Industry News - 31 August 2022

INDUSTRY NEWS

Biosecurity priorities and impact for cargo clearance delays

The department continues to allocate its resources to areas of highest priority and implement COVID safe practices to minimise impacts to staff and industry. We are also working to address inspection delays where we can, while we manage ever-increasing biosecurity risks.

READ FULL NOTICE HERE

Stronger container volumes seen in July

The global supply chain continues to be challenged, and despite some evidence of consumer spending slowing due to inflationary pressures, there remains ongoing congestion at major hubs and inland networks.  Overflow of volume has been seen to neighbouring ports due to industrial action across parts of the US, UK and Germany, in addition to weather issues, ongoing issues related to the Ukraine conflict, and the fact that ports are continuing to work through large volumes of backlog cargo.

Trade volumes to Australia remain strong however congestion continues to be seen in the Oceania region due to severe weather and vessel bunching.  Locally the supply chain remains resilient and we continue to monitor the situation ahead of peak season.

READ FULL NOTICE HERE

DAFF Import Industry Advice Notices 2022

Keep up to date with the latest DAFF import industry notices here

ABF Industry Notices 2022

Keep up to date with the latest ABF industry notices here

ASSDA: Australian Stainless #75

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Australian Steel News - MAY 2022

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SILA Global Internal Updates

SILA Global Updated Ancillary Tariff Location 
As of June 2022, the Ancillary Tariff location will be available only through our SV3 portal here. If you do not have an SV3 user log-in, please kindly reach out to sales@sila.net.au to request your user log-in details.

SILA Global News 
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This Months SILA News
Industry News - 31 July 2022 - SILA Global
Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) - SILA Global
Service Charter Update - SILA Global

Thank you, 

SILA Global Pty Ltd


Service Charter Update

Dear Valued Customers & Partners, 

We’re committed to knowing our customers and meeting their logistics requirements with a personalised, seamless experience that makes it easier for them to manage and streamline their business through delivering technological advances.

It is important to us that we continue to exceed your expectations; so we have updated our Service Charter to ensure we can improve our service standards to better meet your needs. Our Charter sets out how we meet our customer commitments. 

We encourage you to please read our Service Charter and familiarise yourself with our service standards, our promises to you, and also your obligations when working with us as these meeting these obligations will help us to be able to provide you with the best possible services & solutions for your freight forwarding needs. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your SILA Sales representative to discuss further. 

Thank you, 

SILA Global Pty Ltd


Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

Dear Valued Customers & Partners,

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF) has finalised the Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) - DAFF (agriculture.gov.au).

What's New

1 August 2022

  • Emerging risk countries - China and UK only
  • Chapters 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries
  • 120 hours policy been amended for goods that have been rolled (with evidence)
  • Inspect (unpack) Inspections instead of Secure Seals intact inspections at Approved Arrangements

READ MORE HERE

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your SILA Sales representative to discuss further.

Thank you,

SILA Global Pty Ltd


Industry News - 31 July 2022

INDUSTRY NEWS

Empty Container Park Issues 
Transport companies continue to experience delays, congestion, rejection & re-direction when attempting to de-hire empty shipping containers in all major Australian ports.

Empty shipping container congestion has spiked again in Sydney in recent weeks, leaving importers and their transport providers incurring added costs from empty de-hire delays, yard storage of empties, futile trucks trips, and additional administration.

The congestion and delays come off the back of a relatively positive month in June when over 80,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) of empties were evacuated by shipping lines through Port Botany, with a Load/Discharge Ratio of 1.07.

Unfortunately since then, weather events in Sydney have led to unforeseen reductions in the movement of empty containers away from Port Botany, leaving the main Empty Container Parks (ECPs) at or near capacity.  The ECPs have not been able to accept additional empty equipment for their client shipping lines and are asking importers / transport operators to contact shipping lines for de-hire alternatives, which are not forthcoming.

Read Full CTAA Media Release: Sydney Empty Container Congestion Spikes – A Broken System 

DAFF Import Industry Advice Notices 2022
Keep up to date with the latest DAFF import industry notices here

ABF Industry Notices 2022
Keep up to date with the latest ABF industry notices here

ASSDA: Australian Stainless #75
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Australian Steel News - MAY 2022
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SILA Global Internal Updates

SILA Global Updated Ancillary Tariff Location 
As of June 2022, the Ancillary Tariff location will be available only through our SV3 portal here. If you do not have an SV3 user log-in, please kindly reach out to sales@sila.net.au to request your user log-in details.

SILA Global News 
Keep up to date with the latest SILA Global news here

July 2022 Articles 
East Coast Inclement Weather & Flash Flooding - SILA Global
2nd Update: East Coast Inclement Weather & Flash Flooding - SILA Global
Industry Update - SILA Global
SILA Global NZ Relocation - SILA Global

Thank you, 

SILA Global Pty Ltd


SILA Global NZ Relocation

Dear Valued Customers & Partners,

It is our pleasure to announce that SILA Global NZ will be moving to a new location. All other details such as phone numbers, email addresses, websites, and social media accounts will remain the same.

