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USA West Coast Ports Dispute Resolved

The protracted West Coast US Ports dispute has now been resolved, U.S. Labour Secretary Perez announced Friday night, after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached an agreement on a new five-year contract.

U.S. Labour Secretary Thomas Perez announced that the parties had reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, saying that container ports up and down the West Coast will resume working but did not know how long it will take to work off the backlog in container traffic that has severely disrupted the movement of both import and export cargo.

The agreement comes after 10 months of negotiations, slowdowns and congestion at West Coast ports that have resulted in dozens of ships sitting at anchor or circling off shore. Details of the agreement have not been released.

If you are have any questions relating to your U.S shipments, please contact our Customer Service or Customs teams on 1300 651 888.

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Container Gridlock along America’s West Coast

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Source: Monica Almeida, The New York Times

Cargo containers are banked up at Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports, and along the West Coast of the United States, due to a labour dispute between an association of the major shipowners of the West Coast and the union of longshoremen who unload those ships. The negotiations cover operations at 29 ports, including the largest in Southern California; Oakland in Northern California; and the Puget Sound. Collectively they bring in half the United States’ imported cargo.

The congestion is said to be the “worst-ever on record, according to one shipping analyst (Source: Jane Wells, CNBC)

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Source: Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com

 

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Source: Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com

The New York Times reports that “American retailers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and agricultural exporters said they have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of mounting port congestion, with spare parts and consumer products from Asia not arriving on time and exports like oranges and apples left to rot.”

There is grave concern that failure to reach an agreement between the disputing parties will lead to devastating consequences for the US retail industry, and logistical nightmares for American exporters, manufacturers and retailers dependant on an efficient supply chain, of which the effects are already being felt.

Out of concern for the economic consequences of further delay, President Obama has taken action and requested, Thomas E.Perez, the secretary of labor, to travel to California to “meet with the parties to urge them to resolve their dispute quickly at the bargaining table,” according to a statement issued by Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman. Mr. Perez will try to mediate a settlement between the two parties. (Source: Erik Eckholm, The New York Times)

Pending a resolution, exporters and importers into Australia and New Zealand, should expect delays for goods going in and coming out of the West Coast.

For more information relating to the labour dispute:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/us/politics/obama-to-intervene-in-dispute-at-west-coast-ports.html?_r=0

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102384907#.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-12/catastrophic-shutdown-americas-supply-chain-begins-stunning-photos-west-coast-port-c

 

For more information relating to your import or export shipments, please contact our Customer Service or Customs teams on 1300 651 888.

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Collision of vessel Xin Chi Wan v.140s in Hong Kong

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M.V. Xin Chi Wan v.140s was involved in a collision with MV Bani Bhum at the Ma Wan anchorage off Hong Kong on 3rd Nov., whilst both vessels sustained damages, there was not any reported damages to the containers. The operators of the vessel have now advised the following contingency plans:-

The MV Xin Chi Wan will be taken to a local shipyard for assessments and repairs to damages on the hull.

  • All containers on board were removed from the vessel on the 9th November.
  • All containers originally booked on Xin Chi Wan v.0140s will be loaded on the MV. Xin Qing Dao v.0166s ETD HK 13th  Nov.
  • Xin Chi Wan v.0142s will be phasing back to the ACE service as per the original southbound schedule of Xin Qing Dao v.0166s after repairs are completed. The revised schedule of Xin Chi Wan v.0142s ETD Shekou 18th Nov ETD HKG 17th Nov.

Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service team on 1300 651 888.

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Container Trade Continues Its Decline – February 2013

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   Port of Melbourne Corporation international trade information via Magellan Logistics

 

On 2nd April 2013, the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) released the downward trending container trade figures for February 2013.

Decreases were recorded for 2 out of the 5 measured indicators. The positive indicators demonstrating an increase were, full overseas container imports (4.5%), full overseas container exports (0.5%) and empty overseas container imports (15.3%). The increases are small but nonetheless are heading into positive territory.

The key take-aways from the PoMC report for February are:

Total overseas container throughput (full + empty) for February was 162,615 TEU, this was a decrease of 1.9% over the equivalent period last year and down 2.3% for the financial year to date.

Total (full + empty) container imports for the month were up 5.1% while total (full + empty) container exports decreased by 8.4%.

Full overseas container imports increased 4.5% over February last year to be down 3.2% on a year to date basis.

Commodities with the most notable gains were furniture, clothing, aluminium, toys and sporting goods.

Vehicle parts, rubber manufacturers, raw plastics and machinery returned the most notable declines, whilst exports of cotton, pulp and waste paper, rice, newsprint and dairy recorded the most significant increases for the month.

Empty overseas container movements for February decreased 19.5% over the same period last year to 28,412 TEU to be down 2.3% on a year to date basis. Empty overseas exports decreased 24.3% for the month while imports were up 15.3%.

Miscellaneous manufactures remains steady at the top of the import tally comprising 9.3% of imports while textiles remain the bottom dwellers with 1.5%.

Exports of paperboard and manufactured paper products lead with 7.0% with raw plastics sitting at 1.8% of total exports for Feb 13.

Imports are arriving from East Asia (40,008 containers) accordingly, East Asia is also the destination for most of our export containers (30,891 containers).

To read the full report from the PoMC – www.portofmelbourne.com

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Lowest Container Trade for 2012/2013 Financial Year

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international sea freight containers – both import and export

On 5 Feb 2013, the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) released the disappointing container trade figures for December 2012.

Decreases were recorded for 4 out of the 5 measured indicators.  The only indicator to demonstrate an increase, full overseas container exports, did so by only 0.8% but this is down 0.1% on a year to date basis.

The key take-aways from the PoMC report for December are:

Total overseas container throughput (full + empty) for December was 178,355 TEU, this was a decrease of 4.1% over the equivalent period last year and down 1.4% for the financial year to date.

Total (full + empty) container imports for the month were down 5.6% while total (full + empty) container exports decreased by 2.6%.

Full overseas container imports declined 5.5% over December last year to be down 3.3% on a year to date basis.

Commodities with the most notable declines were furniture, metal manufactures, domestic appliances and machinery.

Cotton, dairy products, pulp and waste paper, paperboards and scrap metal returned the most notable increases, whilst exports of wheat, metal manufactures, wood manufactures, and wine recorded the most significant declines for the month.

Empty overseas container movements for December decreased 2.5% over the same period last year to 37,880 TEU to be up 1.7% on a year to date basis. Empty overseas exports decreased 7.9% for the month while imports were down 6.1%.

Miscellaneous manufactures leads the import tally comprising 9.1% of imports while textiles are the bottom dwellers with 1.2%/

Exports of paperboard and manufactured paper products leads with 6.1% with malt sitting at 2% of total exports for Dec 12.

Imports are arriving from East Asia (40,707 containers) accordingly, East Asia is also the destination for most of our export containers (38,948 containers).

To read the full report from the PoMC – www.portofmelbourne.com

 

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