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Neolink Update – Maersk Cease Bookings To Sydney And Fair Work Commission Hearing Scheduled For This Weekend – 18.9.20

NEOLINK Update – Maersk Cease Bookings to Sydney and Fair Work Commission Hearing Scheduled for this Weekend

Thursday 18th of September

Dear Valued Clients,

Hope you are all well and are having good weeks.

As the situation at Port Botany continues to deteriorate; Maersk have made a decision today to cease all bookings from any overseas port into Port Botany (please see attached).

This is going to have a devastating impact on all affected origin ports:

  • Available space will be dramatically reduced globally at all loading Ports over the next couple of weeks that book cargo to Sydney
  • This will inevitably drive ocean freight prices higher as we head into October with China’s week long national holiday commencing the first week of October
  • This will lead to more delays and more back log of cargo at origin ports that were already massively congested

All of our Customer Operations Coordinators would have been or will be in touch with you over the coming days to ensure we have all of your pending factory purchase orders as early as possible. This will allow us the time to best manage the situation by pre-planning as best we can for all purchase orders with the carriers to secure space.

This week; DP World have launched a legal application to cease the industrial action at Port Botany with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) which will be reviewed at a hearing on Saturday the 19th of September. Continuous vessel delays and empty parks being at a tipping point with capacity is making the situation challenging for all involved. Our team will continue to work hard to provide you the best service we can and we ask you please be understanding of the market/industry challenges we are facing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the NEOLINK Team.

Best regards,

NEOLINK Management


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