucks. By automating long haul truck routes, they aim to increase safety, decrease transportation costs and reduce carbon emissions. As highway driving and routes are repetitive, they are thus predictable. At Starsky, autonomous trucks are not being designed to operate without any human intervention or relying exclusively on computers to make every decision. The trucks are monitored by teleoperators who guide them through tricky situations. So while ‘drivers’ are still needed, they are not required to be monitoring a single journey for many hours, and they don’t have to be in the truck itself, travelling across the country.

Scout by Amazon

Amazon delivery robots are delivering packages to customers homes during daylight hours on weekdays, navigating footpaths just as any other pedestrian would, at typical walking pace. Amazon’s Scout is operating in Southern Carolina, and although its technology is smart, it’s still learning. Specifically, this robot is learning to cross the road! Scout calculates a confidence score using several variables such as the presence of other vehicles, their speed, and other pedestrians crossing the same road. This confidence interval, if too low, signals a human operator for help to cross the road. If the confidence is high, it can cross the road without supervision. 

There you have it. What a time to be alive! Our cars already have tools that help them park, change lanes, brake, and avoid objects or obstacles - but there are many more developments to come that we could not have imagined. Not only is artificial intelligence and automated vehicle technology changing our experience when driving, it also has exciting benefits for logistics and the future of many industries. We support any technology that will help our customers streamline their business operations and reduce costs, but that also ultimately looks to create a more sustainable future and save lives on our roads.

For more information on how SILA can revolutionise the way you manage your supply chain, head to our website www.sila.net.au or get in touch with our friendly teams in Australia or New Zealand:

Australia
Email sales@sila.net.au
Phone +61 7 3908 1690

New Zealand
Email sales@sila.net.nz
Phone +64 9 390 7942


Increases to Biosecurity Cost Recovery

Dear Valued Client,

We have received information from the Department of Agriculture that their biosecurity cost recovery fees will increase from 1st January 2020. Please find link to their site below however for our customers you will see this increase on the Customs Entry

  • Full Import Declaration charge—air from $33 to $38.
  • Full Import Declaration charge—sea from $42 to $49.

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2019/211-2019

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service


VICT Infrastructure Surcharge Increase

Dear Valued Clients,

Please note that from the 1st January 2020, the infrastructure surcharge for Victoria International Container Terminal will increase.

Effective 1 January 2020, an Infrastructure Surcharge of $126.00 (excl GST) will apply to all export and import containers handled by VICT at Webb Dock, Port of Melbourne. 

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service


CONTAINER DETENTION DURING HOLIDAY PERIOD

Dear Valued Clients,

The holiday season is upon us we thank you for your support over the past year and hope that you and your family have a great Christmas and festive season. We take this opportunity to advise you of the terms that will apply to container collection and dehire over the upcoming Christmas / New Year period.

Please note these terms will apply from 15th December 2019 to 15th January 2020.

SILA will not be held accountable for detention during this period 15th December 2019 to 15th January 2020 customers will need to have a minimum of 10 free days from date of vessel availability to assist in minimising any detention however customers who purchase under C&F, CFR terms will need to request shippers longer detention free periods as needed.

Customers where SILA manages shipping, we will provide 10 free days container detention where applicable, however, should detention be longer than 10 free days then this will be to customer account.

There are various issues that result in container detention at this time:

• Availability days include weekends and public holidays

• Empty parks require time slot bookings and many only operate business days and limited hours

• Receivers operate limited non-public holidays, limited business hours and in some cases are closed for all public holidays and some non-public holidays during this period

• Receivers operate on skeleton staff and cannot receive as much cargo.

SILA thank you for your support and look forward to a prosperous new year!

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service


DP World West Terminal Infrastructure Fee Increase

Dear Valued Clients,
 
As of 1st January 2020, DP World West Swanson has announced significant price increases to their services.
 
The VBS Booking Fee will increase by a staggering 42.50%.
The Wharf Infrastructure Levy will increase by 15%
 
In light of the above increases, we are left with the unpleasant task of passing on these increases to our clientele. 
 
Therefore effective 1st January 2020 our rates for DP Word West Swanson will be

Wharf Infrastructure Levy - $115.00 per container
Vehicle Booking System (VBS) Fee - $40.00 per time slot

Although we have not yet received any information from either Patrick or VICT, it is understood that both these terminals will use the latest increases set by DP World to increase their own charges.
 
Both the VTA and CTAA have written to the ACCC to investigate, however, the ACCC sanctioned the increases.
 
We apologise for the increases, however, they are totally out of our control.

Kind Regards, 

SILA Customer Service