Please kindly update your records with our new address details as follows:-

NEW LOCATION

SILA Global NZ Ltd
10 Doncaster Street
Mangere, Auckland 2022

New Zealand

Our new facility offers plenty of space to receive and unpack containers giving us the opportunity to better serve our customers and work with our valued business partners. We look forward to continuing to serve your needs and working with you at our new and improved location.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Regards,

The Team from SILA Global NZ Ltd


Industry Update

To Valued Customers & Partners,

Container Road Transport Costs Skyrocket
Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) Media Release

Rising fuel and fuel additive costs caused by global factors & demand, labour & skills shortages, long equipment purchase lead times, supply chain capacity constraints, and fees imposed by third parties are significantly squeezing container transport operator margins and cash flows in Australia.

To survive, transport operators have had little choice but to pass on rising costs to freight forwarders, importers & exporters, which ultimately add to higher consumer prices and rising inflation.

Read the full media release here.

Removal of Free Storage Days for Weekends and Public Holidays
Fremantle Ports Letter to Customers

Over recent years there has been a general increase in demand for common-user berth laydown areas, a trend that has increased since the onset of COVID-19. This demand is resulting in increased congestion, delays to vessel berthing and increased supply chain costs.

Fremantle Ports has been working with industry participants over recent months to remove bottlenecks and improve the overall supply chain efficiency. As an example, a five-day shipping shutdown was carried out for Berths 11 & 12 to enable a focus on clearing cargo. While these types of initiatives are proving valuable, there are occasions when berth laydown areas are being used for storage and distribution rather than efficient discharge of vessels.

In a bid to encourage better utilisation of laydown areas and reflect the 24/7 nature of port operations, effective 1 July 2022, the storage-free days on weekends and public holidays will be removed when they fall within the four free days.

This change is aimed at helping improve overall efficiency of the supply chain.

We will continue to review our rates and charges to ensure they are appropriate and drive the right behaviour and overall supply chain efficiency for the benefit of all port users.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Given the current conditions, SILA is not in a position to accept responsibility for any additional transport charges, wharf storage, or container detention that may be incurred as a result.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep you posted as the situation changes, for better or worse.

In the meantime, SILA and our transport partners continue to do everything possible to minimise negative impacts on our clients, and we thank you for your patience, understanding, and kindness to staff through this period.

In the meantime, should you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your SILA Sales representative.

Thank you,

SILA Global Pty Ltd


2nd Update: East Coast Inclement Weather & Flash Flooding

To Valued Customers & Partners,

As this unprecedented East Coast Low continues to bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds, it's our industry, and supply chain that are once again severely impacted. Many NSW depots, roads & access points have received heavy rainfall and flooded as a result severely impacting operations. SEQ is also receiving a drenching this week albeit not as impactful on operations as what we are seeing in Sydney.

Additionally, we have received notice that all freight rail services have ceased between Port Botany and Newcastle and will remain closed for several days. This will result in a backlog of freight getting to and from the terminals. We will endeavour to collect & deliver to the terminals to meet cut-off times for vessels although vessels are also experiencing delays.

The current forecast is predicting that the services will remain canceled for a couple of days until the situation has eased and lines can be inspected and certified. As a result, unpack, delivery and de-hire delays are inevitable, so please be mindful and ensure your end receivers are well informed of the same. Whilst best efforts will be made, we cannot be held liable for storage at the wharf/detention or other associated cost accrued due to the weather event.

Related Articles:

Efforts to move cargo ship stranded off Sydney suspended after tow lines snap in wild weather | Australia weather | The Guardian
+ Sydney Weather: Hundreds evacuated as rain and winds lash Sydney, NSW Central Coast and Hunter | Daily Mail Online
+ Sydney weather: Suburbs at risk of flooding, road closures, train updates | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

As always, SILA Global & our dedicated team are working hard to minimise the impact and we appreciate your patience & understanding during these difficult, unprecedented times.

In the meantime, should you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your SILA Sales representative.

Thank you,

SILA Global Pty Ltd


East Coast Inclement Weather & Flash Flooding

To Valued Customers & Partners,

Australia's East Coast is once again being battered by inclement weather, heavy rain & flash flooding causing significant disruptions to the supply chain.

The east coast low that caused much of the flooding was weakening, but heavy rainfall was still slated for Sydney, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting up to 100mm again on Monday morning, before conditions eased during the afternoon and evening.

Related Articles:

Australia weather: East coast battered with non-stop rain with one man dead and 32,000 evacuated | Daily Mail Online
NSW floods: thousands evacuated from rising waters as Sydney braces for more wild weather | New South Wales | The Guardian
SES, weather bureau issue flood warnings for Shoalhaven catchments as torrential rain continues - ABC News

Aerial image of flooding in western Sydney. Almost 70 evacuation orders were active on Monday morning across New South Wales as extreme weather lashed the state.

