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Fears of shortages due to Chinese New Year. 

Factory shutdowns for the Chinese New Year and China’s ongoing rampant Covid-19 outbreak are set to cause renewed supply chain shortages in Britain and Europe. Goods from paint to car components are likely to be the subject of shortages this spring due to a combination of falling demand in recession-hit Europe and a drop in goods leaving ports as China grapples with an earlier-than-usual Lunar New Year holiday and the coronavirus upsurge. Factory closures could also see shortages of components used in consumer durables such as televisions, white goods, and mobile phones. 


Call for action as port inefficiency costs Australia $600m a year.

Reports say that Inefficiencies at Australia’s ports cost the economy about $600m a year; however, this could be improved by opening them up to more competition. The report found considerable variation between the best-performing ports and the worst; the findings indicated that higher productivity was possible and could deliver significant economic benefits. After the World Bank reported a low-efficiency ranking, with Australia’s container ports in the bottom 20% of 351 international ports, the government asked the commission to investigate performance issues. 


Foreign shipping lines may stop services for cash-strapped Pakistan.

International shipping lines have warned the Pakistani government that all export cargoes could come to a halt as foreign shipping lines are considering stopping their services for the country after the banks stopped sending freight charges to them due to a lack of dollar availability. Apart from bordering countries, almost all the international logistics from Pakistan are catered by sea, and any disruption could create serious issues for the country's international trade.


Transforming global trade will drive supply chain changes.

Trade patterns are expected to change, as recent economic and geo-political shocks have exposed weaknesses in supply chains. In a highly interconnected global economy, every region relies on imports of critical goods, and none can be considered self-sufficient. Experts say that understanding national value chains on a granular level is essential to developing alternatives. Understanding country-level concentration will help business leaders and policymakers better gauge their exposure to country-level risks. Diversification can be beneficial for concentrated trade that is driven by economy-specific factors. Where a source is globally concentrated, alternative solutions such as partnerships could be considered.


Australia eyes export boom.

Australian exporters are bracing for a rush of new orders as relations between the country and China are expected to return to a normal track. Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian has said “2022 had been an extraordinary year for bilateral relations and the resumption of communications meant the countries could begin to turn a badly degraded relationship toward what has been the norm of recent decades”. 


Dnv confirms 1000 ships impacted by cyberattack.

DNV, a risk-management company, confirmed that its ShipManager software was impacted by a cyberattack on January 7th. It impacted around 70 customers operating some 1000 vessels. The company immediately shut down its servers after the ransomware attack and is working to restore their functionality. External experts have been engaged to investigate the attack, which has also been reported to the police and relevant authorities. DNV stated that all vessels can still use the offline functionalities of the ShipManager software and that the attack does not affect the vessels' ability to operate. The company has also said that there are no indications that any other data or DNV servers have been affected and that the server outage does not impact any of the company's other services.


The race to scale sustainable airline fuel.

With more shippers opting to power air cargo flights with sustainable fuel as part of sustainability goals, manufacturers and government officials are racing for ways to scale supply and lower prices. Prices of sustainable aviation fuel have skyrocketed in recent months as supply fails to keep up with demand, pushing some shippers and forwarders to take on higher costs.  As commitments from air freight stakeholders continue to drive sustainable transformations within the industry, air cargo companies and biofuel manufacturers are upping investments help ramp up SAF production. 


Ship owners face losses as freight rates continue to drop.

Sea freight transport rates continue to decline globally due to the ongoing effects of the Russia-Ukraine war. In the second half of 2022, cargo transportation in containers, bulk carriers and lighter ships dwindled by 20% to 50%. With reduced cargo volume, many ships are transporting less than their carrying capacity while some ships are forced to stay anchored with no shipment deals. As a result, the owners find themselves counting losses in operating their vessels. Experts say that If this situation continues, companies may have no choice but to stop ship operations. Some of these shipping companies are now struggling to generate the operation costs, the ship-owners in the Asian region are taking the biggest hit.  


Japan to test new freight routes amid global supply chain instability

The Japanese government plans to test new international trade routes as soon as March in order to diversify freight options in response to recent supply chain instability. With international events causing delays and a rise in transport costs, the Japanese government intends to ensure a reliable freight system by preparing alternative shipping and train links to reach the United States and Europe. Delays in international freight can lead to shortages in raw materials and goods, and rising costs of transporting the items can also push up prices on many commonly used products. The transport ministry will investigate cost, time, and customs clearance issues under the scheme


China’s 2022 growth seen at its lowest in 40 years

China's economic growth for 2022 is expected to have been among its weakest in four decades after the twin crises of the pandemic and property woes, analysts said ahead of Tuesday's GDP announcement. The forecast shows an average 2.7 per cent year-on-year rise in GDP; these numbers demonstrate one of the slowest growths since 1976. Beijing had set itself a growth target of around 5.5 per cent for 2022, but this was undermined by the government's "zero-Covid" policy, which put the brakes on manufacturing activity and consumption. Strict lockdowns, quarantines and compulsory mass testing prompted abrupt closures of manufacturing facilities and businesses in major hubs. Beijing abruptly loosened pandemic restrictions in early December after three years of enforcing some of the harshest Covid measures in the world.


Airfreight industry watches for signs of mid year recovery.

Air cargo ended 2022 on a low note and this is expected to continue well into the first half of the year, with logistics companies hanging hopes for better demand. Overall shipment volumes were down 8% in December versus the previous year, December was recorded as the 10th consecutive month that the amount of goods moved by air declined. Key factors such as the Ukraine war, high inflation, COVID isolation in China, excessive inventory build ups and improved ocean shipping reliability reduced the need for companies to ship via air. Airlines and logistics companies are cautiously optimistic that demand will improve after June.


