The "Shipping News" - Bluefreight News
Cargo Reporting Timelines03-Dec-2013
On 17 April 2013, ACBPS withdrew ACN 2007/03, which provided information to cargo reporters about ACBPS’ interim approach to managing non-compliance with certain Customs Act 1901 cargo rep..
Bluefreight Agency Network25-Oct-2013
This year we have seen members of the Bluefreight team attend conferences in Jakarta, Dominican Republic and Kuala Lumpur.
Our global coverage is ever increasing and with the advent of ou..
Important Freight Tip25-Oct-2013
Recently, Australian Customs has become far more rigorous in demanding timely lodgement of documentation for Australian Imports.
To our fellow agents overseas, please note that if cargo i..
Joke of the Day!25-Oct-2013
In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news:
"There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'll just be blunt. Prepare yourself to be a widow."
Roy the Roo's Forecast - October 201325-Oct-2013
Well... We are approaching my favourite time of the year – summer! Summer, where the sun shines fiercely, the beer is cold, and the beaches are calling. Meanwhile, my crystal ball tells ..
That's not a plane, this is a Plane!
Meet The Antonov An-225 Mriya, a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-225_Mriya) designed by the Soviet Union's Antonov D..
Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.
'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christma..
Merry Christmas (in many languages)19-Dec-2012
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Geseënde Kersfees, Feliz Natal, Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!, Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun, Sheng Dan Kuai Le, Sretan Bozic, Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Nov..
Well, I was wrong for once. A little bit anyway.
My forecast of dramatic shipping line rate increases, while promulgated, did not last long at all. The market forces prevailed, led by still l..
Happy Halloween from Bluefreight12-Dec-2012
A little bit of joviality with the Bluefreight crew. Check out the stockinged legs!
Aussie Humour Sept 201230-Oct-2012
A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, 'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow p..
Roy the Roo's Forecast Sept 201229-Oct-2012
Hello from Roy in sunny Melbourne – well, at least it’s sunny as I write this.
All previous prognostications seem to be coming true. Shipping lines are still losing money hand over..
We've been globe trotting29-Oct-2012
As referred to earlier, the Bluefreight team has travelled extensively in the last 3 months, with Richard attending a CLC Projects Network meeting in Dubai in September, Marcus and Richard attendi..
What are Incoterms?24-Oct-2012
What are Incoterms - Incoeterms 2010 Definitions
If you’re new to shipping or even if you’re not, it’s always handy to know what Incoterms are and what they refer to. INCOTER..
How to Ship a Car - Importing into Australia16-Oct-2012
How to ship a car into Australia - Importing Cars into Australia Importing Cars- The essential guide on how to ship a car
Importing a motor vehicle to Australia is a whole lot trickier than y..
(http://www.meridianfreight.co.uk)Meridian freight (http://www.meridianfreight.co.uk) in the UK has been a Bluefreight partner for many years now.
Run by a couple of industry stalwarts, Geoff Swan a..
Well here we are again. Again attempting to predict the future. To do this, apart from analyzing copious amounts of information globally I only need to look at my past 2 years and guess what??
Yep. Pretty much says it all.
Having recently survived another visit to Richard’s country pub where recently they unveiled more beers on tap (11 craft beers on tap to be exact), the hours spent holding up the bar solving the..
Refrigerated or Reefer Containers 20' & 40'
Capable of maintaining a constant, pre-set temperature, a refrigerated container is powered by the vessel throughout its cross co..
Tip no. 11 Importing Vehicles into Australia19-Mar-2012
Australian Customs have long held the power to force the re-export of vehicles that arrive into Australia without an import permit.
Rumour has it that they will now enforce it.
To importers of ..
Seen recently, a clever marketing strategy for an Aussie outback Pub.
Roy the Roo's Forecast March 201216-Mar-2012
Having survived (just) Richard’s country pub over the summer period, I have had a lot of time staring into crystal balls (generally large glasses of beer and red wine) and carrying out research ..
