DP World delays and Qantas update

Attention: Shipping Manager

Further to recent notifications, the industrial action at DP World across Australia has commenced, with dates now extending until 30th October.   In Sydney this weekend, there will be no slots available for bookings from 4.00am this Friday 13th October until 6.00am Saturday 14th October.  Our carriers are working tirelessly to find the best way to work around these restrictions and avoid working Saturdays.  However, if this is not possible, additional charges such as Saturday surcharges will be applied.  You will be notified by your customer service representative if your container is affected by this.

In addition to port disruptions at DP World Melbourne, we have also been advised of delays throughout the day yesterday in the port area, as the West Gate Tunnel Project enters a new phase of road closures, lane restrictions and heavy vehicle detours.  Transport operators are concerned the congestion being experienced now is likely to continue for several months, until the road construction is finalised.

Following our updates recently in relation to the Qantas backlogs, please find below the latest release from Qantas today in relation to this:-

Over the weekend of 7-8 Oct 2023, our operations teams have cleared several tonnes of freight, primarily for our larger customers. We’re on track to clear the backlog in Brisbane by 11 Oct 2023.

In Melbourne and Sydney, volumes are substantially higher and therefore clearance is expected to continue into next week. Collections over the weekend have made space for additional consolidation with specific location mapping, and over 200 bypass units were ready for collection today. Sydney’s Terminal 3 has now cleared more than 50% of the backlog and Terminal 1 continues to process bulk shipments, and is expected to meet the target of 100% clearance by 19 Oct 2023. As Melbourne had a backlog prior to cutover, their recovery is on track to be cleared by 21 Oct 2023.