Airfreight industry watches for signs of mid year recovery.

Air cargo ended 2022 on a low note and this is expected to continue well into the first half of the year, with logistics companies hanging hopes for better demand. Overall shipment volumes were down 8% in December versus the previous year, December was recorded as the 10th consecutive month that the amount of goods moved by air declined. Key factors such as the Ukraine war, high inflation, COVID isolation in China, excessive inventory build ups and improved ocean shipping reliability reduced the need for companies to ship via air. Airlines and logistics companies are cautiously optimistic that demand will improve after June.


Flood-damaged rail line to reopen.

THE AUSTRALIAN Rail Track Corporation is preparing to reopen a major NSW rail line damaged by flooding. ARTC said major works have already been completed at four sites, and the line between Condobolin and Ivanhoe is set to open on the week commencing 23 January.


New 'five-year plan' to revive China as a modern logistics giant.

Chinas new ‘five-year plan’ for the logistics sector aims to improve its logistics infrastructure. The plan focuses on improving efficiency resilience and safety, creating a safer, more efficient, and green supply chain. Experts in China say this investment is needed to remain competitive, Prof John Manners-Bell has said that “the past few years had shown that China’s transport and logistics infrastructure had struggled to cope with peaks in demand and that “considerable” investment would be required to increase capacity at ports, airports and in the road and rail system”. He also states that there would need to be a focus on driving down logistics costs as a proportion of GDP,  requiring business reform, a reduction in tax and other levies and cutting congestion.


Reduction in box transport by 8.6% in Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Container throughput at the port of Antwerp-Bruges in Belgium decreased by 5.2% to 13.5 million in 2022. The covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in China, the war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, global inflation and the energy crisis resulted in 2022 being a challenging year, said the port officials in an announcement.


Tech fund to decarbonise freight and boost innovation.

The government has announced the launch of a $7 million fund to support small and medium-sized businesses in developing more environmentally friendly and efficient solutions for the transportation of goods. The funding, which will be distributed over the course of three years, aims to promote the adoption of innovative technologies in the freight industry in order to reduce carbon emissions and improve transportation networks in the UK. Potential outcomes of the initiative include improvements in air quality, reduction in traffic congestion, job creation, and faster delivery of packages and goods..


Ship capsizes at Indian port!

A cargo ship has lost stability at Mundra Port in India over the weekend. The 17,500 dwt vessel initially listed portside then starboard before resting on the pier to starboard, with several containers falling into the water. The ship was stabilised five hours after the incident took place. The cause of the accident is under investigation by local authorities.


Chinese sea ports change quarantine regulations.

Chinese sea ports removed nucleic acid tests or centralised quarantines for incoming crew members who change shifts, starting on Sunday, as part of the latest moves to optimise COVID-19 response. Experts said the policy shift will inject new momentum into trade, making business schedules more measurable, and a full recovery is expected in the second half of the year.


China has released a plan to improve its logistics sector.

China has released a plan to improve its logistics sector over the next five years by promoting digital transformation, increasing competitiveness, and enhancing the quality and efficiency of services. The plan will focus on cold chain logistics, green packaging materials, and reducing energy use and emissions. It will also aim to improve modern logistics systems and strengthen weak links in rural areas. The Chinese logistics sector is currently the largest in the world, leading all countries in terms of cargo transport volume and number of shipments, but it faces challenges such as disparities in infrastructure and services between regions and a lack of globally competitive businesses. The plan aims to improve quality and efficiency of services and refine the sector's business environment in order to boost competitiveness.


Japan aims to diversify rare wart

Japan is looking to diversify its supply of rare earth minerals, which are used in a variety of high-tech products including smartphones and electric vehicles. Currently, China is the world's dominant supplier of rare earths, accounting for more than 80% of global production. However, Japan is seeking to reduce its reliance on China and is exploring alternative sources in countries such as Australia, Vietnam and Madagascar. The Japanese government is also investing in research and development of new technologies that could reduce the need for rare earths.


Freight capacity increases on Victoria rail.

An 88-kilometer section of Victoria's rail network has recently undergone upgrades as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project, allowing for increased freight capacity. The upgrades, which included the installation of new rail and extra ballast, were completed during a 39-day closure of the line and resulted in 21-tonne axle loading for freight trains. 

The Murray Basin Rail Project aims to increase the number of weekly train paths on the Murray Basin network from 28 to 49. Additional upgrades, including the extension of a passing loop and the construction of new passing loops, are currently in the design and planning approval stage. The Victorian government estimates that the rail upgrades will replace 356 truck trips and benefit regional exporters. 


Huawei announced the launch of the world's first smart rail logistics terminal.

Huawei, a Chinese technology company, has announced the launch of the world's first smart rail logistics terminal. The terminal is located in the city of Wuhan, China and is designed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of rail logistics operations. 

The terminal is equipped with a range of advanced technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, which are used to optimize the handling of goods, track shipments, and predict and prevent potential issues. 

Huawei claims that the terminal will reduce costs, improve the accuracy of delivery, and reduce the environmental impact of rail logistics operations. The terminal is expected to handle up to 50,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of cargo per year.


Shipping Australia welcomes green methanol investment in Tasmania.

