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New free trade deal on the agenda at APEC

New free trade deal on the agenda at APEC meeting A NEW trade deal is on the horizon, as ministers discuss regional trade co-operation in Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting in Peru. Representing Australia at the APEC meeting is Minister for Trade Steven Ciobo. He said he and other attendees would conclude […]

Issues Effecting Brisbane Container Terminals

Issues Effecting Brisbane Container Terminals Following Weekend Storms Further to the storms which hit Brisbane over the weekend, please find the following updates from DP World and Hutchison Ports Australia. DP World Update Our Brisbane terminal operations have been significantly impacted following a storm that passed through the site yesterday afternoon (Sunday, 13 November 2016). Terminal […]

Port of Melbourne leased

Port of Melbourne leased for whopping $9.7 billion VICTORIA has been “lucky” in its timing after securing $9.7 billion for the 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne. Treasurer Tim Pallas said the port was the premium asset in its class in Australia, but the higher-than-expected price was down to some good fortune. “I think […]

Control of APC Logistics goes offshore

Control of APC Logistics goes offshore One of the last remaining independent freight forwarders, APC Logistics, has been acquired by US industry major CH Robinson for $300 million. It follows the sale of other independents in the industry such as Gluck’s which was bought by Toll Holdings several years ago now as was Halford International by NZ’s […]

How driverless trucks could change Australia

How driverless trucks could change Australia. IT’S one of the most exciting technological advances on the horizon, but the arrival of driverless vehicles could devastate Australia. As a nation whose economy revolves around a $200 billion transport and logistics industry, waving goodbye to truck drivers could mean far-reaching effects. After a futuristic fleet of self-driving […]

Controversial truck orders passed

TRUCKIES across the country say they face financial ruin after the Transport Workers Union won a legal battle in the Federal Court to introduce new mandatory minimum pay rates. The Federal Court of Australia on Thursday dismissed an application to stop the introduction of controversial changes to the conditions of self-employed truck drivers. The three […]

When is an IATA agent not an IATA agent?

When is an IATA agent not an IATA agent? SOME forwarders who are becoming IATA accredited aircargo agents / intermediaries in Australia are now finding that going through the procedures that IATA require are now not delivering the expectations and outcomes of the program, in that some air carriers (airlines) may still not wish to […]

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