China’s trade bottleneck could be worse than the Suez Canal blockage

After tens of trillions of dollars in government stimulus around the globe, the demand for goods has never been so high. As a result, China’s factories have been working overtime to produce all the consumer goods households around the world have purchased with their stimulus funds.

In recent months the Delta variant of Covid has been spreading throughout parts of southern China, impacting everything from dock workers to truck drivers.

As of June 10, more container loads of freight were already being ...

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Protected Industrial Action being taken by the Maritime Union of Australia

Last updated 20/09/21

What is Industrial Action? 

A key objective of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) is achieving productivity and fairness in the workplace through the implementation of collective bargaining underpinned by simple good faith bargaining obligations and clear rules governing industrial action.

Industrial action can take several forms. Employees may go on strike (i.e. refuse to attend or perform work) or impose work bans (i.e. refuse to perform all their normal ...

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Five arrested and 77kg of heroin seized in WA – the biggest in the State’s history

Five men have been arrested in Western Australia over the importation of 77 kilograms of heroin, which Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found in a consignment of industrial kitchen equipment which arrived from Malaysia.

It is believed to be the biggest heroin seizure in WA’s history.

Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force, with the assistance of ABF, arrested the men on Tuesday 8 June (2021), after ABF officers at the Perth container facility allegedly found the illicit drugs last month.

After ...

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Australian Border Force (ABF) Target Asbestos in Imported Building Products

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is undertaking a targeted period of action against imported building products at risk of containing asbestos. Asbestos is a prohibited import. 

Asbestos is a Tier 1 good under the Customs Regulation 2015, and carries significant penalties for its unlawful importation. Offences relating to asbestos importation by individuals can attract fines of up to $222,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, and/or imprisonment for up to five years. For a body corporate the ...

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Two Sydney men arrested for importing cocaine

Two Sydney men have faced Central Local Court after allegedly importing $1.25 million worth of cocaine in two air freight parcels.

A 39-year-old Green Valley man and a 66-year-old Bonnyrigg man were arrested, after Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators executed a search warrant at the 39-year-old’s home.

The investigation into the importations began in April after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers noticed anomalies within a parcel labeled as an electric food warmer. An examination of the consignment revealed three kilograms of cocaine.

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General Average.. what exactly is it?

Imagine a cargo ship full of containers on its voyage and something unexpected happens during the trip, anything from:

  • Theft of Goods
  • Loss or Damage
  • Sinking, Capsizing, Container dumping
  • Loading and Unloading incidents
  • Warehousing and storage issues
  • Fire

General Average is a principle of maritime law that essentially establishes that all sea cargo stakeholders (owner, shipper, etc.) evenly share any damage or losses that may occur as a result of voluntary sacrifice of part of the vessel or cargo to save the whole in an emergency.

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Update on the situation at Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

As of 2/06/21 from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC):

“There is an ongoing congestion issue at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), and that yard density remains high.

A number of COVID-19 cases had emerged at the port last week, and tightened health and safety measures have been rolled out by local authorities.

The overall operation productivity at YICT has been adversely impacted, and we expect the current vessel berthing delays and port congestion situation will likely continue for at least a week.

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Sri Lanka faces ‘worst beach pollution’ in history from burning cargo ship

A fire onboard a cargo vessel off Sri Lanka’s coast continues to rage for the 11th day straight, causing what could be the worst marine pollution in history for the region.

The fire broke out on the MV X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-registered ship that is only 3 months old, on May 20 which intensified four days later after an explosion. The ship was carrying 1486 containers, some of which including chemicals (25 tonnes of hazardous nitric acid and more), raw ...

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230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives!

The Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives.

Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine ...

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Close to $100 million in drugs found in heaters and barbecues on Sydney cargo ship

Close to $100 million worth of methamphetamine (ice) been found concealed in electric barbecue grills and water heaters on a cargo ship docked in Sydney.

Police officers intercepted the Thai cargo vessel at Port Botany, where 62 large cardboard boxes were searched after the Australian Border Force (ABF) noted inconsistencies in the consignment details.

Once opened, officers found 316 kilograms of a crystallised substance which returned a “presumptive positive result” for methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of $94.5 million.

ABF officials have now ...

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