Rohlig Market Summary

Rohlig Market Summary

November sees a rush for space ex Asia and carriers holding on to rate increase releases due to the increasing demand for space.

Blank sailings have also been announced by carriers for week 44 - week 51 which will continue to put pressure on space.

“Space continues to be the main issue this month with rates on the rise from the beginning of November,  says Martin Fernandez, Rohlig Australia’s National Procurement Manager. “It is customary during this time of year for rates to rise as the market heads into peak season.”

We continue to encourage all customers to provide advance forecasts and pre-bookings early as possible to minimise delays during the peak period.

Case Study: Rohlig Australia delivers light beyond expectation

Case Study: Rohlig Australia delivers light beyond expectation

Rush order needed for international delivery of street lights

In November, Rohlig Australia were given an opportunity to deliver lighting components for WE-EF Lighting. The brief was a challenging one, with a tight turnaround time of just one week to transport street lighting components from Thailand and Germany to Canberra, Australia.

The cargo had strict deadlines, due to road closures in Canberra and timeframes had to be met in order to finalise the installation of street lights for a whole street in Canberra. Delivery and installation were imperative to ensure safety was not compromised and streets were not left in the dark.

How Rohlig provided the solution

Rohlig Australia engaged expert staff in both local and international offices to determine the fastest and most efficient trade route for the cargo. We then leveraged our global network and good relationships with carriers to get the components from both Thailand and Germany to Melbourne, Australia in record time. In our Melbourne warehouse, staff worked around the clock to turn around the cargo and deliver to Canberra – fast!

“The challenge of this order was met with a positive “can do’ attitude and the Rohlig team went above and beyond to deliver this order within the tight timeframe.” Says Brenda Taylor, Sales Support Team Leader at WE-EF Lighting. “We have the utmost confidence in Rohlig which is why they continue to be an integral part of our Logistics team.”

Rohlig benefits:

  • Fast turnaround time
  • Maintained a positive attitude
  • Worked around the clock
  • Leveraged global footprint
  • Expert solution providers


WE-EF Lighting was able to secure their customers business by utilising Rohlig as their freight Forwarder of choice. Rohlig went above and beyond the call of duty and were able to manage the process in the most efficient manner, leveraging the whole supply chain. The result was the street lights were delivered safely and within the deadline ready for installation.

About WE-EF

WE-EF are specialists in exterior lighting. They are a trusted manufacturer of high-performance exterior luminaires, combining state-of-the-art lamp and control technology with advanced optical systems and superior mechanical engineering. Established over 60 years ago in Germany, the WE-EF Group is now comprised of seven companies, in eight different locations worldwide.

Free Trade Agreements made simple

Free Trade Agreements made simple

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has developed a website to assist Australian Exporters in accessing information regarding the various Australian Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s). The website has been developed with a view to increasing the utilisation of the Free Trade Agreements.

The website includes information on all the FTA’s currently in force and the business benefits for each. It also contains information  for importers and exporters by industry segment including Horticulture, Minerals, Meat and Dairy.

Visit the website here for further information.        

Rohlig Australia supports digital Freight Route Map as a Valuable Resource for Industry and Government

Rohlig Australia supports digital Freight Route Map as a Valuable Resource for Industry and Government

The digitalised key freight routes map is a valuable resource for Australia’s logistics industry. It will assist with the implementation of better planning and operational and investment decisions by local transport providers and local governments.

Rohlig Australia will utilise this map to provide greater value to our customers by assisting with finding the fastest and most cost effective routes to prioritise logistics projects and improve supply chain efficiency.

Rohlig Australia’s Managing Director Hany Amer says: “The new online version of the map brings transport mapping into the digital age, it will assist Rohlig Australia with better planning and visibility and also with some of our key innovation initiatives including creating new business models, driving operational excellence and enhancing employee engagement.

Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director says: “The full value of the map will be realised if governments take into account key freight generating areas and the routes on which this freight travels, and make their investment and policy decisions accordingly.”

The key freight route map provides a picture of the road and rail routes connecting Australia's nationally significant places for freight, including ports, airports and intermodal terminals.   

To view the interactive map click here.

Rohlig Australia supports Movember by channelling inner ‘Mohlig’

Rohlig Australia supports Movember by channelling inner ‘Mohlig’

Sydney Sales Mo Bros
Adelaide Branch 'Mohlig' team

Movember is here and things are getting hairy…

The men and women of Rohlig Australia are getting behind a great cause by foregoing the razor, and bringing back facial hair for the month of ‘Movember’.

Not only are team ‘Mohlig’ raising funds to support men’s health, but they are also contributing to reducing their carbon footprint, by foregoing the razor, whilst positively enhancing their social lives - everyone loves a mo!

Mohlig – definition: (Noun) A combination of Mo (short for moustache) and Rohlig (a global freight forwarder) to create a hybrid word defining Rohlig Australia staff growing facial hair in support of men’s health during the month of November. Pronounced ‘Mo–lig’.

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $685 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

The Rohlig Australia team have raised $2800 to date and dedicate this initiative in memory of Graeme Addie, our colleague who lost his battle with cancer in April this year.

To get involved or to donate to the Rohlig team, click here.

New biosecurity and export certification fees begin in December

New biosecurity and export certification fees begin in December

Revised biosecurity and export certification fees are to take effect on December 1, following a decision to postpone implementation. 

A key objective of redesigning the cost recovery arrangements is to remove areas of under-recovery and inequity, according to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Money for approved arrangements (including compliance agreements, quarantine approved premises and imported food compliance agreements) are sourced partly from cost recovery imposed on importers, including those who do not use approved arrangements.

“This is not equitable, and is not appropriate under the government’s cost recovery guidelines,” a Department statement read.

As a result, charges for approved arrangements are to rise. However, each entity is to pay just one charge regardless of how many arrangements it has.

Meanwhile, a new $180 application lodgement fee has been introduced for new approved arrangements.

The Department aims to release the final cost recovery implementation statements for biosecurity and export certification fees and charges soon as they are now progressing through the approval processes.

Source: Lloyds List

General Rate Increases (GRI’s)

General Rate Increases (GRI’s)

United States East and Gulf Coast to Australia and New Zealand

Effective  November 15, 2015 carriers will increase rates for all non-refrigerated cargo and all non-refrigerated container types from the United States via East and Gulf Coast ports of loading to Australia and New Zealand by the following amounts:

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


Increase in VAT charges from India

Effective 15th November 2015, A Service Tax charge (local VAT) of 14.5 %  will be applicable on all services rendered in India. This is an increase of 0.5% from 14% charged earlier.

Please view link here for notification from the Tax Department.

November Global Economic report

November 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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