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Latest News from EMO Trans Australia?

31 March 2008 - EMO Trans has arrived in Perth

16 January 2008 - Major Charges at Emo Trans Australia in the year 2007!

16 January 2008 - 2008 is marks the 20th Anniversary of Emo Trans Australia

6 July 2007 - Central & Northern China Port Congestions

17 January 2007 - US Congress Mandate Upgraded Security Measures

16 October 2006 - Regular Exporters Security Declaration

20 April 2006 - The next CMR 'hurdle'- implications of 12 April

14 December 2005 - AQIS - Notice to Industry 
(click to download .pdf file)

20 September 2005 - Wood Packaging Materials USA

29 August 2005 - Rate Restoration 1 October 2005

2 June 2005 - Shipping lines increase rates

2 March 2005 - Requirements for Wood Packaging into EU Countries

2 February 2005 - Solid Wood Packing Materials to the US

5 November 2004 - AQIS - Notice to Industry 
(click to download .pdf file)

3 November 2004 - EFAF Notice - Cargo from USA to Australia and New Zealand

1 November 2004 - P & O Nedlloyd advise of BAF Rates Increase

15 October 2004 - Fuel Surcharge Increases - Airfreight

EMO Trans has arrived in Perth

For the past 40 years Emo Trans has been taking an increasingly dominant role in the world of Global Logistics.
For the past 20 years this increased presence in the market has been quietly expanding within Australia, bringing a unique service driven, personal approach to the freight industry.

We are now very proud to announce that on April 1st Emo Trans is extending operations to Perth

Our new offices are at at 130 Fauntleroy Ave, Perth Airport.

The team is headed up by Wayne Ennis and Trevor Taylor. Both experienced and respected members of the freighting community in Western Australia

Contact details for all your needs in WA

Phone 08 92777600
Fax 08 92777333

email  wayne@emotrans.com.au
trevor@emotrans.com.au

Major Charges at Emo Trans Australia in the year 2007!

In retrospect the year 2007 has been a year of great success, challenges and new opportunities for Emo Trans Australia.
We managed to continuously grow profit and important developments have marked the year as perhaps one of the most eventful years in the history of Emo Trans Australia.

Emo Trans Australia, which has been owned by Joan Burford & Herbie Brenner since 1998 was purchased by Emo Trans Germany on the 24th of September 2007 and is now a member of the the EMD AG group.

Joan Burford retired as a Managing Director of Emo Trans Australia after 12 years with the company. Joan has been an active part of the freight forwarding industry for over 36 years.

Her expertise and personal guidance provided ongoing support for her team, agents and customers.Joan always had time for her team, a friend, or anyone else who needed a helping hand.

Emo Trans Australia's staff congratulate and thank her for all the wonderful work she has done on behalf of the company and wish her a long and healthy retirement.

Herbie Brenner retired from his position as Managing Director of Emo Trans Australia but will continue his work for Emo Trans as the new Sales Director.

Among Joan's & Herbie's many accomplishments is that they have built effective teams of individuals.They successfully created a work culture that values collaboration and has a high level of team spirit.

Their hands-on experience in the freight forwarding industry created a standard of excellence in operations procedures and they both set an example for others to follow.

Herbie and Joan always encouraged open communication in the office and developed Emo Trans Australia's commitment to social responsibility which makes Emo Trans Australia a great company to work for.

These accomplishments played an important role in creating Emo Trans main competitive advantage, - enthusiastic and highly motivated staff that makes a difference by offering exceptional customer service!

These leadership abilities also helped them create Emo Trans Australia's second competitive advantage, - Strong network connections & relationships.Despite new technology developments, freight forwarding remains a "people business". Joan and Herbie built valuable relationships based on trust and integrity with Agents, Co-Loaders, Carriers and Customers all over the world.These contacts provide Emo Trans Australia now with a strong network of support, people & services that makes business in this market even possible.

The closer integration with the rest of the EMO TRANS group, which has come about with the change of ownership, presents Emo Trans Australia with many new and exciting opportunities for development. New visions and new strategies combined with the sound and substantial base carefully built over the past 20 years heralds a bright and exciting future.

The new directors of Emotrans Australia are Jo Frigger, Thomas Klinkhammer and Ian Ahern.

