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USA – Shortage of truck capacity

Client and Shippers need to be aware that there is currently pressure on the North American intermodal market partly due to a shortage of truck capacity.

Recent developments such as increased regulatory control of driver hours by electronic means (ELD’s), lagging wages, driver shortages due to retirement and better work opportunities, and increased imports are the most significant factors. Additionally, in certain geographies, weather such as hurricanes in the South East and Gulf, severe cold/winter conditions across much of the upper tier of the country, have also contributed to the difficulties. In addition, the rail system is becoming more congested due to containers not being taken timely off the ramps, in addition to train lengths being shortened due to the severe cold.

Shipping lines are redirecting resources towards seeking increased truck capacity and dispatching containers earlier to improve our chances of getting truck power at the appropriate time. Although we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact, delays are unavoidable and as such extra allowances should be considered when planning lead times.

Note that all shipping lines are impacted from these issues and it may take several months for this situation to improve.

US-Trucking-Shortage.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact your account manager.

 

 

 

 

 

Empty Container returns direct to Terminal

Dear Client,

An increasing number of containers are being designated by Shipping Lines for empty return direct into stevedore terminals (CTO’S) rather than the usual Empty Container Parks (ECP’S). This is placing extra pressure on all transport companies operationally as outlined below:

  • Slot Availability not coinciding with drop off is not always available or possible
  • Double Handling (Staging) of containers due to less empty slot availability
  • No show penalties for missed or late dehire which are not charged by ECP’s
  • Longer truck turnarounds in comparison to ECP’s
  • Increased chance of Shipping Line detention fees

Each empty container to be delivered direct to the terminal will also require an electronic Port Receival advice (PRA) to be lodged prior to drop off. Transport companies are now introducing  fees for direct dehire to shipping terminals and PRA lodgement.

 

We will request de-hire to ECP’s if possible however there will be occasions where we are forced to de-hire direct to terminal and we unfortunately have no control over this.  Unfortunately this operational change will require the introduction of new fees as a cost recovery measure.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact your Account Manager.

 

 

Terminal Infrastructure Fee increases announced – VICT and Patrick

To All Our Valued Clients,

In recent weeks we have been advised of impending increases in Infrastructure Levies by two Container Terminal Operators, following on from increases introduced by DP World earlier this year.

Patricks has announced effective from 12th March 2018 Infrastructure charges will increase to:

  • Melbourne $47.50 per container
  • Sydney $41.10 per container
  • Brisbane $38.25 per container
  • Fremantle $7.50 per container

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has announced as of the 27th March it will introduce an Infrastructure Fee at its Melbourne terminal as follows:

  • Melbourne $48.00 per container

This fee will incorporate the current Chain of Responsibility Fee (COR) currently imposed on industry by this terminal.

Once again terminals have claimed that the infrastructure fees are necessary to recover a portion of increasing capital investment, including rent, taxes and council rates, maintenance and operational costs.

IFC Global Logistics has no alternative but to pass on this increase along with a financial and administrative cost, as these fees will be directly passed to transport operators.

If you have any questions in relation this, please contact myself or your Account Manager for clarification.

Regards,

Daniel Calvert

Operations Manager

 

 

 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for containerised goods from Italy

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-18 Mandatory treatment for containerised goods from Italy

To All Our Valued Clients,

We have been advised by the Department of Agriculture and Water (DAWR) that immediate measures have been implemented to prevent the movement of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs to Australia commencing 17/01/2018 for all cargo ex Italy. A significant number of further detections of BMSB in Australia in various types of containerised goods has been found in goods arriving from Italy. Detections indicate that BMSB are sheltering in a range of containers and goods outside of those captured by the existing measures.

DAWR has confirmed that mandatory methyl bromide fumigation will be required for all consignments that arrive in Australia between the 17th of January and 30th April 2018 ex Italy, including those already on route to Australia unless already treated offshore. Where methyl bromide is not suitable, another approved treatment for BMSB must be applied on arrival.

The only exceptions being  Fresh Produce, Live Animals, Food for human consumption, seeds for sowing.

If you are currently Importing goods to Australia from Italy please consider that goods may be slightly delayed and there will be an added expense incurred due to these measures. For goods that have not departed we will have treatment carried out at origin wherever practical.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or myself.

Thanks

Daniel Calvert

Operations Manager

Melbourne Port – Unexpected industrial action 8th December

Melbourne Port – Unexpected industrial action 8th December

To All Our Valued Clients,

We have received notice this morning of unexpected Industrial action at Melbourne Port at both Patricks and DP World terminals.

DP Word have advised us that gates will closed between 0800hr to 1400hrs today. Patricks have announced they will cease operations immediately with an expected resolution approx. 11pm this evening.

At this point it is unclear whether this has any correlation to the ongoing VICT protest.

This unexpected Action will have an effect on our operations and it may have an effect on your expected deliveries. Our Cartage operators will make contact with clients affected by this today, please note this may impact deliveries for the next few days as the back log is cleared.

Any further information will be sent through as received, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your Account Manager or myself.