Shipping Australia has announced that a Spanish energy company will invest about AUD $1.7bn in developing a new green hydrogen and methanol plant in Tasmania. The facility will produce up to 300,000 tonnes of methanol for use as a marine fuel. The project advocates said that the new facility will initially produce 200,000 tonnes of green methanol, rising to 300,000 tonnes later.


Global trade to hit record $32trln this year, but outlook is bleak.

Global trade should hit a record $32 trillion in 2022, but the slowdown that began in the second half of 2022 is expected to worsen in 2023 as geopolitical tensions and tight financial conditions persist. Trade in goods grew 10% from last year to an estimated $25 trillion, and services were up 15% to a record $7 trillion. Experts warn that the slowdown during the second half of this year points to tougher conditions in 2023. Growth forecasts for 2023 are looking to decrease due to high energy prices, rising interest rates and sustained inflation in many economies. Another factor that could affect trade patterns in 2023 is the evolution of global supply chains and the transition towards a greener world economy.


Third-party logistics software market 2022-2026.

Six warehouse robotics innovations Amazon showcased in 2022.

While demand for e-commerce has slowed down this year, Amazon has persevered with advancing automation efforts to improve operational efficiency. Many prototypes have yet to be deployed at scale; however, the plan is to impact the company's logistics network in the future. Some of Amazon's robotics innovations include:

The Cardinal prototype, which is software that selects a package out of a pile, lifts it and reads its label using artificial intelligence.

Robotic stowing: a robotic system that can identify potential space in a storage bin and adjust its contents to create space before placing more items inside.

Sparrow: a robotic system that can detect, select and handle millions of individual products using computer vision and artificial intelligence.

Experimental transport robot: Amazon is testing free-roaming robots that handle transporting oversized and unwieldy items within a fulfilment centre.

Proteus: lifts and moves GoCarts throughout fulfilment and sort centres, navigating around employees in the process.

Pinch-grasping robot: The prototype pinch-grasping robot aims to move a variety of items quickly and without damage.

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Third-party logistics software market 2022-2026.

The global third-party logistics software market size is estimated to grow by $579.54 million by 2026. The market is growing due to the increasing adoption of warehouse management software, and the US will account for 42% of the market's growth during the forecast period. The integration of technologically advanced solutions will fuel the global third-party logistics software market growth.


Deutsche Bahn will not start Schenker sale before Q3/Q4 next year.

Deutsche Bahn made a statement earlier this week which would see the possible sale of up to 100% of Schenker. Initial reports say that Deutsche Bahn expects only a few potential buyers for Schenker due to the large size of the transaction. The aim is to sell up to 100% of the company, but Deutsche Bahn would also consider selling a minority stake if the market environment is unfavourable. This plan, however won’t be before the third or fourth quarter of next year due to the current market environment.


Australia-India Free Trade Agreement.

From the 29th of December, 2022, Australian businesses and consumers will be able to take advantage of new trade opportunities with India. The Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) will secure Australia's position in the world's fastest-growing large economy and enable Australian businesses to expand their operations in a rapidly growing market.

India is Australia's seventh largest trade country; the new agreement will help improve the relationship between the two countries and enable Australian businesses to be exposed to a market of nearly one and a half billion consumers.

The FTA will eliminate or reduce tariffs on a wide range of key Australian goods exports. Eighty-five per cent of Australian goods exports to India will enter without tariffs, and an additional five per cent will have tariffs eliminated over the next ten years.


Global E-Commerce Logistics and Warehousing Market Overview.

Global E-Commerce Logistics and Warehousing Market is estimated to reach $2116.01 billion by 2032. According to reports, The industry has experienced a significant transformation as a result of the growth of e-commerce websites and the availability of low-cost freight. The expanding use of C2C and B2C e-commerce websites has also increased demand for e-commerce logistics. Business analytics has also supported logistics professionals in increasing the speed and effectiveness of work processes. 


Freight forwarding Global Market.

The freight forwarding market was valued at $192.50 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach $285.15 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2022 to 2031. Significant factors impacting the growth of the global freight forwarding market include; an increase in international trade, expansion of the e-commerce industry globally, rise in the free trade agreements between nations.


Beijing eases zero-Covid restrictions on transport to revive economy.

China has finally lifted tough pandemic restrictions on transport workers that have slowed the flow of freight in the country. Beijing has begun rapidly easing zero-Covid policies, the order comes after nearly three years of a stifling elimination strategy of Covid-19 that has led to lockdowns and border closures, struggling business. The State Council said “long-haul truckers should no longer have to work on closed loop arrangements, under which they have been subjected to long quarantines, and said authorities should not subject them to constant PCR testing”. The country’s roads and ports had been riddled with checkpoints at which drivers have had to show a recent negative PCR test and health code, congesting the flow of cargo and slowing the nation’s economic recovery. 


Forwarders stick with short-term deals as air cargo volumes fall.

Freight forwarders are continuing to opt for short-term airfreight deals as volumes and rates continue to decline. The latest reports show that in November air cargo volumes declined 8% year on year. Average rates for the month were down 27% on a year ago, but remain 85% ahead of 2019 levels. The declines have resulted in forwarders taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach before committing to long-term capacity deals in case prices continue to decline. In total, just 2% of contracts were for longer than six months. 


Container shipping to witness rate war in 2023.

The year 2022 was all about tight capacity and exceptionally high container rates. Towards the latter half of the year, the prices started to plummet. There is significant market volatility that continues to disrupt the container shipping industry. With a significant oversupply of containers and a further influx of more TEUs in 2023, Shipping lines continue to reduce vessel capacity and suspend services by considerable blank sailings.  “In 2023, there is a high possibility of an all-out price war. It doesn’t seem that the capacity restrictions that we have seen in the past two years are due to return, so we’ll just have ample capacity both on the vessel as well as on the container side. With the competitive dynamics in the container shipping and liner industry.

