The international transport trade body Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has appointed Andrew Crawford as its head of border and biosecurity, a full-time role responsible for operational support and border policy for the peak body, with the role to commence on 9 May 2018. Read more
The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have announced that Robbert van Trooijen, Senior Vice President and CEO – Asia Pacific of Maersk Line, will speak at the Global Shippers Forum and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) International Conference & Exhibition, held alongside MEGATRANS2018 this May in Melbourne.
Based in Hong Kong, van Trooijen is responsible for Maersk Line’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region, comprising Greater China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
“In a period of significant change and consolidation for shipping lines, Robbert will be providing a shipping line outlook for 2018 and beyond, as a global executive from the world’s largest container shipping line,” the FTA and APSA said in a joint statement.
“This will be a must see presentation for freight forwarders, shipping lines, shippers, government stakeholders and businesses involved in the movement of goods across international borders.”
Find out more about the Global Shippers Forum and International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) International Conference & Exhibition, and MEGATRANS2018.
Following feedback from members about the difficulty in accessing and maintaining up-to-date data on shipping line import/export detention rates, the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have launched an online detention calculator.
A detention fee is applicable when shipping line customers hold containers for longer than the pre-arranged period of free time.
Developed in collaboration with mizzenit.com, the calculator allows members to calculate and compare detention costs from 18 lines.
It can be found on the FTA’s website.
On 30 August 2017, Maersk published an industry notice announcing an increase in Booking Cancellation Fees from $100 to $250 per 20′/40′ dry container.
The Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) and Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) have since received reports that other shipping lines are preparing to announce similar increases, APSA Secretariat Travis Brookes-Garrett reported in a statement.
APSA subsequently engaged senior executives at Maersk Line Australia on 31 August 2017 to challenge the increase, finding that it has been introduced due to an increase in container ‘no shows’. Maersk will reportedly provide data shortly to validate the claim.
“APSA maintains the position that two-way accountability should exist,” said Brookes-Garrett. “If shippers and forwarders are faced with punitive cancellation fees, then they should also be compensated by the shipping lines when bookings or containers are rolled.
“In a competitive marketplace, APSA and FTA encourage other shipping lines to consider the realities of Australia’s agri-export economy before the introduction of punitive fees. If accountability exists then it should exist for both the shipper and the shipping line.”
While the increased booking cancellation fees are in effect, Maersk has confirmed that consideration may be given where there are genuine extenuating circumstances.