JULY E-NEWS

Rohlig Australia welcomes new WA Business Manager

Rohlig Australia welcomes new WA Business Manager

In May, Rohlig Perth welcomed new State Business Manager Michael Cosmelli.

Michael joins the team with a wealth of experience within the international freight industry. His skills cover operations management and sales management. Michael holds a Diploma of International Trade and is a graduate of RMIT.

Michael’s passion and drive will enable him to build on the great platform already established and continue to grow our business within the Perth network.

We extend a warm welcome to Michael!

Moorebank Logistics Precinct launches

Moorebank Logistics Precinct launches

Moorebank Logistics Park, the country’s largest intermodal logistics precinct, was launched on site in May.

Speaking at the launch, Qube’s managing director, Maurice James, said the precinct would transform the freight and logistics supply chain along the east coast.

Most impressive is their recycling and reusing of old Army barrack materials onsite including steel, concrete, aluminium and soil. Waiting the 10 years to full completion will be hard but we at Rohlig cant wait to see the finished product!

Sneaky snails like to ride rails

Sneaky snails like to ride rails

Obscure and invasive snails were found on a shipping container in Melbourne recently. The container, which was shipped from Fiji, harboured 20 live snails on its top and underside.

After initially suspecting the creatures were juvenile giant African snails, biosecurity scientists, working with colleagues from around Australia and the USA, identified the sneaky snails as Bulimulus c.f. sporadicus. This invasive mollusc species is known to be spreading through the southern USA, usually along rail lines.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources deputy secretary responsible for biosecurity Lyn O’Connell said this swift work kept Australia free from a species of major concern.

“This snail species is believed to be South American, but is turning up all over the world – apparently entering via ports along shipping lanes,” she said. “If it got into Australia, there is a risk it could spread and invade native vegetation habitats and compete with native snails,” she said.

“Identifying this emerging pest has put it firmly on the Department’s radar.”

Source: Lloyds List

Free trade agreement update

Free trade agreement update

Australian traders are embracing the trio of free trade agreements negotiated between 2014 and 2015.  DFAT has reported that use of the Japan, Korea and China FTAs is up above 80%.  This level of utilisation is a great return on the investment the Government has made with promoting the Northern Asian FTAs.  However, it is important to remember that the FTA landscape is not static and there are both emerging opportunities and risks.

Existing FTAs, new opportunities:

For Australian exports in particular, lower duty rates are phased in over time.  The duty rates generally drop on 1 January each year (China and Korea) but for Japan the rates drop on 1 April each year.  With each year's duty reduction, the opportunity and competitive advantage granted by the FTA increases and it is important to periodically review whether using the FTA makes sense for your business.

FTAs on the drawing board:

The low hanging fruit has gone but there are still important FTA opportunities which the Australian Government is pursuing. 

Source: Freight Trade Alliance

 

 

OOCL Hong Kong Breaks size record

OOCL Hong Kong Breaks size record

The 191,317 dwt OOCL Hong Kong has become one of the largest containerships in the world by carrying capacity, in addition to the recently delivered new builds Madrid Maersk and MOL Triumph.

OOCL Hong Kong, with a length of 399.9 meters and a width of 58.8 meters, will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of the LL1 service.

According to the company, the last time OOCL set the world record for the largest boxship was in April 2003 with the 8,063 TEU OOCL Shenzhen.

Maersk IT System Status Update

Maersk IT System Status Update

We would like to provide you with an update regarding cyber security and the recent attack on Maersk malware.

While Maersk operations and communications have been significantly affected by this virus attack, no data breach or data loss to third-parties is known to have occurred.

It has been confirmed by the leading cyber crime analysts and agencies that, while the virus spreads rapidly within a company's network, the virus does not spread between networks or across the internet. Our experience confirms this.

We remain determined in our path toward full recovery, which will see us serving your business and your shipping needs effectively again.

Thank you!

The Maersk team

July Global Economic report

July Global Economic report

Please download the full pdf report here

Delta Force Paintball Exclusive promotion

Delta Force Paintball Exclusive promotion

Paintball is fun. If you haven’t yet played this team sport it’s a mixture of teamwork and strategy, adventure and competition and best of all, its great exercise.

Delta Force paintball is a proud partner of Rohlig Australia.

Exclusive Promotion:   Full Day Access, Equipment and 100 paintballs - $14.95 (RRP $36.95)

Equipment includes Paintball marker, Full Head Paintball Mask, Overalls with padded neck protection, double-sided body armour. Any Delta Force location Australia wide.

Game Zones vary from centre to centre but include Black Hawk Down with life-size custom built Black Hawk; Tomb Raider with 20ft Pyramid and sphinxes; Tropic Thunder with Viet Cong Village; D-Day Landing with barges, tanks, bunkers. For more information click here.