March Newsletter

Suez Canal Update

The Suez Canal is set to resume operations today after the successful re-floating of the Ever Given overnight, however there are still several hundred vessels to pass through and continue their voyage.

At this stage it is too early to tell what impact this will have on Australia, however as a worst case we should expect to see the below:

  • Serious Congestion through North Europe ports, Including UK and Ireland, and China
  • Delayed arrivals of vessels, at this stage up to 2 weeks
  • Change in vessel rotations or omission of port calls
  • Equipment shortages in Asia
  • Possibility of Emergency Surcharges, or Fuel surcharges for those re-routing via the cape
  • Demand for air services to increase

However some are indicating the effects will be minimal. Please see the following article  – Australian supply chains to remain unscathed in Suez Canal blockage – MHD (

You can follow the vessel in real time here – EVER GIVEN Current position (Container Ship, IMO 9811000) – VesselFinder

Easter Long Weekend – Container collection and delivery
Please note pending vessel availability and receivals over the coming Easter break, we may have to run trucks into the wharf to drop off/collect containers to meet cut offs and/or avoid storage. In the event we need to arrange any movement of your container over the four day break, a $65.00 + GST surcharge will apply to cover penalty rates for the drivers.

Also please keep in mind in the week immediately following Easter, demand for deliveries and collection will be high. We will endeavor to meet all requested delivery and pick up times however please expect some delays.

Airline CTO’s annual rate increase
Beginning April 1st  2021, the Import / Export Terminal fee will increase by $0.05 per kg and Document Handling Fee by $5.00 per Air waybill.