Australian Port Situation


The Protected Industrial Action that has been on-going at DP World terminals around Australia for the last few weeks was expected to end at end November, however the CFMEU Union have lodged a fresh list of actions for December that will see the work bans, stoppages and refusals to load/unload trains and trucks continue until at least 11th December, 2023.

The Industrial Action is causing havoc to inbound and outbound sailing schedules on all lines, many lines are avoiding certain ports and dropping containers at alternative ports, to be moved back to original destinations by either rail or the next vessel. Export containers are being rolled to next sailings with little or no advice from shipping lines.

The schedule situation is also causing backlogs at the Transhipment hubs in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong as vessels are not returning on time for their next sailing, however containers are still arriving at these hubs on the East and West trade routes. Singapore is currently showing a two (2) week delay in connection of containers to Australian ports.

Our Transport Team are working under extreme pressure at present trying to schedule all deliveries under extremely difficult circumstances, please bear with them during the course of the industrial action, the Team will keep all clients updated on daily deliveries as usual.