Patrick Terminal Brisbane - MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Dear Clients,
Please note SILA has received advise of another Stop Work Meeting. This will effect Patricks Brisbane Terminal Next week.

Notice as provided to us below.

From: []
Sent: Thursday, 11 December 2014 9:31 AM
Subject: [PATRICK TERMINAL - PTFIT] MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Issue: MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Short Description: Please be advised the MUA will be holding a stop work meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014 between the hours 1400 - 1600. No Trucks will be processed after 1300. Gates will open again at 1600. Click here for further information:

Issue Impact: Please be advised the MUA will be holding a stop work meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014 between the hours 1400 - 1600. No Trucks will be processed after 1300. Gates will open again at 1600.

Priority: Urgent

Notification Date: 11/12/2014 09:29

Current for: 7 Day(s)

Lyle Higgs
Patrick Fisherman Is T10

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

DP World Australia - MUA Industrial Action:Sydney Update

Dear Valued Customer,

As an escalation in the round of industrial action being undertaken by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) in support of thier Enterprise Agreement claims, DP World regrets to advise that they have been notified that further action will be taken in Port Botany on Monday December 15th.

Operations will cease at 1000 hours and will resume at 0600 hours on Tuesday December 16th.

DP World regrets this further disruption and DP World will explore all opportunities to mitigate its impact.

If you have any questions regarding above matter, please contact our customer service team or Ph 1300 084 846.

Thank you & Kind Regards,
Customer Service Team

Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) entry into force 12 December 2014

Dear Clients, We wish to bring to your attention the entry into force of KAFTA from 12 December.

Dear Clients, We wish to bring to your attention the entry into force of KAFTA from 12 December.

Information as provided by Customs can be found below and here.

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) was signed in Seoul, South Korea, on 8 April 2014.KAFTA will enter into force when both Korea and Australia have completed their domestic legal procedures. The full text of the KAFTA is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Entry into Force
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea will enter into force on 12 December 2014.

• Customs Amendment (Korea – Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Act 2014
• Customs Tariff Amendment (Korea – Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Act 2014
• Customs (Korean Rules of Origin) Regulation 2014

Practice Statement and Instructions and Guidelines
• Practice Statement NO. 2009/13 - Rules of Origin
• Instruction and Guideline - Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

click here

The Integrated Cargo System - Claiming Preference
To claim preferential tariff rates under KAFTA, the following codes should be used in the ICS:

Preference Scheme Type
Type/ Description of Preference Scheme
KFTA/ Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Preference Rule Types (Select the appropriate Rule Type)

Rule Type/ Description of Origin Criteria
POM/ Produced entirely from originating materials
PS/ Product specific rules
WO/ Wholly obtained goods

For more information, please read the following:

• Integrated Cargo System – Claiming Preferential Tariff Rates

What you will need to support a claim for preference under KAFTA

A KAFTA Certificate of Origin completed by the exporter or producer in Korea.

Model format of KAFTA certificate of Origin.

The Certificate of Origin must contain the following Data Elements (as listed in Annex 3-C, Chapter 3 of KAFTA):
List 1-11:
1. Issuing number
2. Exporter, including contact details
3. Blanket period for multiple shipments
4. Producer, including contact details (optional)
5. Importer, including contact details (optional)
6. Description of good(s)
7. Harmonized System code (six digits)
8. Preference criterion
9. Observations (optional)
10. Declaration
11. Name, signature, company or authorised body and contact details of person completing the Certificate of Origin; and date of issue.

Applying for an origin advice ruling

Customs and Border Protection will provide written advice, upon request, for determining whether the good originate from Korea for the purposes of claiming KAFTA preference.

• Application for Origin Advice Ruling Form (B659)

Comparison Table of the Specific Provisions of Chapters 3 and 4 of KAFTA and Related Legislation, Regulations or Procedures

• Table

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

Container Detention During Holiday Period Dec 2014

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 2014 to 15th January 2015.

SILA will not be held accountable for detention during this period 15th December to 15th January 2015 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 thankyou for your support and look forward to a prosperous new year !
Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

SILA Festive Season Trading Hours

Dear All

Season’s Greetings from all at SI Logistics Australia Pty Ltd . We hope you have an enjoyable and restful festive season.

Please take note of the following trading hours and dates of when SILA will be closed during this festive season.

24/12/14 Open from 08h30 till 13h00
25/12/14 Closed – Public Holiday
26/12/14 Closed – Public Holiday
29/12/14 & 30/12/14 Open for normal business hours 08h30-17h00
31/12/14 Open from 08h30 till 13h00
01/01/15 Closed – Public Holiday
02/01/15 Re-open for business as usual

Emergency Contact person: Simon Pepper – 0450 665 812

We trust that 2014 has been a great year for you and hope that 2015 has even better prospects.

Kind regards

The SILA Team

Investigation into Alleged Dumping of Steel Reinforcing Bar

Dear Customers,

We would like to draw your attention to the publication of Anti-Dumping notice 2014/100 being Initiation of an Investigation into Alleged Dumping of Steel Reinforcing Bar Exported from the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Turkey.

As mentioned in the notice the goods the subject of this application are: “Hot-rolled deformed steel reinforcing bar whether or not in coil form, commonly identified as rebar or debar, in various diameters up to and including 50 millimetres, containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process. The goods covered by this application include all steel reinforcing bar meeting the above description of the goods regardless of the particular grade or alloy content or coating. Goods excluded from this application are plain round bar, stainless steel and reinforcing mesh.”

