JULY E-NEWS

Relief as carriers announce Asia capacity increases

Relief as carriers announce Asia capacity increases

Australian Importers will enjoy some relief this Peak Season as carriers announce new vessels and capacity increases in the build up to the Peak Season. Additional capacity in the Asia - Australia trade will come through the introduction of a new NE Asia service and vessel size upgrades in both NE and SE Asia.

This follows on from a year ago, when the industry was entering into one of the most significant peak seasons in the past decade. While the extent of the impact this additional capacity will have is still unknown, we anticipate that spot market rates will come under pressure late August and September, before increasing again in line with the traditional peak.

While short term spot rates may seem attractive, we recommend clients who have long term contract commitments avoid the temptation to move bookings to the spot market. Shifting your business away from your long term contract will only provide short term gain which will not compensate for cancelled agreements and loss of allocation before the peak.

We will continue to update our customers on market developments and offer our professional recommendation in the best interests of your business.

Author Article: Ryan Sponneck, Head of Ocean Freight, Rohlig Australia.

Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) and the role they play in logistics

Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) and the role they play in logistics

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are international agreements to remove or reduce trade and investment barriers between countries.

FTAs can help Australian businesses to grow their business and attract investment. They can also help:

  • reduce import duty costs
  • expand export markets for Australia
  • assist Australian businesses in investing overseas

Australia currently has FTAs in force with China, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, US, Chile, Indonesia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia.

There are a number of  Free trade agreements also signed (but not yet in force) or under negotiation.  For more information on these FTA’s and current FTA’s click here.

How can FTA’s help with  your logistics processes?

Utilising FTA’s to minimise duties is an effective way to reduce cost, making your products more competitive in both Australian and overseas market places. 

Click here to find out how to access preferential rates of duty through Free Trade.

For the latest advice on all Free Trade Agreements, speak with Rohlig's Customs team. Email Kane.McCulloch(at)rohlig.com

Herman Brot Bread – Rohlig Customer Profile

Herman Brot Bread – Rohlig Customer Profile

German roots and an authentic, health conscious recipe are just a few of the amazing qualities of low GI bread, muesli and pasta provider Herman Brot. 

Our customer profile this month hails from the Gold Coast but his family’s rich baking history stems back six generations from Germany (a trait in common with Rohlig’s own German background).

Herman Brot was established on the back of over 160 year’s baking tradition and is focused on the development and sale of natural, satisfying, healthy bread. The product is tailor-made to suit the dietary needs of health conscious people, based on experience, research and modern ingenuity without sacrificing traditional taste and quality. 

Today Herman Brot is run by founder and director Christian Coenen, the eldest son of Herman Coenen, seen pictured below. Mr Coenen credits his low carb, low GI, high protein bread with helping him lose 50kg and bring his type two diabetes under control.

The Herman Brot team work closely with the University of Sydney, studying the glycaemic index (GI) levels in Herman Brot products and other foods.

 “We have hundreds of emails from customers who say our bread has changed their lives”, says Christian. “With the lowest GI in the market, the bread is suitable for consumption by people with diabetes in controlled amounts, in line with their individual dietary requirements”

Rohlig Australia proudly imports significant amounts of Herman Brot ingredients from Germany and Herman Brot pasta from Italy. We then store the ingredients in our warehouses nationally and the bread is then baked to perfection at local bakeries in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and on the Gold Coast/Brisbane.

You may also notice these amazing products are now stocked in more than 900 retailers nationally including supermarkets such as IGA, health food stores and health clubs.

For more information on Herman Brot bread and other products click here.

Check out just how good this bread is from the review on Foodwatch by clicking here.

Christian Coenan, Director, HermanBrot

Rohlig Australia Welcomes NSW Business Manager

Rohlig Australia Welcomes NSW Business Manager

We are excited to announce the arrival of Mr Will Gouda to the NSW Business Manager role based in our Sydney branch and head office, located in Moorebank.

Will is charged with leading and growing the NSW business, ensuring our sales and service teams deliver exceptional customer experience, options and solutions.

Will began his career as an estimator and construction project manager before a transition into the Transport and Logistics industry 15 years ago. During this time, he had significant success in various roles for StarTrack and Toll Group across commercial, operations and finance.

In 2015, Will took on the challenge of joining a start-up investment fund, leading sales growth and sales process engineering.  Will holds a Bachelor of Engineering a Masters in Project Management. During his spare time, he loves deep sea diving, rock climbing and martial arts but reserves his greatest love for his family and twin girls. 

The Rohlig team extends a warm welcome to Will and we look forward to introducing you in the very near future.

Rail link continues to take shape in Moorebank

Rail link continues to take shape in Moorebank

Piling has started on the new Moorebank Avenue Underpass, marking a significant milestone for CPB Contractors as it signals the beginning of construction of the permanent structures for the rail link.

The rail link includes construction of a 2.8-kilometre rail line along with the supporting infrastructure to connect the Import-Export Terminal and Interstate Terminal to the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL).

The team at Rohlig Australia head office in Moorebank eagerly watch the development of the Intermodal Terminal from across the road and this rail setup is just a small part of the huge complex being developed.

Seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

Seasonal measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

This seasons Brown Marmorated Stink Bug measures are fast approaching. 

These measures apply to certain goods arriving from certain countries that are shipped between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019 inclusive.

The Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia and needs to be kept out. It could severely impact our agricultural industries. Juveniles and adults feed on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops. Adult BMSB can also be a nuisance, entering vehicles, homes and factories for shelter over winter.

They can arrive in Australia on cargo and containers shipped between September and April. This coincides with late autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

For information on the current measures please click here and download the industry notice here.

Reminder: New Packing Declarations are now required

Reminder: New Packing Declarations are now required

New documents now need to be included for all containerised sea freight shipments.

A new packing declaration has been created to include the use of bamboo packaging material. The old format expired on 30th June 2018. 

Importers should communicate this change with their Suppliers and ensure the new template is utilised for all future shipments. 

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. 

Please download the new packing declarations here.

Changes to charges at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

Changes to charges at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal will be in introducing an ancillary container charge from 1 July 2018. A $28.50 Infrastructure Levy will be applied to each full container lift and a $10.00 Container Weighing Charge will be applied to each full import container.

For further information please view the notice here.

July Global Economic Report

July Global Economic Report

Click here to download a PDF of the report.