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 is one of the world’s most difficult and prestigious blue water yacht races. It attracts some of the world’s most famous sailors in everything f..
Roo the Roy's Forecast December 201120-Dec-2011
In the “Land down Under”, summer is here, although it has been the coldest start to the summer season in over 40 years on the Eastern Seaboard (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) however ..
Seasonally Appropriate Philosophy20-Dec-2011
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and ..
Hong Kong News October 201107-Oct-2011
Our Hong Kong office turns 1 year old this month and also coincides with the world’s largest gathering of Freight Forwarders in Macau.
Warren and Richard will be at the conference then ..
Roy the Roo's Forecast October 201107-Oct-2011
Aaaahhhh, summer is approaching. Sunshine, lazy days, cold beer – well, it is for Roy, not the hard workers at Bluefreight (although I have seen a few of them down a frothy beverage).
Bluefreight’s Agency Network12-Jul-2011
Bluefreight’s Agency Network
In April, Richard Dexter attended the Globalink Network annual meeting in Tenerife (tough job, but someone has to do it) to meet the existing and new members..
Roy the Roo's Forecast July12-Jul-2011
Roy the Roo’s Forecasts
While I am shivering in the Land Down Under, in an extremely cold winter not experienced for decades (where is that global warming when you need it) peering at m..
Tip no. 812-Jul-2011
Tip No 8
Buying on the Internet – a real case of Caveat Emptor
Recently it was discovered that the Chinese police arrested over 36 people after a probe into fraud on the Alibaba webs..
New AQIS Announcement29-Apr-2011
Please read if you import from China - we have also been expreiencing quite a few false Quarantine declarations from China
Update to Notice to Industry 18/2011
Changes to Ce..
Port Strikes in Australia29-Apr-2011
Unfortunately, Australia is experiencing wharf strikes and "work slows" this week, which coupled with the extended Easter break just experienced, is causing lengthy delays at the wharf and through Cus..
Follow That Fire Engine Update01-Apr-2011
Regular readers will know the work that Bluefreight and our network of global partners, Globalink, have provided this wonderful charitable event ( for the new readers, please visit www.followthatfiree..
For non-Australians, a Galah is a raucous bird similar to a parrot in appearance. They gather in numbers and peck the fields until there is nothing left, screeching and squawking with each other.
Wow! What a quarter! The Boss has finally let me loose to offer my interpretation of my highly accurate crystal ball, and about time too. Container rates ex China are at one of the lowest levels for s..
Importing a vehicle under the personal import scheme into Australia? As our web site explains, there are many rules to comply with to gain an import permit, however recently, Australian Authorities ha..
Australian Port Problems11-Jan-2011
From tonight at midnight, half of Melbourne's port is shut down due to Industrial unrest. Brisbane port was shut today due to severe flooding of Brisbane city and ships are currently being re-routed t..
What a year it has been!
With International agents visiting Australia, the Follow That Fire Engine traveling through Australia and now in New Zealand, opening a Hong Kong office and Warren and..
Our friends at Follow That Fire Engine made it onto the Channel 9 Today Show!
Night on the town with FollowThatFireEngine25-Nov-2010
Follow that Fire Engine18-Nov-2010
The day before Melbourne Cup Day, the Fire Engine landed on Australian shores in Perth. Faced with lengthy Quarantine delays, the expedition almost hit an impenetrable wall, however with the help of B..
New Office for Bluefreight18-Nov-2010
New Office for Bluefreight
As touched on above, Warren and Richard travelled to Hong Kong in October to open a new office. Essentially, this office will act as an operational office, liaising betwee..
Roy's Forecast 18-Nov-2010
Well, I hate to say it, but this is one accurate marsupial oracle. Roy has proven himself right on the money predicting spot prices for seafreight ex China to most of the world would be better in the ..
Tip No 5: Big Brother is watching18-Nov-2010
Having missed writing this newsletter prior to the Melbourne Cup, I was hoping to pass on a couple of “real” tips but with hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t.