The pre-peak season in 2022 saw record container throughput in import-heavy ports. Now that the stocks have been filled, the demand is plummeting. Inflation and the energy crisis are leading up to cautious spending which will have its own impact on the container industry. The shipping industry will survive this, and we will again start to see normal activity levels in the future, though not immediate future.


Freight rates from China to West Coast down 90% as global trade falls off fast.

Ocean freight rates continue to drop at a rapid rate, there has been a 90% year over year drop in ocean freight rates from China to the US.  Asia to U.S. East Coast trade lane prices are 78% lower compared to last year, and Asia to Europe prices fell by 73%. Trade data shows a decline in Asia imports to the U.S. by 11% year-over-year in October. Despite the spot market collapse, the major shipping lines reported nearly $122 billion in profits over the first three quarters. 


E-Commerce Logistics Market Is Thriving Worldwide.

The e-commerce logistics market size is projected to grow by USD 404.84 billion, progressing at a CAGR of 20% from 2022 to 2027. The Asia Pacific region is estimated to contribute 57% to the growth of the global market over the forecast period. Some key factors driving the E-commerce logistics market are the increase in cross-border e-commerce activities and the rise in the number of trade corridors. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the market.


Air cargo market stuck in doldrums during normal busy season.

In what would usually be the peak season, there has been declining demand for air freight. The air cargo market volumes and rates bottomed out in August. Beyond weekly volatility in supply and demand, conditions suggest air shipping has plateaued on the low end after months of decline and that prospects for an early rebound in 2023 are dim, according to market watchers and logistics providers.

Several factors behind airlines’ negative cargo performance include lower consumer spending, a shift in discretionary spending, high inventory levels and a marked improvement in ocean shipping reliability. Air cargo rates are 41% lower than a year ago, according to the Baltic Air Freight index. 


Manufacturing orders from China down 40% in unrelenting demand collapse.

Logistic managers are bracing for delays in the delivery of goods from China in early January as a result of canceled sailings of container ships and rollovers of exports by ocean carriers.

Carriers have been executing on an active capacity management strategy by announcing more blank sailings and suspending services to balance supply with demand. “The unrelenting decline in container freight rates from Asia, caused by a collapse in demand, is compelling ocean carriers to blank more sailings than ever before as vessel utilization hits new lows,” said Joe Monaghan, CEO of Worldwide Logistics Group. As a result of the decrease in demand Chinese factories are likely to shut down two weeks earlier than usual for the Chinese Lunar New Year. 


Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub open for business!

The new Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RIFL) Hub in Wagga Wagga has officially opened, strengthening the state's supply chain network and increasing freight efficiency. 

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway stated that the RIFL is well-positioned to become a dynamic operations hub for freight operators. 

"The 4.9-kilometre rail siding will be a game changer for the rail freight industry, allowing for longer trains with the capacity to securely load and unload without interfering with other services," Mr Farraway said. 

"These trains can carry 134 semi-trailer trucks, reducing the number of rigs on Riverina roads and allowing freight to move more efficiently across the state."

The new RIFL Hub will be linked to the $29.2 million 60-hectare Bomen Industrial Precinct, funded by the NSW Government's Growing Regional Economies Program and Wagga Wagga City Council.

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After October lull the retail industry is set for a record Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend.

After a month to month decline in the retail industry in October, retailers are seemingly back on track to close out the rest of the year. Following a record Black Friday-Cyber Monday (BFCM) sales weekend, industry representatives will be hoping that's the drop from last month is a temporary as sales are propped up by multiple sales events. Experts note that supply chains could be put under pressure by this uptick in activity in November, as global events and widespread flooding add more pressure with retail demand increasing ahead of Christmas. 


Flood-hit regions face infrastructure crisis.

The rail line that helps connect Sydney to Perth has been significantly damaged by flooding in the region of Condobolin. The Australian Rail Track Corporation is still inspecting the areas to understand the full extent of the damage, an ARTC representative has said “the duration of repairs will be dependent on the damage sustained. The floods have also caused immense damage to infrastructure in Rural New South Wales and Victoria. The issue will cause a ripple effect on the major city supply chains, Australia Post has warned of two-week delays to deliveries due to the damage to major rail links. The Australian Logistics Council says that “supply chain disruptions can lead to shortages of all types of goods, and that the damage to road and rail can cause the overloading of ports and other freight infrastructure”. 


Methanol as an alternative fuel for container vessels.

Replacing current ship fuel with methanol could be one of the most practical options to reach decarbonisation goals for alternative ship fuels. Regulations for using methanol as fuel are available, according to experts in the shipping industry the current regulatory framework provides a solid basis for building ships powered by methanol. The requirements for to use a methanol operated ship is much less complex that the current fuel options shipping lines have now. The technology is readily available to produce “green” methanol, from organic waste, agricultural and domestic sources.


Record blanking’s as freight rates threaten a hard landing for box lines.

Shipping lines continue to suffer from a volatile freight market, the continuing decline of ocean freight rates is due to a collapse in demand. Cargo ships have had an increasing number of blank sailings over the past couple months even though it’s the typical freight peak period. According to Drewry’s cancelled sailings tracker, the shipping lines are preparing to blank as many as 62 voyages from Asia to the US between over the coming weeks. 