The wealth of knowledge available from Jo Frigger and Thomas Klinkhammer, combined with the global overview that this board structure enables, will prove a great benefit for our operation. We consider it a great honour to have this calibre

Ian has been appointed as the new Managing Director. He has worked for the company for the past 10 years both as Sales Manager and then as General Manager.of Emo Trans Australia

2008 is marks the 20th Anniversary of Emo Trans Australia

With our eyes firmly on the excitement and promise that the future holds, on the 2nd of February 2008 we celebrate the past. Our 20th birthday is to be celebrated by a black tie function at Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour.

During this function we will also celebrate the contribution of Joan Burford to the Emo Trans family.

Central & Northern China Port Congestions

Below are recent photos taken of congestion in the Shanghai ports of Waigaoqiao and Yang Shan.

The massive spike in volumes in April, May and June - although largely unexpected, were further influenced by the government's notice 6 weeks ago to reduce tax refunds by a further 5%. This lead to shippers cramming as many shipments into the system prior to 1st July 2007.

We see this situation continuing especially in Central and Northern China - despite extra capacity from carriers coming in, to last for the next 12-16 months.

US Congress Mandate Upgraded Security Measures

The US Congress has, as expected, mandated that within three years, all cargo on passenger jet aircraft be inspected for explosives, in the same way as baggage is now checked . The following article reproduced from TIACA Regulatory Update, January 15, gives an insight into some of the arguments for and against.

U.S. Passes Air Cargo Security Bill

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. early yesterday evening passed broad new anti-terrorism legislation including strict new rules concerning air cargo shipped in bellies of passenger aircraft, air cargo voiced concern of potential negative impact on commerce.

Some experts believe that these cargo restrictions once enacted could impact the efforts of U.S. flags, finally making money again by utilizing cargo-capable, long haul aircraft to build their bottom lines, as the boom in business brought on by route expansion overseas continues to take hold.

Others are pointed in their dismissal of the move as political posturing."To deter terrorists from exploiting international trade, the U.S. currently relies on counterterrorism and intelligence programs combined with risk assessments, random checks, and the inspection of suspicious high-risk cargo," said James Jay Carafano, (right) a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

"The House bill replaces that system with one that mandates 'strip searching' every package and container coming from overseas."

Calling the Democrat lead measure a "feel good" attempt, Carafano said that passage of the bill means the private sector and foreign countries will be forced to spend billions of dollars on these inspections even though they would likely be no more effective than current programs.

"In fact," he said, "the new rules could be much more easily circumvented by terrorists."

Carafano argues that by diverting energy and resources into mass screening, Americans will also feel less safe.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author who maintains that existing safeguards are insufficient, however.

"Unless a package from a 'known shipper' arouses suspicion or is subject to a random search it is taken on trust that its contents are safe," he says.

Captain Gary Boettcher, president of the U.S. Coalition Of Airline Pilots Associations, agrees, noting that t he known shipper system "is probably the weakest part of the cargo security today."

"There are approximately 1.5 million known shippers in the U.S."
"There are thousands of freight forwarders."
"Anywhere down the line packages can be intercepted at these organizations," he said.

Those taking positions against a wholesale "security overhaul" point out that The September 11 Commission stated in its last report that any new measures should be carefully balanced.

The report added that protecting planes against shoulder-fired mi ssiles was just as vital as cargo inspection, and that threat of an explosive onboard could be mitigated by having "bomb-resistant" containers.

Indeed, Homeland Security Department officials stated that there is no "proven" technology for such comprehensive cargo screening.

According to Russ Knocke, a Homeland Security Department spokesman, the screening for air cargo is estimated to cost $3.6 billion over the next ten years.

As presently crafted, the bill requires that within three years, all cargo on passenger jet aircraft be inspected for explosives, as checked baggage is now.

Currently, about 30 percent of air ca rgo on passenger planes is inspected by dogs or screening devices.

The International Air Transport Association, meanwhile, continues to champion "globally harmonized" security measures.

Such a policy, IATA says, will provide a high level of security "while also ensuring the efficient movement of air cargo that is so vital to the global economy."

To facilitate this effort, IATA has developed industry "best practices" and quality assurance systems as reflected in its Cargo Services Conference.

Just as U.S. lawmakers are tightening the screws on belly cargo, analysts are predicting a huge surge in global services - particularly in Asia.

But politics is driving this activity as much as anything else, with a newly empowered Democrat majority in U.S. Congress feeling the need to show an American public sick of the Iraq War, the U.S. President and the status quo out of Washington, that their mandate to deliver new leadership for change is being met.

Patrick Burnson.

