Ports in the Shenzhen Region Suspends Operations due to Tropical Storm Kompasu

12/10/21

Chinese officials have issued warnings and ordered ports in the Shenzhen region to suspend operations as a strong tropical storm approached the region after bringing heavy rain to the Philippines. At least nine people have been killed in the northern and western Philippines and 16 others are missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.

Hong Kong’s weather department issued a No 8 warning signal, the second typhoon warning for the city in days. Over the ...

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Patrick Terminals Melbourne – Positive COVID-19 Case

12/10/21

At Patrick’s Melbourne terminal, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (1/10). The contract tracing process has identified 22 close contacts and 31 casual contacts. The close contacts will need to isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. In total, this represents approximately 20% of the workforce and will have a significant impact on Melbourne operations. 
 
Michael Jovicic, CEO Patrick Terminals, said: “On Friday, we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at ...

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Where in The World is My Cargo?

Written 22/09/21

It can almost be guaranteed that everyone at least once in their life has thought this when expecting a consignment that hasn’t arrived yet, however, with the shipping industry the way it currently is you might be waiting a bit longer than usual.  The shipping industry has been hit with a number of things including: high demand, severe port congestion, industrial action, port closures due to COVID, lack of equipment and staff, the highest rates ever ...

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Hutchison Terminal Port Botany Operations Update

On Saturday 18th September, Hutchison Port Botany reported cancelled slots since 0600 due to an ‘unforeseen event’ with the terminal being closed throughout the afternoon/evening resuming at 2200.

Following this notification, Hutchison Port Botany have again advised cancelled slots today (Monday 20 September 2021) ‘until further notice’.

Terminal management have again stated the reason for the action as an ‘unforeseen event’ with preliminary advice indicating 0600 to 1500 will be immediately affected.

The Terminal have released the ...

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Get in early for your Christmas Shopping to avoid headaches!

Aussies are being warned not to leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute as retailers continue to grapple with supply chain issues.

The Australian Retailers Association, which represents more than 50,000 shopfronts, urged shoppers to plan early to avoid disappointment.

Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra said tightened Covid restrictions in China and the temporary closure of one of the world’s busiest ports has prompted deep concern about the further impact on global supply chains.

“Supply chain issues have been an ...

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Khapra Beetle Phase 3 Measures: New Requirements for High-Risk Plant Products Imported via All Commercial Pathways

The Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment has issued import industry advice notice 177-2021 regarding Khapra Beetle phase 3 measures.

Phase 3 of the khapra beetle urgent actions will commence on 30 September 2021. To reduce the risk of khapra beetle entering Australia, new import conditions will apply to high-risk plant products exported on or after 30 September 2021. Import conditions will differ depending on the country of export.

Note: The new import conditions do ...

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American Airlines Suspends Australian Cargo and Passenger Flights for 2 Months

American Airlines (AA) has announced the suspension of passenger and cargo flights into Australia for the months of September and October, below is the notice from the airline.

“Dear Agents

You are no doubt aware that American Airlines announced in July they would be suspending their passenger flights into Australia for a period of 2 months effective 01 September. This decision was a result of the reduced passenger capacity into Australia due to Covid-19 and the removal of flight crew wage subsidies ...

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Increased Online Spending, Demand, Congestion, the Busiest Ports in the World and how the Shipping Industry is Handling the Pandemic

17/08/21

Today over 750 million containers – measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – are moved through almost 900 container ports across 141 countries each year. With the pandemic increasing the amount of time spent at home through lockdowns, this has resulted in a pandemic-led boom in online shopping for the option of next day delivery in high demand.

According to data from the United Nations, in Australia, the online retail sales were $13.5 billion in 2018 and in 2020 this ...

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62 Year Old Man Charged Over Methamphetamine Found in Mail Import

A 62-year-old WA man has been charged after authorities intercepted approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a package from the United States.

Australian Border Force officers (ABF) in Perth found the illicit drugs after they examined a package described as documents. The box contained multiple A4 envelopes and 21 of those allegedly had a package containing a white substance hidden between sheets of paper. Testing of the substance returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The consignment was referred to Australian Federal ...

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Meidong Container Terminal at Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan in China Suspends Operations Over Single Covid-19 Case

12/08/21

Operations at Ningbo terminal have been suspended following a single case of Covid-19. Ningbo-Zhoushan port has started to turn ships away in the wake of the positive nucleic test. The worker resides in a dormitory and tested negative on the 8th, before being retested on the 10th of August.

Initially, the ports authority claimed that its operating system was down early yesterday morning before the Ningbo Municipal Health Commission came out with the news. The infected worker was ...

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