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Cyclone Disrupting Brisbane Ports

Dear Valued Clients,

Please be advised that Tropical Cyclone Oma is having a major impact on the Port of Brisbane.

Pilotage has been suspended and potentially will not resume until Monday 25/02/19, pending swell/weather moderation. Many vessel are being redirected or omitting Brisbane and we will update you as they come to hand.

Container Terminals and Empty parks are also preparing for the possible effects with closer notices are already circulating.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Export Security Screening – Effective March 1st 2019

Dear Valued Clients,

Please note that there are new requirements on export security screenings being placed on all air freight shipments. To avoid delays and additional charges, its highly beneficial to become a known consignor.

For further information, please click here to view Qantas’ FAQ page on export screening.

Please Note: Cargo that requires security screening must be presented at labelled piece level, with presented pieces reflected as such on the MAWB. For cargo that fails primary screening the security screening fee will be recharged as if the shipment is being resubmitted.

Homogenous Cargo: is cargo where each piece contains exactly  the same item. Homogenous cargo may receive consolidated screening. If during the screening process our staff determine the cargo is nonhomogenous, we will need to confirm labelling and  aperwork compliance before being able to re-screen cargo in accordance with the non-homogenous requirement below.
Please note: additional handling and security screening charges may apply and your cargo may be delayed if the cargo does not meet the requirement above.

Non-Homogenous Cargo: is cargo where each piece contains different items, or the same item made from different materials. Each piece will need to be labelled separately with the AWB number and paperwork must show the total number of pieces. Any non-homogenous cargo that is not labelled will be rejected.
Please note: additional handling and security screening charges may apply and your cargo may be delayed if the cargo does not meet the requirement above.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Safe rates summit – Local transport rates set to rise !

Dear Valued Clients,

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) gained a significant employer’s voice in favour of its resurgent Safe Rates campaign.
ACFS Port Logistics CEO Arthur Tzaneros was on hand at Parliament House in Canberra for the Safe Rates Summit organised by the union and the ALP, to reiterate his concern that a free-for-all on transport rates is unrestrained and going in only one direction.

“The transport industry, in short, is now in crisis,” Tzaneros says in a summit video on the union’s site.

“We’ve hit the floor in regards to rates, payment terms, and compliance across the transport industry.
“Our trucks share the roads with families, our friends and the general community.

“I’ve spoken about, in a previous forum, that there is no floor – we can pay a sub-contractor less than a company driver.
“We provide a driver and pay them more than what we pay a sub-contractor. A sub-contractor that has to provide a truck; a truck driver that has to provide a trailer, and has to cover all those costs.

“There is no floor [and] there is no regulation as to how low sub-contractors are paid. It’s as low as they want to go.
“We’ve now got to the point that the customers out there on an annual basis are expecting reductions. There is offshore procurements; there is online tendering – with the sole focus of reduced rates.

“We can’t continue to be a sustainable industry, we can’t continue to be an industry that youth wants to enter – an ageing industry – with the state our industry is in at the present.
“We need to do something and now is the time.”
The union later quoted further statements attributed to Tsaneros.
“Arthur Tzaneros of port logistics company ACFS says when rates are reduced by as much as 40% there is guaranteed pressure on transport operators and workers. We know that pressure is deadly on our roads,” it states on Twitter.
“The only way to make ends meet when truck drivers are underpaid is to sleep slumped over their steering wheels between double shifts. I’ve seen it happen,” Arthur Tzaneros, ACFS.”
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ALP and TWU have flagged their intentions with industry. Read about it, here

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Also speaking at the event, the ALP’s transport spokesman Anthony Albanese, reaffirmed his party’s commitment to push for reform of the trucking industry if the next election leads to a change of government.

Albanese takes aim at “bad practices” from a “completely free-market, let it rip approach” in the industry that affects drivers, companies and road safety.

“That’s why this is an issue for the whole community, not just the heavy vehicle industry,” he says.

While not calling for the reinstitution of the abolished Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), Albanese insisted having nothing in its place was a blunder.

He reiterated once more that, should Labor be elected, “we are absolutely committed to taking action when it comes to Safe Rates”.

Related consultation at the summit and before the election would allow an ALP government to “act and act early, to make sure we make a difference”.

ACTU president Michelle O’Neil underlines the union movement’s support for the TWU campaign.

“It is long past time to put in place a system here we no longer have deadly pressure in this supply chain.” O’Neil says.

ALP industrial relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor defended the RSRT as a “regulatory response” to the “race to the bottom on safety and the race to the bottom on rates”, when previously there was no such mechanism.

While saying the RSRT wasn’t going to stop all accidents O’Connor credited the RSRT with “contributing to a decline in accident

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Empty Container De-hire and Free Time

Good Day All,

We are becoming increasingly aware of issues in regards to de-hiring containers with currently the most effected port being Sydney. The FTA & CTAA have published a very informative article in regards to the pressures and issues faced, which you can find here.

With many shipping lines offering limited free time of 7 or 8 days from day of discharge we are seeking your support to request min of 10 days from First Free day and 14 free days for discharge in Sydney.