Regular Exporters Security Declaration

It is time for regular exporters to upgrade their security declaration
In line with the Aviation Security Regulations 2005 all regular export clients need to fill out and submit a security declaration to be handed to DoTarS (see the regulations below)
Your Emotrans representative will contact you soon to assist you to complete this form

Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005

Regulation 2.60 - What RACA’s TSP must contain - regular customers
Regulation 2.60 provides for special procedures for a RACA’s regular customers regarding cargo that is carried internationally. The TSP must contain procedures for receiving cargo from regular customers, as well as a form of undertaking required from regular customers that they will take appropriate security measures to prevent the unauthorised carriage of an explosive or an explosive device (paragraphs 2.60(b) and 2.60(c)).

Regular customers are not defined in the regulations. Instead, the RACA nominates who it considers its regular customers to be, and securely maintains a list of those customers, including the reason why they were included on the list and the date they were included (paragraph 2.60(a)

The next CMR 'hurdle'- implications of 12 April

WHILE residual ICS problems are being addressed through the Industry Action Group (IAG) and related sub-committees, (particularly pertaining to underbond functionality and "part-shipment" reporting), feedback from the air freight forwarding sector generally indicates that there is an increasing level of confidence that the new system will be able to meet ongoing business requirements.

No time to relax - avoid penalties

  • Customs has introduced new legislative provisions to underpin the ICS. As a part of this new regime, new "strict liability" offences have been introduced which relate to accuracy and timeliness* of cargo reports.
  • Customs also have new powers relating to the infringement Notice Scheme (INS) allowing for the issue of penalties notices for non-compliance - minimum penalty notices start at A$1320
  • Customs introduced a sex month moratorium period for cargo reporting offences to allow industry appropriate time to come to terms with the ICS implementation. This moratorium comes to an end on 12 April 2006
  • Customs has given assurances to peak industry associations that infringement notices will not be issued lightly and that they will be in accordance with guideline procedures

Who is liable for late cargo reporting?
The freight forwarder responsible for the carriage of the cargo to Australia is deemed by Customs to be the "Primary reporter" . This entity is the party with the obligation to lodge the cargo report and the party liable for any breach of legislative requirements.

HOW TO COMPLY WITH THE CARGO REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Option 1 = freight forwarder to report direct to ICS
In the legacy Air Cargo Automation (ACA) environment, the receiving Section 77G Depot had to be the cargo reporter. This functionality has changed as a part of the ICS design.
The current ICS environment allows a freight forwarder to report direct without being the Section 77G Depot. In other words, the freight forwarder can now provide its cargo report and underbond request direct to Customs allowing the depot to continue to handle the freight, complete outturn processes and receive ICS release statuses.
This allows the "primary reporter", to have direct control on the accuracy and timeliness of statutory cargo reporting.
In essence, this is an identical process that has been long established in the sea cargo environment whereby the freight forwarder and LCL container deconsolidation depot are commonly separate entities and have separate reporting obligations.

Option 2 - "bureau" to data capture information on behalf of the freight forwarder
It is possible to continue current "bureau" arrangements whereby the depot, wholesale provider or co-loading forwarder reports cargo on behalf of the "primary reporter".
The bureau must retain associated documentation for a 12 month period and maintain appropriate audit trails for compliance purposes. It is important to note that the "primary reporter" must also retain documentation for 5 years in accordance with Section 240(1B) of the Customs Act.
In summary, all air freight forwarders must now give careful consideration to the implications of their current operations, arrangements with overseas agents and commercial agreements with co-load / wholesale providers to ensure compliance measures are being met in preparation for the next phase of CMR.

  • Note: In accordance with Section 64AB of the Customs Act, cargo report information must be provided to Customs at least 2 hours before aircraft arrival at the first Australian airport (exceptions exist for short haul flights).

Wood Packaging Materials USA

APHIS has published the Final Rule for new requirements concerning the importation of wood packaging material. The implementation date for regulatory enforcement shall be September 16, 2005.

APHIS has set standards for Wood Packaging Material imported into the USA. This rule states that all regulated wood packaging material shall be appropriately treated and marked under an official program developed and overseen by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) in the country of export.

Anticipating Questions and concerns from our stakeholders for the initial phase in period of ISPM 15 Enforcement, PPQ has a temporary toll free number available for questions pertaining to the importation of wood packing material into the USA. The Toll Free Number is 866-738-8197 and will be active from September 01, 2005 through October 16, 2005, with options to extend this period reflective of the necessity and number of callers seeking answers to questions for Wood Packing Materials.

