COVID-19 Surge at LA Ports Dear Customers, This morning Stockwell International received an article notifying that nearly 700 dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have contracted COVID-19 and hundreds more are taking virus-related leaves, which has raised fears of a severe slowdown or complete terminal shut down. Port executives, union leaders and elected officials are mounting an urgent campaign to initiate dockworker vaccinations, fearing the congestion and chaos it would cause due to labour shortage or if the terminals shut down. We will endeavour to keep you updated as we receive information, please be aware that if these ports are shut down - we are to expect major delays. To see the original article, click here.Contact our team on email@example.com or give us a call on 1300 786 468 to get more information. Melbourne Empty Container Congestion Dear Customers, Stockwell International has received notice from Container Transport Alliance Australia of surging containerised import volumes through the Port of Melbourne, along with average empty container evacuations by shipping lines, has caused a build-up of empty container stock that has reached critical levels in Melbourne.This has resulted in most of the empty container parks in Melbourne being near or at operational capacity, causing delays in import container de-hires, difficulties in accessing export empties in some instances, expensive redirections, truck queuing and added landside logistics costs.As depots are becoming full, we ask you to please speak with your sales rep and keep in mind delays this may create. Contact our team on firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 1300 786 468 to get more information. New VGM Admin Fee Dear Customers, Stockwell International has received a notice of a new surcharge for export/import/transshipment cargo at Manzanillo, Mexico. In order to prevent weight discrepancy between systems and actual, a VLM charge will be implemented effective Nov 19th 2020. Applicable Charge: USD $350 per box Contact our team on email@example.com or give us a call on 1300 786 468 to get more information. Chinese New Year 2021 Dear Customers,Stockwell International would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! 2021 brings us year of the Ox! The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals.The Ox is a valued animal, because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.Chinese New Year will commence on 11 February 2021 to 17 February 2021.Please be reminded that as a result companies operating feeder services from Chinese River Ports will suspend their services, warehouses, offices and businesses will be shut down. Barge services from South China inland river ports will be suspended from Jan 21st to the end of February. This means customers will not be able to ship from Huangpu, Gaoming, Sanshui, Rongqi, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan, Zhuhai ports during this period. Containers will have to be shipped from the main ports in this area – Shekou, Yantian and Hong Kong.Space will be extremely tight and orders will need to be made early. Please contact your sales representative ASAP for any new bookings. Picture: Chinese New Year.netFor any questions please contact your sales representative on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 786 468. Brisbane Warehouse Getting excited Brisbane!Stockwell International is excited to officially let our customers know that we have embarked on building a new Brisbane facility! With the success of our Sydney facility it only made sense to emulate this through our other offices.The location will have over 500 SQM of racked storage with an additional 1700+ SQM of hard stand storage with the capability to stage and/or store over 300 containers, and 8 Reefer points for assisting the unpack and crossdocking of refrigerated containers. We will also be food grade, DAWR bonded and have a fumigation pad.The new facility combined with our already successful fleet of trucks makes this a true “one stop shop” for freight forwarding, customs and transport.Get ready as our completely secure Brisbane logistics facility will be ready to service you from mid-February to March.Contact our team on email@example.com or give us a call on 1300 786 468 to get more information. Rate Increases & SurchargesDear Customers,Stockwell International has received notice and wishes to advise customers that in light of the continued Industrial Action and continual heavy congestion, several shipping lines have been impacted and have implemented the following General Rate Increase/Peak Season Surcharge/Congestion Surcharge:Peak Season Surcharge/General Rate Increase: FCL1st January 2021Indian Subcontinent and Middle East to Australia and New Zealand Amount: USD $150/TEU and USD $300/FEU1st January 2021China, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand Amount: USD $300/TEU and USD $600/FEULCLIncreases between USD $6-$30 over all tradelanes. For individual amounts please email firstname.lastname@example.orgNorthbound Congestion Surcharge:12th January 2021Australia and New Zealand to Dalian, ChinaAmount:USD 340 per 20DVUSD 680 per 40DV/HCUSD 880 per 20' / 40' HRPort Congestion Surcharge:FCL1st February 2021Mukalla, YemenAmount: USD $300/TEU and USD $600/FEULCLIncreases between USD $6-$30 over all tradelanes. For individual amounts please email sales!stockwells.com.auIn summary: For any questions please contact your sales representative on email@example.com or 1300 786 468.