Rohlig Market Summary

Rohlig Market Summary

This month sees a reduction in pricing on most Asian south-bound trade lanes as demand softens prior to end of the financial year. “Low volumes and the end of financial year dip always creates a temporary drop in pricing” says Martin Fernandes, Rohlig Australia’s National Procurement Manager. “However these drops will be short-lived as we expect carriers to increase pricing in Q3. These low rates are not sustainable long-term and carriers have already hinted at GRI announcements on the south-bound Asian trades to correct this”.

Fuel trending has seen an upward movement this month after being low for quite a few months. As a knock on effect, airlines and shipping lines are now beginning to include fuel and BAF surcharges in the freight rates. Indications are that Fuel will increase over the next few months.

Peak season will be upon us faster than we know it so start preparing for the freight silly season by booking your shipments in advance and providing forecasts as far out as possible.

Rohlig Melbourne moves to new office and warehouse space

Rohlig Melbourne moves to new office and warehouse space

Rohlig Melbourne new office and warehouse

Beginning Tuesday the 9th of June Rohlig Melbourne will be moving to a bigger and better space at Unit 1, 2 Roussos Place, Truganina.

Our new location includes 8000sqm of warehouse space with state of the art 3PL offering, 4 recessed docks, 15m canopy and container packing and unpacking services. Our new office space is technology focused and incorporates the latest design concepts.

We would like to invite all customers who are interested in 3PL services, including integrated operations, warehousing and transportation, to contact

Tours of our brand new warehouse space can be organised by contacting your local Account Manager.

View this video link for a look at Rohlig’s new warehouse space and office.

Global business calls for a low-carbon economy

Global business calls for a low-carbon economy

At the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP21) also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, some 25 business networks representing over 6.5 million companies from more than 130 countries have announced they want to lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy.

There was recognition that leading businesses are already taking action to build the prosperous, low carbon economy of the future. In all sectors, businesses have developed solutions, continue to innovate and are preparing to accelerate the scale and pace of deployment.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman observed: "When faced with the challenges of climate change, businesses should be part of the solution. Companies that have seized low-carbon opportunities are increasingly seeing rewards. To go further, we need a strong international climate agreement that sends a clear and credible signal to businesses that low-carbon policies will endure."

One of the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi) objectives is to reduce the freight industry's current 10 percent contribution to global carbon emissions by bringing together the supply and demand side to create a long-term set of solutions as well as a business-driven realistic roadmap.

Rohlig Australia supports the global initiative to transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy by offering customers the opportunity to offset their goods transportation and gas emissions.

We provide various types of carbon offsetting solutions, each of which has benefits, verification and accreditation.

When a shipment is ordered, simply notify your Rohlig account manager that you want to offset its climatic impact and we will calculate the carbon footprint for that specific shipment or period of time. It’s Easy, fast and GREEN!

To find out more on how carbon offsetting works, watch this Carbon Neutral video.

For additional information on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference visit this website.

Moorebank Intermodal to be operating by 2017

Moorebank Intermodal to be operating by 2017

The Commonwealth Government has approved Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) entering into an agreement with the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) to develop and operate the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal, with the contracts now signed. 

SIMTA, a consortium of Qube Holdings and Aurizon Holdings, will develop and operate the open access freight terminal on a joint precinct comprising Commonwealth land and adjoining land owned by SIMTA.

The opening of the Intermodal terminal is an important step towards improving freight efficiency in Sydney. It is critical to Sydney’s freight future as it will support the more efficient movement of freight to and from Port Botany as well as connecting to the national road/rail network, and in so doing, provide a much needed boost to national freight efficiency.

With the signing of the contracts now confirmed, work can commence on finally delivering the economic, environmental and community benefits that this national freight project has promised for more than 10 years.

The Moorebank Intermodal Project is expected to commence construction in 12 months and will be operating with a rail terminal by mid to late 2017.

Moorebank Intermodal design

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea! With a difference...

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea! With a difference...

On Thursday 28th May, Rohlig Brisbane took part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council whilst enjoying a good cuppa!

This year, the Brisbane team wanted to raise funds in honour of a colleague and do something a little different.

Rohlig Account Managers dropped in to customer offices producing a delicious morning tea spread and donated $10 on their behalf. Back at the office, Brisbane staff enjoyed morning tea on site with some of our suppliers.

Overall the day was a great success with Rohlig Brisbane just short of their target. If you would like to donate, please visit the Cancer Council fundraising page.

Brisbane branch morning tea fundraising

Rohlig drives logistics studies with simulated business model

Rohlig drives logistics studies with simulated business model

Ocean View College has just opened its Harbor View Campus, a new flexible learning centre based in the heart of Port Adelaide.

The new campus gives students the opportunity to develop skills in logistics and applies practical skills through a unique simulated logistics business. The simulated business is based on the business model used by local logistics company Rohlig Australia - being as close as possible to a real life logistics company.

Within the model students will take on a variety of roles, including human resources, front reception, administration, transport logistics, finance, advertising and marketing and will interact with more than 200 other virtual businesses globally.

Rohlig Australia staff are involved in lectures giving students the opportunity to clarify issues related to import and export of goods such as cost calculation, international regulations, exchange rates, incoterms, freight loads,  market research and duties.

Edurne Esparza, Branch Manager at Rohlig Adelaide said “Rohlig would like to foster opportunity for students to grow and develop their interest in the field of logistics.  Rohlig have been located in Adelaide for over 20 years and we believe in giving back to the community. Our scope is to share real business case studies and give students hands on experience to develop business skills”.

Port of Melbourne fee freeze welcome, but rent worries remain

Port of Melbourne fee freeze welcome, but rent worries remain

Port of Melbourne

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that fees at the Port of Melbourne would remain at 2014-2015 levels or increase only by CPI, but says the outstanding issue of proposed rents to be charged at the port still needs to be resolved.

From a logistics industry perspective, proposed rental increases is the big issue that will impact on the future competitiveness of the Port of Melbourne.

“We welcome the fact that the Victorian Government has listened to the concerns expressed by the logistics industry around port fees and charges, in particular, its decision to freeze export fees next financial year, with an intention to reduce them over the following four years,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.

“However, the excessive rents proposed remains an ongoing issue, and if not resolved sensibly, will have a detrimental impact across the supply chain.

“Significant increases to port rents will push up the price for users of the port, costs will be passed on to consumers and make it harder for local manufacturers to compete,” he said.

Source: Australian Logistics Council

General Rate Increases (GRI)

General Rate Increases (GRI)

USA  to Australia

Effective 15 June 2015, carriers have increased rates for cargo for shipment ex USA to Australia by the following:

  • USD 175.00 per TEU

May Global Economic report

May Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.


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