|Wishing you a festive holiday season!|
The team at ICAL would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We would like to thank you for your support in 2020 and we look forward to continuing to do business together in 2021.
Please note our office will be closed December 25th for Christmas Day & December 28th (in lieu of Boxing Day) and will re open on Tuesday 29th. We will be closed on Friday January 1st and will reopen Monday January 4th.
If you have any upcoming shipments, please let our team know once the order is placed so we can ensure space is pre-booked. Due to current vessel delays and equipment shortages, the sooner our team know of your order, the sooner we can secure the space.
Empty Container Congestion Fee – Import Containers
Following on from our previous newsletter, an increased and significant imbalance of containers arriving into Australian ports and not enough containers being evacuated are causing significant delays.
Empty Container Parks continue to operate with reduced de-hire capacity. In some cases, empty containers for dehire back to the terminal are having to be held at the transport carriers yard, pending timeslots, only to receive last minute re-directions to already full empty container parks – again with limited slots for days on end. Empty Container Parks are not allowing containers to be returned, due to a lack of available dehire slots and are also not allowing containers to be collected, due to a lack of pick up slots.
As a result, Transport carriers in Melbourne have imposed an empty container congestion fee of up to $200.00 + GST per empty container, as of 22/12/20. We anticipate other Australian ports will follow soon. Transport carriers have attributed the levy as a result of staggering empty containers in their yard, additional lifts and the additional staff required to search for empty container dehire slots. If you have any further questions regarding the situation, please contact your ICAL representative.
Shipping Line Detention Policy
Please see the below detention policy received from the noted shipping lines for the Christmas/New Year period.