January Newsletter

Chinese New Year

We would like to inform all our clients of the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday for 2018 from Feb 15th to Feb 21st. Based on the Lunar Calendar, 2018 represents the year of the Dog. Whilst the holiday officially begins Feb 15th, we expect operations to begin winding down on Monday Feb 12th as people begin heading home for the week-long holiday, ensuring they are home for the traditional New Year’s Eve reunion dinner. As more trucker’s wind down, those still operating often increase their rates as demand increases so if you have plans to move any cargo before the holiday please let us know this week so we can start the booking process.

Mandatory treatment for containerized goods from Italy

DAWR have recently advised for all containerised cargo arriving between 17th January 2018 and 30th April 2018, mandatory treatment will be required onshore prior to release of cargo. This is a result of the ongoing risk of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). For LCL cargo we expect an additional cost of approximately AUD$20.00 – $25.00 per m3 and for FCL approx. AUD$500.00 per TEU. If you are importing from Italy and feel the treatment may negatively affect your goods, please contact ICAL for further advice. More information can also be found on the following issued notice from DAWR – http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/industry-advice/2018/04-2018