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Emergency Surcharges in June

Please note that carriers are now implementing an EMERGENCY Surcharge with effect from 1st June.

All  Export shipment from China & Taiwan are subject to the below charges per Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) which will be added on top of current freight costs as of 1st June 2018: 

  • HSUD = USD 60/TEU 
  • MSC = USD 50.00/TEU 
  • CMA = USD 55.00/TEU
  • APL = USD 55.00/TEU
  • ANL = USD55.00/TEU
  • COSCO = USD55.00/TEU - Effective 16th June 

Possible General Rate Increase Effective 1st July 2018

We are beginning to receive notices from some shipping lines of a General Rate Increase (GRI) of USD300.00/20GP and USD600.00/40GP for all shipments from Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong ports to all points in Australia.

The GRI is expected to be applied on top of existing freight rates on the 1st July 2018. 

At this stage we have not received confirmation from all of the major shipping lines that this GRI will be enforced and will continue to monitor the situation with an update later this month. 

Please contact us if you require further information. 

Regulatory changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM)

Scorpion would like to inform our clients of regulatory changes in China.

As of the 1st June 2018 you may be asked to provide further information such as your ABN or ACN or your Chinese Customers USCI (United Social Credit Identifier) or OC (Organization Code)

Suppliers may request that you provide your Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status which is your ABN or ACN number.  

Below is the notice about the regulatory changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) by China Customs with effective from 1st June 2018.

China Market Update:

Revised regulatory changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM).

Applicable for all cargo shipments involving the China Ports, regardless of export, import or relay.

Please be informed that with effect from 01 June 2018 and as per the latest adjustments on the release of Order No. 56 [2017] by the China Customs pertaining to the changes in regulations to the CCAM, all BL Parties with cargo shipments involving the China Ports, regardless of export, import or relay will be required to comply with the following regulatory requirements as per below.

Should these details not be provided, your consignment may be at risk of being held by the Chinese Authorities including relay shipments.

Additional Manifest Submission Requirements:

  • Submission must include an accurate and a total representation of all goods under the Bills of Lading (BL)
  • Submission must be made using a dedicated template click here, and that all completed documents must be submitted together with your Shipping Instruction (SI)
  • For EDI SI submission, it is required to submit the dedicated template via email
  • All information must be submitted no later than the AMS cut-off time: 24 hours prior to vessel ETA at Port of Loading (POL)

Should you require any further information on this matter please contact your Scorpion International Representative for an in depth discussion on what is required to ensure that your cargo is not affected. 

Space Ex China to Australia Update

Kindly be advised that space from China to Australia is getting tight towards the end of April and Early May due to the following reasons:

- The Dense Fog in Shanghai in early April that caused closures of Terminals and disruptions to Port Operations and Ocean Carrier Services.

- Collision of the vessel Beijing Bridge on the weekend of the 14th April. 

- Cargo Rush before China Holiday - Labor Day 29th April to May 1st 

- Selected Shipping Lines are loading empty containers as a priority back to Australia which is causing a reduced space allocation for bookings of full container cargo and also selected shipping lines are not accept Out of Gauge (OOG) cargo. 

If you are expecting any urgent cargo during this time, please contact your Scorpion Representative so that we may ensure your goods sail as needed for your business. 


Infrastructure Fees

Scorpion International would like to make all of our clients aware of a price increase which will affect both Import & Export containers to and from Australia.

All Ports/Terminals have announced a review of infrastructure fee's in 2017/2018.

These surcharges are implemented to recover a portion of the costs that relate to:

  • The capital investments already made on dedicated infrastructure that services landside interface operations.
  • Excess charges over CPI that relate to property and property related costs (including rent, land tax and council rates).
  • Maintenance and operational costs associated with providing landside interface operations.

The surcharges recover a portion of the full costs associated with providing these essential landside operations in order for the wharves to continue to provide customers with efficient landside service levels.

As of November 2017 for DP World and 12 March 2018 for Patrick's the following infrastructure fees will be applicable for each container that either enters or leaves the terminals.

Patrick's Infrastructure Fee Per Container

  • Sydney $45.00
  • Fremantle $15.00
  • Fisherman Islands $40.00
  • East Swanson Dock $50.00

DP World Infrastructure Fees Per Container

  • Sydney $42.00
  • Fremantle $15.00
  • Fisherman Islands $40.00
  • East Swanson Dock $50.00

It is a condition of entry for all transport companies that they accept these fees and unfortunately Scorpion has no alternative than to pass these fees on to continue normal operations.

Please contact us if you require any further information on these fees.



Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season 2017-2018

Mandatory Treatment for Containerized goods from Italy 

The department of Agriculture and Water Resources have advised of New Measures that are required for containerized goods from Italy as per industry advice.

Mandatory treatment of containerized goods from Italy between 17th January and 30th April 2018 will be required and cargo will need to undergo an approved treatment upon arrival onshore. 

Goods already treated offshore with one of the approved BMSB treatments, and where a valid treatment certificate is presented to the departments, will not require further treatment. 

Exceptions from treatment apply to goods that fall within one of the excluded tariff groups: fresh produce, including nursery stock and live plants, live animals, food for human consumption and seeds for sowing. 

These increased measures only apply to goods shipped from Italy, and BMSB measures for goods from the USA or other countries have not been amended at this time. 

Scorpion International would like to advise all our clients importing from Italy that their goods will be delayed by approximately one week or longer due to the treatments required prior to the cargo being cleared for delivery. 

Due to the increased demand for the facilities of Quarantine Approved Unpack Depots there is at least a 3-day waiting time from the arrival of a container into the depot prior to fumigation taking place. 

For further information on the 2017-18 measures, please follow the below link;




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