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Fracht Australia News - November 2019


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  • BRAZIL: We are delighted to announce another expansion of the Fracht Group in Brazil. Nuno Ferreira Cargas Internacionais Ltda – a company owned by Fracht - has acquired SICEX / BIELOG in Porto Alegre. SICEX was founded 20 years ago and is a perfect match for the Fracht Group in Brazil.
  • FRANCE: Fracht Lyon moved into its brand new purpose built logistics facility close to Lyon Airport. In addition to larger offices the building also contains a bonded warehouse and container packing / unpacking facilities.
  • CHINA: Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport (PKX) is on track to become China’s new gateway. The USD 11.3 billion starfish-shaped structure is designed to eventually handle more than 100 million passengers per year. It is estimated that within two decades annual passenger traffic in China will exceed 1.6 billion. China plans to almost double the number of airports to reach 450 by 2035. The huge new airport will increase Beijing’s passenger capacity by approx 60% and will help to ease congestion in the city’s second international airport which was only opened in 2008.
  • QATAR: The second phase of the massive expansion of Doha International Airport has been unveiled and it comprises a new three level cargo terminal with a total floor space of 323,000 square metres. This will increase the airport’s cargo capacity to approx. 3.2 million tonnes per year. 



  • AIR NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCHING OF A NON-STOP route from Auckland to New York in October 2020. At the same time the carrier will discontinue its Los Angeles – London service.
  • VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MANAGED TO SECURE one of two scarce landing slots in Tokyo Haneda and plans to launch daily A330-200 service from Brisbane in March 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in July. Qantas secured the second Haneda slot. Virgin signed a Partnership Agreement with Japan’s largest airline ANA (All Nippon Airways) and plans to offer code-share flights between the two countries. Currently Qantas together with Jetstar and its alliance partner Japan Airlines have a 91 per cent market share flying directly between Japan and Australia.
  • THE LATEST IATA STATISTICS REVEAL THAT INTERNATIONAL AIRFREIGHT continued to face headwinds in July. With the exception of Africa, volumes around the world declined.  Year to date for the first seven months up to July international airfreight dropped -5% and the Asia Pacific region declined by -7.1%.
  • CHINA AIRLINES PLANS TO LAUNCH A NEW FULL FREIGHTER SERVICE TO MUMBAI starting 16 November. The twice weekly B747-400F service will operate from Amsterdam via Mumbai to Taipei.
  • VIETNAM AIRLINES WELCOMES ITS 100TH AIRCRAFT to its fleet. This is the third of eight B787-10 to be delivered between August 2019 and March 2021. The airline now owns the second largest wide body fleet in Southeast Asia.



  • MSC ENHANCES ITS OCEANIA TO USA, CANADA AND TAHITI NETWORK.  The Oceania “Loop 1” offers two rotations: Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Tauranga – Oakland – Seattle – Vancouver -  Long Beach and Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete –  Oakland – Long Beach.  The rotation of the “Oceania Loop 2” is Sydney – Melbourne – Port Chalmers – Napier – Auckland – Tauranga – Cristobal – Philadelphia – Charleston – Balboa – Tauranga.
  • HAPAG LLOYD ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL CALLS AT LONG BEACH and the transit time from Australia to Long Beach will improve significantly. The carrier also offers more services from India to Europe as well as from the Middle East to India and Africa.
  • MSC INTRODUCED A PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE OF USD 200.00 PER TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) from Europe to Australia and New Zealand effective 21 October. Many other carriers are attempting to enforce another GRI (general rate increase) of USD 200.00 – 300.00 per TEU between Asia and Australia.



The BMSB issues are a major problem for many importers because they frequently experience delays, extra costs and more inconvenient administration work. The Department of Agriculture is aware of these problems and has advised that the SAFEGUARDING PROGRAM is now open for applications from interested parties with a minimum import volume of 50 containers during the BMSB season. Safeguarding arrangements may be applied to import supply chains that can demonstrate appropriate biosecurity controls from the point of manufacturing to the point of embarkation. Approved supply chains may be eligible to bypass BMSB treatment requirements if they can demonstrate appropriate controls to identify and address pest risks at the country of origin. If you are interested please review the Department of Agriculture web page to find out details of the associated criteria and requirements.



Fracht offers comprehensive airfreight services to / from every corner in the world. Sometimes “normal” airfreight won’t work if a client has an extremely critical shipment e.g. for a project. This is when Fracht’s vast expertise and reliability really counts. In late October we successfully completed three extremely crucial shipments for three different projects within one week – on time and to the full satisfaction of our clients. One was an Antonov 124 charter for a large piece of equipment from the USA to Melbourne, the second one was a door to door OBC (on board courier) from Brisbane to the USA and the third one was another door to door OBC from Switzerland to Sydney. No matter how large or small your important shipments are. You can trust Fracht to find the best solution. 



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