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Fracht Australia News - May 2019


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  • SOUTH AFRICA: FRACHT – POLYTRA further increased its presence on the African continent by acquiring 51% of the well-respected company CARGO SERV with head office in Durban. Cargo Serv’s team of 41 experienced employees provide comprehensive logistics services to African importers and exporters including warehouse facilities in excess of 38,000 square metres. Welcome to the Fracht family!
  • BRAZIL: We are delighted to announce that CTI CARGO – a Fracht company – opened a new office in Salvador City, Bahia: CTI CARGO SALVADOR, T +55 71 991 185650, Rua Ewerton Visco 290, Ed Boulevevard Side Empresarial – Sala 802, Caminho das Arvores, CEP 41.820-022 Salvador – Bahia.
  • RAMADAN: The holy month of Ramadan will start around 5 May followed by the Eid Al Fitr Holidays from around 4 June to 7 June. The exact dates vary by region and sighting of the Shawwal Moon. Work hours will be reduced during Ramadan in most countries in the Middle East. 


  • QANTAS WILL LAUNCH DIRECT SEASONAL FLIGHTS FROM SYDNEY TO SAPPORO. Between 16 December and 28 March the carrier will operate three A330 services per week.
  • QANTAS WILL INCREASE ITS FULL FREIGHTER CAPACITY BY 20% from late July. The carrier will replace the current two B747-400F with the next generation B747-8F. The new equipment will carry cargo between Australian hubs and China and the USA.
  • THE TOP TEN CARGO AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD IN 2018 were Hong Kong, Memphis, Shanghai Pudong, Incheon, Anchorage, Dubai, Louisville, Los Angeles, Miami and Taipei.
  • SCOOT LAUNCHED ITS INAUGURAL FLIGHT FR0M SINGAPORE TO LAOS on 1 April. This subsidiary of Singapore Airlines now operates three weekly A320 services between Singapore and Luang Parabang and Vientiane.
  • IATA FIGURES REVEAL INTERNATIONAL AIRFREIGHT VOLUMES in January / February 2019 compared to 2018. International air cargo fell by 3.6% and the Asia Pacific region dropped by 8.6%.
  • JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR SECOND PHASE OF CARGO INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION. A new air cargo handling facility will be built on 16.2 acres of property in the airports North Cargo Area. It will increase the available capacity for cargo at the airport by 200,000 tonnes, is expected to generate 5,400 regional jobs and should be completed in approximately 24 months. 


  • K LINE’S NEW ROLL ON / ROLL OFF SHIP HAS MADE ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA. The “Niagara Highway” is 200 metres long and has a beam of 37.2 metres. The first port of call was Townsville followed by Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne and Adelaide before returning to Japan.
  • SHIPPING LINES HAVE ANNOUNCED “RATE RESTORATIONS” of USD 200.00 to 300.00 per TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) from Asia to Australia. 


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) confirms that the unfortunate industrial actions in April pursued by the CFMMEU had an adverse impact on Australian businesses and households. The disruptions in Australian ports, especially Port Botany resulted in major delays, vessel redirections and additional costs, especially also for rail operators. Further industrial action is to take place in Port Botany on 1 May with all three stevedore operations taking part (Patrick, DP World Australia and Hutchison) from 10:00am – 2:00pm – although this is reported not to be in connection with their previous industrial action. 


The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has announced that the 2019-20 season will commence on 1 September 2019 and end on 30 April 2020. Any target high risk or target risk goods which are manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries will be subject to BMSB seasonal measures. The list of target risk countries have been increased. Standard FCL cargo can be treated overseas prior to shipment or upon arrival in Australia. Mandatory offshore treatment will be required for LCL-cargo, open top containers, flat racks, break bulk and roll on roll off cargo. Failure to comply will result in a denial of discharge in Australian ports and direction for re-export. Click here for further details. 


Incoterms were originally developed in 1936 by the International Chamber of Commerce with the aim to streamline communicational problems with international trade. These sets of standard rules have changed over the years, just as the parameters of trading internationally have. The world is currently operating on the guidance of the ICC’s 2010 Incoterm rules. The International Chamber of Commerce is set to release the 2020 set of Incoterms which will be effective 1 January 2020. The details regarding the new Incoterms will be announced later this year.


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