Rohlig Market Summary

Rohlig Market Summary

This month sees the USA general rate increase being pushed through as major carriers have held onto the increase.

“USA rates are on the rise to the Australia and New Zealand markets, says Martin Fernandez, Rohlig Australia’s National Procurement Manager. “Carriers will look to increase rates coming into the second quarter as the market picks up again.”

Asia market rates have slid back to January levels after having gone up briefly in the beginning of February. Carriers have proposed another GRI from the 1st March which may go through given the recovery in January.

The Chinese new year holiday begins Monday 8th February and many China based offices will be closed from 7th February to 13th February.

In order to avoid any delays in receiving your goods, please ensure that you have all the necessary information regarding your shipment as supplier contact will be intermittent.

Drop in Fuel surcharge for February

Rohlig is pleased to announce that negotiation with our carriers have resulted in a reduced fuel surcharge for LCL and Air shipments, covering February 2016. We will continue to monitor these rates and communicate with you if the situation changes. For additional information, please speak directly with your local Key Account Manager.

Des Hammond joins Rohlig Australia as CFO

Des Hammond joins Rohlig Australia as CFO

In January, Rohlig Australia welcomed new Chief Financial Offer, Des Hammond to our team.

Des is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, and has a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds.

He has held senior finance related positions in a variety of sectors including corporate, not for profit, academic and consulting including over 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Des specialises in organisational change management, strategy formulation and integrating businesses to deliver value.  

Des was formerly a board member and the inaugural Chair of the Audit and Risk committee of HeartKids Australia raising awareness of congenital heart disease and is currently non-executive director and treasurer for Phoenix House Youth Services.

Outside of work Des is a sports enthusiast, and devoted father of two spending most weekends providing taxi services for his children to various sporting events.

Des has been heard quoting “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon.

We welcome Des Hammond to the Rohlig Family and look forward to celebrating future success with him.

Which Countries benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Which Countries benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (or "TPP") is a major trade deal being negotiated by Australia and 11 other countries. If agreed to, the deal would account for 800 million people and 40 per cent of the world's economy – making it one of the world's largest trade deals.

Australia joined the TPP negotiations in 2011 under the Gillard Government, and negotiations have since continued under the Abbott Government, which have been largely led by the US.

The 12 negotiating countries include: Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Chile, Mexico, and Peru.

The agreement's stated goal had been to "promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labour and environmental protections.

Among other things, the TPP Agreement contains measures to lower trade barriers such as tariffs, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

The first comprehensive economic analysis finds that Australia stands to gain almost nothing from the mega trade deal. Prepared by staff from the World Bank, the study says the Trans-Pacific Partnership would boost Australia's economy by just 0.7 per cent by the year 2030.

Other members of the TPP stand to benefit much more, according to the analysis. Vietnam's economy would be 10 per cent bigger by 2030, Malaysia's 8 per cent bigger, New Zealand's 3 per cent bigger, and Singapore's 3 per cent bigger.

Australia and the United States benefit the least from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The study says it would boost the US economy by only 0.4 per cent by 2030.

Could this be a strategy to boost the world economies of developing countries or a strategy to increase exports for Australia?

Have your say! How do you feel the TPP will benefit the Australian Economy, exporters and importers or your own business?

Email your thoughts through to: rohlig.australia(at)rohlig.com and have your opinion published in our next newsletter.

For more information on the TPP study view this link:

Container Weight Verification Regulations effective July 2016

Container Weight Verification Regulations effective July 2016

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency responsible for safety at sea, has adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention regarding a mandatory container gross weight  verification.

Effective 1st July 2016, all packed containers are required to have a Verified Gross Mass declared by shippers.

Please view pdf for additional information.

INDUSTRY OPINION: Import benefits on hold with extra ChAFTA processing requirements

INDUSTRY OPINION: Import benefits on hold with extra ChAFTA processing requirements

The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) commenced on 20 December 2015 providing importers with preferential duty rates where they can demonstrate compliance with the terms of the agreement. Whilst in theory the arrangements appear quite simple, in practice there is significant complexity requiring policy review.

Check out this pdf article by Paul Zalai, FTA Alliance covering content on processing requirements and possible discrepancies that may arise.

FAQ’s for CHAFTA Certificates of Origin

As CHAFTA is now in play please view our FAQ’s to help streamline any concerns and queries importers may have.

China Eastern Touches Down at Brisbane Airport

China Eastern Touches Down at Brisbane Airport

The traditional water arch welcome for China Eastern Airlines at Brisbane Airport.

China Eastern Airlines’ inaugural flight touched down at Brisbane Airport in January to a traditional water arch welcome heralding the commencement of a two month season of direct flights between Brisbane and Shanghai.
The direct flights are set to deliver some 5000 additional Chinese tourists to southern Queensland over summer, opening up an immense new market for Queensland tourism operators, giving accommodation and attraction providers a welcome boost from the state’s fastest growing inbound market.
For China Eastern Airlines, Brisbane represents the best gateway to Queensland with easy access across the South-East’s many attractions with both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts a short drive away.

The summer season of flights come ahead of China Eastern’s scheduled year-around flights between Shanghai and Brisbane, which will commence later in 2016. The China Eastern flights are serviced by the airline’s Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft, including lie-flat business class seating.

Celeste Barrell, Rohlig Brisbane’s Branch Manager says, “China Eastern new direct flights open up a new  gateway between China and Australia for both trade and tourism and just in time for the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entering into force”.

Risk and Insurance: The importance of the CMR consignment note

Risk and Insurance: The importance of the CMR consignment note

If you are involved in international logistics, it is important to understand the law applicable to a contract and the jurisdiction in which disputes are to be decided. This is important for both the determination of liability or remedy, as well as procedural matters, such as commencement of proceedings, disclosure, timelines and costs.

For more information, read the full article here on  Mandatory overrides,  Pleadings & decisions and the importance of the CMR consignment note.

Source: Peregrine Storrs-Fox

Market Notifications and Rate Increases

Market Notifications and Rate Increases

United States to Australia and New Zealand

Effective 1st February 2016, carriers will increase rates from the United States to Australia and New Zealand by the following levels:

Via the East Coast and Gulf ports

  • USD 100 per 20’ Container
  • USD 200 per 40’ Container  

Via the West Coast ports

  • USD 175 per 20’ Container
  • USD 350 per 40’ Container

Prohibitions on international air cargo from Middle East and African Gulf

The Australian Government has imposed prohibitions on the carriage of air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen and Somalia.

These prohibitions came into force on Saturday 19 December 2015, and will remain in-force until revoked.

For more information view this notice.



January Global Economic report

January Global Economic report

See attached pdf for details.


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