ACF October Update — The latest freight, trade and customs news from around the world

Here’s an overview of the significant news and changes that ACF and the industry as a whole are experiencing.

  • Brisbane port slow down due to MUA Action now at Patrick’s commencing 27/09
  • Brisbane vessel arrivals pushed out 2-3 days from today ( 28/09/20 ) due to the slow down and berthing congestion
  • Ongoing Sydney Port Disruptions – vessel berthing improving, average back to 7 days delays
  • Over 50,000 empty containers in Sydney awaiting re-positioning when vessels come back on (re-export)
  • Five shipping lines continue to omit Sydney port – review after 01/10
  • Sydney bound containers could be railed to Sydney at importers cost
  • China National Holidays commence Wednesday 30/09 for 7 days
  • China and Asia Vessel space remain tight – bookings need two weeks in advance for space protection (LCL/FCL)
  • Singapore port congestion for transhipping to Australia is two weeks currently (COSCO/OOCL)
  • GSL – New Shipping Line enters China – Australia ocean trade from 13/10/20
  • China Shipping Lines announce third general rate increase from 15/10 – call for fresh quotes/OGL offers fixed rates and space protection
  • Maersk suspends all bookings to Sydney Port, will review first week October, likely extension.
  • India Ports – critical lack of empty containers due to import volumes way down – 2-3 weeks delays
  • OOCL Shipping Line suspends all bookings to Australia from 28/09 to 15/10/20 from South East Asia – pushing rates up and space congestion
  • PIL vessels 7 days delays to east coast ports from original schedules

Thanks to all our customers for your patience and understanding. ACF will continue to keep you updated during this unprecedented time.