Market Watch

Market Watch

This month sees container volumes grow slightly following a fairly slow first quarter.

The month of March has proven to be a challenging one on the Asia Europe East Bound services in regard to space which has also impacted Australia. Several shipping lines implemented a booking freeze in order to manage the supply imbalance following Chinese New Year capacity cuts. This affected European exports back to Asia and Australia.

"While we have been experiencing space constraints in Europe over the past two months, we are positive this situation will improve over the coming weeks", says Ryan Sponneck, Head of Ocean Freight. "We strongly advise customers to make bookings early considering the current backlog."

Rohlig builds independent network with Weiss-Rohlig offices becoming Rohlig

Rohlig builds independent network with Weiss-Rohlig offices becoming Rohlig

With global logistics requiring a global presence, we at Rohlig are entering exciting times by building our own independent network.

To build this network, we are combining our subsidiaries under one strong, independent banner and renaming our Weiss-Rohlig branches to Rohlig. These branches will now be wholly owned by Rohlig.

Weiss-Rohlig is becoming Rohlig

What does this mean for you as our customer?

You can continue to rely on our high-quality service and benefit from our strategic investments in digitalisation and expansion. If your shipments were handled by a Weiss-Rohlig subsidiary, our Rohlig customer service will now take care of everything.

Rohlig is expanding its global network

Our subsidiaries in the USA, China, India, Thailand and Singapore will now become wholly owned Rohlig branches.

We are also expanding our global footprint in Asia: new offices in North China (Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao) and Taiwan (Taipei) complement a recent opening in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

And we won't be stopping there. Rohlig is also growing in the Americas: a new office has opened in Mexico City and further offices in the USA will extend our range of services for you.

Rohlig is where you are - with over 2,200 employees in 29 countries and counting...

Rohlig Adelaide take a dive for cancer

Rohlig Adelaide take a dive for cancer

In March, for the fourth consecutive year, Rohlig Adelaide supported Dive for Cancer at the Port Noarlunga Reef Aquatic Reserve, 30kms south of Adelaide.

"International Logistics, local generosity. The amazing team at Rohlig Logistics South Australia have delivered again. This wonderful team may work in the international market but their focus is definitely local. A big thank you to the whole SA team!" Mark Tozer, Dive for Cancer.

The Dive for Cancer supports vital funding towards research and care at Cancer Council Australia, home to one of Australia's largest cancer research groups.

For more information on this event click here.

Women in Supply Chain say ‘Sponsorship not Mentorship’

Women in Supply Chain say ‘Sponsorship not Mentorship’

On 29th March at Sydney’s Smart Conference a large group of leadership executives convened to discuss diversity in the supply chain.

The conference kicked off with an expert panel discussion on how women can rise to the top and how companies can promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The outcome of the panel discussion was that ‘sponsorship not mentorship’ is required for women in supply chain to increase their presence.

Sponsorship includes organisations going one step beyond mentorship and enrolling sponsors and champions to increase female presence within an organisation and guide through positive career progression.

Panellists on the day included Rebecca Young, Co-owner of Personalised Freight Solutions, Tina Manolitsas, from Marketing IQ and Rohlig Australia’s own Ivonne Ranisch, Business Manager, Rohlig Melbourne.

For the live podcast click here.

Moorebank Intermodal to “transform freight”

Moorebank Intermodal to “transform freight”

Official commencement of construction works at the Moorebank Logistics Park  began today and is hailed as a transformational step in securing Sydney’s freight future and unlocking wider economic benefits for the nation.

“This is an enormously important day for the freight and logistics sector, here in NSW and right around Australia. It’s also one that has been a long time coming,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director, who attended the official sod-turning ceremony this morning.

“The indisputable advantages of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (MIT) for our industry have been discussed for over a decade. The project will create some 6,800 jobs and deliver $11 billion in economic benefits.”

Rohlig Australia’s Sydney branch recently moved to Moorebank, directly opposite the intermodal terminal bringing the freight forwarder closer to the intermodal terminal and closer to many customers.

“Moorebank Intermodal will transform the freight and logistics supply chain.” Rohlig Australia’s Managing Director Hany Amer said. “Rohlig’s location in Moorebank puts us in a prime position to offer additional advantages to our customers including faster freight turnaround, bypassing port delays and stoppages to meet and exceed delivery deadlines.”

Emirates introduces fuel charge mechanism

Emirates introduces fuel charge mechanism

Emirates Skycargo announced a fuel surcharge mechanism will return, due to volatile fuel prices. The fuel surcharge mechanism will come into effect from 23rd April 2017 and will be applied on a network-wide basis to all Airway Bills (AWB).

It is important to note that this is not a traditional implementation of a flat rate for fuel surcharge but a mechanism that reflects the reality of fuel costs incurred every time there is a movement in fuel prices. While the mechanism starts April 23rd, the pricing index must be at a high enough level for a charge to be levied. At present, fuel prices are low enough for a zero fuel charge.

