Rohlig Market Summary

Rohlig Market Summary

This month sees carriers introducing blank sailings across many trade routes. Space capacity from Asia is expected to be tight from week 37 through to week 44. Shipping lines will introduce blank sailings due to the upcoming Golden week holiday in China and expectations for peak season. We expect to see carriers try to increase rates during this period as demand lifts and capacity is restricted.

"We have received general rate increase announcements from most carriers however many of them have not followed through with these increases”, says Martin Fernandes, Rohlig Australia’s National Procurement Manager. “We will continue to negotiate with carriers to deliver the most competitive and appropriate services to our customers” .

Golden week holiday (Chinese National Day) will take place from 1st October through 7th October. Many shipments in and out of China may be delayed during this period. We continue to encourage all customers to begin forecasting now and pre-book as early as possible to minimise delays.

COUNTRY WATCH: Trade Opportunity in Qatar

COUNTRY WATCH: Trade Opportunity in Qatar

A team from Rohlig Adelaide branch attended a special evening Seminar: “Opportunities in Qatar”  held at the Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide on Thursday 6th of August.

The vibrant and ever-growing State of Qatar, a stable trade and investment hub represents a wealth of trade opportunities for South Australia.

The event highlighted that the Arab World has overtaken China as a larger export market for red meat, including chilled and frozen beef and sheep meat. In 2014 lamb exports to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region were worth more than $410 million with exports to the region on a gradual long term increase compared to the volatility of trade with the China market.

“Significant opportunities exist for agricultural trade between the Arab world and Australia. Less than 10% of land in the Arab World is arable. Potable water constraints also inhibit large-scale food production and food security in the MENA region is of paramount importance. Says Edurne Esparza, Rohlig Adelaide Branch Manager. “The Arabs are loyal trading partners as demonstrated by the recent trade figures, which is great news for Australian Agriculture and we should look towards future partnerships and trading opportunity."

CUSTOMS: Stink Bug emergency measures come into force

CUSTOMS: Stink Bug emergency measures come into force

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to clients in the import and shipping industry, including importers and customs brokers. Emergency measures have now come into force as of 1st September.

What has changed?

In consultation with industry, the Department of Agriculture finalised measures to manage the 2015-2016 seasonal risk of brown marmorated stink bug infestations in sea cargo from the United States.

For more information click here.  Or download customs pdf.

Rohlig Australia expands service offering with 3PL in Melbourne

Rohlig Australia expands service offering with 3PL in Melbourne

New Rohlig Melbourne warehouse

Excitement is building in Melbourne as we prepare to expand operations with the opening of a new branch office and warehouse in June. The Melbourne branch will move to Truganina, 21kms west of Melbourne's Central Business District, with access to main arterial roads, freeways and customer distribution centres.

The purpose built 9,000sqm facility contains 8000sqm of warehouse space with state of the art 3PL offering, customs and quarantine approved bond, 40m wide hard-stand, 4 recessed docks, 4 on-grade docks, 15m canopy, container packing and unpacking services. Our team will also relocate to a tech enabled office incorporating the latest office design concepts.

Rohlig Australia’s Managing Director, Hany Amer said, “the Truganina facility represents the first step in our national growth strategy and fulfils our client facing commitment to “Expand our Service portfolio”. We will now offer clients a greater number of services, giving them more choice and improving the “ease of doing business” with us.

Please view the video link below for an exclusive look at Rohlig’s new warehouse space and office.

CUSTOMS: Illegal Logging – Undertaking Due diligence

CUSTOMS: Illegal Logging – Undertaking Due diligence

If your company imports Timber, Pulp or Paper products, you now need to comply with new legislation or risk being charged with an offence and/or significant fines.

It is now a criminal offence to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly import illegally logged wood, pulp or paper products into Australia. If Importers are bringing ‘regulated timber products’ into Australia they must undertake due diligence requirements and record the results.

The department has advised the soft start “grace period” for importers ends in May 2016. This means the department will be actively using their powers to enforce the illegal logging legislation. This exposes non-compliant importers to possible penalties and/or prosecution.

Rohlig encourages all importers to ensure they have completed a compliant, documented, due diligence investigation before May 2016.

We require a completed statement from Importers confirming they have completed their due diligence requirements. This allows Rohlig to state that the importer is complying with the illegal logging legislation.

If you are having trouble completing your due diligence investigations, or you are not certain if your investigations and/or documentation is satisfactory, there is support available as below:

  • Volunteer your completed report to the department for assessment prior to May 2016. The department will provide audit results and any information required
  • Seek assistance from the industry representative – Timber Importers Federation. The website contains information about the scheme and provides reference material and document templates

For any further information, please speak with your local Rohlig Customs Broker.

Visit the Australian Department of Agriculture



Kane McCulloch, Customs Broker/ Team Process Leader, Rohlig Australia

Rohlig Melbourne takes customers on Cathay Pacific freighter tour

Rohlig Melbourne takes customers on Cathay Pacific freighter tour

On September 1st, a team of Rohlig Melbourne employees and customers were given the rare opportunity to tour a Cathay Pacific freighter. The team were able to experience first-hand the huge cargo plane being unloaded and loaded with cargo.

Ivonne Ranisch, Rohlig Melbourne’s Branch Manager commented “The highlight of the tour was sitting in the cockpit of the plane and meeting the Pilots and Cathay Pacific staff. It was also a fantastic opportunity for our customers to view first-hand the process undertaken to deliver their cargo through an air freight shipment".

Rohlig Melbourne team and customers tour
Cathay Pacific freighter

Rohlig Melbourne wins 2015 Kumfert Cup soccer match

Rohlig Melbourne wins 2015 Kumfert Cup soccer match

On Friday 22nd August at HA Smith Reserve in Hawthorn, in front of an enthusiastic Melbourne crowd, state rivals Sydney and Melbourne competed in the annual Rohlig ‘Kumfert Cup’ soccer match.

The match kicked off with Melbourne scoring three textbook goals and Sydney pocketing a goal coming from a penalty courtesy of what can only be described as a rugby tackle on their striker. Half time saw Melbourne lead by a 3-1 advantage.

The advantage swung Sydney’s way in the beginning of the second half after a wave of attacks but the Melbourne team held firm with great defence until Sydney was gifted another penalty bringing the score to 3-2. 

Both teams tried in vain to hit in another goal to extend their advantage, but despite their efforts the final whistle came and a roar of support erupted from the home support.

Well done to Sydney on a great game and congratulations to Melbourne on a fantastic win. Can Sydney win back the title at the rematch in Sydney next year…

The 'Kumfert Cup' is dedicated to the memory of Reinhold Kumfert, one of the first Directors of Rohlig Australia.



Rohlig Australia provides assistance to women in Fiji through SewAid program

Rohlig Australia provides assistance to women in Fiji through SewAid program

During August, Rohlig Australia proudly partnered with SewAid Australia to assist in transporting sewing machines, equipment and material to Fiji in support of SewAid’s Fiji program, supporting women in Fiji to learn sewing skills.

Through the program, Fijian women in remote communities are provided with the machines, equipment and skills they need to start a small home business in dressmaking or alterations and repair. The SewAid Fiji program will assist in bringing additional income to these women and their community.

Due to Rohlig’s continued support, SewAid  were able to send brand new sewing machines for this program, providing a huge difference to the speed and efficiency of the teaching program. 

For additional information on SewAid Australia visit

August Global Economic report

August Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.


We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to service your logistics needs.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact your Rohlig Australia Account Manager or Customer Service Representative.

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