The implementation strategy for enforcement shall be conducted in three phases between September 16, 2005 and July 05, 2006:

Phase 1:
September 16, 2005 through January 31, 2006 shall implement an Informed Compliance via account managers and notices posted in connection with cargo that contains noncompliant WPM.

Phase 2:
February 01, 2006 through July 04, 2006 shall begin rejection of violative crates and pallets through re-exportation from North America. Informed compliance via account managers and notices posted in cargo with other types of non compliant WPM shall remain enforce.

Phase 3:
July 05, 2006 . Full Enforcement on all articles of regulated Wood Packing Materials entering USA and North America. Non compliant Regulated WPM will not be allowed to enter USA.

Importers and Suppliers of US imports are strongly encouraged to have all regulated Wood Packing Material (WPM) meet the ISPM 15 standard to avoid delays or rejection of WPM in cargo shipments at US ports of entry due to noncompliance of the ISPM 15 Standard.

Website for further details: http://www.daffa.gov.au/aqis/import/timber/ispm-15-faq

Rate Restoration 1 October 2005

The following Member Lines in the South East Asia and South Asia / Australia Trade Facilitation Agreement wish to inform the trade that having reviewed the current market situation and the prevailing rate levels, they will implement a Rate Restoration (RR) on 1 October 2005 in order to restore the rates to more realistic levels.

Please be advised that with effect from 1 October 2005, all rates from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Indian Sub-Continent (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh) to Australia will be increased by a minimum of US$300.00 per TEU.

Participating Lines:
ANL Singapore Pte Ltd
APL Co. Pte Ltd
Gold Star Line
Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd
K Line
Maersk Sealand
Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad
Mitsui 0SK Lines Ltd
NYK Line
Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd
P T Djakarta Lloyd
P&O Nedlloyd Limited
Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd
Regional Container Lines

Member Lines have adopted voluntary policy guidelines and have observed the non-binding element of their Agreement in agreeing to implement this rate restoration.

Shipping lines increase rates

P&O Swire wish to advise its intention to implement the following GRI amounts as of the 1st July 2005.

This GRI will effect shipments from Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong to Australia.

Rate Restoration of USD500/20 & USD1000/40 is effective on all Southbound rates as of 1st July 2005

Requirements for Wood Packaging into EU Countries

Effective 1st March 2005 wood to be used for the production of packaging import into EU countries is subject to one of two recognized methods of treatment.
  1. Fumigation with methyl bromide
    The treatment is indicated by the mark     MB
  2. Heat treatment at 56 degrees Celsius core temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes
In the instance that wood packaging material does not comply with either of these standard requirements, the shipment will be stopped in the country of importation in order to treat, decontaminate or refuse on forwarding.

Solid Wood Packing Materials to the US

Effective September 16, 2005, all Solid Wood Packing Materials (Pallets, crates, boxes, dunnage) imported into the US must be Treated (heat, chemical, fumigation) and properly marked with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) logo and the Appropriate country code identifying / designating the location and the form of treatment.

Please inform all exporters and urge them to comply soonest with this new regulation. 

All goods arriving in the US in Unmarked SWPM after Sept. 15, 2005 require immediate re-exportation to the origin country at cargo owners expense. Other charges are likely to be imposed as well. 

Also: Instead of using the term "Solid Wood Packing Material (SWPM)", APHIS (US) is now using the term "Regulated Wood Packing Material (RWPM)". 

The APHIS website: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/swp/guidelines.pdf provides further details.

EFAF Notice - Cargo from USA to Australia and New Zealand

P&O Nedlloyd, providing direct service to Australia and New Zealand from the United States, has conducted the quarterly review of the Emergency Fuel Adjustment Factor (EFAF); we wish to advise that effective December 15th, 2004 the new EFAF will be as follows:

 $206.00 per TEU 

P&O Nedlloyd will continue to monitor the EFAF on a three month cycle, and adjustments will be made following the review period with appropriate notice given to the trade.

P & O Nedlloyd advise of BAF Rates Increase

P&O Nedlloyd advise that BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor) rates will be increasing to 190 USD per TEU and 380 USD per FEU. This will take effect from 1 December 2004 until further notice. The new BAF will be applied to cargo originating from South Asia, South East Asia and the Gulf Region.

Fuel Surcharge Increases - Airfreight

As a result of recent global oil price increases we wish to signal the impending increases in Fuel surcharges throughout the airline industry

We are expecting increases in the order of AUD 0.20 /kg over the coming weeks……SQ, QF and LH all signalling this level of increase within the next 2 - 3 week period

Further advice will follow.
Any questions, please contact your local Emotrans office