Date: 2/11/2015 3:09:55 PM
Upcoming Protected Industrial Action - November 3rd through to November 9th

Attn: Shipping Manager

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has received advice of upcoming Protected Industrial Action (PIA) affecting some airports, shipping terminals and cargo services. This will include 24 hour bans impacting on national Container Examination Facility (CEF) operations.

In normal circumstances, up to 100 containers per day pass through each CEF. Most are x-rayed, risk assessed and returned to the terminal for delivery with minimal delay.

With the planned industrial action, this may change in coming days with “holds” on all CEF selected containers to remain in place for the duration of the PIA from 3rd November through to 9th November inclusive.

Should your container be selected for the CEF, you may experience several days of delay in cargo being released from the terminal. To compound matters will be the likelihood of stevedore storage charges and shipping line container detention fees for delayed return (dehire) of empty containers.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you advised of any updates that come through.

Best Regards,

The D&V Information Team