Freight Brokerage Global Market

The freight brokerage market is expected to reach $90.7 billion by 2031; recently Asia-Pacific dominated the market in terms of revenue, while India is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period.The main reasons for this growth is due to an increased adoption of outsourced logistics services, better government support for development of logistics infrastructure, growth in international trade activities and the growth of e-commerce.


Several challenges to reducing emissions

The logistics sector is making way for faster emissions reduction supported by government policies, however there are still some setbacks.While the technology for electric trucks is continues to progress, there are still issues regarding long distance haulage. Another key issue is the cost of electric trucks, they are substantially more costly compared to traditional fuel trucks. The transport sector  contributes upto 17 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions and freight accounts for about 20 per cent of that. 


Micro Mobility Expo reminder !!

The micro mobility expo is finally here and there’s a lot in store for the attendees, the event will show case micro mobility and how It can benefit the environment.  Experts from around the world will come together to educate attendees about the latest technologies in the sector and the future of sustainable transport. There will also be the opportunity test-ride the latest e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, and e-scooters, along with demonstrations of the best practices in the industry.


China adds over 100 new container shipping routes.

China’s major seaports have opened up over 100 new container shipping routes this year, the decision was made to provide better support disrupted supply chains as well as strengthening China’s foreign trade. There is now a fourth route between Dalian in Northeast China and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries, there is also additional Middle East container routes.


Global Micro-Mobility Market Report 2022.

The micro-mobility market is estimated to grow from USD 3.4 billion in 2022 to USD 6.1 billion by 2027. The e-bike is expected to be the highest type of light vehicle to contribute to the growth in the market. Micro-mobility implementation is further driven by government  regulations and an emerging focus on smart city initiatives.


UN forum seeks to advance sustainable transport development in Asia and Pacific. 

Government officials from around the world in the coming week to discuss the adoption of more efficient logistics networks. The aim of this conference is to seeks better options for environmentally sustainable transport systems and services, as well as safe and inclusive transport. Leaders are expected to endorse the ten guiding principles on sustainable freight transport in Asia and the Pacific in order to raise the sustainability of freight transport. 


Benefits of Micro-mobility.

The micromobility industry is become more important, experts say that in order to achieve emission reduction targets, the shift to electric cars needs to be accompanied by a transition to e-bikes and other light vehicles. Major advocators the sector believe that light electric vehicle can deliver immediate solutions because  the current technology being used  can position e light electric vehicles as viable alternatives for personal and freight transportation.


Spectainer’s world-first integrated collapsible containers.

The latest innovation in the freight industry comes from Australian company Spectainer; the company has developed a revolutionary collapsible container which will change the shipping industry for the better. The container is designed to combines up to 4 containers into 1 without cranes or manual labour. Initial modelling shows that this new advancement may reduce operating costs, reduce emissions and fuel burning.


BREAKING NEWS! Svitzer Update!!

Earlier this week Svitzer is threatened to go hold an employee lockout for ports all around Australia. On Friday morning the Fair Work Commission ordered a suspension of all industrial action for the next 6 months. While there may be some minimal disruption, all shipping and port operations continue as normal. 


New infrastructure completed at QLD port.

Queensland’s new and improved port has finally completed major infrastructure works in Mackay. The updated wharf now has a new $4 million deck to facilitate the import and export of fuel, dry bulk and break bulk. The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation invested $1.8 million to expand cargo capacity at the port as well as other major extensions and revisions.  NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin says that “The Port of Mackay is an essential gateway linking Central Queensland to the world, servicing mining and agricultural industries and supporting 2100 trade jobs with goods to the value of around $4.9 billion passing through the port.”


Micro-mobility Conference 2022!

Micro-mobility Conference & Expo is coming to Australia from 25-26 November, Australia’s first Micro-mobility expo will give attendees an opportunity to learn about best practices from experts from around the world. The industry encompasses traditional bikes, e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters, share schemes, all other forms of light electric vehicles, plus a wide range of enabling technology, products and services.


Svitzer indefinite Lockout

Ports around Australia will be facing indefinite disruptions due to an escalating industrial dispute between maritime unions and Australia's main tugboat operator. Svitzer is threatening to lock out 582 employees from 17 ports around Australia, this will lead to major supply chain disruptions for both imports and exports. The lockout comes from ongoing dispute over the past couple of years, the matter escalated over the past month with 250 instances of industrial action amounting to nearly 2000 hours of work stoppages. The Fair Work Commission will now meet to consider whether it should suspend or terminate Svitzer's industrial action in order to avoid supply chain disruptions major and economic loss.


The global shipping industry is facing a new problem — too many containers

The global shipping industry continues to be plagued by ongoing supply chain problems; ocean freight services are now showing sign of weak demand in addition to fluctuating shipping rates. Shipping lines are facing issues with demand, major container yards around the world are getting full due to low consumed demand. As a result, cancelled sailings are also increasing in the usual industry peak season. Some shipping lines are being forced to skip a port to manage changes in demand and capacity.


Global Freight and Logistics Markets, Analysis & Forecasts

Despite ongoing supply chain interruptions in the fright industry, the global market is expected to grow to $18.69 billion in 2026. North America is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the forecast period. Technological advancements are one of the key trends gaining popularity in the industry. One example of this is the development of AI-based technology which helps to reduce nearly 50% transit time compared to the traditional trucking.


Container surplus to continue into 2023

THE container freight INDUSTRY continues to witness a major slump, retail inventories are high but there is slower demand. According to experts, these trends will continue into 2023. The situation has caused a rippling effect for the sector.  