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Patrick Terminals Infrastructure Surcharge Increase – Effective from 4 March 2019

Dear Valued Client,

We have received advice from Patrick Stevedores that they will be increasing their infrastructure charges on full containers that enter or leave the terminal, as follows:

Sydney – $82.50 per full container
Fisherman Islands – $76.50 per full container
East Swanson Dock – $87.50 per full container

There have been no increases in Fremantle, where Patrick are currently negotiating their lease.

Unlike the recent VICT notice which refers to a split waterside/landside tariff, Patrick have quoted “excess charges over CPI that relate to our property and related costs”.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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VICT Increase Infrastructure Surcharge

Dear Valued Client,

Customs are advised that from 1 March 2019, VICT will be increasing the Infrastructure Surcharge to $90.00 per container (exclusive of GST) and will apply to all full containers, received or delivered to VICT.

As market pricing shifts towards split waterside and landside tariffs, the Infrastructure Surcharge will be revised accordinly. The rebalancing allows VICT to remain competitive in the market, whilst continuing to provide shipping lines and shippers with leading service levels and a viable alternative container terminal in Melbourne. Ongoing access to VICT will be conditional on payment of these charegs as per our terms and conditions.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Issues Caused By Large Volumes & Melbourne Wharves

Dear Valued Client,

Over the past 3 weeks there has been a massive spike in import and export container volumes through the Port of Melbourne.

Further to this there has been a number of industry problems that has affected our business.

1. 1-stop system – As most of you are aware the 1-stop system is the main information exchange between the stevedores and the transport carriers. Over the past three weeks they have had intermitted IT problems resulting in the shutting down of the Melbourne terminals for anywhere from 60 minutes up to 4 hours. On top of this the 1-stop system was not allowing us to manifest any export containers for nearly 24 hours. This disruption caused massive delays at DP World with 3-4 hour queues.

2. Constantly changing vessel windows – Melbourne is currently experiencing huge changes to vessel availabilities as vessel continue to arrive “off window”. With the delays mentioned above this further compounds delays in container movements.

3. Road infrastructure – Every year from Christmas to late January the Government and VIC Roads use this opportunity to re surface most of the major arterial roads around Melbourne. This causes more delays for us. As usual lanes on the Westgate bridge are shut for maintenance and as it is the major road from the West to the South/South East, this causes massive delays for us.

4. Direct to wharf empty dehires – the shipping lines have also lifted significantly the amount of containers that must be dehired direct to the terminals. With the terminals under duress for the reasons outlined above this places more stress on the already under pressure terminals.

5. Import Containers failing to be picked up – DP World in particular, make the carriers use Stack runs to move the containers in/out of the terminals. In the norm this works well. However when the terminal cannot service the number of trucks that are booked for container movements they change the Stack run to alter the volume of containers to be moved in/out of the terminal. Unfortunately we have no control over how or when they decide to do this. We have had stack runs (like last night) that was supposed to be completed by 5am this morning but only half of the import containers were able to be moved out of the terminal due to 3-4 hour delays. DP World have now decided that our stack run will be re-opened from 1400 hours today.

As you can see the industry as a whole is under massive stress. The IT systems, wharves, empty parks and carriers have all been hit hard by this sudden surge in import and export containers.

Please email your respective contacts at SILA for anything urgent.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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SILA Phone Line Outage

Dear Valued Client,

Please be noted that currently our phone lines are down across all offices.  

We’re currently working on bringing them back into operation however this may take some time. 

Please email your respective contacts at SILA for anything urgent. 

Kind Regards, 

SILA Customer Service

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SILA Holiday Trading Hours

Dear Valued Client,

Please be noted of our holiday period trading hours as below:

  • Monday 24th December – Office closes 1pm  /  12pm Brisbane time
  • Tuesday 25th December – Office Closed
  • Wednesday 26th December – Office Closed
  • Monday 31st December – Office closes 1pm  /  12pm Brisbane time
  • Tuesday 1st January – Office Closed

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Amended Infrastructure Access Charge at Port Botany (DP World – Sydney) – 1st January 2019

Dear Valued Client,

Please be advised that DP World Australia will be increasing the Infrastructure Access Charge at their Port Botany Terminal (Sydney) for road and rail operators, and will also be adjusting a number of ancillary charges.

The infrastructure access charge will be $69.80 per container (exclusive of GST) and will apply to all full containers received or delivered via road at Port Botany Terminal. Full containers received or delivered via road will be charged to the road carrier through the 1-Stop Vehicle Booking System.

In addition, a number of Container Terminal Ancillary Charges that will apply at Port Botany Terminal will be adjusted from 1 January 2019. These include:

  • VBS Administration Fee – electronic
  • Stack Run In & Out Fee
  • Direct Return of Empty Booking Fee

DP World Australia recognises the importance of working closely with operators as part of implementing new or increased charges. Ongoing access to Port Botany Terminal will be conditional on payment of the charges as per DP World’s conditions.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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