You will have seen our many news alerts relating to ongoing congestion in Sydney initially caused by significant weather events causing port closures in July and August and industrial action which commenced in August and continued into September, with no clear end in sight.
The situation is continuing to worsen and is resulting in more shipping lines deciding to apply congestion surcharges on shipments discharging or loading in Sydney. Vessels are being delayed up to 10 days from berthing.
Other carriers are electing to omit Sydney port calls and discharging containers in other ports for the importer to reposition to Sydney under their own cost.
This media release from the Freight and Trade Alliance and the Australian Peak Shippers Association succinctly outlines the evolving position, the impact in Sydney and the impact it is having on other services including de-hiring empty equipment or accessing empty equipment for exports (FTA APSA Media Release - 17 Sep 2020).
Some carriers are cancelling export bookings so that they can move empty containers back to Asian ports rather than having them caught up in delays in container depots.
Terminal operators are appealing to Fair Work to help facilitate immediate resolution to help stop the ongoing deterioration at the port.
As pointed out in previous news alerts, we must re-iterate, there will be major delay and unfortunately, there may be additional costs as a direct cause of the situation in Port Botany
We will continue to keep you updated as information evolves.