Stink Bug Season 2018/2019 + Take Heed
MPI has issued a series to changes and additions to the current campaign to prevent the importation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.
These measures affect goods shipped between September 01st 2018 and April 30th 2019. for sea and air-freight originating from the following countries: United States of America, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Slovenia.
You’ll see there’s been a considerable increase to the global scope of the threat, from just USA and Italy.
Importantly there is now potential to fumigate at origin rather than upon arrival.
Both LCL and FCL traffic can now be fumigated at approved overseas facilities.
This is a positive.
We’ll be taking the most economically prudent option when we spy 'targeted' goods.
The target ‘high risk’ commodities MPI are loosely: vehicles, used machinery, used car parts, roofing, house parts, anything with the words ‘2nd hand, personal effects.
These high-risk commodities will under-go higher scrutiny.
It's the description of the goods is what MPI will be focusing-on.
So the onus is on you to instruct your suppliers to describe say ‘Engineering Equipment’ as ‘New Engineering Equipment’.
Give specific details on what you are importing, do not employ in-house terms.
MPI will be undertaking an ‘if in-doubt fumigate’ policy.
Example: ‘New Stainless Steel Bench-Top’ is significantly better than say merely a ‘Bench Top’.
This is a ‘Readers Digest’ abridged over-view of a complicated/detailed ever-changing situation we are facing.
We strongly recommend if you are seeking specifics, review the MPI ‘auricle’ site (link below) or chat to us.
Asian Sea-Freight Rates are on the way up
After a considerable period of a static market, Asian Sea-Freight rates are now on the way up.
Shipping-lines have announced general rate-increases of between USD 200 to USD 300 a 20ft equivalent.
This will affect ‘less than container-load’ rates as well.
The situation is extremely fluid as respective shipping-lines manoeuvre themselves.
We suggest strongly is to contact Darron or Paul next time you are on the hunt to get an up-date.
Thanks for your support.
Taiwanese Cargo Ship forced to shed containers into Tasman Sea
Heavy seas sent containers tumbled off a Taiwanese-owned ship last week just of the coast of New South Wales.
If ever you needed a stark reminder of the need to insure your shipments - this is it.
Nicky here can advise you on Marine Insurance so you don’t get caught out in the same situation.