Rohlig Australia welcomes new Melbourne Branch Manager

Rohlig Australia welcomes new Melbourne Branch Manager

On the 16th February, Rohlig Australia welcomed new Branch Manager, Ivonne Ranisch to our Melbourne office.

Ivonne joins the team from within Rohlig, having previously held the National Sales Manager position in Sydney where she successfully developed the national sales team, launched sales and marketing initiatives and steered the company towards meeting local and global objectives.

"I am incredibly excited about my new challenge and especially to be driving the launch of the new Truganina Melbourne office and warehouse space. Our new facility is almost 9000 sqm and 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".

Ivonne has a wealth of local and international experience within freight forwarding and professional qualifications including a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). She is currently completing a Doctorate of Business Administration in International Business Trade/Commerce.

Ivonne’s skills include people development, strong leadership and proven commercial development. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with family, playing sports and travelling.

Hany Amer, Managing Director of Rohlig Australia says, “We are very excited to have Ivonne on board as Melbourne Branch Manager. Her experience and leadership skills will assist in bringing our Melbourne branch to the next level. We look forward to working with Ivonne and utilising her knowledge and industry experience to grow our Melbourne market and launch our new 3PL offering in May this year.”

Ivonne Ranisch, Melbourne Branch Manager

US Ports easing back into full production

US Ports easing back into full production

After 10 months of negotiations, heavy congestion and slowdowns at West Coast ports, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. The first step has been made; the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have come to a tentative agreement and developed a new 5-year contract.

Improvements in productivity are being seen across the US West Coast ports with ships being unloaded and containers leaving ports. Even with these improvements in productivity, however, the cargo and vessel backlogs at West Coast ports are expected to take months to clear. The ports and employers predict it could be two to three months before Los Angeles-Long Beach is completely back to normal, although the northern ports could require somewhat less time than that.

In the interim, Rohlig will continue to offer contingency transport measures including shipping from East Coast US ports, AirWave or Air-freight.

Please speak with your local account manager for additional information on schedules and pricing. 

Congestion at Los Angeles port early February

When stink bugs attack!

When stink bugs attack!

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (Halyomorpha halys) have developed some notoriety in the Australian logistics press of late. But what do we know about these little bugs and where did they come from?

The stink bug is native to China, Japan and Taiwan. It was accidentally introduced into the United States, in September 1998. The brown marmorated stink bug is considered an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops.

These little critters have a sneaky ability to hitchhike in vehicles and planes allowing them to spread rapidly to new areas. The gluttonous bugs feed on fruit, leaves and stems, severely disfiguring fruit and rendering it unmarketable. While the bug is not a risk to human health, when disturbed or crushed it emits an unpleasant and long-lasting odour - a defence mechanism meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards.

The Australian Department of Agriculture considers the stink bugs a biosecurity hazard to the Australian Agriculture Industry and has ordered that cars, boats, parts and machinery be treated by a licensed professional before shipping.

Most recently, these treatment measures have been downgraded. Read on to ensure these stinky little bugs don’t reach Australia!

Click here to visit the department of Agriculture for more information.

Rohlig Adelaide take a dive for cancer

Rohlig Adelaide take a dive for cancer

Divers and crew at Port Noarlunga Reef Aquatic Reserve

On the 22nd February Edurne Esparza, Branch Manager and Steven Russell, Business Development Manager at Rohlig Adelaide supported the Dive for Cancer at the Port Noarlunga Reef Aquatic Reserve, 30 kilometres south of Adelaide.

For the second consecutive year Rohlig Adelaide assisted by attending as crew, helping to gear up, give directions and cheering the divers along on the day.

“What a fantastic way to lend a hand and raise awareness for a great cause” said Edurne.

The Dive for Cancer supports vital funding towards research and clinical care at Cancer Council Australia, home to one of Australia’s largest cancer research groups. Funds raised will help the Cancer Council clinicians and researchers to improve cancer detection, and to find gentler and more personalised treatments and support for cancer.

For additional information on this event click here.

Will airline pricing decline with the drop in fuel pricing?

Will airline pricing decline with the drop in fuel pricing?

The price of jet fuel has dropped, but airlines are still adding fuel surcharges to the price of air freight. Many other industries that use large amounts of fuel, like shipping and delivery services, have also maintained extra fuel fees.

When oil prices shot up a few years ago,  transportation and delivery businesses started adding fuel surcharges to their prices.

Now that fuel prices are plunging, lots of these surcharges still linger, and consumer advocates and transport businesses are asking why.

The drop in the cost of oil is a huge factor in the airline industry, where 30 percent of all expenses are for fuel. But airlines, along with other industries with large fuel expenses, have been slow to respond with lower prices.

Experts agree that while airlines are reporting profits, they are fairly modest. While the cost of fuel has come down, other costs have been increasing. For example, the costs of labour, cost of aircraft rent and the cost of buying new planes.

A number of airlines have also announced their policy to return to a simplified “all-in” rate structure that eliminates various surcharges such as fuel and security, adding that the simplification of rate structures will be a significant benefit to forwarders and shippers alike.

But, while an all-in rate is a simplifier for airlines, it’s not necessarily going to save consumers or businesses any money as the new rates will absorb many of the surcharges.

Rohlig's stance is that more can be done by airlines to assit in making air freight rates more competitive. We are currently in the process of negotiating with our airline partners for a better outcome for our customers. We will update our customers as information arises.

General Rate Increases (GRI)

General Rate Increases (GRI)

North East Asia to Australia

Effective April 1, 2015 carriers have increased rates for all cargo and all container types from North East Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) to Australia by:

·  300 USD per TEU    

 

United States and Canada to Australia & New Zealand

Effective March 1, 2015 carriers have announced an increase in rates for all cargo moving from the United States and Canada to Australia & New Zealand as below:

· 300 USD per TEU

Rohlig is currently in negotiation with our partner carriers in regard to this increase and will update customers accordingly if this rate is implemented.

February Global Economic report

February Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.

 

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