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Rohlig Melbourne set to increase service offering by occupying expansive Truganina facility

Rohlig Melbourne set to increase service offering by occupying expansive Truganina facility

Rohlig Australia is excited to announce an expansion of its presence in Australia, with the opening of a new branch office  in the urban suburb of Truganina, 21kms west of Melbourne's Central Business District.

The state of the art facility includes an enormous  8,730sqm space to accommodate an expansive warehouse facility and various options to purpose build an open plan, technology focused office.

The property comprises 7,980sqm of warehouse area, 750sqm of office space, four recessed loading docks, four roller shutter doors and a canopy extending to 15 metres.

Rohlig Australia’s Managing Director, Hany Amer said, “the Truganina facility represents a fantastic opportunity for Rohlig to expand on its current services by offering an interactive new office space, closer to many of our customers, with state of the art warehousing options. The decision to relocate is in line with Rohlig’s business plan of growth and ability to offer more to our customers.”

The exciting move to the new space is scheduled for mid-year 2015.

Australia and Japan sign free trade agreement to drive economic growth

Australia and Japan sign free trade agreement to drive economic growth

On 8 July 2014 in Canberra, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).

The agreement will provide valuable preferential access for Australia's exports to Japan and will bring the two economies and societies closer together whilst underpinning a strong relationship for many years to come.

JAEPA will deliver significant benefits to Australian farmers, manufacturers, exporters, service providers and consumers. More than 97 per cent of Australia’s exports to Japan will receive preferential access or enter duty-free when JAEPA is fully implemented. JAEPA is by far the most liberalising trade agreement Japan has ever concluded.

For more information and a fact sheet on the JAEPA partnership visit:

http://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/jaepa/fact-sheets/downloads/fact-sheet-outcomes-at-a-glance.pdf

Rohlig Australia celebrates Germany’s Soccer World Cup win

Rohlig Australia celebrates Germany’s Soccer World Cup win

On Sunday 13th July,  in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Germany became World Cup champions for the fourth time, and the first European team in history to clinch soccer's greatest prize on South American soil.

On the other side of the world, in the wee hours of the morning, a team of die-hard Rohlig Australia supporters revelled the night away celebrating Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina at the Star City Casino in Sydney.

“It was like a dream come true, the energy from the crowd at the Star when Germany kicked the final goal was amazing. What a fantastic win!” said proud supporter Ivonne Ranisch, National Sales Manager at Rohlig Australia.

Congratulations Germany on a well-deserved World Cup win!

(picture: Ivonne Ranisch and Nina-Christin Buelk)

 

 

MSC and Maersk Line enter into multi-trade vessel sharing agreement

MSC and Maersk Line enter into multi-trade vessel sharing agreement

With the proposed P3 service now cancelled, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and  Maersk Line have signed a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA).

This new VSA service co-operation will be known as 2M and will provide approximately 185 vessels operating 21 strings.

The agreement will cover the three main East-West trade lanes: Asia-Europe, Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic. It will replace all current VSAs and slot purchase agreements that MSC has with Maersk Line on these trades.

The overall purpose of the cooperation is to share infrastructure (network). Maersk Line and MSC will be able to provide their customers with more stable, frequent services and cover more ports with direct services. The VSA will also improve the efficiency of the Maersk Line and MSC networks through better utilisation of vessel capacity and economies of scale.

Unlike P3, this VSA cooperation agreement will have a smaller combined market share and operate just as a VSA without any separate independent organisation with executive powers managing this network.

The partnership is expected to begin in early 2015.

For additional information and benefits of this agreement, see attached pdf.

Emirates Airlines to increase security surcharge

Emirates Airlines to increase security surcharge

Emirates Airlines is planning a security surcharge increase effective September 1st 2014.

The security surcharge increase will be to USD 0.20 kgs and EUR 0.20 kgs globally.

An official announcement from the Emirates network will be distributed once received.

We expect other airlines to follow suit shortly and will monitor the situation and update our customers as information arises.

Rate Recovery Program – North East Asia to Australia

Rate Recovery Program – North East Asia to Australia

From 1st August, 2014 Hapag-Lloyd will increase rates for all cargo and all container types from North East Asia to Australia.

The rate of increase is USD 300 per TEU.

North East Asia comprises of Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For further information please see the attached pdf.

Rohlig Sydney get set to run 9kms in Bridge Run

Rohlig Sydney get set to run 9kms in Bridge Run

A team of runners from the Rohlig Sydney office are set to run in the Blackmores 9km Bridge run in September to raise funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Westmead.

If you would like to support Team Rohlig visit:

http://bsrf2014.gofundraise.com.au/page/Rohligrun

Watch this space for additional information on the event and our Rohlig runners.

US imports soar as retailers fear west coast shutdown

US imports soar as retailers fear west coast shutdown

Imports into the US are expected to reach their highest levels for five years as retailers rush to stock shelves in case contract negotiations at west coast ports break down.

According to the latest Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, as much as 1.5m teu will cross the docks of the country’s major ports this month as retailers look to protect against potential supply chain disruptions during the busy holiday period.

“We’re still hoping to get through this without any significant disruptions but retailers aren’t taking any chances,” said NRF vice-president for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold.

“Retailers have been bringing merchandise in early for months now and will do what it takes to make sure shelves are stocked for their customers regardless of what happens during the negotiations.”

Negotiators working on the new contract, which expired at the start of the month, returned to the table July 11 following a three-day break.

Employers and union representatives have reassured the industry that they expect to reach an agreement without disrupting cargo flows.

However, this has not stopped retailers putting contingency plans in place with a number of importers shifting cargo to the east coast, says the NRF.

As a consequence, west coast ports have seen their share in overall cargo traffic drop from 62% in January to 59% in May.
 
Source: Lloyds List Australia

July Global Economic report

July Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.

 

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