So this tip is based ..
Follow That Fire Engine05-Sep-2010
As previously reported, Bluefreight is very proud to be a major sponsor of a major charity and record making event. Currently the Engine is in Mongolia and about to cross the China border after travel..
Monash Motorsport finished 3rd Overall05-Sep-2010
We are pleased to announce that as a major sponsor, Monash Motorsport finished 3rd Overall at Formula Student UK! This the team's best ever international result and due reward for the tireless work pu..
New staff member05-Sep-2010
Bluefreight would like to introduce Ms Candice Berry, our new member to our team. Candice has joined us in Operations in a trainee role and we are looking to her to bring her talents to enhance the op..
Importing to Australia? Get your documents correct!
Many imports are held up at the sea port or air port by poor or incorrect documentation. As an Australian Importer, it is your responsibility to p..
We thought this may interest you... In the April edition of the Australian Customs report is the following definition of a consignee / consignor:
Definition of consignee/consignor
In 2009, Cus..
Since the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement(AANZFTA) commenced in August 2008, importers and brokers have been enquiring about the requirements for claiming preferential tariff tr..
Asbestos risk in imported stone tiles
In late 2009, a home renovator in New South Wales noticed the decorative tiles he was using created an unusual dust when cut. The renovator contacted WorkCover ..
In previous newsletters, we have forecast shipping rates ex China (with some degree of accuracy) and now it is time for some more crystal ball gazing from Roy the Roo, but first some news that provide..
How big is Australia09-Jul-2010
Really? Australia is that big?
Over the years I am still amazed at how many people around the world don’t understand the size of this country. Being asked by Europeans if I could drive them fr..
Tip 3: Buyer Beware09-Jul-2010
Many items available on the internet are prohibited or restricted under Customs and Border Protection legislation. Check with Bluefreight before buying.
Customs and Border Protection x-rays, i..
This month, John Fitzgerald completed one of life’s hardest logistical exercises when he married his long term partner Fiona.
Although the weather was not conducive for many outside phot..
DDU or DDP?18-Jun-2010
DDU or DDP?
We are seeing more and more requests for DDP shipments into Australia recently, which has caused this article. Firstly, what is DDP or DDU?
Simply, DDP is Delivered and..
Follow That Fire Engine Charity Drive18-Jun-2010
Bluefreight, in conjunction with our Globalink partners, are pleased to announce major sponsorship of this charitable, Guiness Book of Records attempt to drive a retired Fire Engine around t..
Pressures on Global Shipping Costs07-May-2010
The Global Financial Crisis brought home the reality that the World’s economies are intricately interlinked. Shipping lines have been hemorrhaging financially, and to survive, last year they dry..
Yet another philanthropic event, Bluefreight is sponsoring Monash Motorsport in the annual FISITA Formula SAE World Cup in Silverstone, United Kingdom in July.
This event has scaled down versions..
At the Globalink conference held in Phuket this March 2010, attended by a record number of over 100 members, Richard Dexter was again awarded the annual Mike Miller Contribution Award for service and ..
Follow That Fire Engine10-Mar-2010
Bluefreight assists a Guinness Book of Records attempt to raise funds for the fight against Cancer. Commencing later in 2010, a group of intrepid volunteers are attempting to drive across 25,000 m..
Bluefreight's site update06-Jan-2010
Bluefreight's updated site means better service...
Thanks for joining us at our new site. We'll have loads of new features on this new site that will be announced over the coming weeks. Make sure ..
Bluefreight wins Official Logistics Provider for the Audi Etchells Worlds 2009 Melbourne
Recognized by many yachtsmen as the pinnacle of fleet racing the Etchells Worlds attracts entrants from 9 d..
Bluefreight Wins International Award 200804-Jul-2008
At the recent Globalink conference held in Bali and attended by over 80 members, Richard Dexter was the proud recipient of the inaugural and annual Mike Miller Contribution Award for Service to th..