PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION AND POSSIBLE CARGO RELEASE DELAYS – 16-18 DECEMBER 2015
BR International wishes to inform our clients that we have received notice that some employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection ( “Customs” ) will again be taking part in Protected Industrial Action ( PIA ) over 16-18 December 2015. Similar recent action has resulted in cargo release delays and it is anticipated this upcoming action will once again potentially result in “holds” on all cargo subject to passing through the Container Examination Facility ( CEF ) during the PIA. Although Customs are looking at ways and means to minimise the impact on industry, it is highly likely that, should your container be selected for the CEF, you will experience additional days of delay in cargo release from the terminal. This will in turn increase the likelihood of stevedore storage charges and shipping line detention fees for delayed return ( or dehire ) of empty containers.
BR International will keep you updated of any further developments in relation to this issue.
BRi Customs Department
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