The goods are currently classified to the following tariff subheadings in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995:
• tariff subheading 7214.20.00 with statistical code 47;
• tariff subheading 7228.30.90 with statistical code 49;
• tariff subheading 7213.10.00 with statistical code 42; and
• tariff subheading 7227.90.90 with statistical code 42.
These goods, if imported from Spain under these tariff subheadings, are subject to a general rate of duty of 5%; and the goods imported from Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey are subject to a “free” rate of duty.

Interested parties, as defined by subsection 269T(1) of the Act, are invited to lodge submissions concerning the publication of the dumping duty notice sought in the application, by no later than the close of business on 26 November 2014, addressed to:
The Director
Operations 3
Anti-Dumping Commission
1010 La Trobe Street

Or by email or by fax to +61 3 9244 8902.

Port Botany Closures - 15/10/14

Dear Clients, We wish to advise you on current Port Botany conditions.

The Sydney area was subject to extreme weather conditions overnight with gale force winds and heavy rain.

Terminal operations in Port Botany have been heavily impacted with quayline operations ceasing at 2030 last night and yard and gate operations at 2100. At this point operations have not resumed.

There has been significant damage in the yard with several container stacks blown over and two vessels alongside the terminal have parted their moorings.

We are currently assessing the damage to the terminal. Windy conditions are expected to continue this morning and the harbour authorities are considering ordering the two vessels out to sea until conditions improve.

At this point we terminal operations are due to resume at 1400hrs subject to conditions remaining stable.


SILA Customer Service

DP World: MUA Action in Australian East Coast Terminals

Dear Valued Customer,

Please note DP World has received notification from the Maritime Union of Australia of limited protected industrial action in the Australian east coast terminals in support of their Enterprise Agreement demands. Each port will lose 12 hours due to this action but it will be structured differently in each terminal.

This will affect Sydney on Wednesday October 1st with the following stoppages: 1000 – 1400 1800 - 2200 0200 - 0600 (Thursday)

Melbourne on Thursday October 2nd with the following stoppages: 1230 - 1630 2230 - 0630

Brisbane on Friday October 3rd with the following stoppage: 1100 - 2300

If you have any questions regarding above matter, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

Department of Agriculture Industry Information Sessions

We wish to inform our clients of upcoming Department of Agriculture series of industry information sessions which will be held across Australia throughout October – November 2014. Of particular interest to some of our customers would be Session 2 - Illegal Logging Laws – New Due Diligence Requirements

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture website:

Container weights and Chain of Responsibility Update

Container weights and Chain of Responsibility Update


From early 2014, with push from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, East Coast Australia ports have been the target of vigorous surveillance by main roads and transport authorities with no slowdown in sight. In June 2012 the NSW Roads and Maritime Services, in conjunction with Sydney Ports Corporation, introduced the operation of Weigh In Motion weighbridges at both DP World and Patrick Container Terminals at Port Botany and most recently, in July 2014, DP World Terminal Brisbane introduced WIM in an effort to ensure compliance with local weight limits and operations. While these WIM facilities are mandatory upon exit from these terminals, main roads & transport authorities are still very active in road side stops and re-directions into weight station facilities of Operating Heavy Vehicles with all truck/trailer combinations checked and weighed for total mass and axle groupings which must comply within local legal weight limitations of that combination.

At the Terminal based WIM where a vehicle is found to have exceeded its weight limit in total, or on any axle group by 0 – 20%, the container will be directed to an approved facility for reloading onto a more appropriate truck and trailer combination or it will be required for devanning by an approved facility. Where a vehicle is found to have a substantial breech of axle weight 20% or greater, the terminal operator may remove the container to a nominated inland facility for unpacking. In either case, additional charges would be applicable depending on the nature and severity of the breach which would be handled on a case by case basis.

Road side stops and re-directions into weight station facilities face risk of on the spot fines for minor breaches and notices to appear in court for major breaches. Breaches are based on each axle grouping making it possible to receive multiple fines for the load depending on the truck & trailer .


6T        16.5T                     20T


On average the rear Tri-Axle of a standard semitrailer combination is limited to 20t (16.5t in the case of tandem rear axle) therefore if cargo is not evenly distributed it’s possible the weight limitation of a grouping can be exceeded.

We highly recommend that you become familiar with your obligations under the chain of responsibility legislation with further reading to be found here

SILA, while having arrangements for an approved overweight facility, will not condone any breach of mass limits, the transport company and importer will be marked and monitored by the transport Authority for continual breaches of mass limits which can lead to desktop audits and further penalties.

In order to meet the required mass limits, SILA recommend all customers follow the below limits and only apply to containers which have been directed to us for unpacking. • Safe working limit – 26,000kg GROSS per container (which includes goods and container tare weight) with cargo being evenly distributed. • Safe maximum limit – 26,999kgs GROSS However weight MUST be evenly distributed throughout container • Importers will be liable for all overweight infringements if weight are not evenly distributed and the vehicle is found to exceed mass limits

Overweight Containers in which additional charges will apply • 26,999kg to 30,000kg GROSS • SILA may not legally carry over 30,000kg on any road combination. Containers over this weight are case by case and subject to special equipment and road permits

Please note above refers to containers directed to a SILA facility for unpack. Companion vehicle charges will still be applicable for FCL deliveries to site by sideloader exceeding 23T Gross Weight

Container Weight Declaration (CWD): Under the current National regulations all shipping containers moved by road must have a container weight declaration for the driver. Penalties can be issued to a driver if he is not in possession of a CWD, consignors and importers can also be fined for providing false or misleading information on a CWD.

SILA cannot transport any containers on the road with which we do not have a CWD. Further Information on the requirements for a CWD can be found HERE . SILA has a pro-forma CWD available for clients use upon request, please send an email request to SILA Logistics