Shipping Documents

With the commencement of the BMSB season on September 1st 2019 this is a reminder that you send us your shipping documents as soon as possible, particularly if your goods are subject to BMSB measures to ensure you allow us enough time to process them and avoid and additional charges or delay on delivering your shipment.

Based on last year’s BMSB season it’s going to be a challenging time for all importers and we take this opportunity to ask you to have your suppliers forward your documents promptly to our agent (where we are handling your forwarding) and also for shipments sent on a CIF basis.

Severe Disruption at Hong Kong Airport

Severe disruptions to flights in and out of Hong Kong escalated on Monday after protesters brought the city to a standstill.

Authorities decided to reschedule flights from noon yesterday after many earlier flights were cancelled. Pilots and crews from Cathay Pacific took work in the stop-work action resulting in approximately 70 outbound and some 60 inbound flights of the national flight carrier being cancelled.

Approximately 60 flights from other airlines were also cancelled and passengers were advised to check with airlines for confirmation of flight departure before heading to the airport.

Demonstrators also targeted key transport links and the airport’s high-speed rail service was suspended because of obstructions on trains and platforms.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam condemned protesters for pushing Hong Kong to the verge of a “very dangerous situation,” at a press briefing on Monday.

Naturally freight movements have been severely affected by all the flight cancellations, we will keep you advised of further developments.

Continued Terminal Disruption – DP World Port Botany

Maritime Union Australia stop work meeting this Thursday and Friday for 48 hours

DP World Sydney has received notification from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) of ongoing Protected Industrial Action (PIA)
48HR Stoppage will commence Thursday 18th July at 0600.
Terminal Operations will cease as per below:
Last time zone 0500 Thursday 18/07/19
Gates will close 0600 Thursday 18/07 Sharp
Terminal will commence operations
Saturday 20/07/19 at 0600
Vessel Receivals & LFD’s will be updated to 1-Stop to reflect the 48hr stoppage

Terminal Issues and Protected Industrial Action

Patrick Terminal Port Botany

The above terminal has been closed since 1800 08/07 and reopened today at 1400 09/07

The terminal was shut due to an ‘unforeseen event’

The terminal has now reopened and back up to running at full operations

 

DP World Terminals Australia

Due to Protected Industrial Action, the above terminals will be closed as mentioned below

Terminal operations at each location will cease for a period of 48 hours in Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle, and 96 hours in Melbourne, planned as follows:

Monday 8th of July 2019 – Brisbane from 0600 for 48 hours

Wednesday 10th of July – Melbourne from 0600 for 96 hours

Thursday 11th of July – Fremantle from 0600 for 48 hours

Thursday 11th of July – Sydney from 0600 for 48 hours

 

GPSM will ensure all clients are kept up to date with any changes to the delivery schedules and any shipments that may be affected due to these closures

Port Operation Disruptions

Port Operation Disruptions:

DP World Australia has advised that terminal operations will be subject to Protected Industrial Action from 1st July 2019 as follows:.
This action will disrupt all deliveries to/from the port terminals during these times

Schedule of planned terminal meetings

Monday 1 July 2019

MELBOURNE – 4 hours from 1200 – 1600
FREMANTLE – 4 hours from 1200 – 1600
All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Tuesday 2 July 2019

BRISBANE – 4 hours from 1300 – 1700
Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

Wednesday 3 July 2019

SYDNEY – 4 hours from 0200 – 0600, 4 hours from 1200 – 1600
All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

DPWA has also been advised of certain working bans and limitations, occurring within 29 June to 8 July at their terminals. These bans may affect the ability of the business to deliver the required labour allocation to meet vessel schedules.

GPSM will do everything possible to ensure the strikes don’t affect our estimated delivery times and dates.

Cost Increases from July 2019

Side-loader Trailer Port Access Fee:

Sydney Terminal operators have advised that the Side-loader Trailer Port Access Fee will be increased from 1st July,2019.

The rate will increase from $ 65.00 per container to $ 70.00 container on all movements to/from the terminals by Side-loader trailer.

Trucking Costs

As you will be aware, diesel fuel costs have continued to increase since the last fuel levy increase in August 2018 and GPSM have been absorbing the added costs to date.

The oil price has increased by around 20% in that time and it is necessary for us to review the fuel levy again in order to provide a premium service.

From 1st July, 2019, GPSM will be increasing the fuel levy by 1% to 13.50%, new rates will be reflected on our website.

Adelaide FCL Weighing Charge:

Adelaide FCL Terminal has added a new charge for all import FCL containers handled via their facility.

All import containers are now weighed on receipt in accordance with Chain of Responsibility requirements. All imports will now attract a fee of $ 15.00 per container.

Applicable rates have been added to all Adelaide trucking charges on our website effective from 1st July, 2019.

Biosecurity Imports Levy:

In May it was announced by Government that a new Biosecurity Imports Levy had been allocated in the most recent budget, scheduled to take effect 1st July 2019.

“The Levy would contribute to onshore surveillance, diagnostic, data analytics, research and adoption of new technology to help us to detect, identify and respond to exotic pests and diseases earlier and ensure we can move people and goods into Australia safely and more efficiently.”

The levy will be introduced on all sea and air containers as well as non-containerised sea imports (break-bulk cargo) and will be imposed on port/airport terminal operators for goods that are unloaded and cleared under Biosecurity Act 2015.

Cost was advertised as approximately $ 15.00 per 20ft FCL, $ 30.00 per 40ft FCL and $ 1.50 per cbm or 1000kgs for non-containerised cargo.

We are still trying to establish exact costs and if these costs will be collected via Customs fees per entry or via terminal operators, we will advise further information as soon as same is confirmed by the Department of Water Resources.

Offshore Treatment Providers List Indonesia

Do you import from Indonesia, if so please see the attached list of suspended fumigation provider’s?

There have been a number of companies either suspended or withdrawn, please ensure your supplier only has cargo fumigated using acceptable treatment providers nominated on the list.

Download the document

Jet Airways Flight Cancellations from India

Jet Airways from India:

India’s second largest airline have cancelled all international flights until further notice. Many passengers and cargo shipments have been stranded at several airports.

Jet have been partnering and code sharing with Qantas to/from Australia. Several of Jet’s aircraft had already been grounded due to non-payment of lessor’s rentals.

As you may be aware, due to the Indo-Pakistan issue, the carriers are not permitted to fly over Pakistan and the space situation is very critical with all carriers. With the Jet Airways position, the space situation is expected to become more critical. Rates are already high in the market & expected to be increased by Airlines soon.

Empty Container Booking Fees:

The situation with return of empty containers has reached a critical position, many of the empty container parks are operating on restricted hours and are overstocked, they also do not work on weekends. Shipping lines are issuing last-minute redirection notices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for delivery back to their port terminal instead of to an empty park.

This is causing major disruptions to trucking operations leading to more expenses and additional time-slots booking fees. More and more empty containers are now being moved to our yards in all cities in an attempt to overcome the issue, this naturally results in double-movements and added costs. The empty container parks are also increasing their booking fees, some have implemented cost increases from 1st April, others are implementing new costs from 1st May 2019.

GPSM regret we have no alternative but to pass on the added costs involved, but rather than trying to isolate the costs for each movement, redirection etc, resulting in additional invoices after the fact, we will be increasing the empty booking fee to $ 40.00 per container from 1st May 2019.

We believe through prudent management of our fleet “on the run day by day” that we can be more transparent to all clients under this scheme. We regret the need to increase costs at any time, but feel the above action will be a far better solution for all parties involved.