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A Clouded Outlook for Global Freight

The freight industry has been suffering for the last two years, continuous supply chain disruptions have caused bottlenecks, inventory instability and soaring costs. While disruptions have started to ease there is doubt that freight volumes can improve in times of economic uncertainty. Shipping costs are decreasing significantly and spot rates for dropped by 61%over the year. Bottleneck in the US which plagued most of 2020 and 2021 are clearing. Other issues including the Ukraine vs Russia war and Chinas ongoing COVID lockdowns are continuing to have ongoing effects on a global scale. 


Launch of Green Shipping Challenge at COP27

The shipping sector continues to have a significant effect on the global environment. The sector is one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters globally; to combat these issues, the US and Norway would lead a global Green Shipping Challenge at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The challenge would encourage governments, ports, and companies to transition to green shipping. Some innovations include expansion in zero-emission fuels and the introduction of policies to help promote more efficient vessels.


Air cargo market continues to deflate under global economic pressures

The air cargo market continued to slow down as consumers spend more on services. The typical freight peak season is well underway, however, there is little sign of increased shipping activity. Demand and rates are falling at a time when both normally climb. Transporting cargo shifts back to cheaper ocean services where there is more space available many trade lanes. As economic and geopolitical uncertainty continue, it’s difficult to forecast the stability of air freight rates.


100 Australian companies urge rapid uptake of electric vehicles

More than 100 companies are pushing the Australian federal government to get one million electric vehicles on the road in the next five years. The target for 2027 would require an average of nearly 250,000 new EVs to be rolled out each year over the next four years.


Australia Basks in an Energy-Fueled Export Windfall

Australia’s sales of liquefied natural gas are climbing, while Australia has delt with the fallout of the Russia’s invasion, it has also benefited from the commodity squeeze it triggered. Export earnings from other mineral fuels surged 19.5% in September and Australia’s overall monthly trade surplus increased to A$12.4 billion in September.


Completion date set for Tamworth Intermodal Freight Facility

In months Tamworth’s intermodal freight facility will be in operation. Funded by Cube for $8,000,000 the start date is estimated before Christmas and is due for completion mid 2023. Due to Tamworth being the fast growing regional centre in the New England north west, linking Tamworth Global Gateway Park to the rail network will result in easier access for companies importing and exporting


New bridges increase freight transport in NSW

Two new bridges have been officially opened in New South Wales, which will allow more freight to be transported through the region. The project received $2.1 million through the NSW Government’s funding and $300,000 from local council. The bridge was built to better with stand flooding and other natural disasters, improving the overall road freight industry in NSW.


Australia wine exports to China drop again

Australian wine exports suffered an 11 per cent decline in the year to September 30, triggered by Chinese tariffs, freight bottlenecks and changing consumer habits during the pandemic. Beijing imposed 218 per cent tariffs on imported Australian wine over the past two years. However, experts believe that the decline is coming to an end. Export in other areas of Asia have increased for the period.


Record demand' for LCL cargo driving China-Europe rail volumes upwards

China-Europe rail freight volumes has shown a further increase in over this year, according to China Railway, there were 12,000 train trips between January and September. Although  rail freight was still suffering a quieter peak season compared with previous years; there is an increase of 32% for LCL orders, because the market in Europe is making smaller orders. 


Wall Street turns bearish on transports after early misses. 

Wall Street is taking precautions for the transportation sector, lowering its price targets and earnings estimates. Experts say that the transportation sector will be unstable over the next 12 months, as the demand for cargo space decreases. Consumers have started to shift spending on services, causing freight demand to slow down. Following major supply chain disruptions over the past two year supply chains are beginning to ease. Railroads have taken a huge hit in the US,  there has been trouble growing volume to meet demand after deep cuts to their workforces over the past few years.


As US-China relations worsen, expect supply chain chaos

The trans-Pacific trade lane connecting the world’s most important countries is a pillar of the global economy. But now it’s becoming the centre of financial and geopolitical risk. China’s zero-COVID policies and recent tensions over Taiwan have accelerated these risks.  US-China relations have weakened for more than decade, and all signs point to escalating confrontation between the United States and China over Taiwan. 


Why is global shipping stuck?

Disruptions in energy markets has had a huge impact on the shipping industry. Normally, at this time of the year, there’s a surge in the flow of goods from Asia’s, however, retailers are struggling to shift inventory. Freight costs on key routes like Shanghai-Los Angeles and Shanghai-Rotterdam has fallen even more, by 77 per cent and 70 per cent respectively. 


Freight Forwarding Market to Reach $285.15 Billion, Globally, by 2031.

The global freight forwarding industry garnered $192.50 billion in 2021, and is estimated to reach $285.15 billion by 2031, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.1% from 2022 to 2031. Based on customer type, the B2B segment held the largest market share in 2021and is expected to continue in the forecast period. Based on region, Asia-Pacific contributed to the highest market share in 2021, and is projected to maintain its dominance by 2031. 


Containership loses power off NSW coast.

The containership Rio Madeira lost power off the NSW South Coast, this prompted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to respond with towage assistance. The vessel is currently berthing at Port Botany and technicians are investigating the issue. The ship is expected to depart Port Botany on Sunday the 30th of October, but the vessel will be delayed into New Zealand ports.


NSW ports releases freight rail expansion plans.

NSW Ports has presented its strategy for expanding freight rail capacity to congestion off roads. The plan aims to make Australia’s freight industry more efficient by:

Expanding Port Botany’s rail capacity.
Increasing the two-way loading of trains.
Use metropolitan intermodal terminals for the "last mile" journey to Port Botany and collection of empty containers.


