Demonstrators block major Italian ports in protest of mandatory Covid health pass

Major ports in Italy have been blocked all weekend as workers strike against mandatory vaccines and vaccine passports. Italy made Covid-19 health passes mandatory for all workers from Friday. The so-called Green Pass confirms the holder is vaccinated against, recently recovered from, or recently tested negative for Covid-19.

The largest demonstrations were at the port of Trieste, where thousands of dockworkers and residents joined the action to pressure the Italian government to abandon the Green Pass policy. Protesters have also been blocking the port of Genoa for three days and two nights and similar actions were reported nationwide.

Port workers, drivers and citizens in Trieste have threatened that if the Green Pass obligation in the workplace is not withdrawn, activity will come to a halt in the port where 40% of the workers are reportedly unvaccinated. Police have also warned all dockworkers that they will forcibly evacuate the port if the protests continue.

Concessions offered by Italian authorities have so far been rejected by port worker representatives and the Italian government has not indicated that it is likely to reverse its decision on the Green Pass requirement.

No end in sight for China power crisis as pressure grows on supply chains

China’s power crisis is expected to further disrupt supply chains bringing longer lead times and a preference for high-value goods.

Last month, factories across Guangdong’s Pearl River Delta manufacturing heartland and nine other provinces were forced to cut output due to government-imposed energy caps.

According to Jacky Yan, founder and CEO of Chengdu-based New Silk Road Intermodal, the power cuts have already had a “big impact” on manufacturing, combining with the usual Golden Week lull to trigger a rare dip in container freight rates.

“And there’s still no certain answer when the shortages will end,” he told The Loadstar.

A combination of factors are putting extreme pressure on China’s energy consumption, Mr Yan explained. First, coal and gas accounts for three-quarters of the country’s energy usage and import prices have surged in recent weeks.

“With increased rates for coal and a relatively fixed electricity price, the energy firms have been losing huge amounts of money every day. So they have the temptation to produce less electricity,” he said. “Furthermore, winter is the dry season for the main rivers, which leads to less hydropower. Winter also means the government needs to prioritise the supply of electricity for heating and consumption.”

Another cause of the energy shortage is China’s emission targets, Mr Yan added. Since the country had used most of the quota set by the government in the first nine months of the year, there was now the need to pull back.

“Lastly, with the Covid outbreak in South-east Asia, many labour-intensive manufacturing, with high-energy consumption, was temporarily moved back to China, but this is not what the government wants, so we have tighter controls on this as well.”

Indeed, set out in the Made in China 2025 plan, Beijing has been heavily focused on moving manufacturing higher up the value chain and discouraging the low-value production said to be a major source of emissions.

One Shanghai-based forwarder said: “If the crisis continues, it will reduce manufacturing output significantly and lead to lower export cargo volumes and longer lead times. For example, some manufacturers have started giving priority to orders for higher-value goods.”

Not all forwarders are seeing a major impact, however. Stefan Holmqvist, MD of Norman Global Logistics Hong Kong, noted there have been previous power shortages in China, due to hot weather or production spikes due to high demand.

“But this is ongoing, with adjustments to allotted production days in many provinces,” he said.

Containership Traffic Jam in Southeast Asia Worst Since April

Typhoon Kompasu has resulted in the worst container shipping traffic jam in months, one that now stretches throughout Southeast Asia and may take weeks to unravel.

Although port operations are largely back to normal in Shenzhen and Hong Kong after the tropical storm’s passing, the total container ship count off the two vital hubs had ballooned to 271 as of early Friday, the highest count recorded since Bloomberg News started tracking the data in April.

At least 109 ships were meanwhile reported as anchored and waiting to enter the ports, up from 67 on Thursday.

“The supply chain is very stretched, with no buffer, so any little event will cause another big problem,” James Teo, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, said. “There are too many choke points.”

Teo expects port congestion will likely continue until at least the Lunar New Year holiday, which next falls on Feb. 1.

The storm, which is now bearing down on Vietnam, has also scattered ships out of Haiphong, that country’s third largest container port. Further down the coastline, waiting container ships off Singapore reached their highest since July 21, when Typhoon In-fa battered Shanghai and similarly snarled the region’s supply chain.

PSA Corp., which operates Singapore’s container terminals, said it’s working with shipping line customers to help them catch up on their delayed schedules and meet cargo connections.

“The global supply chain disruption is likely to continue for the foreseeable future and PSA will continue to ensure the adequate deployment of resources,” the terminal operator said in an emailed statement.

The impact of typhoons in Asia has rippled through the global supply chain, similar to the effect of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico that have caused logjams in the world’s largest economies. U.S.

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles will now operate 24 hours a day to help smooth out kinks.

Congestion off America’s largest container port remains elevated, Bloomberg-compiled data show, but has eased to be 2.9% above the median observed by from April to October.

Source : Bloomberg News


Minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy

This document defines the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements that must be met when lodging a declaration to the department to support risk assessment of imported goods, whether for biosecurity purpose or the Imported Food Inspection Scheme.


Trucking Charges

LCL and Airfreight Trucking Charges:

GPSM has had fixed LCL and airfreight trucking charges in Australia for some 8 years without any cost increases being passed to clients.

We were looking to introduce a general rate increase earlier this year but in light of the escalating COVID situation we again postponed any increases.

Unfortunately the situation in LCL and airfreight cargo depots has not improved this year with extensive delays on a daily basis with waiting on average 4-5 hours for trucks to be loaded, despite being at the depots from around 5am, sometimes earlier.