Pricing information can be found and monitored direct on www.skycargo.com .

With aviation fuel prices now back on a gradual incline, we expect other airlines to follow suit.

For any additional enquiries please contact your local Account Manager.

View the announcement here.

US air cargo security: will industry be ready for implementation on 1 July

US air cargo security: will industry be ready for implementation on 1 July

FROM July 1, 2017, United States (US) legislation requires all air cargo being transported to the USA to either be examined at piece-level or originate from a Known Consignor.

Complying with this obligation will require Australian-based exporters, freight forwarders, airlines and cargo terminal operators (CTOs) to adopt new security measures for the preparation of US-bound air cargo.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has requested each airline to submit a proposal outlining an implementation plan to meet the piece-level examination requirement.

In summary, cargo must be:

  • Originating from a Known Consignor;
  • Examined at a piece level by a Regulated air cargo agent (RACA); or
  • Examined at a piece level by the CTO upon acceptance of freight and before loading onto an aircraft.

For additional information please view attached pdf

Source: LloydsList , FTA

Customs and Quarantine Advice

Customs and Quarantine Advice

Why you should apply for tariff advice when obtaining a tariff concession order

When you apply for a tariff concession order (TCO) you have to nominate the appropriate tariff classification. Customs may not dispute the nominated classification at the time of application, but this doesn't mean that many years after the TCO is made you can assume that your nominated tariff classification is correct. A recent case shows the significant impact a change in customs interpretation of a classification can be for the TCO applicant. It also highlights the protection that can be afforded by proactively obtaining a tariff advice.

View the attached pdf for further information on advice when obtaining tariff concessions.

Changes to Importing products that contain wood

New 'Timber and timber products’ case

Within the Timber and timber products case, two import condition changes include:

  • The time allowed between treatment and export for unfinished timber (previously timber and timber mouldings) from all countries will be aligned to 90 days.

  • Reconstituted wood products and plywood, veneer sheet and articles have been included on the Highly Processed Wooden Article list (see below), which is a list of items considered to have an acceptably low biosecurity risk. This list also includes manufactured wooden articles smaller than 4mm in height and width. Items that are listed as Highly Processed Wooden Articles only require commercial documentation to clear Biosecurity.

Future changes to documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles

From 1 September 2017, the department will:

  • increase the time allowed between treatment and export for Wooden Manufactured Articles from 21 days to 6 months.

  • require that Wooden Manufactured Articles to be accompanied by an additional manufacturer's or supplier's declaration stating that the goods were stored so as to prevent risk of re-infestation by pests of concern in between treatment and date of export.

 For more information please click here

A change to the Quarantine Packing Declaration

As Importers are aware, Packing Declarations are required for all containerised Sea freight shipments.

A new packing declaration format was created on the 15 June 2016.

The old format was given an expiration date of 16 June 2017.

Importers must communicate this change with their Suppliers and ensure the new/ current template is complete for all shipments arriving after the 15 June 2017.

This is a great opportunity for Importers to setup Annual Packing Declarations with their suppliers, which removes the need to produce a declaration per shipment.

Attached is the packing declaration and the annual packing declaration templates for your reference.

Market Notifications and General Rate Increases (GRI's)

Market Notifications and General Rate Increases (GRI's)

DP World Infrastructure levy deferred until 17th April

In light of the feedback received from major industry bodies, the Victorian Transport Association, the Freight and Trade Alliance and the Australian Peak Shippers Association, DP World Australia will be deferring the increase of the Infrastructure Surcharge at its Melbourne and Sydney Terminals by two weeks.

Customers are advised that the Infrastructure Surcharge will now apply from 17 April 2017.

Please note that industry bodies will continue to work with the ACCC and other stakeholders in challenging this surcharge. We will continue to keep customers up to date with all developments as they emerge.

For the industry notification please click here.


Congestion out of Chongqing  - Maersk, Three Gorges Dam overhaul

According to a recent notification issued by Changjiang Maritime Bureau, due to Three Gorges Dam overhaul project’s continuous impact, the traffic capacity through the dam has been seriously reduced and backlog of pending vessels has been increasing significantly in this area.

View pdf for notification

Container Inspection Fee

Effective 1st April, 2017 all containers, except shipper owned , imported to Australia are subject to a Container Inspection Fee.

  • AUD 13.25 per container (all types)

View notice from CMA CGM for further information

Rohlig Australia National Tariff Update effective 1st April

Rohlig Australia is committed to providing exceptional levels of service.

To ensure the continued provision of high quality services and capacity to cater for our customer requirements, Rohlig have updated our National Tariff, effective 1st April 2017. 

Rate increases within our tariff are a reflection of increases in pricing from suppliers including airline and port terminals.

Should you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact your Pricing & Commercial Support team.

Rohlig wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to partnering with you in the future.

March Global Economic Report

March Global Economic Report

See attached pdf  for further information.


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