Ship Captain Charged Over WA 320kg Cocaine Plot

Tuesday 24/05/22

The AFP has charged the 51-year-old Master of an international bulk shipping carrier for his alleged role in the plot to import 320 kilograms of cocaine into Australia via regional Western Australia.

The Montenegrin national, is expected to face South Hedland court today (Tuesday, 24 May 2022) after he was arrested on the cargo vessel Interlink Veracity yesterday and later charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs.

The AFP arrested the man after a forensic examination ...

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China’s Lockdowns Cause Worldwide Shipping Delays

Monday 9/05/22

Covid lockdowns in China have wreaked havoc at Shanghai, the world’s biggest container port, and are now causing shipping delays at other major ports around the world. Some Chinese cities, including Shanghai, have started easing Covid restrictions in recent days, but experts say that the damage has already been done, and global shipping will suffer in the coming months. That could exert even more pressure on global supply chains already reeling from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and keep inflation running hot.

Data from Project44, which ...

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More than 1 Tonne of MDMA Seized, 6 Men Sentenced

Monday 11/04/22

The final member of a syndicate related to an importation of one tonne of MDMA into Sydney in 2020 has been sentenced by a Sydney court.

The 24-year-old Cabramatta West man was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and nine months, by the Downing District Court on 1 April 2022.

This sentencing brings the combined sentences of the six syndicate members to more than 26 years’ imprisonment.

The MDMA was seized after ...

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Brisbane Floods: Bruce Highway Closed For Days, Truck Drivers Airlifted From Gympie

Be patient and have a back-up plan.

Those were the two key messages to industry from the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) as the severe weather system continues to hammer the south-east part of the state.

“I can’t say with certainty, but with my experience, and everything I see, the Bruce Highway is not going to be going to be open  for some days yet,” said CEO Gary Mahon.

“We’ve already got inbound on the Warrego open and they can go out on the Cunningham.

“But our ...

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Staff Shortages from Covid Heighten Chronic Australian Supply Chain Delays

Australian supply chains are still suffering widespread disruption from Covid-related staff shortages.

According to the Freight & Trade Alliance (F&TA), freight forwarders have reported surging airfreight volumes into Sydney and Melbourne, which, combined with high numbers of staff isolating, has resulted in congestion at both airports.

F&TA noted: “We understand the sudden influx of cargo flights with rapid antigen test kits and other medical equipment is proving to be problematic, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. Numerous chartered cargo flights are arriving with ...

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Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) Suspends Operations

Written 23/09/21

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) management has advised that a second employee has returned a positive COVID test.

To ensure the safety of all, VICT ceased operations across the whole site effective late last night.

Notice from VICT:

“We will remain closed for the remainder of day shift today with the earliest possible opening time being 18:00 this evening.

As soon as that or any other planned opening time is confirmed, we will advise transport and release the block currently ...

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Firearms and Firearm Components Seized

Officers from the WA Police Force’s Licensing Services, Compliance and Inquiry Team and the Australian Border Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Helena Valley. The search warrant was executed as part of an investigation into the importation of items used in the manufacture of firearms, as well as the procurement of large amount of manufacturing tools.

It will be alleged the following items were seized during the search warrant:

  • Five x home-made silencers
  • Nine x steel barrels comprising of various ...
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Covid-19 Creates Chaos in Vietnam and China – What Does This Mean For Shipping?

In China, ports at Shanghai and Ningbo are reportedly facing additional congestion from new Covid restrictions. The two ports were hit hard by a typhoon late last month and have seen productivity slow as new anti-Covid measures are being carried out at most Chinese quaysides in the wake of the sudden spread of the delta variant of Covid-19 over the past three weeks.

Several Chinese cities, including Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou and Beijing have restricted movements such as limiting public transport, locking down specific ...

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Changes to Khapra Beetle Measures

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 163-2021 advising changes to khapra beetle measures.

What’s changed?

Exclusions list 

The exclusion list for high-risk plant products on the khapra beetle urgent actions webpage has been updated. The exclusions list of high-risk plant products is relevant to Phases 1 to 3 and Phase 6A part 1. 

The updated exclusions list of high-risk plant products is available here

The following plant products exported on ...

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