Newsletter October 2022
Australian Quarantine Extensive Delays
We would like to advise all clients that the Department of Agriculture are still experiencing extensive delays in their document processing, booking and inspection services for Victoria and New South Wales imports. Some bookings are taking up to a month if not more to be processed.
Bookings for any random CCV inspections (surveillance inspections) that are submitted and confirmed more than two weeks after arrival are likely to be provided with an exemption and therefore released however this is not guaranteed.
If you have any cargo arriving into the eastern states that is quarantine held and are unsure if these measures apply to you please get in contact with the Customs Department.
For more information please refer to the link below;
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season Update
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have published a further update regarding the second edition of the 2022-23 BMSB season.
The 2022-23 BMSB season update includes:
• Change from Inspection (Secure – Seals Intact) to Inspect (Unpack)
• Inspect (Unpack) direction examples
• Open Top and Flat Rack containers
• Break Bulk
• Onshore random verification inspections
• Emerging risk countries
• Mixed Goods Consignments
Further information can be found here:
Update – Seasonal Measures Finalised For The 2022-23 BMSB Risk Season
Contact your Freight Mart representative to discuss our in-house fumigation services to reduce turnaround treatment times and costs associated with the BMSB season on the phone at 1800 300 904.
Meet The Team
This month let’s get to know a bit more about Kevin, our Regional Director from Malaysia.
Do you have a nickname? Kung Fu Panda
Which Freight Mart branch are you at? Malaysia
Which year did you join Freight Mart International? 2009 (When FMI Business was established)
Favourite/Go to Snack Food? Doritos
Pets? Dog and Cat
What do you do in your spare time? Watch Movies and Listen to Trance music (DJ Tiesto)
Sports – Playing or watching – both or neither? Play and Watch NBA Basketball
Most used App? Instagram
What was your first paying job? Domino
Who inspires you? Billy Reader
Biggest Fear? Fear of Wife… Fear of wife will make me Rich due to Join Account
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Pilot
Favourite Books, Movie or TV shows? Top Gun & Armageddon Movie
Coffee or tea? Coffee
What is your most prized possession? Watch
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? Play Basketball like Michael Jordan
Do you have a secret talent? Poker
What is your workout song? Top Gun & Armageddon Soundtrack
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? Paris
What’s your most-used emoji? 😊
At Freight Mart
R U OK? Day 2022
Mental Health issues are becoming more prevalent throughout workplaces in Australia, and the rest of the world. Working through COVID has been tough on everyone in many different ways, and here @ Freight Mart, the mental health of all our staff members is extremely important to us. This year Stacey Kershaw in our Client Services team decided to do something small in size, but big in importance for our Perth based staff members, to let them know we are all in this together.
By leaving a little chocolate bar on everyone’s desk or in their pigeon holes with the cheeky message “Enjoy a Kit Kat and have a Chit Chat” we were hoping to get the conversation started for those that need it and most importantly ensure we are all OK.
Employee Milestones And Celebration
Pippah Reader 13 Years | Kasturi Manium 5 Years | Kylie Waddell 3 Years | Pook Konthongdee 4 Years
Anna Ang 12/10 | Long Shi Jie (CG) 22/10 | Peter Davies 23/10 | Jocelyn Wah 27/10
Official Visit by Secretary General of IMO to Thailand
On Wednesday, 14 September 2022, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim paid his first official courtesy visit to Thailand. It is to forge partnerships to promote Thailand to be a leader in sustainable water transportation among developing countries in the ASEAN region.
For the first time since 2018, Thailand has sent a representative to work at the IMO as a maritime diplomat, and the relationship between Thailand and the IMO is very smooth. In addition, it has been informed of the availability of IMO audits in 2023, which will build confidence in marine safety and environmental protection standards. This may benefit the development of Thailand’s maritime transport industry.
Please click here for more details.