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Dear Valued Clients,
As you may be aware, Australia has implemented new/additional fumigation requirements per downloadable PDF attached: US-Australia-Fumigation-Notice-10th-February-2015
Image taken from www.australiansafetysigns.net.au
In addition the to the PDF, the following link may provide additional guidance. We anticipate that this is a fluid situation and will keep you advised of new developments or significant changes to the current position.
New and existing fumigation requirements imposed by the destination authorities are the sole responsibility of the shipper and consignee/destination agent to ensure proper compliance.
Please refer to your assigned CS Representative if you have any questions about these and the updates mentioned below.
Please be reminded that the West Coast Terminal will be closed on Monday, 16 February.
US West Coast Terminal to close on Monday, President’s Day (Image taken from Wikipedia)
The said closure is not due to any radical action taken by either International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). It is also not to be associated with a breakdown in contract discussions between the two parties.
The General Contract between the two parties states that holidays, where work usually does not stop, carriers must pay a premium to labour over and above what is paid to them by the Terminal Operators. However, as of this moment, no carrier is willing to pay the special Holiday premium so it is most likely the Terminals shall be closed.
If a new Contract be agreed on 12 Feb, it would be most likely that terminals will be fully operational.
If a carrier decides they are willing to pay the Holiday premium, a particular terminal could open, but this is not likely.
The Terminal closure will only affect gates. Vessels and trains will continue as normal.
Below is the list of 13 container vessels at anchorage in LA/LB Harbor. Those in red have just newly arrived at anchorage while those in yellow have not reached berth.
10 Feb – U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) convened the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security for a hearing entitled, “Keeping Goods Moving.”
The hearing focused on the importance of efficiently functioning U.S. ports to supply chains. Witnesses shared their knowledge on economic and logistical impact of port delays, congestion and inadequate or outdated infrastructure.
It highlighted the changing dynamics and capacity challenges of international shipping, as well as the importance of functioning port infrastructure. Other factors that were discussed included:
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