Australian Border Force – OUTAGE

By GPSM Published: June 17, 2021

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has received advice from senior management within the Australian Border Force (ABF) that the ICS is unavailable at present – this is NOT an ICS specific issue. We have been advised that the whole ABF external website has been impacted. At this stage we are unable to provide

Latest Port Situation

By GPSM Published: June 11, 2021

MUA – Protected Industrial Action Industrial Action – Hutchison Ports Sydney We have received notification from Sydney International Container Terminals Pty Ltd t/a Hutchison Ports Australia Pty Ltd in relation to “Protected Industrial Action (PIA)” by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)

Escalating Industrial Action

By GPSM Published: June 8, 2021

We have received notification from Victorian International Container Terminal – VICT regarding “Protected Industrial Action (PIA)” by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) as follows: 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 11th June 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on 12th June 12 hour stoppage from 18:00 on

Port Update

By GPSM Published: June 3, 2021

Patrick Sydney Terminal – Industrial Actions * EA Negotiations: Patrick Sydney Terminal Manager, Bruce Guy, has confirmed that industrial actions are continuing for at least the next two weeks, in the form of bans on overtime, shift extensions and the performance of upgrades of duties. The disruptions have b

Conclusion of the 2020-21 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) Risk Season

By GPSM Published: May 28, 2021

Who does this notice affect? Stakeholders in the import and shipping industries—including Master Consolidators, vessel masters, freight forwarders, treatment providers, Biosecurity Industry Participants, importers, customs brokers, and principal agents— associated with shipping or importing goods that require

Current Shipping Situation

By GPSM Published: May 28, 2021

Yantian Port in Shenzhen has reported extensive congestion in recent days with two (2) workers testing positive to COVID-19, prompting a quarantining of the area. This has affected delivery and receival of import/export containers and is expected to have an effect on all sailings schedules. LCL Terminals have also

Melbourne Lockdown

By GPSM Published: May 27, 2021

Melbourne will be plunged into another lockdown from midnight tonight 27th May, 2021, for 7 days following another COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Can all clients please advise our Customer Service Team ( if your Melbourne facilities will be open and able to receive/dispatch cargo? We look forward t

Export Shipping Update

By GPSM Published: May 26, 2021

Export Shipping Update Numerous shipping lines are reporting a continuation of record export bookings from Australia at levels never previously seen on all trade lanes. We understand CMA-ANL Group are fully booked to Papua New Guinea until September 2021, while their New Zealand, USA and South East Asian export se

China Shipping Update

By GPSM Published: May 18, 2021

Ocean Freight for most trade lanes out of China has been very high , especially for the China to Europe/USA/Africa trades, however, according to our agents in China the trade lanes to Australia are not as congested and rates are far more stable. Carriers do expect further equipment shortages by the end of May and

Document Processing Delays Continue

By GPSM Published: May 13, 2021

Shippers , Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders are becoming increasingly frustrated by the delays in document processing by AQIS ( Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment ) This is causing unnecessary delays in delivery schedules for Importers and in some case incurring unnecessary costs like wharf sto

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