We regret the need to increase any costs but it is now to a point where we are unable to cover the escalating costs, naturally we do wish to continue providing a premium service in all states, and in order to do so, effective from 1st October, 2021 we shall be forced to implement increased trucking charges. Many of our interstate sub-contractors increased the rates earlier this year and we cannot continue to absorb those increases.

The average increase is around 7.5% and revised rates will be added to the GPSM charges module, rates in Fremantle will reflect a larger increase due to the on-going and disruptive industrial action at Fremantle port/depots and the complexities of LCL deliveries in WA.


FCL Trucking rates:

FCL trucking charges in some states were increased by most trucking companies between 1st February and 1st April, 2021 by way of base rate or fuel levy as a result of the increased cost of diesel fuel, now up by some 13% since mid-2020.

The issues we have faced with empty container depots, port congestion, terminal COVID outbreaks and often needing to transfer containers to our yard in late night “stack-runs” to avoid the daytime port delays, have all led to increased operating costs.

Again, GPSM have not passed on any increases in the past 4-5 years, rather we have tried to negotiate better rates or absorb most of those cost increases over this time, and while some of our interstate trucking partners have assisted us slightly, we cannot continue absorbing losses and still provide clients with a premium trucking service.

From 1st October, 2021 we will be left with no alternative but to implement a general rate increase of approximately 7.5% for Metro Area rates, the new rates will be updated to the GPSM charges module.

Covid impacts on Airfreight

Many Shippers are regularly asking why Air and Sea Freight Rates seem to be on a never-ending climb to the heavens.  A lot of this has to do with the lack of airfreight space. Commercial aero planes are responsible for bringing in vast tonnages of cargo in their underbellies . The lack of flights has contributed to the push for more sea fright shipping

The attached chart explains the dramatic decrease in flights and its imp[act on Air Freight . It also explains why companies are importing and exporting more by Sea

Australian Ports Update

Australia’s Patrick Terminals are again set to endure another round of Protected Industrial Action by Maritime Unions at a time when importers and exporters are struggling under current lockdowns and difficult economic environment.

A ban on overtime and a ban on performance of upgrades and/or work in higher level will be imposed at Sydney and Brisbane Autostrad Terminals from 10pm Friday 1st October until 6am 5th October. In addition, work stoppages will be applicable for 24hours on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd October, 2021.

Patricks Melbourne Autostrad Terminal will have a ban on overtime from 23rd September until 7am Thursday 30th September, 2021.

Patricks Fremantle Terminal will stop work from 11pm Friday 24th September until 11pm Sunday 26th September, 2021, as well as a ban on attending work when an employee is rostered as “off/avail” working overtime from 7am Tuesday 28th September until 7am 19th October, 2021..


Melbourne VICT Terminal Closed:

A second COVID outbreak closed VICT Terminal in Melbourne on Wednesday this week, latest update indicated the terminal would remain closed today, Friday 24th September 2021.


Xiamen, China Port:

Xiamen City has been locked down due to a COVID outbreak, as a result of the lockdown, depot and trucking operation have been abruptly halted. Terminal operation in Xiamen port has also been impacted but loading and discharging activities are continuing, for cargo already received at the terminal, as long as vessels are calling Xiamen port.


USA West Coast Ports:

Ports on the West Coast of USA, particularly Los Angeles and Oakland continue to suffer heavy congestion, last reports indicate 56 vessels are anchored off Los Angeles port awaiting a berth to discharge and load, this is the highest number of vessel to date at anchorage with congestion in the port and rail terminals extremely chaotic and severely affecting operations.

GPSM Transport Team will advise any clients affected by the Industrial situation on a case by case basis.

Los Angeles Port Congestion Update

The Port of Los Angeles has been experiencing unprecedented congestion as the Transpacific trade-lane has exploded to record high volumes.

In order to ease some of the congestion, the Port of Los Angeles is expanding their hours of operations during which trucks can pick up and return containers.

Additionally, the port is looking to implement 24/7 operations which will help move the congestion that is stalling vessel berthing.

Total Terminals International container terminal on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach is making it easier for trucks to access the facility during the overnight hours in a new pilot program to widen access and speed deliveries amid the ongoing cargo surge.

The pilot program at the Port’s largest terminal focuses on the effort to reduce “dwell” – the amount of time cargo spends waiting for pickup on the dock. The terminal is taking two significant steps to increase cargo pickup in the late night, early morning hours, when there is less traffic on the region’s freeways and surface streets.

Sydney Port Disruption

Hutchinson Ports Terminal in Port Botany has reported that four (4) positive COVID cases have been detected over the weekend that has, and will, affect all landside operations.

85% of their staff have been affected as close contacts of the positive cases.

The terminal has been closed since 0600 hours on Saturday morning and is expected to remain closed in coming days, Hutchinson have advised they will keep all parties updated as soon as possible.

All time slots, import and export, have been cancelled until further notice.

Our Transport Team will keep all clients affected by the closure updated as soon as more information comes to hand.

Updated Information BMSB Season 2021 – 22

Seasonal measures for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

What’s New

  • 23 July 2021 – addition of Poland as a target risk country
  • 23 July 2021 – Emerging risk countries identified as Belarus, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom and Chile
  • 26 August 2021 – Removal of tariff chapters 36 and 93 from target high risk goods list
  • 26 August 2021 – Removal of tariff chapters 25, 26, 31, 46 and 47 from target risk goods list

For the 2021-22 BMSB risk season, BMSB seasonal measures will apply to targeted goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, that have been shipped between 1 September 2021 and 30 April 2022 (inclusive), and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. Note: The shipped on board date, as indicated on the Ocean Bill of lading, is the date used to determine when goods have been shipped. “Gate in” dates and times will not be accepted to determine when goods are shipped. We continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways.

Full details can be found on the link below :