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Stockwell International News Alert 1st November 2019

Stockwell International News Alert 1st November 2019
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Stockwell International News Alert
 1st November 2019


Rate Increases

FCL Shipments ex NEA to Australia will be subject to a GRI, effective 1st December 2019. Increase will be $200/TEU.

LCL Shipments ex NEA to Australia will be subject to a GRI, effective 1st November 2019. Increase will be USD$12 w/m. A PSS (Peak Season Surcharge) of USD$12 w/m is also being applied for LCL shipments ex Europe.

With International Maritime Organization introducing regulations to limit Sulphur
content in fuel oil used by the ocean carriers from 3.5% to 0.5% effective 1st January
2020 shipping lines have begun to implement/increase their low sulphur surcharge (LSS). LCL shipments to and from North America will incur a LSS of USD$16 w/m effective November 15 2019.

Sideloader Levy
Stockwells Sideloader Levy is now $75 per container.

Empty Booking / Dehire Fee (all ports):
- Monday to Friday: $45 per container
- Saturday and Sunday: $55 per container


Ocean Freight Market

Please note that space is tight Ex North-East Asia and South-East Asia and is expected to remain tight through to Chinese New Year. Overbookings and rollovers are still occuring into November as we are now in peak season. Despite the fact we are in peak season, shippings lines are continuing to implement blank sailings and this driving up demand, and therefore prices, even further. Blank sailing dates and affected ports are below:
- Ex Qingdao ETD: 3rd & 10th November
- Ex Shanghai ETD: 6th & 13th November 
- Ex Ningbo ETD: 7th & 14th November

So why have shipping lines been so successful in raising rates in the second half of 2019? In past years, shipping lines have had excess capacity in the market, which caused an imbalance in supply and demand. Further, the usual drop in market demand that we see is November is not happening this year. We expect space from Asia to remain extremely tight right up to Chinese New Year based on three significant reasons:

1. Ships being pulled from service and prepped for IMO 2020 compliance (scrubber installation)

2. Chinese New Year 2020 falls in January this year, which is earlier than in recent years

3. Further consolidation of shipping line service offerings to Australia. In late November, two regular shipping line services  will be merged into one. The new merged route will reduce overall TEU capacity to Australia by 40%. The new routing will include six ships that will call on Pusan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Where possible if your cargo suits a NOR (Non-Operating Reefer) we will try and secure this type of container as these are prioritised for repositioning purposes.

We ask our clients to remain understanding and supportive of our staff during this difficult period as we are doing everything we can to try and secure space on vessels. 

Container Packing For Fumigation

Stockwells has been notified that a number of containers are being packed incorrectly for fumigation. Given the vast amount of action on our Borders for Stink Bug Season it is extremely important to make sure that containers are being packed correctly to avoid additional costs.

In order to be fumigated, containers must:
- have plastic wrapping slashed for fumigation to be effective
- not be packed to the ceiling
- the goods must remain inside the container (due to strict BMSB measures)

Please see the below image of a container that has been packed incorrectly (packed too high and plastic wrapping not slashed).

More information on container packing and consignment suitability can be found here: .

Stockwells Fumigation Approval

Stockwell International has received approval from the Department of Agriculture to nominate our Sydney Facility at Ingleburn for Quarantine activities.

This approval will allow us to nominate our site (space permitting) for FCL  BMSB & general fumigations, Heat Treatment,  Unpack Inspections, effective immediately. 

Fumigation at Stockwells Ingleburn (All Prices Per Container) - Methyl Bromide or Sulfuryl Fluoride:
20ft: $320 
40ft: $420
Container Lifts: $50 
Monitor Fee: $50
Quarantine Processing Fee: $25

Heat Treatment prices to be confirmed.

This approval means Stockwells is able to offer BMSB treatment to our customers at a much cheaper rate than current third-party treatment providers but please note back to store cartage will be applicable.

BMSB Treatment Costs - Australia

During the BMSB Season we suggest fumigating all cargo for FCL at origin. This will be quoted at the time of quotation or booking depending on your requirements. If fumigation cannot be completed at origin and it needs to be arranged in Australia, Stockwells will be able to assist you with this quarantine requirement. For FCL container fumigation, the cost will be as follows for methyl bromide treatment only; 

20GP = $720 AUD per container
40GP/HC = $950 AUD per container

+ GST 
In addition to the above, cartage costs to the depot will also be applicable. 

If your goods require heat treatment instead of methyl bromide, additional costs will be applicable. 

For LCL, treatment must be completed before entering Australia. See the table below for charges out of affected countries. A $15 BMSB handling fee per B/L will be applicable for any LCL shipment that requires treatment.

BMSB Treatment Costs - NZ

Stockwells NZ wishes to notify clients that LCL shipments ex USA will be charged USD$30/cbm (Minimum USD$150). Further costs will be notified in the near future.

This season, NZ has also introduced an additional 16  affected countries, bringing it to a total of 33 countries. Details on the upcoming BMSB season in New Zealand can be found here:

For further info, please contact your NZ customer service rep.
Customer Feedback
If you have any issues you would like to resolve or feedback in general, good or bad, please send an email to This goes directly to Angela Gambell (Director) for immediate action.

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