The Maritime Union of Australia agreed to stop industrial action and operations resumed at DP World Sydney terminals over the weekend.
While this is positive news as the shipment supply chain from both Australia and New Zealand has been severely disrupted, it doesn’t not fully resolve the dispute. Unless a new binding agreement is reached, the union can restart industrial action in November. In addition industrial action (strike, slowdowns etc) are still possible at Hutchinson Terminals in Brisbane and Sydney and Patrick Terminals in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
While Sydney is not a typical routing for the export of wine shipments to the USA, it has a trickle-down effect on the sailing schedules and service rotations of the vessels calling Australian and New Zealand ports. Changes to ocean carrier services and port calls impact the supply and repositioning of flexi grade, reefer and standard container units.
Our shipping partner Hillebrand is here to help you navigate through the current situation by prioritizing empty equipment for export bookings and escalating issues with our ocean carrier partners to minimize the disruption wherever possible. Please contact your Hillebrand representative to discuss any concerns on your shipments from this region and what interim solutions and adjustments in lead time and cargo protections can be provided.
To keep a close eye on any pending shipments, please login or register for myHillebrand so you can flag any shipments from these origins and set up notification alerts (email or text messages). Find more details about managing your shipment beyond basic track and trace on Hillebrand’s website here.