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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

Revolutionary Cosco Take Over

Revolutionary Cosco Take Over

Revolutionary Cosco Take Over

There has been a revolutionary $6.3 billion merger that has happened within the past week, Cosco taking over Hong Kong’s OOCL (Orient Overseas Container line), has ultimately become the 3rd largest shipping line in world and declaring Beijing’s supremacy in the Shipping world. Likewise, there has also been speculation, that Cosco has potential to over rank even the current largest shipping lines, MSC or even Maersk.

In addition, there has been commentary occurring behind the infamous merger stating that it may raise freight expenses, however the scale and OOCL’s smoothly running operations has given them foothold to dominate the industry, which already dominating the US-Asia route. 

Sydney Warehouse. Not just a perfect location.

Sydney Warehouse. Not just a perfect location.

Sydney Warehouse.
Not just a perfect location.


Terminology such as “ideal” and “flawless” are, at times, overreaching or underrated. But in respect to the future developments that are occurring in Western Sydney, the new IFC Sydney Warehouse has no other word but “perfect” to describe itself. Centrally located between the Sydney International Airport and the newly proposed Badgerys Creek Airport (a 24-hour and curfew free second airport in Sydney), it is strategically positioned to provide direct access to and from the Port Botany, Sydney Port.

The reason mentioned above is not the only reason why it will be the perfect location. How, one might ask?

In addition to being centrally located between the most commonly needed structures for moving cargo, new intermodal rail operations are under construction through to the largest-to-be inland logistics port in the Southern Hemisphere. Moore Bank Logistics Park will soon be complete and will be in close proximity – only 10 minutes – to the new warehouse. Additionally, Moore Bank will have a direct rail link to the Sydney port; ultimately giving IFC warehousing and distribution operations a competitive edge.

 Perfectly Accredited 

As well as presenting IFC as innovative and focused on latest technology, plant, equipment and security, the warehouse will also hold the below accreditation’s for storing and securing imported and exported goods, such as:

  • Customs bonded
  • Quarantine accredited
  • Food grade accredited

The new site will be significantly more energy efficient with LED lighting and sensors, solar power panels and rain water recycling management.

For more details outlining what the new Sydney warehouse entails click here https://goo.gl/ksBYCa.

Countless features along with the best warehouse practices and in combination with IFC’s improving scalability, will provide greater efficiency and effectiveness to limit timely costs due to road congestion and add to our customer’s total logistics experience.

We are welcoming you whether you are a new online business needing to move cargo internationally, or an established business looking for convenient proximity to a loading port to keep track of our developments and potentially become one of our satisfied clients.

More updates will be available soon, so stay tuned.

 

Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators

Increase in City Link tolls for transport operators
Container transport operators have united in agreeing that City Link toll increases to come into effect on 1 April will be passed along the supply chain, impacting the cost of goods to Victorian consumers.

Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) companies have agreed that the increase in tolls, plus any associated administrative costs, will be passed along the container supply chain, through an identified and separate ‘toll surcharge’ on invoices to their customers.

From April onwards, container transporters delivering Victoria’s vital import and export freight face up to a 225% increase on toll fees when travelling between the Port of Melbourne and Dandenong. Other increases impact on freight moving to and from the north on the Tullamarine Freeway.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Customs)

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Customs)

ASSURANCES THAT GOODS DO NOT CONTAIN ASBESTOS

 

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Customs)

Dear Customer,

On September 8, 2016 the Australian Border Force(ABF) issued a notice which may have a major impact on importers. Link below.

https://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/2016-30.pdf

Since then, licensed Customs brokers(LCB) are required to answer specific community protection question(CPQ) for a large number of tariff classifications which could potentially contain asbestos. LCB must provide assurance on behalf of importer clients that their products do not contain asbestos.

Under their due diligence requirement, licensed Customs brokers will require sufficient assurance from importer clients that their imported product do not contain asbestos. This can be in form of correspondence/emails, manufacturer’s declaration and in some cases test results from a recognised body may be required.

Below link provide a non-exhaustive list of products that may contain asbestos. Please contact your suppliers to seek assurances, manufacturer’s declaration so that we can safely assure the Australian Border Force that your products do not contain asbestos and also send them the ABF notice.

http://www.cbfca.com.au/documents/asbestos_acmlist.pdf

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about this notice please contact your Customs broker to discuss.

 

Best Regards

 

 

 

Elvis Bernard

Customs Manager

IFC Global Logistic Pty Ltd

General Rate Increase – China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan to Australia 15th October

General Rate Increase – China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan to Australia 15th October

Carriers have announced to the market that in order to maintain a high standard of service to customers, there will be a Rate Restoration of US$500/20’ US$1000/40’ and USD20.00/per w/m from 15th October  2016, 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 GATE IN departure date of the vessel named in the bill of lading from 15th October  2016, and will be subject to ancillary surcharges applicable at the time of shipment.

 

General Rate Increase – South East Asia, South Asia, Indian-Sub continental and Middle-East  to Australia 15th October

General Rate Increase – South East Asia, South Asia, Indian-Sub continental and Middle-East to Australia 15th October

Dear Valued Customers:

The ocean freight rates continue to be below the required level to cover basic operating costs or transportation costs in our Southeast Asia-Australia services. Considering that current levels are unsustainable for the long term, carriers are announcing a rate restoration program for this trade lane.

In order to maintain a high standard service level and a comprehensive liner network, please be advised that with effect from October 15, 2016, freight rates for traffic from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Indian-Sub continental and Middle-East to Australia will be increased by

USD 100/TEU USD 200/FEUUSD 4.00/per cbm

For both dry and refrigerated cargo in the base ocean freight. This increase will apply on top of existing ongoing market rates and will be subject to accessorial surcharges applicable at the time of shipment.

