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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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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Perth Man Arrested for Heroin Hidden in Mascara Bottles

A 28-year-old Perth man was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on 7 August 2021, charged with attempting to possess approximately 440 grams of heroin hidden in mascara bottles.

On 3 August 2021, Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of a consignment from South Africa which tested positive for heroin.

Australian Federal Police investigators were advised of the detection which resulted in officers executing a controlled delivery of the consignment to a residential address in the Perth suburb of Balga.

AFP officers observed ...

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Shipping Industry Braces as China Experiences their Worst Covid Outbreak in a Year

05/08/21

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to escalate in China, one of the world’s most important nations for shipping movements.

The delta variant has broken through the country’s virus defences, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks. While the overall number of infections — more than 360 so far — is still lower than Covid resurgences ...

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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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Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Seasonal Measures 2021-22

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has published the seasonal measures for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season which commences on the 1st September 2021.

The list of target risk countries will now include Poland in addition to target risk countries identified for the 2020-21 BMSB risk season.

Emerging risk countries for the 2021-22 BMSB risk season include: Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Chile.

For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, measures will apply to:

  • Certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target ...
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