Thanks

Daniel Calvert

Operations Manager

 

US/Canada Market – Origin Documentation Fee (DOC) Update – APL

US/Canada Market – Origin Documentation Fee (DOC) Update – APL

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be informed that effective 1 January 2018, APL will implement the Origin Documention Fee (DOC) within the following scope:

Origin: USA Destinations: All Destinations (Except Guam and Mariana Islands)

Proposed Export Doc Fee
E-Booking Manual Booking
ESI Manual ESI ESI Manual ESI
75 80 80 90

Origin: Canada Destinations: All Destinations

Proposed Export Doc Fee
E-Booking Manual Booking
ESI Manual ESI ESI Manual ESI
75 80 80 90

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact myself or your Account Manager,

Regards,

Daniel Calvert

 

 

 

 

USA TO AUSTRALIA – NOTICE TO TRADE – PAE / PIL

USA TO AUSTRALIA – NOTICE TO TRADE – PAE / PIL

Dear Valued Customers,

PAE / PIL have advised the market the following:

Please be advised the Bunker Adjustment Factor and Low Sulphur Surcharge applied to shipments from the United States to Australia will be revised, effective from the 1st January 2018:

The Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) will be revised to:
USD522.00/20’ and USD1044.00/40’

The Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSF) will be revised to:
USD16.00/20’ and USD32.00/40’

Should you have any questions relating to any of the above Industry updates please contact your Customer Relationship Manager or myself to discuss further.

 Daniel Calvert           

IFC Global Logistics Pty Ltd

ACFS Implementing New Infrastructure Levy

ACFS Implementing New Infrastructure Levy

ACFS Implementing New Infrastructure Levy

 

Dear Valued Customers,

Further to below we have in recent days received advice that ACFS has also decided to implement FCL and LCL Infrastructure Levies as of the 13th of November.

The reasons for this implementation is again being conveyed to industry as continually escalating costs including ‘ significant extra ordinary property market rent reviews at our major Port properties in Sydney (28% increase) and Melbourne (39% increase) where increases are immediate and also retrospective dating back a minimum 12 months period. This is in addition to higher wages, security, energy and property maintenance costs’. Below is the notice from ACFS.

Effective Monday 13th November 2017, ACFS will be introducing 2 new levies on industry.

FCL Container Infrastructure Levy – (Charged per Container)

Sydney – $23.15 + GST

Melbourne – $13.65 + GST

Brisbane – N/A

Perth – N/A

Adelaide – N/A
Note – This fee will apply to all ACFS Transported containers, Depot services (including AQIS Services), FCL packs and unpacks, FAK Exports and any outside carrier services.

The further review of the FAK Import division specifically and separately from the FCL’s is due to a long period of stagnant rates, whilst security, compliance and escalating costs have been increasing regularly. The FAK division has been under invested for a long period of time, and the new FAK Cargo Infrastructure Levy will allow our business to return back to a viable state, whilst also allowing our business to start investing for some continuous improvement programs in I.T, equipment and staffing.

FAK Cargo Infrastructure Levy – Applied to all Import FAK’s Only

National Charge – $8.50 per cbm + GST

As these fees will be paid in advance of delivery, IFC will implement the FAK Levy (LCL Terminal Fee) at $10.00 per m3 and the FCL Infrastructure Levy at $27.00 in Sydney and $16.00 in Melbourne when applicable to cover finance and administration costs.

Should you have any questions relating to any of the above Industry updates please contact your Customer Relationship Manager or myself to discuss further.

Best Regards,

Minoli Rampati Dewage

IFC Global Logistics Pty Ltd

 

General Rate Increase (GRI) – North East Asia Effective 15th November 2017

General Rate Increase (GRI) – North East Asia Effective 15th November 2017

General Rate Increase (GRI) – North East Asia Effective 15th November 2017

Carriers have announced to North East Asia to Australia clients a General Rate Increase (GRI) that is to apply to all vessels sailing ex China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan to all Australian ports.

The announced increase is to be effective from 15th of November 2017 (pro-forma sailing date)

The increase is as follows:

Up to $200.00 USD per TEU & $400.00 USD per FEU

$12.00 USD per CBM/1000Kgs on LCL

For both dry and refrigerated cargoes in the base ocean freight for cargoes from North East Asia (including China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan) to ports and points in Australia. This increase will be applied in full on top of existing ongoing market rates to all shipments based on the actual departure date of the vessel named in the bill of lading from 15th of November 2017, and will be subject to ancillary surcharges applicable at the time of shipment.

Our policy at IFC is to maintain competitive pricing at all times and should any of the above advertised increases not be implemented or implemented in part, IFC will only pass on these net/net increases.

Should you have any questions relating to any of the above Industry updates please contact your Customer Relationship Manager or myself to discuss further.

Best Regards,

Minoli Rampati Dewage

IFC Global Logistics Pty Ltd

Update – New International Terminal Fee for LCL Cargo

Update – New International Terminal Fee for LCL Cargo


New International Terminal Fee for LCL Cargo

Further to our earlier advice below, Qube Logistics will forge ahead with the Import Terminal Fee as of Monday 9th October. As these fees will be paid in advance of delivery, IFC will implement this fee at $35.00 per shipment to cover finance and administration costs.

The largest 3PL in Australia, Qube Logistics, has announced that it will it will push ahead with the introduction of a $30 International terminal fee for LCL cargo unpacked at its facilities across Australia from October 9th 2017.

IFC Global Logistics and Industry bodies including Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have contacted Qube Logistics regarding this proposed fee and feedback was remarkably similar to the recent introduction of Wharf Infrastructure Fees at Australian FCL terminals.  As outlined in the attached customer notice ‘Operational cost recovery’ is the reason for the introduction of this fee. Despite objections to the rapidly increasing trend towards surcharges on third party / non-contracted stakeholders, at this stage, Qube Logistics intends to forge ahead with this fee.

Our expectation is that other CFS operators across the country will follow suit and announce similar cost recovery measures. IFC Global Logistics will monitor the situation and where possible provide alternate options for our customers however any LCL freight that is unpacked at a Qube facility will be subject to an LCL International Terminal Fee with a financial and administrative cost included.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact your Account Manager.

Thankyou,

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