Shipping Industry Updates | May - June 2021
Please see below notices regarding various updates relating to the shipping industry.
- Port of Yantian Closure
Due to Port Congestion & an increase in COVID cases in Yantian, China, Yantian Port was closed to export container receivals between 25th - 27th of May.
Pickups of import or empty containers were allowed during this period.
Since re-opening for Exports, a 4-day rule is being introduced which means that containers may not be delivered to the port prior to 4 days before the vessel departs. This measure will be applicable until at least 3rd June, when it will be reviewed.
Shipping lines are advising they expect the Yantian port congestion to persist for some time and are working on contingency plans and service recover options.
We will continue to keep you informed and will communicate with all customers who are directly impacted during this time.
- Patricks - Australia - Wide Industrial Action
Further to our notice on 19th May, there has been additional Industrial Action dates announced at Patricks Terminals. You can view a full list of the planned dates and times here.
- Port Botany Container Incentive Scheme
NSW Ports have released details of a new scheme that will come into effect on the 1st of July 2021. The Port Botany Container Incentive Scheme has been designed to encourage shipping lines to achieve a balance of imports & exports at Sydney Port. The desired outcome is that the logistics industry achieves a sustained supply chain balance which enables empty container flows to be handled efficiently through Sydney’s empty container parks and container terminals.
A detailed outline of the scheme can be found here. There has been no comments from shipping lines on the scheme as yet, though throughout the industry there is anticipation that an increase will be passed on to importers/exporters through Terminal Handling Charges to recover any penalties that carriers may incur. We will continue to monitor this and advise clients accordingly.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Customer Service Representative for any further information. We thank you for your ongoing support.