Airport Congestion and Staff Shortages Means Cargo is not Getting Picked Up

Attempts by air cargo handlers to encourage forwarders to pick up freight at weekends are failing, according to two senior handling sources.

While the congestion at several airports, notably Amsterdam and Chicago O’Hare, has eased, handlers claim one of the biggest issues is lack of freight movements between Friday and Monday.

“We are experiencing cargo not being picked up by forwarders – that’s a sweeping statement, but in general, dwell times are increasing,” said Robert Fordree, head of cargo for Menzies. “Forwarders are ...

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Is The Supply Chain Broken?

Peter Cole, owner of Australian ecommerce company Urban Plant Growers is still waiting for his shipment two months after it was due to arrive in Sydney.  Cole’s $1.6 million order of hydroponic kits and lights, packed into two 40-foot shipping containers aboard a ship that set sail from Shenzhen, China, is still floating somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

It never used to be this way. Before the pandemic, Cole’s kit was manufactured, shipped, and ready to sell to his customers in ...

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Container Shipping Lines Smash Profits Made by Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google

Liner shipping is now earning more dollars than many of the the best known names in Big Tech.

John McCown, the founder of Blue Alpha Capital in the US, has tallied liner shipping’s combined profits for the third quarter and put them in perspective by comparing them to the stars of the internet such as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google who collectively are known by the acronym FANG.

The $48.1bn in Q3 container shipping profits was almost 50% higher than total FANG ...

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140kg of Methamphetamine Concealed in Catering Equipment Seized

Three men have been charged by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) for an alleged attempt to import 140 kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia concealed in catering equipment.

The men faced Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday (17 November 2021) and were remanded in custody, accused of facilitating the importation of the drugs from Canada into Melbourne.

The drugs have an estimated value of more than $88 million if sold as individual street deals.

The Victorian JOCTF consists of members ...

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Pondus Weighing Solution for Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad

The Pondus weighing solution will be implemented into Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad operations from 17 January 2022.

Pondus is an innovative weighing solution that helps drive safety across the container handling sector. Mis-declared containers create potential safety risks throughout the supply chain from transport companies to terminal operators and shipping lines. This new weighing solution, Pondus, helps identify mis-declared weights by statistically sampling containers for weighing and then automatically notifying customers of weight discrepancies (+/- 1t) allowing parties to better ...

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Congestion Hits Air Cargo Flows – ‘Not seen this bad in 25 years’

Severe congestion across major airports appears to be hindering air cargo volumes.

Dynamic week-on-week global load factors fell 1.5% the week starting the 8th of November, according to the latest research from Clive Data Services.

The same week saw a 5.5% fall in global capacity, which should indicate higher load factors – but it seems demand fell.

While forwarders are reporting strong demand for air freight as the peak season takes off, the data suggests congestion on the ground is curbing volumes.

“There is ...

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Khapra Beetle Phases 4 and 5, and Extention of Phase 6A Measures

Khapra Beetle Phase 4 and 5 measures

In early 2022, Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the khapra beetle urgent actions are expected to commence. Phase 4 will introduce revised phytosanitary certification requirements for other-risk plant products exported from all countries. Phase 5 will introduce phytosanitary certification requirements for seeds for sowing exported from all countries and arriving via all arrival modes.

Summary of the new requirements:

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Shipowners Make Payoffs to Free Vessels held by Indonesian Navy Near Singapore

This article is originally from Reuters.com

More than a dozen shipowners have made payments of about $300,000 apiece to release vessels detained by the Indonesian navy, which said they were anchored illegally in Indonesian waters near Singapore, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The dozen sources include shipowners, crew and maritime security sources all involved in the detentions and payments, which they say were either made in cash to naval officers or via bank ...

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The 2020-21 ACCC Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report Causes a Stir Between Shipping Australia and The Container Transport Alliance Australia

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) recent container stevedoring monitoring report 2020-21 is causing a stir between Shipping Australia Limited’s (SAL) CEO, Melwyn Noronha and The Container Transport Alliance Australia’s (CTAA) Director, Neil Chambers.

A high-level meeting was subsequently called by the Department of Home Affairs to discuss the issues in the ACCC report, including port congestion, port performance and industrial relations. Also present were a wide range of representatives from industry and also government officials from bodies such as ...

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Three Men Charged with Cocaine Inside PlayStation

Three men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court for allegedly importing 1.5 kg of cocaine inside a PlayStation 5, which was bound for the Gold Coast.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $346,500, more than six times the median Australian annual wage.

The men were charged after a suspicious consignment sent from Portugal to Sydney was identified.

On examination of the package by officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) a white powder, which tested as cocaine, was found concealed within a ...

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