 

Everyone at the Altona warehouse was super excited today by the arrival of trucks adorned with our beautiful livery!

Now our customers will know who’s delivering their goods from our 3pl warehousing and distribution centers!

 

IFC Logistics’ Journey to Invisible Infrastructure

Author: December 15, 2015

An interview with Phillip Beal, Project Manager, IFC Logistics

Background: IFC Logistics is a transport supply chain services provider. Its core business is freight forwarding – everything from the vendor right through to the stores which sell the products it ships. It also provides third party logistics (3PL). Phillip Beal, Project Manager at IFC Logistics, is responsible for all communications and technology within the business. Phillip recently sat down with us to discuss IFC’s transition from on-premises IT to a managed service from Nutanix partner, Advantage Technology Solutions. Here is a summary:

Q: What issues did IFC Logistics face with its former IT infrastructure?

Our biggest challenge was around reliability. While the hardware itself served us well, we needed a disaster recovery mechanism to ensure that if a site went down, it could easily be brought up in another location without interrupting the wider business. If our employees don’t have access to our logistics and warehousing systems, we can experience significant delays in managing and fulfilling customer requirements.

Another issue was around the maintenance of our IT. We have far from the largest data centre, but justifying the time and cost associated with both owning and maintaining the technology was difficult. Running the air-conditioning alone was expensive; add to that the cost of having contractors on site all the time to ensure everything’s running as it should, and the bills add up very quickly. Then there’s the loss of productivity when our internal IT department is forced to dedicate resources to keeping the lights on as opposed to focusing on core business projects.

Q: Why was the managed services route with Advantage Technology Solutions the best option?

Much like water and electricity, we see IT as a fundamental utility; we need it to be constantly available, but we don’t need to worry about how that happens. With our on-premises hardware reaching end of life, we decided we wanted to go down this path of consuming IT rather than running it ourselves. The long term goal being reduced infrastructure costs and diverting IT resources to serving our customers’ needs more so.

When we met with the Advantage team they worked tirelessly to understand our business, and drew up a solution to meet our needs now and in the future. This approach helped us not just understanding where we needed to go but also where we actually were at the time with our infrastructure.

By going down this new path, we not only eliminated the massive up-front hardware expenditure, but also freed up our IT department from the tedious chore of managing complex storage area networks (SANs) and a virtualised environment. That means they can focus on further enhancing our internal logistics, warehousing and administration systems to provide the best possible service to our customers.

Q: What impact will the Nutanix technology have on IFC Logistics?

The Nutanix technology was a core component of Advantage’s solution. Driven by Advantage’s services, Nutanix gives us that reliability layer to ensure our systems are always on. That’s a big thing. If any of our systems were ever to go down – for example, our warehouse management system – the effect spreads right across the business, and can be felt by the customer too. Processes that normally take three to four minutes end up taking several hours. That’s lost productivity. Our staff have to stop their customer-facing duties and begin manually inputting and calculating data. That’s even more lost productivity. Nutanix removes this risk because it runs and fixes itself – a self-healing solution. Add Advantage’s support, and we wouldn’t even know if there was an issue.

Q: What sort of cost savings has IFC Logistics realised since the implementation?

It’s hard to quantify the exact cost savings because of the new consumption model, but we’re confident we’ll reach a complete return on investment (ROI) within 18 to 24 months. That’s the result of several benefits of the move.

Firstly, in the event of an outage, ultimately our customers will suffer; be that in delays in picking or reporting or reduced communication, combined with the potential financial impact which can be enormous. In fact, we calculated that the failure of a single system – even for a few hours –could wipe out our profit for the entire week due to our market competitiveness. We don’t have that to worry about now.

Secondly, the productivity returned to the business – everything from administration to IT – is insurmountable. Staff can do their jobs without interruptions because applications are always live and information up-to-date. That means our clients stay happy because we deliver projects and services on time.

Ultimately, though, while it can’t be quantified, the biggest saving comes in peace of mind.

Q: Can you tell us about your transition to Advantage’s managed service?

The move from on-premises to Advantage’s managed service took less than one day, and most of that time was spent watching the Nutanix technology work on its own. Advantage made the transition a very simple experience, and helped us understand what was different and the benefits that will come as a result. Nutanix and Advantage have made our IT infrastructure invisible and a fundamental utility that is constantly available to us. We now focus on time on our customers and driving business benefits.

IFC Solar Infrastructure Project

IFC Solar Infrastructure Project

At IFC we are continuing to progress towards reduced consumption of non- renewable, and renewable, resources and are beginning to implement initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint.  We have opted to reduce our usage dramatically in our Melbourne warehouse and also our Sydney warehouse as we feel a social obligation to environmental awareness.

IFC has installed a solar array of 320 panels.  The system is capable of producing 99.8 kWh of energy.  The system can produce approximately 50% of our daily usage of electricity for our Melbourne warehouse.  All electricity produced outside of normal work hours is returned to the Grid.  IFC is also considering the addition of batteries to our system to further reduce our use of Grid provided electricity.

IFC has been progressively replacing all warehouse and office lighting with LED devices.  This includes replacing all metal halide lamps within the Warehouse, and all fluorescent tubes within all areas, with either LED Panels or Troffers.

IFC has installed two 50,000 Litre Water tanks to harvest rain water to maintain the Site gardens during the summer months.  The water is distributed through a fully controlled reticulated system allowing the water to be applied at optimal times to benefit the vegetation.

We are devoted to continue making changes within our business, and further projects are being researched currently. By making changes within our business we are not only cutting our expenditure, we reduce our emissions and carbon footprint, and we also hope to set a good example to other businesses contemplating investing in the same eco-friendly projects.

Monika and Renzo with array

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