China is losing more of its manufacturing and export dominance.

China's dominance in manufacturing and exporting has taken a massive hit in the past few years, the global share of exports in consumer shown a downward pattern since 2016. Other key economies in Asia have benefited from this, with Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, and Taiwan producing more. All major industries such as furniture, apparel, baggage and technology are all declining, due to China’s ‘Zero Covid’ policy.


Airlines fill less cargo space as consumer spending and trade fall

The likelihood that the logistic sector will grow in the fourth-quarter is looking slim, macroeconomic conditions imply that air freight could face a darker 12 to 18 months. Overall volumes were down 2.4% and will continue to go downward. The dire state of air logistics is due to U.S. and European retailers pre-ordering many products; a shift in consumer spending to services; slower e-commerce growth and ocean freight having significantly lower rates.


Industrial and logistics space supply falling short as delays continue

The space needed for 3PL warehouses has decreased over 2022, the industry is now predicted to fall 600,000 sqm short compared to previous predictions. However the logistics vacancy rate in Australia is has also dropped, it now sits at  0.8% according  and Sydney’s ranks the lowest in the country.


Rail Logistics Market to Hit $3,579.7 Billion by 2031.

Rail the global rail logistics market accrued revenue worth $1,995 billion in 2021, and will reach $3,579.7 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 6.1% from 2022 to 2031.Logistics Market to Hit $3,579.7 Billion by 2031. lockdowns and trade restrictions severely impacted the growth of the global rail logistics market during the COVID-19 period.


Strategic Fleet Taskforce Launched.

The Australian Government has introduced a new taskforce to guide Australia’s Maritime Strategic Fleet, It will strengthen the economy and improve national security. The fleet will be made up of up to 12 vessels and will secure ongoing access to fuel supplies and other essential imports. The taskforce will also guide legislation and how to rebuild Australian shipping, 99 per cent of the volume of Australia goods trade moved by sea.


Europe’s largest onshore intermodal logistics terminal is now open.

Europe’s largest intermodal terminal has been built in record time, the new terminal can deal with up to one million 20-foot containers per year and is suitable for transhipping agricultural products. The newly built logistic terminal was designed to handle significant freight traffic with state-of-the-art technology. A 10 km standard and wide-gauge railway track and 15,000 sqm warehouse was also manufactured.


Road freight NSW provides information on flood road closures.

Many major freight roads in NSW have been closed due to recent floods, reports that show that the Sturt Highway is closed in both directions between Darlington Point and Collingullie. The Newell Highway is closed northbound from Jerilderie to Narrandera. Trucks moving freight must be aware of these closures and find alternate routes to deliver goods.


Freight highway boost for Western Australia.

The Australian Government has pledged $670 million for vital infrastructure projects in WA. Additionally, the government also included a budget for major freight routes in Western Australia, it includes a $1.5 billion freight highway upgrade. The new upgrade delivers priority improvements to various nationally significant freight routes.

Road freight NSW provides information on flood road closures.

Many major freight roads in NSW have been closed due to recent floods, reports that show that the Sturt Highway is closed in both directions between Darlington Point and Collingullie due to flooding. The Newell Highway is closed northbound from Jerilderie to Narrandera. Trucks moving freight must be aware of these closures and find alternate routes to deliver goods.


China: Exporters gain from lower sea freight rates.

The drop-in sea freight rates will benefit China’s exports in Q4, this can indicate better demand in the global market. These comments came after spot rates for container shipments from Shanghai plunged 10.6 percent to $2,399 per forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU) on Sept 30,

China ocean freight rates have continued to show a downward trend for 20 weeks for some routes to the USA and Europe. The main contributor for these plunging rates are the COVID-19 pandemic, insufficient shipping capacity, fluctuating demand and various geo political factors. A silver lining is that lower shipping rates can help domestic companies ease the burden on some logistics expenses and cut goods’ costs in many parts of the world. 


Global trade at the crossroads: Risks from geopolitics, inflation looms.

Freight rates for US trade lanes look to remain under pressure as market begins to correct and US importers have moderate volume outlooks through the rest of the year.Rates are expected to slide further in the fourth quarter and into the new year before leveling out in February.

The market is currently is currently experiencing a slow peak season, carriers have taken to cancelling some services in the face of weak demand.

With China’s continued loyalty to Russia, tensions with the U.S and other countries around the world continue to grow. 


US container freight market seen easing further in Q4 as demand softens.

Freight rates for US trade lanes look to remain under pressure as market begins to correct and US importers have moderate volume outlooks through the rest of the year.Rates are expected to slide further in the fourth quarter and into the new year before leveling out in February.

The market is currently is currently experiencing a slow peak season, carriers have taken to cancelling some services in the face of weak demand.


3PL Warehouse Market Forecast.

The global 3PL logistics sector is projected to reach USD $1,789.94 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 7.1% for the period.

They key factors contributing to this growth is the rising e-commerce industry, growth trading activities and much more.

The food segment is projected as the most profitable segment for the 3PL industry and . The Latin America, Middle East and Africa regions are the biggest contributors to this growth.


Automotive Logistics Market Set to Increase by 6.1% CAGR.

The global automotive logistics market is expected to reach $433.6 billion by 2031. Some of the contributing factors for this growth includes an expansion of global trade activities, booming e-commerce and a surge in free-trade agreements.