As always, SILA Global & our dedicated team are working hard to minimise the impact and we appreciate your patience & understanding during these difficult, unprecedented times.

In the meantime, should you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your SILA Sales representative.

Thank you,

SILA Global Pty Ltd


Industry News – 30 June 2022

INDUSTRY NEWS

IFCBAA: Container demurrage & detention charges reach records highs! 
According to recent reports, FIATA said “demurrage and detention charges have doubled, resulting in complaints across the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific with a reported significant increase in demurrage and detention charges over the past few years

Today’s maritime supply chain continues to undergo severe disruptions, exacerbated further by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule reliability in terms of transit and frequency are now at an all-time low resulting in a total absence of predictability, whilst freight rates are at record high levels”.

Freight forwarders and their customers – many of whom are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are particularly hard hit by these rocketing prices, being increasingly subjected to spot contracts with high price volatility as compared to longer-term contracts held by beneficial cargo owners.
Read more here.

ASSDA: Global Industry Supply Chain Pressure
Simon Pepper, Managing Director of ASSDA Member SILA Global, provides an important update on shipping and logistics in the Australian supply chain.
Read the full article here.

Prime Mover: Shipping profits raise calls for law change
Global rises in shipping prices and profits have led to calls for change in Australia’s Competition and Act Consumer law.

CEO of the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), Peter Anderson, explained that while industries such as tourism, hospitality and retail were impacted by public health restrictions in response to COVID-19, transport continued with fewer disruptions. According to him, this is because of the essential service they provide, but that factor did not prevent similar disproportions in the financial performance of different links in the supply chain.

“Road freight operators in Australia have experienced spiralling diesel costs, which other transport modes haven’t been exposed to,” he said.

“The financial impact of the pandemic on shippers is worth examining in consideration of competition exemptions they receive under Competition and Act Consumer 2010, with increases in shipping liner super profits of up to 900 per cent further evidence Part X of the Act needs to be repealed.”
Read more here.

gCaptain: Empty Container Boxes Stuck At Rotterdam May Stoke Asia Shortage
Jun 20, 2022,(Bloomberg) —Empty container boxes crucial for Asia’s exporters are getting stuck in the port of Rotterdam as a growing backlog of undelivered goods at Europe’s export hub forces ocean carriers to prioritize shipments of filled boxes.

The Dutch port has faced an onslaught of both goods and empty boxes offloaded from other European maritime operations, shipping experts said. This has coincided with carriers reducing the number of vessel trips from the continent to China after Shanghai authorities locked down the city in March, they said.

“Terminals are allowing shipping carriers only a limited capacity for empty boxes and are focusing on transporting loaded containers,” Kuehne + Nagel International AG, one of Europe’s largest freight forwarders, said in an e-mailed reply to  questions. “Containers are piling up at the terminals, and more and more containers cannot be returned on departures, including those to Asia.”

The port of Rotterdam port didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Read more here.

ASSDA: PacRim Stainless 2022 
Less than 1 month until PacRim Stainless 2022 event with many guest speakers, including our very own Managing Director - Simon Pepper.
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DAWE Import Industry Advice Notices 2022
Keep up to date with the latest DAWE import industry notices here

ABF Industry Notices 2022
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ASSDA: Australian Stainless #75
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Australian Steel News - MAY 2022
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SILA Global Internal Updates

SILA Global Updated Ancillary Tariff Location 
As of June 2022, the Ancillary Tariff location will be available only through our SV3 portal here. If you do not have an SV3 user log-in, please kindly reach out to sales@sila.net.au to request your user log-in details.

SILA Global News 
Keep up to date with the latest SILA Global news here

June 2022 Articles 
Empty Container De-hires & Demurrage - SILA Global
Ongoing Delays for Biosecurity Inspections - SILA Global
Fremantle GRI - Effective 1st July 2022 - SILA Global

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Fremantle GRI - Effective 1st July 2022

To Valued Customers & Partners

As we have been updating in previous notices, due to COVID-related staff shortages and congestion issues in Fremantle, many transport companies are struggling to fill driver and warehouse positions. This shortage of staff has led to wages increasing by approximately 60%. Unfortunately, carriers cannot cope with the congestion and increase in wages, therefore will need to pass on an emergency transport GRI for all Fremantle steel unpack services effective 1st July 2022. While these issues are impacting all major Australian ports, rate increases have not been implemented nationwide at this stage.

The fuel surcharge applicable on all steel unpacks will be updated in the monthly ancillary notices and is currently increasing due to issues such as the Ukraine conflict etc. Some general information can be found here.

Effective 1st July 2022
Fremantle 20' Container GRI: Additional AUD 220.00 per 20'
Fremantle 40' Container GRI: Additional AUD 220.00 per 40'

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and kindness throughout this period.

In the meantime, should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your SILA Sales representative.

Jason Stockwell
Commercial Director 
SILA Global Pty Ltd