Industrial Action - Patrick Terminal Port Botany

Dear Clients,

We have received advise that Industrial Action has occurred at Patricks Port Botany overnight which all slots cancelled until 1600hrs today.

Our SILA team will contact clients directly affected by this action.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service


China Merchants & Sinotrans & CSC Update

Dear Valued Clients,

Please see below article regarding strategic reorganisation of China merchants group and SINOTRANS CSC this further enhances the combined strength of China Merchants group and SINOTRANS CSC.

This is a very good outcome for all business units as both China Merchants & Sinotrans & CSC are profitable companies. China Merchants is a much larger organisation than Sinotrans in regards assets and profitability. The two business complement each other, Sinotrans from a logistics & Shipping perspective and China merchants, from a Ports, Banking & Finance, Property perspective.

For general information China Merchants are the major lease holders of Port of Newcastle , owner of Loscam pallets , China Merchant Bank Sydney, Oriental Merchants Australia (ABC Sauces, Nong Shim, Lee Kum Kee, Yeo’s brands just to name a few)

Please do not hesitate to contact your local SILA sales representative or send email to sales@sila.net.au if you require more information.

King Regards
SILA Customer Service


CityLink Toll Increases for Heavy Vehicles

Dear Customers,

Further to the increases made to the Sydney & Melbourne Infrastructure Fee, City Link tolls have increased for heavy vehicles applicable from April 1st 2017 which will additionally affect all transportation charges.

As stated by the Victoria Transport Association, under the capped arrangement, heavy vehicles using CityLink tolls will incur an increase of up to 125% for day and night travel. This will significantly affect toll charges applied to the Monash, Tullamarine, Bolte Bridge / Westgate to the Western Corridor in particular.

Please do not hesitate to contact us further should you wish to discuss.

King Regards

SILA Customer Service


Increase to DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

Dear Customers,

We wish to advise you that DP World have provided notice this morning that they will be deferring the new infrastructure surcharges until 17/04/2017.

Sydney Notice  Melbourne Notice

SILA will continue to monitor and advise if any further updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact us further should you wish to discuss.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service


Increase to DP World Infrastructure Surcharge

Dear Customers,

This afternoon, industry has received notification from DP World Australia of a substantial increase in Port Access fees for Sydney and Melbourne, for all containers import and export via road or rail, applicable from April 3 2017. Further increases are expected in Brisbane.

For more detail please refer to the following notices.

Customer notice_DPWA Melbourne Infrastructure Surcharge Notice_Melbourne
Customer notice_DPWA Sydney Infrastructure Surcharge Notice_Sydney

Sydney – previously zero effective:          03/04/2017 $21.16 per container
Melbourne – previously $3.50 effective:    03/04/2017 $32.50 per container

This amount will be invoiced to road carrier via the 1-Stop Booking system & Rail Operator via a separate item on the rail invoice.

Industry has voiced their concerns with industry bodies Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and APSA proposing to formally challenge this surcharge and will be raising the matter with NSW Ports, the Port of Melbourne and relevant Government stakeholders.

SILA will continue to monitor and advise if any further updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact us further should you wish to discuss.

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 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 2016 to 15th January 2017.

SILA will not be held accountable for detention during this period 15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017 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, 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 Skelton 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


SILA Welcomes additional Customs Broker to our Team

Dear All,

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ben Simpson to the Sinotrans Integrated Logistics Australia (SILA) team.

Ben is a licenced Customs Broker with several years of experience within the shipping and logistics industry. Ben joins our team to strengthen SILA’s customs clearance, tariff consultancy and AQIS business unit.

SILA continues to strive to provide high levels to our customers, and has recently submitted our Trusted Trader application.

Please contact Ben in regards to any of your customs or AQIS requirements.

SILA Customer Service


ABF - Good Compliance update October 2016

Dear Customers,

We would like to draw your attention to the latest edition of the Goods Compliance Update provided by the Australian Border Force which can be found here

The update touches on current Asbestos issues, areas of focus for compliance and also provides compliance programme results and statistics.

Should you wish to discuss this further our SILA team is always here to assist.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Sevice

 


FACTSHEET - MANAGING THE RISK OF ASBESTOS AT THE BORDER

Dear Customers,

We would like to draw your attention to fact sheet recently uploaded from Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Following information is provided by the Department for your consideration.
The Department has recently uploaded a factsheet on managing the risk of asbestos at the border. The factsheet provides detail on how importers can implement Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Notice 2016/30 - Assurances that imported goods do not contain asbestos: (DIBP) Notice 2016/30

It is the responsibility of importers and exporters to ensure they do not import or export prohibited goods such as asbestos. If unauthorised asbestos is found to have entered Australia, the importer of the goods may be subject to penalties or prosecution for offences against the Customs Act 1901, in addition to other available offences under State or Territory law.
Should you wish to discuss this further our SILA team is always here to assist.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Sevice


Anti-Dumping Notice 2016/105

Dear Customers,

We wish to draw to your attention the following notice published by the Anti-Dumping Commission which relates to the investigation of Zinc Coated (Galvanised) Steel exported from the Republic of India, Malaysia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

A copy of the notice can be found here

Copy of the Public Record Information can be found here

Should you wish to discuss this further our SILA team is always here to assist.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service