Asia-Pacific was one of the biggest contributors to the global automotive logistics market share in 2021, and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The region also appears to contribute significantly toward the global market size in 2031, it is anticipated to record the highest CAGR of 7.1% between 2022-2031.


Supply chain fragility an ‘existential threat’ for nation.

Australia faces its most serious existential crisis from supply chain disruptions due to the global pandemic and the war in Europe. Other disruptions over the years were contained and only impacted the manufacturing and barely impacted the demand from customers. Australia focuses 98 per cent of trade through its ports, therefore ports are central to the supply chain. Global disruptions in sea freight posed heightened challenges for Australia.


Australia Post suspends sea mail amid prohibited item concerns.

Australia Post has suspended mail and items coming into the country via sea due to a spike of prohibited items being shipped across the border. From October 1st, the carrier suspended sea mail services temporarily and are aiming to resolve this as soon as possible.

While there has been significant delays and safety concerns, Australia Post’s air freight service will not be affected by this incident


China’s logistics industry index shows improvement.

China’s logistics sector has shown signs of improvement over the last month, with market demand recovering and business operations improving. The country’s prosperity index for the logistics industry improved by 4.3 percent, reaching 50.6 percent in September. This reflects an increase in orders for domestic industry players, the central and eastern regions of China have played a major role for this improvement.

Overall data showed that the third quarter has been significantly better than the second quarter, the quarterly profit index increased by 1.2 percent from the previous quarter.


Tidal wave of new container ships: 2023-24 deliveries to break record

The container industry has been the most profitable two years, now owners ordered more new container ships than ever before. Even though ocean freight rates are tumbling shipping lines are still ordering more, reports show that the order book stands at 7.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units. Most orders will be delivered the next two years, 2.34 million TEUs in 2023 and 2.83 million TEUs in 2024.


The future of China logistic market

Over the next five years China plans to grow their logistic markets even more, their new five-year plan is to improve domestic consumption to boost annual consumer spending. Another part of China’s plan is to revolutionise agriculture and strengthen logistics processes in the food industry. Experts say that this should encourage the demand for specialised warehousing services.


Australia sees longer commodity boost from Russia’s Ukraine war.

Australia expects a boost to its commodity export earnings caused by Russia’s vs Ukraine war; the government expects this to last into 2024.The latest quarterly report released, indicated that export earnings would rise to a record $450 billion 2022-23 fiscal year. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of iron ore, coal, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and lithium.
LNG export earnings will increase by 29%, even though volumes are expected to drop to 80 million, for lithium earnings are expected to jump 182% to A$13.8 billion in 2022-23. Iron ore revenue is expected to drop to $119 billion in 2022-23 even though volumes are expected to increase. The government also expects that the current high prices for energy commodities will drive a faster transition to renewable energy.


A record-breaking cargo ship has arrived at Patrick Terminals in Port Botany.

The CMA CGM Estelle is nearly 300 metres long and weighs 95,256 tonnes.
Estelle has been named the ship carrying the most containers to ever visit Australia, with nearly 11,000 TEU on board. 
The previous record was set by the CMA CGM Ural in 2020, with 10,662 containers. The ship is docked at Patrick Terminals, which has the largest ship-to-shore cranes in Australia. 
NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas welcomed the vessel's arrival and said it demonstrated Port Botany's infrastructure capabilities.


Healthcare supply chain set to increase globalisation to drive sector growth.

The global healthcare supply chain market is expected to grow from $2.05 billion in 2021 to $2.30 billion in 2022, forecasts also show that the market is expected to grow to $3.67 billion in 2026. North America was the largest contributor for the healthcare supply chain market in 2021, and the Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the forecast period. 

Increasing globalisation is expected to drive the growth of the healthcare sector going forward by improving healthcare knowledge and providing low-cost healthcare technologies. Product innovations are a key trend gaining popularity in the healthcare supply chain management market.


Air Cargo Priorities: Sustainability, Modernisation, Safety & People

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities to strengthen air cargo’s after COVID-19 .The social and economic challenges have caused economic volatility has slowed GDP growth.

Some of the priorities include:
1. Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
2. Continuing to modernize processes.
3. Finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries.
4. Making air cargo attractive to new talent.
Industry to use technology such as DG auto check to more easily and accurately verify that the shipment complies with DG requirements. IATA’s is also aiming to make it possible for everyone across the industry’s value chain to see the same information on shipments.


Intra-Asia ocean freight rates on the slide, but still stronger than long-haul lanes

According to experts the Intra- Asian ocean freight rates are declining, but the market is holding up better than long-haul trades. The September Asia Pacific freight report stated that demand for ocean freight was weakening worldwide due to economic recession and inflation.
The South-east Asia Freight Index fell 2.5%, while the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index dropped by 10.4%. The intra-Asia and intra-Africa were the only trades globally to see container volumes increase between May-July, growing by 3.7% for the period. Asia Pacific-Oceania trade was also softening, Maersk said, while New Zealand demand was stable.


Australia needing 1.8 million sqm for e-commerce boom

According to experts, the latest E-Commerce Trends seem to be growing significantly. It is predicated that an additional 1.8 million sqm of industrial and logistics space will be needed in Australia over the next 5 years.
E-commerce has grown significantly in the past five years, and these trend will continue into the near future. E-commerce sales grew from 9 per cent of total retail spending in 2019 to 14.3 per cent in July 2022 and are forecast to reach 17 per cent by 2026. Trends also show that Australian consumers’ total spending online rose from $30 billion in 2019 to $53 billion last year and is projected to hit $78 billion by 2026.

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