PFL TRADE NOTICE: Australia to and from Pacific Islands Rate Adjustment

Dear Valued Customers,

The global shipping industry continues to experience unprecedented challenges, amplified by the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, Pacific Forum Line have incurred several increased costs to operate our business including a dramatic increase in ship prices, increases to charter rates and container costs due to global shortages. Port congestion continues to impact capacity and scheduling and our pursuit to maintain the health and safety of our crew members comes at a high, yet necessary, cost.

Despite our continuing best efforts to minimize this impact on your business, we have made the difficult decision to increase our ocean rates to remain competitive and to sustain the scope and frequency of our services that you expect from Pacific Forum Line.

Effective for cargo loaded onboard vessels on or after 1st October 2021, freight rates will be adjusted at the levels below:

Pacific Forum Line appreciate your continued understanding as we balance these difficult times with our steadfast commitment to providing you with regular, reliable, and affordable shipping services across the Pacific.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local Pacific Forum Line sales or customer service representative for any points of clarity.

Yours sincerely,
Pacific Forum Line

PFL Trade Notice: Patrick Stevedore implementing Pondus Weighting Solution

Pacific Forum Line (PFL) have been advised by Patricks Stevedores that they have implemented the Pondus weighing solution in their terminals.

Pondus is an innovative weighing solution that helps drive safety across the container handling sector. Mis-declared containers create potential safety risks throughout the supply chain from transport companies to terminal operators and shipping lines. This new weighing solution, Pondus, helps identify mis-declared weights by statistically sampling containers for weighing and then automatically notifying customers of weight discrepancies (+/- 1t) allowing parties to better meet their Chain of Responsibility obligations.

Both import and export containers will be statistically sampled for weighing on the Pondus stand. Any mis-declared container found to be outside of the 1-tonne tolerance will be charged a Weight Amendment Fee. For import containers, the transport carrier will be charged and for export containers, the shipping line will be charged. For imports, carriers will be advised, via the VBS of the Pondus weight prior to picking up an import container from the terminal and provided with a link to the weigh certification. The number of boxes weighed will be governed by what is reasonably practicable given the operational circumstances prevailing at the time.

Patrick advised customers on 5 November 2020 that a new charge (Weight Amendment Fee) in relation to Pondus would come into effect from 4 January 2021 and has been applied to the Pondus process in Brisbane. This new charge will come into effect from 4 October 2021 in Melbourne.

A Weight Amendment Fee of AUD 230.00 per container plus GST will apply to all containers determined by the Pondus Stand to have a weight variance of greater than +/- one metric tonne within the documented weight (VGM). The Weight Amendment Fee will not apply to importers and exporters who accurately declare container weights.

The below provides a link to the Weight Amendment Fee previously published on Patrick’s website.

In accordance with the Voluntary Pricing Protocol, Patrick is providing a notice of this new charge 60 days prior to the implementation of the new charge. Full details can be viewed here:

PFL Trade Notice: Australian Export/Import Documentation Fee

Dear Valued Customers,

Quay Shipping, agents for Pacific Forum Lines wish to advise effective from the 1st September 2021 Export/Import documentation fee will be adjusted.

To view charges please follow the below links:



Thank you for your continued support and understanding, should you have any points of clarity please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service. Team.

Yours sincerely,
Pacific Forum Line