Newsletter February 2024

Newsletter February 2024

Impact of Red Sea Conflict and DP World Australia Dispute on Australia’s Economy

Australia’s economy grapples with challenges amid the ongoing Red Sea conflict and the DP World Australia dispute. Houthi attacks intensify restrictions in the Suez Canal, leading to a surge in freight rates. Rerouting vessels from the conflict zone causes delays and surcharges. Leading shipping companies temporarily suspend Red Sea passage, posing threats to the global economy and food security. Your understanding is valued as we prioritise crew and vessel safety during these complex circumstances.

DP World Australia Update

We are pleased to inform you that DP World Australia has reached a significant in-principle agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia, marking the end of all Protected Industrial Action (PIA) impacting their container terminals nationwide.

This development, facilitated by the Fair Work Commission, brings a sigh of relief to the logistics and shipping sectors, ensuring stability and improved operations. The four-year agreement, replacing the expired contract from September 2023, encompasses crucial provisions, including fair compensation, enhanced safety measures, effective fatigue management, and guarantees of job security and work-life balance for employees.

Strategic Navigation Through Global Maritime Challenges in 2024

Freight Mart International acknowledges the challenges and opportunities outlined in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2024 for the maritime industry. By prioritizing sustainability, embracing technology, and fortifying supply chains, our customers can excel in this dynamic landscape. Our dedication to staying informed and active in international forums positions them for success. As an industry leader, we foster collaborations, providing timely industry insights. This not only mitigates risks but also ensures long-term sustainability. Proactive responses remain crucial for navigating the future of global trade.

Kanthana Wissavachatkul

This month let’s get to know a bit more about Kanthana, our colleague from Thailand.

Do you have a nickname?  Auerrrrrr (When someone kill you and you say ‘Auerrrrrr’ 🤣)
Which Freight Mart branch are you at?  Thailand 🏖️
Which year did you join Freight Mart International? Almost 3 years
Favourite/Go to Snack Food? Mama – Instant Noodles
Pets? I don’t have a pet but I like snakes 🐍 and I’m scared of them.
What do you do in your spare time? Reading a book/watch series, going out, and sleeping 😴
Sports – Playing or watching – both or neither? I like to workout (Weight training & Cardio), but mostly I’m lazy.
Most used App? TikTok and Instagram.
What was your first paying job? Washing dishes from my mom (~ ̄▽ ̄)~
Who inspires you? My mom (She’s wonderful 💕)
Biggest Fear? Myself or Ghost (Maybe) 👻
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Doctor
Favourite Books, Movie or TV shows? Fictions / Chinese Series / Netflix.
Coffee or tea?  I love Coffee ☕
What is your most prized possession? Money Hahaha – I want to go shopping 💅💄
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?  Magic.
Do you have a secret talent? No.
What is your workout song? I’m not sure, just listening and dancing 🤣
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? China.
What’s your most-used emoji? 😊😊😊😊😊

Employee Milestones and Celebrations

Freight Mart International Malaysia’s 2024 Annual Dinner Extravaganza

Freight Mart International Malaysia’s 2024 Annual Dinner unfolded as a truly spectacular event hosted at The Club in Grand Imperial, Bukit Utama PJ. The evening pulsated with the vibrant theme of the Retro 80’s, creating an atmosphere of sheer extravagance that left an indelible mark on the memories of all attendees.

This highly anticipated company dinner is a cherished occasion for employees, offering a unique opportunity to showcase their finest attire and unite for a grand celebration featuring exquisite cuisine. Beyond the confines of our daily workspaces, it serves as a dynamic platform for building meaningful connections. This year’s event stands out in our collective memory, thanks to a diverse array of thrilling games that captivated everyone and contributed to a dynamic and enjoyable atmosphere.

The highlight of the night was the prestigious presentation of the 2023 Best Attendance Awards. Heartfelt congratulations are extended to Mayjune Chiu, Angie Ng, Joe Wah, Jocelyn Wah, Shawn Chong, and Elis Chin for their outstanding achievements in receiving this coveted recognition.

In a captivating turn of events, Mayjune Chiu also claimed the spotlight as the recipient of the Best Dress of the Night award, adding an extra layer of glamour to the festivities. Our sincere gratitude extends to all our colleagues for their spirited participation, each contributing to an evening that will be fondly remembered. With eager anticipation, we now set our sights on next year’s special 10th-anniversary celebration, confident that it will be yet another extraordinary event in our company’s rich history.

Chinese New Year 2024

The upcoming 2024 Chinese New Year festivities will commence on Saturday, February 10th, marking a 15-day celebration that concludes with the Lantern Festival on February 24th. It’s crucial to note that during this joyful period, numerous factories will embark on extended closures lasting three to four weeks, starting from the beginning of February. To proactively avoid any potential delays, we strongly recommend securing your space through timely reservations. Embracing this forward-thinking approach ensures a seamless and uninterrupted workflow throughout the holiday season.