Further to the notice sent on 16 January 2020 regarding the Maritime Union of Australia’s (MUA) industrial action, knock on delays in containers deliveries are to be expected.
MUA are not only striking, they are also running a ‘go slow’ campaign in the provision of their day to day work. This ‘go slow’ campaign is causing major delays at DP World, stretching the collection of containers up to 4 hours.
These delays are impacting transport carriers as follows;
▪ Making the delivery time for ‘wharf direct deliveries’ impossible to predict.
▪ The long delays are impacting down-stream delivery operations to customers.
This situation is causing VGL substantial additional costs in trying to maintain our delivery operations to you, our customers.
This industrial action is in its second week.
Should this continue next week, VGL has no option but to treat this industrial action as a “force majeure” event.
As a force majeure event, VGL has no alternative but to raise additional charges for the delays in processing our trucks through DP World. From next Monday, 27 January 2020, VGL will under force majeure conditions, charge additionally for delays collecting your cargo past 1.5 hours.
The hourly charge will be $125 per hour past 1.5 hours.
Please contact your Customer Service representative if you require further information.