Shipping & Port Congestion Update 29/9/2020

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Unfortunately we have been dealt another blow today, finding out from freight forwarder that there has been another 6 day delay for our container, full of neoprene, to arrive due to ongoing disruptions at the Sydney Ports.

Moving forward, we also have more containers due later this year which will no doubt also be impacted. In fact, any new bookings coming to the East Coast of Australia are being suspended in the next few weeks due to the current massive delays.
What does this mean for The Wetseat and your order?

Unfortunately, as the raw materials are sourced from overseas (no-one in Australia makes neoprene), our container full of neoprene was meant to arrive around early to mid-September. With continued delays, this has been pushed back multiple times and it now isn’t due to arrive until Late-October.
Please note, following this we are also waiting to receive another container full of Neoprene, initially  by Late-October, then pushed back to Early-November, and is currently pushed back until Mid-November. More information will be provided on this as we receive it.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive it. If you have any specific concerns please contact us via the “? Help” icon on the bottom right of our website. Alternatively if you would like to call and speak with someone in relation to your order, please email us at or call us on (02) 9724 9499.
Statement from our Logistics Carrier, 29/9/2020:

Due to the severe berth and terminal congestion in Port Botany, it is now estimated that there is a surplus of approx. 36,000 containers in the NSW container logistics chain waiting to either enter or leave from the Botany Port.
Industrial action by the MUA at DP World Sydney terminal was suspended prior to the Fair Work Commission hearing, however a 24 hour stop work on September 29th will take place in Brisbane.  Protected industrial action at Patrick terminals is still planned, with stoppages in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and now Fremantle.  Word has now been received that Patrick Stevedores has also applied for a hearing with the FWC on the same basis as the recent application by DP World, being the potential impact on the Australian economy in general, and the NSW economy specifically.

In addition, several lines have advised in the last few days that they have suspended all southbound bookings from Asian ports to East Coast Australia, due to the massive delays being experienced.  These suspended services are expected to be in place for the next two to three weeks.

News Article explaining what is currently happening at Port Botany

Port Botany congestion due to a combination of operational events and prolonged waterside worker industrial action has created the ‘perfect storm’ of disruption to New South Wales supply chains, risking product shortages and other implications to the Australian economy.

Vessel schedule delays at Port Botany of up to 12 days are due to a combination of adverse weather conditions, infrastructure upgrades, industrial action with enterprise agreement discussions continuing at all three Port Botany stevedores.  


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