Importers are hurting.
Exporters are hurting.
SUPPLY CHAIN the world over is BROKEN and it seems to be continuing to deteriorate. Ocean Carriers are once again by-passing SYDNEY. It just doesn’t seem to end.
MUA action is being felt around the country at Patricks terminals, with strikes impacting performance, not to mention "TUG BOAT" operations also taking strike action around the country.
As previously reported, calls for a regulatory body (similar to the FMC in the USA) are continuing, and meetings have taken place in recent times. A summary of this is below.
We strongly recommend that you raise this with local members of government as we have no doubt that the current market conditions are causing great stresses on you and your business.
FTA / APSA CALL FOR A FORMAL SHIPPING REVIEW & FEDERAL MARITIME REGULATORFreight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) joined industry colleagues in a meeting with The Hon Dan Tehan (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) on Friday 30 July 2021 and separately engaged with a senior ministerial advisor that same evening.
The primary focus of the FTA / APSA advocacy was to follow up on our meeting on 2 June 2021 (report available HERE) noting in recent weeks the further deterioration in shipping capacity and an associated rapid escalation in shipping costs.
In formal correspondence sent to the Minister today, 2 August 2021, FTA and APSA again re-stated its call for the creation of a new federal regulator, along the lines of the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), to facilitate open and competitive international trade while safeguarding the interests of Australian shippers (exporters, importers and freight forwarders).
Furthermore, FTA and APSA recommend that the following policy considerations be included in the scope of a formal Federal Government-led review:
to today’s correspondence is
available HERE (FTA
/ APSA MEMBLOGIN
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