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Date: 13th April 2023

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New Zealand

Imports

  • The rail service from the Port of Tauranga to Metroport was interrupted during the Easter break to allow Kiwirail to carry out some important maintenance work. April has seen low overall container volumes so the backlog should be cleared within a week.
  • Gaps in the Ports of Auckland berth window have enabled Fergusson Terminal to accommodate empty container evacuations. This has gone some way to relieving overcapacity pressure on empty container depots so VBS slots for the release and receipt of empty containers are becoming more readily available.

Exports

  • Changes to the Pacifica coastal service have resulted in there no longer being a service between Lyttelton and Tauranga. Export cargo moving from Lyttelton to Tauranga on Pacifica will now be routed to Auckland whereupon it will be railed to Tauranga. This will add 7 days to the transit time.
  • Move count restrictions in both Lyttelton and Tauranga are impacting the Carrier’s ability to load export containers. We are starting to see some bookings declined due to this limitation.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Emirates freighter now running to schedule, some additional services with the TAS freighter from Melbourne.
  • Asia
    • Density tariff is being introduced from Singapore to Auckland to try and get rate reductions for larger sea to air shipments.
    • There is a possibility that larger shipments may be split over a couple of flights.
  • USA
    • Consols still running to schedule despite the reduced capacity until the summer season.
  • UK and EU
    • Emirates Airlines back flying direct to Christchurch, this additional capacity will mean shipments destined to Christchurch no longer need to be trucked down from Auckland.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Delays continue at Menzies Aviation Terminal

Exports

  • Australia
    • Some delays on direct flights from Christchurch, Auckland consols generally move as booked.
  • Asia
    • Air NZ have started their direct Auckland to Bali service with some connections to other destinations.
  • USA
    • So far minimal delay with bookings even though the capacity has dropped with airlines pulling out until the summer season.
  • UK and EU
    • Emirates Airlines back flying direct to Christchurch, this additional capacity will mean shipments originating in Christchurch no longer need to be trucked up to Auckland.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Delays continue at Menzies Aviation Terminal due to staffing shortages.

Asia

Imports

  • Fixed berth windows have notably improved schedules going forward however, we are seeing some changes to services, particularly with Lyttleton struggling to keep up with any commitments around this; most commonly we are seeing rotation changes, with Lyttelton calls shifted to later in the NZ rotation however, we are also seeing more omissions (both locally and overseas) as lines battle to keep the Auckland and Tauranga berths, at all costs.
  • LCL schedules are improving on the back of the shipping line schedules getting more accurate, however, we would need a sustained period of weekly calls before we can look to reintroduce fixed day cut-offs at Asian origins.
  • While issues accessing equipment have not been very prevalent over the past 3 months, we are starting to see some challenges accessing 20’ dry equipment at some South East Asian origins. These are often short-lived and can be resolved very quickly but can occasionally mean missing a sailing or a requirement to change shipping lines – please communicate with your Customer Services Representative if you have any concerns regarding this.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson recently.
  • Advanced bookings are a challenge with more lines imposing cancellation fees, schedule changes, and reduced booking windows. We recommend discussing options with your Customer Services representative as to how to best handle your booking(s).
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia is improving- the average is 1-1.5-day delay currently. There is only minor berth congestion in South-East Asia of around 1 day.

Australia

Imports

  • Maersk dedicated Trans Tasman service partnering with Pacifica will call Sydney-Nelson-Timaru-Lyttleton-Sydney.
  • ANL with Pacifica will add Nelson and Wellington to their schedule on a weekly basis.
  • ANZ Shuttle service vessel, Contship Win, made an ad hoc call to Auckland discharging at Ferguson before their normal call to Tauranga – the schedule was Brisbane-Noumea-Auckland-Tauranga. Cargo destined for Lyttelton, Wellington, and Napier was discharged in Auckland for transhipment to the final destination.
  • The ANL Tasman Trader effective 9th April will call Napier. The routing now shows – Brisbane-Sydney-Napier-Auckland-Brisbane.
  • There is currently a shortage of Food Grade equipment in Australia.
  • Maersk are no longer accepting 20’ Reefer bookings. This is effective immediately. 40’ Reefers are available.

Exports

  • Port delays across the country have reduced and are now working with minimal delays of 0.5-1 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis. Also, this service will add a Napier call from the 15th of April.
  • The KIX service will remove the Brisbane call from the end of April.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season is winding down. All departures ex Europe from this week will arrive after 30th April so do not need any BMSB treatment or documentation. The season will start again on 1st September.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Maersk, CMA and MSC are open for bookings from most ports now but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to NZ due to back logs in transshipment ports.
  • Industrial and protest action in France and Germany is affecting some pick-ups.

Exports

  • Strikes in Germany are causing delays with all forms of transport in Germany.

North America

Imports

  • Oceania to the North American Westcoast direct PANZ service will be further enhanced to appropriately manage the congestions and operational challenges impacting end-to-end logistics – most recently across New Zealand ports.
    • New rotation allowing for a more even port coverage in both Oceania & North America.
    • Weekly calls to and from Auckland, NZ.
    • Continuous weekly calls to and from Oakland & Long Beach, US
  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.

*Fortnightly.

  • The previous BMSB requirements will be reinstated for the upcoming BMSB season and will be made permanent for all future BMSB seasons (between 1st September and 30th April).
  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. First day of receiving was 20th February 2023. The new address is:
    • ECU WORLDWIDE C/O EMPIRE CFS INC.
    • 19516 SOUTH SUSANA ROAD
    • COMPTON, CA 90221

Exports

  • The increased efficiency with US Ports is flowing through to rail services, rail to most inland US destinations is now a viable and reliable option.
  • We have seen significant schedule improvement with the WSN (North American West Coast service), with consistent weekly departures planned from April onward.
  • The WSN is changing port rotation, no longer calling Seattle and Vancouver on the same week, these ports will now be offered on alternate weeks.
  • The rotation will be as follow:
    • Week 1 = Tauranga – Papeete – Vancouver – Oakland – Long Beach
    • Week 2 = Tauranga – Seattle – Oakland – Long Beach
  • Transit times from Tauranga are as follows:
    • Vancouver – 21 days
    • Seattle – 21 days
    • Oakland – 25 days
    • Long Beach – 30 days

South America

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

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