All empty container parks have been at capacity for the last month, and this situation continues to worsen, with the position today that VGL is now unable to de-hire your empty containers in Sydney.

This is caused by 3 colliding factors;

1. The growth in import volumes over the last several years, with no corresponding increase in empty yard capacity.
2. The reduction in empty yard capacity of 10,000 TEU due to the RMS resumption of land at St Peters (Tyne St Peters).
3. The unprecedented surge in cargo volumes by importers over the last 3 months.

The severe disruption that this situation has, and will continue to cause, is having a substantial financial impact on VGL’s transport operations in the Sydney Port.

VGL must notify therefore that this situation constitutes a force majeure event.

Effective Monday 14 September, VGL will impose an empty de-hire surcharge on all containers de-hired & on-hired.

The surcharge will be;
➢ 20’ Containers: A$60.00
➢ 40” Containers: A$100.00

This surcharge will apply until the empty container de-hiring process returns to normal which is not expected for several months.

Transport for NSW Advice Received Today, 11 September 2020.

1. All ACFS depots closed.
2. MCS Cooks River Depot closed, with the loss 400 TEU capacity this week due to RMS resumption of land at St Peters.
3. Tyne St Peters depot closed.
4. NSW Ports are currently speaking with Sydney Airport, to see if the Airport Car Parking space can be used to store empty containers.

VGL will continue to keep you updated with any further developments.

Should you have any questions or queries relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact your VGL Client Relations Representative.